Posts published in Day: April 29, 2019

Coach Hartley could be hit with four-year suspension for major doping violation

Monday, April 29, 2019

The head coach of the Latvian national men’s ice hockey team Bob Hartley could be hit with a four year suspension after committing a major doping violation, Russian newspaper Sport-Express reports, referred LETA. The alleged incident is reported to have happened during the third game of the Kontinental Ice Hockey League finals on April 17. Hartley, who is the coach of Russian ice hockey club Omsk Avangard which was swept by Moscow…

Facebook launches fact-checking campaign in Lithuania ahead of EU elections

Monday, April 29, 2019

Facebook says it has expanded its fact-checking program to Lithuania and another four countries ahead of next month’s European Parliament elections. The social network has recently announced the expansion of the program in the EU with five new local fact-checking partners in Lithuania, Croatia, Greece, Northern Ireland and Portugal. “These organizations will review and rate the accuracy of content on Facebook,” it said in a press release, adding that the fact-checking partners were accredited by the…

Corruption Prevention Bureau finds more than ten fictitious consultants in Rigas Satiksme

Monday, April 29, 2019

Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company has probably been paying wages to more than ten fictitious consultants, Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) chief Jekabs Straume said in an interview to Latvian Television this morning. It is now up to the police to confirm or disprove this information, the KNAB chief said. Commenting on a criminal investigation into Rigas Satiksme’s procurement deals, Straume said that the probe is ongoing on the national and…

Riga City Council still wants to prove Deglava Bridge is safe

Monday, April 29, 2019

Riga City Council plans to submit additional information to the State Construction Control Office in relation to Deglava Bridge, hoping for a quick review of documents and restoration of road traffic. On Monday, 29 April, Riga City Council’s deputy chairman Vadims Baraņņiks told journalists that work is being done on preparation of additional documents requested by the State Construction Control Office. The term for submission of documents is set until…

New Estonian government to give oaths under Centre Party leadership

Monday, April 29, 2019

Estonia’s new government headed by current Prime Minister Jüri Ratas from Centre Party, is expected to be be sworn in before parliament on Monday, April 29. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that the ceremony will take place on Monday after noon to bring a government of Centre Party, the national-conservative Pro Patria and right-wing populist newcomers, the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE). The composition of the government, which has…

US military spending up as global outlay hits 31-year high

By John Vandiver on Monday, April 29, 2019

The U.S. boosted military spending last year for the first time since 2010 while Russia’s defense budget declined for the second year, according to a new report that found global military investment at a post-Cold War high. Military spending increased overall to $1.8 trillion worldwide in 2018, a 2.6% increase that put expenditures at their highest level since 1988, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Monday. The U.S. was…

Ukraine president offers Russians citizenship in snub to Putin

Monday, April 29, 2019

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who last week won Ukraine’s presidential election, has dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kyiv has…

Defense chief: Damage caused by Spring Storm to be compensated

Monday, April 29, 2019

Participants in the upcoming large-scale Spring Storm military exercise will inevitably end up causing damage to smaller roads as well as forests and fields, but the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) will repair or pay for any damage done, Commander of the EDF Maj. Gen. Martin Herem said on Monday morning. “We’re likely going to start damaging smaller roads; we’ve done so every year, although we do try to avoid it,”…

Authorities use the population of Lithuania as a human shield

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, April 29, 2019

The United States gave Lithuania more than 400 M-14 rifles, which were in service in the United States in 50s of the last century, Lithuanian Armed Forces report on their twitter. “The Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Lithuanian National Defense Volunteer Forces received upgraded US-made M-14 rifles. The project used funds of financial support from citizens allocated in 2016 and more than 400 weapons were received,” the statement said. The…