Thursday, December 8, 2016

Let's Do The News! (December 8, 2016)

- MalacaƱang officials said opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte's polices and to decisions his administration his made are all welcome. Prior to his being elected president, Duterte repeatedly said he's open to criticisms because it's part of the territory of governance and democracy. Contrary to ouster plot rumors, the Liberal Party says no "yellow" plot to oust Duterte and install VP Leni Robredo in the presidency.

- A new Human Rights Watch report urged the Philippine government to promote condom use to prevent the sharp rise of HIV cases in the Philippines, where 32,647 diagnosed cases have been reported since 1984. Despite government data showing a tenfold increase in infections among MSMs between 2010 and 2015, the Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau reported in March that sex between males was the most predominant mode of transmission among males diagnosed with HIV since 1984 at around 81%.

- Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana says that it's highly unlikely his country will allow the US military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China. Lorenzana said US ships and aircraft could use bases in Guam, Okinawa, or fly from aircraft carriers to patrol the disputed waters.

- December 7th, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and US President Barack Obama, whose term ends next month, has observed this milestone by expressing readiness to visit the site in Hawaii with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe this month.
- US President Donald Trump nominates Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is infamous for his support for fossil fuels and he strongly opposed against the Obama administration's environmental policy.

- The Japanese Foreign Ministry has officially announced Russian president Vladimir Putin to visit Japan next week. The ministry said that Putin will have an official working visit from December 15 to 16 and hold meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

- Experts warned that work on a subway extension could trigger a cave-in, about two months before a massive sinkhole appeared in the streets of Fukuoka, Japan. A large section of a road near JR Hakata Station collapsed on the 8th of November and authorities blamed underground work on a subway station.

- Investigators in western Japan say that a crane-truck driver was playing Pokemon Go on a smartphone when his vehicle hit and killed a woman on a mini-bike. The truck driver in question, Hiroki Negami, is charged with negligent driving resulting in death for an accident that occurred in Nagaokakyo, Kyoto Prefecture in September.

- Dodge unveiled the first-ever Challenger GT AWD, which features Dodge's high-performance all-wheel-drive system derived from the Charger. Available exclusively with the 3,6L Pentastar V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the new variant's AWD system includes an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for excellent all-season performance and fuel economy.

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD


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