Posts published in Day: September 13, 2019

Study: tunnel to bring Estonia tens of millions

Friday, September 13, 2019

A recent study ordered by Peter Vesterbacka’s Finest Bay Area and carried out by Finnish pollster Taloustutkimus concludes that the construction and operation until 2050 of the Helsinki-Tallinn undersea tunnel would add approximately €300 million to the two countries’ economies, with €47 million expected to come Estonia’s way.   Expert at Taloustutkimus Pasi Holm said that the tunnel will add €600 million or 2.5 percent to the Estonian GDP a…

Facebook expands new tool aiming to shrink ‘news deserts’

Friday, September 13, 2019

Facebook is trying to coax “news deserts” into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn. The social media giant said Thursday it is expanding its “Today In” service to 6,000 cities and towns across the U.S., up from 400 before. Launched in early 2018, the service lets Facebook users opt…

Lithuania’s former first lady Alma Adamkienė hospitalized

Friday, September 13, 2019

Alma Adamkienė, the wife of Lithuania’s former president Valdas Adamkus, has been hospitalized, according to tv3.lt. The news website reports that Adamkus found his wife unconscious at home last week. She has been in hospital since then. “It’s hard to say what happened, but last week Alma and I were outside and then she walked back home to watch the news. I told her I’ll be back soon. When I…

New Zealand plans further restrictions to gun ownership

Friday, September 13, 2019

Six months after a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand’s government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership. A bill introduced to Parliament on Friday would create a register to track all the guns in the country and require gun owners to renew their gun licenses every five years instead of every 10. It would also place new responsibilities on doctors to notify police if they…

Pennsylvania Guard to help Lithuanian army develop division-level HQ

Friday, September 13, 2019

Representatives of the Lithuanian Land Force and the 28th Infantry Division (28ID) of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard are signing an agreement on Friday to develop a division-level command and control (C2) capability. The document embeds the ambition of the Lithuanian Land Force Headquarters to develop a division-level command and control (C2) capability within the Lithuanian Land Force Headquarters. Lithuanian military representatives say it is necessary to ensure that the…

Asian shares advance on fresh optimism over US-China trade

Friday, September 13, 2019

Stocks were broadly higher in Asia on Friday as investors stepped up buying on hopes for an easing of tensions in the costly trade war between the U.S. Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 1.1% to 21,988.29 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong climbed 0.6% to 27,262.80. Sydney’s S&P ASX 200 added 0.2% points to 6,669.20. Markets in Shanghai, Taiwan and South Korea were closed for holidays. India’s Sensex was flat…

PNB Banka will request Prosecutor’s Office to annul bank’s insolvency

Friday, September 13, 2019

PNB Banka will turn to the Prosecutor’s Office with a request to annual the ruling made by the Riga Vidzeme District Court today declaring the bank insolvent, the now former board member of PNB Banka Anna Verbicka told members of the press on Thursday. She acknowledged that the bank’s insolvency ruling was negative and PNB Banka disagrees with this ruling, which is why the the bank will appeal to the…

UK parliamentary speaker warns prime minister to follow law

Friday, September 13, 2019

The speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament has made it abundantly clear he is not going quietly into retirement. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow used a speech Thursday night to warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson to expect Parliament to take aggressive action to make sure its legislation designed to block a “no-deal” Brexit is respected. He says he will allow “procedural creativity” in making sure Johnson does not…

From direct messages to deep fakes: tactics are changing in social media infowars

Friday, September 13, 2019

Latvia-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence has released a new report on how social media is used to target individuals, public opinion, “and, in some cases, even the functioning of the state”. The report puts blame on social media giants for being active participants that wield “significant influence over what takes place in the social media space”. Disinformation is growing in complexity, scale and ambition – but what can…

Tennis, musical are latest events postponed in Hong Kong

Friday, September 13, 2019

A tennis tournament and a London musical are the latest events postponed in Hong Kong out of concerns over safety and disruptions from pro-democracy protests. K-pop concerts, Chanel fashion shows and international conferences have been canceled, postponed or moved out of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory during more than three months of demonstrations. More rallies are expected this weekend. On Friday, organizers said the Hong Kong Open women’s tennis tournament scheduled…