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Introducing Google News Initiative Conversations

This year, the way many of us work has changed dramatically. We’ve gone from lunch meetings and large networking conferences to meeting virtually from our makeshift home offices. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly upended a lot of this, but that doesn’t mean sharing ideas is on hold, too. That’s especially true for the Google News Initiative team; our commitment to helping journalism thrive is still just as strong. That’s why we’ve launched Google News Initiative Conversations, a new video seri...
Tags: Google, Australia, Washington, Sustainability, Ai, South China, Der Spiegel, Ashley Edwards, Soledad O'Brien, GNI, Diversity and Inclusion, Brad Bender, Google News Initiative, StrategiesMegan Brownlow, Simon Crerar, Syed Nazakat


Goni en route to Vietnam after deadly strike in Philippines

Goni slammed into the eastern Philippines on Saturday night, local time as a super typhoon with maximum sustained winds equivalent to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins. At 4:50 a.m., local time, Super Typhoon Goni made its first landfall near Bato, Catanduanes, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). At least 20 deaths have been blamed on the torrential rainfall, dangerous winds and devastating storm ...
Tags: News, Atlantic, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Accuweather, Reuters, South China Sea, South China, Saffir Simpson, east Pacific, Goni, Atsani, Philippine Sea, Albay


Scientists discover why fish evolved limbs and left water

A new study says solar and lunar tide impacts led to the evolution of bony fish and tetrapods.The scientists show that tides created tidal pools, stranding fish and forcing them to get out of the water.The researchers ran computer simulations to get their results. Tides influenced by the sun and the moon were likely the reason why fish developed limbs and early tetrapods evolved, found new research.The groundbreaking study took a look at tides during the Late Silurian—Devonian periods, which ha...
Tags: UK, Biology, Animals, Earth, Fish, Moon, Innovation, Gravity, Evolution, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Planets, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Geography, Bangor University, South China


US approves $1 billion in new arms sales to Taiwan

The Trump administration has approved the sale of more than a billion dollars worth of advanced weaponry for Taiwan in a move that will enrage China and further exacerbate tensions between Washington and Beijing that have are already heated over issues such as trade, Tibet, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. The State Department announced Wednesday it had greenlighted the sale of 135 precision land attack missiles, associated equipment and training to Taiwan to improve its defense capabilities....
Tags: News, Washington, China, US, Taiwan, Beijing, State Department, Trump, South China, Tibet Hong Kong


Hilton Maintains Robust Development and Reinforces Its Presence in South China

Hilton recently completed the relocation of its Greater China South headquarters to Shenzhen, celebrating the move with a ceremony rich in traditional local elements. The relocation means that Hilton will maintain robust development in the post-pandemic era, reinforce its strategic presence in South China, and drive further expansion in the region, as it steadily advances towards its goal of 1,000 operating hotels in China by 2025.
Tags: Travel, China, Hilton, Shenzhen, South China, Hilton Maintains Robust Development, Greater China South


America's increasingly busy bombers are sending a nuclear message to Russia and China

US Air Force airmen prepare a US Air Force B-52H for take off during Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1, at RAF Fairford, England, October 23, 2019. US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Duncan C. Bevan The US bomber fleet has been increasingly active, flying closer and closer to sensitive areas over Europe and the Pacific. Those flights are meant to show Moscow and Beijing what the US is capable of, but increasingly provocative flights come with higher risks, writes Michael T. Klare, professor emeritu...
Tags: Europe, England, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Navy, Washington, China, Russia, Defense, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Department Of Defense, Syria, Taiwan


Apple's 'iPhone City' in China is reportedly working around the clock to produce the iPhone 12 as its expected launch draws near

Apple's iPhone 11 Crystal Cox/Business Insider Foxconn, Apple's main iPhone assembler, has ramped up iPhone production at its factory in Zhengzhou, China ahead of the expected iPhone 12 launch next month. The factory is working 24 hours per day, offering worker bonuses, and canceling holidays to focus on iPhone production, according to a report from the South China Morning Post. Zhengzhou is often referred to "iPhone City" by locals because of the factory's massive presence in the city...
Tags: Apple, China, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Foxconn, Mark Gurman, South China, South China Morning Post, Zhengzhou, Wedbush Securities, Zhengzhou China, Tech Insider, Daniel Ives, Foxconn Apple


