Monday, April 30, 2018

Let's Do The News! (April 30, 2018)

- A certain lawmaker says that Overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait who will choose to heed President Duterte's call for them to return home could be redeployed to other foreign labor markets. “Outside of Kuwait, we have far bigger labor markets in other parts of the Middle East and elsewhere that offer better protection for our workers,” Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel said, alluding to the OFW situation in the oil-rich state that triggered Duterte’s appeal in the first place.

- The Bureau of Immigration has arrested an American beach resort owner in Boracay for working without a permit, a day before the government shuts down the popular tourist destination for cleanup. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said 52-year-old Randall Lee Parker was caught on April 25 by the bureau’s intelligence operatives inside Artienda, formerly known as Crown Beach Hotel.

- Thailand and Vietnam reject selling their rice to the Philippines at lower prices, as the National Food Authority is now all set to conduct another government-to-government bidding with the two governments.

- A UN Security Council team visiting Bangladesh promised to work hard to resolve a crisis involving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to the country to escape military-led violence in neighboring Myanmar.

- Mike Pompeo, the new US Secretary of State, ratcheted up the Trump administration’s rhetoric against Iran and gave warm boosts of support to Israel and Saudi Arabia in their standoffs with Tehran. Pompeo’s comments in Riyadh and then Tel Aviv came as he neared the end of the Middle East leg of his first trip abroad as America’s top diplomat. He has called for concerted international action to punish Iran for its missile programs and other actions that he said destabilize the region.

- Volkswagen Stockholm made phone cases made out of car wrecks caused by phone usage

- Last weekend's NicoNico Chokaigi event attracted 161,300 visitors at the Makuhari Messe, 6.12 million online.

- Even though the games are closed, Dream Festival goes on with their 5D concert series on the 14th to the 16th of July.

- Last weekend, pole dancer Kristel del Catalina is named the winner of the sixth season of Pilipinas Got Talent.


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