Saturday, August 19, 2017

Logan Lucky

What happens when you made a film about two boys staging a high-stakes heist while in a middle of a NASCAR event somewhere in North Carolina? From the folks behind Ocean's Eleven comes a late-summer treat for petrolheads and hillbillies everywhere that you can spit your tobacco gum at while dawdle at the boys' zany misfits of robbing a pile of cash in the heat of a race.

Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky is a high-octane, gum-spitting, laugh riot which features an eclectic cast of characters ever assembled from the Mississippi river. With Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Katherine Waterston, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank, and Daniel Craig, an all-star ensemble of brains and brawns makes Logan Lucky a unique laugh riot to see before summer ends.

In an effort to avert their family misfortune, brothers Jimmy and Clyde are setting off to North Carolina to stage a robbery during an epic NASCAR event happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Of course, as a heist, things can get messy because with some interesting characters in store for them, life couldn't get even messier than this.

This film marks Steven Soderbergh's return to the heist movie genre and come to think of it, Logan Lucky kind of feels like Ocean's Eleven edited for rednecks just like that old Family Guy joke of a certain science show edited for rednecks with a hint of Mountain Dew on it. From every angle, this film doesn't feel too modern for a comedy heist movie and whether this film reflects American society of today, it feels like you'll end up getting belched by its moonshine-induced madness this film delivers.

Although being a redneck heist movie, this film really is good. In fact, the crowds are raving over how unique and how original this comedy heist film is. In fact, it's a clear sign that the man behind the Ocean's trilogy is back in business and who knew he can assemble a ragtag cast of characters to create a film that packs some crashes, burnt rubber, explosions, beer, BBQ, and moolah, making it a fitting end to the summer blockbuster season no matter how salty or how sour this film is. In fact, no one's going to blame the film's redneck charm point you'd expect from the man behind the hit heist films.

My rating: 3.8 out of 5

Bubble Gang - August 18, 2017 #BGExpress

On the August 18, 2017 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Van gags


- Life in a day at the office

- A different kind of gang war

- Let's play SPELLING BEKS!




- She keeps on calling other men's names...

- Keeping up with their fair share...

- A different kind of hospital

- Basa-basa-pik

Friday, August 18, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: UN sanctions against NK affects China



 The UN's latest sanctions against North Korea are apparently having an effect on China.

Reports told that scores of trucks carrying seafood from North Korea are being turned back at customs in the northeaster Chinese city of Hunchun after Beijing introduced a ban on seafood, coal, and iron ore on Monday.

It also reported that another ban on bringing in new workers from the North would mean that North Korean restaurants in China will soon be short-staffed.

The state-run restaurants are already reported to have seen a significant fall in customers this year.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (August 18, 2017)



- President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon had asked to be removed from his post three times. During his speech in Ozamiz City, the president addressed the issue regarding the corruption in the agency he admitted his fault in appointing several BoC officials who became instruments in the smuggling of Php 6.4 billion worth of shabu from China.

- About 80 suspects were killed this week after escalation in the Philippines' bloody war on drugs as police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation of President Duterte's bloody war on drugs.

- US President Donald Trump denounced the removal of Confederate monuments, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions. Trump has alienated Republicans, corporate leaders and U.S. allies, rattled markets and prompted speculation about possible White House resignations with his comments since Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which came in the aftermath of a white nationalist protest against the removal of a Confederate statue.

- China's top training school for the Communist Party cadres has published a book on President Xi Jinping's experiences during the Cultural Revolution, exhorting party members to learn from the events that drove his “unshaken pursuit of ideals”. The book's release comes as Xi seeks to further cement his grip on power at a key five-yearly party congress to be held this autumn.

- The grandson of the late Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and ruler of Singapore for over three decades, said he left the city in July after friends expressed concerns he might be detained by the authorities in a contempt of court case.

- The BMW Z4 Concept has been unveiled ahead of its 2017 Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach next week. The concept serves as a preview of the next-generation Z4 which Toyota will share most of its components for its new co-developed sportscar.



- Roy Lunn passed away at the age of 92. Lunn is coined as the "godfather of the Ford GT40" according to Ford. Roy Lunn was born in England and after being an RAF pilot in the Second World War, he worked at AC and Aston Martin before moving to America in 1958 and joining Ford.

- Deep Silver, a subsidiary of Koch Media, will be the publisher of the highly-anticipated Shenmue III game for the PS4 and PC coming in the second-half of 2018.