China says US spy planes posing as airliners are a 'serious threat' in the South China Sea

An Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, July 24, 2015. US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Rasheen Douglas China says the US Air Force has used fake identities for its surveillance aircraft at least 100 times this year, putting civilian flights at risk. The accusation follows a similar claim by a Beijing-based think tank, which used open-source aviation responder records to monitor air traffic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Beijing ...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Qatar, Iran, Taiwan, Beijing, Malaysia, Air Force, Song, Boeing, PLA, US Air Force, Anderson, Guangdong, South China Sea


US considering stopping export of American tech to China’s largest semiconductor manufacturer: Report

The US government is considering restricting American exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest semiconductor manufacturer. Reuters was the first to report on the development. The government is reportedly considering adding SMIC, a partially state-owned company, to the US department’s list of entities that are restricted from using technology and software produced in the US. Blacklisting SMIC would further escalate the tech war between the United St...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, News, China, India, US, United States, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Qualcomm, ZTE, 5g, WSJ, Us Department Of Defense, Reuters


The career life and rise of billionaire Oracle cofounder and international playboy Larry Ellison, who dropped out of college twice and has a $75 billion fortune

Larry Ellison. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Larry Ellison, the founder and CTO of Oracle, has a net worth of $75.7 billion, according to Forbes. But Ellison hasn't had the tech world's typical path to success. He dropped out of college twice and didn't become a billionaire until age 49. Over the years, he's built Oracle into a $170 billion behemoth whose former employees have gone on to start companies like Salesforce.  He's also become a lavish spender, owning several homes and even the entire...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Enterprise, California, Steve Jobs, Washington, Life, White House, US, America, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Features, Getty Images


The life of billionaire Oracle cofounder and international playboy Larry Ellison, who dropped out of college twice and has a $75 billion fortune

Larry Ellison. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Larry Ellison, the founder and CTO of Oracle, has a net worth of $75.7 billion, according to Forbes. But Ellison hasn't had the tech world's typical path to success. He dropped out of college twice and didn't become a billionaire until age 49. Over the years, he's built Oracle into a $170 billion behemoth whose former employees have gone on to start companies like Salesforce.  He's also become a lavish spender, owning several homes and even the entire...
Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, Enterprise, California, Steve Jobs, Washington, Life, White House, US, America, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Features, Getty Images


China wants Europe to join it and take on 'extremist forces' in the US

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a press conference at the Institute for International Relations in Paris, August 30, 2020. AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu As the US seeks a transatlantic alliance to take on China, Beijing is calling on Europe to jointly confront "extremist forces" in the US pushing for decoupling. In Paris on Sunday during a European tour, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing never talks about "China first," seeking to contrast Chinese policy with Trump's "America Fi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Politics, Washington, France, White House, China, Germany, US, America, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Beijing, United States, Xi Jinping


Tropical Storm Higos to target China, Vietnam with flooding rain

The threat for flooding will be renewed across parts of southeastern Asia as Tropical Storm Higos plows through the South China Sea.Higos strengthened into a tropical storm in the middle of the South China Sea on Tuesday, packing winds of 65 km/h (40 mph) as it traveled west-northwestward.That trajectory is generally expected to continue through the end of the week, allowing Higos to spread impacts from southern China to Vietnam and Laos."Higos is then set to pass over Hainan Island or the Leizh...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, News, China, Bloomberg, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Accuweather, Hanoi, Sichuan, South China Sea, Sichuan Province, Buddha, Cairn, Tate


Searching Family Overseas: Blood Ties and Hopes

We have been working with a student inside China who grew up under the One-Child Policy. She decided to write a "search" article for an adoptee (Anna) who is searching for her birth parents in Hunan Province. Our student/reporter friend also grew up in Hunan. The intent of the article was to encourage Chinese birth families to contact us for testing and assistance in locating their relinquished children. After almost a year of research and writing, our reporter (Tian) approached several media ou...
Tags: China, America, David, Canada, United States, Adoption, Louisiana, Abandonment, Anna, Guangdong, Chongqing, Mary, Li, Wang, South China, University of Minnesota


