Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible:
Rogue Nation

Action star Tom Cruise returns as the IMF's most impossible agent, Ethan Hunt, in his ultimate mission yet and this fifth installment of the Mission Impossible films promises to deliver massive explosions in each and every twists and turns as well as impossible stunts in true Mission Impossible fashion as the clash between spies vs. spies reaches its boiling point.

In Rogue Nation, Hunt faces of against a secret organization called The Syndicate, bent ton eradicating everyone at the IMF and spread chaos to the world. Displeased from the IMF's actions that caused the American government to disband them, Ethan is fighting against the Syndicate on his own. As the story progresses, and with the CIA trailing down Hunt's movements, he seeks help from his old allies as well as a British spy working undercover within The Syndicate.

In true Mission Impossible fashion, Rogue Nation still has the same impossible formula that exhilarates fans new and old to the franchise; delivering suspense, thrills, and the drama fit for an action movie with unpredictable patterns. It's so unpredictable, you will never know which part will kick you the most but when it does, best to hold on to your seats, even to the part when Hunt hangs on to a flying airplane.

However, there are a couple of few drawbacks because while this is essentially focused about the enemy organization known as The Syndicate, this film knows little about the enemy organization because it keeps focusing more on the good guys doing impossible tricks to finish them off for good. And there's another drawback because just like what happened in Ghost Protocol four years ago, this movie is nothing but a promotion for BMW. One big example is the recently facelifted BMW M3 and in this film, Ethan Hunt's behind the wheel of the new M3 and this new car sacrificed its metal just to wow the crowd, like animals in the circus. That's pointless and this kind of marketing ploy with pit viewers wishing they want to have their own M3 just like in the movie. That's just the start because there are so many BMW's featured in this film. Think you can spot them all?

Anyway, with Rogue Nation, the Mission Impossible movies have been pushed to greater heights and while it has minor flaws, it still delivers the most explosive thrills for all the Mission Impossible films.

My rating: 3.9 out of 5

Friday, July 31, 2015

Let's Do The News! (July 31, 2015)


- A Palestinian child was burned to death in an arson attack led by suspected Jewish settlers in West Bank, Israel. The home where the 18-month-old boy and his family were residing was set on fire. Some say, the attackers firebombed the house and at the scene of the fire, the father managed to save his wife and the older son, but not the toddler. The arsonists left a graffiti near the burnt home.

- It is highly likely that the debris found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion came from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to an Australian official. Could this piece solve the biggest aviation mystery of the world?

- Sources say that the airstrip being built by the People's Republic of China on a reef in the disputed South China Sea is the largest of its kind and would enable them to operate strategic bombers.

- DILG Secretary Mar Roxas is officially named as the candidate for presidency in the 2016 elections. The announcement was made by Philippine president Benigno Aquino III at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City.

- Solicitor General Florin T. Hilbay told the Supreme Court that the City of Manila violated the law in giving DMCI Project Developers, Inc. the permit to construct the controversial Torre de Manila building.

- A few days ago: an ultra-rare Aston Martin DB5, as seen in James Bond movies such as Goldfinger and Skyfall, crashed into a pole near Manchester Airport while trying to avoid an incoming Vauxhall Astra. The driver and his four-year-old son were severely injured.

- A certain article alleges that Subaru suppliers in Japan rely on gray market labor to produce parts for the Forester. Fact or bluff?

- Your favorite μ's members donning their movie outfits from Lovelive! The School Idol Movie are now in miniature Nendoroid Petit sizes. Each costs 833 Yen plus tax when they arrive this January and there are nine figures to collect. You'll never know which μ's member you'll get when you have one!


- Check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming Netflix original movie Beasts of No Nation, featuring Luther lead actor Idris Elba as a warlord in West Africa who lost his family in a civil war and became part of a mercenary gang who will turn him into a soldier. It will be available on Netflix this October 2015.



TTFN!!!

Clarkson, Hammond, and May to star in an Amazon original show



After months of speculation following the former Top Gear trio left the long-running car show for numerous setbacks, it's officially official that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will host a brand new motoring program exclusive for Amazon Prime subscribers.

Thanks to their three-season global streaming deal, the trio are now free to do whatever they want for their upcoming car show, coming to Amazon Instant Video this 2016, with shooting soon to be commenced. Former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman will be in charge of producing their new show.

