Florence wins Rip Curl Pro in a nailbiter, Conlogue bags third Bells crown

Hawaiian surfing star John John Florence has beaten Brazilian Filipe Toledo in a nailbiting Bells Beach final to win his first Rip Curl Pro title Hawaiian surfing star John John Florence has beaten Brazilian Filipe Toledo in a nailbiting Bells Beach final to win his first Rip Curl Pro title. Toledo needed a 6.98 when he caught his last wave with 12 seconds left. His supporters on the beach cheered Toledos ride but the judges only gave him a 5.90 and Florence won 14.30 to 13.98. It also gives Florence the rankings lead after the 2016 and 17 world champion missed much of last season because of a knee injury. Florence shone earlier on Saturday in his headline quarter-final win …

‘Time for the Chinese miracle’: Beijing’s new English language propaganda push

Campaign including confusing rap song and stilted video explainer coincides with the annual Two Sessions political conference Chinese state media Two Sessions, which began this week. Among the more intelligible lines is this: Monkey King to the West, legendary dragon to the sky, yall know its time for Chinese miracle. It goes on: Weve got Two Sessions, weve got Two Sessions for the fragrance were blessing, to the world we show our affection. Play Video 4:32 a Xinhua video, two women uncomfortably answer questions as they are quizzed on fun facts about the Two Sessions. In another video by Xinhua titled, Chinese democracy in the eyes of an American, a reporter for Xinhua says: It is widely acknowledged that a …