Friday, June 22, 2018

Let's Do The News! (June 22, 2018)

- The Habagat continues to bring thunderstorms and rain showers over parts of Luzon, according to PAGASA. In its latest weather forecast, PAGASA said the  Southwest Monsoon or Habagat will continue to affect the western section of Northern and Central Luzon. Provinces of Ilocos, Zambales, Bataan, and Palawan will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms due to Habagat.

- Senators urged the Philippine National Police leadership not to stand idly by and simply wait for the Quezon City Police District to hand its findings on the death of a 22-year old man who was arrested for loitering. This as the Commission on Human Rights has started an investigation on the death of Genesis Argoncillo who was collared and put to jail in an anti-loitering operation by cops.

- French president Emmanuel Macron did not called Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte a "role model" following online reports circulated the web since last year. In this post from July 2017, Macron was quoted as saying: “The world may not agree, but let’s admit Duterte is a role model”. The post claimed Macron said this in relation to supporting Duterte’s war on drugs and terrorism, and said he made the comments at a G20 summit in July 2017 in Germany.

- An Indonesian court has sentenced radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman to death for ordering an ISIS-linked group to carry out attack including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta. Several hundred police secured the Jakarta court where Abdurrahman’s verdict was announced Friday. Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty.

OPEC ministers are bracing for a stormy meeting in Vienna Friday where they will discuss a Saudi proposal to hike oil output despite fierce resistance from Iran, setting the stage for a showdown between the arch foes.

- The Supreme Court ruled that US states have broad rights to tax online sales of goods and services, reversing its own decision made 25 years earlier at the start of the internet era. Thursday’s ruling could have a major impact on both the online and brick-and-mortar retail sector — and give states the ability to shore up public coffers with sales tax revenues from e-commerce.

- Eurozone ministers agreed debt relief and a big cash payout for Greece earlier, part of a broad exit deal that will close eight years of austerity and bailouts for Athens.

- AKS, the talent agency behind AKB48 and other sister groups, added Vietnam to their ever-growing portfolio by announcing SGO48, making it the fourth ASEAN sister group since JKT48, BNK48, and recently MNL48. Auditions begin across the entire Vietnam on July 2018.

-  A potential white supremacist group behind last year's Charlotteville killing are holding an August 11 and 12 rally at a park at Washington DC that coincide with the annual Otakon convention.

- The newly formed Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance  is reportedly saving 5.7 billion euros of costs thanks to improved cooperation.


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