With this new show, looks like the Clarkson, Hammond, and May trio are up against the show they've used to be, Top Gear, now run by the radio personality Chris Evans (with additional presenters to be announced soon) as well as Fifth Gear, currently airing on History Channel UK, which some of its presenters, Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson, coincidentally used to be on Top Gear. It will be like a three-way battle of the motoring programmes we can expect.

PRESS RELEASE:

Amazon wins race to sign Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for new car show available exclusively for Amazon Prime members

Global deal sees trio reunite with first season scheduled to premiere in 2016

New car show joins Prime Video stable of critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series, adding to the largest selection of movies and TV shows of any video streaming service in the UK

Prime Video

London - 30 July 2015 – Amazon today announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will reunite to make a new car show available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. The show will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman.

The award-winning team have committed to three seasons as part of this landmark global TV deal. The first season will go into production soon and is scheduled to premiere for Prime members in 2016.

On working with Amazon, Jeremy Clarkson said: "I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship."

Richard Hammond added: "Amazon? Oh yes. I have already been there. I got bitten by a bullet ant."

James May said: "We have become part of the new age of smart TV. Ironic, isn't it?"

"Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen," said Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video EU. "Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can't wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016."

Customers can sign up to receive the latest news on this new show by visiting www.amazon.co.uk/GuessWhosBack.

Clarkson, Hammond and May will join top talent making Amazon Original Series that will premiere on Prime Video in 2015 and early 2016. These include Hand of God starring Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Red Oaks starring Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Paul Reiser (Mad About You), The Man in the High Castle from Executive Producer of The X-Files Frank Spotnitz and Executive Producer Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), the company's first docu-series, The New Yorker Presents, as well as second seasons of the multi-Golden Globe-winning comedy Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle starring Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater) and Bernadette Peters (Smash), and Bosch, from Michael Connelly and starring Titus Welliver (Lost).

Amazon also resurrected hit British drama Ripper Street, starring Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (The Divide) and MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga). Amazon produced third series of the Victorian crime drama launched in November 2014 to critical and customer acclaim; a fourth season of the show is now in production.

"This is a golden age of television, a great time for TV makers and storytellers," added Jay Marine. "Our approach is to give programme makers creative freedom to be innovative and make the shows they want to make. This is just the start, you should expect to see more world-leading talent and the biggest shows on Prime Video."

Prime members can enjoy Amazon Original Series and other Prime Video movies and TV shows using the Amazon Video app. The Amazon Video app is available on hundreds of devices including Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Roku, smart TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung, Sony, LG, and Panasonic, the Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii game consoles, as well as on mobile devices like Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPhone, iPad, and Android tablets and phones. Customers can also watch online at www.amazon.co.uk/primevideo.

Image/Report: Amazon

Thursday, July 30, 2015

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Absolute NIne

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER
Absolute NIne

For those who are still busy enjoying with THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, in mobile game and the anime series alike, there's still more to enjoy with 346 Production's finest as the latest album, "Absolute NIne" is here. As the title says it all; this album is rounded up by nine Cinderella Girls idols as seen on the game and anime alike. It has some of the familiar faces you love such as Uzuki Shimamura, Rin Shibuya, Kaede Takagaki, Miku Maekawa, and Mika Jougasaki, alongside the unsung idols in the world of Cinderella Girls such as Syuko Shiomi, Shiki Ichinose, Yumi Aiba, and Takumi Mukai.

With everyone present, nine of 346 Production's CINDERELLA PROJECT are performing the titular song Absolute NIne as well as their follow-up song つぼみ. There's also an audio drama part which lasts less than 20 minutes; and listeners can get to know more about these girls whilst on a summer holiday.

This is a must-have for fans not just for the CINDERELLA GIRLS but for THE IDOLM@STER series. Producers, time to get one of these...

CAST:

Uzuki Shimamura - Ayaka Ohashi
Rin Shibuya - Ayaka Fukuhara
Kaede Takagaki - Saori Hayami
Miku Maekawa - Natsumi Takamori
Mika Jougasaki - Haruka Yoshimura
Syuko Shiomi - Ru Thing
Shiki Ichinose - Kotomi Aihara
Yumi Aiba - Juri Kimura
Takumi Mukai - Yuko Hara

Let's Do The News! (July 30, 2015)


- Everyone in Metro Manila, especially establishments, local government units, and many others have been taken part of the Metrowide Shake Drill, which is the largest quake drill in the Philippine capital that started at 1030 hours Philippine time. This drill educates the public on what to do when a powerful tremor struck the capital such as protective measures, search and rescue operations, evacuation procedures, and many forms of actions that the public should do.