- Bullet journaling lovers, the Hobo Nikkan Ito Shinbun, makers of the very popular Hobonichi Techo journals, introduced the entire 2018 lineup. New for 2018, the new Hobonichi techo features a selection of 79 covers to add some style to their Hobonichi customization. For those who are planning to buy the 2018 Hobonichi Techo variants in Original, Planner, Cousin, and Weeks can choose a wide variety of covers, some are exclusive to the Hobonichi web store. The Hobonichi Techo 2018 range will be on sale to the general public on the 1st of September but customers can start order one when all shop pages released on the 28th of August.



- Haruka Amami joins Phat Company's THE IDOLM@STER anime DVD/BD cover figure lineup as the last addition to the range. This final addition's ready for order starting at 11,000 yen plus taxes and delivery and arrives this April. Complete the collection now.



TTFN!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Tipping a nuke on an ICBM is "red line"



South Korean president Moon Jae-in warned that North Korea would be “crossing a red line” if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile but the United States had promised to seek Seoul’s approval before taking any military action.

Speaking in a news conference marking his 100 days in office, President Moon said he would consider that North Korea is crossing a red line if it launches an intercontinental ballistic missile again and weaponizes it by putting a nuclear warhead on top of the missile. He repeatedly urged North Korea not to "cross the line" but had not previously elaborated what that would constitute. He also says that US President Donald Trump promised to seek negotiations and approval from South Korea before taking any options regarding North Korea.

Meanwhile, with threats of firing missiles to the Pacific island of Guam, the Kim Jong-un regime mulls a possible sixth nuclear test in the works.

Source: REUTERS

Let's Do The News! (August 17, 2017)



- Members of the House of Representatives have recommended the pressing of charges against BOC Chief Nicanor Faeldon over the controversial 6.4 million pesos worth of shabu smuggled from China.

- The Philippine National Police will place checkpoints in Pampanga as they monitor the 1km quarantine zone affected by the bird flu outbreak.

- Philippine National Police Region 3 Director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino confirmed that they received order to launch a “one time, big time operation” against those involved in illegal drugs activities. Over 32 suspected illegal drug users were killed by cops in different parts of Bulacan.

- Saudi Arabia said it would welcome Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform the haj this season, amidst a feud that severed transport links between the two nations since June. In a statement by the Saudi Press Agency, the Salwa border point would be open for Qatari citizens who wish to perform the annual pilgrimage to pass through with no electronic permissions needed.

- Hyundai showcases their "next generation FCEV" to the public, which is basically a fuel cell electric crossover combining exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance.


-  German chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany will be joining the ranks of other countries banning the sale of diesel vehicles soon.

- La Luna Sangre actor Richard Gutierrez is charged with falsification of public documents by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

- TV comedian and presenter Vice Ganda issues public apology to Tony Calvento and Calvento accepted Vice's apology.

- Actor Robin Padilla donates five million pesos for the children victimized by the siege of Marawi City.

TTFN!!!

My Aikatsu best five

In celebration of the first part of the Aikatsu Stars! crossover episode celebrating five years of the Aikatsu! franchise, it would be the ideal time for me to jot down the best five from the fantasy world of the Aikatsu franchise.

Aikatsu! series 5th anniversary

For those who are unfamiliar with the Aikatsu franchise, you are not alone, ladies and gentlemen, even moms and dads whose kids want to know about the Aikatsu series. It's an arcade collectible card game part of the Bandai DATA CARDDASS range of machines first launched in October 2012 and spawned its TV anime adaptation, making it a popular cross-media project among little girls in Japan. In the first three seasons, it's all about Ichigo Hoshimiya and her friends, Ran Shibuki and Aoi Kiriya, on their adventures at Starlight Gakuin to become top idols, but when the fourth and final season came, all eyes on Akari Ozora as the star of the show. After the end of the Aikatsu anime in the spring of 2016, its successor series, Aikatsu Stars! comes in and it's about Yume Nijino and Rola Sakuraba taking their first steps at the Yotsuboshi Gakuin to become top idols, just like the elite idol students of this academy known as the S4. This show is currently on its 2nd season as Yume and the gang venturing on the Venus Ark with interesting characters prying their eyes on them.

Think of it like a child-friendly alternative of THE IDOLM@STER and Love Live in every tangible way, that is only when it faces stiff competition against Takara Tomy's Pretty Rhythm, PriPara, and now Idol Time Pripara. When little boys had their fun with Pokemon, Yo-kai Watch, Detective Conan, the Power Rangers, or all of the Kamen Rider heroes, little girls had a choice of either Pretty Cure, PriPara, Cocotama, or this. Aikatsu is very popular among little girls in Japan because they can create their character, collect dresses and accessories, and watch them shine while listening to some very catchy Aikatsu songs that's gonna be the dead of every pre-school teacher playing it on the loop.

