Balance bike vs tricycle: Which one is best for your child

Trinity Beach State School students will ride their bikes to school on Friday as part of National Ride to School Day. Childhood is all about having fun and learning many different things. One such thing is learning how to ride a bike -it’s almost a rite of passage. But while most people agree that children should learn to ride a bike, they have greatly polarising opinions when it comes to how children should learn to ride a bike. Should they learn to ride with a balance bike or tricycle? We often hear people deliberating between a balance bike and tricycle but don’t forget the other option – training wheels. In fact, many people don’t quite know the difference between a tricycle and training wheels so let’s sort the options out to get started. A tricycle, as the name suggests, is quite simply a three-wheeled bicycle. People also call it a ‘trike’. It comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and children as young as 18 months of age can be seen riding one. For generations, the tricycle has been a child’s first experience with cycling. In fact, in Singapore, you will often find grandparents taking a leisurely stroll around their neighbourhood with their grandchildren furiously p...

China launches four-stage rocket with satellites from Yellow Sea

June 5 (UPI) — China “successfully” sent into orbit a solid-fueled launch vehicle from the Yellow Sea, according to Chinese authorities. China’s National Space Administration stated Wednesday it had launched the Changzheng 11, a four-stage rocket carrying five commercial satellites and two “wind-measuring devices.” The launch comes at a time tensions are escalating with the United States over trade and defense. Over the weekend, China’s defense minister accused Washington of destabilizing the Pacific. The launch marks the first time China used an offshore platform to send the Changzheng 11 into orbit. In January, China launched the same rocket with four satellites. The country has sent the rocket into the atmosphere a total of six times, not including the Wednesday launch. “With the success of this rocket launch, China has filled a technological vacuum,” CNSA said in its statement. China is increasingly using its northeastern waters to test rockets; reports indicate China tested submarine-launched ballistic missiles in Bohai Bay, not far from North Korea, on Sunday. Economic tensions with the United States have yet to subsid...