- The Iglesia Ni Cristo has filed a libel case against another expelled minister of the religious group before the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office after the latter accused the church and its council members for being involved in various anomalies and alleged abduction of other INC ministers.

- According to the Liberal Party officials, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III made his choice on whom to endorse as his replacement for the 2016 elections and it will be DILG secretary Mar Roxas.

- Malaysian authorities told that it would be "premature" to speculate if the debris found on the island of Reunion comes from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

- - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei denied a six-month visa by the British government despite the claims he lied on his visa application form. Ai posted a letter on Instagram about his cancelled entry to the UK due to failure to declare his "criminal conviction".

- As the gaming industry are observing over the imminent downfall between Konami Corporation and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, one of the series' music composers named Rika Muranaka talked about the whole setback about why Kojima left during an interview at a certain fan podcast.

- Jaguar continues the teaser of their upcoming F-Pace crossover showcasing its series of torture tests by desert and by snow. The full car will be revealed at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show and commence production at Solihull, UK.

- The upcoming Netflix-original Jessica Jones series is set to arrive by late 2015 according to reports. This upcoming 13-part Netflix original series based on the Marvel comic books will star former Doctor Who lead David Tennant and Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter.

- Noontime show Eat Bulaga turns 36 and this show keeps going on strong with the best presenters in TV, the best segments, and its international status since this show spawned an Indonesian version.

TTFN!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Let's Do The News! (July 29, 2015)



- The leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party, HDP chairman Selahattin Demirtas, told that the Turkish and the Americans are making a "safe zone" in Syria in an attempt to stop the PKK separatists from forming their own territory during the fight against the Islamic State.

- One man was killed as at least 1,500 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais, France, according to authorities, following British PM David Cameron's vow to combat the migrant crisis.

- US President Barack Obama vows his nation's willingness to strengthen economic ties with the African Union during his Ethiopian visit as part of his African Union tour. He is the first US leader to give a speech at the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa.

- According to a US research group, construction of a rocket launch site in North Korea may be complete and enable them to fire long-range ICBMs of a larger scale than before.

- The Senate will begin their investigation regarding Canada's alleged dumping of its waste in the Philippines, according to Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. This investigation will also determine the risks these toxic wastes are.

- The Boy Scouts of America lifted their ban on gay adult leaders after 79 percent of its National Executive Board members voted for it on Monday but the policy allows church-sponsored units to maintain the exclusion.

- For the 2016 model year, the Chevrolet Colorado pickup now adds the long-awaited 2.8L Duramax diesel engine producing 181HP of power and 369lb-ft of torque. This diesel variant is available in both LT and Z71 Crew Cab and a choice of 2WD or 4WD, all come with a 6-speed AT with a standard automatic-locking rear differential. Thanks to the Duramax engine's torque, tow rating is 7,700lbs (7,600lbs for 4WD models).


- The Ferrari 488 Spider was unveiled and the open-top version of the new 488 GTB, served as the replacement of the 458, still comes with the same 3.9L Twin Turbo V8 engine producing 661HP of power and 560lb-ft of torque. The Spider model can go 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and onwards to 203mph, slightly slower than the hardtop equivalent.



TTFN!!!

Audi R8 - Second Generation

Since its launch in 2007, the Audi R8, named after a prize-winning Le Mans racing prototype, is engineered to be Audi's first bona fide supercar that can tackle against supercars in its ranks, but weirdly, it's just a toned-down version of the Gallardo. With the rise of the Lamborghini Huracan, looks like the Audi R8 supercar is ready for its make-up transformation by regenerating it to an all new model.
2016 Audi R8

At first look, you will notice that the new model looks similarly the same as the previous model it replaces but Audi insists that this is a brand-new car engineered from the ground up and it features some of the components derived from the Lamborghini Huracan. It's got a toned-down version of the same 5.2L V10 engine from the Huracan, a brand new space-age bodywork, and lots of brand new features. So the question now is, does this new model now have the sense of humor that the old model can't?

2016 Audi R8

Judging by the way the new model behaves, this new model still doesn't laugh in a comedic manner every time when it sees an old rich lady and her mute yaya tagging along on the public, and don't even think about finding the fun factor inside because for this all-new model, the manual gearbox has been thrown away and the only gearbox you can find is Audi's 7-speed S-tronic double clutch gearbox, the same as you can find on the Lamborghini Huracan. While enthusiasts are pining themselves on the manual gearbox's demise, this double-clutch gearbox works brilliantly with its 5.2 V10 engine developing 610PS of power and 560Nm of torque in the range-topping Plus variant. It will do 0-100kph in 3.2 seconds and onwards to 330kph, which is blisteringly more than what the Huracan pulls out in the bag. For fuel efficiency, the new model also comes with a device that can shut off its engines at a set of lights.