Anyway, spare the explanation because after observing through every piece of Aikatsu in existence, let's jot down the best five according to my criteria.

THE BEST FIVE CHARMING AIKATSU STARS:
1) Ichigo Hoshimiya
2) Yume Nijino
3) Akari Ozora
4) Hime Shiratori
5) Koharu Nanakura

THE BEST FIVE MYSTERIOUS AIKATSU STARS
1) Lily Shirogane
2) Elza Forte
3) Risa Shirakaba
4) Yozora Kasumi
5) Sumire Hikami

THE BEST FIVE TOUGH AIKATSU STARS
1) Juri Kurebayashi
2) Rola Sakuraba
3) Tsubasa Kisaragi
4) Mahiru Kasumi
5) Kaede Ichinose

THE BEST FIVE EERIE AIKATSU STARS
1) Yurika Todo
2) Kirara Hanazono
3) Ako Saotome
4) Nina Dojima
5) Nono Daichi

THE BEST FIVE HEARTFUL AIKATSU STARS
1) Koharu Nanakura
2) Hinaki Shinjo
3) Yuzu Nikaido
4) Sakura Kitaoji
5) Hime Shiratori

THE BEST FIVE SLIPPERY AIKATSU STARS
1) Aoi Kiriya
2) Ran Shibuki
3) Yozora Kasumi
4) Rin Kurosawa
5) Sora Kazesawa

THE BEST FIVE BRAVE AIKATSU STARS
1) Juri Kurebayashi
2) Seira Otoshiro
3) Miyabi Fujiwara
4) Rola Sakuraba
5) Tsubasa Kisaragi

THE BEST FIVE SHADY AIKATSU STARS
1) Elza Forte
2) Yurika Todo
3) Risa Shirakaba
4) Nono Daichi
5) Seira Otoshiro

MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE AIKATSU STARS:
1) Yume Nijino
2) Ichigo Hoshimiya
3) Akari Ozora
4) Aoi Kiriya
5) Rola Sakuraba

MY BEST FIVE AIKATSU SONGS
1) Aikatsu☆Step!
2) Idol Katsudou!
3) Move on now!
4) lucky train!
5) Dreaming Bird

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: AFP preps to evacuate Filipinos in Guam, amidst North Korea missile threat



Sourced from DZRH News:

The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) is prepared to evacuate Filipinos residing in Guam in case North Korea pushes through with its threat to launch a missile attack at the U.S. territory.

AFP Spokesman Brigade General Restituto Padilla explained that they will be rendering all their airplanes and vessels for Filipinos who choose to go back to the Philippines if ever calamity strikes.

“Magpo-provide po kami ng lahat ng available transportation by air at by sea na maaring maging sakayan ng ating kababayan na nais lumikas.” says Gen. Padilla.

While the Philippines is not originally part of the verbal tussle between the United State and North Korea, AFP General Padilla assured that they remain fully prepared for any eventuality.

Let's Do The News! (August 16, 2017)



- UBER Philippines, yesterday, filed a motion for reconsideration with the LTFRB and will be resuming and continuing operations until the motion is resolved.


-  A lawmaker has asked the House appropriations committee to deffer the proposed 27.12 billion peso budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Negros Oriental 3rd District Representative Arnulfo Teves Jr., expressed his deep disappointment over the agency’s lack of action towards environmental issues he raised last year. Specifically the destructive effects of mining in the region of Negros Oriental.

- President Rodrigo Duterte is already prepared with a "plan B" if Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año is banned from being the next DILG secretary. Gen. Año was set to assume his post at the DILG last June, but was postponed  due to the Marawi City crisis.  On October 26, the AFP Chief is also set to retire.

- Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee Senator Richard Gordon and Senator Tito Sotto III agree that there isn’t enough evidence to prove that Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is affiliated with the 6.4 billion pesos worth of smuggled shabu from China.

- Yesterday, Iraq forces began air strikes on Tal Afar, a town under Islamic State control west of Mosul, according to reports. Iraqi authorities had said Tal Afar, 80 km (50 miles) west of Mosul, will be the next target in the war on the Islamist militant group that swept through swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

- Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. With increasing threats from the Trump administration and Republican attorney general, the program has never been in more jeopardy. DACA provides almost 800,000 immigrant youth across the United States with educational and job opportunities.

- BMW will unveil the Z4 Concept at this month's Pebble Beach Concours. The German luxury car company chose to retain the name for the next-generation sports car that will share the same basis as Toyota's Supra successor.



