Jessica Nabongo talks about her new book The Catch Me If You Can.

Jessica Nabongo, the first black woman to visit every country in the world, has released a new book, The Catch Me If You Can. She joined FOX 5 to talk about her experience! (Author: Gardener)

Jessica NabongoJessica Nabongo, the first black woman to visit every country in the world, has released a new book, The Catch Me If You Can. She joined FOX 5 to talk about her experience!


Ukrainian troops cling to a chemical plant as the Russians slowly win

Ukraine says the Kremlin used "virtually all its forces and resources" to storm settlements around Sieverodonetsk. live updates. (Author: Gardener)

Ukrainian"Crucial" battles raged in villages around Sievierodonetsk on Monday as Russian forces launched an offensive aimed at encircling Ukrainian troops desperate to hold the crucial eastern town, the Ukrainian military said. Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said on Ukrainian television that the Kremlin had "deployed virtually all of its forces and resources" to storm surrounding settlements and breach Ukraine's unmanned, unarmed defenses. The city is one of the last remaining outposts of Ukrainian troops in Luhansk Oblast, which together with Donetsk Oblast forms the industrial Donbass region that Russia is trying to control. "Now, without exaggeration, decisive battles are going on in the Sieverodonetsk area, and the enemy plans to control the Luhansk region until June 26," Maliar said. Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said only a fraction of the city's population once reached the ceiling of 100,000 remaining. Ukrainian armed forces only control the Azot chemical plant, which is also home to around 500 civilians. ►German prosecutors said on Monday they had seized three apartments and a bank account belonging to a Russian lawmaker and his wife, citing European Union sanctions. ► NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Bild that Western support for Ukraine's fight against Russia must remain strong a disruption in supplies from Russia CAPTURED: Two US military veterans felt compelled to fight Russia. They were captured in Ukraine. As Ukrainian forces were slowly being overwhelmed to yield in the critical battle against Russia over the Donbass region, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a poignant Father's Day message on Sunday urged his country's citizens to keep fighting for the future of their families and the nation. Zelenskyy published 10 photos of parents and children against the murky backdrop of war, praising fathers who "protect and defend what is most precious". The images reflect the reality of Ukraine in the nearly four months since Russia invaded it. A celebrated Ukrainian medic who treated soldiers on both sides of the war was freed by Russian forces three months after her capture on the streets of Mariupol, a development announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy this weekend. Yuliia Paievska is known in Ukraine as Taira, a nickname she chose in the video game World of Warcraft. Using a body camera, she spent two weeks recording 256 gigabytes of her group's efforts to rescue the wounded - both Ukrainians and Russians - and had the footage smuggled out of the besieged city by an Associated Press team. Taira and a colleague were captured by Russian forces on March 16. “I am grateful to everyone who worked towards this result. Taira is already at home,” Zelenskyy said in a national address over the weekend. "We will continue to work to free everyone." This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Live updates from Ukraine: Russia's battle for Donbass village rages on


Ranveer Singh turns on his beast mode and makes fans swoon with his souped-up body

Ranveer Singh is one of the hottest actors in the Bollywood industry right now. It's quite a task to keep up with his energy abilities, and there's never... (Author: Gardener)

SinghRanveer Singh is one of the hottest actors in the Bollywood industry right now. The actor is working hard to stay fit and shared a few pics of him from the gym on his Instagram Stories today that will give pure Monday motivation. In the stories Ranveer Singh posted we can see him in a white vest which he pairs with blue shorts. In the first picture, Ranveer is showing off his pimped chest and muscles and is completely drenched in sweat. The next picture shows him pushing weights while doing an arm workout and showing off his perfectly trimmed biceps. Then comes an image where we can see his back toned to another level. In fact, Ranveer is raising temperatures with his pictures, we bet this will give all his fans great training goals. Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh was last seen in Maneesh Sharma's directorial effort Jayeshbhai Jordaar, which also starred Shalini Pandey, Boman Irani and Ratna Pathak Shah. He will next be seen in Cirkus with Jacqueline Fernandez and Pooja Hegde, which is due out this Christmas. The film will mark Ranveer's second collaboration with Rohit Shetty following the 2018 release of Simmba. The film hits screens on February 10 this year. ALSO READ: 83 to Simmba: 5 fun Ranveer Singh films to watch this monsoon weekend


