Posts published in Day: August 8, 2018

Israel says air defense sirens near Gaza a false alarm

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Israeli military sounded air defense sirens near the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in what it later said was a mistake. “This was a false alarm,” the military said on Twitter. Israel uses sirens to warn of rocket or mortar launches by militants in Islamist Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave. The incident comes as Hamas and Israel considered Egyptian- and U.N.-proposed ideas for calming a more than three-month-long surge in confrontations along…

Chinese exports accelerate even as Trump escalates trade war

By Elias Glenn, Ben Blanchard on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

China’s exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world’s two major economic powers ramped up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth. In the latest move by President Donald Trump to put pressure on Beijing to negotiate trade concessions, Washington is set to begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on…

Conscript injured in grenade blast during training

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A conscript serving in the Viru Infantry Battalion was injured after making an error launching a grenade during training at the Estonian Defence Forces’ (EDF) Sirgala Training Ground in Ida-Viru County. According to initial information, the conscript was practicing throwing hand grenades when a grenade fell from their hand into the trench. Both the conscript and their instructor took cover, however the conscript sustained injureies in the blast, the Headquarters…

Ex-city police chief claims role in Venezuela drone attack

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A former Venezuelan municipal police chief and anti-government activist says he helped organize an operation to launch armed drones over a military rally on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro has called an assassination attempt. In an interview, Salvatore Lucchese, a Venezuelan activist who was previously imprisoned for his role in past protests, told Reuters he orchestrated the attack with a loose association of anti-Maduro militants known generally in Venezuela as…

Latvia’s fire fighters finally put out turf and forest fire in Valdgale

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Considering that the active phase of battling the massive fire that has devastated Valdgale these past couple of weeks, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service has thereby concluded its work at the site. An assessment of the situation in Valdgale Parish and Puze Parish on Monday, 6 July, showed that since no open flame, smouldering or smoke is observed within the safety perimeter, there are no risks for people there,…

In quake-hit Indonesia, thousands in need of humanitarian aid

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

In Lombok island, Indonesia, the number of the victims of the disastrous earthquake of the past weekend, exceeded a hundred with more bodies found under the rubble of buildings. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports on Wednesday, August 7, that a humanitarian crisis looms for thousands left homeless by the disaster in the rural area, where clean water, food, medicine and shelter are desperately needed. The representative of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation…

Cigarettes contraband levels in Latvia remain the highest among EU member states

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Latvia remains the unfortunate leader among EU member states in terms of cigarette contraband – 21.1% of the total amount, according to data from a survey performed by KPMG last year. «With that, Latvia’s annual losses from unpaid taxes because of cigarette contraband reach approximately EUR 59 million. Although cigarette contraband volumes have declined 1.5% compared to 2016, Latvia remains the only country in the European Union with cigarette contraband…

African swine fever recorded in a small backyard enclosure in Saldus

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

African swine fever infection has been found in two dead domestic pigs in a small backyard enclosure in Druva village in Saldus. Epidemiological investigation has commenced, as confirmed by Food and Veterinary Service representative Ilze Meistere. The area around the enclosure has been quarantined – a protection zone in a 3 km radius and a monitoring zone in a 10 km radius. This is the ninth time African swine fever…

Power generation at Latvian hydro power plants down 11.8% year-on-year in H1

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

During the first six months of 2018, power generation at Latvian hydro power plants dropped 11.8% from the same period a year ago, according to the information from the Central Statistical Bureau. In the first six months of this year, the hydro power plants in Latvia generated 2.017 bln kWh of electric power in contrast to 2.287 bln kWh generated in January-June 2017. Combined heat-and-power (cogeneration) plants generated 1.902 bln…

Accounting firm investigated after acting as intermediary in tank deal

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

An accountancy firm based in Tallinn is being investigated after acting as intermediary in an arms deal between the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, and a company in Cyprus. According to weekly Eesti Ekspress, Georgia wanted to conclude a deal to purchase T-72 tanks, of Ukrainian origin, from the Cypriot-based firm, for a reported €3 million, but the transaction fund were transferred via an Estonian accountancy firm. The transfer raised…