Posts published in Day: May 12, 2018

Police investigating sexual assault allegations against Igor Mang

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Police in Estonia have launched a misdemeanor procedure regarding several sexual assault allegations recently made against popular astrologer Igor Mang. Rainis Sinikas, director of the Prevention and Proceedings Bureau at Ida-Harju Police Station, said that one statement has been submitted to the police, and in the framework of the launched procedure, police will determine whether the characteristics of an offense are present in the act. The North District Prosecutor’s Office…

Power links to Sweden, Poland help Lithuanian consumers save EUR 70 mln

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Power interconnections with Sweden and Poland — NordBalt and LitPol Link — have helped Lithuanian consumers to save 69 million euros since 2016, the chief executive officer of the transmission system operator Litgrid said on May 11th. “The total result since the launch of the interconnectors is 69 million euros. This is the amount that Lithuanian consumers have paid less for electricity. That makes 30 million euros per year on…

Agreement signed on development of new aviation strategy for Latvia

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Aviation Association of Latvia and the Latvian Ministry of Transport signed (10-May-2018) a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) for the development of aviation in Latvia. Key highlights include: The parties will develop an aviation strategy for 2019 to 2025, based on a vision of developing the national aviation industry across the entire range of aviation services; The memorandum intends to focus on business aviation and aviation employment, education and research, aircraft…

Polish press freedom reported to be still worsening

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Press freedom in Poland under the rule of the Law and Justice party is said to continue to worsen as a case of uncovered police brutality has lead to prosecutors focusing on the reporter and his source, which he refuses to reveal. Belgian EurActiv and Polish Gazeta Wyborcza reported on Friday, May 11, that reporter Wojciech Bojanowski from the Polish commercial channel TVN24 revealed in 2017 that police had repeatedly…

Iranian Foreign Minister to Visit China, Russia, EU to Discuss JCPOA

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will travel to China, Russia and Brussels to discuss the future of the Iranian nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), amid the US decision to withdraw from the agreement, an Iranian Foreign Ministry source told Sputnik on Friday. “Zarif will start his diplomatic tour on Sunday to discuss the JCPOA. The trip will begin with China, which he will visit…

China again flies bombers around Taiwan

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bombers and fighter jets from China’s air force conducted encirclement drills around Taiwan on Friday, the latest round of increasingly frequent military manoeuvres near the self-ruled island that Taipei has denounced as intimidation. China claims Taiwan as its sacred territory, and its hostility towards the island has grown since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. In the past year, Beijing has stepped up…

How Russia’s Blunders Abroad Have Galvanized Europe

By William Courtney on Saturday, May 12, 2018

On the eve of his visit to Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron sent a strong signal to the Kremlin. He told Fox News, “We should never be weak with Russian President Vladimir Putin. When you are weak, he uses it.” But at its peril, the Kremlin often seems hard of hearing when it comes to listening to Europeans. Speaking on March 27 about the expulsion of Russian diplomats by European…

Juncker Calls on EU Countries to Reform Decision-Making System

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The European Union must reform its decision-making system by abandoning the principle of unanimity and replacing it with qualified majority voting, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. “There is a point I want to speak about. That is the Common Foreign and Security Policy. The foreign policy is organized in a way that the voices are not heard in a big choir of European nations because we still have to adopt decisions unanimously. There is…

Non-alcoholic beer sales in Latvia grow 45% in Q1

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Non-alcoholic beer sales in Latvia in the first quarter of this year have grown 45% compared to the same period last year, Latvian brewery Aldaris said, citing the market research by the Nielsen Company, informs LETA. Sales of non-alcoholic beer made by Aldaris have increased 15% year-on-year in the first three months of 2018 which suggests the growing popularity of this particular product segment in Latvia, the brewery said. Aldaris…

South Korean President Vows to Ensure Further Seoul-Pyongyang Cultural Exchanges

Saturday, May 12, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed Friday to ensure that the cultural exchanges between Seoul and Pyongyang would continue and intensify. “The exchanges that were launched by South and North Korean art performance groups should continue and the South and the North should meet more frequently… I will do my best to make sure the exchanges between the South and the North… will continue to flow without stopping,” Moon said…