Friday, June 1, 2018

Let's Do The News! (June 1, 2018)

- The Philippines and South Korea are expected to sign four agreements, including a loan agreement for the new Cebu international port, during President Duterte's South Korea visit on June 3rd to 5th. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said the bilateral accords would be signed following the summit meeting between President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week.

- President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 56, making the number 911 as the National Emergency Hotline Number for crime prevention, public order, and public safety. In the order signed by the President last May 25, the Emergency 911 Hotline replaces Patrol 117 hotline network to conform with international standards on emergency numbers for public telecommunication networks.

- Canada and Mexico retaliated against the United States' decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and the European Union had its own reprisals ready to go, reigniting investor fears of a global trade war. The tariffs, announced by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a telephone briefing on Thursday, ended months of uncertainty about potential exemptions and suggested a hardening of the Trump administration’s approach to trade negotiations.

- Meanwhile, China eases trade tensions with the United States as the two sides held new talks and Beijing decided to drop some tariffs. The overture came two days after the White House said its planned trade sanctions against China were still in the works despite the announcement of a truce following a previous round of talks earlier in May.

- G7 member nations vowed to counter against the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on their steel and aluminum exports, saying as they gathered for a meeting that the move threatens global growth. The escalating trade conflict between the United States and many key allies will dominate the three-day meeting in Canada of financial leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations that began on Thursday, with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin the top target for their complaints and lobbying.

- Pope Francis promised Chilean Catholics scarred by a culture of clergy sexual abuse that “never again” would the Church ignore them or the cover-up of abuse in their country, where a widespread scandal has devastated its credibility.

- In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers at the score of 124-114, despite last-second blunter by JR Smith.

- Over 3 million electric vehicles are in the road right now with 1.1 million sold last year.

- Check out the two new Cures coming this summer on the HUGtto PreCure TV series.

- The Pokemon Go app game accumulated over 800 million downloads.

- Actor Matt Leblanc leaves Top Gear as the next season will be his last, citing numerous reasons.


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