Friday, June 29, 2018

Let's Do The News! (June 29, 2018)

- The low pressure area near Batanes has intensified into a Tropical Depression named Florita, according to PAGASA. Florita is packed with a maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kilometers per hour while moving northwest at 11 kilometers per hour.

- The plunder trial of former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. took a surprising turn Thursday morning when pork barrel scam whistleblower Marlina Sula testified in favor of the defense, confessing that she was coaxed by the prosecution to support the testimony of fellow whistleblower, Benhur Luy.

- Senator Sonny Angara yesterday said he expects that passage of various bills that seek to update provisions in the Local Government Code would help empower local government units to effectively combat crimes and illegal drugs within their communities to ensure public safety and order.

- Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of the late Prince Takamodo and Princess Hisako, will marry a businessman in October, according to the Imperial Household Agency a few days ago.

- Iranian soccer player Sardar Azmoun has retired from football at the age of 23 because of the insults he received, according to his mother.

- California state bowed to pressure from beverage companies and banned soda taxes. It follows similar bans recently passed in Arizona and Michigan. Voters in Oregon will decide on a statewide ban in November. The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and others, has backed the moves after several cities passed taxes on sugary drinks in recent years.

- The Dodge Charger and Challenger, along with their SRT Hellcat equivalents, got upgraded for the 2019 model year with numerous tweaks. The star highlight is the Challenger as the Hellcat variant gains 10HP more from its supercharged V8 engine and in addition, they've released the new Hellcat Redeye which uses the same engine from the limited-run Demon but producing 797HP of power, capable of hitting 203mph of top speed.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

- McLaren unleashed the 600LT, the fourth Longtail McLaren and the most potent of the Sports Series range. The 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo engine churns out 600PS of power and 620Nm of torque while dropping 96kg of weight compared to the 570S.

2019 McLaren 600LT

- In the world of MCU, shooting for the third Guardians of the Galaxy film is due in 2019 and slated for a 2020 release while a Spiderman spinoff movie, highlighting the villainous Morbius, will due for production in the same year as well with Jared Leto picked for the lead role.

- Kristen Wiig is poached for the role of villain Cheetah in the Wonder Woman sequel film.

- The Walking Dead joins the AR mobile game bandwagon with The Walking Dead: Our World. Coming this July, players can go around in real time, search for Walkers to neutralize, rescue survivors, and level up their characters.


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