‘Build more metro lines’: Netizens fume as Bengaluru traffic worsens

On September 27, Bengaluru’s tech corridor, Outer Ring Road, faced a massive traffic jam, leaving hundreds of people stuck for hours. The congestion is said to be caused as residents were heading out of the city for the long weekend ahead of Eid-e-Milad today, a state-wide bandh on Friday, and Gandhi Jayanti on Monday. All this, coupled with Trevor Noah’s show in the city, plus the rain, is said to be the major cause of the traffic.

Vehicles stranded in a massive traffic congestion in Outer Ring Road corridor in Bengaluru on Wednesday. (Mahadevapura Task Force)

A few individuals stated the problems that residents face in Bengaluru.

Another X user shared a few pictures of the traffic jam.

Here’s how a few others reacted.

As Eid-e-Milad is being celebrated today, September 28, Bengaluru Traffic Police issued an advisory to have better control over the traffic. They wrote, “In view of Eid-e-Milad procession in the limits of Ulsoorgate Traffic Police Station, on 28.09.2023 from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm, a large number of people are expected to gather at YMCA ground, Nrupathunga road. In order to ensure the free flow of traffic, the following traffic arrangements have been made. The following roads need to be avoided by road users, and alternative routes have been suggested.”

Dispatches From The Picket Lines: Scribes Celebrate New Deal While Showing Solidarity With SAG-AFTRA

This is Day 76 of the SAG-AFTRA strike.

The morning after the WGA strike was called to an end, the SAG-AFTRA picket lines thinned out at Warner Bros. Discovery and Disney, with significantly fewer stars, however, a handful of scribes continued to turnout for their thespian brethren.

Elated about the WGA strike’s end, For All Mankind writer Bradley Thompson, beamed at the Disney gates, “About freakin’ time!”

Deadline/Anthony D’Alessandro

With a new scribe deal that contains big leaps in AI guardrails, residuals and data transparency for writers, Station 19 and Cruel Summer co-EP Anupam Nigham told Deadline, “It feels good that we got them to come up from $86M to $233M [annually] over three years.”

With movement made on the writers room minimum staffing front, the new deal will see that by Dec. 1, development rooms, otherwise known as pre-greenlight rooms, and regular writers rooms for television and HBSVOD series will have requirements regarding the minimum number of writers who must be hired and the duration of their employment.

New Amsterdam scribe Y. Shrieen Razack celebrated, “I’m most excited about staff writers getting script fees; it’s been long overdue for them, because they have been struggling for a long time.”

However, with fewer mobs at both studios, and SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree Ireland, a daily ambassador at pickets, out of town on business, there’s an anticipation from actors that they’re in the final stretch of their walkout given the WGA’s recent success. Another strike captain at Warners encouraged the group as today ended to continued to show up in numbers for the daily two-hour picket, and mentioned that Universal’s picket area will be re-opened soon. Among notable appearances today, word was that Twilight actor Peter Facinelli was picketing at Warner Bros. Discovery, while Mad Men creator Matt Weiner put in an appearance at Netflix.

Gary Mosher, a SAG-AFTRA strike captain at Warner Bros. Discovery, and star of The Price of Air said, “My spirits have been lifted up because of [the WGA deal], and now [the AMPTP] can concentrate on the actors.”

Deadline told you yesterday that SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP are expected to meet by the end of next week. Crabtree Ireland has said in interviews since the strike began in mid-July that it’s been crickets from the AMPTP.

Mosher, speaking about the WGA and studios’ talks and how that might impact SAG-AFTRA’s negotiations, added, “I’m hopeful because even though it took five days of negotiating, it did not break down for the writers. The fact that they stayed in the room for five days to negotiate is always a good sign. It means both signs are willing to give a little bit.”

The Quotable Milley: The chair’s most memorable lines from the past four years

If there is one military officer the average American can name, it is Gen. Mark Milley, the Boston-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is retiring at the end of this week after four tumultuous years as the nation’s top soldier.

Milley will be remembered as one of the most consequential and controversial chairs in modern history, whose tenure spanned both the Trump and Biden administrations. His proponents commend the outspoken Army general for navigating Trump’s attempts to undermine democracy and his role in supporting Ukraine. Critics say he too often stepped outside his advisory role and dragged the military into the political fray.

