Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Let's Do The News! (April 10, 2018)

- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered mining companies yesterday to conduct tree planting projects and threatened to ban all open pit mining next year. The Southeast Asian nation’s mining sector has been under fire by Duterte’s government for environmental damage and alleged violations that include building mines in prohibited areas like watersheds. The fiery leader said miners should make an extra effort to plant trees in areas denuded by mining.

- Returning to the Grab-Uber drama, a former LTFRB member pointed out that the company still has a  local competition. Atty. Ariel Inton, founder of the Lawyers for Commuters Protection clarified that the LTFRB accredited three TNCs in the Philippines: Grab, Uber, and U-Hop, a local company. However, Inton questioned the capability of U-Hop to compete against Grab since the Filipino TNC is not well-known.

- Over two months after former president Benigno Aquino III, former Health Secretary Janette Garin, and other officials were slapped with a complaint over their alleged violation of the Omnibus Election Code in relation to the Dengvaxia fiasco, another complaint will soon be filed against the same former government executives.

- Only about 6,700 out of the 400,000 Filipino war veterans recognized by the United States are still alive.

- Sinclair Broadcast Group is facing an attack on its own stations as a certain advocacy group spent "six figures" on ads targeting against the company after a Deadspin video featuring news anchors reading the company-mandated script criticizing "fake news" went viral last Holy Week. In its defense, Sinclair aired their 15-second message before and after the ad in question, saying they are "proud to present both sides of issues" but calling it "misleading" in their post-ad message.

- The Audi Vision Gran Turismo was unveiled, in hybrid and e-tron guise, and it's now playable on GT SPORT via the latest update. In addition, the Audi e-tron VGT will be making a real-world appearance at this weekend's ABB FIA Formula E Rome e-Prix.

2018 Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo

- The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro gains a facelift for the 2019 model year with all automatic models now armed with a 10-speed AT.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro

- Seiyuu Atsuko Enomoto is one with the #MeToo movement and discusses about harassment in industry.

- Actress Bea Alonzo unfollows but follows back Gerald Anderson on Instagram.

- New Pokemon Sun and Moon toys from Takara Tomy on the radar! The Pokemon plushies range welcomes Pikachu and Dusk Forme Lycanroc, in their Ultra Guardians duty, as well as the legendary Pokemon Lugia in honor of this summer's Pokemon film. These plushies will arrive this May. New in the Poke Del-Z range is the DX Battle Set featuring Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, available this late April, with a Groudon and Kyogre set coming this June.


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