Thursday, April 26, 2018

Let's Do The News! (April 26, 2018)

- According to Malacanang officials, President Rodrigo Duterte will soon sign written orders for the closure of Boracay, even as the 6-month shutdown began today. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the relevant documents, including the declaration of a state of calamity on the island, are now on the President’s desk. Right now, as the closure began, heavy security has been deployed at
- entry points to the once-pristine island that has become tainted by heavy commercialization and overdevelopment.

- The mother of death row convict Mary Jane Veloso said she would go to Indonesia to visit her daughter in prison and press authorities to spare her life. Veloso will be marking the third year of her reprieve on April 29.

- Yesterday in American politics, Republican Senator Rand Paul flip-flopped his opposition to US President Donald Trump's secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo, guaranteeing his imminent confirmation while Republicans rammed through the confirmation of 5th Circuit Appeals Court nominee Kyle Duncan.

- Meanwhile, Democrats scored big at the special election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District - the seat recently vacated by Trent Franks and one of the deepest red congressional districts imaginable. Republicans held the seat but by a mere 5 points, according to sources, a 20-point swing in the Democrat’s favor from the partisan lean of the district. Then, a state assembly race in New York made another flip to their expanding numbers, bringing the total to a whopping 40 flipped state legislative seats since Trump took office.

- 13 children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said.

- The Fast and the Furious franchise will spawn a TV cartoon show on Netflix.

- Matt Kenseth is set to make a NASCAR comeback at an upcoming Kansas race in his #6 Roush Fenway Fusion Stock Car.

- Ford Motor Company will phase out almost all of its cars in the North American market including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus.

- Jaguar celebrates 50 years of the XJ with a special model called the XJ50.
Jaguar XJ50

- Paramount Pictures announced that the sequel to the Star Trek film franchise and A Quiet Place is in the works.

- A Studio Ghibli theme park is set to open in Aichi in 2022.

- Sadie Stanley and The Goldbergs' Sean Giambrone are named to play as Kim and Ron in next year's Disney Channel Original Movie remake of hit cartoon series Kim Possible.


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