Strike threat until Christmas

News briefing on Monday morning: threat of strikes until Christmas (Author: Gardener)

ChristmasBritain faces its biggest industrial action in a generation this week - and it could mark the start of six months of strikes. Before the largest closure of the train network in almost 30 years, the railway unions threatened to pull out until just before Christmas. With last week's desperate talks to avert the strike making no headway, the RMT union said it had a "mandate" for six months of action. On the other side of the negotiations, rail bosses told The Telegraph they are preparing for a "war of attrition" that could last for months, revealing they are drawing up plans to offer signalers cash rewards for crossing pickets. More than 40,000 railway workers will leave from tomorrow (if there is also a tube strike), Thursday and Saturday - with disruptions expected throughout the week. While more talks are set to take place today, the two sides remain further apart, with the RMT calling for a rise of at least 7 percent. Now, senior reporter Robert Mendick reports, other public sector unions are threatening to follow the railroad workers and take action. Cartoonist Blower's stance on the striking rail union's position In his December 2019 election manifesto and Queen's First Speech, Boris Johnson promised rail strike reforms. Now the Prime Minister is under increasing pressure to implement measures promised three years ago that would have contained this week's industrial action. Senior Tories have told political editor Ben Riley-Smith that legislation to ensure "minimum travel" during train strikes should be tabled now, although ministers have refused to give a timetable. Police have not solved a single burglary in neighborhoods covering nearly half the country in the last three years, an investigation by The Telegraph has found. Of more than 32,000 neighborhoods analyzed, more than 14,000 (46 percent) all burglary cases have been closed in the last three years without a suspect being caught by the police. Look at the areas where burglaries go unsolved. Despite the devastating effect burglaries can have on victims, burglary was not considered a police priority - some responders no longer routinely dispatch an officer to investigate. In his analysis, Home Affairs Editor Charles Hymas says police oversights have left burglary victims in their own homes fearful. Four years ago, Tom Watson lost eight pounds and reversed his type 2 diabetes. But the former Labor Party deputy leader was thrown off course earlier this year when he regained weight as a result of the death of his father, a third lockdown and the dark winter months. In his latest cartoon from the weekend, Matt finds humor in the ongoing airport chaos. Sign up for Matt's newsletter for a weekly behind-the-scenes look at his work. Commonwealth "boost for the economy" | Being a member of the Commonwealth can help boost a nation's economy, Boris Johnson argues today, as he highlights the merits of remaining part of the bloc ahead of a summit this week. The PM says membership is of "huge practical value for trade" and calls the benefits the "Commonwealth Advantage". Read his article for The Telegraph. Emmanuel Macron, the French President, lost his absolute parliamentary majority last night in a blow that portends a difficult second term. The poor results mean Mr Macron will struggle to advance his national agenda, which includes an overhaul of France's pension system. Rebecca Rosman reports from Paris. Emmanuel Macron takes part in the general elections. Say hello to Matt Fitzpatrick. With his thrilling win at the US Open last night, the 27-year-old Englishman established himself as a legend at the prestigious country club and the Golden Bear's only mate. James Corrigan recounts how he won the title by a shot in a dramatic finale. Meanwhile, British sporting bodies are under mounting pressure to reform their policies after world swimming banned transgender athletes who have reached male puberty from elite women's events. Germany will reopen mothballed coal-fired power stations to combat high gas prices and put pressure on Boris Johnson to do more in Britain by cutting taxes on household energy bills. The German government will pass emergency legislation to reactivate coal-fired power plants while Europe takes steps to cope with reduced energy supplies. It prompted Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee, to call for a cut in energy taxes. The Telegraph Travel commentary has long discussed the issue, often with some vigor. "As a nation, we take too many pills - and I should know" | Efforts are being made to reduce over-prescribing of "unnecessary" pills. To receive such briefings by email twice a day, sign up for the Front Page newsletter here. Try The Briefing for 2-minute audio updates—on podcasts, smart speakers, and WhatsApp. Sign up for the free Front Page newsletter: your essential guide to The Telegraph's agenda - delivered straight to your inbox, seven days a week.


