Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let's Do The News! (February 4, 2016)

- The United States is collaborating with the government to monitor potential threats by the Islamic State militants in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Speaking at the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City, the US Ambassador said the rhetorical support of the Abu Sayyaf, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and Ansar al-Khalifa to ISIS might become a major threat to the nation.

- The Malacanang Palace officials defend President Benigno Aquino III over the non-passage of top priority bills. According to one official, the Aquino Administration made efforts to push for the enactment of the priority bills, including the Freedom of Information and anti-dynasty bills. The House of Representatives will be adjourned on the 5th of February and has yet to pass both of these bills.

- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is willing to allow foreign businessmen to lease land in the Philippines for 40 years via the 1987 Constitution. During a meeting in Makati City, Duterte said he's fine with the 70 to 30% arrangement in favor of foreign businessmen.

- Two Democrat rivals for presidency Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders started a word war in a New Hampshire town hall over who best embodies progressive values ahead of next week's first-in-the-nation primary,

- The World Health Organization says that the Zika virus has spread to 32 countries and territories, warning the public to cover up to avoid infection with the mosquito-borne virus. The WHO advises the public to minimize skin exposure and better yet, use insect repellants. Right now, health authorities in the US and Thailand reported Zika infections the WHO has yet to be confirmed.

- An explosion occurred in a Daallo Airlines jetliner shortly after takeoff from the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. One person believed to be blown out and killed while two others are hurt.

- The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka crossover has been facelifted with a new look, new features, and new engine choices including "Whisper Diesel" engines.

2017 Opel Mokka X
- Action star Vin Diesel confirmed that the ninth and tenth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise is due on 2019 and 2021. The eighth installment is due next year and it's the first of the three-film finale.

- Twenty-four lots as seen on 007: SPECTRE are officially unveiled in the Christie's Auction. Apart from the Aston Martin DB10 driven by James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the film, there are other items on bidding such as a Q's laptop used by Ben Whishaw, a SPECTRE clapperboard signed by Daniel Craig, steel nails worn by Dave Bautista, and one of Oberhauser outfits tailored by Christoph Waltz. Bidding starts from the 16th to the 23rd of February at Christie's. Proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders, other charitable organizations, and the United Nations Mine Action Service. Check out the list:


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