Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Let's Do The News (December 22, 2015)

- PAGASA said that the less number of typhoons entered the Philippines this year is due to the presence of El Nino, which affected the track of tropical cyclones. Every year, an average of 19 to 20 typhoons affect the country but for 2015, only 15 entered the Philippines. The names of the more powerful typhoons entered the nation such as Lando (where it reached 9.8 billion pesos of damages and killed 47 people) and Nona (which killed 41 people and cost 4.9 billion pesos of damages) will be decommissioned.

- The Malacanang officials stressed that the Islamic State militants didn't set up training camps in the Philippines. One officials said that what the militant-linked personalities done is to try to link-up with local jihadist/terrorist groups. Reports circulated that the ISIS once set up a camp in the Philippines and as evidenced by a video showing new recruits in the Philippines exercising.

- Japanese researchers warned that if global warming hasn't resolved, the harshest weather conditions will happen more frequently. According to the Meteorological Research Institute, University of Tokyo's Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Institute, and many others; the Earth's average temperature will rise by over four degrees Celsius over pre-Industrial Revolution levels by the end of this century.

- FIFA banned its President Sepp Blatter and Vice President Michel Platini for eight years over alleged misappropriation of funds. Swiss authorities launched an investigation against Blatter over an illegal payment of over two million dollars, by FIFA to Platini four years ago. Blatter said he will appeal his ban from soccer imposed by FIFA.

- Six American soldiers were killed by a suicide attack near an American air base in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

- With Star Wars: The Force Awakens became a box-office hit, there has been a slew of merchandise in store for fans too many. One bizarre report, however, is the toys when news about a Target-exclusive six toy pack features Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, a First Order Stormtrooper, and a First Order pilot. One character missing in the pack is the movie's heroine, Rey. Gets worse, when shoppers observed the Millennium Falcon set featuring BB-8, Finn, and Chewbacca, no sign of Rey in the toy set. Bizarre. Perhaps that's the problem with today's Disney-related toys these days. One time, the Avengers toy line since the Age of Ultron last summer had Black Widow missing and so is Guardians of the Galaxy's femme fatale Gamora. Does it make it more interesting or less interesting?

- The Nendoroids of Triad Primus from THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls are now complete with the unveiling of a Nendoroid of Karen Hojo. Now available for pre-orders, she'll be arriving to you this June with a starting price of 3,611 Yen plus tax. This Nendoroid is best paired with the currently available Rin Shibuya and the upcoming Nao Kamiya.

Nendoroid Karen Hojo

- From concept to reality: The Toyota 86 GRMN is now a living thing with a limited run of 100 units available exclusively to the Japanese market and priced to 6.48 million yen. Preorders are open next month at the official Toyota website and at select Toyota dealerships in February. The special 86 GRMN comes with upgraded intake and exhaust systems, GRMN-tuned suspension, special ventilated disc brakes, six-speed close ratio manual gearbox, reduction of weight courtesy of carbon fiber roof, hood, and trunk lid, resin-made rear window, special aero parts for added aerodynamics, reduction of rear seats, and available only in White Pearl Crystal Shine color. As a result, the 2.0L boxer-4 engine produces 219PS of power and 217Nm of torque. Remember, this special model is available only in Japan with 100 units available so good luck with that.

2016 Toyota 86 GRMN

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, with the arrival of Geleen Eugenio, the dance choreographer and a good friend of Lola Nidora's rehearsals for their Christmas Caroling Competition are underway, although looks like Tinidora has some identity crisis to deal with amiga Geleen. So, keep watching Eat Bulaga for more Kalyeserye antics and see if the De Explorer sisters stand a chance to win a new home.


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