Thursday, January 14, 2016

Let's Do The News! (January 14, 2016)

- A series of explosions occurred in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, which left four people killed. The explosion occurred outside a shopping mall before 1100 hours. A certain witness told that in the site of the explosion, there were gunshots occurred. Police regard the blast as an act of terrorism.

- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the four people suspected of links to the Islamic State militants were detained for aiding the suicide bomber who killed ten Germans and injuring 15 others near a world heritage site in downtown Istanbul. Earlier, authorities identified the bomber as Nabil Fadli, a Syrian and member of ISIL. Fadli entered Turkey a few days ago as a refugee and the Prime Minister disclosed that there had been multiple people behind him who had played important roles.

- The Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called on his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to cooperate with the UN Security Council to adopt a new resolution incorporating economic sanctions against North Korea following last week's nuclear test. Kishida said that last week's nuclear test was a serious security threat on a global scale and Lavrov called it a violation to UNSC resolutions.

- Philippine President Noynoy Aquino rejected the bill which increases the Social Security System monthly pension of retirees by two thousand pesos. Aquino insisted that the pension hike may result to substantial negative income for the SSS as it may only resort to using its Investment Reserve Fund to support the pension hike.

- The North American division of Middle Easter broadcaster Al Jazeera will cease their US cable news operations by the end of April after three years of operations. The reason of their closure is because its business is not sustainable in today's economic condition in the US media marketplace.

- Walt Disney officials said that their newest theme park in Shanghai, China, will be opened on the 16th of June, 2016. This theme park is a joint venture between Disney and a certain Chinese consortium. Construction began five years ago at Shanghai's Pudong district.

- Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first female drive in Formula One, competing in grand prixs in 1958 and 1959, passed away at the age of 89 over the weekend in Lomary, Italy.

- JPOP fans have been busy reading the news about the impending breakup of members from the famed JPOP boy band SMAP. The recent development comes in from a certain newspaper report that four of the five members are in talks to leave the talent agency Johnny & Associates after their longtime manager leaves the position as director of its subsidiary company. Other reports told that there was a conflict between the manager and the agency VP that caused the imminent breakup.

- In one episode of On The Wings of Love, Leah (played by Nadine Lustre) had a surprise bridal shower thrown by her friends. She was shocked until Clark (James Reid) comes in, wearing a police uniform and doing a macho dance on her. Now, this episode's in hot water after receiving complaints from the Philippine National Police. The staff behind the show apologized for that matter.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, Yaya Dub joins the Miss Barangay pageant...and she was placed as 1st runner up. Despite the results, it's more than enough to help Lola Nidora, but for Alden, he has a surprise for Yaya Dub for their weeksary. What is it? Tune in next time and find out.

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