But both sides agree he is nothing if not quotable. A history buff known for lengthy soliloquies, he had a tendency to turn 30-minute scheduled meetings with reporters into hours-long interviews, and congressional hearings into viral moments. Here are some of his best quotes:

Dispatches From The Picket Lines: Actors With A Smattering Of Rain & Writers Walk In NYC For First Time Since WGA Deal

This is Day 76 of the SAG-AFTRA strike. 

A fourth straight day of rain in New York City — the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia — greeted striking film and television workers who were back on picket lines this week for the first time since the announcement of a deal between the Writers Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Although WGA pickets are suspended, a smattering of Guild members and their union representatives turned up on Tuesday to bolster rain-soaked SAG-AFTRA picket lines at the four locations in Manhattan where AMPTP studios are headquartered.

“SAG was there for WGA from Day 1, and they came out in such encouraging numbers when they really didn’t have to,” Eric Glover, a writer for the CW’s Tom Swift, told Deadline at the end of a soggy 2½-hour march outside Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery offices. “I can’t technically be here in my WGA shirt, but I just wanted to be a warm body to provide support.”

Turnout overall was comparatively light on the day after Yom Kippur and a weekend of developments signaling a possible end to a writers walkout, now in its 22nd week. But SAG-AFTRA tents were up at all four sites — Netflix/WBD, NBCUniversal, Paramount and Amazon/HBO — with union representatives handing out ponchos, snacks and picket signs.

Marchers chanted, “Rain or shine/We walk the line/We won’t go home until the contract’s signed.”

SAG-AFTRA members — on strike since July in the first combined walkout of both actors and writers since 1960 — said that they were heartened by developments with the WGA but staying in strike mode even as pressure on their personal finances hasn’t let up.

“I am OK,” actor, playwright and model Jason Duval Hunter told Deadline as he marched outside Paramount offices with about two dozen other picketers. “But I’m at the end of my savings, tapped out on my credit, and all of that good stuff. I’m in good spirits. I’m optimistic — good thing I have my hand in a lot of different avenues in this industry. I’ve been doing this since the ’80s.”

Hunter said that he was just in an off-Broadway play that paid “a little money” and that he walked the runway for Fashion Week in New York earlier this month.

Lila Donnolo — an actor, writer, podcaster and intimacy coach who is also doing copywriting to help pay bills — told Deadline after the Netflix/WBD rally, “I’m hopeful but pragmatic.”

Donnolo described artificial intelligence as a kind of wild card in contract talks once they resume between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP.

“How can we prevent future things that we don’t know about that would be awful for us as performers from happening?” Donnolo said, alluding to fears that generative AI could replicate and replace on-screen actors. “I think that takes a lot of more time and a lot more thought, which means more time for negotiation, which means dragging the strike on longer.

“It’s not simply wages,” Donnolo said. “There’s almost an existential fight that we’re fighting that is far greater.”

Hunter made a similar point, saying that AI and streaming technologies represent a “new era.”

“We needed to do this strike so that we can have an understanding: How do we make a living?” Hunter said.

At NBCUniversal, children’s television actor and writer Stephanie D’Abruzzo was not on strike because she works in programming that is covered under different contracts. But D’Abruzzo told Deadline that the WGA has set an example, and a tone, for the other contract negotiations — hers included — coming down the pipeline in film, television and video gaming.

“Their determination … has inspired SAG-AFTRA, a union that has had its share of division in the past, to truly come together and be united,” D’Abruzzo said.

“Obviously we don’t know what all of the details are with the WGA tentative contract, and with any situation you know that someone is going to be disappointed,” D’Abruzzo said. But she took it as a good sign that the WGA is calling the new deal “exceptional” in its official statement — in contrast with the more downbeat language that the union employed after the last writers’ strike in 2008.

This time around, she said, “The fact that the Writers Guild led the way, held strong, stayed united … is going to mean everything for the future.”

Robert Keniston, a Los Angeles-based actor originally from New York, marched outside Amazon offices with a dozen other picketers including his father.

“I’m out here on vacation so I’m taking some time to show solidarity,” Keniston told Deadline. He said that news of a potential end to the writers strike brought him “a healthy dose of optimism that we’ll get the contract we need.”

“I’ve been one of the lucky ones,” Keniston said. “I have a day job that’s not related so I’ve been able to make ends meet. But I definitely have friends who are struggling and have to rely on the SAG-AFTRA Foundation grant or the Entertainment [Community Fund] grant.”

Ashley Zukerman, who had a recurring role on all four seasons of HBO’s Succession, told Deadline after the Netflix/WBD rally, “We’ve just got to stay strong.”

