Posts published in Day: May 14, 2018

Former US Army official gets 6 years in bribery scheme

Monday, May 14, 2018

A former Army official has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for accepting bribes related to contracting at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Forty-four-year-old John Kays of Pinehurst, North Carolina, also was ordered Friday to forfeit more than $631,000 and pay restitution of more than $880,000. Kays’ wife, 43-year-old Danielle Kays, is serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty for her role in…

America after Trump

By E.J. Dionne Jr. on Monday, May 14, 2018

In the imaginations of his hopeful defenders, President Trump was supposed to transcend left and right. He’d break the Republican Party from the shibboleths of the Reagan Era and create a new ideology mindful of the interests of the party’s working-class supporters. Trump signaled this regularly. He touted a big infrastructure program. He insisted he would never cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. He said his health-care plan would be…

Princely feuds in the Persian Gulf thwart Trump’s efforts to resolve the Qatar dispute

Monday, May 14, 2018

When the rulers of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain teamed up to invade Qatar in 1867, Doha was a tiny outpost on an obscure desert peninsula coveted by rival tribes. Today, Doha is a city transformed into a glittering modern capital by natural-gas-derived wealth — and Qatar is still the object of its neighbors’ wrath, an outlier and maverick whose emir refuses to fall into line with the region’s powerful royal…

Russians behind the killing of 29 civilians in Ukraine identified

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Russian major general now believed to be helping lead his country’s missile and artillery efforts in Syria was behind the indiscriminate shelling in January 2015 of a Ukrainian town that left at least 29 civilians dead. Working off of raw video, cellphone intercepts and information gleaned from social media and military websites in Ukraine and Russia, a joint reporting team that includes U.K.-based Bellingcat and McClatchy has identified nine…

Estonian women earned 21% less than men last year

Monday, May 14, 2018

The gender pay gap on Estonia that has previously decreased for three consecutive years has remained unchanged at about 20,9% between October 2016 and October 2017, Estonian statisticians have calculated. According to data released on Monday, May 14, by Statistics Estonia, in October 2017, the average gross hourly earnings without irregular bonuses and premiums were 6.26 euros for female employees and 7.91 euros for male employees. Statisticians estimated that last…

Unemployment in Latvia down to 6.7% in April

Monday, May 14, 2018

The unemployment level in Latvia declined to 6.7% in April, which is 0.3 percentage points less than the level recorded in March, according to information compiled by Latvia’s State Employment Agency. There were 64,631 unemployed people registered with SEA at the beginning of April. By the end of the month, however, their numbers had declined to 61,882. The largest unemployment decline was observed in Kurzeme, where the level of registered…

US soldiers deployed to Europe clink beer steins with Germans at Volksfest

Monday, May 14, 2018

Soldiers deployed on a nine-month rotation to Europe celebrated German and American style at the German-American Volksfest Hohenfels this weekend. The German-American Volksfest is a traditional German festival, with American flair. The fest is open to local Germans, American soldiers and families stationed in the area. The 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, who happen to be conducting training in the area while on rotation supporting Operation Atlantic…

European spy chiefs warn of hybrid threats from Russia, IS

Monday, May 14, 2018

European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage. The heads of Britain and Germany’s domestic intelligence agencies, as well as the European Union and NATO’s top security officials, pinpointed Moscow as the prime source of hybrid threats to Europe, citing attempts to manipulate elections, steal sensitive data and spark a coup in Montenegro. They also…

The President extended condolences to Indonesia over deadly bombings

Monday, May 14, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended condolences President Joko Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia over the church bombings in Surabaya, which killed many Indonesian citizens and left dozens more injured. “Such tragic and brutal attacks are a terrible shock to Indonesia and to all believers,” the President wrote in her message of condolences. She wished fortitude to the victim’s families and loved ones, speedy recovery to the injured as well as…

Most polite pet in the world? Cat climbs on bin and KNOCKS on door to be let in

Monday, May 14, 2018

This cat might just be the most polite pet in the world… A driver was left stunned when he saw the ginger moggy climb up a dustbin and use its paw to lift the door knocker – as if asking to be allowed inside the house. Motorist Dan Richardson spotted the ingenious feline outside a house in Bootle, Merseyside. The 26-year-old told the Liverpool Echo said he had pulled over…