Monday, June 4, 2018

Let's Do The News! (June 4, 2018)


- As the new school year begins, DepED secretary Leonor Briones said they're addressing the problem of classroom shortage, according to reports. A total of 85,000 classrooms are expected to be added this year. The DepEd said multi-storey buildings are the solution in the National Capital Region due to the limited space available. School year 2018-2019 opened on Monday with 27.7 million students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 going to their classes in public and private schools.

- Relations between the Philippines and South Korea are expected to be deepened with the planned cooperation accords on transportation safety, technological development, port expansion, and revitalized trade during President Duterte’s official visit. The four bilateral agreements will be signed after Duterte’s meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House scheduled today.

- The power lines-anchored national broadband project of the Philippine government that will command multi-phase investments totaling US$7.5 billion will finally make headway with the scheduled signing of the tripartite agreement on this venture this week.

- First Lady Melania Trump, the wife of US President Donald Trump, will not attend the G7 summit in Quebec this week or planning to accompany him to the expected US-North Korea summit the week after.

- 7 people died while 20 hurt by an erupted volcano in Guatemala. The Volcan de Fuego exploded shortly before noon. Hours later, around 1600 hours local time, lava began flowing down the side of the mountain. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country’s seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius).

- Pope Francis called for dialogue in Nicaragua after new clashes killed at least seven people, the latest bloodshed in weeks of anti-government protests that have left more than 100 dead.

- A Trump economic adviser admit that the trade dispute with US allies could jeopardize the booming American economy but dismissed criticism of the administration’s stance as overblown. Larry Kudlow’s remarks came after finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries on Saturday expressed outrage over US-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum and called on Washington to reverse course.

- New Italian right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini said that "common sense" was needed to stop the country from being “Europe’s refugee camp” as he visited a migrant center in the south. The newly minted deputy prime minister in Italy’s populist coalition government traveled to Sicily, one of the country’s main refugee landing points, to push the anti-immigration platform that propelled him to power.

- BMW uncovered details for their next Z4 roadster as their range-topping M40i variant will carry a more powerful and turbocharged six-cylinder engine mated with an 8AT, lowered sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, a newly developed front axle, M light alloy wheels with a staggered tyre set-up, M sports brake system and an electronically controlled lock in the rear axle differential.

The next Z4

- DS Automobiles discontinues the DS4 and DS5 as part of a bold product plan to reverse poor sales.

- Singapore Airlines brings back what is known to be the longest flight in the world from Newark to Singapore.


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