Thursday, June 14, 2018

Let's Do The News! (June 14, 2018)

- In their 0700 hour bulletin, PAGASA issued an Orange Rainfall warning up over Metro Manila, Bataan, Batangas, and Cavite, with flooding still threatening. Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal are now under Yellow Rainfall warning with flooding expected in low lying areas.

- The Department of Justice is set to conclude next week its preliminary investigation on the 133 million peso tax evasion complaint against online news site Rappler. Assistant State Prosecutor Zenamar Machacon-Caparros, who is conducting the preliminary investigation, made this assurance after the respondents in the case have submitted their respective rejoinders on Wednesday as part of their continued response to the allegations against them.

- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police to prevent the militant group Kadamay from controlling government housing units in Rizal.

- Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the Golden State into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast but the entire nation. The “Cal 3” initiative is driven by venture capitalist Tim Draper, who has tried and failed in the past to place an effort to break up California on the ballot, including a bid in 2016 to create six separate states. Backers of the measure argue California has become “ungovernable” because of its economic and geographic diversity as well as its population approaching 40 million people.

- The Tokyo Electric Power Company announced that they will scrap another plant in Fukushima that dodged the March 11, 2011 disaster.

- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that soldiers who flew a Nazi flag over their fighting vehicle in Afghanistan over a decade ago were "wrong" and punished at the time. The flag was “briefly raised” above the vehicle in Afghanistan in 2007, Australia’s defense department said in a statement.

- The aftermath of the AT&T-Time Warner merger approval by court means more big deals, diminishing the prospects for a major antitrust action against Big Tech firms. While an appeal remains possible, the companies said they expect to close the merger by June 20.

- Comcast outbids Disney with $65 billion offer for key film and television assets of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. The deal, if approved, would merge Comcast-owned Universal Studios and the NBC television network with Hollywood rival 20th Century Fox, Fox’s cable entertainment networks, and international TV businesses.

- The United States, Canada, and Mexico are named hosting nations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The announcement came at the eve of the FIFA World Cup Russia.

- Volvo will unveil the new S60 sedan this June 20th.

- Volkswagen has been fined one billion euros over diesel emissions from the company's cars, according to reports. The fine was imposed by the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig, a city in Lower Saxony, Germany for organisational deficiencies which failed to prevent “impermissible software functions” from being installed in cars between 2007 and 2015, the report said. The report comes following the recall of 238,000 Daimler vehicles earlier this week as part of a larger, Euro-wide recall of 774,000 vehicles, and the German transport minister also threatened to sue Daimler for 3.75 billion euros should it be found to have used defeat devices in its diesel vehicles.


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