Thursday, June 23, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 23, 2016)

- Presumptive Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will hold a simple inauguration ceremony at the Quezon City Reception House on the end of June. Robredo will take her oath of office before Ronaldo Coner, the barangay captain of Punta Tarawal Calabnga in Camarines Sur. It will be limited to 300 guests invited to the inauguration.

- Meanwhile the guests invited to the inauguration of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte at Malacanang has increased to 627 because there are personalities who needed to attend the presidential inauguration because of the office they represent. Included in the list are members of the diplomatic corps, lawmakers, justices, as well as ranking officers of the AFP, PNP, Cabinet members, and some 150 personal guests.

- Pope Francis strongly condemns capital punishment, saying it's an offense to life, contradicts God's plan and serves no purpose for punishment. In a video message to an anti-death penalty congress in Norway, Francis declared the "thou shall not kill" commandment has an absolute value and applies both the innocent and the guilty. Rody Duterte, who plans to revive the death penalty, says that death is retribution, not deterrent, to those who committed crimes.

- The historic EU referendum in the fate of the United Kingdom has begun and voters across the country will decide whether it will remain or leave the European Union. Over 46 million people are eligible to vote according to the Electoral Commission and voting will end on the 2200 hours local time. The final result is announced on Friday.

- US Democrats demanding tighter gun control legislation have staged a sit-in in the House of Representatives, following the June 12 Orlando massacre that killed 49 people and injured 53 at a nightclub, marking it the worst mass shooting in US history.

- Weightlifters from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus are facing being banned from the Rio Olympics for doping offenses. Retested samples from 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games yielded three or more positive results from each of the three countries. The International Olympic Committee is carrying out the tests.

- The most extreme McLaren P1 ever made, the P1 LM, was unveiled ahead of this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Lanzante, the firm responsible for the F1 LM, managed to convert five (or six) P1 GTR machines for road-legal use. That meant, revamped the hybrid powertrain to retain its 1000PS power output and reducing 130lbs of weight from the GTR by removing the onboard air-jacking system, fitting polycarbonate windows, refabricating the exhaust and cat pipes out of lightweight Inconel and the bolts out of titanium. The engine bay is lined in gold, just like the original F1.

- The VW up! has been given a minor change featuring a revised exterior and a new 1.0L turbo engine, producing 90PS of power and 160Nm of torque.

- Aquamarine unveiled a figure of THE IDOLM@STER Million Live's Mirai Kasuga, in her Million Spark outfit as seen in the mobile game. She's now available to order for 12,500 Yen plus tax and deliveries will commence this November.


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