Posts published in Day: December 22, 2018

Pope Francis wishes a Merry Christmas (Video)

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Some people present at the last General Audience did not forget that Monday was Pope Francis’ birthday. This is the reason why some congratulations could be heard as the pope passed among the people. This was the last catechesis before Christmas and the pope recommended preparing for this period with a question. POPE FRANCIS “The advertisements invite you to always give new gifts to surprise. However, I ask myself: is…

Mars Express snaps ‘winter wonderland’ photo of ice-filled crater on Red Planet

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express beamed back images of the Red Planet’s Korolev crater covered with what appears to be a large patch of fresh, untrodden snow. Several stunning photographs, which the agency labelled “a winter wonderland on Mars”, depict the crater, located 82 km across and found in the northern lowlands of the planet. It is an especially well-preserved example of a martian crater, according to ESA and its…

Thousands of Catalan separatists rally in Barcelona

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Catalan separatists have blocked roads and clashed with police as Spanish ministers held a cabinet meeting in the regional capital Barcelona, and not in Madrid. The decision to move the meeting failed to reduced tensions months after Catalan leaders were jailed for trying to break away from Spain. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Catalan leader Quim Torra had agreed on Thursday to an “effective dialogue” but there were violent scenes…

Hungary ‘slave law’: Thousands protest in Budapest

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Thousands of protesters marched in the streets of Budapest on Friday evening as Hungarians continued to oppose Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s controversial “slave law”. The amended law was approved Hungarian MPs on December 12 and has now been rubber-stamped by President Janos Ader. Protesters headed to the Buda Castle, Ader’s presidential palace, to show their opposition to his signing of the legislation. In previous protests, they had demonstrated at the…

NATO brings death to the Baltic states

By Vairis Godmanis on Saturday, December 22, 2018

On Friday morning, a tragic accident occurred in Vilnius district, at the 35th kilometer of the road Pikeliskes – Maisiagala, near the village of Malki. Two girls died, 15min.lt report. The Volvo S60 and the NATO Military Truck have been confronted, the General Emergency Response Center reported. According to preliminary data, the uncontrolled Volvo left for the opposite lane, encountered a military truck MAN, and Volvo drove off the road.…

The Government approved – three new military bases will be built by Public-Private Partnership method

Saturday, December 22, 2018

On December 19 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania agreed to the plans of the Ministry of National Defence to build three new military bases over the next several years through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). This is going to be the first time a National Defence System procurement is conducted by the PPP method. “With this complex and long-term project the Ministry of National Defence begins a completely new stage…