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Fear of Roe's End vs. Experts Discuss Mental Health Implications

The overturning of the most significant reproductive rights ruling in US history has Roe vs. Wade supporters grappling with what comes next. (Author: Gardener)

Roe's EndWade supporters to grapple with what's coming next. A majority of Americans support legal abortions at least most of the time, repeated polls have shown, with 61% saying abortions should be legal in most or all cases, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. As of Friday, eight states have banned abortion and about a dozen others are considering following suit. Many troubling questions remain, including not only how accessible abortion will remain outside the blue states, but also what civil rights precedent the Supreme Court might strike next. The Times spoke to three people specializing in mental health care and its relationship to abortion about how the news of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization may be processed and how it impacts who might have mental health. * Rachel Dyer, CEO of Exhale Pro-Voice, a nonprofit organization that provides post-abortion support. * Cynthia Cerrato, L.A. County holistic marriage and family therapist who specializes in treating maternal mental health issues, among other things. * Claudia Parada, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in treating multiple components of people's identities, including race, sexuality, and choices surrounding parenthood. Q: What should people understand about the mental health implications of the Roe vs. Dyer fall: "We know from scientific research that they face barriers when seeking abortion, such as: B. The need to travel to another state, delaying treatment to save for the abortion itself (as well as child care, a hotel, food, gas, time off from work) are associated with greater emotional distress. With the fall of Roe vs. Wade, we can expect this type of emotional distress to hit more people harder now that states now have the power to pass laws making abortion illegal. Again, we know from scientific research that When you need and do not have access to an abortion, your mental, physical, interpersonal, and financial health will suffer. Finally, the literal existence of this decision by Dobbs is emotionally damaging as it perpetuates the stigma of abortion. We know that abortions themselves do not cause emotional distress; the stigma of abortion does, and that stigma at our level of institutions and government is only going to get worse. This will not only damage the emotional well-being of people who will need abortions in the future, but also of people who have already had abortions.” Cerrato: “I want the community to understand the mental health implications of this decision being the natural ones Reactions and feelings that we will experience. Normalizing and validating these feelings and behaviors will be critical to our collective healing process during this time. The first thing I think most will experience is fear. For example, I've already heard from individuals who were concerned about whether same-sex marriage will be overturned next. Anger and tremendous levels of fear are other feelings that most of us will experience as a result of our uncertain future. I worry that most of us share a common feeling, myself included, that we are facing a historical regression.” Parada: “The implications of this decision will touch the lives of every generation in this lifetime and many generations to come . The long-term negative effects of internalizing this message are that women and those with wombs may believe that they do not deserve this agency or power. As a Latinx woman, I see this internalization in older women in my family who believe that we shouldn't have the right to choose how and when we give birth because they've been conditioned to trust the "experts" that tell them dictate what is best for their overall health in areas - mental, emotional, physical, spiritual. Q: What types of challenges and experiences have you heard from your patients before and after the overthrow? Dyer: “[At Exhale Pro-Voice] we've seen a significant increase in our line usage since September 1, 2021, when Texas SB8 [effectively banning abortions after about the sixth week of pregnancy] went into effect]. Jackson Oral Arguments from the Women's Health Organization I'm writing this just hours after the Dobbs decision was made, so I can't say exactly what the people who addressed our line of text said, but we anticipate greater impact from stigma , such as secrecy and isolation for fear of judgment and ostracism; greater stress related to access to abortion, including fears of legal ramifications; and general increased distress due to the Roe vs. Cerrato fall: “The challenges and experiences my clients have experienced before and after the Roe vs. Wade fall are the same feelings they have felt for the past two to three years . These are feelings of hopelessness and a sense of despair. Most of my clients have a common "coping mechanism" that, while not healthy, is protective to some degree. This coping mechanism is a feeling of numbness, a feeling of distancing ourselves from all of the recent traumatic events that we have experienced individually and collectively (COVID, the Uvalde mass shooting in Texas, etc.). Most of my clients have also expressed feelings of anger mixed with helplessness. Anger at the impact of white supremacy and a patriarchal society on our communities and helplessness, feeling that there is nothing they can do to change our current climate. Most of my clients also have a feeling of, 'Are we ever going to get a break?'” Parada: “It's not normal for you and your body to be deprived of power and autonomy. Mainly because many workplaces do not create safe spaces to discuss the implications of this decision, and people are often urged to get on with their lives as usual." Q: What are the options for breaking the news of the Supreme Court decision sanely? process? Overturn Roe vs. Dyer: "Dealing with the news that Roe v. Wade was overthrown will look different for everyone. How do you feel? Cerrato: "Finding a safe space, such as a therapist, community group or a Wellness collective, seeking spiritual guidance, participating in rituals, and healthy activities are great ways to process the message of Roe's upheaval vs. moments of stillness, which are healthy practices that increase our ability to make space for our feelings and thoughts. Above all, I want the community to remember that we must remain centered to be hopeful and active changemakers to create challenges and prioritize our joy even in the midst of an uncertain chaotic world." Parada: “Healthy coping techniques should not and do not serve to adapt the individual to a broken system. There are many stories of resilience, resistance and power in our communities of women, trans and non-binary, black, indigenous and people of color who have generations of wisdom of the body and we need to remember to care for ourselves of the whole human being to support one another. Even when the reality is grim, we have knowledge of healing in our history and in our community." Q: How do you approach or talk about this issue with family members who have opposing views? Dyer: "With friends and family members who may hold opposing views, talking about abortion poses different risks for different people. First, I would like to ask people to think about the difference between feeling uncomfortable and feeling unsafe. Of course, if you're a young person, if you live with people who hold these opposing views, or have other circumstances that could affect your safety, you may make different choices."