“This has been very confusing and very cruel so it just doesn’t make any sense at all,” Zukerman said. “But we’re hopeful AMPTP comes clean.”

The five most eye-opening lines in the Amazon lawsuit

Amazon, though, said a win for the Biden administration will hurt competition, and reduce the options for small businesses to market their products online.

Here are five of the toughest things the FTC says about Amazon in the suit:

1: The government accused Amazon executives of obstructing its investigation, claiming they used encrypted apps like Signal to communicate: “Plaintiffs bring this lawsuit despite Amazon’s extensive efforts to impede the government’s investigation and hide information about its internal operations.”

2. Amazon allegedly uses a price-surveillance team to crawl the internet to ensure vendors are not selling items at lower prices elsewhere: “Amazon understands the importance of maintaining the perception among shoppers that it has the lowest prices. But in reality, Amazon relentlessly stifles actual price competition by punishing sellers who offer lower prices anywhere other than Amazon and disciplining rivals that undercut Amazon’s prices.”

3. Amazon executives wanted to eliminate a popular program that allowed sellers to ship Prime items through other companies: “Amazon’s fear of a world in which unrestricted seller choice leads to increased competition is grounded in experience. For a period of time, Amazon temporarily allowed sellers to use their own fulfillment solution for Prime-eligible orders. When Amazon realized it had lowered a barrier to competition, it quickly reversed course.”

4. With no competitors to threaten it, Amazon has hammered vendors with fees: “Amazon has hiked so steeply the fees it charges sellers that it now reportedly takes close to half of every dollar from the typical seller that uses Amazon’s fulfillment service. Amazon recognizes that sellers find ‘that it has become more difficult over time to be profitable on Amazon’ … But as one seller explains, ‘we have nowhere else to go and Amazon knows it.’”

5. Amazon is using a pay-to-play scheme for placing its ads that customers don’t like: “Most sellers must now pay for advertising to reach Amazon’s massive base of online shoppers, while shoppers consequently face less relevant search results and are steered toward more expensive products … In a competitive world, Amazon’s decision to raise prices and degrade services would create an opening for rivals and potential rivals to attract business, gain momentum, and grow. But Amazon has engaged in an unlawful monopolistic strategy to close off that possibility.”

Ukraine breakthrough underway as Zelensky’s men smash through Russian lines

“These fortifications are not the final defensive line in Russia’s defence in depth in western Zaporizhzhia, but rather a specific series of the best-prepared field fortifications arrayed as part of a near-contiguous belt about 1.7-3.5km west of Verbove.”

It warned that Ukraine’s “rate of advance” remained unclear and added that Russian units likely control “tactical high ground” in the south between Robotyne and Verbove.

Still, it appears Ukraine has the momentum on the southern front where its “minimum goal” is to take the strategic hub of Tokmak, according to General Tarnavsky.

That would be a large step in the southern counteroffensive’s ultimate goal of reaching the Black Sea and cutting Russian forces in Ukraine in half.

Dividing lines: where do Sunak and Starmer stand on key UK issues?

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer have faced off against each other for the past 11 months as leaders of their parties, but the time has been marked by frustration within their own ranks that they are failing to create clear dividing lines with their opponents.

That situation has begun to change. The Conservative leader suddenly seems more eager to lay out his own ideological credentials – even if recent net zero announcements were quickly rushed out in response to leaks.

While he has continued to resist pressure from his backbenchers to deploy what they regard as traditional Tory vote-winning measures – namely tax cuts – there is a sense that Sunak is making a play to cut back Labour’s poll lead.

Meanwhile, Starmer’s recent “global tour” taking in The Hague, Montreal and Paris, where he met Emmanuel Macron, has been the backdrop for a number of noteworthy pronouncements by the Labour leader, who has also at times seemed more free-wheeling in interviews than before.

Some see it as the Labour leader beginning to take more of a calculated gamble on potentially tricky issues – Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU and immigration – after months of policy rollout on supposedly safer issues, such as the NHS and education.

Here we look at how the parties are dividing.

Net zero

Sunak’s scrapping of a range of green proposals – albeit some which critics say were never firm policies in the first place – have made the next general election a referendum in some ways on how the UK will reach net zero on greenhouse gas emissions.

After the prime minister announced a delay to the deadline for phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars – from 2030 to 2035 – Labour said it would restore the 2030 deadline.

However, shadow ministers have admitted they would not completely undo the prime minister’s announcements, and Labour does not plan to bring back the 2026 deadline for beginning the phase-out of all gas boilers.