Thanks to the new Audi Space Frame, the new R8's tub features a blend of carbon fiber and aluminium, making it easier and repair and durable when you ding it on the bumps. It's the same blend that you can expect on the Huracan as well.

2016 Audi R8 interior

You might imagine that all four-wheel drive cars are more grippy than rear-wheel drive cars but for the new R8, it isn't. Thanks to its midship-engine 4WD layout, it still manages to be as tail-happy as possible and well-communicative on the bends thanks to its responsive electromechanical power steering system. Some say that this new R8 behaves like a sportscar rather than a supercar but that's just a compliment because even though it's a bewitching machine you can take out on the open roads, it's still very civilized.

On the interior, it's all about being driver-focused and nothing else because the sat-nav system is now located on the instrumental panel rather than a separate screen. That's sounds nice but be wary though that even though it features a blend of science-fiction and brute force, its sat-nav remains rubbish even when driving on ancient cities like Bologna or Intramuros or Jerusalem or any other ancient cities in history. You have to rely on your local knowledge get through your destination rather than relying on its sat-nav because pretty soon, you'll feel like you've been left behind in traffic or small gaps.

2016 Audi R8

Yes, the new interior can be somewhat problematic but nothing's more problematic than the price tag itself and it starts from 165,000 to 187,400 Euros. That's quite a lot for a supercar and you're going to spend more for some optional extras. So, despite the pricing, the all new R8 is a potent supercar that drives fast than the old model, handles better, and in the real world, well-mannered. The loss of the manual gearbox and its questionable interior sounds more of a let-down for some but nevertheless, the new R8 can surely be one of the best cars to drive this year.

Available colors: Dynamitrot, Ibisweiß, Vegasgelb, Camouflagegrun Metallic, Florettsilber Metallic, Mythosschwarz Metallic, Suzukagrau Metallic, Daytonagrau Perleffekt, Arablau Kristalleffekt, and Camouflagegrun Matteffekt.

Photo: Audi AG

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to dress as one of the 765PRO ALL-STARS idols

THE iDOLM@STER


Nothing in the world of THE IDOLM@STER is more so than the 765PRO ALL-STARS because with so many installments come and go, you can't really beat the original idols because they're unique, they're great, and most of all, they are what you really called the poster girls, or idols, of the whole franchise for 10 years now. Of course, these idols are well-known for their wardrobe on their in-game and on-screen antics but hold it right there. Because of the array of wardrobe to choose from, cosplaying as a 765 Production idol is hard but happily, you don't need some fancy clothing to be a 765Pro idol, well for some. All you need is some hairstyle that correspond to your favorite 765 Pro idol!

As Haruka Amami: Haruka maybe more of a clumsy type but she's the best asset to the 765 Production. She would never give up even on her colleagues and the producer. Admittedly, being Haruka isn't such a bad idea on your next cosplay and before you can pull off some of the most iconic wardrobes in IM@S history, your hairstyle needs to be brown hair, short, and with two ribbons. Red ribbons are recommended but you can use any ribbon you like, just to replicate the Haruka Amami look. When done, feel free to use any outfit suitable for your Haruka Amami cosplay. An ideal recommendation includes the Forever Star outfit, the Starpiece Memories outfit, her school uniform from the first episode of the IM@S anime, her outfit from the anime DVD/Blu-Ray covers, and her luxury outfit. Oh, and please don't trip yourself like what Haruka does on her onscreen antics...

As Makoto Kikuchi: Makoto's the buttkicker of 765 Production and if I were you, I'd better be away from her because when singing is her second favorite thing, her first favorite is kicking your butt out. Don't say I've warned you but for the tough ladies out there who have a knack for iM@S, here's your chance. Just a short jet black hair should do the trick but to be Makoto, it's best to be outfitted with your favorite IM@S wardrobe of your liking.

As Chihaya Kisaragi: Chihaya Kisaragi devotes everything to music in a stoic manner. Despite her dark past, her voice is lyrical as an angel. That sounds a lot of love for her and being Chihaya is the one thing you would want for your next IM@S cosplay at a certain convention. Since Chihaya's hair is blue, a long blue hair should do the trick. With your long blue hair in possession, feel free to choose which wardrobe suits you. Recommendations include her signature luxury outfit, her winter outfit, or her outfit as seen in the anime DVD/Blu-Ray covers.