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Volunteers at an abortion clinic dubbed "cheerleaders for Satan" by pro-lifers

Speaking to FEMAIL, Annie Smith, 23, who now lives in the UK, revealed how pro-life activists have called her a "witch" and a "cheerleader for Satan". (Author: Gardener)

Annie SmithA woman who volunteered at an American abortion clinic has shared how pro-life activists called her a "witch" and a "cheerleader for Satan," making her feel like an "outcast" in her community, before she went to Britain five years ago. Annie Smith, 23, helped with her mother near Memphis, Tennessee, at the center about six years ago, even though all her school friends were strong anti-abortionists. Pro-lifers often came to the clinic and taunted Annie - who now lives in the UK but fears for her siblings who live in America - outside of her workplace. The 1973 Roe v Wade judgment was overturned after a five-to-four Supreme Court decision on Friday. This makes abortion illegal or severely restricted in nearly half of US states. Speaking to FEMAIL, Annie said: "Working there wasn't something I applied for because I knew so many people around me were anti-abortion. Since moving to London, Annie has become more comfortable speaking out about her pro-choice beliefs and sharing them on social media. But she is still concerned for her siblings, who remain in the US, after the law legalizing abortion nationwide was repealed on Friday. The current abortion limit in Tennessee is between 24 and 26 weeks, but there will be a near-total ban in the next 30 days. Annie said: "I have three siblings - a brother, 19, and two sisters, 21 and 16 - and I worry about them. "I'm grateful my siblings could travel to have an abortion if they needed it, but even if you can travel it's a depressing situation. "But I've told them to delete their period tracking app or get abortion pills just in case something happens - the worst comes to the worst. Though heartbroken by the decision, Annie continues to share her support for women across the United States on Twitter. They might have to take a minute and sit with their feelings before they can get back up and do something," she said. There are many prolific Americans, like Michelle Obama and Amy Schumer, who are opposed to the court's decision. These two powerful women lead angry public criticism of the Supreme Court's decision to rule Roe v. To oust Wade - with the former first lady calling the move "terrible" and warning it will have "devastating consequences" for women in the US. Dozens of celebrities have spoken out to share their dismay at the landmark decision, including Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Busy Philipps, Bette Midler, Hailey Bieber and Sophie Turner - many of whom have chosen to take Obama's testimony as well as their own to share thoughts on the topic. Obama, 58, was one of the first high-profile people to respond to the decision by posting a lengthy statement on Instagram, declaring Roe v. Wade in the minutes after her announcement, calling herself "heartbroken" while blasting the Supreme Court for depriving women of their "fundamental right to make informed decisions about their own bodies." "I am heartbroken that we are now destined to learn the painful lessons of a time before Roe was made law of the country - a time when women risked losing their lives obtaining illegal abortions," wrote you. “A time when the government denied women control over their reproductive functions, forced them to proceed with pregnancies they did not want, and then abandoned them after their babies were born. Obama was one of dozens of high-profile figures to speak out against the decision on Friday -- with Schumer, 41, who accused the Supreme Court of determining women's rights by "following the intentions of a group of slave-owning rapists who were dead." for hundreds of years'. Both Obama and Schumer then urged pro-choice supporters to take action by opposing the decision, with former President Barack Obama's wife urging her supporters to "act on their frustration and anger." by supporting organizations like Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women. "This moment is difficult, but our story doesn't end here," said the mother-of-two. "It might not feel like there's much we can do at the moment, but we can. "If you're like me and want to get started right away, I encourage you to put your frustration and anger into action by getting involved. Organizations like Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women have resources you can turn to when you want to help others or need help, among many other resources. "Our hearts may be broken today, but tomorrow we must stand up and find the courage to keep working to build the fairer America we all deserve. Abortion was automatically banned in 18 US states once Roe v. Wade was overturned thanks to specially designed "trigger laws" and historic bans that were automatically reinstated after Friday's ruling. Thirteen states have prepared trigger legislation that would automatically ban abortions if those states had passed a verdict overturning Roe's anti-abortion bans. Five other states have now also banned redundancies after historic laws replaced by the 1973 Roe ruling automatically went back into effect. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers have both sought to overturn those bans in court. But they remain in place for now, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced Friday afternoon that layoffs will be suspended while awaiting clarification of the law. Other states with newly enacted historic bans include Alabama, Arizona, and West Virginia. Eight other states will also enact new anti-abortion laws. Georgia, Iowa and South Carolina all tried to ban abortion after the six-week mark. These laws have been branded as unconstitutional but will likely be revisited after Roe ends. And Florida, Indiana, Montana, and Nebraska are all working on plans to ban or limit layoffs. Wade: The landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America Norma McCorvey seen in 1983 – ten years after the 1973 Supreme Court decision, the US Supreme Court recognized a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion in Roe v . on. The landmark ruling legalized abortion across the country but divided public opinion and has been under attack ever since. The case was filed in 1971 by Norma McCorvey, a 22-year-old living in Texas who was unmarried and wanted an abortion of her unwanted pregnancy, unless the mother's life was in danger she could not attend the proceedings subject to a safe and legal environment. So, in 1970, McCorvey sued Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade. The case went to the Supreme Court under the Roe vs. Wade docket to protect McCorvey's privacy rtion is protected by the 14th Amendment. Specifically, that the 14th Amendment Due Process Clause establishes a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a woman's freedom to choose whether or not to have an abortion. The landmark ruling saw abortion decriminalized in 46 states, but under certain conditions that individual states could decide. For example, states could decide whether abortions are only allowed in the first and second trimesters, but not in the third (usually at 28 weeks). or even fatally - ill from abortions performed by unqualified or unlicensed practitioners. In addition, freedom of choice was seen as a significant step in the fight for equal rights for women in the country. Victims of rape or incest may abort the pregnancy and not feel pressured into motherhood. McCorvey became a born-again Christian in 1995 and began campaigning against abortion. Although the decision was never overturned, anti-abortion activists have since enacted hundreds of state statutes that narrowed the scope of the ruling. One of these was the Partial Abortion Prohibition Act signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003, which prohibits the use of a procedure to perform second-trimester abortions. After the verdict, McCorvey lived a quiet life until the 1980s, when she was revealed to be Jane Roe. McCorvey became a leading, outspoken, pro-abortion voice in American discourse, even working in a women's clinic that performed abortions. In 1995, however, she took an unlikely turn, became a born-again Christian and began touring the country to speak out. In 2003, she filed a motion in the US District Court in Dallas to overturn her original 1973 conviction. The request went through the courts until it was finally denied by the Supreme Court in 2005. McCorvey died in February 2017 at an assisted living home in Texas at the age of 69. Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) gave birth to Shelley Lynn Thornton in Dallas in 1970 - a year before the Roe v. Wade was filed with the Supreme Court. Shelley was the single mother's third pregnancy. She gave her up for adoption the day after she was born and continued to fight for abortion rights afterwards. Shelley's identity became public last year. She waived her right to anonymity and spoke about the landmark case in several interviews. She says Norma used her for "advertising" and only tried to contact her when she was a teenager and for the wrong reasons. She never did anything in her life to get that privilege back. Baby Roe: Shelley Lynn Thornton, a 51-year-old mother of three, has made her debut on camera. Her birth mother, Norma McCorvey, was Jane Roe, whose landmark Roe vs. Wade lawsuit brought abortion rights to women across America. She never expressed real feelings for me or real regret for doing the things she did and saying the things she did over and over and over again," Shelley said last year. Shelley has declined to say whether or not she agrees with the abortion for fear of being gunned down by either side of the debate. It's not about me, I wasn't the one who created this law.

