Friday, September 2, 2016

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

- The Commission of Elections yesterday decided to postpone the printing of ballots for the barangay and SK elections despite the absence of congressional resolution deferring the twin polls. COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista said the poll body had ordered the National Printing Office to suspend indefinitely the printing of official ballots.

- The military will deploy thousands of extra troops on their ongoing fight against the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu. Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano said three more battalions will be deployed to add to the six Army and two Marine battalions currently hunting down the terrorists in the troubled province.

- An explosion destroyed the SpaceX rocket and the satellite along with it at Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, two days before it is to be launched. No one was hurt in the accident. NASA and SpaceX say it was test firing its unmanned rocket at a launch pad, when the blast suddenly occurred shortly after 0900 hours local time.

- The State Department will publish the entire schedule of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State before Election Day, adding tensions on the ongoing legal battle on the Democratic Presidential candidate.

- A special art exhibition to mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks will open on the 12th of September at a New York museum. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum held a media preview on Thursday. Thirteen New York-based artists have created works showing their reactions to the attacks 15 years ago.

- An annular solar eclipse has been observed from central to southern Africa. In Reunion Island, about 3,000 islanders and tourists enjoyed the spectacle on Thursday, using protective glasses. The moon began to cover the sun around half past noon. The ring of fire was visible after 2PM and lasted for three minutes.

- Speaking of which, with Alolan Rattata uncovered in the latest Pokemon Sun & Moon info, there's a limited-time bonus in store for those who bought the game and yes, it's just a Munchlax but it has a Snorilum Z gem held. What does that mean? It means that when evolved into Snorlax, it can used its signature Z-move called Pulverizing Pancake! It also means that certain Pokemon have their own signature Z moves when holding their very own Z gem. That sounds so special...

- Skoda's flagship SUV, the Kodiaq, was finally revealed in a special reveal event. It will be powered by two TDi and three TSi engines by launch.

2017 Skoda Kodiaq

- The hit Super Mario Maker game lands on the 3DS! Now you can create Super Mario levels wherever you go and show it to the world! In North America, it should be out by the end of the year. No launch date is given to the Japanese market for now...

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS

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