The Daily Populous

Saturday June 3rd, 2023 evening edition

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[1/2] A Ukrainian military helicopter takes off to carry out a mission, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, during military drills in the north of Ukraine, June 1, 2023.

KYIV, June 3 (Reuters) - Ukraine is ready to launch its long-awaited counteroffensive to recapture Russian-occupied territory, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview published on Saturday.

"We strongly believe that we will succeed,” Zelenskiy told the Wall Street Journal.

Kyiv hopes a counteroffensive to reclaim territory will change the dynamics of the war that has raged since Russia invaded its smaller neighbour 15 months ago.

Zelenskiy said last month Ukraine needed to wait for more Western armoured vehicles arrived before launching the counteroffensive.

A long spell of dry weather in some parts of Ukraine has driven anticipation that the counteroffensive might be imminent.

Over the past several weeks Ukraine has increased it strikes on Russian ammunition depots and logistical routes. »

Biden orders 20-year ban on oil, gas drilling around tribal site in New Mexico

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“I value and appreciate the many Tribal leaders, elected officials, and stakeholders who have persisted in their work to conserve this special area.”.

Navajo Nation officials have made similar arguments, saying millions of dollars in annual oil and gas revenues benefit the tribe and individual tribal members.

President Joe Biden initially proposed the ban in November 2021 at the White House Tribal Nations Summit. »

The Ford Bronco is being recalled due to hard-to-reach seatbelts

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“The customer may experience some dissatisfaction or be discouraged if they are unable to easily access the seatbelt… in its stowed position.

“Ford is not aware of any customer warranty or field reports of seatbelt… accessibility concerns,” said the agency’s notice.

Ford is aware of one case in which the wheel came off, although fortunately no one was injured in that case. »

Renewable Record: New solar and wind installs prevent catastrophic EU energy crisis

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As energy prices rose alongside geopolitical tensions, solar generation grew by a record 39 TWh (+24%) — almost twice as much as any year so far.

According to Ember, throughout 2022, twenty EU countries increased the share of solar power plants in their energy mix to record levels.

Going forward, Ember’s data shows that the European energy transition is emerging from the energy crisis “stronger than ever.”. »

Texas becomes largest state to ban transgender care for minors

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June 2 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday signed a bill that bans transgender healthcare including puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors, making Texas the largest of the 20 states to have outlawed gender-affirming care.

Texas, the second most-populous U.S. state, has an estimated 29,800 transgender youth aged 13 to 17, according to the Williams Institute of UCLA.

The Texas law creates exceptions for minors who began treatment before June 1 or for those who attended 12 or more sessions of mental health counseling or psychotherapy for at least six months. »