Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Let's Do The News! (April 26, 2016)

- A Canadian hostage got beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu. The Canadian hostage was identified as John Ridsdel of Calgary, Alberta and according to reports, two men on a motorcycle left Ridsdel's head, placed inside a plastic bag, along a street in Jolo in Sulu province and then escaped. The militants threatened to execute one of three men - two Canadians and a Norwegian - they kidnapped last September from a marina on southern Samal Island if the P300 million ransom was not paid by 1500 hours on Monday.

- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee said the inquiry in the 81 million dollar money laundering case is suspended and will resume on the 12th of May. Over the past six hearings, the Blue Ribbon Committee was able to find out how most of the funds stolen from Bangladesh entered the country two months ago and how large amounts were spent on casinos.

- 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, which is known to be the worst nuclear disasters in history. On April 26th, 1986, one of the reactors undergoing a test-run exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. About 30 workers and firefighters died after being exposed to high radiation levels. Memorial services were held in the very event as sirens sounded at 0123 hours local time, the exact time the accident occurred, honoring the victims.

- French researchers have found that it takes 14 days after biting an infected person for a certain type of mosquito to pass on the Zika virus to an uninfected person. The mosquito-borne virus is spreading since last year, mostly in South America.

- Japan unveiled the official logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Dubbed as the Checkered Emblem, it will replace the first choice which was thrown out last year for plagiarism. The new design used traditional Japanese colors and patterns to represent the intercultural themes of the Games.

- The final live-action Resident Evil/Biohazard film starring Milla Jovovich, titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Biohazard: The Final), will premiere in Japanese theaters first on the 23rd of December, 2016, before its worldwide release following the US in the 27th of January, 2017.

- 1,000,000 Mazda Roadster models since the first generation were produced.

- General Motors placed production at four plants in temporary suspension following series of Kumamoto quakes and the expectation of parts shortages.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, the lolas set up an obstacle course to train the Quandos for their upcoming sportsfest.


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