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Putin 'might ban BBC' as Ofcom probes RT and Truss reveals new sanctions

Boris Johnson news - live: Putin 'might ban BBC' as Ofcom investigates RT and Truss unveils new sanctions - Government fears Russian retaliation if Britain bans Kremlin-backed media (Author: Gardener)

PutinBoris Johnson arrived in Poland this morning as he visits other NATO countries to demonstrate Western unity as Putin's war with Ukraine enters its sixth day. Boris Johnson arrived in Poland this morning as he visits other NATO countries to demonstrate Western unity as Putin's war with Ukraine enters its sixth day. The Prime Minister was received by James Hughes, Councilor of Ministers and Acting Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Poland's capital. The Prime Minister was received by James Hughes, Councilor of Ministers and Acting Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Poland's capital. Earlier, Britain's media regulator Ofcom announced 15 separate probes into the impartiality of RT, the Kremlin-backed network that continues to broadcast in the UK. Earlier, Britain's media regulator Ofcom announced 15 separate probes into the impartiality of RT, the Kremlin-backed network that continues to broadcast in the UK. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned that a total ban on the Russian news channel in the UK could result in a mutual ban by Moscow on the BBC and other British channels. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned that a total ban on the Russian news channel in the UK could result in a mutual ban by Moscow on the BBC and other British channels. 09:08 , Matt Mathers Here are the Ministerial Written Statements due to be made in the House of Commons on Tuesday: Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Financial Services (Prudential Regulation of Credit Institutions and Investment Firms) Act 2021 (Consequential Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2022.- Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Consultation on the draft Telecom Security Regulations and Code of Practice.- Secretary of State for Health and Social Care: Covid-19 update.- Secretary of State for Health and Social Care: Parliamentary Question 496 correction.- Secretary of State for Health and Social Care: Parliamentary Question 77467 Correction.- Secretary of State for the Home Office: White Collar Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill.- Secretary of State for the Home Office: The Independent Inquiry into the Report on Child Sexual Abuse at Boarding Schools. – Secretary of State for Wales: Veterans Commissioner for Wales. UK will 'do everything we can practically' to support Ukraine as threat to capital grows, says Raab 08:25 , Chiara Giordano Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said Britain will 'do everything we can practically can" to support Ukraine as a threat its capital is growing. Asked if there was international help to deal with the 40-mile Russian military convoy approaching Kyiv, he told BBC Breakfast: "I'll be careful what I talk about in real time, of course the Russians are listening , but I will assure you that we will do everything we can practically to support the Ukrainians. "Our strategic goal is that in this catastrophic misadventure in Ukraine, Putin fails and that the territorial integrity of Ukraine is respected." We want to strengthen the morale, the political, but also the military ability of the Ukrainians to resist for as long as possible ." Putin could react to the resistance in Ukraine with "even more barbaric tactics", says Raab 08:10 , Chiara Giordano Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab warned Vladimir Putin that he could react to the resistance in Ukraine with "even more barbaric tactics". He told Sky News: "We know that Putin will respond to this, or we fear that he will respond with even more barbaric tactics, so we have to be prepared that this could go a long way." The former foreign minister added : “This turns into a much, much more dangerous mishap for Putin than I think he realized, and it has demoralized one e effect on the Russian armed forces and it has the effect of steeling the will of the Ukrainian people. "That's how we will make sure Putin fails in Ukraine and we're here for the long haul." Shadow Defense Secretary urges UK to give Ukraine 'all other military aid we can' 07:55 long-term failure for Vladimir Putin He said that despite the "massive bravery” of Ukrainians, an increase in civilian casualties is to be expected. Mr Healey told LBC: "It's becoming more dangerous for the Ukrainian people to fight for their country against this invasion." But my fears is of course that he has such devastating power and has shown Putin that he is absolutely ruthless in his willingness to use it that we have to worry about his military suffering setbacks which we saw in those first six days could now see that more of its military goals have been achieved and we must stand by Ukraine." Priti Patel's Border Bill in jeopardy after Lords defeated key policies 01:00 , Liam James Proposed policies central to Priti Patel's controversial Border Bill have been defeated in the House of Lords in what activists have described as a 'victory of compassion' 'The Home Office has been urged to "heed" after colleagues rejected plans in the Citizenship and Borders Act to penalize and criminalize refugees based on their method of arrival in the UK under Clause 11 and to give ministers the power to withdraw British citizenship 00:01 , Liam James The Kremlin, which blames statements by Secretary of State Liz Truss for putting Vladimir Putin on high alert for Russia's nuclear deterrent, has been widely decried as trying to distract from Moscow's actions during the invasion of Ukraine. The Russian president said he placed Moscow's nuclear forces under a "special regime of combat operations" in response to "aggressive remarks" by members of the NATO defense alliance Ukraine via Ms. Truss. In response, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Whatever political disagreements either of us has with Liz Truss - and I have many deep differences