Australia cancels Belt and Road deals; China warns of further

Australia on Wednesday cancelled two deals struck by its state of Victoria with China on Beijing's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, prompting the Chinese embassy in Canberra to warn that already tense bilateral ties were bound to worsen. Under a new process in Australia, Foreign Minister Marise Payne has the power to review deals reached with other nations by the country's states and universities. Payne said she had decided to cancel four deals, including two that Victoria agreed with China, in 2018 and 2019, on cooperation with the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature trade and readmore

Ex-Marine accused of killing estranged wife in Australia

A mother of three in Australia was allegedly burned to death by her estranged husband — a former US Marine from Ohio, according to reports. Kelly Wilkinson, 27, was allegedly assaulted and fatally burned in the backyard of her Arundel home along Australia’s Gold Coast, where she was found dead early Tuesday, The Australian reported. Police said her alleged killer, Brian Earl Johnston, 34, had violated a domestic violence order prior to slaying his estranged wife. The Ohio native left the Marine Corps in 2005 and later married Wilkinson in 2012, according to the report. The Post could not independently verify his military service readmore

SC Democrat Joe Cunningham files preliminary paperwork for possible run

The Daily BeastNew Docs Show Matt Gaetz Campaign in Full Damage-Control ModePhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyAs Rep. Matt Gaetz combats allegations that he was involved in a sex ring, the Florida Republican’s latest campaign finance report reflects a public relations scramble that began even before he acknowledged being the focus of a federal investigation.The filing, which covers the three months between January and March, shows that Gaetz has incurred unprecedented fundraising expenses during a typically quiet period. In that time, Gaetz dropped six figures on a direct mail blitz, shelling out more for fundraising services readmore

Ohio Republicans aim to rename state park after Donald Trump

COLUMBUS: A GOP-backed bill introduced Monday would change the name of an Ohio state park to honor former President Donald Trump. The bill primarily sponsored by freshman state Rep. Mike Loychik to rename Mosquito Lake State Park to Donald J. Trump State Park is the latest attempt by Ohio Republicans to honor the former president. "This legislation is meant to honor the commitment and dedication that our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, bestowed upon the great people of Trumbull County," Loychick wrote in an initial statement. He added, "This enthusiasm for our former readmore

Hitting latest vaccine milestone, Joe Biden pushes shots for all

WASHINGTON: The US is set to meet President Joe Biden's latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million Covid-19 shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public. With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated, Biden on Wednesday will reflect on his efforts to expand vaccine distribution and access in his first three months in the White House. But with all those 16 and older now eligible for shots, the president is expected to outline his administration's plans to drive up the vaccination rate even further. readmore

FDA finds peeling paint, debris at US plant making J&J’s

A US plant that was making Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine must fix a long list of problems including peeling paint and unsanitary conditions and practices to resume operation, according to a highly critical report by the Food and Drug Administration. Experts said addressing the issues raised in the scathing FDA inspection report could take months. Neither J&J nor the FDA has said when they expect vaccine production to restart at the Baltimore plant owned by Emergent Biosolutions. Only two other plants are currently equipped to supply the world with the key drug substance for J&readmore

FDA inspection found problems at factory making Johnson & Johnson

The Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine was dirty, didn't follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff, resulting in contamination of material that was going to be put in the shots, US regulators said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration released a statement and a 13-page report detailing findings from its recent inspection of the now-idle Emergent Biosciences factory. Agency inspectors said a batch of the bulk drug substance for J&J's single-shot vaccine was contaminated with material used to make Covid-19 vaccines for another Emergent client, AstraZeneca. That batch, readmore

Can biophilic new offices save NYC’s commercial market?

Feeling more at ease about returning to the office is as easy as one, two, tree. In 2019, Paola Zamudio — the creative director and lead designer for Bell Works, whose multipurpose “metroburb” in Holmdel, NJ, includes office, retail and dining components — traveled to West Palm Beach, Fla., to hand-select 32 fiddle fig trees to place inside the glassy Eero Saarinen-designed complex. Back then, the mission was to introduce some green to the massive 2-million-square-foot space. “When I did my research on Saarinen, I read that he wanted to connect the interior with the exterior, so how do we do that?” said Zamudio. “readmore