Posts published in Day: January 22, 2019

Integrated approach and joint efforts of EU and NATO required to tackle hybrid threat – Rinkevics

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

On January 21, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, at which EU Foreign Ministers discussed the fight against disinformation, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. Edgars Rinkevics expressed support for the Joint Communication by the Commission and the EU High Representative “Action Plan against Disinformation”, published on December 5, 2018, and setting out practical measures…

EuroSpike submits bid to supply Estonian defense forces with long-range antitank system

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The weapons manufacturer EuroSpike GmBH has submitted a bid to the Estonian Center for Defense Investment in a tender to supply long-range antitank systems to the Estonian defense forces, the value of the framework contract to be concluded for seven years is approximately 40 million euros. “EuroSpike submitted today [on Monday] at 1 p.m. an offer to the Center for Defense Investment for the procurement of long-range antitank systems,” spokesperson for the center Ingrid…

Soccer star Ronaldo to answer tax fraud charges in Spain

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo is due in court in Spain on Tuesday to answer charges of evading taxes during his nine-year reign as Spanish side Real Madrid’s all-time highest scorer. The Portuguese striker is expected to plead guilty after he struck a deal last year with authorities in Spain to settle the case by paying an 18.8 million euro ($21.4 million) fine and accepting a suspended jail sentence. The 33-year-old Juventus forward…

Serena Williams ousts No. 1 Simona Halep at Australian Open

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

As Serena Williams made her way out to the Australian Open’s main court during pre-match introductions, the voice booming over the stadium’s speakers implored spectators to welcome “the world’s No. 1 player — from Romania, Simona Halep.” Williams, wearing headphones, quickly pivoted and retreated back into the tunnel she’d just emerged from, making way for her fourth-round opponent Monday night. A couple of hours later, when Williams wrapped up her…

More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her. The announcement came amid a growing #MeToo movement in South Korea’s elite sports scene, which has been notorious for a brutal training culture and highly hierarchical relationships between coaches and athletes. In addition to…

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to tackle spread of misinformation

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

End-to-end encryption allows groups of users to exchange texts, photos and video without oversight. Facebook’s WhatsApp is limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, starting on Monday, as the popular messaging service looks to fight “misinformation and rumours,” company executives said. Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to a total of 20 individuals or groups. The limit of five is an expansion of a…

14 sailors dead after 2 ships catch fire in Black Sea

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Blaze erupted as fuel was being pumped between vessels, says Russian government. The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the blaze erupted while fuel was being pumped from one vessel to another. The fire spread from one ship to the other, prompting crews to jump overboard, according to Russian news agencies. Media quoted the federal agency as saying the vessels, the Maestro and the Candy, had 31 crew members, who…

Lithuania will be allowed to export pigs to Poland again this week

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lithuania will be get its permit to export pigs to Poland back this week, Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture Giedrius Surplys says LETA. “We have agreed that the previous permit for the export of live pigs from Lithuania to Poland will be returned for six months, but the Lithuanian Food and Veterinary Service will have to carry out several additional checks for the Polish side to be completely sure that our…

Latvia to continue to maintain sanctions against Russia

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Latvia will continue to maintain the sanctions against Russia until Russia begins to observe principles of international law, according to the would-be government’s declaration. The declaration says that Latvia will continue to protect the interests of Latvia and its citizens during the Brexit process. Latvia wants the relations between the European Union and Great Britain to remain close and constructive in both economics and security and defense areas, says the…

Social uncertainty weakens Latvia

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the beginning of 2018 population of Latvia accounted for 1 million 934 thousand, which is 15.7 thousand people fewer than a year ago. Another survey conducted in 2018 by the CSB, shows that the share of Latvia’s population exposed to the risk of poverty grew by 1.2 percentage points from a year before to 446,000 people. CSB representatives…