NEWS DIGEST 30.04.2022: Ukraine war and other stories

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Zelenskyy asked the US for additional support, including a no-fly zone over Ukraine, to aid in the country’s fight against Russia. “Ukraine is grateful to the United States for its overwhelming support,” Zelenskyy said. Zelenskyy’s virtual speech was shown to members of Congress at an auditorium inside the Capitol Visitor Center and was also carried by major news networks. On Feb. 24, Russia invaded Ukraine in what Zelenskyy has described as a “war against the whole of Europe.” The US, UK and EU have imposed substantial sanctions against Russia, many Western companies have ceased operations there and more than 3 million Ukrainians have fled their country as Russian forces have bombarded cities and other targets. Zelenskyy’s address was carried by major news networks such as CNN, ABC News and CBS NewsWatch Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy Address Congress (CNET)

WASHINGTON – The Region 10 soccer title came down to the final game of the regular season Thursday night with two teams, Crimson Cliffs and Dixie, tied atop the standings. Before the night was over, Crimson Cliffs prevailed over Pine View, Dixie lost to Cedar and the Mustangs hoisted the Region 10 trophy along with their fans. Following are recaps of the week’s soccer matches in Region 10 along with a look at the 4A state tournament bracket, which was released by the Utah High School Activities Association early Friday morning. MacDonald posted his whopping 10th shutout victory of the year, meaning that he surrendered no goals in 10 of the 13 wins Crimson Cliffs achieved in the regular season. Dixie finished the regular season with a 9-3 record in Region 10 play, good for a second-place finish and a first-round bye in the upcoming 4A state tournament – Region 10 soccer: Crimson Cliffs wins region, No. 1 seed in 4A state tournament (St George News)

April 30 – More than 1 million people have been evacuated from Ukraine into Russia since Feb. 24, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in remarks published early on Saturday. The 1.02 million includes 120,000 foreigners and people evacuated from Russian-backed breakaway regions of Ukraine, the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics, which Russia recognised as independent just before launching its invasion. According to data from the United Nations, more than 5.4 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the invasion. Lavrov, in comments to China’s official Xinhua news agency published on the Russian foreign ministry’s website, said 2.8 million people in Ukraine have asked to be evacuated into Russia. Ukraine has said that Moscow has forcefully deported thousands of people to Russia – More than 1 mln people evacuated from Ukraine to Russia since Feb. 24, says Lavrov (Reuters ~ World)

You can keep throwing money at digital initiatives, but large IT budgets do not necessarily equate to digital success. Rather, it’s a cultural mindset that moves the needle toward growth and success. That’s the word from Marco Iansiti and Satya Nadella, who looked at the digital success rates of 150 companies in a recent Harvard Business Review article. They found that “outcomes did not depend on the relative size of IT budgets. Nor were the success stories confined to ‘born digital’ organizations.” Rather, creating a digital innovation mindset and culture is the defining factor. Throwing gobs of money at the opportunity “does not result in more growth or better performance; in fact, in some cases it can actually damage the business if it accentuates divisions and inconsistencies across groups,” Iansiti and Nadella observe – Stop Throwing Money At Digital Solutions, Top Tech Leader Urges (Forbes ~ Enterprise Tech)

The National Crime Agency has launched a potential fraud investigation into a PPE company linked to British politician Michelle Mone and searched the Tory peer’s shared home. The Guardian has previously reported that Mone approached Gove, Lord Agnew and Lord Bethell on behalf of PPE Medpro. Mone appears to have been instrumental in PPE Medpro being entered into the “high priority” VIP lane by Agnew in May 2020. In January the Guardian reported that leaked files appeared to suggest Mone and Barrowman were secretly involved in the PPE Medpro business. Responding to previous stories, Mone’s lawyers have said any suggestion of an association or collusion between the Tory peer and PPE Medpro would be “inaccurate” and that she was not involved in the business. “Baroness Mone is neither an investor, director or shareholder in any way associated with PPE Medpro. She has never had any role or function in PPE Medpro, nor in the process by which contracts were awarded to PPE Medpro.”Michelle Mone’s home raided as PPE firm linked to Tory peer investigated (The Guardian ~ UK politics – Conservatives)

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