with her - we should not fall for this transparent Russian attempt to distract the only person who The one responsible for Putin's despicable nuclear threat is Putin.” The Foreign Office also said Mr Peskov's comments were a “clear attempt to distract from Russia's illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine”. An ally of Ms Truss added: "Nothing Liz has said warrants this kind of escalation. Fears Putin will resort to 'indiscriminate' attacks as rockets pound Kharkiv and Kyiv Monday, February 28, 2022 11:21 pm Attacks on the city of Kharkiv and more heavy rocket attacks on Kyiv, destroying a large military radar complex. Ukrainian commanders said they expected Russian troops to try again towards the city center after repelling earlier attempts in the coming days. "I'm concerned that the way Russia has been frustrated in achieving its goals on the ground will lead to even more indiscriminate fire, and as a result, we will see more civilian casualties," an official said. Boris Johnson vows to put 'maximum pressure' on Putin ahead of his Eastern Europe trip Monday February 28, 2022 10:59pm Liam James Putin would 'feel the consequences' if he invades Ukraine. On the eve of his trip to Poland and Estonia on Tuesday, Boris Johnson said international leaders agreed the Russian president "must fail" after his decision to send troops to the neighboring country. Guide from Tallinn and visiting British troops serving in Estonia bordering Russia. Ahead of his visit to the two Eastern European NATO members, the Prime Minister said: "Today I will visit Poland and Estonia, two countries that are acutely affected by the current crisis in Ukraine. “We have common values, which it is more important than ever to protect, as the humanitarian situation worsens and feels the consequences of his actions in Ukraine. "We speak with one voice when we say Putin must fail." Monday February 28, 2022 at 9:57 p.m., Kremlin-backed RT Liam James denied that it had false information about the Russian invasion of Ukraine spread when UK regulator Ofcom announced it was investigating the channel. Ofcom said it would investigate 15 editions of the hourly news program that aired on February 27 as a "matter of urgency". The European Union said it will ban RT. Boris Johnson said although Britain would not ban the news channel outright, he thought it was "doing great damage to the truth". Anna Belkina, RT's deputy editor-in-chief, said in a statement: "What we've seen over the past few days, be it comments from the President of the European Commission or British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is that none of them have come down to a single example, pointed out a single piece of evidence that what RT has been reporting, and continues to report, these days is not true.” Instead, they have said that the honest information RT brings to its audience just isn't available in their supposedly free media environment allowed are. "When it comes to the Russian voice, or just a different perspective from theirs, it's not allowed to exist in its space." This collective Western establishment seems afraid of the mere presence of an outside voice, for fear they lose historically captive audiences when that audience encounters a different perspective. “What they fail to realize, however, is that it is their own echo chamber that is sowing the public distrust they have long bemoaned. UK to 'improve transparency' after Russia sanctions Monday, February 28, 2022 7:21 PM , Liam James Britain will 'improve transparency on ownership of companies and real estate', the Business Secretary told MPs. Kwasi Kwarteng said oligarchs and kleptocrats from Russia and elsewhere used exploited British property protections to "launder the proceeds of corruption". Kmacheng said: "The agency will be transformed into a custodian of accurate and detailed information to ensure we can take action against those who seek to abuse British corporate structures to launder money." Russian dirty money in Britain was on the agenda, as Moscow threatened Ukraine and has become a focal point of Britain's response to Vladimir Putin's invasion of its neighbor. The assets of many wealthy Russians with investments in the UK have been frozen as part of sanctions on the Russian economy. 38 Tory MPs call for more help for refugees Monday 28 February 2022 18:52 , Liam James The One Nation group of Tory MPs have written to Boris Johnson urging him to do more to help Ukrainians fleeing the fighting. Former Ministers Sir Robert Buckland, Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock were among the senior MPs who put their names in the letter, which called for a "flexible and pragmatic approach" to visa rules. The 38 MPs said: "We must act now and we must act decisively," adding: "This should not be business as usual." Home Secretary Priti Patel has been criticized for refusing to lift visa requirements for Ukrainian refugees, like the EU did. She insisted it would undermine safety advice. But Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace hinted that new measures for refugees would be introduced. Mr Wallace said a move to allow immediate family members to join Ukrainians settled in the UK was only a "first step". Compare Market meerkat ads pulled from TV news shows about Russian invasion of Ukraine Monday, February 28, 2022 6:40 PM , Liam James Price comparison site Comparethemarket has some ads starring Russian meerkat Aleksandr Orlov after Russian invasion of Ukraine. The company, which spends tens of millions a year on marketing in the UK, said it has reviewed its media schedule to ensure the ads don't appear in news bulletins about the Ukraine conflict. “The Comparethemarket meerkats are fictional characters. They have no connection to Russia and the current situation," a spokesman for the company, which is owned by Peterborough-based financial services firm BGL, said in a statement. "We continually review our ads to ensure we are sensitive to the current situation." Compare the market meerkat ads pulled because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Airstrikes rock Kharkiv as 40-mile Russian tank convoy advances on Kyiv

