Posts published in Day: June 2, 2018

International observers from Belarus, Finland and Sweden to observe Exercise Thunder Storm 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Adhering to principles of transparency and openness, Lithuania invited international observers from four neighbouring countries to attend the largest national exercise in Lithuania’s history, Thunder Storm2018, that began today. The invitation was sent to representatives of Belarus, Finland, Sweden, and Russia in late April via the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Representatives of Russia formally confirmed they will not arrive to observe the exercise, the reason is not clarified.…

The President Dalia Grybauskaite will watch maritime-focused military exercise BALTOPS 18

Saturday, June 2, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is watching a maritime-focused military exercise BALTOPS 18 on Monday, June 4. It is the annual U.S.-led exercise of NATO and partner countries in the Baltic Sea. The multinational exercise BALTOPS 18 is held in parallel with Thunder Storm 2018, the largest national exercise in the history of restored military of Lithuania, with participation of 9000 soldiers and other officials of national authorities. Simultaneously, the national exercise…

US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium: Statement of Trade Committee Chair

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Chairman of International Trade Committee of the European Parliament Bernd Lange (S&D, Germany) issued the following statement on the new US tariffs. “The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament condemns the decision of the United States to levy tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from the EU. We fully support the European Commission in its stance against the arbitrary duties that clearly contradict WTO rules. The EU…

Heat waves to become the most serious climate change challenges for Latvia

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The biggest challenges Northern Europe, Latvia included, can expect from climate change in the next five to ten years are heat waves and other extreme weather events, such as floods, according to experts from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. IPPC representative Otto Portner and Diana Urge Vorsatz do not hide the fact that climate change is a global challenge for the entire world. This is exactly the reason why Northern…

Fire fighters in Latvia catch man jumping out of window

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Last weekend, Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service received a call about an emergency at an apartment building. The person on the phone said some man was getting ready to jump out a window. Upon arriving at the scene and assessing the situation, rescuers concluded that if they tried entering the man’s apartment, he would most likely jump. Thanks to neighbours, rescuers were able to access the apartment directly below…

Centennial of Baltic countries to be celebrated at Stanford University

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A conference dedicated to the centennial of the three Baltic countries, aimed at fostering contacts between Baltic and U.S. researchers and students and emphasizing the importance of Baltc studies for international research, will start at Stanford University on Friday. The conference is organized by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Archimedes Foundation said in a press release. The three-day program, to…

Mariano Rajoy: Spanish PM forced out of office

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament. Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez, who filed the motion after Mr Rajoy’s party was implicated in a corruption scandal, will become prime minister. “We’re going to sign a new page in the history of democracy in our country,” Mr Sánchez said ahead of Friday’s vote. Mr Rajoy is the first prime minister in modern…

German zoo escape: Lions, tigers and jaguar recaptured in Lünebach

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that escaped their enclosures at a zoo in western Germany have been recaptured. The animals were found inside the zoo compound in Lünebach after a search involving a drone, officials told German media. Local residents had earlier been told to stay indoors. A bear also escaped from the privately owned Eifel zoo, but was shot dead, a local official told AFP. The animals…