Monday, April 23, 2018

Let's Do The News! (April 23, 2018)

- The Philippine National Police is seeking help on President Rodrigo Duterte on cases involving high-value targets allowed to post bail despite yielding kilos of shabu in drug busts. Based on the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, a mere possession of 10 grams of shabu is already a nonbailable offense but in the case of Li Hong Peng, he was once collared for possessing 20 kilograms of shabu but later monitored to have been walking out of his detention cell.

- Kuwaiti authorities arrested two Filipinos for allegedly convincing housemaids to run away from their employers' homes as the Philippines’ ambassador faced questions for comments about his embassy’s work in aiding abused workers, authorities said Sunday. This comes as relations are tense between Kuwait and the Philippines, which sends many domestic laborers to the Gulf Arab emirate.

- The International Monetary Fund will systematically address corruption and its impact on economic growth with all its member countries under new guidelines launched on Sunday.

- Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became the target of the Republican Party's midterm plan. With control of Congress up for grabs this fall, the GOP’s most powerful players are preparing to spend big on plans to feature Clinton as a central villain in attack ads against vulnerable Democrats nationwide. The strategy, which already has popped up in races in Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Dakota, illustrates the resilience and political potency of Republican voters’ antipathy for Clinton. As difficult as it’s been for Democrats to move past the Clinton era, it may be even harder for Republicans.

- Prince Harry will attend Monday's memorial marking the 25th anniversary of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in a killing that triggered far-reaching changes to British attitudes and policing.

- Nabi Tajima, the world's oldest person, passed away at the age of 117. Born on August 4, 1900, she was the last living person born on the 19th century. Tajima claimed the distinction in September when fellow 117-year-old Violet Brown died in Jamaica.

- Strong rainfall prompted today's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to postpone for tomorrow while in a middle of a race.

- The 991.2-spec Porsche 911 GT3 RS lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife at 6:56.4, the third fastest car to lap round the legendary track.

- Honda teases their upcoming N VAN kei van coming this summer.

Honda N VAN teaser

- Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. R Pikes Peak machine, which is powered by that provide a total system output of 680 PS (500 kW) and 650 Nm of torque while the machine weighs 1,100kg, delivering a 0-100kph time of 2.25 seconds, faster than a Formula 1 car. Romain Dumas will be driving this car in the upcoming Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak

- Taron Egerton is set to play as Sir Elton John in the biopic titled Rocketman.

- ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez has stepped down from his post and his cousin, Mark Lopez, is named his replacement.

- Last night's Rated K episode featuring James Yap has drawn criticism from Kris Aquino.


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