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The Kremlin is complaining about the US military build-up in Eastern Europe

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in his recent gaslighting comments, complained that Russia felt "in danger" after Western allies moved east military infrastructure. (Author: Gardener)

KremlinThe Kremlin on Friday again called its invasion of Ukraine justified because it felt threatened by a long-term Western military position -- even as its forces ravaged Ukrainian cities and Ukraine said Russia's ferocious attack destroyed a school for disabled children. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who continues to describe the war as a "special military operation," referred to Russia's "concrete demands" for security - after Russia's and Ukraine's foreign ministers failed to agree on any type of ceasefire at a meeting on Thursday of Turkey. "We have repeatedly tried over the past eight years to call on our Western colleagues to pressure - and force - Kyiv to stop killing its people in Donbass and to fulfill the Minsk agreements," Peskov said, referring to the region , in which Russia recognized the two independent republics when it launched its invasion last month. "Furthermore, over the past few decades, our country has repeatedly expressed that we feel threatened after you have moved your military infrastructure in our direction. There were no answers,” he said, shifting the burden of the war onto Ukraine. “We have to find a solution to these two questions. Russia formulated specific demands to Ukraine to resolve these issues,” Peskov told reporters. Peskov has repeatedly expressed Russia's concerns about the killing of civilians in eastern Ukraine, as well as long-standing concerns about NATO's eastward expansion. “Russia has made specific demands on Ukraine to resolve these issues. As far as we know, Ukrainians are discussing these demands with their advisers, primarily with the United States and European Union countries,” Peskov said. His complaints came a day after a diplomatic effort in the form of a meeting between Russia's and Ukraine's foreign ministers in Turkey failed to result in a ceasefire. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov even claimed on Thursday that Russia had "not attacked Ukraine" -- with more than two million refugees fleeing two weeks ago, when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered military attacks on Ukrainian cities. Russian officials don't use the word "invasion" and say Western media have failed to report what they called the "genocide" of Russian-speakers in eastern Ukraine, even though many of their own military attacks have been on Russian-speaking areas. President Joe Biden, speaking at the White House on Friday when he announced that Russia would no longer be granted permanent normal trade relations status at the World Trade Organization, said bluntly: “Putin is an aggressor. A senior State Department official told the Washington Post that there was "little evidence that the Russians are in any mood for serious diplomacy right now." It's hard to offer an overture when the Kremlin's position remains that "we will keep beating Ukraine until Ukraine changes its constitution...demilitarized [and] denazified," whatever that means," the official said and referred to Peskow's earlier comments. Emergency authorities in the besieged Ukrainian city of Kharkiv said on Friday that Russian forces had destroyed a school for children with mental disabilities in Izyum. Russia has called for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss its unsubstantiated claims that the US is funding biological weapons in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin's propaganda machine has claimed that Kyiv plans to use chemical or artificial viruses against its invading forces, including the extraordinary accusation that the West is preparing to spread viruses through birds. The Security Council is due to meet today, despite the US mission to the UN warning: "This is exactly the type of false flag attempt we have warned Russia could launch to justify a biological or chemical weapons attack." . “We will not allow Russia to gaslight the world or use the UN Security Council as a venue to promote their disinformation.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed this week that Russia had uncovered US-Ukraine communications , "seeking ways to develop [biological] weapons" with funding from Washington. She claimed, without evidence, that staff at those labs were ordered to begin destroying samples of viruses, including “cholera and other pathogens,” on February 24 — conveniently tied to the date of Putin’s attack order. The head of the Russian military's radiation, chemical and biosecurity troops, Igor Kirillov, doubled down on Thursday, saying US-sponsored laboratories in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa were working on dangerous pathogens designed specifically for Russians and other Slavs . "We can say with high probability that one of the goals of the United States and its allies is the creation of bioagents capable of selectively infecting different ethnic groups," Kirillov said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made a similar claim on Thursday, claiming that US-run laboratories in Ukraine were working to "develop ethnically targeted biological weapons." The Russian Defense Ministry also claimed it had uncovered plans by the US and Ukraine to spread the flu using birds. "At least two species of migratory birds have been identified whose routes pass mainly through Russia, and information on migratory routes through the countries of Eastern Europe has also been summarized," the press release said. Russia's first deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, then called for a Security Council meeting to discuss Russia's apparent concerns. The UN announced on Thursday evening that the meeting will take place at 16:00 GMT today. China has supported Russia in the outlandish