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July 1 – Raise the shot

The weekend is here and we want your mental shelves to be fully stocked with dopamine-inducing messages that will get you firing until those pesky Sunday blues kick in. So for the love of life, it's time in the rain of […] (Author: Gardener)

July 1So, for the love of life, it's time to dance in the rain of positive vibes and let the cleansing waters wash away your worries. Dive into the world of Harley Davidson with their new 12-part series hosted by actor, model and thoroughbred bike enthusiast David Genat. Known as the Golden God by Survivor fans, Genat will feature epic rides, celebrity guest rides, new bike models and interviews, as well as a look at the in-depth customization of Genat's very own Road Glide Special. For those interested, the project is dedicated to getting more Australians to ride and explore Australia's great countryside, as well as customize and love their bikes. The show promises epic visuals, high-octane adventures and appearances from special guests including; Locky Gilbert, Danielle Cormack, Axle Whitehead and Luke Tocki. The first three episodes were only released on Youtube today, with a new episode of each scheduled to be released by early September 2022. To put a cold word into our industry and show off the towing capabilities of the all-new Mazda BT-50 SP, Mazda Australia has unveiled the Mazda BT-50 Pub made trade. Sailing along the east coast from Melbourne to Brisbane via the Central Coast from 14th to 28th July 2022, The Pub That Trade Made exclusively serves Australia's award-winning non-alcoholic Heaps Normal Quiet XPA. Built by a team of craftsmen in a top secret Melbourne warehouse, Mazda drew on the expertise of carpenters, sparkies, painters, plumbers and builders to bring the Mazda BT-50 Pub That Trade Made to life. The soon to be unveiled installation, aptly titled Disconnected, is a unique, dynamic and evolving NFT artwork that feeds live data from United Nations datasets to track global internet connection rates. Declared a human rights issue by the United Nations in 2016, the digital pop-up aims to highlight the fact that 37% of the world's population has never used the internet, leaving them cut off from accessing vital information, education and connectivity. The creator of Disconnected is Australian tech entrepreneur Luke Millanta, who balances his time between his role as Chief Technology Officer of Australian gaming brand Hive Gaming and his work as a digital artist. After dropping out of school at the age of 17 to join a now-defunct North American gaming team, Luke knows the trials and tribulations of the tech world but also understands the immense value it can bring and sold his second Tech Company in 2020 for $4.2M Now Luke wants to help raise awareness about the humanitarian problem of the digital divide. Luke's work is supported by the Royal Art Society of New South Wales and will be featured at the following Australian venues: Grab the pupcorn, Guide Dogs Australia's brand new online TV series Born to Lead in partnership with WTFN - the creators of Bondi Vet and Mega Zoo - has officially launched. It's a heartwarming series that documents the lives of guide dogs from birth to retirement, giving an unreserved glimpse into the love and devotion, tears and triumphs of the guide dog's journey. It also tells the stories of the dedicated volunteers and professional trainers who play a special role in each dog's development, as well as the stories of Australians living with visual impairment or blindness who are brought together with these life-changing guide dogs. The series first aired on June 27, with an episode releasing weekly on the Bondi Vet YouTube channel. Every 10 weeks, chef Nelly develops a unique eight-course tasting menu with a new theme and his latest creation is titled Land and Sea. Running through August 20th, the menu captures the essence of our great southern country, from swordfish in the sea to rock pools on the beach, mushrooms in the field, tangerines in the tree and chocolate wombat poop for dessert (delicious btw) . Treat your senses this winter and book before it's too late. Inspired by sunset skates on LA's palm-lined streets and lazy daytime drinks turning into late nights, Salty's throws a Fourth of July party with a dose of Southern Cali beach vibes. Gather your crew and set out for delicious drinks, scrumptious food, DJs and more. DJs will be spinning the decks from 4pm until late July 4th, mixing all your American favorites from Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, James Brown and Kanye West. This is part of Salty's Margarita Month, which sees the Bondi favorite shaking up 2-4-1 margaritas every Monday through Friday throughout July. As the weather gets more dreadful outside and the fiery winter outfits get more and more adorable, everyone's favorite anniversary celebration is here - Christmas in July! To celebrate the festivities this winter season, KFC has released limited edition matching Christmas jumpers (live from July 1st) for you AND your fur baby. The fur sweaters are now available for yourself for $59.95 and your pet for $34.95 on the KFC Shopify site, so you can recreate all the kitschy matching family sweater photos with your ball of fluff. Since nothing says Christmas quite like a hearty feed shared with your friends, KFC also created a special Christmas celebration in July. Featuring two new limited edition dipping sauces filled with Christmas Cranberry and Christmas Mayo. This feast includes Original Recipes, Nuggets, Wicked Wings, Popcorn Chicken, Chips, Potato & Gravy, and a drink - with free delivery when you order through the KFC app.