Typhoon Hagupit on a crash course with eastern China

The West Pacific Basin sprang to life last week after Sinlaku spun up over the South China Sea. As this storm tracks across Indochina, another storm is eyeing the flood-weary region of eastern China for landfall early this week.A tropical disturbance that began to organize in the Philippine Sea late last week quickly strengthened into a tropical storm late Saturday night, local time, and was given the name Hagupit by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).The storm is known as Dindo in the Philip...
Tags: News, China, Taiwan, Atlantic, Philippines, Korea, Myanmar, Taipei, Hagupit, Accuweather, South China Sea, Indochina, Zhejiang, India Bangladesh, South China, Bay of Bengal


China 2035 Plan is Half as Many Aircraft Carrier Groups as USA

China plans to build at least six aircraft battle groups by 2035. China will have two aircraft carrier groups for each area (Yellow Sea, East and South China seas). China has developed the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Usa, China, Innovation, South China, Yellow Sea East


A Beatboxing Buddhist Monk Creates Music for Meditation

Most of us assume Japanese Buddhist monks to be silent types. In their personal lives they may well be, but if they want to go viral, they've got to log onto the internet and make some noise. This is the lesson one draws from some of the Buddhist figures previously featured here on Open Culture: Kossan, he of the Beatles and Ramones covers, or Gy?sen Asakura, the priest who performs psychedelic services soundtracked with electronic dance music. Depending on your taste in music, their per...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Japan, Australia, College, Religion, United States, Tokyo, Fukushima, Asmr, Seoul, Buddhist, Ramones, Facebook Twitter, Bach


Trump's risky nose-to-nose challenge to China in the South China Sea

David Andelman writes that the deployment of two US aircraft carrier strike groups into the South China sea for the largest military exercise in years just as China has been holding its own drills around the Paracel Islands threatens an accidental conflict that could quickly, even catastrophically, escalate.
Tags: China, US, Cnn, Trump, South China Sea, South China, Paracel Islands, David Andelman


We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.

For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy has been using naval wargames to test ships, tactics and strategy.
Tags: News, Navy, U S Navy, South China


Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China's holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing's relationship with its neighbours. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China's exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were "highly provocative", while Vietnam's Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be "detrimental" to Beijing's relationship with the Ass...
Tags: News, China, Beijing, Philippines, Vietnam, Foreign Ministry, South China, Paracel Islands, Vietnam Philippines, Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Defence


Hong Kong Disneyland is Set to Re-Open After 130 Days of Closure

Hong Kong‘s theme parks are starting to grind back to life. The embattled city, which has endured sanctions from the ongoing U.S.-China trade war and which has been wracked with protests against the increasing influence of China’s government, is hoping to reboot its local economy with Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland re-opening, with the former opening as soon as this week. Variety reports that Hong Kong’s two major theme parks, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, are set to re-open this...
Tags: Hong Kong, Movies, China, Disney, Theme Parks, Hong Kong Disneyland, Variety, South China, South China Morning Post, Ocean Park, Disney/Pixar, Commerce and Economic Development, Coronavirus, February Ocean Park, Edward Yau Tang wah


IDC: Huawei Toppled Apple From China's Tablet Market Top Spot in First Quarter

Apple lost its top spot to Huawei in the Chinese tablet market in the first quarter of 2020 as the health crisis battered local sales, according to a new report today (via South China Morning Post). China's tablet shipments plunged 30 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, based on data from research firm IDC. Huawei was the only brand to see positive year-on-year growth, up 4.3 per cent in the quarter ended March 31 to 1.5 million units. The Chinese electronics...
Tags: Apple, China, Lenovo, Huawei, Idc, South China, IDC Huawei, Apple Xiaomi Microsoft


‘Artemis Fowl’ Brings the Heist Movie to the Children’s Fantasy Genre [Set Visit Report]

The prevailing magic of children’s fantasy stories is seeing our intrepid heroes come of age in the most fantastical of situations. They enter this strange world timid, unsure, and insecure, and emerge from it a changed, emboldened hero. But Eoin Colfer‘s Artemis Fowl gave us a different kind of hero. In fact, the titular Artemis Fowl was no hero at all. What if the protagonist of this children’s fantasy series was actually its villain, Artemis Fowl posits. What if he were cruel and calculat...
Tags: London, Movies, Tim Burton, Disney, Features, Ireland, Colin Farrell, Kenneth-Branagh, Artemis, Clay, Ken, Branagh, South China, Celia Bobak, Jim Clay, Michael Corleone


