Posts published in Day: June 29, 2018

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…

Lithuania is breaking away from Russia’s power grid

Friday, June 29, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the Prime Ministers of Latvia, Estonia and Poland and the Commission President Jean-Claud Juncker signed a political agreement on the synchronization of Baltic power grids with continental Europe. The agreement will allow to immediately launch synchronization works, ensuring the region’s energy independence from the BRELL circuit managed by Russia. It is the result of Lithuania’s nine-year long efforts. Lithuania has secured strong support from Poland…

EU to invest more in own security

Friday, June 29, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending a European Council meeting, which has been joined by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. In the run-up to the NATO summit, leaders are discussing EU-NATO cooperation, European security and resilience to hybrid threats. According to the President, there has been a breakthrough in the European mindset with increased understanding among EU member states that they must assume more responsibility and invest in their own security.…

President: Candidates must think about Latvia, not personal gain

Friday, June 29, 2018

Everyone planning to run in the general elections must think not about personal gains from the status of a lawmaker but about what they as MPs could do for Latvia, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said on June 21, addressing the parliament during its last plenary meeting of the spring session. This is the election year with a battle going on for the minds and choices of voters, Vejonis said, voicing…

Estonian institute: Number of people receiving envelope wages grows

Friday, June 29, 2018

Government leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Poland and the Lithuanian president along with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday signed a political agreement for deliberating the synchronization of the Baltic power grid with the continental European network through one LitPol link and an undersea cable. At a special ceremony in Brussels on Thursday the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, together with the President of Lithuania…