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Mick Lynch has come up with a new word to describe Boris Johnson

And it's not exactly flattering. (Author: Gardener)

Mick LynchMick Lynch slapped Boris Johnson during an appearance on BBC Question Time (Photo: BBC Question Time) Mick Lynch invented a new word to sum up the Prime Minister on Thursday night's BBC Question Time. Explaining his frustration to Downing Street - and speaking of two separate by-elections just hours before the results were announced - Lynch described Boris Johnson as "unembarrassing". The RMT general secretary has garnered a surprising legion of fans over the past week thanks to his no-nonsense media appearances amid backlash over the rail strikes, and after last night he may have only gained a few more. "I hope he loses those two elections and I hope he gets undermined, you wouldn't expect anything else from me," Lynch said. "No matter what he does, he is not ashamed of his failures, of the image he projects and of his behavior. “And he is supported in this by his colleagues in the establishment. "We have a very strange society where he's supported by the press, supported by the media and supported by the city." Alluding to the assessed sentence Johnson received for attending a party during lockdown , the union leader claimed: "No matter what he does, no matter how badly he behaves - even to the point of breaking the law - they will not take action against him ." Lynch also expressed his surprise that Conservative MPs went in favor of it in last month's confidence vote had to keep Johnson in his role (albeit by a small margin). "Nevertheless, they are in their own nest and support him," the RMT boss continued. After the double whammy of defeats in the by-election this morning, Johnson told the press: "Historically, over the last 50 years, you've seen governments being penalized during the mid-term in elections, when people are under extra economic pressure." A particularly loyal member of his cabinet, Tory Party leader Oliver Dowden, even resigned over the defeats in the by-election this morning, claiming someone had to "take responsibility" for the humiliating losses. In response, Johnson thanked Dowden for his time in Cabinet, expressing sadness at his resignation but claiming that the current government was elected back in 2019 with a "historic mandate".

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Mick Lynch has come up with a new word to describe Boris Johnson

And it's not exactly flattering. (Author: Gardener)

Mick LynchExplaining his frustration to Downing Street - and speaking of two separate by-elections just hours before the results were announced - Lynch described Boris Johnson as "unembarrassing". The RMT general secretary has garnered a surprising legion of fans over the past week thanks to his no-nonsense media appearances amid backlash over the rail strikes, and after last night he may have only gained a few more. "I hope he loses those two elections and I hope he gets undermined, you wouldn't expect anything else from me," Lynch said. "No matter what he does, he is not ashamed of his failures, of the image he projects and of his behavior. "We have a very strange society where he's supported by the press, supported by the media and supported by the city." Referring to the fine Johnson received for attending a party during lockdown, the union boss claimed: "No matter what he does, no matter how badly he behaves - up to and including breaking the law - they will not take action against him ." Lynch also expressed his surprise that Conservative MPs in last month's confidence vote opted to keep Johnson in his role (albeit by a small margin). "Nevertheless, they are in their own nest and support him," the RMT boss continued. After the double whammy of defeats in the by-election this morning, Johnson told the press: "Historically, over the last 50 years, you've seen governments being punished at mid-election time when people are under particularly economic pressure."

