Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let's Do The News! (February 11, 2015)

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- Kayla Jean Mueller, the American hostage who was held captive by the Islamic State forces has been killed by them. It's just been confirmed but the cause of death remains unknown. Mueller, age 26, was an Arizona aid worker who was captured by ISIS two years ago and last week, the ISIS claimed she was killed during the Jordanian airstrike against the said terrorist forces. US President Barack Obama confirmed that Mueller was one of the American hostages they've tried and failed to rescue last summer.

- A top US expert warns that over 20,000 foreign fighters from over 90 countries have travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State or other terrorist forces.

- NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who hosts the NBC Nightly News, was suspended for six months over his false story of the Iraq War.

- Jon Stewart, the satirical news anchor and comedian in charge of Comedy Central's The Daily Show says he will end term as host of late-night comedy show later this year. This is kinda sad news for those who've enjoyed him poking fun with public affairs every weeknights.

- The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite and the Global Precipitation Measurement core satellites saw moderate rainfall occurring in Typhoon Higos as it moved over open waters of the Northwestern Pacific ocean. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast indicates that Higos will proceed northeast and weaken while staying over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean and well northeast of Guam.

- Over 1,300 Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems have been delivered to the US Army and international customers for use on the AH-64 Apache helicopters by Lockheed Martin, one of the world's top aerospace companies. The MTADS/PNVS system is a long-range forward-looking infrared system with enhanced visual resolution and this option is worth 82 million dollars and comes under a four-year performance based logistics contract it received from the Army three years ago.

- The threat of front-wheel drive Bimmers continues as BMW unveiled a longer version of last year's 2-Series Active Tourer called the 2-Series Gran Tourer, which will have its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It still comes with the same specs as the Active Tourer model but with optional seven seats and an enhanced length for practicality. It's more family oriented as well thanks to the new myKIDIO app.

2016 BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer

- The latest Motor Trend Head 2 Head video pits two equally competitive high-powered sportscars, the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Nissan GT-R NISMO to the test.

- The homemade ambulances as seen on episode 3 of the 22nd series of BBC Top Gear will be exhibited to the Beaulieu Motor Museum's World of Top Gear exhibit, joining the ranks with the other ambitious but rubbish creations made by the hosts themselves.


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