Posts published in Day: May 10, 2018

There aren’t many officials who don’t know Latvian language well enough

Thursday, May 10, 2018

There aren’t many officials in Latvia that don’t know the state language well enough to perform their duties, said representative of the State Language Centre Sarmīte Pāvulēna in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT. She says Mayor of Daugavpils Rihards Eigims, who was previously given time to improve his Latvian language skills, has since improved. Unfortunately, his level remains insufficient to meet requirements. Pāvulēna reminds that the State…

Israel says Iranian forces fired rockets at Golan Heights posts

Thursday, May 10, 2018

About 20 projectiles were fired into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights by Iranian forces on Thursday, but minimal damage was reported and there were no Israeli casualties, Israel’s military said. The rockets targeting Israel Defense Forces forward posts in the Golan Heights were fired around 12:10 a.m. Thursday local time (5:10 p.m. Wednesday ET), Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters. The Israeli military said the rockets were fired by Iran’s Quds…

Lithuanian govt puts off decision on state railway co reorganization

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday postponed for a week its decision on the proposed reorganization of the state railway company Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) after certain critical comments were made. Deputy Transport Minister Ricardas Degutis says that the reorganization model will not change, but certain legal issues are yet to be finalized. “The model remains in place. The model is not being questioned. There are some legal issues that…

Liberal party in Lithuania was the Trojan Horse of business giant MG Baltic

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Lithuania has perhaps never seen this calibre political scandals like these ones grabbing the media headlines in recent weeks. First, the embattled former Liberals leader, Eligijus Masiulis, who is fighting influence peddling and corruption charges, made his personal correspondence with President Dalia Grybauskaitė public. The head-of-state goes as Tulip in the barrage of emails with Masiulis and the exchange reveals her heavy, some say, meddlesome engagement in the Lithuanian legislation.…

Saudi Arabia threatens to build nuclear weapons if Iran restarts its atomic program

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister told CNN on Wednesday that his country stands ready to build nuclear weapons if Iran restarts its atomic weapons program. Adel Al-Jubeir told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “we will do whatever it takes to protect our people. We have made it very clear that if Iran acquires a nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same.” “We believe the nuclear deal was…

Poland sent troops to Latvia

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On 9 May 2018 in Riga, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, who was in Latvia on a working visit. Latvia and Poland are linked by excellent bilateral relations based on an active bilateral dialogue, noted Edgars Rinkēvičs. He added that the current year Latvia and Poland also celebrate their 100th anniversaries of established and regained statehood, respectively.…

Estonian university is best performer among EU’s newest states

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A university in Estonia has been rated the top performer among the EU’s newest states in a ranking of higher education in emerging economies. While Chinese institutions dominate the top-end of the list, the University of Tartu was the EU’s highest-ranked establishment. It came 28th in the latest Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings, down four places from last year. The list only looks at universities in countries ranked…

Latvian embassy in Moscow attacked

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Latvian embassy in Moscow has been attacked this evening, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) said in his Twitter post. Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Gints Jegermanis told LETA that four or five people arrived at the embassy building at 5:30 p.m. They were throwing smoke candles and signal flares at the building. One of them tried to paint something black on the embassy’s wall, but managed to draw just a letter…

Police: events in Victory Park passed without major incidents

Thursday, May 10, 2018

«The annual 9 May events in Victory Park passed without any major incidents and physical confrontations,» said Chief of State Police’s Riga Region Department Juris Šulte in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT. On 9 May, State Police filed administrative violation reports for 30 people. People were fined for appearing drunk or under influence of other substances in public, hooliganism, refusal to comply with police officers’ requests, drunk…