Posts published in Day: August 1, 2018

Defence Forces cyber command takes up operations

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The new cyber command of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) became operational on Wednesday, uniting all the different authorities and departments within the competency of the Ministry of Defence. According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria), that Estonia introduces a cyber command specifically dedicated to identifying and fending off threats in cyberspace is only natural. “Estonia is a cyber state, which also means there is a need to…

Latvian pupils win three medals in International Physics Olympiad

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Latvian pupils won three bronze medals and one honorable mention at the International Physics Olympian held in Lisbon, Portugal, in July. According to the University of Latvia, bronze medals were won by Janis Huns from Agenskalns State Gymnasium, Vilhelms Cinis and Ingvars Vitenburgsfrom the Rigas State Gymnasium No. 1, while Martins Klevs from the Secondary School of Aizkraukle Countygot the honorable mention. Latvian pupils competed in a competition with 396 pupils from 87 countries of the world.  

Members of Baltic air forces to practice rescuing at sea in Estonia

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Members of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian air forces are to take part in the multinational military training exercise Baltic Bikini, which started on Tuesday and will involve practicing the activity of aircraft crew members in water in the event of a plane crash as well as rescue related cooperation of various power structures. The first day of the three-day exercise is to take place at the Reval Maritime School,…

Economy Minister says Latvia may drop using MPC system in the next three years’ time

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Latvia may completely cease using the mandatory procurement component system, as confirmed by Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens. This proposal was supported this Wednesday by the ministry’s work group that has worked on ways to cancel MPC system these past several months. To abolish the system, the ministry proposes restoring subsidized electricity tax at 15% in 2019 and establishing new requirements for biogas plants on minimal food waste and other organic…

Germany succeeds in forcing Facebook delete hate speech posts

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

In Germany, social networking giant Facebook has removed several hundred insulting posts as required by a law prohibiting online hate speech, in force since January 2018 with possible fines that could reach 50 million euros. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported on July 27 that the U.S. firm received in the first six months of the year, 1,704 complaints under the Network Enforcement Act and removed 362 posts, according to Richard…

Latvia’s State Audit urges residents to evaluate transport infrastructure quality in Riga

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

State Audit urges Latvia’s residents to participate in a survey and provide their opinions on the quality of Riga’s transport infrastructure. This is important for Riga residents and guests of the city – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and people using public transport services, as mentioned in the announcement. The State Audit wants to know residents’ opinion in regards to development of Riga’s infrastructure development and what has been accomplished so far.…

Change of Command of NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

On August 2 the change of command ceremony of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Lithuania will be held in Rukla. Lieutenant Colonel Wolf Rüdiger Otto has been in command of NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group for six months. He will be replaced by the new rotation Commander Lieutenant Colonel Rene Braun. The ceremony will be attended by Vice Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Vytautas Umbrasas, Commander of the…