News from Ukraine and Russia - live: Airstrikes rock Kharkiv as 40-mile Russian tank convoy advances on Kyiv - Hundreds of Russian armored vehicles, tanks and towed artillery move towards Kyiv (Author: Gardener)

KharkivRussia is advancing on Kyiv with a huge convoy of armored vehicles, tanks and other military equipment stretching more than 40 miles, according to new satellite images. Russia is advancing on Kyiv with a huge convoy of armored vehicles, tanks and other military equipment stretching more than 40 miles, according to new satellite images. As the Russian invasion entered its sixth day, US Senator Chris Murphy said Putin's forces were preparing for a "long and bloody" siege of the Ukrainian capital. As the Russian invasion entered its sixth day, US Senator Chris Murphy said Putin's forces were preparing for a "long and bloody" siege of the Ukrainian capital. Earlier Monday, Ukraine was rocked by a series of powerful explosions at the Belarusian border following the first round of peace talks between officials from the two countries. Earlier Monday, Ukraine was rocked by a series of powerful explosions at the Belarusian border following the first round of peace talks between officials from the two countries. And the economic sanctions imposed on Russia appear to be putting pressure on Vladimir Putin as Moscow closed its stock markets until at least March 5 and the Russian ruble has fallen to historic lows. And the economic sanctions imposed on Russia appear to be putting pressure on Vladimir Putin as Moscow closed its stock markets until at least March 5 and the Russian ruble has fallen to historic lows. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court has announced it will investigate alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court has announced it will investigate alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Putin reportedly angry with his inner circle over the status of the Ukrainian invasion - Reports 08:30 , Holly Bancroft Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly "increasingly frustrated" with the status of his invasion of Ukraine, US officials have told NBC News. US officials reportedly said Putin was getting angry at the global condemnation of his actions. A Western diplomat said the Russian president is becoming increasingly isolated. “The main concerns are the information he is getting and how isolated he is. Isolation is a really big issue,” they said. Putin has isolated himself, can order escalation of violence: US Senator 06:35, Arpan Rai Vladimir Putin is now increasingly frustrated and feeling cornered, US Senator Mark Warner and the chairman of the Intelligence Committee said. “He [Putin] isolated himself. They have fewer and fewer inputs, and those inputs come from toadies," Senator Warner told MSNBC, saying Putin was "clearly surprised by the size of the Ukrainian resistance." pushed back into a corner. I am concerned that there is no obvious exit ramp.” According to US intelligence agencies, Mr Putin is nervous about the military fighting his troops on the ground are facing in Ukraine, as images surface of Russian soldiers unsuspectingly searching for fuel and seek directions. Mr Putin may see his only option as redoubling the force, current and former US officials aware of the matter said, MSNBC reported. New weapon 'Putin could unleash on Ukraine' 04:18 , Arpan Rai thermobaric weapons, considered one of the most brutal weapons of war in existence, could be Vladimir Putin's weapon of choice in Ukraine, experts have warned. These missiles are filled with a highly explosive fuel-chemical mixture that when detonated can cause supersonic blast waves that can obliterate anything in their path, including buildings and people. They are also known as aerosol bombs or vacuum bombs. TOS-1 thermobaric rocket launchers have been sighted among Russian heavy weapons moving toward the capital Kyiv and other cities, but this has not been independently confirmed. These weapons are not used for precision strikes, but can be used to clear sections of ground. Russia has claimed it only conducts precision strikes in Ukraine to avoid civilian casualties. Read more about the deadly weapon of war here: What are thermobaric missiles? New weapon 'Putin could unleash on Ukraine' US plans 'further steps' to stop Russian invasion, says Ukrainian minister 02:15 , Josh Marcus as Russian invasion of Ukraine continues. On Monday, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he recently spoke to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about continued American support for the country. “In our appeal, Secretary of State Blinken reiterated that US support for Ukraine remains unwavering. I stressed that Ukraine longs for peace, but as long as we are under Russian attack, we need more sanctions and weapons," Mr. Kuleba said. “The secretary promised me both. We have coordinated further steps.” In our call, @SecBlinken reiterated that US support for Ukraine remains steadfast. I stressed that Ukraine longs for peace, but as long as we are under Russian attack, we need more sanctions and weapons. The secretary assured me of both. We have coordinated further steps. — Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 28, 2022Additionally, the details of the next round of US action remain vague. So far, the US has relied on indirect interventions such as sanctions and arms transfers, while adamantly declaring that it would not deploy US troops or establish a "no-fly zone" over Ukraine. More details could be announced during Joe Biden's State of the Union speech Tuesday, which was hastily rewritten to address the war in Ukraine, reports Eric Garcia. Biden reframes State of the Union address as “a rally against autocrats worldwide.” Here's The Independent's other coverage of what action the US has taken so far. Biden says Putin will 'pay' as he announces 'big' sanctions on Russia 'Ukraine hasn't gotten the results it wanted at peace talks' - Zelensky 01:00 , Lamiat Sabin which it has sought in its peace talks with Russia, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy early Tuesday. Addressing Ukrainians, he said the country was being bombed while diplomats held ceasefire talks on the Ukraine-Belarus border. According to Turkey's Anadolu News Agency, Zelensky said: "We still don't have the result we want. Russia has announced its position. We have received some signals.” He added that Ukrainian diplomats will decide how to approach the second round of negotiations when they return to Kyiv. Me Zelenskyi also said of the Russian forces bombing the city of Kharkiv with rockets: “This is clearly a war crime. Kharkiv is a peaceful city. An international court will surely be established for this crime.” Russia has conducted 56 rocket attacks on Ukraine and launched 113 cruise missiles in the past five days, he said. UK accused of 'heartless' over Ukrainian refugee regime 00:20 , Lamiat Sabin The UK government has been accused of being 'heartless and mean' about its new humanitarian route for Ukrainian refugees, which means only minor adjustments to current visa rules . Only certain family members of British citizens are granted refuge under the scheme. Home Secretary Priti Patel told MPs on Monday the government had launched a "tailored humanitarian route" for people fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine and said it would allow another 100,000 Ukrainians seeking refuge in Britain. However, it later emerged that this does not go beyond the easing of rules for a limited pool of family members of UK residents, which was announced over the weekend and has already been called "a band-aid on an open wound". Full story by May Bulman and Samuel Lovett here Britain branded 'heartless' after offer to Ukrainians 'does not meet what is needed'

