Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 7, 2016)

- The incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte mulls a tax on junk food and an additional levy on gasoline and other oil products. In a television interview, incoming finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III said he would like to impose a tax on food products that are "obesity-and-disease-causing" including junk food and the tax imposition should stop people from consuming unhealthy foods.

- Meanwhile, Duterte said he would no longer grant interviews to reporters until his term ends to avoid criticisms and wrong statements following his comments on journalist killings.

- PAGASA said the southwest monsoon or habagat will continue to linger and bring rains over most parts of the country on Tuesday. In its advisory, Luzon will be most affected by the monsoon, with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms likely.

- As Muslims began observing the holy month of Ramadan, governments from across the globe are on heightened alert, after the Islamic State urged its followers to carry out attacks during the period. Some opposition forces in Syria asked the United Nations to urge the government of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to half attacks during Ramadan.

- Ukrainian security officials have detained a French man on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks to coincide with the Euro 2016 soccer championship. The Security Service of Ukraine announced on Monday that the man was arrested late last month at a checkpoint on the border with Poland, seizing automatic rifles, over 5,000 bullets and rpgs. Investigators say he was planning attacks for around the Euro 2016, which is set to start on the 10th of June in France. They say his targets included French government office buildings and a mosque.

- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was reportedly gained enough delegates to win the presidential nomination at the Democratic Party convention next month. Ahead of an upcoming "Super Tuesday" Democratic presidential primaries, reports told that Clinton secured 2,383 delegates, more than enough to score the nomination. Clinton's the first female politician to win a presidential nomination of a major US party and she's going to have an uphill battle against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

- Tropical Storm Colin gained speed over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday as it headed toward northwest of Florida, causing thunderstorms and flooding while the state's governor activated the National Guard ahead of its landfall. The storm is about 35 miles from Florida as of 8:00 PM easter time and it barrelled toward land at 23mph, faster than it moved earlier in the day, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

- The latest online polls in Britain show the "Brexit" campaign has a slight lead ahead of the June 23rd referendum. The similar results of polls taken last week by ICM and YouGov were released on Monday. The YouGov poll showed that 45% would support Brexit while 41% would opt to stay. On Monday, former London mayor Boris Johnson, the advocate of Brexit, said the risks of remaining in EU are becoming more obvious. UK PM David Cameron, meanwhile, warned that leaving the EU would be catastrophic in its economy.

- The Renault Twingo received the range-topping GT variant packed with 110HP of horsepower from its 900cc 3-cylinder engine. It will debut at this month's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

2017 Renault Twingo GT

- The all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate was unveiled, packed with the same technological and performance features as the saloon model as well as a E43 AMG 4Matic variant with 9-speed gearbox.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG Estate
- CHECK THIS OUT: As the audition for the upcoming South Korean drama adaptation of THE IDOLM@STER is still underway, 19 finalists split into two teams, A Team and B Team, and tasked to do original music videos. Here's the result;


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