Monday, August 24, 2015

Let's Do The News! (August 24, 2015)

- The Palmyran ancient temple of Baalshamin was destroyed by Islamic State militants, according to Syrian officials and activists. According to reports, the IS placed numerous explosives into the World Heritage site and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple.

- The American heroes who helped subdued the gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris told that it was their survival instinct that led him to react. The off-duty US airman, Spencer Stone, told the reporters that he just woken up from a sleep when he saw a gunman and moved to restrain him last weekend. Helping alongside were US National Guard Alek Skarlatos and US student Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman. They will be rewarded for their bravery with the Legion d'Honneur from the French president.

- Last weekend, in the midst of crossfires in the demilitarized zone, the North and South Korean leaders held their Inter-Korean talks. Right now, it has reached the third day and the delegates are believed to be making a final effort to ease the latest tension between the two Koreas.

- Return to the Bangkok Bomb Blast, the Thai police suggested that the suspect behind last week's deadly attack at the heart of the nation's capital may have already left the country. Thai police have obtained an arrest warrant for the man caught on cam shortly before the explosion.

- Typhoon Goni (Ineng in the Philippines) is 70km west of Kume Island, Okinawa, at 1000 hours Japan Time, moving northeast at a speed of 30kph. It is expected to approach the main island and Kagoshima's Amami region.

- The Bureau of Customs explained that they're keeping an eye on suspected smugglers allegedly using Balikbayan Boxes for technical smuggling and beginning this October, they will be implementing strict rules on these parcels.

- Some say, the members of the popular boy band One Direction have decided to take a brake from their boy band gimmicks and pursue their own solo careers beginning in the spring of next year. That's kinda sad for the Directioners reading this news.

- Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game in cooperation with Pokemon and Tekken, is coming to the Wii U console next year. Gotta Get Ready For The Next Battle as you can play as your favorite Pokemon from Pikachu, Pikachu Libre, Charizard, Suicune, Weavile, Gardevoir, Machamp, Gengar, Lucario, and Blaziken, with more to come very soon, as you fight against tough rivals to become the winner!

Pokken Tournament

- For 2015, the best trainers from around the globe have been gathered at Boston, Massachusetts, to compete in this yea'rs Pokemon World Championships. The winners of this year's championship, via Card Game and Video Game (all contestants required Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire games for this), are;

  • For the TCG Masters Division, Jacob Van Wagner from the USA whose deck includes EX cards of Keldeo, Jirachi, Shaymin, Mewtwo, and Wailord.
  • For The TCG Senior Division, Patrick Martinez from the USA thanks to his great use of his Manectric-EX cards.
  • For the TCG Junior Division, Rowan Stavenow from Canada whose deck includes powerful Landorus-EX cards, three Crobat cards, three Golbat cards, four Zubat cards, four Hawlucha cards, a Shaymin-EX, and a Lucario-EX.
  • For the Video Game World Champion Masters Division, Shoma Honami from Japan who relies solely on defense before attacks. His prize-winning Pokemons include a Kangaskhan armed with a Kangaskhanite, Heatran, Incarnate Forme Thundurus, Therian Forme Landorus, Cresselia, and an Amoonguss.
  • For the Video Game Senior Division, Mark McQuillan from the UK, thanks to his offensive tactics and use of Cresselia's Skill Swap and Trick Room, allowing his slower Pokemon like Machamp to strike first. The Pokemon he used in winning this category are Cresselia, Therian Forme Landorus, Machamp, Charizard (with a Charizardite Y), Sylveon, and Heatran.
  • For the Video Game Junior Division, Kotone Yasue from Japan. Thanks to her Gardevoir's Trick Room, her Tyranitar and Heatran strike first for the win. Her Pokemon used in the finals include a Tyranitar, an Amoonguss, an Incarnate Forme Thundurus, a Therian Forme Landorus, a Heatran, and a Gardevoir armed with a Gardevoirite.

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