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Has Anand Mahindra's Monday motivational photo been Photoshopped? Twitter thinks so

Anand Mahindra shared an image on Twitter showing a tea stall named after a luxury hotel group headquartered in Delhi. Although the image suggests that the tea stand corner was inspired by the success of the Oberoi Group, (Author: Gardener)

TwitterIndustrialist Anand Mahindra's latest motivational piece highlights people's entrepreneurial spirit and urges them to dream big. Mahindra shared a picture on Twitter with a tea stand named after a luxury hotel group headquartered in Delhi. Although the image suggests that the corner of the tea stand was inspired by the success of the Oberoi Group, the stand makes it clear that the roadside company does not have a branch in Delhi. The stand featured a disclaimer - "Note: We don't have an office in Delhi." Sharing the photo, Mahindra urged people to "dream big" and used the hashtag Monday Motivation. Although Mahindra's message was intended to inspire his Twitter family to dream big and then pursue them with all their willpower, netizens spotted a small problem. Several users of the microblogging site pointed this out in the comments. "Looks pretty photoshopped," replied one user, while another said, "If you look closely, it looks transformed!" If you look closely, it seems transformed! "Everything big starts small," reads a tweet on the microblogging site. The user wrote, "The best part is that they don't have a branch in Delhi." The best part is that they don't have a branch in Delhi. Transformed or not, Mahindra keeps surprising his Twitter fam with never-before-seen pics and videos. One person even tweeted that he wonders how the business tycoon comes up with such "humorous pics" every week. The original image is said to have appeared in a blog dedicated to Udaipur. The 2015 blog features a tea stall in Udaipur called Bhairunath Tea stall that has been in operation for over a decade. In Mahindra's picture, the name 'Bhairunath' has probably been changed to 'Oberoi Hotel' while the disclaimer 'no branches' appears to have been affixed in place of the original text which reads 'Bhairunath tea stall, nashta centre'.

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Has Anand Mahindra's Monday motivational photo been Photoshopped? Twitter thinks so

Anand Mahindra shared an image on Twitter showing a tea stall named after a luxury hotel group headquartered in Delhi. Although the image suggests that the tea stand corner was inspired by the success of the Oberoi Group, (Author: Gardener)

TwitterIndustrialist Anand Mahindra's latest motivational piece highlights people's entrepreneurial spirit and urges them to dream big. Mahindra shared a picture on Twitter with a tea stand named after a luxury hotel group headquartered in Delhi. Although the image suggests that the corner of the tea stand was inspired by the success of the Oberoi Group, the stand makes it clear that the roadside company does not have a branch in Delhi. The stand featured a disclaimer - "Note: We don't have an office in Delhi." Sharing the photo, Mahindra urged people to "dream big" and used the hashtag Monday Motivation. Although Mahindra's message was intended to inspire his Twitter family to dream big and then pursue them with all their willpower, netizens spotted a small problem. Several users of the microblogging site pointed this out in the comments. "Looks pretty photoshopped," replied one user, while another said, "If you look closely, it looks transformed!" If you look closely, it seems transformed! "Everything big starts small," reads a tweet on the microblogging site. The user wrote, "The best part is that they don't have a branch in Delhi." The best part is that they don't have a branch in Delhi. Transformed or not, Mahindra keeps surprising his Twitter fam with never-before-seen pics and videos. One person even tweeted that he wonders how the business tycoon comes up with such "humorous pics" every week. The original image is said to have appeared in a blog dedicated to Udaipur. The 2015 blog features a tea stall in Udaipur called Bhairunath Tea stall that has been in operation for over a decade. In Mahindra's picture, the name 'Bhairunath' has probably been changed to 'Oberoi Hotel' while the disclaimer 'no branches' appears to have been affixed in place of the original text which reads 'Bhairunath tea stall, nashta centre'.

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60 Monday motivational quotes to keep you going throughout the week

FOR SCHOOL OR WORK, these Monday motivational quotes will bring all the happiness, humor and inspiration you need to start the week off right. (Author: Gardener)

MondayAs the beginning of the Holy Week before Easter Sunday, Palm Sunday reminds us to remember the true meaning of Easter. Use these inspirational Palm Sunday scriptures to understand why Palm Sunday and Easter are celebrated. "They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus."

