Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 17, 2016)

- The death toll for the habagat onslaught has now reached 13, with nine missing and six wounded, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. About 55,963 families of 262,271 individuals were dislocated by the habagat rains in Region 1, III, CALABARZON, Region VI, NCR, and CAR.

- Back to the imminent Marcos burial, Malacanang officials said the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would push through in September unless the Supreme Court issues a temporary restraining order against it.

- The Sandiganbayan granted the motion of Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to travel to Germany, France, and Hong Kong. The Fourth Division of the Sandiganbayan ordered the former president and her husband, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, to deposit a travel bond before the court. The court granted Arroyo's request to leave for Munich and Paris not earlier than September 19 and must return not later than October 3. As for Hong Kong, Arroyo was allowed to leave not earlier than October 29 and must return by November 4. 

- Back for some more of Trump's provocations, Republican Presidentiable Donald Trump vows to reject "bigotry and hatred and oppression in all its forms" following his slow response to the support of a former KKK leader and racially tinged comments about a judge's ethnicity generated controversy. His statement came the same day that was campaigning in the Milwaukee area, where violent protests that erupted after police killed a suspect who authorities said was armed. Still, could be worse, he was leading against his rival Hillary Clinton in the poll among military households by 10 points, based on the survey conducted by NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

- The death toll from the deadliest flood in Louisiana has reached 11. A levee was overtopped in one parish and over three-quarters of the homes were destroyed in another parish. Eight more parishes were added to the existing federal disaster zone, for a total of 20, and overnight curfews were in effect for over a dozen cities and parishes. Since Friday, most of the state has gotten more than a foot of rain and some parts have been swamped with as much as 30 inches, according to the National Weather Service. It was the worst disaster that struck the US since Hurricane Sandy four years ago.

- The Russians used an Iranian air base for the first time to launch a "concentrated airstrike" against the Islamic State group and other militants in Syria. The move appears to be a gesture against the US and other countries supporting Syrian rebels. Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that Russia flew Tu-22M3 bombers and Su-34 fighter-bombers from the Hamadan air base in western Iran. The planes struck targets linked to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly the Nusra Front. In response, the US State Department expressed a sense of caution against Russia's use of a military base in Iran and if proven true, Russia would violate the UNSC resolution concerning Iran.

- Norway's Ministry of Transport denied reports that the country is planning to ban gas and diesel vehicles by 2025, saying new technology would do the job (in the long term) rather than regulations. Norway's leaders want to "encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles by using the carrot instead of stick." Meanwhile, Holland's ban on gas-powered cars by 2025 is making progress while older gas-powered vehicles would be legal due to the grandfather clause.

- The Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona special edition models returned at the Dodge lineup for the 2017 model year with special extras in store for each.

- Here's the first trailer for the upcoming TV drama, Till I Met You, starring James Reid, Nadine Lustre, and JC Santos. It's set to air on ABS-CBN on the 29th of August, 2016.


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