New Zealand will continue to cooperate with ‘more assertive’ China, Ardern says | New Zealand

New Zealand will continue to cooperate on “shared interests” with China, even as tensions increase in the region and China grows “more assertive in the pursuit of its interests”, Jacinda Ardern has said. Speaking to the China Business Summit in Auckland on Monday, the prime minister said she was planning a trip to China “to seize new opportunities for dialogue,” support the trade relationship, and further cooperate on the climate crisis. “Even as China becomes more assertive in the pursuit of its interests, there are still shared interests on which…

Macau to reopen after Covid sinks gaming revenue to record low – Manila Bulletin

HONG KONG, China — Macau was set to remove most coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday after the casino hub’s gaming revenue hit its lowest level on record. The former Portuguese colony is the only territory in China where casinos are allowed, and its multi-billion-dollar gaming industry was until recently bigger than Las Vegas. But the sector has taken a kicking in recent years, not only from the coronavirus pandemic but also from a Beijing-directed anti-corruption crackdown. Gross gaming revenue fell to 398 million patacas (US$49 million) in July, the lowest since…

Empowering persons with disabilities – Manila Bulletin

Thrive Together project continues to educate PWD and the youth with financial literary and financial planning education FWD Life Insurance and Humanity & Inclusion (HI) rolled out the second phase of its Community Care project, “Thrive Together: Empowering young people with disabilities in the Philippines.” This year, Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation Inc. (LCDPFI) has joined the team as the implementing partner for the Philippines. Thrive Together centers on financial planning and financial literacy education for participants and their families, targeting 1,000 beneficiaries by 2024, to empower them to live…

Robin Padilla reacts to Audie Gemora’s seeming criticism – Manila Bulletin

Robin Padilla has commented on the question posed by Audie Gemora on social media. He did so by sharing a post by MJ Quiambao Reyes, co-founder of the non-profit, non-governmental organization The Little Swallow. It read: “Una, bago po kayo mang insulto, siguruhin n’yo po muna na tama ang spelling nyo ng KINDERGARTNER para di ka naman nakakahiya.” “Pangalawa, hindi sukatan ng talino at competence ang galing sa pananalita ng wikang banyaga. [Otherwise, ano na lang ang magiging tingin sa iyo Audie now that you can’t even spell a simple…

Duterte leads ‘Brigada Eskwela’ 2022 national kick-off  – Manila Bulletin

Vice President Sara Duterte, who is also the concurrent Department of Education (DepEd) secretary, led the national kick-off of the “Brigada Eskwela” on Monday, Aug. 1 at the Imus Pilot Elementary School in Imus, Cavite. VP and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte during the national kick-off of 2022 ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in Imus, Cavite (Screenshot from DepEd Philippines FB page) In her keynote message, Duterte recognized the efforts of the personnel of DepEd and other education stakeholders in making the launch of this year’s “Brigada Eskwela” a success. The “Brigada Eskwela” which…

Suzuki unveils all-new muscle scooter: the Avenis

Suzuki Philippines has launched a new scooter to add to its growing lineup of automatic motorcycles — the all-new Avenis. The Avenis is a muscular, sporty scooter featuring sporty, aerodynamic design and fuel efficiency that is affordable and suitable for the modern rider’s active and on-the-go lifestyle. The Avenis is designed as a stylish mode of transport that can also serve as a practical mode of commerce to transport people and commodities. Muscular and sporty design The Suzuki Avenis was intended to exude a compelling presence with its muscular and…

INTERVIEW | PM Kishida: Serious Work Needed for a ‘World Without Nuclear Arms’

The Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons will be held at the United Nations from August 1 to 26.  Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will be the first Japanese prime minister to attend the conference. Ahead of his departure for the meeting, on July 29, Mr Kishida sat down for an exclusive interview with reporters of The Sankei Shimbun to discuss his thoughts and goals for Japan. Excerpts follow. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida leaves from Haneda Airport for the United States to…

South China Sea territory disputes intensify U.S-China tensions : NPR

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Bonnie Glaser, director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund about the rising tensions between China and Taiwan and how the U.S. fits in. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Today, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said he prefers that China take control of neighboring Taiwan through peaceful methods rather than military means, even as Chinese fighter jets have been conducting military drills in the airspace around Taiwan. This has been deeply worrying to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that shares a maritime border with China. But it…

11 styles of coco bonsai that will inspire you – Manila Bulletin

Coconut trees have a lot of uses. Another thing we can add to its long list of useful applications is as a material for coco bonsai. This is an emerging form of bonsai that uses coconut seedlings. The shell is usually husked to reveal the seed, which is then incorporated into the design. The seed can be completely or partially buried in the ground and may even be suspended mid-air. The bonsai’s shape is maintained by removing the topmost layer of its stems so its leaves and stems do not…