Posts published in Day: December 12, 2018

Fantastic finish: Danas Rapšys becomes world champion

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Danas Rapšys has won the swimming world championship gold medal in 400m free style swimming in the 2018 FINA World Swimming Championships held in China. His result of 3:34.01 min is a new Lithuanian and world championship record, as well as the best result in the world this season. Danas beat the Lithuanian record by 2.64 seconds and the world championship record by 0.31 seconds. Having dominated from the very…

Baltic farmers to call for fair direct support

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Representative organizations of farmers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have sent a public missive to the heads of the European Union’s institutions calling for fair distribution of direct support allocated in the union’s framework of common agricultural policy. A demonstration seeking fair competitive conditions on the European common market is also to take place in Brussels on Thursday. “The initial historical reference levels, which serve as basis for calculating direct support…

All-male panel at debate on improving gender equality in the military

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Social media users have been left confused after a group promoting gender diversity in the military shared a photo of an all-male discussion panel. Women in Defence, a group founded by a female ex-army officer, hosted the panel to discuss what more could be done to ensure gender balance in the British armed forces. But pictures shared on social media show five male members of the panel in front of…

European army: an apple of discord

By Viktors Domburs on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The initiative of creating a European Army actually is in the air of the European Union. Both French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel declared this month that they support the need to create a joint European army. By the way these two countries are the strongest EU member states from economic and political points of view. Their words are not just “air shaking” but the subject to…

The U.S. Air Force Could Fall Behind Russia and China by 2025

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Air Force has laid out a detailed request to grow the service from 312 operational squadrons up to 386. The US Air Force will fall behind Russia and China by 2025 unless the service quickly embarks upon a sizeable expansion of its fighting technologies, weapons arsenal and major attack platforms – to include new bombers, fighters, drones, rescue helicopters and more, senior service leaders suggest. Following a detailed analysis,…

Major Irish sport star ‘investigated for rape of young woman in city centre hotel’

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The woman, aged in her 20s, was taken to a sexual assault treatment unit following the alleged attack in Dublin, Ireland. Police are investigating after a woman was allegedly raped by a major Irish sports star in a city centre attack. The woman, aged in her 20s, is believed to have been out socialising in Dublin, Ireland, in the early hours of yesterday. She is then understood to have headed…

Lithuanian lawmakers voted to raise the outlay for defence to up to 2.05 percent

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lithuania’s parliament approved a 2019 budget on Tuesday that boosts defence spending but does not meet demands of teachers who have gone on strike to demand higher wages. Revenues are expected to be 17.2 billion euros ($19.6 billion) and expenditures 17.0 billion euros next year, including 1.9 billion euros in EU support. The government expects a surplus of 1.5 billion euros by year-end. Lawmakers voted to raise the outlay for…

Remigration pilot project has brought 330 people back to Latvia

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A remigration pilot project launched by the government has so far brought 330 people back to Latvia, Dainis Rijkuris, an adviser to the environment protection and regional development minister, said at the conference “To Leave or to Return to Latvia: Zemgale”, reffered LETA. The representative of the ministry said that during the project regional remigration coordinators have contacted around 1,300 Latvian families in foreign countries, and 130 families, or 330…

Estonia’s first new ID cards to be issued this week

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The first Estonian ID cards produced by France’s Idemia (formerly Oberthur Technologies), complete with a new design, security elements and chip, will be issued to those who applied for them on or after 3 December. The first expedited-issue documents and digital IDs in the new format have already been in use since last week already, spokespeople for the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) told BNS on Tuesday. Anyone who…