Thursday, January 29, 2015

Let's Do The News (January 29, 2015)

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- The inquest from last month's Sydney cafe siege heard that Tori Johnson, one of the hostages, was killed by a bullet to the head from gunman Man Haron Monis. 18 people took hostage at the cafe by Monis in a cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, last December 16, that took 17 hours.

- According to Diego Lagomarsino, a colleague of the killed Senior Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, said that he lent Nisman a gun the day before he was found dead in his apartment last January 18 because he didn't trust law enforcements protecting him. Mr. Nisman had been about the testify about alleged attempts to cover up Iranian involvement in the Buenos Aires incident 11 years ago.

- An audio message by a man who claimed to be Japanese captive Kenji Goto has appeared recently. Goto speaks in English for about 30 seconds and he said that the Islamic State is going to kill captive Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh unless the Jordanian government released death-row inmate Sajida al-Rishawi to the Turkish border in exchange for Goto by Thursday sunset at Mosul, Iraq time. The sunset in Iraq is around 1730 hours.

- Meanwhile, Jordanian state TV reported the government is ready to release death-row inmate Sajida al-Rishawi if Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh was freed by ISIS. The TV station said that the Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications made the proposal, although no mention of Goto was told.

- Sadness broke silence when the first C-130 plane has recently landed at the Villamor Air Base carrying the bodies of the killed 42 out of the 44 PNP Special Action Force units in it. The remaining slain two members were already in Mindanao following Islamic tradition. The 44 SAF units were killed during the police operation on Sunday in Maguindanao.

- Nissan Motor Company called off plans to produce IDx, BladeGlider, and Q50 Eau Rouge concepts due to the Japanese carmaker's shift of focus from driver-oriented to volume, according to one report.

- McLaren teased a more powerful 675LT supercar ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut. As the name implies, it will be a more powerful version of the 650S with the added long tail.

McLaren 675LT teaser

- Sakamichi Onoda and Yusuke Makishima, stars from the Yowapeda GRANDE ROAD anime series, will be getting their own figmas courtesy of Good Smile Company. Anyway, the figma of Yowapeda's Sakamichi Onoda is back by popular demand and it's set for its re-release this June for 5,370 Yen plus tax. Meanwhile, the recently added figma of the "Peak Spider" will be riding to your stores this July for 5,741 Yen plus tax.

figma Yusuke Makishima

figma Sakamichi Onoda

- IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Japanese gaming conglomerate Nintendo will cease their Brazilian operations due to high import duties.

- MMA fans in the Philippines be ready because UFC, the popular mixed martial arts championship, is coming to the SM Mall of Asia Arena this 16th of May, 2015.

- IN CASE YOU REALLY REALLY MISSED IT: Gravure 4 U or G4U is back and this time, you can now take pics of your favorite Cinderella Girls from The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls TV anime. With the release of the iM@S CG Blu-Ray Vol.1, buyers can also get the iM@S CG G4U Vol.1 PS3 game as well as the 346 Productions Fan Club Cinderella Cafe Vol.1 book. It will be launched this 23rd of April and there will be a total of 9 volumes on the timetable.


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