Posts published in Day: June 7, 2018

G7 leaders must be civil as they pressure Trump, says Macron

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Group of Seven leaders will pressure U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit this week on tariffs he has imposed on metals imports but must remain civil as they try to persuade him to change his mind, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. But Macron, speaking to reporters after talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also said the remaining six members were a powerful bloc that could survive…

Germany arrests 4 suspected ISIS members; 1 suspected in attacks on US troops

Thursday, June 7, 2018

German authorities have arrested four Iraqis suspected of membership in the Islamic State group, including one who is alleged to have carried out attacks that killed and wounded U.S. troops. Federal prosecutors say the men were arrested Wednesday in the towns of the western cities of Dortmund and Bottrop, and Amberg-Sulzbach county in Bavaria. In a statement Thursday, prosecutors said 27-year-old Mohammed Rafea Yaseen Y. is suspected of joining the…

Turkish investors show interest in Daugavpils airport in eastern Latvia

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Potential investors from Turkey have showed interest in the airport in Daugavpils, south-eastern Latvia, the Mayor of Daugavpils, Rihards Eigims (Our Party), said at a news conference in the city council June 5. He said that after some four months of corresponding with the potential investors they would arrive in Daugavpils June 6 to inspect the airport in person and, possibly, to sign a cooperation agreement. If the cooperation worked…

Exercise Steadfast Cobalt 2018 concludes in Lithuania

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Exercise Steadfast Cobalt 18, a command and control structure exercise, wrapped up on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania with a Distinguished Visitors Day attended by about 100 visitors from the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure and participating Nations. Exercise Steadfast Cobalt provided the NATO CIS Group (NCISG) and participants with the opportunity to test and develop all elements of its command and control structure in support…

Lithuania and Malta share common interests

Thursday, June 7, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca of Malta. The Presidents discussed key matters of EU agenda as well as experience of Lithuania and Malta in strengthening women’s rights and social security. Lithuania and Malta are close partners in the European Union and share many common interests. In the run-up to the negotiations on the new multiannual EU budget, both countries aim to preserve adequate funding for EU…

Dalia Grybauskaite encouraged women to be more self-confident

Thursday, June 7, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė opened the Women Political Leaders Global Forum “It’s about time! 100 reasons to act!” In Lithuania, it is the largest event of this type that has gathered more than 300 female leaders in politics, business and international organizations from over 90 countries. President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, former President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma, Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, Vice Presidents…

Linkevičius: Basis of strength of Baltic states is in unity

Thursday, June 7, 2018

On 1 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended a conference at Stanford University to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence of the Baltic states. The conference was organized by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS). Minister Linkevičius, together with the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and the former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, took part in a round table discussion on the…

Woman calls for KFC just so delivery driver can help get rid of spider

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A woman terrified of spiders called for a takeaway so the delivery driver could help get rid of one. Demi Sweeney, a 22-year-old criminology student at Bournemouth University, spotted a huge spider outside her room last week. Demi told BuzzFeed that she woke up to an empty house at around 10am. She said she felt trapped in her room as the creature might drop onto her if she passed by.…

Lithuanian Airports to transfer record dividends to the state budget

Thursday, June 7, 2018

In 2017, Lithuanian Airports enjoyed record numbers of passengers and this year they will submit the largest contribution to the state budget in the company’s history. It amounts to 3.4 million EUR, which is 1.7 million EUR more compared to the year before. According to Tomas Krakauskas, Chairperson of the Board of Lithuanian Airports, the company’s performance is improving with each year, thus creating benefit for the state. It also…

Plan to allow Latvian-only election campaigning rejected in Saeima

Thursday, June 7, 2018

With the Latvian parliamentary election in October coming nearer, a proposal to allow campaigning only in the state language has been discussed in the Saeima, where it was rejected by the Committee of State Administration and Local Governments on Tuesday, June 5. The amendments to the Law on Pre-election Campaigning submitted by the national conservative National Alliance in March had envisaged introducing a fine for campaigning in a language other…