Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 2, 2016)

- The Philippine Air Force will be acquiring more attack helicopters to boost its fleet as part of a long-term upgrade program. This project is part of the PAF Flight Plan 2028 and very much in line with the president's thrust. It would boost the existing MD-520 attack units and newly acquired AW-109s. As of now, the PAF has between 12 to 16 MD-520s and eight AW-109 attack helicopters.

- The Supreme Court has summoned Vice President Leni Robredo to reply to the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos. The tribunal asked the vice president to file an answer to Marcos' protest within 10 days of receipt of summons.

- Senator Leila De Lima decried the "do-it-yourself justice" introduced in the current administration's war on drugs and criminality. The senator defended her call for an investigation on the rising number of extrajudicial killings and summary executions of alleged drug users and dealers.

- A Truce Mural has been unveiled at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, calling on warring parties to cease hostilities and observe the Olympic Truce. IOC President Thomas Bach marked the inauguration of the mural and it was signed with messages of peace by athletes and officials during the Games. The Truce Mural has been part of the Games since the Sydney 2000 Games.

- Health authorities in the US state of Florida have announced that 10 more people are affected with the Zika virus. The officials said that the 10 people are also believed to have contracted the virus from mosquitoes. They said six of them have not exhibited symptoms such as fever, but that they have tested positive for Zika.

- New Pokemon Sun and Moon info on the radar. Today, new Pokemon are announced such as Fomantis and its evolved form Lurantis, Gumshoos (the evolved form of Yangoos), Minior, Mudbray (which evolves to Mudsdale), and Oricorio (with four different variations). In addition, familiar Pokemon have been given Alola forms such as Exeggutor, Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew, and Sandslash. Apart from these new Pokemons, there's a brand new Z-Moves feature where you can have your Pokemon unleash its powerful Z-Move that corresponds to the crystal equipped on the ring. For example, if Pikachu holds an electric-type Z-crystal that corresponds to the matching Z-crystal equipped on the Z-Ring, it can unleash the powerful Gigavolt Havoc. Z-Moves can be used once per battle but you can experience it on the real world as Takara Tomy announced a Z-Ring toy for sale, coinciding the launch of the games.

- In Pokemon Go-related news, as sales of the Pokemon Go Plus accessory has been pushed to September, reports told that New York State prohibits sex offenders to play this game as well as other stuff as a condition of parole in the state. Under the condition, registered sex offenders under state supervision who download, access, or play the game will violate the terms of their parole. Meanwhile, a recent study shows that more women in the USA play Pokemon Go than men.

- J-POP hip hop group Home Made Kazoku goes on hiatus at the end of the year as the members are pursuing their solo careers but hope to reunite later with new skills.

- Racing simulation game Assetto Corsa will feature three Porsche Packs and all packs have a total of 24 Porsche cars featured. The first batch of the Assetto Corsa Porsche DLC is expected late September in PC and console versions.


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