Happy Thursday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening outside of the United States. Keeping oil and gas companies out of Norweigan schools, vaccine roll out in Canada not up to par, devasting second wave for India, Guam demands answers for US intervention, and terrorism denial in the Caribbean all cover the headlines of newspapers globally. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.
Norway Today Published in Norway
Since 2019, the industry organization Norwegian Oil and Gas has met over 5,000 students in upper secondary schools. The Socialist Left Party (SV) is now proposing to ban the practice. “Students must learn about the climate crisis without actors from the oil industry who have an obvious interest when it comes to setting the terms,” Synnøve Kronen Snyen, leader of Socialist Youth noted. Maria Barstad Sanner, communications manager at Norwegian Oil and Gas feels differently stating the schools themselves invite the company and they never force their presence onto a school, but rather the teachers themselves are solely responsible for organizing the meetings.
The Welland Tribune, Published in St. Catharine’s, Canada
Canada is struggling to make progress in its fight against COVID-19. With a less than stellar vaccine rollout, Canada has failed to tame the surge of new cases. But some experts predict there is hope on the horizon, and the shift in vaccination strategy already underway to target virus hot spots could start to yield gains within four to six weeks. Hope for a slow but cautious reopening for the summer is what Caroline Colijn, a Simon Fraser University professor who holds a Canada 150 Research Chair in mathematics for evolution, infection, and public health has stated.
The Evening Standard, Published in London, England
Britain is to send more than 600 pieces of urgently-needed medical equipment to India following the devastating surge in coronavirus cases which has overwhelmed the country’s health services. For a fourth straight day in a row, India has set a global daily record for new infections, with another 349,691 confirmed cases. The country’s total confirmed cases is more than 16.9 million, behind only the United States.
Pacific Daily News Published in Hagnata, Guam
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero will send a letter to President Joe Biden addressing concerns from members of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Guam's military buildup, self-determination, and more. Three U.N. special rapporteurs, spanning the issues of indigenous rights, human rights, environment, and toxins, sent a letter to Biden with multiple inquiries on the Department of Defense's activities on the island. The letter contains inquiries into several points such as the destruction of indigenous CHamoru sacred sites and cultural resources and associated environmental impacts and measures taken to ensure that CHamorus can engage in cultural and religious practices and protect their cultural heritage in view of the growing militarization.
Trinidad And Tobago Newsday, Published in Port of Spain, T & T
The United States updated its covid19 travel advisory on Tuesday, with travelers being advised not to travel to Trinidad and Tobago. The advisory labeled TT as level four – do not travel. It also advised travelers to exercise “increased caution due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping.”.In response to the United States travel, advisory government officials said "We also recognize and respect that the United States of America, like other sovereign nations, must take measures to guide and protect its citizens during these unprecedented and unpredictable times, especially in the light of the ongoing covid19 pandemic." Notwithstanding this, the OPM said, "TT must register our disagreement and concern with some of the statements made in the current advisory, particularly as 'terrorism' is not a specific feature of any current threat within our shores."
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