Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Let's Do The News! (July 21, 2015)

- Young African footballers, as young as aged 14, have been trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts. Six minors are will with Champasak United of Laos, after importing 23 underaged players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy last February. There is a regulation from FIFA that prohibits the movement of players to a foreign club or academy until they've reached the age of 18.

- Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to increase security along the nation's border with Syria, following the bomb attack in Suruc. Investigators believed to be the work of a female suicide bomber from the Islamic State.

- Hisao Tanaka, the president of Toshiba Corporation, is stepping down alongside his predecessor Norio Sasaki from his vice chairman post and Atsutoshi Nishida, who served as Sasaki's predecessor, as advisor. They'll be taking responsibility for the accounting fiascos at the firm following the third-party panel report accusing the company's top management of systematic involvement in irregularities on the company's balance sheet.

- A Japanese defensive report warns of China's increased maritime activities in the South and East China Seas, calling them dangerous.

- Philippine Army troopers seized a New People's Army camp in Leyte and Samar Provinces. Belated reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, states that the encounters occurred on the 18th of June, 2015.

- The Tesla Model S electric saloon gets a "Ludicrous" upgrade, resulting to a improved 0-100kph time of 2.8 seconds and costs $10,000 more but existing owners of the top-spec P85D can get the Ludicrous pack for $5,000 plus installation labor, for the next six months. They're also offering an upgrade to a 90-kWh battery pack for $3,000. An entry-level 70 model, with a single motor in it, is announced and it will start at $70,000.

- Production of the Land Rover Defender offroader is reportedly extended until the first quarter of 2016.

- Aviation defense company Lockheed Martin acquires helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky in a nine-billion dollar deal. Sikorsky's known for manufacturing the UH-60 Black Hawk and the CH-53 Sea Stallion. Lockheed's often been on the headlines over their littoral combat ship and their multirole F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

- Zeonic Toyota's back as the collaboration between Toyota and the Gundam series returns to create two Toyota Auris concepts themed after baddie Char Aznable and the Zaku robots as seen from the Gundam series!

- Following John "VJ" Yambao's proposal to actress and MARS presenter Camille Prats, last Saturday at Balete, Batangas, they'll planning a wedding within the next two years.


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