Thursday, June 21, 2018

Let's Do The News! (June 21, 2018)

- The Second Nationwide Earthquake drill held with the ceremonial venue at Brgy. Santa Ana, San Mateo, Rizal. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said local drills were conducted nationwide through the Regional DRRM Councils. The drills are necessary to prepare themselves in an event the "Big One" strikes through.

- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the Republic Act No. 11036 or the Mental Health Act yesterday. The Act enhances the delivery of integrated mental health services, and the promotion and protection of the rights of persons utilizing psychiatric, neurologic, and psychosocial health services, by appropriating funds.

- Former Duterte counsel, lawyer Edna Batacan, could be one of the frontrunners to become the nation's next Ombudsman, according to a Palace official.

- US President Donald Trump's recent signing of an executive order overturning the policy separating migrant families at the Mexico border sparked confusion over how the new guidelines will play out and deep concern that the changes don’t go far enough, allowing children to still be held in detention even if they remain with their families. Trump said Wednesday he didn’t like seeing children being removed from their families, a recent practice that has sparked worldwide outrage. But he also said “zero tolerance” on illegal immigration continues, and children will be held with their parents while the adults are prosecuted.

- Taiwan signed a controversial bill slashing pensions from their military veterans as soon as next month, sparking violent demonstrations. Wednesday’s vote marks a victory for President Tsai Ing-wen, whose attempts to make sweeping pension cutbacks since she came to power two years ago have faced intense opposition.

- New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday. She is the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990.

- The third-generation Volvo S60 was unveiled and it will be the first Volvo to be made in the company's first US plant in Charleston, South Carolina. This will be the first Volvo not to be offered with a diesel engine, following Volvo's electrification promise.

2019 Volvo S60

- Ford and Volkswagen collaborate for a strategic alliance to develop a range of commercial vehicles.

- Emilia Clarke bids Game of Thrones goodbye after her final shoot with the hit HBO series, now on its final season.

- Your first look of the 5th season of BBC's Luther is here.


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