Posts published in Day: October 29, 2019

‘Maleficent’ edges ‘Joker’ for weekend box-office crown

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The “Maleficent” sequel has overtaken “Joker” for the weekend box-office crown in North America. Final figures released Monday showed “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” earned $19.4 million, pulling ahead of “Joker” by a mere $122,000. “Joker” had been the top film on Sunday based on studio estimates after being knocked out of the top spot by “Maleficent” last week. Joaquin Phoenix traces the origins of the classic Batman villain in “Joker.”…

‘Realise your dreams’: Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo donates football boots to national team’s under-17s women’s team

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo gifted football boots to the Portugal under-17s women’s team after they progressed to the next round of qualification for the European Championships in 2020. Portugal secured their passage to the elite round of qualification after Friday’s 4-0 win over Latvia, which sees them move one step closer to the tournament hosted by Sweden. And following that success Ronaldo, who won the men’s European Championships with Portugal in 2016,…

Homeless Lithuanian dogs seek second chance in Finland

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Homeless dogs have it hard in Lithuania: most animal shelters are overstretched and puppies that do not look purebred have slim chances of finding a home. But some can get lucky and be adopted by owners in Finland. A dog shelter in Biržai, in the northern part of Lithuania, is working with organisations in the Nordic country where people are happy to adopt Lithuanian dogs, even if they are crippled.…

Stalin in Dress Caricature Pushes Russian Magazine Off the Shelves

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Russian history magazine featuring a 1939 caricature of Stalin in a wedding gown holding hands with Hitler on its cover has sparked a backlash that led at least one Moscow bookstore to pull the issue from its shelves. The latest edition of the Diletant monthly featured a colorized U.S. cartoon criticizing the Soviet Union’s signing of a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in the run-up to World War II. Named the…

Medics ready to start petition on dissolution of Saeima

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Latvian health care employees are ready to start a petition on a dissolution of Saeima if the parliament refuses to heed the medics and fails to increase their pay in accordance with the law, Valdis Keris, chairman of the Latvian Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees (LVSADA) said in an interview to Latvian Radio today. Keris said that the signature collection campaign will be launched between the medics’…

Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi’s death

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group’s leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria’s oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country’s Russian allies. It’s a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are withdrawn from other parts of the country. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the military’s oil field mission also will ensure income for Syrian…

Man dies after weekend storms

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A man has died after being struck by a falling tree branch during storms which struck on Sunday. According to regional daily Lõuna Postimees (link in Estonian), the 57-year old man was a student at the Räpina Horticultural School (Räpina Aianduskool) in southeastern Estonia. The school says it sometimes holds classes at weekends, and this weekend was one such time. The incident happened at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, when…

The Defeat of General Mattis

By Fred Kaplan on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

When Jim Mattis resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018, he was widely lauded and lamented as “the last grown-up” in the Trump administration. The tributes were commentary more on Trump than on Mattis. For if he had run the Pentagon during a normal presidency, in which grown-ups abound, his tenure would be considered undistinguished, to say the least. This isn’t to deny that for much of his time…

Hackathon results in drones, communication prototypes for Lithuanian Navy

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

During a hackathon aboard a Lithuania Navy ship, LNS Jotvingis, teams from Lithuanian universities and the private sector came up with prototypes for laser communication system for ships at sea, as well as a drone, personnel and human resources management systems. According to the Lithuanian Defence Ministry press release, 50 inventors from Vilnius and Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, and programming and engineering companies designed prototypes and…

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 hits all-time high

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Shares were mixed in Asia and Chinese benchmarks fell Tuesday after Hong Kong’s leader warned that months of political protests are taking a harsh toll on the economy. Shares rallied on Wall Street overnight, with the benchmark S&P 500 hitting a record high, at the onset of a week busy with corporate earnings and economic reports. Investors also are anticipating another interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve. Investors have…