Posts published in Day: August 7, 2018

Security lapse sparks evacuation at Frankfurt airport

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Parts of Frankfurt airport were evacuated for several hours on Tuesday following a lapse in security, federal police said, disrupting travel during the busy summer holiday season. “The cause of the evacuation of the terminal was an error by a security officer. Despite a positive test for explosives, a French family of four were allowed to leave the security zone,” police said on Twitter. The family were later located in…

No-deal Brexit? What it might mean for Britain

By William Schomberg, Tom Miles on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The prospect of a “no-deal Brexit” appears to have grown after the European Union’s negotiator rejected last month central elements of Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for a new trade agreement. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without striking any deal with Brussels was “uncomfortably high”. Trade minister Liam Fox has put the chances at 60-40. May’s office repeated on…

Latvian Defence Ministry has not demanded additional allocations in budget

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Despite the predicted negative fiscal space, ministries are demanding additional EUR 1.1 billion for their priority measures in the 2019 budget, according to the information at the disposal of the Finance Ministry. The ministry said though that the information might have some technical inaccuracies, and some ministries might have already found resources in their own funds for some of the measures. Last year ministries required additional EUR 760 million in…

Banning steak isn’t the best way to slow climate change

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

WeWork, the co-working mega-giant, recently instituted a new policy at its office spaces across the world: No more meat. Amid some backlash, the company said the decision was an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. And while this is a truly noble mission, if you take a deep dive into the science of climate and carbon emissions, the policy starts to look half-baked. For one thing,…

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia lead Europe on deaths by assault

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

You are more likely to die as a result of being assaulted in Latvia than anywhere else in the European Union according to official statistics released by Eurostat August 6. The findings are based on data from 2015. “With 5.1 assault-related deaths per 100 000 inhabitants, Latvia registered the highest rate among the EU Member States in 2015,” said Eurostat. The two other Baltic Member States, Lithuania (4.1 deaths due…

2019 European Parliament elections could be target of cyber attacks

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

According to a report by the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA), the elections of the European Parliament next May could become a target to cyber attacks, the Aktuaalne Kaamera newscast of the public broadcaster ERR reported on Friday evening. A cyber security handbook has been drawn up under the leadership of RIA which is meant for the organizers of elections and people responsible for cyber security. The handbook has been…

U.S. falling behind China in race to 5G wireless

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The United States is being outspent by China in the race to build the next generation of wireless communication, known as 5G, and it risks losing out on the potential economic benefits, according to a report by consultants Deloitte published on Tuesday. China currently has ten times more sites to support 5G communications than the United States. In just three months of 2017, Chinese cell phone tower companies and carriers…

U.S. judge bars Trump policy restricting transgender troops

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A U.S. court on Monday ruled the Trump administration could not enforce an updated policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, becoming the second court in the country to rule against the government since it unveiled the policy in March. President Donald Trump announced on March 23 that he would endorse a plan by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to restrict the military service of transgender people…