CBS Minnesota - Breaking News, Next Weather and Community Journalism, Minneapolis-St. Paul

Breaking news from WCCO, the Twin Cities and Minnesota. (Author: Gardener)

Minnesota"We play for people's hearts. It's about our lives, and there's always a corner of my life where I feel the music passing through,” said Osmo Vänskä.


NATO warns war in Ukraine could last for years as Volodymyr Zelenskyy shares touching Father's Day tribute

According to Jens Stoltenberg, delivering state-of-the-art weapons to Ukrainian troops will increase the chance of liberating the country's east as Britain's new army chief warns troops that Britain must be ready to fight wars in Europe. (Author: Gardener)

NATOThe war in Ukraine could last for years, the NATO chief says, calling for unwavering support from Ukraine's allies as Russian forces fight for territory in the east of the country. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said supplying state-of-the-art weapons to Ukrainian troops would increase the chance of liberating the eastern Donbass region from Russian control, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported. After failing to capture the capital Kyiv earlier in the war, Russian forces have focused their efforts on gaining complete control of the Donbass, parts of which were already held by Russian-backed separatists prior to the February 24 invasion. We must not let up in supporting Ukraine," Stoltenberg was quoted as saying. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who arrived in Kyiv on Friday with a training offer for Ukraine's armed forces, also said on Saturday it was important for Britain to provide long-term support, warning of a risk of "Ukraine fatigue" as the war unfolded In an opinion piece in London's Sunday Times, Mr Johnson said this meant ensuring that "Ukraine gets arms, equipment, ammunition and training faster than the invader". comes as Britain's new army chief told troops Britain must 'stand ready to fight wars in Europe'. General Sir Patrick Sanders told British troops, according to the i am Sunday newspaper: "I am the first chief of staff since 1941 to take command of the army in the shadow of a land war in Europe involving a continental power." A key target in Moscow Offensive to seize full control of the Luhansk region - one of the two provinces that make up the Donbass - is the industrial city of Sieverodonetsk Russia said on Sunday its offensive in the city had been successful Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai said told Ukrainian television that the fighting made evacuations from the city impossible, but that "all Russian claims that they control the city are a lie Russian state news agency TASS reported that many Ukrainian fighters surrendered there. The Ukrainian military said Russia had had "partial successes" in the area. Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, wrote in a note that "Russian forces will likely be able to capture Sieverodonetsk in the coming weeks, but at the cost of concentrating most of their available forces in this small area." In Lysyhansk, the sister city of Sieverodonetsk, residential buildings and private homes were destroyed, Mr Haidai said. He later said 19 people were evacuated on Sunday. In Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv, northwest of Luhansk, Russia's Defense Ministry said its Iskander missiles had recently destroyed weapons supplied by Western countries. Russian forces were attempting to close in on Kharkiv, which faced intense shelling early in the war, turning it into a "frontline city," an official at Ukraine's Interior Ministry said. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said he would cancel a planned trip to Madrid to discuss the city's rebuilding with Norman Foster and other architects amid uncertainty from increased bombing. In southern Ukraine, Western weapons helped Ukrainian forces advance 10 km towards Russian-held Melitopol, the mayor said in a video posted to Telegram from outside the city. Russia has said it has launched a "special military operation" to disarm its neighbor and protect Russian speakers there from dangerous nationalists. Kyiv and its allies dismissed this as a baseless pretext for a war of aggression. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has gathered citizens with messages filmed daily, said he was visiting forces in the southern Mykolayiv region, some 550 km south of Kyiv. "Your mood is assured: you all have no doubts about our victory," he said on Sunday in a video apparently taken on a moving train. In the Mykolaiv and Odessa regions, Mr Zelenskyy said he had heard reports of destruction caused by Russian strikes. Ukraine received a significant boost on Friday when the European Commission recommended it candidate status, a decision EU nations are expected to endorse at a summit this week. Though actual membership could take years, Speaker of Ukraine's Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk said the move has translated a common Ukrainian dream into reality. "Whole generations fought for the chance to escape from the prison of the Soviet Union and fly like a free bird to European civilization," he said in a statement. Such sentiments contradict one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's stated goals when he ordered his troops into Ukraine: to keep Moscow's southern neighbors out of the West's sphere of influence. In an encouraging Father's Day message on Sunday, Mr Zelenskyy posted 10 photos of parents and children against the murky backdrop of war and praised fathers who are "protecting and defending what is most precious". "Being a father is a great responsibility and a great fortune," Mr Zelenskyy wrote in an English text following the Ukrainian on Instagram. He called on his nation's fighters to persevere for the "future of your family, your children, and therefore of all of Ukraine."


