Russian oligarchs and companies aren’t invited to Davos for the 2022 World Economic Forum annual meeting, marking their first absence since the fall of the USSR

Davos ski resort at sunrise ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2020, the last time the conference was held in-person. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images Russian oligarchs are known for throwing lavish parties at the World Economic Forum in Davos. But this year, zero Russian businessmen or companies received the invite, according to multiple reports.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will deliver a virtual keynote address on Monday.  Russian oligarchs — and their lavish parties — will be noticeably absent this year from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos as Putin’s war on Ukraine nears its fourth month. Not one Russian… Read More

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Morosi: Mariners’ lineup missing veteran leadership, path forward tough because of Angels

Entering Saturday’s game in Boston, the Mariners are a season-worst six games under .500 after dropping four of their last five contests. Trevor Story hits grand slam to lead Red Sox past Mariners 7-3 Even with their early-season struggles a year ago, the Mariners were never six games under .500 at any point in the season. This year, a lineup that entered the season with a lot of promise has failed to deliver the necessary results of late. After averaging 4.8 runs per game in a 9-7 April, the Mariners are averaging just 3.25 runs per game in May. As a result, Seattle is just 8-16 this month entering Saturday.… Read More

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These 3 Canadian banks offer the most in-demand emerging mobile features

This is a preview of Insider Intelligence’s 2021 Canada Mobile Banking Emerging Features Benchmark, available exclusively to subscribers. In addition to mobile banking coverage, Insider Intelligence publishes thousands of pieces of content, including research reports, charts, and forecasts on the financial services industry. You can learn more about becoming a client here. The Canadian banks that offer the most desirable mobile banking app features in 2021 are RBC, TD Canada, and BMO, according to the inaugural Insider Intelligence Canada Mobile Banking Emerging Features Benchmark. Smartphone banking adoption will slow. Insider Intelligence After an uptick in 2020, growth in Canadian consumers’ smartphone banking adoption will slow to a trickle, according to… Read More

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Berkeley Unified tells students, staff to mask up again amid COVID surge

More than two months after state officials lifted an indoor mask mandate for public school students, Berkeley Unified leaders will require students to mask up again for the last two weeks of the academic year amid a surge of COVID cases. In a memo to parents, Superintendent Brent Stephens said all students, staff and people at district campuses and facilities must begin wearing masks on Monday. The mandate includes people attending indoor school events and indoor graduations, even those taking place off campus. The move follows a meeting between the district’s COVID response team and Berkeley public health partners “to discuss the COVID-19 surge we are now experiencing,” the letter… Read More

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A Florida man is accused of faking a presidential pardon from Trump while he was under investigation for fraud

Former U.S. President Donald Trump shakes his fists as he makes his entrance into a rally held in Washington Township, Michigan, U.S. April 2, 2022. REUTERS/Emily Elconin A Florida man showed officials investigating him for fraud a fake pardon signed by Donald Trump. The US government seized $337,000 from Alexander Leszczynski, 22, the Justice Department said. Leszczynski is charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering and faces up to 30 years in prison. A Florida man who was under investigation for fraud tried to vindicate himself by producing a fake presidential pardon signed by former President Donald Trump, according to the Justice Department. Alexander Leszczynski, 22 and from… Read More

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African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US

LONDON (AP) — Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease’s recent spread in Europe and North America.  Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, U.S., Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who hadn’t previously traveled to Africa. There are about 80 confirmed cases worldwide and 50 more suspected ones, the World Health Organization said. France, Germany, Belgium and Australia reported their first cases Friday. “I’m stunned by this. Every day I wake up and there… Read More

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Nine shot, one killed outside party in San Bernardino County, police say

By Alex Wigglesworth | Los Angeles Times Nine people were shot, one of them fatally, outside a party in San Bernardino County late Friday, police said. Officers were dispatched to the scene in the city of Highland shortly before midnight and encountered a large crowd, Sgt. Equino Thomas, a spokesman for the San Bernardino Police Department, wrote in an email. Outside a business in the 3600 block of East Highland Avenue, officers found one individual who had been shot and died at the scene, Thomas said. The victim’s identity was not released. Authorities later learned of eight other shooting victims, many of whom transported themselves to local hospitals, he said.… Read More

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How California bureaucrats are using a typo to destroy a fisherman’s dream

Bureaucrats sometimes make mistakes. But when they refuse to acknowledge a mistake and double down on it to deprive someone of their livelihood and family business, a lawsuit can be the only way to hold them accountable. That’s what happened to Max Williams, and he’s fighting back. Max has dreamed of captaining his own fishing vessel since he was young. Fishing has been the Williams family’s way of life for decades. They have owned and operated vessels practicing sustainable fishing off the coast of California to feed their community and provide for their family. Like his grandfather and parents before him, Max wants to continue the family tradition and captain… Read More

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Australia PM Morrison defends record despite election loss

TREVOR MARSHALLSEA SYDNEY (AP) — Scott Morrison said his conservative government had left Australia in a robust condition, even as voters on Saturday punished him for his handling of issues including climate change and the pandemic that helped return the center-left opposition to power for the first time in almost a decade. Morrison, 54, said he would step down as head of the Liberal party — the senior member of the conservative coalition that had ruled since 2013 — after conceding defeat to the Labor party and its leader Anthony Albanese. A former tourism marketer before switching to politics, Morrison was labeled the “accidental prime minister” in 2018 when his… Read More

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Voracious vineyard pest ‘skeletonizer’ moth detected in Napa County

Katy St. Clair | Bay City News Foundation Authorities in Napa County are sounding the alarm about a moth known to cause “significant” damage to grapevines after an insect trapper discovered it earlier this month and reported it to the county’s agricultural commissioner. The moth, dubbed with the rather heavy metal name “Western grape leaf skeletonizer” is from the species Harissina metallica and is described by the county as a “voracious feeder” that can cause extensive damage to grape leaves, often resulting in partial or complete defoliation of grapevines. The feeding can also damage fruit and lead to secondary fungal damage. “We do not want this pest to become established… Read More

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