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Ukraine in the dark as nation’s energy crisis worsens

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Ukraine in the dark following Moscow’s recent attacks on the nation’s energy infrastructure

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky held a crisis meeting on his country’s energy breakdown, with much of Ukraine in the dark.

“We are working to create mobile power points for the critical infrastructure of cities, towns and villages,” Zelensky said. “We are preparing for various scenarios.”

Ukrainian energy officials will now launch emergency blackouts, in a bid to prevent the grid from overloading.

Around 40 per cent of the country’s critical power infrastructure has been damaged, as a result of Russian missiles.

Repairs works are underway, but in the meantime the country will experience nation-wide consumption restrictions.

“Of course, we will do everything possible to restore normal energy capabilities of our country. But this requires time and our combined effort,” Zelensky said.

Ukraine’s president is appealing to Ukrainians to become careful about electricity consumption.

“Please do not turn on unnecessary electrical appliances. Please limit electricity consumption on those appliances that require a lot of energy,” he added. “Tomorrow it is very important that consumption is as conscious as possible. Then the schedules of stabilisation outages will be shorter.”

During the address, Zelensky also thanked Ukraine’s armed forces for their success in shooting down Russia’s kamikaze drones and cruise missiles.

233 ‘Shaheds’ and dozens of missiles have been shot down by Ukraine’s military in just a few months. This includes 10 Iranian-made drones.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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