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Israeli program to vaccinate Palestinian workers temporarily delayed

7 March 2021 at 00:49

During an initial pilot of the program held Thursday, some 700 Palestinians received their first dose of the vaccine.

Rugby Australia investigate early COVID-19 vaccinations to keep trans-Tasman comp alive

Rugby Australia and the Super Rugby clubs are exploring all avenues to play the lucrative competition in May.

Gallery: The best photos from around the world

The best photos from around the world

Why we’ll live longer, healthier lives over the next 40 years

The news is also good for the state’s bottom line, as NSW Treasury analysis shows a $1.5b saving for our better quality of life.

Passenger train derails in southwest Pakistan

The accident took place between the Rohri and Sangi stations in southern Sindh province.

One in three worry schools are opening too early, says Independent poll

7 March 2021 at 00:26

Pupils to go back to the classroom across England on Monday

The gloom after no boom: La Trobe University suffers heaviest hit

La Trobe University has fewer overseas students than most other Victorian universities but is cutting more jobs in response to international border closures.

Pope arrives in Mosul to spread renewal, hope and coexistence - watch

7 March 2021 at 00:18

Some have wondered why Jews were not included in the welcoming and historic ceremonies.

16-metre sperm whale washes up on Phillip Island, prompts shark warning

Surfers and swimmers on Phillip Island have been warned of potential sharks in the area after a dead sperm whale washed up on the south coast of the island.

BREAKING: Nick Fuentes BANNED From Clubhouse During His First Broadcast

7 March 2021 at 00:10

America First commentator Nick Fuentes has been banned from the live audio-chat app Clubhouse for violating their β€œhateful conduct” policy during his first broadcast.

Fuentes broadcast his first stream on Clubhouse on Saturday night. The room, which featured a small number of guests including conservative commentator Jon Miller and this reporter, casually and light-heartedly discussed topics ranging from current cultural divides among conservatives and who should feature in the β€œbig tent” of the conservative movement, immigration and America, and free speech and cancel culture.

However, around three hours after beginning the broadcast, Fuentes was banned from the app mid-conversation. In a post on Twitter, the America First commentator revealed that his account had been suspended by the app for violating their β€œhateful conduct policy” for conversations. β€œClubhouse is just another anti-free speech Big Tech platform,” Fuentes said, speaking exclusively to National File. β€œDon’t waste your time on it!”


β€” Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) March 7, 2021

I lasted three hours on Clubhouse before I got suspended for β€œhate speech.” Cool app @joinClubhouse

β€” Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) March 7, 2021

Andrew Torba, the CEO of free-speech social network Gab, had warned about the potential censorship from Clubhouse earlier this week. β€œClubhouse is Silicon Valley owned, funded, and controlled,” Torba said. β€œIf the right thinks they have any future on that platform they are kidding themselves,” noting that the app developers are discussing ways to use AI to moderate conversations. Torba also highlighted that they are funded by a16z, an investment fund that also funds Big Tech companies like Facebook and Instagram. He added that Gab will be releasing their own version of the app later this year.

Clubhouse is funded by @a16z the same people who funded: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. They are already discussing ways to record convos and use AI to detect β€œhate speech” in rooms. Imagine using this app and tying your personal info to it. Not smart!

β€” (@getongab) March 5, 2021

It is unclear exactly why or how Fuentes was banned. It’s possible that Fuentes was directly reported to the app by somebody listening into the conversation using the native report feature. Another possibility is that the app decided to ban Fuentes based off of reporting by leftist political journalists, who were live-tweeting the conversation. Clubhouse had been pinned by some as the potential next app for the β€œfar-right” to engage with, potentially causing a quick backlash against Fuentes by the app. National File has reached out to Clubhouse for comment and will update this story if there is a response.

β€˜He takes the title and an Oscar’: Fans claim Sterling FAKED effects of illegal knee which cost Yan belt at UFC 259

7 March 2021 at 00:05
By: RT

Newly-crowned UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has incredibly been accused of exaggerating the after-effects of the illegal knee strike which caused opponent Petr Yan to be disqualified in their title fight at UFC 259.

