5 things to know by March 14: Ukraine, Covid-19, LGBTQ rights, gas prices, Instagram
5 things to know by March 14: Ukraine, Covid-19, LGBTQ rights, gas prices, Instagram

5 things to know by March 14: Ukraine, Covid-19, LGBTQ rights, gas prices, Instagram

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1. Ukraine

More than 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled their country since Russia launched its invasion, according to the latest UN data. Intense shelling yesterday hit densely populated areas and critical infrastructure, including a military base near the city of Lviv, which is close to the Polish border, killing 35 people and leaving more than 130 in hospital. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said it was only a matter of time before Russia’s military attack was extended to include members of NATO, unless the alliance installs a no-fly zone over his country. However, NATO said one a no-fly zone over Ukraine is not an option because it will escalate the conflict further. Separately, Russia has asked China for military assistance, including drones, a senior U.S. official said yesterday. The official described the development as “worrying” and warned that “there will definitely be consequences” for Beijing if it provides the Kremlin with a solution to US sanctions. China has denied receiving the request from Russia. Further Ukrainian-Russian negotiations are set to resume today via video. Follow CNN’s full coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine here.

2. Covid-19

People will need one fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine to help stave off another wave of the pandemic, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said yesterday. Protection after three doses is “not so good against infections” and “does not last very long” when faced with a variant like Omicron, Bourla said. Some immunocompromised people who have received three doses of the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines can already get a fourth dose, According to the CDC. But it is not clear if or when the FDA can approve the fourth dose of Covid-19 for healthy teens and adults. Currently, only 2% of the US population – about 7 million people – live in a county with “high” Covid-19 community levels. The rest are at the “low” or “medium” level of society, areas where there is no recommendation for masking for most people.

3. LGBTQ rights

65 companies, including technology giants Apple and Google, signed an open letter calls on the Governor of Texas to abandon anti-LGBTQ + initiatives. The letter contained a scathing critique of Governor Greg Abbott’s order to investigate gender-confirming surgical procedures and treatments in children. In February, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared that such procedures and treatments, including prescribing drugs that affect puberty, are considered “child abuse.” The companies fired back at Texas officials Friday, calling the move inconsistent with their corporate values. Separately in Florida, a bill that would prohibit certain teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom awaits Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSanti’s signature.

4. Gas prices

A gallon of gas costs more than it has ever done – and experts say price increases will not stop in the near future. The average The price for a gallon of gas is $ 4.33which is higher than that was in 2008 when it was $ 4.11. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is still a major factor in the gas price rise – among other reasons – though The United States uses almost no Russian oil. The problem is that Russia is one of the world’s largest oil suppliers, and lower supply affects global prices. In response, the Biden administration keep your eyes peeled Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to offset rising oil prices. For that to happen, U.S. officials will have to address the strained relationship between the Biden administration and both countries.

5. Instagram

Instagram users in Russia could no longer access the social media platform from midnight yesterday, after its owner Meta Platforms last week said it would allow users in Ukraine to send messages such as “Death over the Russian attackers.” The company said it would be wrong to prevent Ukrainians from “expressing their opposition and rage against the invading military forces.” The decision was met with outrage in Russia, where authorities have opened a criminal investigation against Meta and prosecutors have asked a court to designate the US technology giant as an “extremist organization”. The head of Instagram has said the blockchain will affect 80 million users. Russia has already banned Facebook in the country in response to what it said were restrictions on access to Russian media on the platform.

BROWSE FROM BREAKFAST

Tom Brady announces his NFL comeback

Brady is back! The legendary quarterback is on the hunt for yet another Super Bowl ring after spending 40 days in retirement.

Critics Choice Awards 2022

Lee Jung-jae, No. 456 in “Squid Game,” was named No. 1 last night and won Best Actor in a Drama Series. See more Critics Choice winners here.

British Academy Film Awards 2022

It was also a star-studded evening across the pond. Here are celebrities who won at BAFTAs yesterday.

Climbers hold the world’s tallest tea party on Mount Everest

For safety reasons TEA is not the best place to throw a party. Just saying.

Rare Pokémon cards sell for $ 336,000

This is your sign to check your garage for them old Pokémon cards from the 90s. They have made a comeback and have triggered a sales frenzy.

IN MEMORY OF

William Hurt, Oscar winner and star of “Kiss of the Spider Woman”, “The Big Chill” and “Broadcast News” is dead. He was 71. Wounded died “peaceful, among family, of natural causes,” said his family in a statement obtained by Variety. Along with three additional Oscar nominations, Hurt was nominated for two Emmys and six Golden Globes throughout his career.

TODAY’S NUMBER

40

That’s about how many pounds of powdered dye were used to flip Chicago River light green on Saturday in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The tradition started in 1962 with a dye plumbing installer used to test for leaks in pipes. Now the city uses a more environmentally friendly powder made from vegetables.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’ve had a scratch on my throat for a few days, but otherwise I’m fine.”

– Former President Barack Obama, announced yesterday that he has tested positive for Covid-19. Obama also said his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, has tested negative. Both Obamas have been vaccinated and boosted, the former president said in a statement.

TODAY’S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Meet the “mother of the shark”

This professional diver has spent years in the Bahamas to win the trust of sharks. Watch them swim right up to her while she caresses them as if they are dogs! (Click here to see)

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