Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Let's Do The News! (December 16, 2015)

- As Typhoon Nona lingers and weakens, Tropical Depression Onyok has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility. According to PAGASA, Onyok entered the country's territory at around 1345 hours, Philippine Time. They also assured that because two of these weather disturbances don't have the same strength, they will not affect each other. Onyok is expected to make landfall into the Davao-Caraga region by Friday, the same day Nona exits the PAR.

- The Supreme Court junks petition against Comelec's campaign where registered voters who failed to record their biometrics will not be able to vote in the May 2016 elections. The petition was junked due to lack of merit and dissolved the December 1 TRO. As a result, three million voters have failed to register their biometrics for the elections.

- Nine leading contenders for the US Republican Party nomination for president took part in the final televised GOP debate in Las Vegas. The controversial proposal by frontrunner Donald Trump to ban all Muslims from entering the US was centered and Trump defended the plan, calling it a necessary counter-terrorism measure and a matter of national security. He states that if he becomes president, he will force Syrian refugees to leave the country. Other candidates opposed his idea, even former Florida governor Jeb Bush called it "unserious" and called Trump a "chaos candidate". Jeb states that the US needs the Muslims' help to fend off the ISIS.

- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has formed a 34-member Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Members include Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria, and Pakistan and it does not include rival nation Iran, Iraq, and Syria, where US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State militants continue.

- South Korean airport authorities noted that the black powder found in the hand luggage of a man arrested in Japan in connection to the Yasukuni Shrine explosion last November 23rd are tested negative and no sign of gunpowder found. Tokyo authorities suspect the South Korean man of place an explosive device in a restroom at the shrine and returned to South Korea shortly after the explosion. Last Wednesday, he was arrested when he arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on suspicion of illegal entry into a building.

- There is a confirmation that the cause of death of seiyuu Miyu Matsuki (known for being Yoshinoya-sensei from Hidamari Sketch series and Isumi Saginomiya from the Hayate the Combat Butler series) was in the form of a chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection, which led her to a terminal case of malignant lymphoma. Matsuki died last 27th of October.

- Konami Corporation confirmed that Metal Gear franchise creator Hideo Kojima has left the company due to his contract expiration this month. Of course, even with Hideo's departure, support for the recently launched Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its Metal Gear Online: Tactical Team Operations mode will continue. As Hideo leaves Konami, he started his own stand-alone Kojima Productions and he will collaborate with Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. for a new PS4 game in the works.

- Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new SLC roadster, a replacement to the SLK (although this is basically a minor change of the outgoing SLK). With every bits and bobs carried over from the old SLK, the SLC is offered with new engines including a 1.6L turbo and a the first-ever SLC43 AMG. Unlike the old SLK55 AMG which uses a naturally-aspirated 5.5L V8 mated to a seven-speed gearbox, the new Mercedes-AMG SLC43 is powered by a smaller 3.0L V6 engine mated with a hefty 9G-TRONIC gearbox. Although it's a fraction slower than the old SLK55, it retains its limited top speed of 250kph but it's now more economical than ever. It will debut at next month's NAIAS.

2017 Mercedes-AMG SLC43 AMG

- Infiniti will feature a facelifted QX60 crossover and an updated Q50 saloon, now with a brand new 3.0L V6 turbo engine variant, on next month's North America International Auto Show.

2016 Infiniti QX60
2016 Infiniti Q50

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, today marks the 5th monthsary of AlDub and for a treat, the three lolas and Yaya Dub visited the Broadway Centrum once again. While Lola Nidora and her sisters got their spa day (which presumably is a trap), Alden and Yaya Dub wowed the Broadway Centrum audience as well as the presenters. After a day out at the studio, looks like Yaya Dub confirmed the whereabouts of her dad. If Yaya Dub's dad is last seen somewhere in Cebu, will AlDub and the lolas go there too? Tune in next time and find out.


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