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After child dies, US regulator warns about Peloton treadmill

Safety regulators warned people with kids and pets on Saturday to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and others were injured.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said children and at least one animal were pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the Tread+ treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of one child.The safety commission said in a news release and in emails that it knows of 39 “incidents” with the treadmill,…

Joe Biden hits the golf course for first time in presidency

US President Joe Biden played golf for the first time in his presidency on Saturday, hitting the fairways in his home city of Wilmington – and taking a page out of his golf-obsessed predecessor Donald Trump’s book.The Democrat’s motorcade swept into the Wilmington Country Club for the unannounced outing around lunch time. Clearly surprised members of the private, upscale club paused between swings and putting to watch, some whipping out cellphones to film the spectacle.Reporters travelling with…

Four Sikhs dead in Indianapolis shooting, in new blow to Asian-American community

Indianapolis’ tight-knit Sikh community mourned on Saturday as members learned that four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in the mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse.The Marion County Coroner’s office identified the dead late on Friday as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt, said gunman Brandon Hole, 19, apparently began…

Tech titans Grab, Traveloka, PropertyGuru eye US listings via SPAC merger – but what of Asia’s bourses?

When the Singapore-headquartered super app Grab announced on Tuesday that it was going public in the United States via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), it caused a flurry of excitement. And it’s not the only Southeast Asian tech company eyeing a listing via such a move.Indonesian unicorn Traveloka, an online travel booking platform, is also reportedly in advanced discussions to go public in the US through a SPAC merger, as is Singapore online real estate firm…

300 million-year-old ‘Godzilla shark’ gets formal name

The 300 million-year-old shark’s teeth were the first sign that it might be a distinct species.The ancient chompers looked less like the spear-like rows of teeth of related species. They were squatter and shorter, less than an inch long, around 2cm.“Great for grasping and crushing prey rather than piercing prey,” said discoverer John-Paul Hodnett, who was a graduate student when he unearthed the first fossils of the shark at a dig east of Albuquerque in 2013.3D models below created by …

China says climate onus on US in John Kerry talks

China said on Friday that the United States needed to take more responsibility on climate change but welcomed greater cooperation after a visit by envoy John Kerry, according to state media.The former secretary of state turned US climate emissary was the first official from President Joe Biden’s administration to visit China, signalling hopes the two sides could work together on the global challenge despite sky-high tensions on multiple other fronts.“China attaches importance to carrying out…

Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga reaffirm commitment to counter China’s ‘intimidation’ in the East, South China seas

US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed their commitment to counter China’s “intimidation” in the East and South China seas, in wide-ranging talks that involved Taiwan. The two leaders “discussed the free and open Indo-Pacific,” Suga said in a press conference at the White House. “We agreed that while Japan and the US will take the lead to promote the vision through concrete efforts, we will also cooperate with other countries and regions, including Asean …

SpaceX wins US$2.9 billion Nasa contract to take humans back to moon

Nasa said on Friday it has awarded billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private space company SpaceX a US$2.9 billion contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon as early as 2024, picking it over Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and defence contractor Dynetics Inc.The bid by Tesla Inc chief Musk beat one from Amazon.com Inc’s founder Jeff Bezos, who had partnered with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and Draper. The US space agency made the announcement of the contract for…

More than 500 Hongkongers apply for special Canada visa in first three weeks

Justin Trudeau’s special immigration initiative for Hong Kong residents received more applications than expected in its first three weeks, according to a spokesman for Canada’s immigration minister.From February 8 to 28, 503 people applied for a three-year open work permit designed for young, educated individuals from the former British colony. It also expedites their eligibility to apply for permanent residency to one year. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced the…

China blocks US think tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies website following critique on sanctions

Beijing has blocked the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) website in China, after the Washington-based group released a piece criticising the country’s sanctions on a European think tank.This latest page in deteriorating US-China relations comes as academic exchanges wither and the Communist Party steps up efforts to spread its world view well beyond its borders, scholars say.“It’s ironic that this piece would generate that response from China, given that the whole point was…

