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Sherman A1

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March 30, 2022

EU plans to crack down on fast fashion

The European Union has announced proposals to crack down on "fast fashion" by making clothing easier to repair and more durable as part of a push to bolster environmental standards.

Smartphones, clothes and furniture will have to become longer-lasting and easier to repair and recycle under new sustainability rules proposed by the EU.

"It's time to end the model of 'take, make, break, and throw away' that is so harmful to our planet, our health and our economy," EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said.

The plan, which will now be negotiated by EU member states and politicians, aims to ensure that by 2030 textiles sold in the EU will be made as much as possible from recycled fibres and cut down on the amount of hazardous microplastics they contain.

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2022/0330/1289362-eu-plans-to-make-consumer-goods-more-sustainable/

March 30, 2022

UKRAINE INVASION UPDATE 20

Institute for the Study of War, Russia Team

with the Critical Threats Project, AEI

March 30

The Ukraine Invasion Update is a semi-weekly synthetic product covering key political and rhetorical events related to renewed Russian aggression against Ukraine. This update covers events from March 25-29. All of the ISW Russia’s team’s coverage of the war in Ukraine – including daily military assessments and maps, past Conflict Updates, and several supplemental assessments – are available on our Ukraine Crisis Coverage landing page.

Key Takeaways March 25-29

The Kremlin is falsely presenting its partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Kyiv and Chernihiv as a major Russian concession in service of peace talks with Ukraine. In reality, Russian forces are withdrawing to recuperate after suffering severe losses in their failed operations to seize those cities.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko continues to withstand Russian pressure to enter the war in Ukraine on Russia’s behalf.

The Kremlin is intensifying its internal censorship and crackdown on entities in Russia that do not cover the war in the Kremlin’s preferred terms.

Much More at link.....

https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/ukraine-invasion-update-20

March 30, 2022

'How do we keep Lela safe?' Schools turn scary for high-risk kids with COVID mask mandates gone

COLLINSVILLE — There are few things Lela Post loves more than being pushed on the large, round tree swing in her family’s backyard.

"I believe I can fly!" the 6-year-old screams as her father releases the swing, soaring Lela and her sister Bianca, 4, through the cool air. Their mother watches nearby as a fire crackles in the background. It's blissful here.

But away from their home, Lela’s parents, Jacob Post and Stephanie Biondi, have worked hard to keep her safe since she was diagnosed in early 2021 with leukemia, the most common cancer in children and teens.

"When she first got diagnosed, we had just gotten our vaccines, and so we were kind of preparing for things to get better and, you know, we thought everything's going to be going back towards normal,” Biondi said.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=post&forum=1142

March 30, 2022

Missouri state Sen. Steve Roberts is running for Cori Bush's congressional seat

Democratic state Sen. Steve Roberts, D-St. Louis, is challenging Congresswoman Cori Bush, D-St. Louis County, to represent Missouri’s 1st Congressional District.

Roberts submitted his paperwork on Monday, the second-to-last day of candidate filing to run for the seat.

Roberts said he didn’t intend to run for Congress when he was initially elected to serve in the Missouri Senate, but Bush’s actions changed that.

“It's become pretty apparent to me that Congresswoman Cori Bush is not interested in serving as a U.S. Representative,” Roberts said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2022-03-28/missouri-sen-steve-roberts-is-running-for-cori-bushs-u-s-congressional-seat

March 30, 2022

Lincoln University receives $20,000 from Google grant

JEFFERSON CITY — Lincoln University received a $20,000 grant as part of the Grow with Google Career Readiness Program, exclusively offered to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The program is designed to offer students the skills they need to obtain internships and be successful in a career, not just a job.

Lincoln University’s Director of Career Services, Beth Jordan said the program provides students with foundational digital skills and instruction, as well as the ability to practice these skills.

She said even though the course is through Google, the university will still be able to play its role in helping their students find success as they take part in the program.

https://krcgtv.com/news/local/lincoln-university-receives-20000-from-google-grant-grow-with-career-readiness-program-historically-black-colleges-universities

March 30, 2022

Supporters of the Cannabis Freedom Act fill Capitol rotunda for rally

JEFFERSON CITY — People in support of legalizing recreational marijuana in Missouri gathered at the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday morning to show their support for House Bill 2704.

The bill, otherwise known as the Cannabis Freedom Act, is sponsored by Republican Representative Ron Hicks and would legalize recreational cannabis possession and sales.

Supporters at the rally wore shirts and held signs that said "Be wise, legalize."

