Friday, April 22, 2016

Let's Do The News! (April 22, 2016)

- The Commission of Elections announced that the website hackers used to leak data on millions of Filipino voters has been removed with the help of the United States Department of Justice. COMELEC said the US DOJ helped to disable the website that provoked Filipinos upon finding their names and personal information on the website. The hacker group LulzSec Philippines launched a website featuring a search engine that allows users to search for their names in the leaked database hacked and stolen last month.

- Philippine president Benigno Aquino III wants full investigation on the bloody protest occurred at a national highway in Kidapawan City on the 1st of April. The President pointed out that those who “enticed, provoked, fooled” as opposed to the ones who “fooled, enticed, planned the violence” would have to be dealt with separately, aside from looking at those who exploited the people.

- Japan's prototype stealth fighter codenamed ATD-X began its first flight as it took off from Nagoya, demonstrating the accelerating arms race in East Asia. With its angular design of aircraft designed for stealth, the ATD-X departed early on Friday morning and landed safely at Gifu air base about 25 minutes later.


- Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday, drawing audiences of well-wishers to her Windsor Castle home outside London. The Queen took the throne at the age of 25 over 64 years ago, and has become Britain's longest-reining monarch. She is still actively engaged in public duty at home and abroad.

- The torch relay for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has began in the ancient Greek city of Olympia. During the 7-day relay, runners from across the globe, including a Syrian refugee, are passing the torch. The relay will include about 12,000 torchbearers and will visit 26 states and the capital Brasilia over a period of 95 days. But problems remain as construction of Olympic venues are delayed and political unrest grows over to the impending impeachment of Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff.

- Famed singer Prince, who rose from stardom with his hit songs Kiss and Purple Rain, passed away at the age of  57. The singer was found dead in an elevator at a studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, according to witnesses. Prince's passing sparked a massive outpouring of grief on social media, outside his famed studios and even from the White House.

- BBC announced that a new companion who will join The Doctor in an upcoming return of Doctor Who will be named this Saturday, April 23rd. Who's star will be crowned as the new Doctor's companion? Watch for it!

- Motoring journalist and upcoming Top Gear host Chris Harris will participate at the 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series, as part of the Bentley Team Parker Racing. He will be one of the racers to drive the #30 Continental GT3 alongside Chris O'Connor and Derek Pierce while the Team Parker will also enter the Pro-Am class.

- Guy Hamilton, the director behind famous James Bond films such as Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun, passed away at the age of 93. Anyone should remember that he was one of the people interviewed by former Top Gear host Richard Hammond in 2012's 50 Years of Bond Cars special.


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