A 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and autism finished a marathon using a walking frame to raise funds for a children’s hospital and his school. When Weller completed the last stretch of his walk, he received cheers from his neighbors. Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust posted a clip from the event on Twitter. 🌟 pic.twitter.com/WJy1YD9P1U — Sheffield Children's (@SheffChildrens) May 31, 2020Weller’s initiative was inspired by World War II veteran Tom Moore, a captain who served in India. The amount raised will be given to Paces School where Weller attends classes, and to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital through its emergency COVID-19 appeal.
June 01, 2020 09:45 UTC
Stock markets in Asia and Hong Kong climbed today after US President Donald Trump avoided reigniting a trade war with China amid tension over Hong Kong and the coronavirus pandemic. Global markets sank Friday as investors waited for Trump's response to Beijing's security law on Hong Kong. However, it warned, relief may be "set to evaporate.'' On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were off 0.2 percent. On Friday, the S&P 500 ended the week up by 3 percent and the Dow fell by 0.1 percent.
June 01, 2020 09:33 UTC
China said today that Washington's attempts to harm Chinese interests will be met with firm countermeasures, criticizing a U.S. decision to begin ending special treatment for Hong Kong as well as actions against Chinese students and companies, Reuters reports. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China firmly opposed the US steps. “The announced measures severely interfere with China’s internal affairs, damage U.S.-China relations, and will harm both sides. China is firmly opposed to this,” Zhao told reporters during a regular briefing. “Any words or actions by the U.S. that harm China’s interests will meet with China’s firm counterattack,” he said.
June 01, 2020 09:33 UTC
CITY OF MALOLOS–Bocaue Vice Mayor Jose Santiago Jr. took his oath on Monday (June 1) as the new mayor of the town, succeeding Mayor Eleanor “Joni” Villanueva-Tugna, who died last May 28. ADVERTISEMENTMayor Tugna died of sepsis secondary to bacterial pneumonia on May 28 while confined in a hospital in Taguig City. The newly installed mayor was the running mate of former Bulacan Provincial Administrator Jim Valerio, who ran but lost against Tugna in the 2016 and 2019 elections. Tugna won the Bocaue mayoral race in 2016 through a coin toss to break a tie with Valerio. Santiago is the son of the late Bocaue Mayor Jose Santiago.
June 01, 2020 09:33 UTC
“I know that Hong Kong people always support us. As for this June 4, I know the people of Hong Kong will make their own arrangement to commemorate," she said. The candle lights at the annual vigil in Hong Kong will light up again this year, in its own way, because this is what everyone’s heart desires,” You said. Zhou said it will also show them about the importance of freedoms, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which led to a severe lockdown of almost all major mainland cities. The doctor was later exonerated but died of the disease soon after, creating a huge outpouring of grief and criticism on mainland social media.
June 01, 2020 09:22 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The bill seeking to increase the amount of authorized election campaign expenses of candidates for local and national posts is now on final reading at the House of Representatives. With 213 affirmative votes, six negative votes, and one abstention, House lawmakers on Monday approved on second reading House Bill No. 7166 or “An Act Providing for Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms, Authorizing Appropriations Therefor, and for Other Purposes”. Political parties are likewise given an increase in their spending cap with P50 per voter for their national candidates and P30 for local candidates. The amount of authorized election campaign expenses shall also be adjusted every six years by the Commission on Elections, the bill further states.
June 01, 2020 09:11 UTC
Hong Kong retail sales in April tumbled by 36.1 percent from the year before to HK$24.1 billion. In March, retail sales slumped by 42.1 percent to HK$23 billion, a revised estimate shows. Sales of jewelry, watches and clocks, and valuable gifts suffered the most, plunging by 76.6 percent, while apparel dropped by 63.6 percent. Medicines and cosmetics sales skidded by 62.9 percent. For the first four months, retail sales tumbled by 35.3 percen compared with the same period in 2019, according to provisional estimates.
June 01, 2020 08:48 UTC
People queue up outside a parcel delivery firm in Admiralty as many Hong Kong residents rush to renew their BNO passports. "I don't really trust the Chinese government. Others also expressed concern that the national security law will severely curtail Hong Kong's rights and freedoms and said they are now considering moving abroad. A 25-year-old man surnamed Chong said he is thinking of emigrating to Taiwan due to what he sees as a deteriorating political situation in Hong Kong. "I'm very nervous about the national security law.