“Labour isn’t going to put people’s bills up,” the shadow environment secretary, Steve Reed, told Times Radio.

Either way, environmental policies seem likely to be pushed to the forefront of the election campaign by the Tories, emboldened by their victory in the Uxbridge byelection where hostility to London’s ultra-low emissions zone car charge was successfully deployed as a wedge issue.


Brexit is set to remain an issue after a series of statements by Starmer about his vision of a future EU-UK relationship – prompting immediate attacks by Conservatives.

Starmer’s comments included saying Labour did not “want to diverge” from the EU when it came to standards on issues ranging from work to the environment. He also committed in a Financial Times article to pursuing a major rewrite of the Brexit deal with the EU.

Sunak has ruled out renegotiating the post-Brexit trade deal. In contrast to Labour, his foreword to the agenda for next week’s Conservative conference talks of how “Brexit freedoms” are making Britain’s financial services, life sciences and technology sectors more competitive.


Starmer’s desire to secure an EU-wide returns deal for asylum seekers who come to Britain and his willingness to discuss the UK accepting a quota of asylum seekers in return sparked 24 hours of attacks from Conservative MPs last week.

Labour believes any agreement with Brussels would have to be “quid pro quo”, meaning accepting quotas of migrants from the bloc in return for sending back people who arrive illegally.

Soon after the Labour announcement, the prime minister’s spokesperson told reporters at Downing Street that, while talks continued with the EU on brokering a returns agreement, the government would never accept a quota of migrants as the price for it.

Plans to send people to Rwanda to have their asylum applications processed remains a central element of the government’s stance on immigration, a policy which Labour has vowed to scrap.

Transgender rights

A pledge by Labour to lead on reform of transgender rights by simplifying the gender recognition law have put the party squarely at odds with the Conservatives, which has frequently sought to make this a wedge issue.

Lee Anderson, the Conservative party’s deputy chair, made it clear in February that the Tories should put a “mix of culture wars and trans debate” at the heart of its general election campaign.

Since then, people have been waiting for the government to publish its long-delayed transgender guidance for schools. It had been expected to say that teachers would be obliged to inform parents if a child was questioning their gender.


Speculation has been mounting that the Manchester leg of the high-speed rail line could be axed by the government. There have also been reports that Downing Street and the Treasury are drawing up proposals to scale back the project dramatically in a move that would result in the line stopping short of Euston station in London.

On Thursday, the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, added to the rumours by suggesting the costs involved with building HS2 were “getting totally out of control”.

The project is not without challenges for Labour, amid a wavering of its commitment to building the project, including the scrapped Leeds leg. Nevertheless, Starmer insisted on Friday that he still supports HS2. One of his frontbenchers, Nick Thomas-Symonds, went even further on Monday by telling BBC Radio 4: “We will build HS2 in full.”


Although it is yet to emerge as clear policy, a potential hint of a dividing line came this month when sources close to Hunt declined to deny a report that he was considering removing the link to increasing working benefits in line with inflation.

The prospect of real-terms cuts to benefits in the government’s autumn statement was described by figures on Labour’s left as potentially “catastrophic” for families.

But while Tory frontbenchers declined to comment on what it described as speculation, such a move by the government would lay down a gauntlet to the opposition as it carefully calibrates its fiscal plans.

‘A slow-burning thriller with some witty lines’ – The Lesson review

“Great writers steal” is the catchphrase of Richard E Grant’s pompous novelist in this slow-burning thriller.

That could also be the motto of screenwriter Alex MacKeith and director Alice Troughton, whose work bears more than a passing resemblance to Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite and other “cuckoo in the nest” dramas.

Charismatic Daryl McCormack (also currently starring in excellent BBC drama The Woman In The Wall) plays aspiring author Liam who lands work providing Oxford admissions tuition to the son of famous writer JM Sinclair (Grant).

As he settles into the outhouse of the sprawling Sinclair estate, we begin to wonder if this polite young man is hiding a secret agenda.

There is also something slightly off with Sinclair’s haughty wife Helene (Julie Delpy) who persuades Liam to sign a non-disclosure agreement before leaving him with her troubled son Bertie (Stephen McMillan).

There are some witty lines but the plot doesn’t veer far from its well-trodden path.