- Zagato has more work to be done with the Aston Martin Vanquish as they unveiled the special Vanquish Zagato Speedster and the Shooting Brake. Like the coupe and Volante, both are powered by a 592HP 6.0L V12 engine, refined adaptive damping, and improved dynamics while incorporating bespoke Zagato styling cues. The Speedster will be limited 28 units but all are sold out. The Shooting Brake, meanwhile, will be limited to 99 units made.

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster
2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
Shooting Brake

- Actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen are set to appear to a TV adaptation of the novel titled Good Omens, according to reports.

- Actress Barbara Hershey is set to appear in next year's season of The X-Files

- 007 actor Daniel Craig confirms his return on the 25th Bond film coming this late 2019.


TTFN!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: President Moon pledges to prevent war during ceremonial visit



South Korean president Moon Jae-in attended the ceremony celebrating the 72nd anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, along with 3,000 attendees, more importantly the surviving heroes who fought for Korean independence, who were recognized for their sacrifices.

President Moon delivered a speech during the ceremony where he once again thanked the fighters and that Korea will never forget their sacrifice and emphasized that the country will pay due respect to its heroes.

Referring to the rising tensions in recent days sparked by the aggressive rhetoric between the North Korea and the United States, President Moon stressed the government's firm principle to protect the national interests of South Korea and no war should occur on the Korean Peninsula ever again.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he will watch the United States' actions "a little more", after consulting his army officials on a plan to attack Guam. The state-run media reported that Kim was briefed on the specific details on the missile strike.

He's quoted to have said the North will carry out their "important decision" as declared--should the US continue its "reckless, provocative actions on the Korean Peninsula."

South Korean and US officials have been working to ease tensions, emphasizing the use of sanctions and diplomacy, rather than military measures. However, should it fail, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned that an attack on Guam could very quickly escalate into war.  He added the US military is prepared to take out any missiles heading toward its territory.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (August 15, 2017)



- Senator Grace Poe criticizes the LTFRB's decision to suspend ride-sharing service UBER on Philippine roads. In her statement released to the public, Poe calls the LTFRB decision to suspend Uber is "both cruel and absurd." The ruling disenfranchises close to 200,00 riders a day with the imposition of a blanket suspension against Uber along with all its accredited vehicles for a month. Poe calls the suspension order a defiance of their commitment to provide solution to the issues surrounding TNVS operations that will be for the benefit of the riding public.

- Senate Blue Ribbon committee chairperson Richard Gordon undermined the courtesy resignation of two Bureau of Customs officials amid the controversy involving the 4.6 million pesos worth of smuggled Shabu shipment from China.

- Indian PM Narendra Modi urged everyone to reject religious violence after numerous attacks against minorities sparked debate about whether a surge of Hindu nationalism is undermining the country's secular ideals. In a speech from the ramparts of Delhi’s Red Fort marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, Modi also listed his government’s achievements, including a fight against corruption.

- US President Donald Trump authorized an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property in the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing, but one that is unlikely to prompt near-term change. Trump broke from his 17-day vacation in New Jersey to sign the memo in the White House at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

- Actor Ryan Reynolds said that and crew were “heartbroken, shocked and devastated” at the death of a driver in a motorcycle stunt in Vancouver that went wrong. Vancouver police confirmed the death of a stuntwoman on the set of the Deadpool sequel but gave no further details and din't release her name.

- Following Jake Zyrus' breakup with Alyssa Quijano, the transgender singer who used to be Charice seems to have found a new love interest with nutritionist and fitness instructor Shyre Aquino.

- BMW will unveil the all new M5 on the 21st of August.

- After Lugia and the three legendary birds appeared on Pokemon GO as part of the time-limited special raid battles, the long-awaited arrival of the legendary Genetic Pokemon Mewtwo will be a warning shot to everyone as it is set to arrive in time-limited raid battles soon. Better be prepared.

TTFN!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - Pure Michigan 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series returns at Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 race of this season and as the boys saddle up at NASCAR's fastest track to date, late-summer thrills never felt so alive in there.


In the 60th lap of the race, Brad Keselowski nabbed his fourth stage win of the series after clearing stage one. In Lap 117, the #15 Toyota suffered mechanical woes and it was therefore out of the race. In Lap 120, Martin Truex Jr. cleared stage two of the race. In Lap 138, the #5 car crashed through the wall and the #19 car couldn't escape from a colliding  #5. In Lap 185, the #22 Ford's right front tire got blown and on Lap 195, the #95 car of Michael McDowell spun out of control.

With the restart occurred, Kyle Larson battled his way through first place and he's done it, nabbing his third Michigan win in his career. He's really something there and he's special, I can tell.

Next race is on Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on the 19th of August.
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