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Gary Lineker praises Mick Lynch after the union boss's appearance at Question Time

After his brilliant appearance on BBC Question Time overnight and various television interviews, Mick Lynch has... (Author: Gardener)

Mick LynchMick Lynch has garnered a slew of new fans, including some famous faces, after his stellar performance on BBC Question Time overnight and various television interviews throughout the week. The secretary-general of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers has led the media around crippling rail strikes, and while the disruptions have caused massive inconvenience across the country, Lynch has managed to win over much of the public Continuous takedowns of on-screen opponents and no-nonsense delivery. Train passengers continue to be hit by the biggest rail workers' strike in 30 years, as much of the UK was shut down for all day Tuesday and the London Underground also went on strike. On Thursday night, Lynch appeared on the BBC show, which was hosted by Fiona Bruce, and was joined by guests including Conservative MP Rachel Maclean. And while there was a moment when his comments about different maintenance crews waiting different tracks in close proximity to each other drew boos and groans from the audience, stars like Gary Lineker were clearly convinced when they reacted to his performance, which in one Phase was saw Lynch claim Boris Johnson's "main problem is not being embarrassed" due to his "faults... and behavior". The match-of-the-day pundit risked the wrath of impartiality censorship when he tweeted last night: "Whatever you think about the strike, there's one thing we can sure agree on (we obviously won't). ) that Mick Lynch is freaking good ." Comedian Danny Wallace previously tweeted "G'wan, Mick Lynch" to a video of his recent television interviews, before writing on Twitter during the show: "#Questiontime feels a bit like a Sting." Following Lynch's clash with Ms Maclean over whether or not a Network Rail letter contained a written guarantee of no evictions, India Willoughby wrote: "Mick Lynch is great. Elsewhere earlier this week, in response to Lynch's interviews - with his appearance on Sky News with Kay Burley going somewhat viral - actor Hugh Laurie praised the RMT boss. The House star wrote on Twitter: "I don't know enough about the rail dispute. I just remark that RMT's Mick Lynch cleaned up every single media picador who tried his luck today.” In response to the Sky interview after Burley claimed Lynch got nervous crossing the picket line was money saving expert Marin Lewis shared: 'Interesting interview. I think describing Mick Lynch as nervous is a bit of an exaggeration. He seems almost frighteningly calm to me - I don't envy those who have to face him at a negotiating table.” Lynch has become a social media sensation, and his responses to various media questions this week are instantly memorable. During an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, he slammed Richard Madeley's questioning after the presenter asked him if he was a Marxist. At the beginning of their conversation, Madeley enquired: “You have been accused of being a Marxist on several occasions in recent weeks. “Well, are you a Marxist or not? Because if you're a Marxist, you're into revolution and the overthrow of capitalism. Lynch denied that he was a Marxist and couldn't help but laugh at the question.

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Russia says it has complete control over Lysychansk oil refinery, while Ukraine admits only "partial success".

NATO officially invited Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance during a summit in Madrid. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was not alarmed by the move but that it would bring inevitable "tensions". Follow live updates here. (Author: Gardener)

