Posts published in Day: April 23, 2019

US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The US is threatening to veto a United Nations resolution on combatting the use of rape as a weapon of war because of its language on reproductive and sexual health, according to a senior UN official and European diplomats. The German mission hopes the resolution will be adopted at a special UN security council session on Tuesday on sexual violence in conflict. But the draft resolution has already been stripped…

‘Operation Blackout is underway’: Russia blames US for Venezuela power crisis

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Russia has accused the United States of deliberately causing a succession of crippling power cuts in Venezuela as part of a plot to topple its president, Nicolás Maduro, dubbed “Operation Blackout”. The crisis-stricken South American country has been rocked by a series of nationwide power outrages since 7 March, which Maduro’s government has blamed on US-backed saboteurs and snipers but most experts attribute to poor maintenance and a bush fire…

Manchester United stars may look to exit if club misses out on top four

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will all consider their futures if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League. United’s The 4-0 humiliation at Everton on Sunday has left United sixth on 64 points. A Champions League berth is out of United’s hands. De Gea is yet to agree fresh terms, United being forced to trigger a one-year extension on the goalkeeper’s deal to extend it…

Deglava Bridge in Riga to be closed for traffic on Thursday – interior minister

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) has already issued a decree on closing the Deglava Bridge in Riga for traffic as of this Thursday, even though today there will be two separate events held by the Riga City Council and the Economics Ministry on the problems in renovation works on the bridge, informed LETA. Girgens said in an interview with the Latvian public radio that the bridge will be closed…

2,900 homes in Kärdla left without power due to line failure

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A total of 2,900 homes in the Kärdla network area of electricity distribution system operator Elektrilevi were left without power at around 17:00 EEST on Monday evening following a medium voltage line failure. Power was restored to all customers of the Hiiumaa town by later that evening. Elektrilevi spokesperson Peeter Liik told BNS on Monday evening that there was a short circuit on the line as a result of the…

Incoming IT minister caught driving with trace alcohol day after election

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

On 4 March, the morning after the 2019 Riigikogu election, Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) politician and now candidate for Minister of Foreign Trade and Information Technology Marti Kuusik was caught by the police with traces of alcohol on his breath. In part of a longer interview, ERR journalist Toomas Sildam asked Mr Kuusik about what exactly happened. Toomas Sildam: Have you been punished by the police? Marti Kuusik:…

Professionals of the future are needed today

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Just a decade ago, a mobile phone was an item for calls in early mornings or late evenings, when the rates were lower. Now, mobile phone has made it to the list of indispensable goods, and hardly anyone doesn’t use it for browsing social networks, filming videos or playing music. The unfortunate story of the Finnish giant’s Nokia mobile phone division is among the most well-known to illustrate the magnitude…

Over 6,000 attend Easter celebrations at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Over 6,000 persons participated in the annual Easter celebrations at the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum over the weekend, the museum informed LETA. The museum said that the good attendance was due to the favorable weather. The museum said that, as in similar years, the festivities were attended by many families with children, and that the most popular activities were swinging, as well as painting and rolling Easter eggs. The…

Air temperature to reach +23° C in Latvia this week

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Dry weather will remain in most of Latvia this week. The sun will shine often and there will be slow eastern and south-eastern wind. However, strong wind is expected to come on Wednesday, 24 April, and precipitation is expected at the end of the week, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. On Wednesday, as the wide anticyclone in Western Europe becomes stronger, wind speed in Latvia…

Ukrainian presidential election won by Zelensky on hopes of change

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The run-off of the Ukrainian presidential election has been won by comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who has promised change and better relations with Russia. According to results from 98% of polling stations as cited by AFP news agency on Monday, April 22, the Zelensky, whose previous political experience was playing the president on a TV show took 73 percent of the vote. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko has conceded defeat and said…