Monday, January 30, 2017

Let's Do The News! (January 30, 2017)

- PAGASA's Project Noah will be shut down on March. According to an interview, Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Project Director for the program giving data for disaster prevention will be active until the end of February due to insufficient funding and there are no papers yet for the fund and no budget for employees' compensation.

- Following the Jee Ick Joo murder case, the Philippine government will dissolve anti-drugs units but President Rodrigo Duterte's ongoing war on drugs will go on until the last day of his term. President Duterte was embarrassed that anti-drugs officers had abused their power to engage in kidnapping, leading to the death of the Korean businessman on the grounds of the national police headquarters.

- The Senate investigation on the issue of "Tokhang-for-Ransom" has been temporarily suspended. According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, the Chairman of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, the Philippine National Police should be given time to implement their internal cleansing while giving chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa time to rid of crooked cops.

- US President Donald Trump implemented a ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority nations and said the United States will resume issuing visas for all countries in the next 90 days as he faced rising criticism at home and abroad and new protests in US cities. This weekend, Trump signed the directive, putting a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a three-month bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

- Five people were reportedly killed during a gunfire at a mosque in Quebec, Canada, on Sunday evening. Witnesses told three men fired on about 40 people inside the building.

- The latest presidential candidate to join the French presidential elections is former education minister Benoit Hamon from the major left wing group led by the ruling Socialist party. Hamon defeated ex-Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday in a primary runoff of the electoral alliance. Hamon gained more than 58 percent of the vote.

- In response to President Trump's immigration order, popular ride-sharing firm lyft is donating a million dollars to the American Civil Liberties Union for the next four years. The announcement came in the form of an email sent to Lyft users by the company's co-founders. Right now, the ACLU condemns Trump's executive order banning the entrance of refugees and temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

- Earlier, the parent company of the Manor Racing team had filed for bankruptcy protection and now, Manor Racing is officially gone as well as their hopes to expand their Formula One grid.

- The title for the upcoming Ace Combat 7 game is Ace Combat 7: SKIES UNKNOWN and in addition to the PS4 release this year, it will also be available for XBOX One and PC users.

- McLaren celebrates the 25th anniversary of the McLaren F1 hypercar and they've released the unseen footage of the car's legendary max speed run at Ehra-Lessien since 1998.


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