June 01, 2020 08:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – “Devastated is such an understatement.”These were the words of a teary-eyed Senator Joel Villanueva as the Senate mourned the passing of his sister, Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna. ADVERTISEMENTDuring the chamber’s plenary session on Monday, senators adopted Senate Resolution No. 433 which expresses their profound sympathy and sincere condolences to the family of the late mayor, who succumbed to sepsis secondary to bacterial pneumonia last May 28, 2020 at the age of 42. “I’m actually a few meters away from the remains of Mayor Joni here in Bocaue, Bulacan and to be honest my heart has been shattered into (a) million pieces. It’s really worse than worst,” Senator Villanueva said.
June 01, 2020 08:26 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Former employees of ABS-CBN, now members of the House of Representatives, on Monday drummed support for the renewal of the franchise of the network as the lower chamber resumed deliberations on the issue. Truly, simply, ABS-CBN stood for then as they stand for now, in the service of the Filipino,” Aragones said in her sponsorship speech. “We can’t in any way undervalue the huge role that ABS-CBN plays for the Filipino people,” Violago said. The value of work, hard work, respect for work, accuracy, love and respect for coworkers, and most of all, the dignity of work from God. The House is tackling the 12 bills seeking to grant ABS-CBN a 25-year franchise.
June 01, 2020 08:26 UTC
Stocks in Hong Kong and China closed sharply higher today after US President Donald Trump’s response to China for its crackdown on Hong Kong stopped short of fully escalating tensions between the two nations. The benchmark Hang Seng Index shot up by 771.05 points, or 3.36 percent at 23,732.52 at the close. In Shanghai, the benchmark recorded the biggest one-day percentage gain since March 24. Mainboard turnover in Hong Kong was HK$150.75 billion. In mainland China, the benchmark Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index shot up by 2.21 percent at 2,915.43, while the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Composite Index jumpd by 3.16 percent at 1,842.95.
June 01, 2020 08:15 UTC
The Secretary for Labour, Law Chi-kwong, has denied suggestions that the appointment of a former pro-establishment legislator as his new under secretary is a move to pacify the camp after its defeats in last year's district council elections, RTHK reports. Law said today that Ho Kai-ming from the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) was the first candidate that came to mind as he had demonstrated an nterest in politics and knowledge in policy-making. "A lot of people asked who picked [Ho], the answer is simple: of course it was me who picked him," Law said. Law said that although working for the government is like working in a "hot kitchen," a lot of people are still willing to join the administrationHo had previously been a vocal critic of government labor policies. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has also appointed DAB member Julian Ip as a political assistant to Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui.
June 01, 2020 08:09 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – “Sarap ng Buhay” ended for neophyte Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa as he physically attended the Senate’s plenary session on Monday following his controversial remark last week. Dela Rosa earlier drew flak over his remark during the chamber’s May 26 plenary session, when he told his colleagues in jest: “Sarap ng buhay! Sarap ng buhay! “Bring him (Dela Rosa) down here,” the Senate president said. Dela Rosa, as chair of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs, sponsored two bills during the session.
June 01, 2020 07:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill that would authorize the President to postpone the opening of classes beyond August. Voting 23-0, the chamber approved during its “hybrid” session Senate Bill No. Should the measure be enacted into law before the scheduled opening of classes on August 24, the President and the Department of Education (DepEd) “would have more flexibility to start the school year if COVID-19 cases would continue to surge and threaten the safety of learners, teachers, and non-teaching personnel,” Gatchalian noted. The bill, which is a substitute measure consolidating proposals by Senators Joel Villanueva, Francis Tolentino, and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, covers all basic education institutions, including foreign or international schools. Read NextEDITORS' PICKMOST READ
June 01, 2020 07:52 UTC
320,000 more eligible to vote in Legco pollsThe electoral register has revealed an additional 320,000 electors, eligible to vote in the upcoming Legislative Council elections. Legco elections are expected to be held on September. Nominations will be open from mid to late-July. The increase in the electoral register is related to electors in the functional constituencies including catering and cultural sectors. Elecltors in these sectors increased by 80 percent and 40 percent respectively.
June 01, 2020 07:40 UTC