The crypto industry is in concern as Bitcoin jiggles near the key $20,000 level

The cryptocurrency industry was jittery Monday morning as investors feared contagion from troubles at major crypto players could trigger a major market shakeout if left unchecked. The price drop follows difficulties at several major industry players, while further declines could have an impact as other crypto investors are forced to sell their holdings to meet margin calls and cover losses. (Author: Gardener)

BitcoinHONG KONG (Reuters) - The cryptocurrency industry was jittery Monday morning as investors feared contagion from troubles at major crypto players could trigger a major market shakeout if left unchecked. Bitcoin, which is down 57% so far this year and 37% this month, fell below $20,000 for the first time since December 2020 over the weekend. The price drop follows difficulties at several major industry players, while further declines could have an impact as other crypto investors are forced to sell their holdings to meet margin calls and cover losses. Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital is reviewing its options, including selling assets and a bailout by another firm, its founders told the Wall Street Journal in a story published on Friday, the same day the Asia-focused cryptocurrency Lender Babel Finance said it would suspend withdrawals. Public lender Celsius Network said earlier this month it would suspend payouts, and many of the industry's recent woes can be traced to the spectacular collapse of the so-called stablecoin TerraUSD in May. Bitcoin traded either side of $20,000 on Monday, while token Ether #2 was at $1,075 after falling below its own symbolic level of $1,000 over the weekend. “When the market goes up, everyone will breathe a sigh of relief, things will be refinanced, people will put up equity and all risk will dissipate. But if we move much lower from here, it could be a total shitstorm,” said Adam Farthing, chief risk office for Japan at crypto liquidity provider B2C2. “A lot of credit is being pulled from the system, and if lenders face losses from Celsius and Three Arrows, they will reduce the size of their future loan books, which means the total amount of credit available in the crypto ecosystem is very large,” it feels "To me it feels a lot like 2008 as there could be a domino effect of bankruptcies and liquidations," Farthing said. Bitcoin price has tended to perform roughly in line with other risky assets like tech stocks. Smaller cryptocurrencies have been hit even harder than large tokens , as investors sought the comparative safety of bitcoin and stablecoins, whose values ​​are tied to traditional assets, most commonly the U. Total crypto market cap is around $870 billion, according to pricing site Coinmarketcap, down from a peak of 2.9 Trillion US dollars in November 2021. However, even the market capitalization of stablecoins has fallen in recent months, suggesting investors are frowning on ey from across the industry. The market cap of Tether, the world's largest stablecoin, fell to around $68 billion on Monday from over $83 billion in early May.


How bad is bitcoin mining for the environment?

Cryptocurrency now consumes nearly as much electricity as Argentina, but analysts claim the technology will soon be powered mostly by renewable energy (Author: Gardener)

