Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening outside of the United States. Vaccine disaster in Spain, liberal Canadian government shut down social media monitoring bill, Iranian/UK prisoner feud, Guam natives call for the government to reconsider the easing of restrictions, and as cases soar Trinidad and Tobago increase COVID-19 related restrictions. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.
El Pais Published in Madrid, Spain
On Tuesday, May 4, it will have been 84 days since the first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine were administered in Spain. That’s 12 weeks – the maximum time that the technical sheet for the Covid-19 vaccine recommends between the two injections necessary to offer full protection. The Public Health Commission, which is made up of the central Health Ministry and the country’s regions, met today to decide what course of action to take for the more than a million under-60s who have received their first dose and have been left in limbo ever since the Spanish health authorities opted to use the medication exclusively for the 60-69 age group given concerns over the tiny risk of blood clots associated with AstraZeneca.
The National Post, Published in Toronto, Canada
Liberal MPs voted Friday to shut down the debate on a Conservative motion to review whether an amendment to broadcasting Bill C-10 violates charter rights. The controversial amendment would allow regulation of social media content and critics say it amounts to an attack on free speech. The Liberal government has argued that it has no interest in regulating Canadians’ social media content and that the bill is about supporting the cultural industry by ensuring the CTRC can impose the same Canadian content requirements and contributions on digital services like Netflix as it does on traditional broadcasting.
The Evening Standard, Published in London, England
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is to be freed by Iran with the UK paying £400 million to Tehran, according to an anonymous official quoted on Iranian state TV. Ratcliffe was jailed back in 2016 and given a five-year sentence on national security-related offenses. Her release was slated for September of this year, however, was given an additional year. She and her family believe she is being held as political leverage to try to force the UK’s hand in a long-running financial dispute between the UK and Iran. Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be released “after the payment of a military debt,” the broadcaster said.
Pacific Daily News Published in Hagnata, Guam
The governor has targeted easing of quarantine, which is required for incoming passengers except for critical services workers, by May 1, if the island immunized 62,500 of the 125,000 people. Many residents don't want to see quarantine restrictions lifted soon. Guam provides free quarantine services to incoming passengers, including a minimum six-day stay at Dusit Beach Resort Guam, three daily meals, and COVID-19 testing. Travelers should pay for quarantine, Chingiuo said, especially for people who consider the hotel stay a luxury. "Instead of it being free, they should pay for it because they believe that's why people come back and forth," she said.
Trinidad And Tobago Newsday, Published in Port of Spain, T & T
At least one Port of Spain mall was closed down by police on Friday, a day after new and tighter restrictions were implemented by the Prime Minister on Thursday. The mall – Bradford City Mall – was the last of several walk-through malls and plazas that closed their gates in the capital, leaving business owners in the malls to stop business completely or sell their goods on the street. Since the start of the pandemic business owners have been struggling. Many have taken to the streets or selling their stock outside the beds of their cars.
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