RussiaWhat we've been talking about here, US President Joe Biden said that NATO's response to the Russian invasion is beginning to have an impact economically and militarily, as he pledged to support Ukraine "for as long as necessary" and the historic Character of the summit, at which Sweden and Finland were officially invited to join the alliance. About 15,000 people remain in Lysychansk while Russian forces continue to shell out in attempts to storm the city, Ukrainian military officials said. Russian forces have left Snake Island in the Black Sea after Ukraine said it had conducted a "remarkable operation". Russia claimed they retreated "as a goodwill gesture" over the oil refinery outside Lysychansk on June 21. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images) The Russian barrage on the eastern city of Lysychansk and Russian troops "totally took over the refinery," said Vitaliy Kiselev, the deputy interior minister of the Russian-backed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), at the by Russia-backed media company "Zvezda" known. “Today our troops have completely taken over the refinery, cleaning is underway. That means we control part of the city from the refinery side. Similarly, we have units that entered from the eastern side, crossed the Siverskyi Donets river and crashed into residential buildings. Almost from all sides we control Lysychansk, somewhere 50%,” said Kiselev. Meanwhile, Ukraine says that Russia is still conducting offensive operations in the Lysyhansk oil refinery area and "had a partial success and is holding the north-west and south-east parts of the plant," according to an update by Ukrainian Armed Forces on Thursday evening Part of the Lysychansk refinery, the settlement of Topolivka and the northern part of the settlements of Vovchoiarivka and Maloriazantseve," the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement. “[Russia] is partially successful. Keeps under fire control section of the road Topolivka - Lysychansk. Unable to withstand the fire of our artillery, missile and air units, the Russian occupiers left Snake Island. So the Odessa region was completely liberated.” Serhiy Hayday, head of the military administration of the Luhansk region, said on Thursday evening that Lysychansk was an “extremely difficult situation”. “The shelling came from multiple directions. Because the Russian army was approaching Lysychansk from different directions. As always, they reported that they controlled half the city. There are no street fights in the city," Hayday said. Sweden has promised Turkey to extradite 73 people, Turkish President Turkey says As a result of the memorandum signed between Sweden, Finland and Turkey on Tuesday in Madrid, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: “If the promise is not kept we will do what is necessary in the agreement," he said during a press secretary in Madrid on Thursday, adding that Turkey would not send the ratification of the agreement to parliament. "If they don't meet them, we won't refer it to Parliament." Ahead of the NATO summit where the trilateral memorandum was signed, Turkey said it would veto Sweden and Finland's NATO membership bids, claiming they house members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party. or PKK, which Turkey, the EU and the US recognize as a terrorist organization, and FETO, which Turkey sees as behind the 2015 coup attempt. The 10-article memorandum states that Sweden and Finland will address Turkey's pending extradition requests of terror suspects under the European Convention on Extradition. Turkey dropped its objection to Finland and Sweden's NATO membership as a result of the memorandum signed by those three countries and after Erdogan spoke to US President Joe Biden on Wednesday. Satellite images show Ukraine using drones to attack Russian forces on Snake Island Things were relatively quiet only a few weeks after Snake Island in the Black Sea fell to the Russians on the first day of their February 24 invasion of Ukraine. That changed on May 2, when Ukrainians began using Bayraktar TB2 drones to attack Russian forces and equipment on and near the island. Since then, Ukrainians have been conducting drone strikes on the island almost every week. The attacks were overwhelmingly successful, destroying military vehicles, buildings, ships and even a helicopter. Ukrainian forces said Russian troops left the island on Thursday after conducting what they described as a "successful" operation. Meanwhile, Russian army spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a briefing that its forces had left the island "as a goodwill gesture." The small but strategic area was the scene of one of the opening salvos of the war in Ukraine, with demands from a Russian warship calling for the Ukrainian defenders to surrender, who boldly replied, "Russian warship, fuck yourself." See some here Strategic Island Satellite Imagery: An overview of Snake Island is available on June 30th. (Maxar Technologies)The north end of Snake Island can be seen on June 21st. (Maxar Technologies) Here are key takeaways from President Biden's speech at the NATO Summit President Joe Biden will address the NATO Summit June 30 in Madrid. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images) This week's NATO summit in Madrid, Spain made headlines when it renewed its focus on raising Russia's war in Ukraine and China as a threat. US President Joe Biden said these developments show the US-led military alliance is "moving to a place that reflects the realities of the second quarter of the 21st century." Here's a look at key remarks from Biden's closing speech at the summit. A Message of Transatlantic Unity Against Putin's Goals: The global response to each crisis created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows that Russian President Vladimir Putin "gets exactly what he didn't want," Biden said, citing Moscow's anger at Sweden and Finland's decision to join NATO. "We are more united than ever. And with the addition of Finland and Sweden, we will be stronger than ever. We will extend NATO's border by 800 miles along the Finland-Russia border. Sweden is in full swing. "Russia is feeling the impact: While vowing to "support Ukraine for as long as necessary," Biden said the war in Ukraine has already taken a toll on Russia as it defaulted on foreign debt for the first time in a century.Inflation is global a problem and Russia is to blame: Biden also addressed the rise in gas prices and food shortages around the globe and particularly at home in the US, blaming the Russian invasion of Ukraine squarely Gas prices have risen thanks to Russia The reason there is a food crisis is because of Russia.” “Too soon” to set up an outpost on Snake Island, says A Ukrainian military official Since the island has been stripped from Snake Island in the Black Sea, it may be "too early" for Ukraine to set up an outpost there, said spokeswoman for the Ukrainian military's Southern Command, Natalia Humenyuk. Although the Ukrainian military saw Russian troops being evacuated by speedboat, Humenyuk said an investigation into possible "abandoned diversionary tools" needed to take place before the island could be retaken. "Our forces have not yet landed on the island," she added, making it unclear whether Russian troops have fully withdrawn. But we hope they had the sense to do it.” Humenyuk suggested that the Russian military would set fire to anti-aircraft missile systems and a radar station “to cover their tracks.” “Once they understood that all of these systems were under attack by us became effective and could no longer serve them, they realized they had to give up their outpost and disembark," she added. "We need to monitor their behavior in relation to their ship groupings and the deployment of other forces. It's too early for us, to set up an outpost on Snake Island. We must complete the investigation into the outcome of the military operation." The Russian military command justified the withdrawal from the island on Thursday "as a goodwill gesture used to mark Ukrainian sovereign waters, it is a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to Russian occupation become g. Read more about the Russian withdrawal from Snake Island here. Ukraine cuts diplomatic ties with Syria Recognition of separatist-controlled areas in Donbass Ukraine announced on Thursday that it cut diplomatic ties with Syria after Damascus on Wednesday granted the independence of the pro-Russian separatist-controlled Donetsk People's Republic and of the Luhansk People's Republic condemns the decision of the Syrian Arab Republic to recognize the so-called "independence" of Syria in the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday. "We consider this decision to be an unfriendly act against Ukraine, an encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, and a gross violation of Ukrainian law, the UN Charter and fundamental norms and principles of international law," she added. Syria is the only country, along with Russia, to officially recognize the independence of the breakaway regions.Ukraine declares the severance of diplomatic ties with Syria without severing consular ties under Article 2 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, imposed on 24 embargo, as well as other sanctions against Syria imposed Read more about the two pro-Moscow regions here Putin made “a big mistake” by threatening both Ukraine and the d NATO alliance chief CNNNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNN that Russian President Vladimir Putin both the resistance of Ukraine and unity of the NATO military alliance. “He [Putin] made a big mistake; He completely underestimated the strength of the Ukrainian armed forces, the courage of the Ukrainian leadership and people, and he also underestimated the unity of NATO and its partners in supporting Ukraine," Stoltenberg told CNN's chief international presenter, Christiane, on Thursday amanpour At the NATO summit in Madrid, Stoltenberg said Putin had not achieved his goals in terms of weakening the NATO alliance. “One of his key messages early in this war was that he wanted less NATO. What he's getting now is more NATO and two new NATO members, including Finland with a border... with Russia, doubling NATO's border with Russia," he told Amanpour. "This doesn't mean that we don't see the seriousness of the difficulties Ukraine is facing in Donbass," Stoltenberg said. Stoltenberg told CNN that he was ignoring Putin's rhetoric and would "judge him on his actions." “What he is doing in Ukraine is a brutal violation of international law. It is a war that has resulted in many civilian casualties, civilian deaths and great casualties," he told CNN. According to Stoltenberg, the achievements at the NATO summit in Madrid are a "victory" for the military alliance. "It is a victory for NATO that we have once again demonstrated our unity and our ability to change and adapt as the world changes," the NATO chief said. “We live in a world where we see brutal use of force against a close neighbor of NATO, a close NATO partner in Ukraine, and that is why we have significantly increased and continue to increase our presence in the eastern portion of the Alliance to eliminate any room for miscalculations or misunderstandings in Moscow about our readiness to protect and defend all allies," he said. And that's what NATO has been doing for more than 70 years - preventing conflict and keeping peace," he added. Biden blames Russia for gas prices and the food crisis at a summit in Madrid, Spain, on June 30. (Bernat Armangue/AP) US President Joe Biden said the rise in gas prices and food shortages around the world are due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Prices have risen because of Russia. The reason why there is the food crisis is because of Russia," Biden said during a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid of the world's major grain-growing regions. Second, I asked Congress if it would actually go and temporarily end the gas tax at the pump, and third, to ask the states to do the same. Estimated if we do these things, we could go down tomorrow if they — if Congress agreed and the States agreed, we could lower the price of oil at the pump by about a dollar a gallon in that range,” he said. The addition would bring "immediate relief." Biden: Russia is paying a "very high price" for war in UkraineUS President Joe Biden addresses a media briefing at the end of a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, June 30. (Bernat Armangue/AP) While vowing to "support Ukraine for as long as necessary," US President Joe Biden said the war in Ukraine has already taken a toll on Russia. “Look at the impact the war against Ukraine had on Russia. They are in a situation where they have problems because I impose on them to deal with what can be technologically exported to Russia. They're going to have trouble sustaining oil production because they don't have the technology to do it. And they are also in a similar situation in terms of their weapon systems and some of their military systems," he said at a press conference concluding the NATO summit in Madrid. "So they're paying a very, very high price for this," Biden said. "So they're paying a very, very high price for this," Biden said. Biden promised that the US and NATO "will hold on to Ukraine." "Ukraine has already dealt a heavy blow to Russia: indeed, Russia has already lost its international prestige. Russia is in a position where the whole world is watching and saying, “Wait a minute, all this effort to try and take over the whole country; You tried to take Kyiv, you lost, you tried to take Donbass and all that, you haven't done that yet,” Biden said. “The general point is that we are providing them with the capacity and overwhelming courage they have demonstrated that they can indeed continue to resist Russian aggression. how it will end, but it will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine," Biden continued.

