Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Let's Do The News! (February 17, 2016)

- According to reports, China has deployed surface-to-air missiles in one of the contested islands in the disputed South China Sea. Based on the satellite imagery, advanced missile launchers and a radar system are detected on Woody Island, proving that China is militarizing the islands in the disputed sea and intensifies tensions in the region. China denies that, of course.

- After his stint at the US-ASEAN summit, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III met up with the top officials of Walt Disney International, discussing the possible investment opportunities with the entertainment conglomerate. Aquino's in California for a two-day working visit which involves business meetings with Western Digital Corp. and AECOM's Enterprise Growth Solutions.

- Presidential aspirant Mar Roxas told the truth about the planes he used for his campaign, stating that he paid for them. According to reports, Roxas and the other candidates are using a Citation Mustang worth $2.5 million; a Citation CJ4 worth $9 million; a Cessna Sovereign worth $19 million; four Cessna Caravans, each worth $2.5 million, and a Bell 429 helicopter worth $6.5 million.

- The top officials of the United Nations discussed for the first time the outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika Virus. The Zika Virus has spread to over 30 countries, mostly in Central and South America. Researchers suspect the link between the virus and numerous babies born with abnormally small heads.

- Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, passed away at the age of 93. The veteran Egyptian diplomat who served from 1992 to 1996, led the UN during conflicts in Somalia and Rwanda, died at the hospital in Cairo. Boutros-Ghali is the professor at Cairo University and once served as minister of state in charge of foreign affairs under the administrations of Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak.

- The upcoming Jaguar F-Type SVR, due to be unveiled in next month's Geneva Motor Show, will be powered by a more powerful version of the Supercharged 5.0L V8 engine, producing 575HP of power and 516lb-ft of torque. 0-60mph is now 3.5 seconds and to speed is over 200mph (195 for the convertible model).

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR

- Lotus unveiled the ultimate version of the open-top Elise, called the Elise Cup 250. Limited to 200 units, the Cup 250 features an updated 1.8L supercharged engine that delivers 250PS of power and 184lb-ft of torque. It can do 0-60mph in 3,9 seconds and onwards to 154mph. Prices start at 45,600 Pounds.

Lotus Elise Cup 250

- Surprise! Another Alpine Concept is set for next month's Geneva unveiling. Called the Vision Concept, this concept car is a sign that the Alpine brand from Renault is all set to be unveiled before the end of 2016 and production will be commenced next year.

Alpine Vision Concept

- If you have ten thousand yen to spare, why not book on this? It's a DreamTech figure of Kaede Takagaki (in her casual clothing) from The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls. To be released this July, this figure costs 9.800 Yen and this can be a great part to your collection of your Cinderella Girls.

Kaede Takagaki (Casual version)


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