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Aside from Marvel's Morbius, who is Jared Leto?

Jared Leto plays Morbius in Marvel's upcoming movie of the same name, but who is he and what kind of performance can we expect? (Author: Gardener)

Jared LetoAs a (not so) former emo kid, I know Jared Leto for his stellar music career, which catapulted the Morbius man into the hearts of many teenagers in the late '90s/early '00s as the frontman of Thirty Seconds to Mars. To me, Jared Leto is a musician, a brilliant one. So you can imagine my total shock when Zac, the Gizmodo Australia based Marvel knowledge master, let me know that he had no idea Leto made music. Before Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto was a television actor. In 1994, at the age of 23, he played Jordan Catalano in the television series My So-Called Life and shortly thereafter made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt. In Morbius, Jared Leto plays Dr. Michael Morbius, a disabled doctor with a rare blood disorder who goes in search of a cure for his disability and becomes a vampire when he discovers this cure while trying to push the frontiers of health and science. He gets super strength, speed, and "some form of bat radar" at the cost of turning into a bloodsucking vampire. In fact, I would argue that his acting catalog basically confirms that he went to Dr. Michael Morbius fits, given his supporting roles in The Thin Red Line, Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, and American Psycho, all films that exude brooding brilliance. Jared Leto wasn't exactly cut out to play a goth romance character, but he's not your typical Hollywood heartthrob either. With the exception of Hayden Christensen, who plays goth boy Sam Monroe in Life As A House, there haven't been many portrayals by those interested in darker things that haven't been fully associated with evil. So Jared Leto was a welcome star for my friends and me. Then he played Paul Gardner in Urban Legend (the first slasher I actually only saw because Jared Leto was in it). I pause for a moment to say that his music career is why I started seeing his films and he introduced me to the world of being different. Girl, Interrupted was also the first psychological thriller I watched. A few years later, Jared Leto played heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream. In 2002, Thirty Seconds to Mars released their self-titled debut album. Jared Leto then went into full musician mode and the band released the masterpiece A Beautiful Lie. Three more 30STM albums followed: This Is War; love, lust, belief and dreams; and America. From Requiem for a Dream to the release of America, Jared Leto has also starred in Panic Room, Alexander, Lord of War, Lonely Hearts, Chapter 27, Mr Nobody, Dallas Buyers Club (mind you, he walked away with an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor (all of which I only found out while fact-checking for this article), Suicide Squad and Blade Runner 2049. The Little Things and House of Gucci are the last two films Leto adds to his CV added. Either way, as I said above, given his thick résumé (also detailed above), I am convinced that Jared Leto is the right person to hire Dr. to play Michael Morbius. The film seems to pick up the beats of the original Morbius comics quite well and put a modern flair on the flamboyant vampire of older Marvel comics. Morbius has an undying thirst for human blood, caught between humanity and vampirism. It looks like a cross between a monster movie and a superhero movie, again very much like Venom. Joining Leto in "Morbius" will be Jared Harris as Emil Nikols, Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Tyrese Gibson as Simon Stroud and Matt Smith as Loxia's Crown. I'm really looking forward to seeing one of the actors who played Doctor Who as the villain. Morbius hits cinemas in Australia on March 31.

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Andrew Garfield admits it's 'weird' to be at the SAG Awards when stars are supporting Ukraine

Hollywood stars paid tribute to Ukraine at the 2022 SAG Awards as Russia attacks, including Brian Cox, Michael Keaton and Jessica Chastain. (Author: Gardener)

UkraineWinners and presenters of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards used their platforms at the ceremony to express their support for Ukraine during the Russian invasion, with Andrew Garfield acknowledging the "strange" situation. The 38-year-old, who is best known for his role as Rent composer Jonathan Larson in the musical Tick, tick...BOOM! was nominated for Best Actor, referred to the strange situation faced by those attending the awards ceremony, given the plight of many in Ukraine. Interviewed by Laverne Cox in her role as E!'s red carpet correspondent. the actress said they were "celebrating on a rather difficult day, but keeping all of Ukraine in our hearts". Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain and Michael Keaton were also among the Hollywood stars who showed solidarity with the people of the country at the 28th Annual Convention in Los Angeles. It comes as fighting rages on in the region, forcing Ukrainians to seek shelter from attack and flee across the country's borders. At the helm of the show, co-host and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. said members of the organization are praying for "peace to come" in the region. "While tonight is a celebration, we all simultaneously keep a place in our hearts for the people of Ukraine and send our thoughts, prayers and hopes for peace to come," he said. Successor star Cox took the stage to accept the award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, saying the unfolding events were "really awful" and praising the country's President Volodymyr Zelensky. "The President of Ukraine was a comic, he was a wonderful comic actor and we should respect that for him," he told viewers. "What really worries me is what's happening in Russia, with my fellow actors and actresses and performers and writers and critics. Michael Keaton, who won the award for Best Male Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series, also praised President Zelensky, who "deserves recognition today for leading the fight." The Eyes Of Tammy Faye star Jessica Chastain, who won Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film, said: "Right now my heart goes out to our international family around the world fighting for their safety and freedom. Others included their support for Ukraine in their outfits, with the Kominsky Method star and Best Comedy Actor nominee Michael Douglas sporting a yellow and blue handkerchief, a clear nod to the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Calling it a "wonderful night to celebrate," the Hollywood star continued with Extra: "But at the same time we get a great lesson and reminder of what true democracies are all about. British actor Douglas Hodge, who plays the fictional Russian General Velementov with Elle Fanning in Hulu's Catherine the Great show The Great, pinned a blue and yellow ribbon to his velvet suit. "We never want to forget what's happening in the other part of the world," Hodge told Variety on the red carpet, calling Zelenskyy "a hero." Tyler Perry also wore a blue and yellow ribbon, while SAG National President Fran Drescher extended her prayers to the people of Ukraine in her address at the ceremony. If you have a celebrity story, video or pictures, please contact the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us at [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or our page Visit to submit content - we'd love to hear from you. MORE: SAG Awards 2022: Bob Saget, Sidney Poitier and Betty White are among late stars remembered as they touched In Memoriam tribute MORE: Will Smith tearfully thanks King Richard co-stars as he accepts the first SAG Award for Best Actor: 'One of the greatest moments of my career'

