Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 24, 2016)

- Typhoon Dindo has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, according to PAGASA. At 12:00 PM, the storm was located 1,200km East Northeast of Itbayan, Batanes, packing max winds of 130kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160kph. No signal warnings have been raised but still alerted the public concerned agencies to monitor the situation.

- Embattled Senator Leila de Lima says linking her to the PDAF scam involving mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles was unfair, stressing that she herself handled the cases of Napoles when she was Justice Secretary. De Lima reacted following President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement to re-investigate the pork barrel scam case involving Napoles and some senators.

- President Rodrigo Duterte said he was sarcastic about the threat to leave the United Nations. However, Duterte insisted the UN should not meddle with the affairs of the Philippines.

- The Turkish military launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and the country's state-run news agency said Turkish tanks had crossed into Syria as part of the offensive.

- 38 people were reportedly died after a magnitude 6.2 quake struck central Italy. The USGS says the quake struck at around 0330 hours local time. The focus of the quake is estimated to be about 100km northeast of Rome at a depth of 10km. Emergency workers are trying to pull people from the debris. But rescue operations and damage assessment are difficult due to its mountainous region.

- US President Barack Obama has visited the flood-hit state of Louisiana to inspect the recovery efforts. Obama met the FEMA, who had been working in the state, to hear about the extent of the damage and the recovery operations. Last week's deadliest floods killed 13 people and affected at least 60,000 homes.

- Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev was enraged over the decision that prevented Russian athletes from entering the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. Medvedev was responding to the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold the IPC's ban on Russian athletes over doping.

- The Tesla Model S will spawn a more powerful P100D, which is the quickest car ever made with a 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds and has 315 miles of range.

- In preparation for the inaugural Roborace, the new autonomous racing sport has created DevBot for that very purpose that is set to support the upcoming 2016-2017 season of the FIA Formula E Championship.

- Kia Motors showcased its image sketch of their upcoming Pride/Rio subcompact, set to debut at this year's Paris Motor Show.


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