The Lesson, Cert 15, In cinemas now

WGA & Studio CEOs Will Meet Again; Get Out On Picket Lines In Force, Guild Urges Members

The WGA are heading back to the bargaining table with the CEOs of Netflix, Disney, Universal, and Warner Bros Discovery

“The WGA and AMPTP met for bargaining today and will meet again tomorrow,” said the guild in a message to members tonight. Executives Ted Sarandos, Bob Iger, Donna Langley and David Zaslav are all anticipated to be in attendance, along with AMPTP president Carol Lombardini and a praetorian guard of lawyers. On the other side, WGA chief negotiator Ellen Stutzman, along with David Goodman and Chris Keyser will also be in the room at the AMPTP’s Sherman Oaks’ offices.

But scheduling and attendance weren’t the only messages the guild wanted to convey late Thursday after an unresolved marathon negotiating session with the studies and streamers. “Your Negotiating Committee appreciates all the messages of solidarity and support we have received the last few days, and ask as many of you as possible to come out to the picket lines tomorrow,” the WGA declared tonight in a call for a show of strength in front of the studio lots and offices in LA and NYC Friday.

The missive from the WGA came soon after news of the guild, the AMPTP and the CEO Gang of Four proving unable to close a deal to end the soon-to-be 144-day long strike became public. With the industry essentially shut down for almost five months, almost no one working, and the greater economy of LA County facing a hit of up to $5 billion it is estimated, there were high hopes an agreement was in the offering tonight — especially with the CEOs in the room and engaged.

Whether or not, tomorrow’s negotiating session proves more fruitful remains to be seen.


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WGA & Studio CEOs Will Meet Again; Get Out On Picket Lines In Force, Guild Urges Members

The WGA are heading back to the bargaining table with the CEOs of Netflix, Disney, Universal and Warner Bros Discovery

“The WGA and AMPTP met for bargaining today and will meet again tomorrow,” said the guild in a message to members tonight.

But scheduling wasn’t the only message the guild wanted to convey late Thursday after an unresolved marathon negotiating session with the studies and streamers

“Your Negotiating Committee appreciates all the messages of solidarity and support we have received the last few days, and ask as many of you as possible to come out to the picket lines tomorrow,

The missive from the WGA came soon after news of the guild and the AMPTP proving unable to close a deal to end the soon-to-be 144-dayt long strike became public


The Fault Lines at Climate Week

Today was the day for The New York Times’s annual Climate Forward live event in Manhattan. David Gelles, Somini Sengupta and other Times reporters talked with some of the climate sector’s most vital newsmakers to share ideas, work through problems and answer tough questions about the threats presented by a rapidly warming planet.

As the day progressed and we heard from people like Michael Bloomberg, Al Gore, Mia Mottley and Ajay Banga, some common themes emerged.

Resolving the climate crisis is the hardest joint project humanity has ever taken on. On that much, the policymakers, activists and business leaders seemed to agree. But there are still big differences of opinion on how to get the job done. And in the meantime, the cognitive dissonance between hope and despair is enough to make everyone’s head spin.

“The future is very bright and every day is a freaking crisis,” Jason Grumet, C.E.O. of the American Clean Power Association, told my colleague Astead Herndon.

Divisions were most clear over the questions countries are set to consider in the global climate negotiations in Dubai this November: Is it time to start phasing out fossil fuels now? And how much should oil companies be involved in that process?

Al Gore warned that fossil fuel interests are trying to co-opt climate action, especially with a top oil executive, Sultan al-Jaber of the United Arab Emirates, leading this year’s global climate talks in Dubai.

“That’s just, like, taking the disguise off,” Gore, the former vice president, told David. “They have captured control of the political and policymaking process in too many countries and too many regional governments, and they’ve reached out to try to capture the U.N. process.”

Fossil fuel industries, Gore added, “have portrayed themselves as the source of trusted advice that we need to solve this crisis. But they are responding to powerful incentives to keep digging and drilling and pumping up the fossilized remains of dead animals and plants and burning them in ways that use the atmosphere as an open sewer, threatening the future of humanity. It’s enough already.”

But some corporate and government leaders onstage today, including the billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, were adamant that the world is not yet ready to give up fossil fuels. Bloomberg also said al-Jaber was a smart choice to lead the COP28 talks.

“We are not going to get away from using oil for the next 10 or 15 years and we are not going to say everybody that has a gas-guzzling car can’t drive it anymore and they will have to start walking today,” he told David. “Big oil is part of the problem. They are also part of the solution.”

Projections by the International Energy Agency says nations must stop approving new oil, gas and coal projects for the world to keep warming below dangerous levels. Still, oil producing nations and corporations haven’t yet shown any signs that they are ready to slow down.

