Posts published in November 2018

Ukraine BANS Russian men from crossing border to block Moscow’s ‘secret armies’

Friday, November 30, 2018

Ukraine has banned Russian men aged 16-60 years from entering the country amid Kiev’s growing fears that Moscow is planning a full-scale invasion of the former Soviet republic. Tensions between the neighbouring countries have escalated after Russian forces opened fire on and captured Ukrainian navy vessels and sailors off the disputed peninsula of Crimea. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko explained the ban, claiming it was necessary to stop Russian President Vladimir…

Was Merkel’s G20 plane SABOTAGED?

Friday, November 30, 2018

German investigators are probing whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane was sabotaged after her flight to the G20 summit in Argentina had to make a dramatic emergency landing last night. Authorities are investigating whether the incident had a ‘criminal background’ after the Airbus A340 government plane was forced to land shortly after taking off from Berlin on Thursday. Reports in Germany said the aircraft’s entire communications system broke down, forcing the crew…

Wage growth continues in Latvia

Friday, November 30, 2018

Data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) November 29 show that in the 3rd quarter of 2018, compared to the 3rd quarter of 2017, the average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by 8.0 % or EUR 75, reaching EUR 1 006 for full-time work. However, compared to the 2nd quarter of 2018, gross wages and salaries increased much more modestly, by just 0.2 % or EUR 2. Wages and salaries in the public sector grew faster than…

Check for issue of permits to access official secrets should be sped up

Friday, November 30, 2018

The law should state that the inspection to see if a person can be provided with a permit to access official secrets should not take longer than three weeks, says prime minister candidate from KPV LV Aldis Gobzems. Currently the law states the inspection time is three months, which can also be extended by another three months if need be. Gobzems said his party could propose amending the law. The…

A blonde girl visits football game

Friday, November 30, 2018

A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. “Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.” Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?” “Well,…

Estonia to continue development cooperation with Afghanistan

Friday, November 30, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) attended a ministerial conference on Afghanistan in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan after the local parliamentary elections. The meeting also debated how the international community can support Afghanistan’s efforts towards peace and reconciliation. Mikser affirmed that Estonia will continue its support of the country through development cooperation. The conference’s resounding message was that the peace process must be…

Lithuanian education minister to resume talks with trade unions on pay model

Friday, November 30, 2018

Lithuanian Education and Science Minister Jurgita Petrauskiene is to hold on Thursday a new round of talks with trade unions on how to improve a new pay model for teachers in place since September. Following last week’s meeting, the ministry prepared a set of proposals and expects it to be approved on Thursday. However, these proposals have met with criticism from the Lithuanian Education Employees Trade Union, the organizer of an ongoing…

Jackie Chan admits he’s slept with scores of prostitutes

Friday, November 30, 2018

Jackie Chan has admitted to being a ‘total jerk’ in his personal life by treating women badly and letting his rage get so out of hand he threw his baby across the room. The martial arts superstar said that he used to strut around in a gold chain, sleep with prostitutes and drive drunk all the time – crashing a Porsche one morning and a Mercedes Benz later that night.…

Trump Organization ‘planned to give Putin a $50 million penthouse

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Trump Organization at one time planned to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a penthouse worth $50 million in the never-built Trump Tower Moscow, according to a new report. Felix Sater, a real estate developer and former mobster turned FBI informant who advised the Trump Organization on the deal, said on Thursday that the idea was a marketing ploy. ‘In Russia, the oligarchs would bend over backwards to live in the same…

Falling audiences make it harder for media companies to grow their revenues

Friday, November 30, 2018

After a few relatively stable years, the media market in the Baltics seems to be headed for interesting times. The latest Baltic Media Health Check report shows that more than half of the most popular media saw their audiences shrink in 2017. It is becoming harder for media owners to grow sales, and the size of the Baltic advertising market is still below its 2008 level. Baltic Media Health Check is…