Posts published in Day: March 1, 2019

Sometimes you must lose a battle to win the war – KNAB chief

Friday, March 1, 2019

It is clear that sometimes you must lose a battle to win the war, Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) chief Jekabs Straume said, commenting the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision to annul the decision suspending Bank of Latvia president Ilmars Rimsevics from his office. Straume said that he already had a notion that the EU Court of Justice would make such a ruling, as the prosecutor in charge…

‘Army Strong’ is weak when it comes to lobbying for dollars on Capitol Hill, report finds

Friday, March 1, 2019

“Army Strong” might be its motto, but on the bureaucratic battlefield for resources the military’s largest branch is weaker than the other services, which have the edge in self-promotion, a new RAND report says. “The sense one gets is of the Army as a bit too selfless, too concerned with service over self-interest and competition,” the RAND Corporation argued in a study into how the services compete. “This further implies…

Estonian president: Work to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank must continue

Friday, March 1, 2019

In recent years, NATO has adequately reacted to security problems on its eastern flank, but work to develop the alliance’s deterrence and defense posture is far from completed, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at a meeting on security of the heads of state of countries of central and eastern Europe. Kaljulaid said at the meeting held in Kosice, Slovakia that the allied battle groups stationed promptly in the Baltic countries,…

Facebook, Twitter and Google do not combat fake news as promised

Friday, March 1, 2019

Google search engine, and social networks Facebook and Twitter, do not fulfil their previously made promises to combat fake news, as stated in European Commission’s announcement. Opposite to the made agreement, Facebook has yet to provide results of an investigation of misleading advertisements. Google representatives have failed to explain what has been done to prevent disinformation. Twitter has not provided results in the subject regarding advertisement publishing control. Resources have…

Three quarters of smokers have no plans to drop smoking

Friday, March 1, 2019

61% of smokers living in Latvia have no plans to replace cigarettes with alternatives less hazardous for human health, as determined by a survey performed by SKDS. 62% of smokers admit knowing nothing about possible alternatives. 24% of Latvian residents admit having a smoking habit. 88% of them use cigarettes, 15% use hand-rolled cigarettes, and 4% use cigars. When asked if they at least consider moving to less hazardous, non-burning…

Survey: 66% of travellers avoid areas at risk of terrorist attacks and natural disasters

Friday, March 1, 2019

When travelling, most Latvian residents always try to avoid destinations suffering from armed conflicts or natural catastrophes, SIA Latvia Tours representative comments on information from Latvia Tours Travel Index. Every fifth respondent said this information does not apply to them. The index shows that 72% of interviewed women said they avoid destinations with threats of terrorism or natural disasters when planning their travel. 60% of men are worried about subject.…

UK immigration from non-EU countries at 15-year high

Friday, March 1, 2019

As the United Kingdom readies to leave the European Union partly due to mass immigration concerns, net immigration to the country from non-EU states has reached its highest level since 2014, official statistics showed. British public broadcaster BBC reports that the country’s Office for National Statistics stated on Thursday, February 28, figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018, which…