Posts published in December 2018

Sport “That’s enough,” says Inter coach Spalletti, after racism and violence

Friday, December 28, 2018

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti said on Friday it was time to say “Enough” to racism and hatred in soccer following incidents before and during Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Napoli. Inter fans made animal noises and racist chants at Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the match, while one fan was killed when he was hit by a car during a violent clash near the stadium before kick-off. Inter, who…

Manhunt on in Vienna after five monks assaulted, held captive in church

Friday, December 28, 2018

Five monks have been injured, one seriously, after being held captive at a Vienna church, police said. Police launched a search operation and deployed a helicopter to the area as well as putting in public transport controls to search for up to two men suspected of carrying out the attack, who were at large. Several of the monks were tied up in the church and gagged, according to Vienna police…

Army unit in Europe rescinds unusually specific order banning sex and cuddling

Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas came late for some Army troops on rotation to Europe when officials canceled an order Wednesday that for nine days banned various sexual acts, including cuddling, for a unit’s soldiers in the rotational barracks at the Grafenwoehr Training Area. The memorandum, an image of which circulated around the internet after it was shared by the popular website U.S. Army WTF Moments!, had been issued Dec. 17. The document banned…

Germany wants Poles, Italians and Romanians to beef up its military

Friday, December 28, 2018

The German military, plagued by a shortage of recruits, is considering accepting foreign citizens to help fill out the ranks, the country’s top soldier said Thursday. “In times of skilled labor shortage, we have to look in all directions,” Gen. Eberhard Zorn, Germany’s chief of defense, told the country’s Funke Media Group. Zorn said the military is particularly interested in recruiting foreign nationals to fill jobs such as doctors and…

Riga Airport raises number of passengers 16% in 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

Riga International Airport this year has handled by 16 percent more passengers than last year, said the airport’s board chairwoman Ilona Lice, greeting the seven millionth passenger at the airport today. The seven millionth passenger was Anete Kincus who took the Riga-Geneva flight on airBaltic. The number of flights and cargos also rose. In January-November the airport served 77,000 flights, up 12.2 percent year-on-year. The amount of cargos handles reached…

Lithuania’s president signs new referendum law allowing more polling places abroad

Friday, December 28, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has signed the new version of the Law on Referendum, defining referendum organization procedures and allowing more polling places abroad, into law, said the presidential press service. The Lithuanian parliament adopted the bill last week. Most of the amendments are aimed at adjusting referendum organization procedures to general procedures for elections. The key change is that the new law allows polling stations to be set up…

Corruption Prevention Bureau requests to press charges against businessman Krumins, former basketball player Valters

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) has requested the General Prosecutor’s Office to launch criminal prosecution against businessman Julijs Krumins, former basketball player Valdis Valters and businessman Haralds Balodis for trading with influence, according to information at the disposal of LETA. According to KNAB, a legal entity has turned at court against a local government in relation with detail plan of a construction project. In order to achieve a favorable decision,…

Miley Cyrus flaunts her cleavage while dancing in her $8,600 Vivienne Westwood ivory wedding dress as she confirms nuptials to Liam Hemsworth

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Miley Cyrus married her longtime beau Liam Hemsworth during a small ceremony in Tennessee last Sunday. On Wednesday, the 26-year-old singer took to Twitter to share a video of a fun moment from the reception that followed. In the clip, the Wrecking Ball songstress is captured boogieing in her $8,600 Vivienne Westwood ivory wedding dress with her husband Liam, 28, to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. Liam appeared to be filming as…

Lithuania prepares for talks with EU on funding for transit scheme for Russians

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Lithuania is getting ready for talks on EU funding for the so-called Special Transit Scheme for Russian citizens travelling between mainland Russia and the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad via Lithuania. Lithuania was allocated 157 million euros under the program in the EU’s 2014-2020 budget and the European Commission proposes 139 million euros in the new 2021-2027 budget, diplomatic sources have told BNS. Preliminary consultations on the new budget with…

Over 700 people granted Estonian citizenship in 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

More than 700 people, over half of them of undetermined citizenship, became naturalized citizens of Estonia during 2018. As of Dec. 17, 2018, the Estonian government has granted citizenship of the Republic of Estonia to 721 people this year. Of these people 475 were stateless residents before, spokespeople for the Interior Ministry told BNS. Of the new citizens of Estonia who previously held the citizenship of another country, 185 were…