Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let's Do The News! (August 8, 2017)

- Classes and work in some schools were suspended due to road closures and anticipated traffic congestion brought about by the culminating event of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting today.

- During the ASEAN meeting, the foreign ministers reaffirmed their commitment in their collective battle against terrorism. In their joint statement, the members stressed the need for a comprehensive solution against the Islamic State terror group from Syria, which has found its way to Southeast Asian sovereignty.

- The meeting between the foreign ministers of Vietnam and China were cancelled on a sidelines of a regional gathering, amid growing tension between the two countries over the South China Sea. The Chinese embassy officials gave no reason for the cancellation of the meeting scheduled for Monday in Manila between China's Wang Yi and Vietnam's Pham Binh Minh.

- Muntinlupa representative and former BOC commissioner Ruffy Biazon expressed concern that his former agency's corruption has become a "culture" in its own.

- An Australian Navy survey ship has found a US military aircraft crashed through the northeast coast at the weekend, killing three Marines. The U.S. Defense Department identified the three Marines as First Lieutenant Benjamin Cross, 26, of Oxford, Maine; Corporal Nathaniel Ordway, 21, of Sedgwick, Kansas; and Private First Class Ruben Velasco, 19, of Los Angeles.

- Following last week's installation of an all-powerful new legislative body run by leftist President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party loyalists, despite massive protests and a global outcry, Venezuela is heading towards a more volatile stage of unrest after anti-government forces looted weapons during a weekend raid on a military base and frustration over what some see as an ineffectual opposition leadership boils over.

- Former Mad Men stars John Slattery and Christina Hendricks reunite for a new show created by the showrunner Matthew Weiner.

- EB presenter Maine Mendoza was named as top regional individual taxpayer by the Bureau of Internal Revenue Caloocan.

- The stars of the hit anime film "your name.", Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu, are now 1/8th scale figures courtesy of Good Smile Company. These figures based on characters from the blockbuster film are now available to order starting at 8.148 Yen plus tax and delivery and arrives this March.


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