Posts published in Day: May 11, 2018

U.S. military seeks rules for drilling in eastern Gulf of Mexico

Friday, May 11, 2018

An expansion of oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would interfere with U.S. military testing unless the Pentagon and another agency develop rules to govern the work, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a report this week. The Defense Department concluded in a report it sent on Wednesday to U.S. lawmakers that drilling east of the Military Mission Line in the Gulf of Mexico, a demarcation more…

Elektrum Lietuva expanding in Lithuania, to offer solar panel installation services

Friday, May 11, 2018

Independent power supplier Elektrum Lietuva, part of Latvian energy group Latvenergo, is launching a new business and will help residents and businesses to install solar panels as of May. Elektrum Lietuva CEO Martynas Giha says the company is the first in the market to provide such services. “We see the change, we see that consumers want a personal attitude, a personal offer, they want to be producers and contribute to…

Court lifts Competition Council’s EUR 2.2 million fine on Rigas Satiksme

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Administrative Regional Court has overturned the Competition Council’s EUR 2.2 million fine imposed on Riga municipal public transport company Rigas Satiksme, the company’s representative Viktos Zakis told LETA. Rigas Satiksme previously contested the Competition Council’s decision to fine the company over its agreement with Rigas Mikroautobusu Satiksme (Riga Minicoach Transport, RMS), which stipulated that RMS’ tariffs would be no lower than the tariffs approved by the Riga City Council.…

India and Pakistan tensions reach diplomatic PEAK in FURIOUS STAND OFF at UN meeting

By Andy Anderson on Friday, May 11, 2018

PAKISTAN raised tensions with India at a UN General Assembly session in New York after a Pakistani official made reference to the issue of the Kashmir conflict, which India rejected as being irrelevant to the work of the committee. Masood Anwar, Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the UN, said: “The world we live today is marred with conflict and strife while we maintain unity in fighting terrorism and extremism. “Countering the…

Maiden Flight of Russia’s New Mi-38T Helicopter Set for May

Friday, May 11, 2018

Russia’s new Mi-38T military helicopter designed for airborne troops will take to the skies this month, a spokesperson for a Kazakh factory with the Russian Helicopters aviation giant told Sputnik. “The plan is to see the helicopter, which is being adapted to the Defense Ministry’s requirements, take off on its maiden flight in May,” the spokesperson for Kazan Helicopters said Thursday. Russian Helicopters, the country’s only helicopter-maker and a leading…

Latvia’s prime minister appoints new head of Control Service

Friday, May 11, 2018

Lawyer Ilze Znotiņa has agreed to take post as head of Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity, as confirmed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to Rīta panorama programme. Znotiņa will take office 1 June. She provided written consent to lead the Control Service on Wednesday, 9 May, said the prime minister. Kučinskis says he wants the current head – Viesturs Burkāns –…

France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions

Friday, May 11, 2018

France has condemned as “unacceptable” a US move to re-impose sanctions on companies trading with Iran. The action from Washington followed President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a landmark deal that sought to curb Iran’s nuclear programme. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said European companies should not have to pay for the US decision. The US says firms have six months to halt business and cannot enter…

Decorated US F-22 Raptor Pilot Accused of Raping Sleeping Woman in 2014

Friday, May 11, 2018

A decorated US Air Force F-22 Raptor pilot and intelligence analyst will face a court martial this fall for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while she was in bed asleep, among other violent crimes, according to an Air Force charge sheet released Wednesday. Colonel Jason Costello, who is assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command-Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, is accused of three violations of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice,…

State Audit: prime minister’s statement about the institution was ill-advised

Friday, May 11, 2018

Latvia’s State Audit is confused over the statement given to the media by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis about the conclusions made by this institution in the report regarding lasting inaction in the management of real estate properties owned by country’s interior affairs sector, as well as the double standards in behaviour of state officials. «The role of the supreme audit institution in a democratic country is being a pillar of…

Seimas names 2020 as Year of Vilnius Gaon and History of Lithuanian Jews

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Lithuanian parliament has designated 2020 as the Year of the Vilnius Gaon and the History of the Jews of Lithuania, informs LETA/BNS. The Seimas on Thursday passed the respective resolution unanimously, with 92 votes in favor. 2020 will mark 300 years since the birth of Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, known as the Gaon of Vilna, or Vilnius. In the resolution, the parliament underlines that the Jews have been…