Posts published in Day: March 6, 2019

Two Nobel Prizes for Literature to be awarded this year after sex scandal postponed 2018 award

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Swedish academy will be allowed to award the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature this year, the Nobel Foundation said on Tuesday, after a sex scandal forced a postponement of last year’s prize. “It will again be possible to award the Nobel Prize in literature and this autumn laureates for both 2018 and 2019 will be selected,” it said in a statement. The Nobel Foundation last year stopped…

UAV Factory supplies unmanned aerial vehicles to the National Armed Forces of Latvia

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

National Armed Forces will acquire unmanned aerial vehicles based on the agreement signed between the Ministry of Defense and the high technology company UAV FACTORY. “Cooperation with local manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles is crucial for national defense capability development. The key criteria in the selection of unmanned aerial vehicle suppliers was supply security. In general, Latvian unmanned aerial vehicle companies can ensure the supply security in times of crisis,…

Explosive devices found in two London airports and Waterloo station

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

British counter-terrorism police launched an investigation on Tuesday after three suspicious packages were received in buildings at London’s Heathrow and City airports and Waterloo mainline railway station in the city centre. “The packages — all A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags — have been assessed by specialist officers to be small improvised explosive devices,” police said in a statement. “The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command is treating the incidents…

Which European countries have the biggest gender employment gaps?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Malta, Italy and Greece have the biggest gender employment gap in the European Union, while Lithuania and Finland have the smallest divide, according to new data. The data from 2017, released by Eurostat on Tuesday, showed that Malta had a 24.1% employment gap, compared to 19.8% in Italy and 19.7% in Greece. At the other end of the spectrum, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Latvia had a gap of less than 5%.…

Top US general in Europe seeks more troops, warships to counter Russia

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The top U.S. military commander in Europe warned Tuesday of a growing Russian threat and is calling for more troops, warships and aircraft, saying he’s “not comfortable yet with the deterrent posture” of the American troop presence. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, both head of U.S. European Command and the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it will take more armored units and U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers, carrier…

EU, British negotiators hold withdrawal talks without success

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

As the European Union and the United Kingdom continue to discuss possible guarantees on the Irish backstop in their Brexit deal, head of the EU delegation of negotiators and senior British officials concluded the latest round of talks with no visible result. French news agency AFP reports that on Tuesday, March 5, Barnier met with UK attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay for four hours over dinner…

Latvian government approves 2019 budget

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Cabinet of Ministers approved draft law on Latvia’s budget for 2019 and decided to sent it to Saeima for adoption, reported LETA. In 2019, revenue in the government consolidated budget are planned at EUR 9.2 bn and expenditure at EUR 9.4 bn. In the government basic budget, revenue is planned at EUR 6.4 bn and expenditure at EUR 6.8 bn. In the government special budget, revenue is planned at…

Riga mayor breaking law by withholding Rigas Satiksme audit report

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs is breaking the law by withholding the audit report on Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company from the ministry, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) believes, citing LETA. The minister told LETA that the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry is entitled to receive the audit report on the financial situation in Rigas Satiksme because the ministry is the local authority’s supervisor and the refusal…

Europe’s first AI news anchor introduced in the Baltics

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Europe’s first artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor recently has been presented in Riga, Latvia. It has been created through a cooperation of a leading European language technology company Tilde and DELFI – the largest Latvian digital media company. The AI news anchor demonstrates the ambition of the Baltic countries to pioneer innovation in AI, BC was told at the Tilde. The AI news anchor is a female character named Laura…

Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drones based in Poland are now fully operational

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reapers have been flying unarmed reconnaissance missions from Poland since May, but it wasn’t until this month that the drones became fully operational. Air Forces in Europe christened a new set of facilities at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1 to help accommodate the Air National Guardsmen and contractors operating Reapers there. “In addition to the completion of these projects, another important change is the remotely piloted aircraft here…