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"Champers had three £4,000 surgeries to remove foam darts"

The projectiles are very attractive to cats and can be deadly if ingested (Author: Gardener)

4,000The shape and size of NERF darts make them particularly attractive to cats like Champers. Vets across the UK have reported a new threat to their cat patients: plastic and foam darts meant to be fired from a child's toy gun. These darts are very attractive to cats and if ingested they often cause a dangerous obstruction of the digestive tract. A common example is the NERF dart, a Hasbro-owned toy brand, which is a plastic-tipped foam projectile designed to be fired from an air-powered NERF blaster (the term "blaster" is used to distinguish these toys from the real thing). to distance life violence related to firearms). Another popular brand, the Zuru X-Shot, appears to be just as dangerous for cats (see story about Champers in box). as mice. The foam portion of the dart is soft enough to pass through the gastrointestinal tract in most cases, but the hard plastic tip appears to be particularly prone to causing a blockage in a cat's stomach or intestines. Its size, shape, and texture mean it's too big to easily pass through the narrower parts of a cat's digestive tract. If the arrowhead causes constipation, the affected cat becomes seriously ill, becoming unappetizing, faint, and often vomiting. When the cat is taken to the vet, the diagnosis isn't always easy: blood tests, X-rays and ultrasounds may be needed to discover the source of the cat's problem. And the treatment is also costly and risky: the only cure is surgical removal of the object, an operation with a mortality rate of around 20 per cent and a price tag of up to £5000. Plastic-tipped foam darts are a common and popular toy, but the risk to cats is not yet known. Vets have reported hundreds of affected cats, with many sad tales to tell. Some cats are repeat offenders, with each incident requiring another surgery to remove the dart tip. A young adult cat required three surgeries in a six month period. Cats don't learn that darts are dangerous to eat. In some cases, the high cost of surgery has resulted in affected cats being euthanized rather than treated. In other cases, cats have not survived the complex and dangerous surgery to remove the obstruction. The problem should be easy to prevent, and awareness is the starting point. Simple measures like counting darts at the beginning and end of game sessions would greatly reduce the risk of the items being accessible to cats. Most British cats enjoy visiting gardens in their own neighborhood so even non-cat owners need to be aware of the potential hazard lest they accidentally endanger their neighbours' pets , special care can be taken to protect cats from this new threat to their lives. A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "That sounds like a very upbeat trend and we would urge anyone who thinks their cat may have swallowed anything that could cause injury to contact their veterinarian immediately set. In this case, it would be wise for pet owners to think about possible hazards in the home and to ensure that small toys are out of the way. We would also advise anyone with experience of these projectile darts injuring their pets to alert their manufacturers to the situation.” Hasbro and Zuru have been contacted for comment but have not responded at the time of publication. Our cat Champers is just over three years old. He was initially diagnosed with gastroenteritis, but after several X-rays the vet discovered a blockage and he required surgery to remove a plastic object. Two days later a wonderful vet discovered a blockage and performed emergency surgery as Champers was quite weak at the time. The vet wasn't sure if he would survive, but he did. The operation cost a further £4000 and he was found to have swallowed the same plastic object as before. Incredibly, Champers displayed the same symptoms six weeks later. This time he was initially diagnosed with pancreatitis, but eventually, several x-rays and scans later, another blockage was discovered. He then had his third operation in eighteen months at a further cost of over £4000. The vet was very worried about him this time as he had not fully recovered from the last operation. He had swallowed the exact same object again. We also understand that some pets may need to be euthanized as not all owners have insurance or could afford the surgery to save their pet if not. We posted an image of the plastic object on Nextdoor and it was identified as the top of a Zuru X-shot foam bullet with a plastic tip. These toys are often used in gardens and the balls themselves are considered safe as they are made of foam. Unfortunately, their shape and size make them particularly attractive to predators like cats. Champers has been kept indoors since November, otherwise he could swallow an arrow. Could people please make sure all outside arrows are picked up when using these guns to protect pets and wildlife?