Tesco workers in Malaysia, Thailand abused, UK grocer says in report - South China Morning Post

Tesco workers in Malaysia, Thailand abused, UK grocer says in report   South China Morning Post
Tags: UK, Shopping, Tesco, South China, South China Morning Post, Malaysia Thailand


Beijing sesame sauce

At lunchtime on a regular weekday in October, the small restaurant in Beijing’s old Muslim quarter was extremely busy. I had to share a table with three middle-aged women, who were heatedly discussing real-estate flipping in crisp Beijing dialect. Their food came — meat pies, napa cabbage, and the restaurant’s famous baodu (blanched tripe). Soon every dish would be slathered in zhi ma jiang, or sesame paste, a condiment ubiquitous in Beijing cuisine. I first tried Beijing sesame paste as a ho...
Tags: Travel, China, Beijing, Wuhan, All, South China, Anhui, Hubei Province, Tahini, Beijing Sesame Paste, Beijing Sesame Sauce, Sesame Paste, Sesame Sauce, Zhi Ma Jiang, Mirko Kuzmanovic Shutterstock, Zhaofujie Food Store


Coronavirus live news: elderly might have to isolate for whole year, says EU chief

Christians adapt to culmination of holy week without ceremonies as US death toll becomes the highest in the world; Italy, India, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico extend lockdownCoronavirus latest: at a glance2,000 deaths a day in US as Italy and India extend lockdownAll the US developments - liveBoris Johnson’s darkest hour 3.30am BST The coronavirus behind Covid-19 can produce three times more pathogens than the one behind Sars, a Hong Kong University study has found.According to a report in the S...
Tags: India, US, Eu, World news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Kim Jong Un, Boris Johnson, Johnson, South China, Hong Kong University, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Italy India Saudi Arabia Puerto Rico


Foreign grocers leaving Asia as e-commerce, local competition intensifies - South China Morning Post

Foreign grocers leaving Asia as e-commerce, local competition intensifies   South China Morning Post
Tags: Asia, Shopping, South China, South China Morning Post


SKIMMIA REEVESIANA

Skimmia reevesiana Skimmia reevesiana is a gorgeous and highly ornamental dwarf, evergreen shrub native to South China and Southeast Asia. It was first discovered and described for western science in 1848 by Scottish botanist, and well-known plant hunter Robert Fortune (1812 – 1880). He found it in a Shanghai nursery, where it was the rarest and most prized of the owner’s possessions. The plant had originally been collected from the Hwang Shan, a mountain some 250 miles to the south-wes...
Tags: Gardening, Southeast Asia, Shanghai, Robert, South China, Royal Horticultural Society, Simon Eade, Garden Merit, Link Removed, Hwang Shan, Sunningdale Surrey


The world's biggest iPhone factory is reportedly offering $1,000 bonuses to lure workers after being shut down over coronavirus

After closing its factories amid the coronavirus outbreak, iPhone maker Foxconn is starting to gradually re-open its facilities. In an effort to attract new workers Foxconn is offering bonuses of 7,000 yuan ($995) following the shutdown, the South China Morning Post reports. Returning Foxconn workers have also been offered bonuses of 3,000 yuan ($427) to return to work, Abacus reported last week. Foxconn said in a statement that it's still taking the utmost care to protect its workers against ...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, China, Trends, Foxconn, Abacus, Scmp, South China, South China Morning Post, Zhengzhou, SCMP Foxconn


The world's biggest iPhone factory is reportedly offering $1,000 bonuses to entice workers after being shut down over coronavirus

After closing its factories amid the coronavirus outbreak, iPhone maker Foxconn is starting to gradually re-open its facilities. In an effort to attract new workers Foxconn is offering bonuses of 7,000 yuan ($995) following the shutdown, the South China Morning Post reports. Returning Foxconn workers have also been offered bonuses of 3,000 yuan ($427) to return to work, Abacus reported last week. Foxconn said in a statement that it's still taking the utmost care to protect its workers against ...
Tags: South Korea, China, Trends, Louisiana, Foxconn, Abacus, Scmp, South China, South China Morning Post, Zhengzhou, SCMP Foxconn