Posts published in June 2018

Mattis says US will keep current troop levels in South Korea

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Carrying a clear message of reassurance to South Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated flatly Thursday that the U.S. will maintain its current number of troops on the Korean Peninsula, even as nuclear negotiations continue with North Korea. Speaking alongside South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, Mattis read a lengthy statement reinforcing America’s “ironclad” commitment to Seoul, adding that “the U.S. will continue to use the full range of…

Jurmala’s bronze tortoise sculpture to be auctioned off

Saturday, June 30, 2018

During the artRiga art festival this autumn, it is planned to auction off one of Jurmala’s symbol – the famous bronze tortoise sculpture, says sculptor Jāņis Bārda’s wife Aivija Bārda. The sculptor’s family explains their decision with the fact that the municipality has failed to pay in full for the sculpture in the last decade. ‘Due to recent events, our family needs a new home. Because of that, we have…

Allied Land Command holds Change of Command Ceremony

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Change of Command was held at NATO’s Allied Land Command on Friday, June 29, 2018 when U.S. Army Lieutenant General Darryl Williams handed command over to Deputy Commander, Italian Army Lieutenant General Paolo Ruggiero. “It has been my great honour to serve as the LANDCOM Commander during these past two years,” said Lieutenant General Williams. “Together, we have made great improvements in support of the NATO land community, and…

Sex workers leave Twitter for Switter after controversial US law

Saturday, June 30, 2018

An exodus of more than 100,000 sex workers have flocked to Austrian-hosted site Switter.at after the passage of a controversial US law. Critics warn that the bill, meant to stop trafficking, will only encourage violence. Sex workers have been a mainstay on social networks for more than a decade. Twitter in particular handed escorts a number of tools that allowed them to protect themselves ― a way to screen clients,…

Senate confirms Miller to lead US mission in Afghanistan, Harris as S. Korea ambassador

Friday, June 29, 2018

Army Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller was confirmed by the Senate as the new commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in a voice vote late Thursday. Miller, 57, who currently serves as commander of Joint Special Operations Command, also received his fourth star as part of the confirmation. Miller is expected to take over both NATO’s train, advise and assist mission and the U.S.’s separate counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan in the…

Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting had sued paper for defamation

Friday, June 29, 2018

The man suspected of killing five people in or near the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper had sued the paper for defamation and lost, and an Anne Arundel County police official said, “It was quite obvious this individual had a vendetta against the Capital newspaper.” The alleged shooter was identified in a bulletin emailed to Maryland law enforcement officials as Jarrod Ramos, 38, of Laurel, Maryland. He has worked…

Putin: New Russian weapons decades ahead of foreign rivals

Friday, June 29, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his country’s prospective nuclear weapons Thursday, saying they are years and even decades ahead of foreign designs. Speaking before the graduates of Russian military academies, Putin said the new weapons represent a quantum leap in the nation’s military capability. “A number of our weapons systems are years, and, perhaps, decades ahead of foreign analogues,” Putin told young military officers who gathered in an ornate…

This stuffed toy costs £129 and has an unusual feature that may need explaining to your children

Friday, June 29, 2018

The adorable stuffed animal is thought to be the first of its kind with an unusual feature. An adorable teddy sheep has now gone on sale – with a feature that you wouldn’t usually find on a toy. It is thought that Herwick the Sheep, which are being sold by Herdy, is the UK’s “first teddy with testicles.” The item has been released to celebrate Herdy’s 10th anniversary, and went…

Weather in Latvia to be rainy and cool next week

Friday, June 29, 2018

At the end of this week, colder masses of air will flow into Latvia by a cyclone. This means weather will be cool and windy. Rain is also expected on Sunday and beginning of next week. Weather will gradually improve in the second half of the week, however, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. An active cyclone above Finland will be dictating weather in Latvia this Friday.…

Study: nearly half of residents create savings in cash form

Friday, June 29, 2018

Nearly half of Latvia’s residents (42.3%) create savings in the form of cash. 17.4% of residents use bank accounts for savings, according to a study performed by Ferratum Bank about saving habits of Latvian residents. 7.7% of Latvian residents admit having deposits in some pension fund, 1.3% of residents keep savings in the form of jewellery, and 1.4% purchase shares. Study results show that 30.4% of residents try saving at…