Posts published in Day: September 7, 2018

Lithuanian president warns political rows may undermine confidence in state

Friday, September 7, 2018

Ongoing rows among Lithuania’s parliamentary parties are destructive and may undermine confidence in the state, President Dalia Grybauskaite warned on Thursday. Speaking after a meeting with the Seimas board, the president said that legislative work sometimes appears to be overshadowed by political noise, rows and the sorting out of relations between the parliament’s two biggest parties, the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and the opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian…

Europe is being pushed to war

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, September 7, 2018

In 2018, the US military presence in Poland began to move to a new level – it’s time to say that the principle of rotation of weapons and personnel remained in the past. Tanks, BMP and artillery for two brigades of the US armed forces are concentrated today in Poland. And no one is going to get them out. Do not forget the fact of the formation of another fourth,…

Lithuania’s ruling party LVŽS rolls out new initiatives targeting bad habits

Friday, September 7, 2018

No ever Lithuanian government endeavoured so much to change Lithuanians’ bad habits as the incumbent authority. For the autumn parliamentary session to be kicked off next week, new alcohol-access restricting proposals have been registered, including those on the size of packaging. At the beginning of the year, the Lithuanian government introduced what is thought the strictest alcohol laws in the European Union, raising the legal drinking age from 18 to…

Croatian Navy and Royal Navy ships join NATO Operation Sea Guardian

Friday, September 7, 2018

Since the beginning of NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian, more than eight Allied navies have provided ships, aircraft and submarines in direct support of the operation. Today, the Croatian Navy and Royal Navy join the effort by providing direct support with a ship each. Operation Sea Guardian is a maritime security operation aimed at working with Mediterranean stakeholders to maintain maritime situational awareness, deter and counter terrorism and enhance partner capacity…

Saeima approves in principle switching to presidential elections by open ballot

Friday, September 7, 2018

Saeima today approved in principle amendments to the Constitution that say the presidential elections will be done by open ballot. 82 Saeima members voted for the bill, Askolds Klavins (Greens/Farmers) voted against it, while Valdis Kalnozols (Greens/Farmers), Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers) and Juris Vectirans (Greens/Farmers) did not vote. Proposals for review of the bill in the second reading will be accepted until September 11. After that, Saeima will have to review…

Next stop in Trump’s trade crusade: Japan

Friday, September 7, 2018

China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico — US President Donald Trump is waging his trade war on many fronts, with the likelihood of Japan becoming the next battleground rising, according to US business daily The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). In a column written by WSJ Assistant Editor James Freeman on Thursday, the author said that Trump saw a “problem” with Japan’s $68.8 billion (€59.1 billion) trade surplus in 2017,…

Traditional Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2018” is opened

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Ministry of National Defence opens the traditional, already 14th Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2018”, in memory of combat photographer and cameraman Tadas Dambrauskas. All professional and amateur photographers who had the chance to take photographs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and NATO soldiers in Lithuania are invited to look through the pictures taken this year and in the end of last year, choose the…

Man’s penis stung by stingray while swimming in the sea – and creature is still attached when help arrives

Friday, September 7, 2018

A man was left in agony after his penis was stung by a stingray when he was swimming in the sea. The man was left rolling around on the sand in pain after the animal’s barb hooked onto his genitals. When he crawled back onto the beach in Sanya in China’s Hainan province, the stingray was still attached. The man was visiting the area as a tourist and enjoying the…

Estonia: Parnu to run for European Capital of Culture 2024 together with Tartu, Viljandi

Friday, September 7, 2018

The city council of Estonian resort city Parnu has supported the city government’s proposal to vie for the status of European Capital of Culture 2024 together with Tartu and Viljandi. “All three cities want to have an interesting, creative and environmentally aware living environment, attach value to local culture and wish to diversify it. By offering support to one another and taking advantage of one another’s strengths can we offer…

Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Threat from Russia is ‘real’ – GCHQ

Friday, September 7, 2018

Russia’s threat to the international community is “real” and “active”, the head of GCHQ has warned. Jeremy Fleming’s comments came after the US, France, Germany and Canada agreed with the UK that Russia was behind the Salisbury Novichok attack. In a speech in Washington, Mr Fleming said Russia’s desire to “undermine” international law was “brazen”. At a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the attack, Russia dismissed evidence presented by…