School asks for loo paper
This week’s visit to China by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte points toward a restoration of trust between the sides following recent tensions over their South China Sea territorial dispute, China’s official news agency has said. The visit by the recently elected Duterte, who was due to arrive in Beijing late yesterday, will be a step toward ending years of estrangement between the countries, Xinhua News Agency said. “Should he demonstrate his good faith, the trip will present a long overdue opportunity for the two nations, which enjoy longstanding friendship, to heal the wounds of the past few years and steer their relationship back to the right course,” Xinhua said in a commentary. Duterte is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials tomorrow. The Philippine draft of a proposed joint statement touches on the restoration of permits for Filipino agricultural exports, China’s support for Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, boosting tourism and enhancing Coast Guard cooperation to avoid misunderstandings at sea. A row over a school’s toilet paper supply has broken out in a Spanish town, prompting local officials to step in. The government-run Rafael Garcia Valino primary school in Yepes, a town 50km south of Madrid, recently sent out a list of supplies students need for class this year. Among the pens, notebooks and erasers was an unexpected item - six rolls of toilet paper. One parent, Carmen Contreras, complained on her Facebook page that the requirement was “totally surreal”. She said the school told her it didn’t have enough money for toilet paper. The ABC newspaper said Yepes town hall has offered to resolve the shortage by supplying rolls for the whole school, however no one was available at the school or town hall to comment.