Monday, August 1, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 1, 2016)

- The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA has lifted the warning signals raised over some areas after it reported that severe tropical storm Carina (Nida) was leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The signals were removed 1100 hours local time after PAGASA reported that the storm is no longer in the PAR.

- Despite lifting the unilateral ceasefire days ago, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hopes to resume talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines. The President lifted the ceasefire last Saturday after the National Democratic Front of the Philippines failed to announce a reciprocal ceasefire within the deadline that he gave.

- Pope Francis encouraged his young devotees at a global gathering Sunday to "believe in a new humanity" that is stronger than evil and refuses to see borders and barriers. The Pope celebrated a Holy Mass on the meadows in Brzegi, Poland, which is the final part of the annual World Youth Day, a global celebration of young Catholics.

- On the race to the White House, Democratic Presidentiable Hillary Clinton says Russian intelligence services are behind a cyber-attack on computers used by the Democratic National Committee. She said she thinks the case raises serious issues about Russian interference in US elections and US democracy. She also criticized Republican Presidentiable Donald Trump for showing a "very troubling willingness" to support the Russian president. Meanwhile, Trump said in a televised interview that he has not met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and has no ties to the Kremlin.

- On a seemingly related note, Donald Trump made disparaging comments after belittling the parents of the Muslim US solider who died in Iraq in 2004. Trump made disparaging comments about Khizr and Ghazala Khan following their Democratic National Convention appearance last week. Republican Party Governor John Kasich of Ohio also condemn Trump's latest comments.

- Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, says he will deal with the challenges posed by Russian athletes participating in the Rio Olympics in so little time left. Bach told reporters that the total ban would not be justifiable either morally or legally. He said the IOC has set "a very high bar" for Russian athletes, and that they are not being afforded a presumption of innocence.

- Meanwhile, people demanding the permanent ouster of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her supporters have taken to the streets of cities across the country, ahead of the opening of the Rio Olympics. Demonstrations took place in at least 10 states on Sunday.

- Chevrolet's brand new Camaro ZL1 is expected to have 650HP of power output from its supercharged V8 engine, about 10 more than the previous power output mentioned during its unveiling.

- Ford Australia rolled off the last Falcon Ute from its assembly line since last weekend., signalling the end of the company's Ute, ahead of Ford's Australian production in October. It signals the end of Ford's Aussie-made Falcon ute that started since February 1961 and includes seven generations and over 467,000 vehicles. With the saloon version ending production this October and the Territory at the end of the year, Ford's 90-year history of Australian production will end.

- Shooting for ABS-CBN's new TV drama, Till I Met You, starring OTWOL sensations James Reid and Nadine Lustre, has commenced. They commenced taping with her and JC Santos, who plays as a "third wheel" between the main characters.


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