Defending champion Yan detonated a brutal illegal knee strike on Sterling in the fourth round of their contest in Las Vegas, as the American still had one knee of his own on the canvas.

Yan planted an illegal knee on Sterling at UFC 259. Β© Zuffa LLC

Sterling was sent sprawling onto his back and immediately clutched at his face.

Amid a lengthy break he was attended to by a cageside doctor, who asked the fighter if he was seeing straight.Β 

β€œA little… it’s just a little, I mean, I’m lying down so it’s better,” Sterling replied, before appearing to add: β€œIf I stand up, I feel like I could fall over.”

The doctor has called off the fight after speaking to Aljamain Sterling, who was struck with an illegal knee by Petr Yan at #UFC259

β€” ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 7, 2021

That prompted the doctor to inform referee Mark Smith that β€œI think we’re going to be done,” as the official waved off the fight and disqualified Yan in a disastrous end to the first defense of his 135lbs title.

Replays showed the full force of the blow – with large numbers of fans astounded by the recklessness of Yan’s actions.

you cant do that. #UFC259

β€” Tony X (@soIoucity) March 7, 2021

However, some remarkably suggested that Sterling had milked the situation and gone into acting mode as he snatched the title from his Russian rival.

Sterling said #UFC259

β€” Paulos Yoseph (@yosephpaulos) March 7, 2021

Sterling just won both #UFC259

β€” Y2SR SKYWALKER (@yassirtqawed3) March 7, 2021

Aljamain Sterling when he gets back to his hotel room and can stop acting concussed

β€” πŸ“ˆβ›΅οΈπŸ‹ (@22CVR_reborn) March 7, 2021

Others, though, branded fans 'clowns' if they thought Sterling was overdoing it with his response to the sickening knee strike from Yan.Β 

Petr Yan should lose his entire fight purse for that BS. How can you actually pay him after that? That is the worst, most impactful and obvious intentional foul I think I have ever seen. #UFC259

β€” Mike Swick (@officialswick) March 7, 2021

People thinking that Sterling faked that... #Sterling #UFC259

β€” Collon Mcdanis (@CMcdanis) March 7, 2021

The overacting theory seems to jar somewhat with Sterling's own response to being crowned the new UFC bantamweight king at Yan's expense.Β 

The American called the conclusion to the fight β€œbullsh*t” and vowed to run it back with Yan, even tossing the 135lbs title to the canvas after it had been wrapped around his waist.

Yan, meanwhile, apologized to his rival, writing on Twitter that the illegal knee had been unintentional.Β Β 

I apologize and wish speedy recovery to @funkmasterMMA I didn’t mean to throw an illegal strike, I just made a big mistake and paid for it.

β€” Petr β€œNo Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) March 7, 2021

Amongst the chaotic scenes at the UFC Apex another man to come under fire was UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who was criticized for proceeding with an interview with Sterling in the aftermath of the dazed ending to the fight.

Heartbreak. #UFC259

β€” UFC (@ufc) March 7, 2021

Joe Rogan interviewing Aljamain Sterling after the illegal knee

β€” As Shopped As It Gets (@AsShopped) March 7, 2021

Fighter is dead in the octagon

Joe Rogan:

β€” Keith Peterson (@KPetersonUFC) March 7, 2021

An upset Sterling told Rogan that he had attempted to continue against Yan despite being "all f*cked up like that," but that he was "in bad shape and it would have been ego taking over."

As the dust settles, Yan is left to contemplate defeat in a fight in which he had been leading on two of the three judges' scorecards, and was seemingly on course for an eighth win on the spin in the UFC octagon.Β 

In the end, the Russian became the first person to relinquish a UFC title through disqualification as 'No Mercy' suffered only his second defeat in 17 professional MMA contests.Β Β 

Can China build coal plants and climate treaties at once?

One man’s appointment might help explain what China is signalling to the world by committing to climate change action - even as it goes on a coal power spree.

Nine’s top shareholder Bruce Gordon in push for board seat

Nine’s biggest shareholder is expected to make a play for a board seat.

70 Brooklyn yeshivas supported by laundered money - report

6 March 2021 at 23:44

The two have been the heads of a "commercial empire," as Radio Free Europe report puts it, since the early 2000s, answering to the Ukranian-Israeli billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyy.

Hijacking, riots and explosions: Iran’s regime tested amid tensions

6 March 2021 at 23:32

Iran is also cracking down on Kurdish activists, particularly women.

Blachowicz defeats Adesanya at UFC 259 as Nunes wins again

6 March 2021 at 23:26
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz sees off middleweight challenger Israel Adesanya at UFC 259, where Amanda Nunes also wins again.

Women transforming the Middle East on International Women’s Day

6 March 2021 at 23:12

"We will never have a balanced and equal society for all – including men – unless women sit at decision-making tables everywhere."

Man convicted of threatening wife after rape charge dropped

6 March 2021 at 23:01

The wife asked for her complaint against her husband to be dropped.

SEMI-NEWS/SEMI-SATIRE: March 7, 2021 Edition

6 March 2021 at 15:39
Read more on this subject: Humor
Opinion Column by John Semmens
Swalwell Files Billion-Dollar Lawsuit Alleging "severe psychological trauma and irreparable damage," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif) is suing former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala) for "one billion dollars." "These men incited the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol that terrorized me and others," Swalwell said. "My fear was so intense that I shat myself. Judging from the overwhelming odor permeating the building, I can't have been the only one on that day to suffer trauma and humiliation. I was a rising star in the Democratic Party and a future presidential nominee. Now I am the butt of jokes. The sum of one billion dollars I am seeking is a 'low ball' estimate for what is required to give me justice." Trump's spokesman Jason Miller called Swalwell's claims "ridiculous. As the leader of two failed impeachments against President Trump,
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Write a Letter to Your Congressional Representatives in DC

5 March 2021 at 18:49
Read more on this subject: Politics: General Activism
Opinion Column by Frosty Wooldridge
For some reason, American voters continue voting Senators and House Members into office with huge salaries term after term, but those elected officials fail to accomplish anything from year to year and in many cases, from decade to decade.Β  I personally write my Golden City Council, governor of Colorado, state senators, two U.S. Senators and my House member…regularly.Β  I like to stick a "burr in their saddle" as well as a fountain of suggestions.Β  Yes, they return a form letter proving that they're doing a wonderful job, when in fact, they're not doing any job at all. If they were, we would see positive changes.Β  But year after year, we don't. Β  Nonetheless, you're invited to use this letter as a template to write your own Senators and House Members.Β  Add your own suggestions. Inspire them with a barb at the end.Β  All 535 of need a "burr in their saddles", because they continue promising solutions when
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Become a dangerous diseases hunter by tracing cell structures online

3 March 2021 at 10:00
With the online tool Etch A Cell, you can help biologists identify deadly diseases and make sense of cell images from advanced microscopes
Yesterday β€” 6 March 2021Main stream

Pope visits Iraq's war-ravaged north on last day of tour

7 March 2021 at 03:48
The Vatican hopes that the landmark visit will rally the country's Christian communities and encourage them to stay despite decades of war and instability. Francis has also delivered a message of interreligious tolerance and fraternity to Muslim leaders, including in an historic meeting Saturday with Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Concerns emerge over the long-term viability Buy Now Pay Later services

6 March 2021 at 23:38
Buy Now Pay later companies have grown exponentially over the past few years, however there are emerging concerns the sector is overhyped.

William hopes to reconcile despite Oprah bombshells

6 March 2021 at 23:38
Prince William is hoping that he can reconcile with Prince Harry despite fears that Meghan will address the breakdown of her relationship with Kate in her Oprah interview.