ArgentinaIn just over a decade, bitcoin has risen from being a fringe technology popular with cryptographers to become the ninth most valuable asset in the world by market cap. The dramatic rise of cryptocurrency has created millionaires, reinvented money, and launched a multi-billion dollar industry inspired by its revolutionary decentralized technology. The computing power required to support Bitcoin's underlying network now requires almost as much energy as the entire country of Argentina, leading to criticism of its ecological footprint. Analysis from the University of Cambridge suggests that the Bitcoin network consumes more than 121 terawatt hours (TWh) annually, which would rank it among the top 30 electricity consumers in the world if it were a country. Demand for energy has been fueled over the past few months by the surging price of bitcoin, which has surged above $42,000 today. Concerns about Bitcoin's energy requirements have been raised since its inception, when crypto pioneer Hal Finney tweeted about possible future carbon emissions on Jan. 27, 2009 - just two weeks after he received the first-ever Bitcoin transaction from the cryptocurrency's pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto , had received. The amount of energy Bitcoin's network consumes only became known in earnest in 2017, when a major price rally drastically increased its energy requirements to the levels of a small country. As the market cooled in the years that followed, so did energy demand, but the most recent all-time high, set this week, is more than double what it was three and a half years ago. "Bitcoin's energy consumption has more than quadrupled since it began its last peak in 2017, and it's getting worse because energy inefficiency is built into Bitcoin's DNA," Charles Hoskinson, CEO of leading cryptographic firm IOHK, told The Independent . Thinking about how to reduce the carbon emissions of a widespread Bitcoin implementation - halfin (@halfin) January 27, 2009 “Bitcoin's carbon footprint is getting exponentially worse because the more the price goes up, the more competition there is around the currency, and therefore the more energy it consumes.” Bitcoin’s environmental impact is compounded by the fact that the majority of miners are based in China, where over two-thirds of electricity is generated from coal. The mining process required to generate new units of cryptocurrency involves solving complex but arbitrary mathematical equations that currently require tremendous computing power of the computer. Bitcoin miners are therefore gravitating to where electricity is cheapest, meaning the fundamental problem is not with Bitcoin but with a lack of cheap renewable energy generation. In Iceland and Norway, where almost 100 percent of all energy production comes from renewable sources, cryptocurrency miners are using cheap hydroelectric and geothermal energy to power their machines. Last year, the University of Cambridge's third global cryptoasset benchmarking study found that 76 percent of cryptocurrency miners use electricity from renewable sources in their operations. “In its current state, the infrastructure supporting the Bitcoin protocol cannot be sustained, but the beauty of the protocol is that the incentive structure will force miners to adopt the cheapest form of electricity, which will be renewable energy in the near future DigitalMint COO Don Wyper told The Independent. “I think the latest study from the University of Cambridge is misguided as bitcoin acts as 'digital gold' and should therefore be compared to the energy consumption of other stores of value... The gold mining industry consumes 475 million gigajoules worth of electricity per year. “And if bitcoin can become the originally envisioned digital currency, we need to consider all of the electricity consumed by currency creation, destruction, transfer, securitization, loss, etc. I personally believe that climate change is one of the most important issues in our world today, but people who say Bitcoin will lead to even more environmental destruction fail to understand that Bitcoin is actually acting as an accelerator to help our environment.” Alternative Cryptocurrencies have also tried to solve Bitcoin's current environmental problems by changing the underlying technology to use less electricity. One of these is Cardano, which Hoskinson says is 4 million times more energy efficient than Bitcoin thanks to its "Proof-of-Stake" blockchain, which validates transactions based on how many coins are held by a network participant, rather than the amount of computing power power they possess. “Cardano will scale to meet the needs of global businesses and consumers, with higher volumes and faster speeds than the existing global financial infrastructure — while the entire global network consumes no more energy than a large single-family home,” says Hoskinson. If Bitcoin's transition to renewable energy sources doesn't happen quickly, Mr. Hoskinson is among several experts predicting that investors and consumers will look for other cryptocurrencies that are less polluting. “I believe the power of fear of climate change is far greater than the fear of missing out (FOMO) driving this new wave of institutional and private investment in Bitcoin,” blockchain advisor Scott Morgan told The Independent. [But] other cryptocurrencies use less energy.”


