In The News Today: Ryan Eggold To Star In ‘Blacklist’ Spinoff, Iceland PM Resigns Amid Panama Papers Scandal, & More
Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson steps down after being named in the Panama Papers leak. According to the Panama Papers, Gunnlaugsson and his wife, Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir, were the owners of a shell company in the British Islands called Wintris Inc. It had $4 million in bonds in three major Icelandic banks. When Gunnlaugsson entered the parliament in 2009, he did not declare ownership of the company.
According to a copy of an email from Iceland Government’s PR sent to Financial Times correspondent Richard Milne, however, the Icelandic Prime Minister only “suggested” to the Progressive Party Parliamentary group that its vice-chairman take over for Gunnlaugsson “for an unspecified amount of time.”
Furthermore, the email goes on to state that the PM did not resign and shall remain the chairman of the progressive party. It also maintains that Gunnlaugsson, his wife or their shell company have not engaged in any actions, which imply “tax avoidance, tax evasion, or any dishonest financial gain.”
Donald Trump talks about cutting cash flow to build Mexico wall. Leading Republican presidential candidate Trump has always talked about the wall he wants to build between Mexico and the U.S.
Recently, in a lengthy memo he sent to The Washington Post, he revealed how he will accomplish this by cutting off wire transfers done by Mexicans who are in the U.S. illegally. According to the Trump campaign, Mexico receives $24 billion a year in remittance, and the said move can cripple the said country’s economy significantly.
Moreover, the Trump campaign believes they can accomplish the plan in three days, with the “Trump Administration” telling the Mexican government it will not put its “final rule” into effect if it agrees to contribute a certain amount. Moreover, Trump and his people expect this amount to be somewhere in the billions.
Twitter wins rights to exclusively stream NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.” According to the NFL, Twitter will provide live streaming of football action along with in-game highlights and pre-game Periscope broadcasts from both players and their teams. According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, “Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football.”
Two planes collide in Jakarta Airport, one catches fire. A Boeing 737-800 plane operated by Batik Air and an ATR turboprop plane operated by TransNusa collided into each other as they were taxing the runway at the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on Monday evening.
According to a report from the Jakarta Globe, Batik Air’s plane sustained damage in the left wing and caught fire following the collision. Meanwhile, the other plane sustained a damaged tail. No one was reportedly injured in the incident.
North Korea now able to arm mid-range missile with nuclear warhead. This is the latest findings of South Korea following its new assessment of its North Korea‘s nuclear program. According to a report from Reuters, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had made the claim last month that it already possesses miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be mounted on ballistic missiles.
A South Korean official who has knowledge of the recent assessment now believes firing such would be “a political decision.”
Vitamin D can now heal broken hearts. A new study has revealed that vitamin D is actually good for people with heart problems. According to a report from the BBC, a recent trial done by the Leeds Teaching Hospital involving 163 heart failure patients found that vitamin D supplements improved a heart’s ability to pump around the body.
Ryan Eggold to star in “The Blacklist” spinoff. Eggold will still play covert operative Tom Keen aka Jacob Phelps alongside Famke Janssen’s Susan “Scottie” Halsted. According to a report from Cinema Blend, the spinoff series will be introduced during “Blacklist’s” episode 322 that will air on May 12. Meanwhile, Janssen’s character will first be introduced in the episode airing May 5.