5 things to know this weekend
Evacuation efforts continue at sprawling Ukrainian steelworks
Rescuers sought to evacuate more civilians from the tunnels under a major steelworks in Mariupol as Ukrainian fighters made their last stand to prevent Moscow’s complete takeover of the major port city. Dozens of people were evacuated from the Azovstal plant on Friday. The Russian military said the group of 50 included 11 children. Russian officials and Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said evacuation efforts would continue over the weekend. The latest evacuees followed about 500 other civilians who have walked out of the factory and town in recent days. However, Ukrainian officials also warned on Friday of a potential offensive ahead of Russia’s VE Day on Monday. The day marks the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union in World War II, raising concerns about increased Russian military attacks over the weekend. Also on Friday, President Joe Biden announced an additional $150 million in aid, including 25,000 155mm artillery shells and additional military equipment.
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Unprecedented gusts expected to fuel New Mexico wildfires
Weather conditions described as potentially historic were in store for New Mexico on Saturday and for the following days as hundreds of firefighters worked feverishly to reinforce lines around the largest blaze in the United States. Many families have already been left homeless and thousands of residents have been evacuated as blazes charred large swathes of the state’s Sangre de Cristo mountains. Incident Commander Dave Bales said firefighters focused on protecting homes and other structures that hold generations of sacred memories. Crews have seen extreme winds last a day, maybe two. But Bales said this event could last five days or more with gusts reaching 50 to 60 mph. Residents on the fringes of the fire front remained hopeful that the work carried out in recent days would prevent the fire from reaching the small town of Las Vegas and other villages in the region. President Joe Biden on Thursday approved a disaster declaration that brings new financial resources to the region.
Jill Biden to celebrate Mother’s Day with Ukrainian refugees in Europe
First lady Jill Biden praised the Romanian government and aid organizations on Saturday for the range of humanitarian aid they are providing to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s war on their country. She called the show of solidarity “incredible” but also “it’s just the beginning”. She also applauded the Romanians for their generosity.
Biden delivered his sober assessment at the end of a nearly hour-long briefing at the US Embassy in Bucharest on the massive relief effort. She then met Romanian First Lady Carmen Iohannis and visited a school where Ukrainian children are enrolled. Iohannis kept his job as an English teacher, just as Biden kept his. It ended Saturday in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a view to stopping there on Sunday to spend Mother’s Day with refugees and visit a village on the border with Ukraine. The White House declined to say whether she would cross the border and enter Ukraine during her visit.
Mother’s Day 2022: don’t forget to tell your mom about it on Sunday
Just ahead of Mother’s Day 2021, wellness reporter Alia E. Dastagir wrote, “It’s been a tough year for moms. If we’re being honest, it’s still been a tough year for moms.” This year is no exception, as an ever-present pandemic, rising prices of many products due to skyrocketing inflation, and hard-to-avoid major news stories add stress and strain to the lives of many. mothers who have already seen their role change radically. during the last years. So as the calendar once again reaches Mother’s Day on Sunday, be sure to express your appreciation for the moms in your life. If you need a helping hand, we’ve got a guide to last-minute gifts that don’t require shipping. Of course, you can never go wrong with flowers. Need an idea for brunch? We have that covered too. And consider keeping some of these ideas on hand so you can surprise the moms you know and care about all year round, not just on Sundays.
Churchill Downs crowd returns for 148th Kentucky Derby
Get ready to place your bets as the Kentucky Derby kicks off Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky (6:57 p.m. ET, NBC). It is the longest running sporting event in America and one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Head here for predictions from some handicappers on who will win the 2022 edition. The Kentucky Derby is held annually on the first Saturday in May and typically draws a crowd of 155,000. Fans were not allowed at Churchill Downs in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and 2021 crowds were limited with a reported attendance of 51,838. Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby last year, but a week after the race his trainer Bob Baffert revealed the horse had tested positive for betamethasone, which is illegal when found in the blood on the day racing as it is considered a possible performance enhancer. Medina Spirit died late last year of a heart attack after training in California and was subsequently disqualified from winning the Derby.
Contribute: The Associated Press