Friday, February 10, 2017

Let's Do The News! (February 10, 2017)

- The Office of the Presidential Adviser of the Peace Process has named the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. Late last year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order that expanded the BTC membership to 21. The crafting of the enabling law is part of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed between the government and the MILF rebels three years ago.

- The Bureau of Corrections official who allegedly leaked a memo about the lavish lifestyles of high-profile inmates who testified in Congress will be suspended. During a radio interview, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Alvin Herrera Lim, the chief of BuCor legal office, had an "axe to grind" against him because of the charges that brought against him.

- Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said that he hopes President Duterte will be granted emergency powers to speed up infrastructure projects. Zhao said China-funded infrastructure projects should be completed within President Duterte's term "because we are quite afraid of taking up projects that go beyond the presidential term" because of potential complications.

- A US federal appeals court has ruled against reinstating US President Donald Trump's travel ban against people from seven Muslim majority countries. The US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco recently released its ruling and reviewed the temporary suspension of the travel ban issued by the federal district court in the state of Washington last week.

- Meanwhile, a top Trump aide has raised ethics concerns after the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, promotes her fashion line. In a TV appearance from the White House, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway urged people to "Go buy Ivanka's stuff," adding that she is "Going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody." Reports told that this move maybe in violation of federal ethics rules that prohibit executive branch employees from using their positions to endorse any product, service or enterprise. This follows after President Trump attacked Nordstrom via Twitter for treating Ivanka unfairly after is stopped selling products made by her brand.

- A memorial ceremony has been held in Ehime Prefecture to remember the victims of the maritime tragedy in Hawaii involving a US submarine and a Japanese high-school training boat. The Ehime Maru sank after collided by the USS Greenville on February 10, 2001. Nine people, including students and teachers, were killed.

- Tesla is reportedly start selling its electric cars in India as soon as this summer as the electric car company wants to capitalize on a relatively small but growing vehicle-buying base.

- The Audi RS3 Sportback has been returned and updated for the 2018 Model Year. Following the first ever RS3 Sedan, the new Sportback model incorporates the same 2.5L 5-cylinder TFSi engine, producing 400HP of power, making it the most powerful hot hatch ever made.

2018 Audi RS3 Sportback

- Slightly Mad Studios unveiled PROJECT CARS 2 in their first trailer and will be arriving stores in late 2017.


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