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Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton, review

The irrepressible country star's first novel, co-written with James Patterson, comes with a purple vinyl LP (and purple prose to match). (Author: Gardener)

Dolly PartonThe Queen of Country, Dolly Parton performing at Glastonbury in 2014 Or Dolly Parton. Even the no-smiling, non-binary, Trumpophobic Democrat would find it hard to maintain his ideological vigilance when confronted with the radiant kindness, brash talent and tender philanthropy of the country's queen. (Dolly became even more popular, if such a thing were possible, when she donated $1 million to Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine program.) As far as Republicans go, Parton is pretty much the ideal poster boy; a shining example of indigenous self-reliance. Born in 1946 in a one-room cabin in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, young Dolly retired to Nashville the day after she graduated from high school. Faster than you can say "deep frard chicken," she became one of the most successful female singers of all time, writing over 3,000 songs, winning 11 Grammys and being a surprisingly compelling actress in films like Steel Magnolias and 9 to 5. Multitasking Dolly wrote for the latter one of the catchiest songs of all time: "Well, I stumble out of bed and stumble into the kitchen/ pour myself a cup of Ambishin." Attached to a tiny frame, Dolly's cartoon curves (she lets Jessica Rabbit look like a librarian by Anita Brookner appearance) and that high pitched, helium-speaking voice have made her the object of much condescension. In a 1981 parody of Two Ronnie's Grand Ole Opry, Ronnie Barker wore a platinum wig and inflatable Grand Canyon cleavage to play Polly Parton, "with an hourglass figure and the sand piled on top." A self-deprecating Dolly inevitably joined in the jokes. This is the woman who called one of her albums Backwoods Barbie. A stunning businesswoman who started her own Dollywood theme park. In one evening, Dolly invented Jolene and I will always love you. The biggest double top in popular culture history. And now Parton has written a novel. Run, Rose, Run is a collaboration between Parton and James Patterson, "the world's highest-grossing writer" whose novels have sold a staggering 375 million copies. Bill Clinton, for The President Missing, a thriller about a handsome, wise, heroic American leader who is unjustly facing impeachment. I can't imagine who that was based on. To be fair, you wouldn't lose money either by betting that Run, Rose, Run also has a certain autobiographical element. AnnieLee Keyes, a glorious 17-year-old singer-songwriter, runs away from her troubled Texas background and hitchhikes to Nashville to pursue her dream of becoming a country and western star. "He was dark-haired and charcoal-eyed and as long-legged as a young Johnny Cash, and her heart gave a little jump in her chest. Now shut up you goddamn Limey cynic! Anyway, handsome but oddly soulful Ethan is quick to recommend AnnieLee to his boss, Ruthanna Ryder. Ruthanna, we are told, is "one of country music's greatest queens" with her "high heels, false lashes and a sparkling Southern smile." Any other clues as to who might have inspired this Ruthanna character? "A woman who has fought her way to the top of her industry and into the hearts of the majority of the world's population." Well, hello Dolly! The thought of two authors writing a book always sounds like hell. Cynics might suspect that Run, Rose, Run is simply a case of Patterson's ghost story of Parton's story, and the publisher claims it was a collaborative effort to maximize sales. So where do the mighty bestseller's fingerprints end and where do Dolly's vermilion claws begin? The star hinted in a recent interview when she admitted she was "a little bit intimidated" when Patterson asked her to work with him. Then she figured out, "I'm a singer, I'm a writer, why not write an album based on the book?" And so a great leap in world literature happened: a novel with (in a luxury edition) purple vinyl LP in the appendix. Why has no one thought of this before? How much would Salman Rushdie's later tomes have been spiced up with a saffron vinyl companion album? Run, Rose, Run, Dolly Parton's 48th studio album, will be released Friday through Parton's Butterfly Records and features songs AnnieLee "composed" in the book of the same name. "Is it easy?" sings AnnieLee. "No it's not / Can I fix it? / No I can't." No it's not': Dolly Parton in 2011 If the vinyl is purple, the prose is purple. A subplot in which AnnieLee is haunted by demons from the past does its best to turn this backwoods Bildungsroman into a thriller, but it makes very little sense. How does the badass pursuer eerily know where our heroine is? The dark feels screwed on; more Patterson than Parton. All great country songs are about heartbreak, about getting back on your feet and starting over. Ultimately, this is where this book scores. AnnieLee is a delightful cracker of heroine and I'm sure you'll find a diminutive soprano with the voice of an Appalachia angel to play opposite in the film - yes, you guessed it! – Dolly Parton as Ruthanna. Like mediocre easy listening, "Run, Rose, Run" has a sweet, morbid character that will have millions happily turning the pages of its 409 pages (plus lyrics at the end). Parton and Patterson may have invented a new style; Let's call it Dolly Mixtures. Hand on heart, can I tell you that this is a good novel? No I can not. Seriously, is there anything this phenomenal 76-year-old can't do? Pour yourself a cup of ambition and... who knows? President Parton would be a hell of a persuasive and unifying resident of the Oval Office than the embalmed Joe Biden. And boy what a song she could write about it. Run, Dolly, Run! Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson is published by Century for £20.

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Loose Women stars were alongside Brenda Edwards who was grieving after Jamal's death

Music pioneer Jamal Edwards MBE, who is credited with launching the careers of a number of music artists and inspiring a generation, died over the weekend aged 31 (Author: Gardener)

Brenda EdwardsMusic pioneer Jamal Edwards MBE, who is credited with launching the careers of a number of music artists and inspiring a generation, died over the weekend aged 31 Loose Women's Charlene White said she and Judi Love gave birth to Brenda Edwards the following weekend Side were the tragic death of their son Jamal over the weekend. The music pioneer, who is credited with launching the careers of a number of music artists and inspiring a generation, died over the weekend aged just 31. ITV panelist Brenda, 52, often spoke proudly of her son and was joined by him on the show after he was awarded an MBE for his achievements. Announcing what's coming up at Loose Women today, Charlene said: "As you know it's been a slightly difficult day for us here at Loose Women following the heartbreaking news that Brenda's son Jamal passed away yesterday and I will pay tribute to powerhouse Jamal Edwards Charlene White and Judi Love from Loose Women were at Brenda Edwards' side over the weekend ] and I were with Brenda and she told us that with tonight's show she wants to celebrate her son's achievements but she also wants that We're going to make them smile and make them laugh, so that's what we're going to strive for today." She and Judi were also joined on the podium by Linda Robson, Carol McGiffin and Frankie Bridge as they later spoke more about Jamal and supporting Brenda yesterday Evening spoke. . "I think people see us on Loose Women and all the rest and we go on stage but it's so much bigger than that," said an emotional Judi. "The friendships we form outside and the support we give each other in different areas of our lives. But we have to and it's heartbreaking and all we can do is do our best to support Brenda and honor her amazing son at such a difficult time. Charlene continued, "Yes we both came to my house and drove over - we had to visit her because what do you do with someone when you lose your child if you don't know what the right thing is? is? So we just wanted to be physically with her and Tanisha and give them all the hugs and love that we can possibly give them. Not that it would help them but we needed to know that to be loved she had said: "It is with the deepest sadness that I confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness. Jamal has been credited with launching the careers of a number of musical artists and inspiring a generation. I want to thank everyone for their messages of love and support. “Jamal has been an inspiration to me and so many. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, PHD.” Afterwards, Charlene was incredibly emotional and Linda spoke about her own experience with Jamal through her son Louis. Linda recalled that Jamal came into her life 10 years ago after Louis started writing his own songs and posting them on social media, which prompted Jamal to get in touch with him. Charlene paid tribute to Jamal on the ITV show "He said he would like to do a video and he came to our house and he was the most beautiful boy," said Linda. They took the song and put it on social media and it was really, really well received. "Jamal stayed in touch with Louis over the years and took him under his wing. Brenda did such a good job with her son because he was a real gentleman, he really was. Judi burst into tears when she spoke about Jamal "Thanks to Jamal now, my son is going on tour with Jake Bugg this year. All because of Jamal all those years ago.” Charlene pointed out that Louis's story was not uncommon and that Jamal had helped so many young musicians thrive in careers. Judi continued: "We see things in public but it's like things he's done out there - even my daughter, he helped her with a music lesson and Brenda - you inspire me as a mother. And like you, Frankie, you knew Jamal from that show – the love she always has when talking about her children.” Linda Robson recalled how much Jamal had helped her son Louis. She was like that every time she talked about her kids." Charlene recalled that the day Jamal appeared on the show, Brenda was "so nervous" because she wasn't sure what he was going to say. "And he was so proud of her," Frankie said.The Loose Women stars have vowed that Jamal's legacy will live onAfter Judi shared a clip of Jamal on the show in November, Judi was in tears when Charlene said: "Look at what Brenda did. I think for any parent raising kids it's hard to do and doing it alone is even harder and doing it in big cities like London is so, so hard and." I am very proud of the mother that she is and what she has accomplished in both Jamal and Tanisha and Jamal's impact will continue." At the end of the show, the panelists read viewers' tributes to Jamal and Charlene said, "We're friends here too and if either of us is hurt, we feel it." They ended the show with an archive clip featuring Brenda Whitney Houston's " Greatest Love Of All" in honor of Jamal, leaving the audience in tears. Frankie Bridge opened up about how proud Brenda was when she spoke about her son. A number of Brenda's Loose Women stars have paid tribute to Jamal and vowed to support her. Denise Welch wrote: "My heart aches for my friend Brenda. Jamal Edwards was a wonderful son and brother [sad face emojis]." Charlene White shared, "Your light shone so bright it touched so many of us, impacted the lives of many others, and changed the game forever. And you are my Brenda's son." Just heard the heartbreaking news that @jamaledwards has passed away," Saira Khan wrote, "I am devastated for @brendaedwardsglobal and sending my prayers and deepest sympathy to her and all her family.

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