As Azusa Miura: Azusa Miura likes to do things at her own pace but she has qualities. Annoyingly, it's her big-chested physique that woos certain fans or maybe is her rather erotic voice? Who cares? Anyway, like we dealt with Chihaya's hairstyle, blue is the best color for your hairstyle but there are two options; you can go for the long hairstyle or for the short hairstyle. For ideal recommendation, go for the short hairstyle. That should do nicely. With the hairstyle at hand, feel free to choose which outfit you'll go for your Azusa Miura cosplay but the best idea would be the wedding dress with some petal of flowers covered. It's like she's running through a bouquet of flowers from a certain episode.

As Yayoi Takatsuki: Yayoi Takatsuki is a dependable part of the 765 Production and she's devoted to her big family. She also has a very cute personality that will capture the hearts of many fans. Becoming Yayoi sounds like hard work, right? Especially as cosplaying as her because to become her, all you need is a long orange hair and give it a twin-tail look but don't make the twintails too short. Just the right size of the twin-tails that matches Yayoi's. With your orange hair with the matching twintails, you can use whatever outfit you like that works well with your Yayoi cosplay.

As Ami or Mami Futami: Ami and Mami Futami are twins who love to make double trouble. As to cosplay either of the Futami twins, you can either do this alone or pair up with a buddy to pull off your Futami twins cosplay. One thing you need to aware is the tail of their hairstyles. The tail of Ami's hairstyle goes to her right while the tail of Mami's hairstyle goes to her left, just to avoid confusion between these two. If you already sorted out which one of the Futami twins will you cosplay or go on both with a mate, feel free to dress whatever you like, as long as it fits to your Ami or Mami cosplay.

As Yukiho Hagiwara: Yukiho Hagiwara's a bashful type of idol who lacks confidence but she's doing her best to change onstage. Cosplaying as her isn't a bit of a challenge when it comes to her hairstyle but when it comes to wardrobe, I'll leave the rest to you. Just be sure that the hairstyle you're looking for is somewhat of a tan or a light brown color because anything darker than that, you'll have to resort being Haruka. If you have the right color of the hairstyle that matches Yukiho's, you can choose any wardrobe you like.

As Miki Hoshii: Miki Hoshii is an idol who has endless potential but lacks motivation. Much to the popularity of this 765 Pro idol, dressing as her isn't an easy task, especially when you're looking for a hairstyle that matches her's. Just a long blonde hair should do the trick and if you got the right blonde hair for the job, try to find the costume that works well with your Miki cosplay. Recommendations include the My Dear Vampire outfit, the Starpiece Memories outfit from the IM@S movie, or even the one you saw from the anime's DVD/Blu-Ray covers.

As Takane Shijou: No idol in the world of anime is as nobler and more mysterious as Takane Shijou. Even though this idol has a secret she would never tell, most fans gone bedwetting every time they remember her. Sounds gross but she's very gorgeous onstage and on her personality that steals the hearts of many. Being Takane is good if you are a woman who has the face of an angel and the body of a supermodel but annoyingly, anyone can dress as Takane as long as the one in their dispersal is a long white hair you bought at your nearest wig shop. If you got the right hairstyle for your Takane cosplay, feel free to choose whatever outfit suits best. My recommendation includes the Dressy Alice outfit, the Forever Star from the final episode of the IM@S anime, a certain yukata, her outfit from the anime DVD/Blu-Ray covers, and to send fanboys wetting their pants on naptime, her signature luxury outfit. Nice!

As Ritsuko Akizuki: Despite her idoling past, Ritsuko Akizuki is a necessary member of 765 Production. Whether if she's a deputy producer on duty or a part-time idol when they need her help, her motherly instincts really give the idols a much-needed morale. Her hairstyle is a bit of a challenge because there are two styles to choose from but as a precaution, make sure your dark hair's not too short or else, you can't commence either of these two. Anyway, on her hairstyles; you can go for her braided twin tail look to reminisce her idol days or go for the messy bun hairstyle that matches her look. Best to go for her messy bun hairstyle right away because that's well recommended for your Ritsuko cosplay. Why not? To give you that bossy feeling as the right hand producer and part-time idol of 765 Production.

