Posts published in Day: July 10, 2018

Latvia’s army will need well-trained soldiers in coming years

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Latvia’s army will require modernization and well-trained soldiers in the near future, said Commander of Latvia’s Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT. He explains that modernization must not stop for a single moment. Otherwise the army will lose its combat readiness. «Secondly, we need soldiers – highly professional soldiers. There is no point in procuring arms and equipment of soldiers aren’t…

Ban on teaching in Russian at private universities to affect Latvia’s education export capacity

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Saeima’s amendments to the Law on Institutions of Higher Education, that were recently promulgated by President Raimonds Vejonis, will affect Latvia’s education export capacity, Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA) Vice Rector Igors Graurs said in an interview with Latvian Radio today, cites LETA. “If we refuse enrollment to would-be students who wish to study in Russian, I believe that Latvia will be losing 2,000 to 3,000…

Lithuanian president vetoes overhaul of healthcare network

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has vetoed amendments paving the way for overhauling the network of healthcare facilities, informed LETA/BNS. The Seimas passed the amendments before closing its spring session, but the president sent them back to the parliament for reconsideration. Grybauskaite cited incompatibility with the Constitution and certain procedural violations made by the Seimas as the reasons for returning the package. The amendments would have authorized the health minister to decide…

Headquarters of Multinational Division North to be established at Adazi military base

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

NATO’s Multinational Division North will establish its headquarters at the Adazi military base near Riga under an agreement concluded by Denmark, Latvia and Estonia, Anete Gneze, a spokeswoman for the Latvian Defense Ministry, told LETA. The headquarters of the Multinational Division North will be tasked with defense planning, organizing military exercises and activities in order to enhance the compatibility of the multinational forces and their ability to perform defense missions…

As Trump Criticizes NATO, E.U. Leader Warns: You ‘Won’t Have a Better Ally’

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

President Trump renewed his criticism of European allies on Tuesday and said he was most optimistic about meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, as he departed for a summit meeting in Brussels that threatens to highlight acrimony within NATO. Mr. Trump’s comments touched off a round of trans-Atlantic sniping with Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, that was sure to start the NATO meeting on a…

Airline strikes picking up in strength; losses reach six billion

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Compared to the previous year, 2018 so far has not been successful. Fuel prices have increase, as have employee strikes, which continue creating serious problems for European airlines, as BNN was informed by representatives of flight compensation request processing company Skycop. The company reports that European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, or Eurocontrol, CEO Eamonn Brennan has mentioned that the large number of airline employee strikes has significantly…

Thailand cave rescue sparks celebration of ‘mission impossible’

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Operation leads to worldwide praise as last four boys and football coach are brought out. The last four boys and a football coach trapped inside a northern Thailand cave for more than 17 days have successfully been retrieved, sparking celebrations across Thailand and praise for the daring rescues from around the world. “Today Thai people, team Thailand, achieved mission impossible,” said Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the…

Trump Derides NATO as ‘Obsolete.’ Baltic Nations See It Much Differently

By Marc Santora on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Near midnight on the outskirts of the Latvian capital, close to 100,000 spectators joined 16,500 singers last week in a song about a mystical castle that is submerged when foreign powers hold sway only to rise again. The castle is a metaphor for their nation. The foreign powers? Well, from the 20th century, take your pick. First it was the Russians. Then the Germans. Then the Russians again. Only in…

Estonia’s registered unemployment at 4.5% in June

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The number of registered unemployed in Estonia was 29,489 at the end of June, marking an increase of 0.12 % compared with the same time a year ago, and made up 4.5% of the total number of workforce from age 16 to retirement age, informed LETA/BNS according from figures published by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Of the registered unemployed, 9,556 people or 32 % were persons with limited capacity for…

Canada extending NATO mission in Latvia

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Canada is extending its NATO commitment in Latvia by another four years to March 2023 and will boost the number of troops in the country to 540 from the current 455 in a show of ongoing solidarity with the alliance. Trudeau made the announcement in Riga following a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and indicated that he hopes the increased Canadian…