Friday, September 9, 2016

Let's Do The News! (September 9, 2016)

- At the closing ceremony of this year's ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos, it is announced that the Philippines will be the next to lead next year's summit, along with an imprint of President Duterte's campaign. The theme for next year's summit "Partnering for change, engaging the world" is broadly similar to Duterte's election slogan "Change is Coming".

- Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama said that he does not take President Duterte's comments seriously as it seems to be just a habit. The scheduled meeting between them was moved to a later date following the harsh comments against the US President. Earlier this week, Duterte said that he will not bow down to Obama if he ever asks him about the rising extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines.

- Four US swimmers, including gold medalist Ryan Lochte, have been suspended from competition for falsely claiming they were robbed in Rio de Janeiro. The United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced on Thursday that they had suspended Lochte for 10 months and three others for four months for violating a code of conduct. The athletes reportedly accepted the sanctions.

- Following the death of Uzbekistan leader Islam Karimov, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev was named as the interim president. The parliament told the Russian media on Thursday that the decision was reached at a joint meeting of both chambers. 

- The European Union leader has urged British PM Theresa May to begin negotiations for Britain to leave the EU as soon as possible. European Council President Donald Tusk met with May in London on Thursday. Tusk said that the ball is now in British court and stressed that initiating the procedure would reduce and eventually end the uncertainty. He said this is everybody's best interests.

- The US has successfully launched a spacecraft with a mission to collect sand and rock samples from an near-earth asteroid. It is the first such attempt since Japan's Hayabusa carried back particles from a different asteroid six years ago. The Atlas 5 rocket carrying Osiris-Rex lifted off at 2305 UTC on Thursday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Osiris-Rex will head to the asteroid Bennu within next year and it will observe for around two years. After that, the spacecraft will return to earth within 2023.

- Jaguar returns to motorsports with its Formula E entry, called the I-Type 1. It will be driven by Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans, with Ho-Pin Tung as the reserve driver.

- A new E-Hybrid variant on the brand-new Porsche Panamera was launched, packed with controlled AWD and an electric range of 50km. It produces 462HP of combined power output and fuel economy of 2.5L/100km.


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