As Hibiki Ganaha: Hibiki's the kind of island girl who smiles like the sun shines. Believe it or not, she loves animals, especially her pet hamster named Hamzou. To be Hibiki, it's best to maintain your long black hair and if you lose it, you'd better off find a long black wig for yourself in case you chopped your hair off by accident. As for the hair accessory, you're free to do so but the ideal recommendation is a big, teal-colored, ribbon that fits perfectly well with your Hibiki cosplay. If you managed to sort out Hibiki's hairstyle, you're free to pick whatever outfit you can dress as long as it's related to IDOLM@STER.

As Iori Minase: Grew up from a family who had their hands full with a multinational conglomerate, Iori's the bossy boots of the pack despite her cute appearance. To become Iori, it's ideal that you have maintained a long brownish hair for a long period of time. If not, it's off to the wig shop to find a long brown hair for you. However, your long brown hair is not enough because there's one missing piece for your Iori cosplay; a pink headband. With the hairstyle set, you're free to pick whatever outfit suits your Iori cosplay.

And there you have it. Choosing which idol suits your personal preference on your next convention sounds like hard work but it's the heart that counts when it comes to decide which 765 Production idol will you cosplay and so is the wardrobe of your choosing. Whichever floats your boat, your love for all things IDOLM@STER is what's important.

765 PRO, FIGHT!!!

Let's Do The News! (July 28, 2015)


- Envoys from all 28 NATO countries are holding an emergency meeting to discuss Turkey's fight against the Islamic State militants and the Kurdish PKK separatists.

- South Korean PM Hwang Kyo-ahn declared a "de facto end" of the nation's MERS outbreak and over the past 23 days, no new infections were reported. Although, South Korean officials dealt with the deadly outbreak that killed 36 people, this thing isn't over yet according to the World Health Organization because to declare MERS-free, it needs to have 28 days without a new infection to make the announcement.

- The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began work to dismantling the Number 1 reactor building. Workers are using a remote-controlled crane to remove one of the panels of the ceiling.

- Following his final SONA speech, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III still received a failing grade from militant and human rights groups as well as teachers who expressed disgust for his performance.

- A cyber security firm warned of an Android security issue which lets hackers break in with a text message. Zimperium Mobile Security states that the cyber attack will commence when they got a user's phone number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS. It can even delete the message before the user can see it.

- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have been hampered by a 105 million dollar fine due to their recall woes especially ones that were easily hacked by some. Now, the Italian-owned American automotive giant must offer to buy back from customers hundreds of thousands of their vehicles as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls.

- The unsung legendary German carmaker Borgward is teasing their all-new product, set to debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, and their first product for the Borgward's resurrection is a crossover.

- As Japan prepares for another Pikachu outbreak this August, check out this special clip as the presenters of Pokemon Get TV, the official Pokemon variety show airing on TV Tokyo, dancing with the world famous Pikachu!



- New Pokemon XY toys from Takara Tomy on the radar! For August, Hoopa Unbound is joining the MonColle lineup in honor of the recent Pokemon XY movie Hoopa and the Clash of Ages. This terrifying djinn Pokemon, transformed from its Confined form via a prison bottle as seen from the film, is yours for 1,500 Yen. Also in the MonColle lineup, and much to the amusement for collectors of Mega Evolution Pokemon figures, Mega Altaria's arrived! The figure version of the Dragon-and-Fairy Pokemon, which is the mega-evolved form of the peaceful Dragon-and Flying Pokemon Altaria, is yours for 650 Yen.

MonColle Hoopa Unbound

MonColle Mega Altaria

TTFN!!!

Things we learned from President Aquino's final SONA

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July 27, 2015 - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivered his final State of the Nation Address to the public before his administration ends next year. In the midst of violent protests outside the palace and across the nation's capital, the President addressed what he had accomplished during his term since he took office five years ago. Here's what we learned from his final SONA:

- During his term, he placed several rightful people to the government-related positions they truly deserved, replacing the ones that committed wrongdoings in the past, and the people PNoy hired them had strong integrity to different sectors of the government.

- The GOCC dividend during his term was improved from 84.18 billion pesos to 131.86 billion pesos. The tax collection from the Bureau of Internal Revenue for this year is expected to reach 1.5 trillion, which is projected to be two trillion more than last year.

- During his term, the Philippines is ranked as the second fastest growing economy according to a Bloomberg article. The World Bank calls it "Asia's Rising Tiger", Moody's Analytics called it "Asia's Rising Star", and The New York Times called it "Asia's Bright Spot". The JCR's credit rating for the Philippines is BBB+. The Net Foreign Direct Investment of the Philippines saw a six-time increase last year, netting 6.20 billion US dollars. The domestic investments during Aquino's administration has been improved to 2.09 trillion pesos. Because of his reforms, the nation's economy sharply improved through the years.