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AEW star Wheeler Yuta bans his mother from watching 'violent' Blood And Guts match

AEW star Wheeler Yuta has told his mum not to watch his "violent" Blood And Guts match on Dynamite this week after Jon Moxley was banned. (Author: Gardener)

Wheeler YutaWheeler Yuta is in the match of his life tonight as he invades Blood And Guts in a special edition of AEW Dynamite - but his mum won't be watching. The 25-year-old wrestler - who is a member of Blackpool Combat Club alongside William Regal, Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley and new signing Claudio Castagnoli - will face off tonight with Moxley, Claudio, Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz against Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Matt Menard, Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia and Jake Hager. Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Yuta admitted he won't let his mum watch and has warned the action won't be suitable for a more sensitive audience. When asked if she'll tune in, he laughed, "No, I wouldn't recommend the mother watch to anyone. I would not recommend watching to any child under the age of 14. Yuta didn't let his mother see his brutal fight with Moxley earlier this year, so it's perhaps no surprise that he told her not to tune in tonight. However, she has "always" been supportive of his wrestling career, even if it took her a while to warm up to see some of it for herself. "It's funny, she's always supported me, but she's never seen wrestling or anything like that. Even when I was looking at it, she would go into another room and it was just looking at it," he said, reflecting on his early years as a kid. “But now, apart from the Moxley match, she's seen everything I've done in AEW. The real point where I was like, 'Now I know I have her', was when my dad texted me while I was in Super Juniors and he was like, 'We know you're not in of the show but your mom I'm still watching just in case." But yeah it was really cool to see her - I don't know if I want to call her a fan but she is a fan now! I think she's a wrestling fan now! [laughs] It was really cool to see her come into this journey that I was on as a kid." He chuckled, "She's always been very supportive of the dream. I think she always said, 'Why don't you become a doctor?' ' However, for Yuta there was never any doubt that one day he would be a professional wrestler - and now he's doing just that for one of the biggest companies in the world for a global audience. “She has always been very supportive of the dream. I think she always said, "Why don't you become a doctor?" he smiled. ['But] no, that was always [the dream]. I don't know what I would have done. For example, I have a degree in psychology, but I don't know what I would have done with it. AEW Dynamite: Blood and Guts airs tonight (June 29) at 1am on Fite TV. MORE: Wheeler Yuta had no idea Cesaro was joining AEW until the ex-WWE star came out on Forbidden Door

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Spurs say the Murray deal was one they couldn't refuse

Spurs general manager Brian Wright said he didn't go into the summer to trade his team's only All-Star. (Author: Gardener)

