Posts published in Day: October 3, 2018

In pictures: Search for Indonesia survivors after quake death toll reaches 1,234

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Indonesian government is coordinating a large-scale search-and-rescue effort as it has confirmed on Tuesday that the death toll of the Friday earthquake at 1 234 people. American news agency AP reports that in the Sulawesi island of Indonesia, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk on Friday, September 28. It also triggered the tsunami said to have been as high as 6 metres in places.  

NATO exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NATO’s Trident Juncture 18 exercise will draw in 45,000 troops, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday, unveiling what officials confirmed would be the alliance’s biggest manoeuvres since the Cold War, the AFP news agency reports. Stoltenberg said the exercise would simulate the defence of a member state from a “fictional” adversary, but the troops, tanks, ships and planes are headed for Norway, the North Atlantic and the Baltic – opposite…

Latvia, Lithuania to sign agreement on cooperation in emergency medicine

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This week Latvian Health Minister Anda Caksa (Greens/Farmers) will meet with Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga to sign an agreement on cooperation in emergency medicine in the border area of the two neighboring countries, said Health Ministry’s spokesman Oskars Sneiders. The agreement will mean that Latvian ambulances could provide services in the Lithuanian territory near the Lithuanian-Latvian border and vice versa. The agreement also provides for exchange of information, organization…

Lithuania’s new car market grows 25% in Q1-3 y/y

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Almost 27,000 new passenger cars were registered in Lithuania during the first three quarters of 2018, up 25 % from 21,600 in the same period last year, Autotyrimai said on Monday, citing data from the state car registration company Regitra. In September, however, the new passenger car market shrank by 10% y-o-y to 2,500 registrations. “This is the first monthly decline in the market since February 2015,” the market research…

Armenian PM accuses parliamentary majority of «counterrevolution»

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian held a rally outside parliament in Yerevan to protest what he called a «counterrevolution» by his political opponents in parliamentary majority opposed his push for an early parliamentary election. Pashinian came to power on the wave of mass protests in May by forcing the previous Armenian Prime Minister to resign. American news agency AP reports that on Tuesday, October 2, that the Republican Party and…

Latvian president still has not made up his mind on publication of KGB files

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis will decide on declaration of former KGB files once he has received Saeima’s final decision on approval of the legislative draft and the full text, as reported by the State President’s Chancellery. The chancellery explains that the president does support publication of KGB files and that the Saeima had supported the decision on opening the ‘KGB bag’ previously – in 2014. ‘Currently the most important matter…

European Parliament approves new rules for audiovisual media; child protection enhanced

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Tuesday, 2 October, MEPs approved improved rules for audiovisual media. These new rules ensure better child protection and limiting the amount of advertisements and make sure at least 30% of shown content was made in Europe, as BNN was informed by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota. The new rules will apply not only to broadcasting organizations but also service providers who offer video-on-demand. The same applies to video-sharing…

Latvian railway electrification project’s costs may reach those of Parex Bank or MPC

By Simona Sjadite on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

«The railway electrification project may potentially leave Latvian taxpayers with nothing. Cost-wise this project comes close to the financial strife that was caused by Parex Bank’s liquidation or even mandatory procurement component system’s potential losses. The only difference is that it is still possible to avoid the potentially ruinous outcome of the electrification project. If I, as head of the responsible state institution, were asked by state institutions advice on…

EU workers no longer priority to UK, when country leaves bloc

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The UK plans to stop preferential access to the country’s labour market for European Union workers after Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May has stated. French news agency AFP reports that in an announcement at her Conservative party congress, the British PM stated the EU’s free movement of people will end with Brexit and «for the first time in decades, it will be this country that controls and chooses who…

President Donald Trump helped parents hide money on tax returns – New York Times

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New York state tax authorities are investigating after the New York Times reported that Donald Trump engaged in “dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud”, as he and his siblings took control of a real estate empire built by Fred C Trump, the president’s late father. “The tax department is reviewing the allegations in the NYT article and is vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation,”…