Oath Keepers founding member is first to plead guilty in US Capitol attack

A founding member of the right-wing Oath Keepers on Friday became the first person to plead guilty to taking part in the US Capitol attack, signalling a new stage in the investigation of the deadly January 6 assault on the seat of American democracy.Indiana native Jon Schaffer, founder and guitarist of the heavy metal band Iced Earth, entered a guilty plea to two felony charges of obstructing the certification of the 2020 election and breaching a restricted building.During a hearing in…

US Treasury’s new list of currency manipulators does not include China

The United States did not designate China as a currency manipulator on Friday, as the Treasury Department released its first foreign exchange report of President Joe Biden’s administration. China remained on the watch list over its currency practices. The report, which is typically issued twice a year, said: “China’s failure to publish foreign exchange intervention and broader lack of transparency around key features of its exchange rate mechanism and the activities of state-owned banks warrant…

Johnson & Johnson asked rival Covid-19 vaccine makers to study blood clotting risks: report

Johnson & Johnson had reached out to rival Covid-19 vaccine makers to join in an effort to study the risks of blood clots, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.AstraZeneca, which had been buffeted by similar blood clotting concerns for weeks, agreed, while Pfizer and Moderna executive declined, saying their vaccines appeared safe, the report said.The US federal health agencies had on Tuesday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine for…

Kremlin says Vladimir Putin to decide on retaliatory sanctions against US

The Kremlin said on Friday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin would decide what counter sanctions to impose on Washington, a day after US President Joe Biden hit Moscow with an array of punitive measures, but gave no indication of timing.The US government on Thursday blacklisted Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and barred American banks from buying sovereign bonds from Russia’s central bank, national wealth fund and finance ministry.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was…

Gunman kills 8, takes own life at Indianapolis FedEx facility

At least eight people were killed in a shooting in the US city of Indianapolis by a gunman who is believed to have then killed himself, police said.The victims were all found at a FedEx facility near the international airport where the shooting took place late Thursday, police spokeswoman Genae Cook told a news conference, adding several others had been taken to hospital.One man who said he works at the plant told local broadcaster WISH-TV he saw the gunman start shooting and heard more than 10…

Pentagon team reveals Covid-19-detecting chip that can be implanted in the body

A team of US scientists working under the US Department of Defense has unveiled a chip that it said can detect signs of the new coronavirus in human bodies within minutes when it is implanted under the skin. Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn said that the implant invented by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a Pentagon unit that develops emerging technologies for military use, can continuously test blood. Carried in a tissue-like gel, the microchip shows chemical reactions in…

Chicago releases shocking video of police shooting 13-year-old boy Adam Toledo dead

Chicago officials on Thursday released to the public a graphic body-camera video showing a police officer shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy while he appeared to be raising his hands in an alley more than two weeks ago.The nine-minute video from Eric Stillman’s body camera showed the 34-year-old officer getting out of his squad car and running after Adam Toledo in an alley at 2.30am on March 29 in Little Village, a Mexican neighbourhood on the city’s West Side.The video then showed Stillman…

China’s digital currency won’t topple US dollar ‘so easily’, senior Bank of Japan official says

A senior Bank of Japan (BOJ) official downplayed the potential for China’s digital yuan to threaten the US dollar’s position as the world’s main reserve currency.“The dollar’s status as the key global currency won’t change so easily,” said Kazushige Kamiyama, head of the BOJ’s payment systems department and the person in charge of looking into a virtual Japanese currency. “In fact, the dollar’s advantage may strengthen further if the US goes with digitalisation.”A report earlier this week…

China to be in focus at summit between Joe Biden, Japan’s Yoshihide Suga

China will feature prominently in Friday’s summit between US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, with the two sides expected to announce new efforts to isolate Huawei Technologies from 5G networks and discuss deteriorating cross-strait relations with Taiwan.“The United States and Japan seek to play a steady, careful role to underscore our mutual commitment in the maintenance of peace and stability” when it comes to the flaring tensions between Beijing and Taipei, a…

After Russia sanctions, Joe Biden says ‘time to de-escalate’

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday after announcing sanctions against Russia that for both countries “now is the time to de-escalate”.Biden described the sanctions, which are aimed at the Russian economy and dozens of individuals, as a “measured and proportionate” response to Moscow’s hostile actions against the United States.He said that during a phone call earlier this week he was “clear with President Putin that we could have gone further” but added that Washington is “not looking to…

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