Posts published in Day: December 19, 2018

Giant fish out of water!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The body of a massive tuna fish was washed up on a beach in the Orkney Isles following powerful storms this weekend. The sad sight caused a stir on Sanday island but fisherman were buoyed by further evidence the magnificent species is making a return to British waters. The body of the fish – one of the world’s largest and fastest, according to National Geographic – was estimated to be…

Baltic PMs meet on closer cooperation, security

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia met here on Monday on closer cooperation and security issues. At a meeting of the Prime Ministers’ Council under the format of the Baltic Council of Ministers (BCM), Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and his Latvian and Estonian counterparts Maris Kucinskis and Juri Ratas discussed cooperation in the field of energy, transportation, said a statement from the Lithuanian government. The issues discussed…

Kiska: Forward NATO Presence in Latvia Inspires Sense of Security

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The presence of soldiers on the NATO mission in Latvia inspires a sense of security, solidarity and unity in countries that might feel in danger, President Andrej Kiska said after meeting 151 Slovak soldiers serving at a base at Adazhi in Latvia on Tuesday. During his visit, the President emphasised the Latvian base’s motto “strength in unity”, adding that more than 3,000 soldiers from various countries are stationed there. “As…

Lithuania to Buy Floating Liquefied Gas Terminal

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Lithuanian lawmakers have voted to buy a floating liquefied natural gas terminal that has been providing gas to the Baltic nation as it tries to reduce its reliance on Russian energy. In Tuesday’s 99-1 vote with 17 lawmakers abstaining, parliament voted to buy the 300-meter (984-foot) Independence from a Norwegian company, Hoegh LNG AS. The terminal has been docked off Lithuania’s coast since 2014 and is used to supply natural…

Facebook ‘secretly allowed Netflix and Spotify to read users’ private messages

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

When he stood before Congress in April, following yet another scandal at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg declared ‘We don’t sell data to anyone’. That may technically be the case, but a new New York Times expose has revealed that Facebook gave 150 companies access to hundreds of millions of users’ data without their knowledge or consent. Records obtained by the Times reveal that the amount of data Cambridge Analytica received from a Facebook app…

60% of Estonians ready to defend their country, survey estimates

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A survey commissioned by the Estonian Defence Ministry has found that 60% of Estonian respondents would take part in defence related activity in the event of a military attack. The Estonian Defence Ministry stated in a news release on Tuesday, December 18, that the results of the Public Opinion and National Defence Survey carried out this autumn showed that in the event of an attack on Estonia, approximately 80% of…

Should we be walking our CATS?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Scientists have said that pet owners should start walking their cats on leads in a bid to give them more ‘enrichment’. A growing movement, with the hashtag #catwalking, calls on pet owners to begin taking their furry friends on walks, especially if they’re stuck indoors all day. With many cats cooped up indoors for long periods, particularly in urban towns and cities, there has been an increase in interest to…

Latvia will most likely have to wait for government’s approval until next year

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Although a large number of potential minister candidates for Krišjāņis Kariņš’s proposed government, it is unlikely for the new government to be approved this year, according to politicians participating in government formation talks. Prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš from New Unity had previously said he would wait for a response from New Conservative Party, KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par and National Alliance if they agree to his proposed government composition and specific…

Frequent sex will make life better as you get older: study

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Older folks who have been intimate with their partners in the past year are more likely to be happier with their lives, according to a new study. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, surveyed 6,879 adults with an average age of 65, and found that women who reported higher frequencies of kissing, petting and fondling were associated with greater life satisfaction, while men who reported having sexual intercourse were…

French general who visits Gao base in Mali thanks Estonian soldiers

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The chief of staff of the defense forces of France, Army Gen. Jean-Pierre Bosser, visited the Gao military base that is the place of service for the Estonian infantry platoon deployed to Mali and thanked the soldiers from the nations supporting France in the operation, including Estonia, who are serving there. Bosser, who is on a two-day pre-Christmas visit to the Gao base, emphasized the importance of the operation for ensuring…