Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Let's Do The News! (August 18, 2015)

- The Bangkok bomb attack last night is described as the worst attack in the nation, according to Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha. The attack killed, as of now, 21 people, while numerous bystanders are severely wounded. The culprits are not yet identified by the police are investigating one suspect seen on security footage at the shrine. The bomb targeted at a major tourist attraction known as the Erawan Hindu shrine and it was detonated at around 1900 hours Thai time when the shrine were crowded.

- In a BBC interview, Iran Vice President Masumeh Ebtekar wants her nation to work with other nations in the Middle East to promote peace following last month's nuclear deal.

- Seismologists warned that there is still a high possibility that a large-scale eruption on Mt. Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, will occur. Officials say they will keep the eruption alert level for the volcano at 4 on a 5-point scale, meaning that all residents must evacuate at all costs.

- Typhoon Goni, known locally as Ineng, has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility. As of 0400 hours Philippine time, the typhoon was located 1,600km east of Luzon, packing max sustained winds of 170kph and gusts of up to 205kph. It is likely to move west northwest at 25kph, according to PAGASA. Visayas and Mindanao will experience rains brought by the habagat it enhances while Luzon will experience rains by Thursday until weekend.

- Tourism has returned on track to South Korea after the three-month MERS outbreak that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200. Last weekend, South Koreans celebrated the nation's liberation day and locals and foreigners are roaming around the streets without the fear of the virus and wearing a face mask. Believe it or not, a super-sale occurred last weekend over the shopping site of Myeongdong. Even though the outbreak is well and truly finished, this thing isn't over yet because the outbreak developed health awareness as show by the use of hand sanitizers in every tourist site and establishment.

- Producers, rejoice. Chihaya Kisaragi from THE IDOLM@STER is joining Kotobukiya's Cu-poche lineup of miniature figures. She'll be out this February 2016 for 4,200 Yen.

- Mercedes-Benz is teasing their upcoming S-Class Cabriolet model.

- Once again, Ford Motor Company is reportedly removing the Taurus sedan from its lineup and wants customers to buy a Fusion or any crossover. It's a shame that there was a new generation model unveiled in China a few months back.

- Kia Motors is teasing the all-new Sportage crossover bound for Frankfurt Motor Show debut.

- In preparation for the upcoming 007: SPECTRE film, Omega watches unveiled a limited edition Seamaster 300 SPECTRE watch, which will be available this September with a limited run of 7,007 pieces. This special watch, as seen in the upcoming Bond movie, features a bi-directional, Rotating diving bezel made from black, polished ceramic, LiquidMetal 12 hour scale, a 5-stripe black and grey NATO strap, and the 007 logo engraved on the strap holder.


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