Posts published in Day: July 9, 2019

Government nominates Simson candidate for European Commissioner

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Estonian government sent a formal letter to the European Commission on Monday in which it nominated MP Kadri Simson (Centre) as Estonia’s candidate for European Commissioner. Simson’s candidacy was made possible by a decision made by the Council of the European Union on Monday to support so-called temporary commissioners. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had been against this move. Juncker stated early on that he believed that new commissioners…

Ex-officer admits to sexually abusing kids in youth program

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A former Kentucky police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing two minors in the Louisville department’s now defunct youth program. The Courier Journal reports Kenneth Betts pleaded guilty in state court Monday to third-degree sodomy and admitted to sexually abusing the minors while he worked as a program adviser. His plea marked the end of the second criminal case stemming from sexual abuse in…

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is ‘dead’ but doesn’t formally withdraw it

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Protest leaders on Tuesday continued their calls for the bill to be formally withdrawn from the legislative agenda and for an independent investigation into clashes between police and demonstrators. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said Lam’s reassurance that the “bill is dead” is just “another ridiculous lie.” “The bill still exists in the ‘legislative programme’ until July next year,” Wong wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “The…

Latvian companies start working on deposit machines for packaging

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Machinery development and manufacture company SIA Peruza together with IT company SIA WeAreDots have commenced work on development of a packaging deposit machine and IT software that would identify and accept different types of packaging materials, as confirmed by company representative Alīna Kozlovska. She notes that a prototype could be ready by autumn this year. The prototype may be fitted with technological solutions like computer sight, AI and robotic manipulators.…

Chemical weapons watchdog members voice concerns over Syria

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog are voicing concern that Syria may still possess such weapons after inspectors discovered traces of what could be a byproduct of a nerve agent or poison gas. In a report submitted Tuesday at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Executive Council, the organization’s director-general says the traces were found late last year at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Centre in…

Corruption Prevention Bureau’s operatives raided businessman Ravis’ office and home Monday

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau’s (KNAB) operatives on Monday conducted searches at the office and residence of Guntis Ravis, a co-owner of Skonto construction group, Elina Dobulane, a representative of Skonto Buve construction firm, informed LETA. She said that Ravis has not been assigned any status in the criminal procedure launched by KNAB. “Politicians are currently sending a very dangerous signal to entrepreneurs in Latvia, involving law enforcement and businesspeople in…

UK’s Labour shifts policy, now backs new Brexit referendum

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In a significant shift, Britain’s main opposition Labour Party said Tuesday that Britain’s next prime minister should hold a referendum on whether to leave the European Union or remain in the bloc. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party would campaign to stay in the EU if a referendum was called by whoever succeeds Prime Minister Theresa May. She announced her resignation last month after failing to get Parliament to…

Russian inspectors to make an observation flight over Lithuania

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In the framework of the implementation of the international Treaty on Open skies, the Russian Federation is to perform an observation flight on the Russian an-30B surveillance aircraft over the territory of Lithuania. This was announced by the Head of the National Centre for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergei Ryzhkov. The mission will be carried out from July 8 to July 12 from the Shaulai airfield. The maximum flight range will…

Startup hub, tourist attraction, hotel among ideas for closed prison in central Vilnius

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A startup hub, tourist attraction or hotel could appear in the territory of the Lukiskes prison in central Vilnius, which was closed in early July. Such ideas were voiced during a discussion involving politicians, businessmen and public figures on Tuesday. Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius called for the use of the opened-up space as quick as possible, saying that it should be open to all people. The six-building complex covers an…