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MSM calls for “new definition of free speech”

Kit Knightly Part of the main duty of OffGuardian is to troll through the masses of media output and try and pick up patterns. Sometimes the patterns are subtle, a gentle urging behind the paragraphs. Sometimes they’re more like a sledgehammer to the face. This has been face-hammer week. In fact, it’s been a face-hammer…

Culture

Avenue Beat: How do the F2020 singers avoid becoming a one-hit wonder?

By Mark SavageBBC music reporterPublishedduration4 hours agoimage copyrightDelaney Royerimage captionFunky fresh pop trio Avenue Beat (L-R): Sami Bearden, Sam Backoff and Savana SantosHow do you follow up a song that goes viral in the middle of a pandemic?That was the dilemma facing US pop band Avenue Beat, who landed an unexpected hit last year when…

Humanity

Ahead of inauguration, faith leaders urge devotees in state capitols to take precautions

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Liberal religious groups and minority faith communities around the country are urging caution in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, with some expressing concerns of potential violence against “liberal churches.” On Friday evening (Jan 15), the United Church of Christ tweeted out a message to member churches warning “there…

Health

Covid: 10 new mass vaccination centres to open in England

Publishedduration1 hour agoTen new mass Covid vaccination centres are to open in England from Monday, as the government bids to meet its target of offering 15 million people in the UK a dose by 15 February.Blackburn Cathedral and St Helens Rugby Ground are among the venues chosen to join the seven hubs already in use.NHS…

Coronavirus

United States

Privacy group urges lawmakers to cancel ‘consent searches’

(Pixabay) A privacy organization has launched a campaign to encourage state lawmakers to crack down on "consent searches" of smartphones and other electronic devices because of their threat to privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation explained how a typical search takes place. "You’re driving home. Police pull you over, allegedly for a traffic violation. After you…

United States

GOP Leadership Will ‘Destroy The Republican Party,’ Trigger Mass Exodus If They Vote To Convict Trump, Sen. Paul Says

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) soberly predicted Friday that the Republican Party will be destroyed and hemorrhage a third of its members if party leadership votes to convict President Donald Trump during a second impeachment trial.During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Paul described the second impeachment push against Trump as “crazy,” and further…

United States

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie

Something touched me deep inside The day the music died  Don Mclean We live in troubling times. The American election is over but the popular belief that it was fraudulently engineered shows no sign of abating. The evidence that a vast conspiracy has occurred, particularly in several swing states, is convincing for a significant portion…

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Ireland

European wrap: PSG go top; RB Leipzig held at Wolfsburg

RB Leipzig spurned the chance to move top of the Bundesliga after a 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg.  Julian Nagelsmann's men were out to recover from last weekend's loss to Borussia Dortmund and went ahead in the fifth minute through Nordi Mukiele.  Wolfsburg frontman Wout Weghorst headed in an equaliser in the 22nd minute and Renato Steffen's deflected shot put the home side…

Europe

Biden inauguration: National Guard troops pour into Washington amid concerns over violent protests

By AP  •  last updated: 16/01/2021 - 23:46 Members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through anti-scaling security fencing on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington.   -   Copyright  Jacquelyn Martin/APWashington DC was abuzz with National Guard troops on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of US defence officials for more personnel to help safeguard the capital.Military…

United Kingdom

10 more mass vaccination centres to open in England on Monday

A further 10 mass vaccination centres are due to open in England this week with more than a million over-80s invited to receive their coronavirus jab. Blackburn Cathedral, St Helens rugby ground, Norwich Food Court and a park-and-ride outside York are among the new locations where large-scale vaccination will take place from Monday. NHS England…

United Kingdom

Tory MP resigns as Housing Minister after ‘devastating family news’

Conservative MP Kelly Tolhurst has resigned as a Housing Minister after receiving ‘devastating’ family news. Ms Tolhurst, who represents Rochester and Strood, said she needed to spend ‘precious time’ with her family following the tragedy. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Rochester and Strood representative said she hoped to have the opportunity to…

United Kingdom

BRAZILLIAN COVID: New Variant ‘Likely To Be In The UK Already’ Expert Says

A concerning new strain of coronavirus is likely to already be in the UK despite the Government imposing a travel ban from affected countries, a leading epidemiologist has warned.Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said he would find it “unusual” if the second of two new variants…

Africa

Asia

Job scheme sees record work, but share per family drops

NEW DELHI: As the demand for work under MGNREGS during the pandemic unemployment shot through the roof, the share of work per household slipped by four days. Surprising as it seems, the average employment per household was 48.40 days in 2019-20 when the number of families that worked under the job scheme was 5.48 crore.…

Latin America

Venezuelan Government Rejects the Appropriation of CITGO by US

The Venezuelan Government rejected on Saturday the decision of a U.S. Federal Court to initiate the process of selling the PDVSA's U.S. subsidiary, CITGO, one of Donald Trump's administrations' latest attacks against the Bolivarian government. RELATED: US Backs Guaido's Farce Extending Protection on CITGO "We alert the world that this judicial operation has not only been encouraged by…

Middle East

Israeli wrestler captures bronze medal at elite French competition

An Israeli star wrestler was born in Nice, France on Saturday. Mitchell Louis Finesilver won the bronze medal in the freestyle 74 kg class, defeating an Azerbaijani opponent at the elite wrestling competition.The Flo Wrestling journalist David Bray tweeted after Finesilver defeated a Polish wrestler to enter the bronze medal round: “Mitch Finesilver will wrestle…

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