MurrayWhen news broke Wednesday that general manager Brian Wright and the Spurs had reached an agreement to send point guard Dejounte Murray to Atlanta, fans of the team took to social media -- if not onto the streets -- to express their displeasure at the To express loss of the lonely space of the team -star. Among those still grappling with hard feelings over Murray's departure on Thursday? "We saw him grow from his rookie year to an All-Star last year," Wright said in a news conference to announce the closing of the deal. “You wish this job was full of easy choices. The reality is there are a lot of hard decisions to be made.” The Spurs said goodbye to another key player Thursday, with guard Lonnie Walker reportedly settling with the Lakers on a one-year, $6.5 million taxpayer-exemption deal , hours after Spurs drew his qualifying bid. Since Aug. 11, 2021, when the Spurs agreed to a sign-and-trade deal to ship DeMar DeRozan to Chicago, Wright has signed six trades with varying consequences. None had as much potential to make or break the Spurs' ongoing rebuild project as the one Wright executed Thursday. In exchange for Murray, Spurs' 25-year-old leader, top scorer and everything else last season, Spurs received retained rights to veteran forward Danilo Gallinari and a war chest of future first-round picks. The Spurs also included sophomore center jock Landale in the deal. It wasn't a deal that Spurs started the summer with any intention of making. "It wasn't like we went into this offseason and said, 'We've got to trade dejounte,'" Wright said. After finishing 34-48 last season and missing the playoffs for the third straight year, the Spurs couldn't afford to hang up the phone when the Hawks called. As Atlanta president Travis Schlenk and general manager Landry Fields, a former Spurs employee, continued to sweeten the pot for Murray, it quickly became an offer Wright didn't think he could refuse. Atlanta agreed to send the Spurs a 2023 first-round pick originally owned by Charlotte (Lotto protected), their own unprotected first-round picks in 2025 and 2027, and the right to trade first-round picks with the Hawks in 2026. It's the kind of haul usually reserved for trading superstars, which the playoff-oriented Hawks are hoping Murray can become. For the Spurs, the growing plethora of draft picks was becoming too tempting. "We just got to the point where the deal was the right thing to do," Wright said. Murray has two seasons left on a four-year, $64 million contract extension signed in fall 2019. Once that expires in the summer of 2024, Murray is in line for a maximum contract starting at $40 million in the first year. Spurs saw the benefit of getting compensation for Murray before his salary potential reached that point. Murray could have signed another extension with Spurs before his current contract expires, but under league rule, that extension could have started at just $19 million. On Thursday, Wright pushed back on the notion — which got some traction in social media circles — that Murray was traded because he wouldn't agree to a lower dollar amount. "We were never in a place that Dejounte didn't want to be back or something," Wright said. Despite the stash of first-round picks the Spurs had, Wright didn't come to work Thursday in an absolute celebratory mood. Losing the team's best and longest-serving player was no easy feat for him. "Draft picks don't have feelings and players do," Wright said. With the deal in place, Wright is betting that the short-term pain of splitting with Murray will translate into long-term gain as the team seeks to rebuild into a competitor. Spurs expect a combination of Jeremy Sochan, Maliki Branham and Blake Wesley - the 19-year-olds selected in the first round of last week's draft - to be part of the formation of their next rival team. The Spurs are also pinning high hopes on their two previous lottery picks, third-year swingman Devin Vassell and sophomore security guard Josh Primo, whose prominence in the organization's pecking order rose dramatically following Murray's departure. Wright's schedule for Spurs' return to relevance has not changed since last week. "If you saw our team last year, it was incredibly competitive," Wright said. "Our goal this year is to be incredibly competitive again." At the gym, assistant Mitch Johnson put Spurs' Summer League squad through its paces. For the second day in a row, Keldon Johnson - who isn't in the Summer League - showed up to hang out, train and just generally be Keldon Johnson. In a back office, Wright and his group braced themselves for free decision-making to begin later that afternoon. Even though Murray is en route to Atlanta, life seems to go on for the team he is leaving behind. "Our ultimate goal is to fight for a championship," Wright said. "How to get there and what things to build with, those are the choices you have to make."

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Transfer News LIVE! Richarlison to Spurs; Chelsea Raphinha hopes; Arsenal Martinez strike; latest gossip, rumors

Transfer News LIVE! Richarlison to Spurs; Chelsea Raphinha hopes; Arsenal Martinez strike; Latest Gossip, Rumors - All the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip during the summer window (Author: Gardener)

RicharlisonArsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all looking to confirm signings as the summer transfer window rolls into July. Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are all looking to confirm signings as the summer transfer window rolls into July. Arsenal are expected to announce the arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City at any time and are fighting for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez with a new offer against Manchester United. Arsenal are expected to announce the arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City at any time and are fighting for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez with a new offer against Manchester United. However, Chelsea have hijacked their hunt for Leeds winger Raphinha, with the Blues hoping a huge contract offer will stave off any late interest from Barcelona. Chelsea have turned to Kalidou Koulibaly in their search for new centre-backs as they are also chasing Matthijs de Ligt, while a formal offer for Raheem Sterling is expected shortly. Chelsea have turned to Kalidou Koulibaly in their search for new centre-backs as they are also chasing Matthijs de Ligt, while a formal offer for Raheem Sterling is expected shortly. West Ham, meanwhile, are confident of signing Arnaut Danjuma. West Ham, meanwhile, are confident of signing Arnaut Danjuma. Follow below for the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip during a busy day. Follow below for the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip during a busy day. "It's hard to see Taki go but it's a great step for him and one he absolutely deserves," he told the club's website. A manager's dream, to be honest. "I'm sure there will be some who think it didn't quite work out. Anyone who thinks that is wrong. I don't accept that.” His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give in terms of starting games. Perfect attitude, winning mentality. “His performances and his goals are the reason why we have had to redecorate the Champions Wall so often. His achievements here will stand the test of time. "I know that he will be a great success in Monaco. I'm sure we'll watch with a mixture of celebration and envy as he progresses and thrives there. “He leaves with our appreciation and best wishes. Thank you Taki.”

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