Monday, January 5, 2015

Let's Do The News! (January 5, 2015)

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- As the weather on the Java Sea improves, the search for the missing "black box" from the AirAsia QZ8501 crash site has been resumed. So far, 37 bodies have been recovered while some of the remains are still inside.

- Meanwhile, the Indonesian transportation ministry revealed stringent measures against those who allowed the crashed AirAsia QZ8501 to take off without permits, especially suspending against the airport's operator and officials in the control tower. According to acting director general of air transportation Djoko Murjatmodjo, the licensed and schedules of all airlines flying in Indonesia will be also examined to see if they're violating the regulations.

- Lebanon placed stringent restrictions against Syrians entering the nation right now. Since then, travelling between the two nations was restricted but now under one of the new restrictions, Syrians entering Lebanon will have to obtain a visa. This move further tightening the flow of Syrian refugees trying to escape the conflict.

- According to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, the inmates of the New Bilibid Prison that were temporarily detained at the National Bureau of Investigation may have used food to smuggle large amounts of money and mobile phones.

- Japan PM Shinzo Abe will issue a new statement this year to mark 70 years since the end of World War II. He vows to keep Japan as a nation that contributes to world peace and protect the lives and wellbeing of his citizens. He's also determined to create new security legislations to exercise the right to collective self-defense.

- The militant group known as the Boko Haram, those who were responsible for the kidnapping of over two hundred schoolgirls last year, took control of the Nigerian military base at Baga in the northeaster state of Borno after the government troops escaped following a gunfight that lasted for hours.

- Four people died after a car bomb exploded somewhere in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The car bomb was targeting the nation's military convoy and exploded near a column of military vehicles on the road close to the capital's international airport. It's likely be the work of the armed terrorist group al-Shabaab because it was targeting against "pro-US forces".

- THE NEXT SKYLINE COUPE? Infiniti revealed the Q60 Concept ahead of its NAIAS debut next week. This concept car previews the coupe version of the Q50 saloon (known as the Skyline in the Japanese market.

Infiniti Q60 Concept

- Racing driver Franck Montagny of the FIA Formula E's Andretti Autosport team was suspended after he was tested positive for drugs. According to some reports, Franck was waved in for a drug test at the end of the FIA Formula E Putrajaya race last November and he was tested positive for a cocaine derivative, signalling the end of his career. While waiting for the verdict, the Andretti Autosport team just announced that Marco Andretti will be taking over on the upcoming Buenos Aires ePrix coming this 10th of January.

- Because of the loophole from the engine rules, the upcoming F1 2015 season allows manufacturers to introduce running updates and continue improving their engines over the course of this year's season. Yes. Engine updates can be introduced as long as they stick to their 32 development token limit and can't exceed the four-engine per car season limit.


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