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Bibi1581 Blog For 01/08/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> Enough Lies Wolffy: Wikileaks

The profitability and sales of Michael Wolff’s scathing book about United States President Donald Trump may have gotten a flat tire after WikiLeaks posted a link to a free online copy.

A delight to brainless “Trump Haters” who could not wait to drive another poison needle in their “Trump Doll”, trashy and clearly hostile “Fire and Fury” has not surprisingly become an instant best-seller, with hard copies sold out in many stores within an hour.

Mr Trump has begun legal action against the author, and now Wikileaks has posted a link on Twitter to a Google Drive document that appears to contain the entire manuscript, although it is unclear whether it is the final version that went to publication.

Many buyers are still unimpressed by the book.

“Not worth wasting your time reading this nonsense. Instead should of bought a box of chocolates,” wrote one.

“I found the writing difficult. There are too many grammatical errors and run-on sentences. Have your dictionary ready. He likes to show how smart he is by using pretentious words. I hoped this would be a fun read but after chapter one, I returned it for a refund,” said another.




2…………> An Angry Volcano: PNG

Following a warning call from authorities in Papua New Guinea 700 people have evacuated since the Kadovar Island volcano became active, fearing that a strong eruption could trigger a tsunami, even though it has not erupted for around 300 years.

“The volcano was blowing out ashes, very thick ashes … It started on Friday around 11 o’clock. The volcano smoke was very thick, and ashes were thrown out from the volcano. There was no actual lava but only thick ashes and smoke. If there wasn’t any initiative by boat, there would have been a very serious disaster,” local man said.

“They were also using small canoes, paddling across to Blup Blup. There was a banana boat but no engine.”




3…………> China’s Amphibian AG600

China’s first home-grown large amphibious aircraft AG600 makes a smooth landing after its maiden flight in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province, Dec. 24, 2017. AG600, code named “Kunlong”, completed its maiden flight on Sunday. Designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600 will be mainly used for maritime rescue, fighting forest fires and marine monitoring. The AG600 is the third member of China’s “large aircraft family” following the large freighter Y-20 and large passenger aircraft C919, which made maiden flights in 2013 and 2017. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)




4…………> Mighty Yuan: Get Ready

China’s foreign exchange reserves are in a good position to maintain stability in 2018, after the central bank announced the 11th consecutive monthly increase in Forex reserves, expanding to 3.14 trillion dollars in December, the highest since September 2016.
The central parity rate of the Chinese currency strengthened 83 basis points to 6.4832 against the U.S. dollar Monday, putting the yuan in its strongest position since May 2016.

“It was about better economic fundamentals, recovering exports and, more importantly, reduced pressure on capital outflows due to a turnabout in expectations for the yuan,” Shenwan Hongyuan Securities analysts Li Huiyong and Qiu Difan wrote in a research note.

China’s GDP expanded an annualized 6.9 percent in the first three quarters of 2017. Q3 was the ninth straight quarter of growth over 6.7 percent.




5…………> Drone Attacks Halted: Syria

In a development that should severely alarm US security authorities,  militants in Syria launched a massive attack against Russian military facilities, including the Tartus Naval base and Hmeimin airbase, with the use of unmanned GPS fitted aerial vehicles loaded with explosives from a distance of about 65 miles.

The Russian military has taken control of six drones that were sent by militants, another seven were shot down by the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

6…………> In The Tracks Of The Dragon: Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School, located near Mount Song is vast complex  that accommodates some 35,000 students, 90% of male gender with applicant needs to be at least 5 or 6 years old to become eligible to train here, and no ‘upper age limit’ to join.

Some of “grasshoppers” are unruly children brought by their parents in hopes  setting them straight, while others are attracted by the fame and prestige of Shaolin Tagou, dreaming to become famous martial arts film actors like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan.

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