- In terms of employment, the number of OFWs working in other nations was improved from 9.51 million to 9.07 million last year. A 4.4% improvement because some OFWs returned home and found decent jobs in the Philippines. The Philippines experienced much lesser labor strikes during his term, with only 15 labor strikes occurred That's the lowest ever recorded by the Department of Labor and Employment.

- Education, during his term, has been improved. In a 2013 survey according to a certain institution, there are 1.2 million out-of-school children reported, less than 2008's record of 2.9 million out-of-school youth. It's all because of the nation's Alternative Learning System, K-12 program, the Pangtawid Pamilya program, and other educational improvements in collaboration with the top government sectors. Thanks to these, the Philippines is expecting 4.7 million students enrolled, with 33,608 out of the 118,000 planned classrooms opened this year , 29,444 out of the 130,000 teachers hired this year, and 73.9 million textbooks delivered with another 88.7 million more this year.

- During his term, there are 7.8 million graduates from TESDA's training for work scholarship program and as of right now, 821,962 have finished and 71.9% of the graduates found themselves decent jobs.

- Onto the nation's healthcare, during his term, the number of Philhealth members has been improved from 47 million to 89.4 million beneficiaries.

- In Aquino's administration, 25,257 villages have been given electricity from October 2011 to June of this year, thanks to the nation's electrification program on rural areas.

- The nation's aviation industry has been improved during his administration, with numerous bans from other nations lifted, including European nations. As for maritime progress, the Philippines passed the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers as well. Despite the success in aviation and maritime industry in the Philippines, President Aquino still complains about the private companies running the MRT, and to deal with this, he passed to the government the regulations to the private companies running the MRT.

- The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was tackled and thanks to the president, the nation's military morale has been improved thanks to the procurement of modern equipment that will keep them prepared for future conflicts as well as disaster relief operations.

- The president tackles on the improvement of the Philippine National Police thanks to the 1:1 pistol-to-police ratio policy as well as increased equipment, firearms, and transportation that will keep policemen well prepared for future conflicts against high-profile crimes. The government also provides 57,000 housing units for the qualified PNP personnel (with 81,000 planned before his term ends).

- The president also tackles the approval of several infrastructure projects as well as flood-control projects such as the Phase 2 of the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project, the Blumentritt Interceptor Catchment Area, the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike, and so on, He also tackles on the roadworks as well and he stated that the new roads he made during his administration is not made by majority but by the people's needs.

- The public-private partnerships was also tackled and during his administration, an SWS survey states that 8 out of 10 Filipinos believed that the Philippines will become competitive with the other developed countries. A Gallup survey also states that the Philippines, out of the 143 nations, is ranked first in Asia-Pacific and 2nd highest in the world in terms of job optimism. Car sales jumped to 27% increase last year.

- His relations with the Muslim Mindanao was tackled and he states that the Bangsamoro Basic Law, criticized by many, will remain as a top priority legislation in his final year of his administration.

- During the Aquino administration, the Philippines embraced new laws with thanks to the Congress such as the Philippine Competition Law, Act Allowing the Full Entry of Foreign Banks, Sin Tax Reform Act, Responsible Parenthood Act, and many others. He also states that now is the time to pass the Anti-Dynasty Act.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Let's Do The News! (July 27, 2015)


- Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu says that they have no plans to send ground forces into Syria to fight against the Islamic State group and states that air strikes against the militants and the Kurdish PKK separatists in Iraq could "change the game".

- Shares in the People's Republic of China fall more than 8% on growth concerns, marking its biggest one day fall in over eight years. The Shanghai Composite closed down 8.5% to 3,725.56 after more weak economic data raised concerns on Asia's economic superpower.

- The Sendai nuclear plant began its 4-day emergency drill based on a meltdown scenario in a bid to clear a final regulatory hurdle. If passed, it will be the first in Japan to return online. The plant's operator hopes to restart the reactor as early as August 10 and begin generating electricity three days later.

- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns that his nation has enough firepower to deter US attempts to provoke a nuclear war during yesterday's speech, one day ahead of the 62 anniversary of Korean Armistice, which the North designated it as Victory Day.

- Cabin crew and passengers of the Shenzhen Airlines flight ZH9648 had stopped a man who started two fires while it was approaching Guangzhou. Two people are hurt.