Vernon McClanahan, a supporter of the bill and a host of an online talk show about legalization, said criminal justice reform is an important part of the bill.

https://krcgtv.com/news/local/cannabis-freedom-act-missouri-capitol-rotunda-rally-marijuana-weed-hb-2704

March 30, 2022

RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MARCH 29

Frederick W. Kagan, George Barros, and Kateryna Stepanenko

March 29, 5:00 ET

The Russians have not yet abandoned their attacks on Kyiv, claims by Russian Defense Ministry officials notwithstanding. Russian forces continued fighting to hold their forwardmost positions on the eastern and western Kyiv outskirts even as badly damaged units withdrew to Russia from elsewhere on the Kyiv and Chernihiv axes. The Russian high command has likely concluded that it cannot seize Kyiv and may not be able to move artillery closer to the center of the city. It may have decided to stop its previous practices of forcing units that have already taken devastating losses to continue hopeless offensive operations and of feeding individual battalion tactical groups into the battle as they become available rather than concentrating them to achieve decisive effects. Russian officials are likely casting these decisions driven by military realities as overtures demonstrating Russia’s willingness to engage in serious ceasefire or peace negotiations, possibly to conceal the fact that they have accepted the failure of their efforts on the Kyiv axis.

Russia continues to reinforce its efforts in Ukraine’s northeast likely attempting to link its positions southeast of Kharkiv and Izyum with its forces in Luhansk Oblast. The Russians have reportedly redirected forces from the Chernihiv-Kharkiv axis to the Izyum-Slovyansk axis, most likely reassigning reinforcements rather than redeploying units already committed to fighting. Russian forces in the Izyum-Slovyansk area continue fighting to hold and expand their penetration to the southeast.

The Russian advance in Mariupol continues to gain ground, and Russian forces have likely bisected or even trisected the city. Pockets of Ukrainian defenders continue to hold out in Mariupol, likely in several areas, but the Russians will likely complete the conquest of the city within days. Russian forces have likely taken significant casualties in the tough urban fighting in Mariupol, making it difficult to evaluate how much combat power the Russians will be able to harvest from Mariupol to use for further advances north and west.

Russian operations in southeastern Ukraine have left large portions of Donetsk Oblast under Ukrainian control. Securing the boundaries of Donetsk Oblast along with the entirety of Luhansk Oblast will likely require a major offensive operation. Much of the area of Donetsk Oblast outside Russian control is flat and sparsely populated—terrain similar to that on which Russian forces elsewhere have been able to advance rapidly, at least earlier in the war. Russian offensive operations in similar terrain more recently have struggled, however. It is too soon to tell how feasible the Russian conquest of all of Donetsk and Luhansk will be for the Russian military in its current state.

Much more at link......

https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-offensive-campaign-assessment-march-29

March 30, 2022

Choirboy's hidden note found in church pew 125 years on

A hidden message from an English orphanage choirboy pleading not to be forgotten has been found after it lay undisturbed in a church pew for 125 years.

The letter by 13-year-old William Elliott was written on 11 August 1897, on the back of a chorister’s order of service at Sunderland Parish Church.

Work was carried out during lockdown to restore the Grade I Georgian listed building into an event space called Seventeen Nineteen, and that was when the note was discovered.

Conservationists worked on the paper to remove decades of dust, grime and polish so the words could be deciphered.

https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2022/0330/1289249-choirboys-hidden-note-found-125-years-on/

March 30, 2022

Former hotel worker arrested by Michaela McAreavey detectives

Detectives investigating the murder of honeymooner Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius have arrested a former security guard at the hotel where she was killed, his lawyer has said.

The lawyer for Dassen Narayen said that his client was detained yesterday.

Vikash Teeluckdharry said Mr Narayen was questioned about allegations of theft at the Legends Hotel around the time of the Co Tyrone teacher's murder on the Indian Ocean island.

He said his client denied any wrongdoing.

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2022/0330/1289273-michaela-mcareavey/

March 30, 2022

Vietnamese dad converts van into a wooden tank for son

A Vietnamese father has spent hundreds of hours and invested thousands in converting an old van into a wooden tank for his son, an unusual hobby in a country once ravaged by war.

Every weekend, Truong Van Dao trundles what was once a 16-seat minibus around his neighbourhood in Bac Ninh province, east of capital Hanoi, with his three-year-old son sat proudly in the turret.

The wooden vehicle, based on a French EBR105 model and complete with a 2.8-metre-long replica gun, cost $11,000 to convert.

"My son and I find it more fun riding the tank, which has nothing to do with weapons or war," Dao told AFP.

https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2022/0329/1289062-vietnamese-dad-converts-van-into-a-wooden-tank-for-son/

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