claims, repeating the Russian claim several times and calling for an investigation. "This Russian military operation has uncovered the secret of US laboratories in Ukraine, and it cannot be dealt with on the surface," ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday. "They cannot muddle through by saying that China's statement and Russia's finding are disinformation and absurd and ridiculous." China previously claimed the origins of Covid lay in the US, although there is no evidence to support the wild theory and much to suggest that it came from their own shores. Headlines such as "Russia reveals evidence of US-funded bio-program in Ukraine" and "China urges US to disclose more details about bio-labs in Ukraine" were published on the China Global Television Network website. The Communist Party newspaper Global Times on Thursday published an article headlined "The US is trying to disprove 'rumours' about its bio-labs in Ukraine, but can we believe it?" A nearly three-minute video of a press conference by Russia's Defense Ministry, in which repeated the allegations, has been viewed more than 10 million times on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform similar to Twitter, and has been liked more than 90,000 times. Russia, China and the US have all signed international conventions against the use of chemical or biological weapons, but the international community has determined that Russia has used chemical weapons in conducting assassination attempts. The World Health Organization "said it was not aware of any activities by the Ukrainian government in violation of its international treaty obligations, including chemical or biological weapons," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The US has been warning of Russian “false flag” operations for months to create a pretext for the invasion. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday issued a public warning that Russia could use chemical or biological weapons against Ukraine, the neighbor it has invaded. Psaki called Russia's claim "absurd" and tweeted, "This is all an obvious ploy by Russia to try to justify its further deliberate, unprovoked and unwarranted attack on Ukraine." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also dismissed Russia's accusation back that Ukraine is preparing an attack with chemical or biological weapons. Like Psaki, he said the accusation itself was a bad sign. "This worries me greatly because we have often been convinced that if you want to know Russia's plans, they are what Russia accuses others of," he said late Thursday in his nightly address to the nation. I'm a father of two children," he said. “And no chemical or other weapon of mass destruction has been developed on my country. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby on Wednesday called the Russian claim "a bunch of Malarkey." Dalton said, "Russia has a well-documented history of using chemical weapons and has long maintained a bioweapons program in violation of international law," as well as "a track record of falsely blaming the West for the very violations Russia is committing itself." ' Dmitry Chumakov, another Russian deputy ambassador to the UN, repeated the allegation on Wednesday, urging Western media to report on "the news of secret biological laboratories in Ukraine." The White House warning and Dalton's statement on Thursday suggested Russia may be trying to create a pretext for further escalation in the two-week-old conflict, which has seen the Russian offensive slowed but not stopped by stronger-than-expected Ukrainian defenders . During the outbreak of war, the UN was a bitter battlefield for Russia, which largely stood alone in the horror of its actions. A Security Council resolution condemning the invasion on February 25 went 11-1 against Moscow after China, the United Arab Emirates and India abstained. The US and its allies knew the resolution would not pass, but argued that it would emphasize Russia's international isolation. At an emergency session of the UN General Assembly, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Nations also read out a Russian soldier's final text messages to his mother, describing his horror at the unfolding war, before he was killed. "What a package, mom, can you send me," he replies. "Mom, I'm in Ukraine," he replies, before describing the horror that unfolds. It comes as Ukrainian forces seized gas brands from Russian troops after the West warned that Putin could use chemical weapons and used his Ukrainian claims as a pretext for an attack. The Defense Ministry shared images of the captured gear, which also included WWII-era helmets and an ushanka hat, showing the dilapidated state of Putin's decrepit military. The ministry said on Twitter: "The world's second army is a farce. Sarin gas in Syria and Putin's "poisoning" of political enemies like Alexei Navalny: Russia's obscure and "well-documented" links to chemical weapons and the Soviet "bioweapons" lab that have sparked US fears. The White House on Wednesday raised fresh concerns that Russia could use biological weapons in a dramatic escalation of its invasion of Ukraine. Press secretary Jen Psaki condemned the Kremlin's accusations that the United States was building a bioweapons laboratory in Ukraine as "absurd," pointing out that it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who had used such horrific methods in the past to secure his Taking out enemies has turned to a Soviet-era research facility in Siberia, where Putin may be storing a terrifying "bioweapons arsenal." The State Department last year indicated that Russia was conducting a bioweapons program, although the Kremlin denied the claim. "It is Russia that has a long and well-documented track record of using chemical weapons, including assassination attempts and poisoning of Putin's political enemies like Alexey Navalny," Psaki wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “It is Russia that continues to support the Assad regime in Syria, which has repeatedly used chemical weapons. It is Russia that has long maintained an illegal biological weapons program.' Putin has previously shielded his ally, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, from a United Nations probe into his use of chemical weapons against civilians in the country's ongoing civil war. Human Rights Watch found that at least 85 chemical weapons attacks took place in Syria between 2013 and 2018, the majority of which they attributed to the Russian-backed Syrian government. Both Moscow and Damascus have denied the government's use of bioweapons, although Assad admitted to stockpiling them in a 2013 Fox interview. In 2018, an estimated 40 to 50 people were killed in an apparent sarin gas attack in the city of Douma. Putin previously covered for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad when he was accused of using chemical weapons against his own people. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Russia could "potentially use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine" after the Kremlin accused the United States of building a bioweapons laboratory in Ukraine, Russian officials claimed after an "inspection" of the site , the attack was staged by Western governments. The US State Department has accused Russia of working with Syria "to clean up the sites of alleged attacks and remove incriminating evidence of chemical weapons use." Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal. Navalny, one of the autocrat's most prominent critics in recent years, fell ill on a domestic flight to Moscow in August 2020. He was taken to a Russian hospital after the emergency landing, but was flown to Berlin for treatment two days later at the urging of his wife, an agent. Navalny was arrested on his return to Russia in January 2021 and has been detained ever since, despite international calls for his release. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied being involved in the poisoning of Navalny. Putin laughed at allegations he was responsible when asked at an event in December 2020 and suggested it was a "ploy" to raise the opposition leader's profile. Navalny's poisoning wasn't the first time Putin was tied to Novichok, however. RUSSIA-UKRAINE Day 16 how it happened: Will Vladimir Putin... Putin critic Alexei Navalny (seen in a video link from a prison during a court hearing in December 2021) was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, causing several countries have said two years earlier, former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal (right) and his daughter Yulia Skripal (left) were poisoned by what British officials say is Novichok. On March 4, 2018, former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a park bench in the city of Salisbury, England. A witness told the BBC he saw Yulia on the park bench, foaming at the mouth and her eyes "wide open but completely white". Skripal had previously been convicted of "treason" by a Russian court in 2006 for allegedly disclosing the identities of Europe-based Russian agents to British intelligence agency MI6. British authorities identified the toxic substance as a novichok and charged Russia with the attack and drained murder. They claim Russian agents flew to England, attached the nerve agent to Skripal's doorknob and then left the country, according to the New York Times. Former British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the time: “Either this was direct action by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian government lost control of their potentially catastrophically harmful nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. ' A Salisbury resident died in June of the same year after applying perfume. Her boyfriend brought home a perfume bottle he found in the trash. British law enforcement believe they succumbed to the same poison as the Skripals. It seems Putin could be storing a whole stockpile of chemical weapons in a hideout that looks like a villain straight out of a James Bond movie. But that's the Soviet-era facility in Siberia where Vladimir Putin's arsenal of bioweapons may be housed today. The Novosibirsk Oblast State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology is in possession of devastating diseases like smallpox and anthrax, as well as newer deadly pathogens like Ebola. Opened in 1974 at the height of the Cold War as a bioterrorism research center, it is still one of Russia's most heavily guarded sites, fenced off with barbed wire and armed soldiers permanently stationed outside its gates. Roughly the size of a soccer field, the 70,000-square-foot center is one of 100 research and administrative buildings at the facility, known in Russia as "Vector." It is one of only 59 maximum security biolabs worldwide, a status it shares with the Wuhan Institute of Virology - the site at the heart of the origins of the Covid pandemic. The state research center for virology and biotechnology, known as Vector (pictured), released a statement saying a gas cylinder exploded in 2019 on fifth-floor hazmat suits. The secret Level 4 facility is located in the foothills of southwestern Siberia on the border with Kazakhstan, one of the harshest and most isolated places on Earth where temperatures can drop to as low as -35C in winter. Russia claims the lab, one of a dozen involved in making bioweapons in the USSR, halted research on the weapons in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Officially, the lab is now focused on developing vaccines against deadly viruses. Last year it began studying prehistoric viruses found in Paleolithic horses recovered from molten permafrost in Siberia. But a US State Department report last year claimed that Russia "is engaged in an offensive biological weapons program," even though the country insisted it had halted such research. It comes after the US ambassador to the UN claimed Putin could use bioweapons to overthrow the Ukrainian government and warned "nothing is off the table for the Russian dictator".

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A Feel Good Friday surprise for a woman raising money for a burned down fire station

EastIdahoNews.com and Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Idaho Falls and Pocatello are collaborating to honor people in our community for "Feel Good Friday." Every week we surprise someone who deserves special recognition. It said: This woman has a raffle for … (Author: Gardener)

FridayEvery week we surprise someone who deserves special recognition. We recently received some emails about a woman named Jennifer who lives in Firth. This woman did a raffle for the Firth Fire Department after the department building burned down. She raised a huge amount with this raffle and donated the AWESOME prizes being raffled! Jennifer has done so much for the small town of Firth! She raised $2,500 and is also a volunteer coach for the cheerleading team. We decided to surprise Jennifer and thank her for everything she has done for the community. Watch the video above to see the surprise!

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Mild Friday into a rainy weekend

Let's take a look at the larger weather picture for the next few days. It's really good news. (Author: Gardener)

FridayBALTIMORE (WJZ) - Let's take a look at the larger weather picture for the next few days. It's really good news. Aside from the weekend, Friday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are looking pretty solid. All five days have sun and temperatures ranging from a few degrees above average to FAR above average. MUCH HIGHER. Just look. Remember to put the weekend aside for now. On St. Patrick's Day we see 55/35. This is real mild weather for a third of the way into March. But I still think we're going to get another bad storm. We will see. As for the weekend, I don't consider it a storm. Foul yes, but a big hit from Winter's Last Grip, no. Take a look at the official graphic and I'll explain. But that day will be more akin to the chilly, damp feel of Thursday in many places. BUT with a better chance of intermittent snow than with mixed precipitation. However, the ground is mild, no problems with road surfaces. And when it's over, next Sunday we will remember the wet feeling, the wind and the cold. But on Friday we will all look together to see whether the forecast and the schedule are consistent. If that's the case, let's get on with a hell of a good week next week.

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Loose Women viewers felt "sick" while showering.

Loose Women viewers were feeling 'sick' over a shower segment on the show today. Judi Love has a little TMI! (Author: Gardener)

todayLoose Women viewers were feeling 'sick' over a shower segment on the show today. On Friday, Kaye Adams, Frankie Bridge, Judi Love and Nadia Sawalha discussed which body parts they clean first in the shower. However, viewers were stunned when Judi got a little too graphic. First, Judi pretended to take a shower in Loose Women's fake shower scene, leaving her co-stars in hysterics. Read more: This Morning and Loose Women fans worried as live shows are suddenly taken off the air. Revealing her shower routine, Judi explained: "I could hit the water on my face first and then let it drip down. "And then I feel myself and then maybe I can wash down there quickly," pointing to her private area. Frankie added: "You wash a lot down there, you know that's bad for you?" Judi replied: "They make sure you use stuff you're not allergic to and all the rest." Nadia then explained her shower routine, saying: "I look in, I get my face done, armpits. "And then I don't do that much down there because I think it's okay on its own." Judi looked shocked as she said, "You better zoom in on my face now." Nadia added, "Me don't believe in soap down there." Viewers were divided over the segment, with some admitting they felt sick. One said: "#LooseWomen I'll get my fill of pea and ham soup." Read more: Loose Women: ITV show wins with Ofcom complaints over fiery dispute in Ukraine However, one person said: "@1Judilove is literally my soul animal, you literally give me life." Another added: "@loosewomen zooms in the face of @1Judilove. Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think of this story.

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‘Thursday was pretty cool. But the semi-final on Friday is even better'

The UConn men's basketball team defeated Seton Hall in a Big East tournament on Thursday... (Author: Gardener)

ThursdayJ. Cole (2) and Isaiah Whaley (5) celebrate during the second half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game against Seton Hall at the Big East Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in New York. Connecticut's Tyler Polley, right, during the first half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game against Seton Hall at the Big East Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in New York. Connecticut's Tyrese Martin (4) during the second half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game against Seton Hall at the Big East Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in New York. Connecticut's Tyrese Martin (4) saves the ball from Seton Hall's Jared Rhoden during the first half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game at the Big East Conference Tournament on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 10: Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies reacts in the first half against the Seton Hall Pirates during the 2022 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) NEW YORK -- To appreciate everything that will become of Madison Square Garden during the Big East Tournament -- how it feels, how it sounds, what it means -- takes more than one night and more than one game. This event always has a must-for-Friday feel, something Jim Calhoun talked about for years, something Dan Hurley certainly thought of both before and after the UConn men's basketball team with a 62-52 extended stay in Manhattan had earned a quarterfinal win over Seton Hall. "I got out of here a little earlier than usual just because I wanted to experience it," Hurley said well past midnight, walking across the plaza, the garden finally empty after being packed all Thursday. Because it's special.” The Garden really is a beautiful basketball contradiction. It's a museum and a zoo. It's sophisticated and obnoxious. It's great. It's rough. It's huge. It's stuffy. More for youWhat UConn's Dan Hurley said after Seton Hall's winHow UConn women could end up in the NCAA Bridgeport Regional A team can lose at the Garden in March and leave New York after feeling like they've seen it all. One and one at the Big East tournament? That's what the Huskies did on Thursday with perhaps their best defensive display of the season, smearing Seton Hall into a court surrounded by cheers and pushing the Pirates back to South Orange, N. UConn, is in the semis on Friday against Villanova, who erased from a 17-point deficit to defeat St. John's and open Thursday night's doubleheader. It really is all gravy now. Everything that makes the garden unique is only boosted on Friday, and just participating in this stage is meaningful, both reward and opportunity. UConn-Villanova is a marquee event. Every team still involved, no matter what the experience gets from here, triggered the depressurization knowing there were at least two hours left on this wild stage. "Not necessarily pressure from UConn," Hurley said. “I think there's pressure to validate the very good regular season we've had, to come in and beat a very good Seton Hall team. This group deserves to see a semi-final on Friday. … Thursday was pretty cool. But Friday's semifinals are even better.” A quarterfinal win over Seton Hall, Hurley's alma mater, is hardly something that would show up on a program highlights montage, signal a new direction in marketing, or slow traffic when the news of the Times Square tickers were running. After all, UConn has won this tournament seven times. But his special version of the huskies had never attempted such an environment in this new era. This was a new platform made so alive by everything that UConn fans had grown accustomed to for 30 years. UConn has gone back to its roots with its return to the great east. Now it's returning to something it first tasted and thrived on Thursday. The Huskies reached the semifinals last season — in a practically empty gym. Two years ago they got going late in the season and headed to Forth Worth, Tex. for a UK tournament that was canceled early in the pandemic. Three years ago, Hurley's freshman season, UConn defeated South Florida in an AAC first-round game in Memphis and was blown out by Houston 84-45 in the quarterfinals. After that game on the FedEx Forum, Hurley held a press conference and spoke about how far the program needed to go. "There was nobody at that game," Hurley said. Danbury opens new emergency operations center to help city respond to a 'looming' crisis. Thursday's Big East sessions sold out. "This is our first Big East tournament, legit and authentic," Hurley said. “This was our first true live conference tournament game in front of fans in a few years. That's why you come to a place like UConn to play. The big dogs play in the quarters and semifinals. The place rocked with so many UConn fans. On Thursday was the welcome party. UConn fans hit Manhattan on buses and trains and made their presence felt. "Welcome to a packed Madison Square Garden, the most famous arena in the world," the announcer said during the final warm-up. Eleven years to the day after Cardiac Kemba Walker made his famous step backwards to beat Pitt, the defining moment of a five-win-five-day run that set the stage for the 2011 national championship, UConn reached another level back. The Huskies last played in front of fans at this tournament in 2012. UConn wasn't fooling around on the pitch. That wasn't pretty basketball. Andre Jackson (six points, six rebounds, four assists) influenced the game in ways that don't do box-score justice. Cole and Tyrese Martin each had 17 points. UConn held Seton Hall in 7-for-28 shooting in the first half to lead 29-18. The lead was extended to 16 midway through the second half. The party started hours before the game and stretched from the sidelines to the upper bowl, down the tower's escalators and onto the downtown streets. UConn was back in New York for the first time in a long time. "We have the best fans in the world," said Cole. The garden is a special place.” Especially on a Friday evening in March. It's not a must-win game. It's a game to be experienced. Thoroughly beaten by Villanova in Philadelphia in early February, UConn won a Thriller in Hartford later in the month. The rubber match in the semifinals will not define the Huskies' season. It will feel like it has that power, for two hours on a stage that UConn has been absent from for so long.

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The sun is with you and you shine in so many situations

♈ ARIES March 21 to April 20 Any family traits you may have been trying to forget come to the fore with the Moon. And instead of feeling like a situation is all or nothing, you can be smart and... (Author: Gardener)

March 21 to April 20Any family traits you may have been trying to forget come to the fore with the moon. And instead of feeling that a situation is all or nothing, you can find smart and sensitive ways for everyone involved. There's tons of fun in your love card, and chilling together can cement a bond—at any stage of the bonding process. Talking to the right person can be more important than what you say. Regarding love, it is worth repeating your true feelings, because a partner may not believe his luck. An Aries who loves the fresh air can be The One. Mercury's insight and self-control will help you figure out which next step is right for you—even if not everyone agrees. Your cool intelligence is in demand in several teams, maybe with a TV connection. And it gets exciting when you let the new adventurous side of Venus flow into your love life. The moon moves in and helps to take stock of emotional situations. So instead of responding to the demands of others, you're ready to make your own. Strong Mars transformational energy grants you a chance to level up at work. Keeping dreams to yourself can make them safer, but it also prevents them from happening - the Moon and Mercury help ensure that this is your time to open up. Saturn is strong in your bonding zone and you are great at making new friends. Giving friends and family whatever they ask might be a good move, but it can drain your energy. Your chart is so positive for bonds of all kinds, and when you reach out you might be surprised who responds. You now and today the moon is urging you to act. You know who you trust and why, and these are the people you should focus your energies on for the next few days. Mercury condenses a vague idea into plans associated with a "B" contact. There is a sense of movement in your chart that is inspirational, and make the best of both by putting original family plans into action now rather than waiting for the green light. You love to talk - and you have so many valuable things to say. But for the next few days, focus on other people's words instead. Mars kickstarts your quick reaction mechanism and you can excel in situations involving quick facts or figures. While you have the option to help someone younger or less organized, the choice is yours alone. If the give and take in a love relationship isn't up to your expectations, maybe it's time to examine it. The influence of the Moon and Mercury means you can easily see where you or a sedentary group should go next. Having strong bonds of loyalty is so important to you right now. There is a sense of romance in your chart as the moon spreads mysticism, and love at first sight can lead to Happy Ever After. Instead of fighting it, go with your emotions wherever they may take you. The sun is with you and you shine in so many situations.

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Snow is expected to fall on Friday evening

The heaviest snowfalls occur in the evening and night hours. (Author: Gardener)

FridayPITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- New advisories and alerts are now available, and I largely agree with the solution that the NWS has opted for. Right now: Rain and snow possible in the evening. Warning: Expect snow totals of 4-6 inches on Saturday, with most snow falling before noon. The St. Patty's Day parades, which take place on Saturday mornings, are affected. Both today (late) and tomorrow (strongest in the morning) are first alarm days. A nice warm up occurs as we head into the next work week with high temperatures near the 60s. They have canceled most of our area under a winter weather advisory beginning late this evening and extending through Saturday noon. Most snow falls in Pittsburgh from 3 a.m. Saturday morning to 8 a.m. Saturday. The craziest weather is restricted to the locations under a winter storm warning. Not only will you see large amounts of snow throughout the day on Saturday, you will also see winds up to 40 miles per hour. Temperatures will also drop throughout the day. Enjoy another great weekend in the Laurels. For today, the highs will be in the mid 50's after hitting a high of 48 yesterday. Yesterday I knew the temperature was too low for today (or had a strong feeling) but have waited to change it due to the large snow system. I don't know if I would have forecast mid-50s highs yesterday (with data still showing highs near the 50s), but I knew temperatures should be technically warmer today. Enjoy the pleasant weather because today will be the best of the weekend. If we quickly look at next week, highs will be back in the 50s by Monday, and temperatures in the 60s next Wednesday. Most of next week looks dry with a slight chance of rain on Thursday.

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A zodiac sign will be on a very long journey

One zodiac sign needs to provide a friend with some extra help or support, while another will be pleased when their plans go smoothly (Author: Gardener)

OneOne zodiac sign needs to provide a friend with some extra help or support, while another will be pleased when their plans go smoothly. Russell Grant takes a look at what today could bring for your horoscope - and what you can do about it, be prepared. A loved one may need to be seen by a doctor. Once they are medically fit they can move on to the next process and this may mean having someone to look after them. You could use an optimistic light shining on a sports team or group effort you are a part of. Disagreements prevent a project from moving forward. You might never be happy when things are rushed, but you will be frustrated when activity has stalled. Someone is given preferential treatment while so many others are restricted. It won't surprise you if they get a frosty welcome as soon as they enter a room. Many questions are asked and immediate answers are expected. You and a partner will be spending a lot of time in unfamiliar surroundings. A long journey will be a mind-expanding experience, paving the way to greater and better possibilities. Someone wonderful will walk into your life when you least expect it. A relative or neighbor who is homebound for medical reasons needs additional help. Experts will assure you that people are moving through the system faster than before, but right now someone needs practical help immediately. Someone close to you is denied an opportunity because of a problem that seems insignificant and trivial. Someone is welcomed back by a group, sports club or team project after a long absence. They expect to pick up where they left off, but if so, this will be an unwelcome return. A lot has happened since they left and it will take them some time to catch up. This will bring back a lot of memories. Arrangements made on impulse will upset your usual routine, but you won't mind. It is important to seize an unexpected opportunity. Plans made now will work smoothly. Some may find the situation chaotic, but you will enjoy this heady phase. Before agreeing to future agreements, you should consider the likely costs. Someone you know is very good at selling ideas, but they aren't always practical and they may not have realized how expensive their plans are going to be due to hidden costs and the like. This challenge will feel overwhelming, but no one expects you to perform miracles. Just take one step at a time. Someone will receive a controversial medical exemption. Some people will feel they have been given preferential treatment and have abused the system. It may seem like there is one rule for one person and another rule for others, and you justifiably feel frustrated and annoyed.

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Gasoline prices remain high amid Russia-Ukraine conflict; Drivers are already feeling the pinch

SINGAPORE: Motorists in Singapore who already pay more to fill up at the gas station could expect even higher prices next time. Pump prices have been in an accelerated upward trend in the following weeks (Author: Gardener)

RussiaOf course, forecourt dealers in Singapore do not use crude oil prices in their costing and pump fuel pricing decisions. Instead, the Mean of Platts Singapore (MOPS) price is used - the wholesale price for refined oil published by market research firm S&P Global Platts. Other considerations that go into retailers' pricing decisions include customs duties, storage, property and labor costs, and currency differences. There is also typically a "lag effect" as pump prices are based on older stock bought at either higher or lower prices depending on the market situation. But the lag time between global oil price movements and what consumers pay at the pump was much shorter this time. “Perhaps what is even more unique about the current events and price action over the last few weeks is that we are still in the midst of a global energy crisis and the shifts in demand for oil and gas have a scale and a sense of consistency originating from Russia , which will coincide with a recalibration of global supply chains," said Dr. David Broadstock, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Department of Energy Economics at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS). CIMB Private Bank economist Song Seng Wun said, “The pass-through effect is much faster this time because the rise in global oil prices has been so abrupt and so strong in a short period of time. At the same time, other costs are increasing. For one thing, fuel station dealers, like any other business in Singapore, are under pressure from rising labor costs. "Existing pressure points, be it work or land, will never go away," Mr Song added. "More seriously, the conflict in Eastern Europe has increased transportation costs." Refiners and oil importers are paying higher freight rates as global supply chains brace for more disruption and higher insurance premiums for their goods in transit, he explained. All of this means that petrol or diesel will become more expensive to produce and the additional costs will likely be passed on to consumers. While confident that other members of the global oil and gas supply chain are poised to expand production to meet the supply shortage from Russia, Dr said signals for... a return to oil prices below $100.” "In other words, we still see the market dancing on the edge of high prices - a kind of ballet between high, higher and highest," he added. "These are very likely strong signals for petrol dealers and would probably support their expectation that fuel will have to be sold at a higher price." Mr Chan KS, a taxi driver at ComfortDelGro, said he used to spend about S$15 a day on diesel . The jump was drastic and I expect it will unfortunately increase to maybe S$2 if the conflict in Ukraine lasts longer.”

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Biden twists trade screws on Putin

Push to strip Russia of 'most favored nation' status... global Covid toll could be three official figures... Jussie Smollett condemned (Author: Gardener)