- To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Morgan Plus 4, the British car company unveiled the AR Plus 4, armed with a powerful 2.0L Cosworth engine producing 225HP of power. It's limited to 50 units.

2015 Morgan AR Plus 4

- Mitsubishi Motors reportedly cease its North American production and putting its Normal, Illinois, plant, where it currently builds the RVR crossover, for sale.

- Due to inconsistent public demand, Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is now available to download in your PC via Steam. Get ready for the most scariest installment that will jump out to your living room after dark!

- One of the organizers of this year's Tanayburgring road trip event was killed yesterday when his car crashed along the event's route in Naic, Cavite. The organizer in question is driving a red Toyota MR2 (plate no. RGT-603) and hit a post after he had avoided an oncoming motorcycle while he had been overtaking a truck.

TTFN!!!

F1 2015: Hungarian GP

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Two dominant drivers from the Mercedes F1 team faced their worst in this season's Hungarian GP and with Hamilton and Rosberg faced bitter consequences, looks it became everyone's game in Hungaroring and in this epic battle royale, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel clinched his second win of the season, edging out against two Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo, placed 3rd, recorded the fastest lap in 1:24.821 during lap 68.

In the overall standings, Hamilton retains his season lead with 202 and Rosberg's 21 points behind Hamilton, and Vettel now 21 points behind Rosberg.

The next race is set at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on the 23rd of August.

GM Korea Chevrolet The Next Spark

South Korea is the first nation to get the new-generation Spark, which will arrive in the USA in early 2016 and soon in other markets (except Europe because of Chevrolet's pullout in the EU market), and since the latest-generation Spark is built by Koreans, for Koreans, these people are lucky enough to gain early access to "The Next Spark", which is a compact car emerged from being a low-life Daewoo Matiz to a world-proven Spark that captured the global audiences, even first-timers.

2016 GM Korea Chevrolet Spark

2016 GM Korea Chevrolet Spark

Here it is, the latest version, and it's yours for an affordable 10,150,000 KRW (estimated 8,700 US Dollars), which is a smart buy for those who got themselves a driver's license for the first time but what do you get for this uber-cheap city car? For starters, the design looks not very premium-ish for the new model. The previous-model looks fine when kitted out with extras but for the new model, the design looks unpleasant for the Chevrolet, especially with its signature dual-port grille that has gone on the wrong side of the road by putting the Chevy badge to the top of the grille rather than the middle that mosts Chevys do. What retains from the previous model is the secret rear doors which makes it more of an occasion for the new car.

Since this is the Korean-spec new Spark, the only engine available for Korean customers is a newly-developed 1.0 SGE ECOTEC engine mated with either a 5-speed manual or a Next Gen C-Tech CVT gearbox. This small engine develops 75PS of power output and 9.7kg-m of torque, which isn't sounds like much but in the small car like this, it feels peppy and perky. There's also an optional feature where it can shut off its engine at a set of lights, capable of delivering a combined fuel economy of 15.7km/L.

2016 GM Korea Chevrolet Spark interior

Thanks to its aerodynamic design and enhanced chassis, the NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) has been improved, meaning that the new Spark delivers a best-in-class comfort unlike any other small cars in the market. This isn't half bad for a car suitable for first-time drivers but when it comes to your next barkada trip, you should better off with another car because even though it has seating enough room for your stuff and your mates, it's relatively small, meaning you can get bothered by people chit-chatting about what they saw on TV, what plans for the weekend, or any other blabbermouth your barkada might expect to ask.

What's also bizarre that this is the first-ever Chevy on sale to come with Apple Carplay which acts...just like your iPhone and that's it.

So, should you buy one? With the starting price of 10,150,000 KRW, yes, you can afford one but you have to spec it all out with some fancy stuff, including the CarPlay, to bring out the best to your city car, and since this car is ready to be sold in other markets soon, especially the Americas, this is one global car that deserves the credit of being a world-proven city car. Sadly, if you're European, you can't have one because of Chevrolet's pullout from the EU market but don't worry, the new Opel Karl/Vauxhall Viva compacts will supplant the Spark's EU demise. Look at this way, they're made in the same Korean factory, the same chassis, the same stuff, and the same behavior, despite their different appearances.

Available colors: Creamy Beige, Urban Titanium Grey, Blu-ray Blue, Carbon Flash Black, Blue Splash, Switchblade Silver, Mystic Violet, Fresh Lime Green, Solar Red, and Pure White

Photo: GM Korea Company
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