Posts published in July 2018

Lithuania teaches Ukraine how to kill

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

As we know, Lithuanian military instructors have been taking part in the training of personnel for Ukraine since 2014. Specialists from Lithuania participate in training programs independently or together with instructors from the USA, Great Britain, Canada and Poland. It’s not a secret that Lithuania is deeply integrated into the military reforms of Kyiv. Thus, Vilnius has legalized the military training operation in Ukraine in 2017. This law expands the…

Cert.lv has no information of possible security risks of Yandex.Taxi app

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Latvia’s information technology security incident prevention institution Cert.lv has no information regarding any possible security risks of Russian Yandex.Taxi mobile application. With that, Cert.lv is unable to comment on statements made by Lithuanian institutions about this mobile app, says Cert.lv deputy manager Varis Teivāns. At the same time, he says Cert.lv closely cooperates with Baltic and other European cyber-security centres. Once more detailed information has been received about the research…

Use of marijuana legalised in Caucasus nation Georgia

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Easing Georgia’s hard-line drug policy, its Constitutional Court on Monday abolished fines for the use cannabis, while setting forth that growing and selling the plant would continue to be an offence. French news agency AFP reported on Monday, July 30, that the court ruled on Monday: «The punishment for the use of marijuana contradicts… the Georgian constitution». Prior to the decision in Georgia, the personal use of marijuana was seen…

France tightens smartphone ban to schoolchildren

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Pupils in France will not be allowed to use their smartphones at school, starting from the new school year according to a ban adopted by the French parliament. French news agency AFP reports that the restriction on smartphones, tablets and other internet devices passed on Monday, July 30, which will apply to pupils up to the age of 14-15, fulfils a campaign pledge by centrist President Emmanuel Macron. The new…

Media: Ventspils has a coal dust problem. Who is to blame?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Members of the opposition in Ventspils City Council admit that undesirable side-effects from Ventspils Commercial Port’s activities still exist and need to be dealt with. However, this goal cannot be accomplished without a constructive dialogue and cooperation between companies working at the port, the port’s authority and municipal administration. There is no cooperation to speak of at the moment, and intimidation methods used by the city’s and freeport’s managers do…

Presidents of 13 EU Member States to visit Latvia in September to discuss future of Europe

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The 14th informal meeting of the Arraiolos Group will take place in Latvia on September 13-14, 2018, the President’s Chancellery reported.Presidents of 13 European Union (EU) Member States will be meeting in Latvia to discuss the topical issues of Europe. The events will be organized in the Riga Castle and the Rundale Palace. The Arraiolos Group is a meeting of the Presidents of the EU Member States, where traditionally the…

Ministry plans to finish test version of healthcare service recipients’ database by September

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The test version of the healthcare recipients’ database should be ready in September, according to what Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša told 900 seconds programme of LNT. The minister mentioned that development continues. The test version of the database should be ready by September.Čakša says data connection should be ready by January 2019. It should be connected to e-health so that doctors can check if patients are eligible for full service.As…

Estonia to collect addresses of residents temporarily studying, working abroad

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Estonian employers and universities will have to start providing to the population register the temporary addresses of people working and studying abroad, the daily Postimees reports. Such an obligation will take effect at the beginning of 2019 when amendments to the Population Register Act enter into force. The temporary address of people who study or are temporarily working abroad for more than three months will be added to the register.…

Theresa May denies plans for army to deliver food, medicines and fuel after no deal departure

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Around 70 ‘technical notices’ – to prepare businesses and the public for the UK crashing out of the EU – will be issued in August and September. Theresa May will publish scores of documents to prepare businesses and the public for a no-deal Brexit later in the summer – but has denied putting the army on standby.No 10 rejected a report that soldiers are being lined up to deliver food,…

Iran’s Rouhani says it’s up to Europe to save nuclear deal

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the U.S. withdrawal from a nuclear deal was “illegal” and it was up to Europe to preserve the landmark accord with Tehran. In May, the United States pulled out of the 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would be willing…