Friday, July 15, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 15, 2016)

- Former Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay have posted bail for the criminal charges filed against them. The Office of the Ombudsman earlier indicted the former VP for graft, malversation of public funds and falsification of public documents in connection with the anomalous construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

- President Rodrigo Duterte asks former president Fidel V Ramos to fly to China to begin talks with Chinese officials, two days after an international tribunal ruled that Beijing's expansive territorial claim in the South China Sea has no legal basis. Duterte said last night the interest of the Philippines and its allies would be considered as they strive to settle the territorial row through diplomacy.

- The Department of Tourism is set to negotiate with the Miss Universe organizers after getting the approval of President Duterte for the Philippines to host next year's pageant. DOT Undersecretary Kat de Castro said they will be in talks with Miss Universe president Paula Shugart and her team, who are arriving this weekend.

- 84 people were killed in a truck attack in the French resort city of Nice. The truck ran down people who had gathered for Bastille Day celebrations on Thursday night. Reports quoted officials as saying the truck drove two kilometers through the large crowd. The driver identified as a 31-year-old man of Tunisian descent who had been investigated for violence and use of weapons but authorities have no information linking him with terrorism. The truck zigzagged at a speed of 50km per hour before stopping at an area where upscale hotels are located. The driver was killed by the policemen.

- Back to the Race to the White House, presumptive Republican presidentiable Donald Trump has reported decided to name Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Democratic presidentiable Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is stepping up efforts to pick her running mate in the lead-up to the Democratic Party convention later this month.

Despite having held talks over the phone, South Sudan president Salva Kiir and vice president Riek Machar failed to resolve an impasse. Fighting between government troops and opposition forces flared up earlier this month. Although the fierce fighting has subsided in recent days, the situation remains precarious.

- New British PM Theresa May has appointed pro-,anti-Brexit campaigners to key Cabinet posts, in an apparent bid to seek domestic reconciliation. May finished important Cabinet appointments on Thursday, one day after she became prime minister.
- Pokemon Go has established a new US record as the most popular smartphone game. Developed by Nintendo and Niantic Labs, Pokemon Go has about 21 million active daily users, surpassing the previous record of 20 million set by Candy Crush, according to sources.

- A PHEV variant of the flagship BMW 7-Series was added with three variations such as the BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance. All models come with a 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor, capable of combined power output of 326HP and promises 2.2 - 2.0 litres per 100 kilometres of fuel economy.


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