Bitcoin-promoting Salvadorian leader asks for patience

El Salvador's bitcoin-promoting president is asking for people's patience after the cryptocurrency's price plunged below $20,000 -- less than half the price the government was paying (Author: Gardener)

SalvadorianEl Salvador's bitcoin-promoting president has asked people for patience after the cryptocurrency's price fell below $20,000 -- less than half the price the government was paying. According to tracking site, El Salvador spent about $105 million on bitcoin under President Nayib Bukele's administration, starting last September, averaging nearly $46,000 per coin. The value of this investment in the currency, also known as "BTC," is now said to have fallen by over 57%, or around $61 million. "I see that some people are concerned or worried about the market price of #Bitcoin." Bukele wrote on his Twitter account late Saturday: "Patience is key," the president wrote. On Tuesday, as a bitcoin publication crowed that El Salvador "only" lost $40 million from its investment, Bukele tweeted with apparent disbelief, "You telling me we should buy more #BTC?" Bukele last year became the first world leader to endorse the cryptocurrency made legal tender, and was a staunch climber at least until May, when he boasted about "buying the fall in the price of the currency." Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya tried to put a positive face on the situation in an interview on Wednesday with a local TV station and said that El Salvador didn't suffer any real loss because it didn't sell any of its bitcoins ko of El Salvador has increased because of the perceived loss, this loss does not exist," said Zelaya. However, most companies and governments are writing off the value of what accountants call an "unrealized loss," even if they don't sell the distressed asset, insisting Bitcoin's crash doesn't matter much to El Salvador, saying that “It's not even 0.5% of our budget.” That could prove a tough sell in a country where about a fifth of people live on less than $5.50 a day Rejecting the International Monetary Fund's recommendation to abolish bitcoin as legal tender, Zelaya said at the time that "no international organization is going to force us to do anything," calling it a matter of "sovereignty."The IMF recommended El Salvador the trust fund of the $150 million it created when it made cryptocurrency legal tender and all of that idle funds to return cryptocurrency to his treasury. Bukele has touted Bitcoin as a way to significantly improve financial inclusion and draw millions of previously unbanked people into the financial system. Bukele led the push to introduce Bitcoin as legal tender alongside the US.


"I'm buying" - Elon Musk reveals surprise crypto bet amid $2 trillion worth of Bitcoin, Ethereum, BNB, XRP, Solana, Cardano and Dogecoin

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk has said he's still buying joke bitcoin rival Dogecoin and will continue to support it... (Author: Gardener)

$2 trillionBitcoin, Ethereum and other major cryptocurrencies have crashed this year, erasing around $2 trillion from the combined market cap in a matter of months. Ethereum and other top ten cryptocurrencies BNB, XRP, Solana, Cardano and Dogecoin also fell behind. Now Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, who was hit by a $258 billion lawsuit this week over his support of Dogecoin, has said he is still buying the joke bitcoin rival and will continue to support it. Sign up now for the free CryptoCodex – A daily newsletter for traders, investors and crypto-enthusiasts,” Musk, who revealed last year that he personally owns Dogecoin, Bitcoin and Ethereum, posted on Twitter, replying to a commenter who said: told him to "keep buying it", "that's me". Last month, Musk's rocket company SpaceX followed its electric car maker Tesla in launching Dogecoin payments, allowing customers to buy goods with Dogecoin. As last year's huge Bitcoin, Ethereum and crypto bull run sent prices skyrocketing, Musk - who was elected "Dogecoin CEO" in a joking Twitter poll in 2019 and nicknamed "The Dogefather" - demanded accepted – repeats Dogecoin developers on updating the cryptocurrency to “beat Bitcoin hands down”. Dogecoin price rocketed into the crypto top ten last year after slipping into relative obscurity, helped by Musk and other high-profile investors like Mark Cuban. Sign up now for CryptoCodex – a free, daily newsletter for the crypto-curious serious warning issued about major bitcoin and crypto exchange Binance and its Ethereum rival BNB after the SEC bombshell hit its price early This week, Musk and his companies Tesla and SpaceX were hit with a $258 billion lawsuit alleging they are part of a racketeering scheme to inflate the price of Dogecoin. “[Musk, Tesla, and SpaceX] falsely and deceptively claim that Dogecoin is a legitimate investment when it has no value at all,” Keith Johnson described as “an American citizen who was defrauded of money by the defendants’ Dogecoin crypto pyramid scheme.” . ” wrote in the complaint. "[Dogecoin is] simply a scam to lure 'bigger fools' into buying the coin at a higher price," the lawsuit reads, before proceeding with a list of Musk's numerous tweets and public statements that In early 2021, Musk sent the bitcoin price significantly higher when it was announced that Tesla had bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin.