Big Isle briefs, March 25

Hilo Little League softball registration closes Friday for ages 13 through 16 (as of Jan. 1, 2022).

Moscow accused of forcibly removing civilians to Russia

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine accused Moscow of forcibly removing hundreds of thousands of civilians from shattered Ukrainian cities to Russia to pressure Kyiv to give up, while President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his country to keep up its military defense and not stop “even for a minute.”

Obituaries for March 25

Marvin Isaac Banasky, 76, of Mountain View died Feb. 27 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Portland, Ore. and he was a plumbing supply salesman and grew tropical plants, including bananas and heliconias. Private services held. Survived by wife, Veatrius “Vee” Cress of Mountain View; son, Stanley Lanning; daughters, Janet Frank and Anna Dougherty; sister, Rebecca Smilovitz; 10 grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Biden pledges new Ukraine aid, warns Russia on chem weapons

BRUSSELS — President Joe Biden and Western allies pledged new sanctions and humanitarian aid on Thursday in response to Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine, but their offers fell short of the more robust military assistance that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded for in a pair of live-video appearances.

Jackson on track for confirmation, but GOP votes in doubt

WASHINGTON — After more than 30 hours of hearings, the Senate is on track to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. But Democrats seem unlikely to confirm her with a robust bipartisan vote, dashing President Joe Biden’s hopes for a grand reset after partisan battles over other high court nominees.

Rich countries getting new COVID vaccine before poorer ones

NEW DELHI — The company behind a COVID-19 vaccine touted as a key tool for the developing world has sent tens of millions of doses to wealthy nations but provided none yet to the U.N.-backed effort to supply poorer countries, a sign that inequity persists in the global response to the pandemic.

N. Korea says it test-fired biggest ICBM, US adds sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Friday it test-fired its biggest-yet intercontinental ballistic missile under the orders of leader Kim Jong Un, who vowed to expand the North’s “nuclear war deterrent” while preparing for a “long-standing confrontation” with the United States.