Britain’s government, a climate leader for years, just announced a change of course that will weaken key environmental pledges, including delays to a ban on the sale of gas and diesel cars.

The prime minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Store, told Somini that this is the century when the world will phase out fossil fuel. But he also said he is against setting a deadline for the transition, and defended his country’s continued investment in oil and gas expansion.

“I believe that the change here will have to come from the demand side and cannot be by having political decisions to cut the supply side,” he said. “By the end of this decade, you will have very good business arguments for not investing in oil and gas and rather investing in solar, wind, hydrogen, these new sources.”

Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados who has become a leader of the climate movement, said that for her country and others it is impossible to get rid of fossil fuels without alternatives in place.

“Natural gas continues to be a bridge in fuel because there is a genuine lack of capacity globally,” she said. “I would love somebody to pay me to keep our natural gas in the ground in our oceans. But in they don’t, how am I going to finance my net zero and how am I going to ensure that my country has access to credible supply of energy?”

Almost four months into his presidency at the World Bank, Ajay Banga said he was looking for intelligent ways to get developing countries enough resources to build up that capacity.

“We’ve created processes to work on this,” he said. “I would tell you don’t think the door will open and the trillions will flood in it. But don’t give up hope.”

But what are countries willing to sacrifice for the green transition? Activists are concerned that impacted communities and ecosystems could suffer.

“We often get caught up in the cycle of trying to move things fast; however, if you want to go further, you have to go together and that often takes time,” Ebony Twilley Martin, executive director of Greenpeace USA, told Astead. “When we don’t do a proper assessment, we see biodiversity loss, economic burdens.”

Still, there was plenty of optimism about the ability of nations and people to change. Some talked about the local solutions, such as cities that are reshaping themselves to cope with increasing heat.

Losing hope is not an option, Gore said. People should, instead, look for ways to organize politically.

“Climate despair is just another form of denial and we have to resist it,” he said. “We don’t have time to wallow in despair. We have work to do and we can do this.”

The United States and China, the world’s two biggest polluters, were not invited to speak on Wednesday at a special climate summit convened by the United Nations’ secretary general, António Guterres.

His goal was to highlight only the work of countries that are most ambitious about their climate actions — and, as my colleague Max Bearak wrote, to implicitly shame those who are dragging their feet.

Of the world’s four biggest carbon emitters, only the European Union was invited to speak at the summit. The only official from the United States invited to speak was Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who has recently announced that his state would sue Big Oil.

The summit was one of 585 official events happening as part of Climate Week NYC. That included not only several conferences about the most challenging aspects of the climate crisis, but also Earth-focused drag shows and an ice cream giveaway to highlight “climate risks to the flavors we love.”

The week has become a magnet for start-ups, sustainability officers, scientists and policymakers looking to network and forge partnerships.

“This is like Burning Man for the climate geeks,” Oscar Soria, campaign director for Avaaz, an international advocacy organization, told my colleague Cara Buckley.

Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy, argued that the breadth of events is evidence that “the climate tent has been growing exponentially the last few years.”

“What do you need to solve the climate crisis?” she said. “The answer is, everyone.”

Ukraine ‘breakthrough’ underway as Kyiv smashes through Russian lines

Earlier this month, Ukraine captured the village of Robotyne and breached Russia’s first – and main – line of defence on the southern front. For months, Ukrainian progress had slowed in the face of Russian tank traps, minefields and so-called dragon’s teeth – large, triangular concrete blocs meant to impede armoured vehicles.

Kyiv has now been attempting to widen that breach, attacking south towards Novoprokopivka and southwest towards Verbove.

Barros added: “The Ukrainians in this video likely drove down a country road that creates a hole in the ditch and teeth lines…It indicates that Ukrainian forces have likely defeated local Russian’s defence in this section of the line.”

The news of a fresh assault on the southern front comes amid good news for Kyiv in the east where Ukraine’s forces have seized the towns of Klishchiivka and Andriivka near Bakhmut.

The ISW reported: “Russian servicemen and mil bloggers revealed that the Russian military command orders Russian troops to carry out “ill-conceived and unsupported” counterattacks on Bakhmut’s southern flank to urgently regain lost ground.”

Previously there were reports that Moscow had moved forces from the eastern front to shore up its embattled defences in the south.

It’s possible those movements weakened Russia’s eastern flank and allowed Ukrainian forces to exploit that weakness.

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