PutinToday, Joe Biden is expected to increase economic pressure on Vladimir Putin by seeking to end normal trade relations with Russia. Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have reportedly expressed support for the suspension of Russia's "permanent normal trade" status, also known as "most favored nation" status, as a result of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Biden will seek to do so in coordination with US allies and G7 nations, sources said. In addition, there are far-reaching sanctions and the ban on oil imports from Russia by the USA and Great Britain. A number of leading international companies such as Apple, Shell, Ikea and McDonald's have withdrawn from Russia; the Kremlin threatens retaliation by confiscating their company assets in Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of being a "terrorist state" and said it prevented a delivery of food, water and medicines to the besieged city of Mariupol by attacking a humanitarian corridor with tanks. Zelenskyy has condemned Moscow's relentless attack on cities, branding the attack on the corridor "open terror" ... More than 400,000 people remain trapped in Mariupol, which is surrounded by Russian forces and basic services are running out. Zelenskyi denied Russia's accusation that Ukraine was preparing to use chemical or biological weapons. He reiterated predictions by Western leaders that Russia is preparing to attack with such weapons and then blames it on Kyiv. Zelenskyy said: "We have always been convinced that if you want to know Russia's plans, look at what Russia accuses others of." The UN Security Council is scheduled to discuss Russia's unsubstantiated claims today. Satellite images released by US firm Maxar appear to show that the large Russian military convoy dispersed northwest of Kyiv and spread through towns and forests, with artillery pieces placed in firing positions. Ukraine's military said in its daily operational report Friday morning that Russian troops were trying to regroup and replenish supplies. Keep up to date with developments in Ukraine on our live blog. Calculation triples Covid deaths - The Covid-19 pandemic may have claimed 18.2 million lives around the world, more than triple the official figure, a study has found. A consortium of health researchers writing in the Lancet bases their calculation on "excess deaths": the difference between deaths recorded for all causes and the number expected over the period based on past patterns. For the UK, their estimate of Covid deaths (163,000-174,000) is close to the reported figure of 173,000. If the researchers' findings are correct, the global rate of excess deaths from the pandemic was 120.2 people per 100,000 people. Frack-busters on alert - Anti-fracking activists have vowed to give energy companies "no rest" if the government lifts the moratorium on fracking. But after Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the expected gas shortages, some Conservative MPs and energy lobbyists are touting this as a solution. Tina Rothery says her Nana Samba Band - veterans of the Preston New Road fracking site in Cuadrilla - will be making noise ahead of the Conservatives Spring Conference in Blackpool on March 18-19. In Ryedale, Yorkshire, the Kirby Misperton site is no longer at risk of fracking following its acquisition by renewable energy company Wolfland Group. Steve Mason, an anti-fracking campaigner and one of Wolfland's directors, said other energy companies still had licenses to frack in Yorkshire and elsewhere, and protesters were ready should the government lift their moratorium. Mental illness weighs on schools - Schools and teachers in England are said to be 'collapsing under the strain' of supporting students with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Education and health experts said this is partly because just one in four of the 500,000 children and young adults are successfully referred to the NHS mental health services each year - leaving them to resort to teachers, of whom only 40% feel ready , To help. The rate of mental illness among under-18s is said to have increased by half in the past three years. The Government said its response included offering training for senior mental health leaders in every state school and college by 2025, as well as an additional £79m to expand mental health services for children and accelerate the roll-out of mental health support teams. Fake assault actor jailed – US actor Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to 30 months probation, including 150 days in prison, after being convicted of lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack he orchestrated. The 39-year-old was also ordered to pay $120,000 in compensation to the City of Chicago and was fined $25,000. What drives Vladimir Putin and his attack on Ukraine? The president's attitude to power -- in Russia and beyond -- has changed steadily since 1999, says Sam Greene, co-author of Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia. Russia is on the verge of defaulting on its debt amid sanctions imposed by the West following Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. World Bank chief economist Carmen Reinhart has warned that Russia and its ally Belarus are "mighty close" to default. A key test will take place on Wednesday next week when the Russian state has to make a $117 million (£89million) payment on some of its dollar-denominated debt. While Russia has relatively low debt and its financial system is less integrated with the rest of the world than other countries, some analysts warn that an impending Russian default could have unforeseen consequences. At the end of one of the strangest days in English football history, Thomas Tuchel suggested it was 'business as usual' for Chelsea as the European champions beat Norwich 3-1 just hours after the club were suspended by government sanctions animation offset. Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema says "it takes action, not thought" to help victims of war in Ukraine as she spearheads an emergency relief effort by Common Goal. Nkrumah Bonner hit a stubborn 125 from 355 balls to help West Indies take a 62-run lead over England after day three of the first Test in Antigua. Former England and Arsenal striker Kelly Smith expressed her delight at the number of girls who attended the biggest football session in schools across the country on Wednesday, with the number surpassing 90,000. And cricket "faces a reckoning" over the Azeem Rafiq affair and needs to take a long look in the mirror on discrimination, said the chairman of the independent Commission on Justice in Cricket. The highest US inflation in 40 years has left financial markets gloomy today, fueling speculation about how far the US Federal Reserve will go in raising interest rates next week. US prices rose 7.9% in February and moves by Washington and London this week to ban Russian oil imports could put further upward pressure on the cost of living. The desperate situation in Mariupol guides today's front page of the Guardian: "'Medieval' conditions in a city under constant attack". Also on page one: 'Britain freezes assets of Chelsea FC owner over Putin links'. Ministers say Roman Abramovich, one of the richest men in the world, has "clear ties" to Vladimir Putin's regime and is one of those with "blood on his hands". The Mirror paints Abramovich and Putin as "blood brothers" and superimposes their photos on a hellish street scene in Irpin, near Kyiv. "Putin is taking revenge on the West" - the Express reports that the Russian ruler "is threatening to skyrocket global food prices and impose his own export bans". "British public is being asked to take in refugees," says the Telegraph, which reports years of visa-free stays in the UK for Ukrainians without family ties. Experts described it as another Soviet invasion of Afghanistan "but worse" as pro-Kremlin hosts struggled to silence them, the paper said. The Financial Times has "shut down half of Ukraine's economy while Mariupol counts the human cost of the war." Sign up for Inside Saturday for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the top features from our new magazine, delivered to your inbox every weekend

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