Ahead of Xi meeting, Biden calls out China – POLITICO

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — U.S. President Joe Biden offered a full-throated American commitment to the nations of Southeast Asia on Saturday, pledging at a Cambodia summit to help stand against China’s growing dominance in the region — without mentioning the other superpower by name. Chinese President Xi Jinping wasn’t in the room at the Association … Read more

Golf: Sam Jones becomes first amateur to win Jennian Homes Trophy

Samuel Jones during the Taranaki Open. Supplied Sam Jones created history in his own backyard, becoming the first amateur to win the Jennian Homes Trophy. The 26-year-old has had an incredible 2022, picking up his first victory on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour at the Carrus Tauranga Open a little under a month ago after … Read more

Rockhampton’s Gentlefolk Single-Speed, Fixie and Old Bike Society grows in popularity

Warren Royal doesn’t get a chance to take his almost century-old bike out for a spin too often. But riding it on a mild spring evening in Rockhampton, weaving in and out of the historical buildings, he has a big smile on his face. When the original owner of the bike, his grandfather, died in … Read more

East-West divide over von der Leyen’s Russia mea culpa – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article “We should have listened to those who know Putin.” It was an eye-catching admission from Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday at the European Commission president’s State of the Union speech. The EU’s Russia hawks in Central and Eastern Europe had it right all along. Their powerful neighbors … Read more

All Blacks v Wallabies: ‘Chance to show we’re learning’ – The signs that point to a belated All Blacks revival

Sam Whitelock had some wise words to young All Blacks about the history of the Bledisloe Cup. Photo / Getty History sets expectations. The All Blacks speak a lot about upholding their legacy, of being custodians of the jersey and leaving it in a better place. As far as this turbulent 3-4 test year is … Read more

Ukraine is turning the tide against Russia — no thanks to Germany – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — Love Germany or loathe it, few would dispute it is a country of pessimists, a land where glasses are half empty and every silver lining comes with a dark cloud. There is, of course, a German word for this phenomenon: Schwarzmalerei, painting black. In normal times, … Read more

The History Of Monolith Soft – From Baten Kaitos To Xenoblade And Zelda

Image: Monolith Soft / Nintendo Life Monolith Soft has become one of the most recognisable of Nintendo’s first-party developers in recent times. Led by legendary RPG writer and director Tetsuya Takahashi, the studio is renowned for the monolithic (pun intended) Xenoblade series. Combining MMORPG-style, memorable worlds, stunning music, and philosophical writing, the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise … Read more

World leaders scramble for invites to ‘a funeral like no other’ – POLITICO

LONDON — As Britain mourns the death of its longest-serving monarch, frantic preparations are already underway in London for what is shaping up to be one of the century’s biggest diplomatic occasions. Hundreds of current and former heads of state and government will join scores of other dignitaries descending upon Britain next week for the state … Read more

Yesterday Stories cycling trails app launches in time for Wollongong’s UCI Road World Championships

Did you know that Wollongong is the only eastern Australian point with two lighthouses, one built in 1871 and the other in 1936? Or that Captain James Cook attempted to land on the Illawarra coast at Woonona the day before he landed at Botany Bay in 1770, only to be thwarted by bad weather? These are two … Read more

Britain has its first Black chancellor — but don’t make a thing of it – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Britain has its first Black chancellor. And in the modern-day Conservative Party, it’s really no big deal. In one of her first acts as British prime minister, Liz Truss picked her long-time friend and close confidante Kwasi Kwarteng to manage the U.K. public finances. An MP since … Read more