Posts published in Day: September 8, 2018

More and more eco-schools appear in Latvia

Saturday, September 8, 2018

So far this year 135 so-called eco-schools in Latvia have been awarded Green Flag Award for accomplishments for sustainable development, environmental education and environment protection promotion in school. Another 56 schools will receive a certificate and Latvian Eco-school title, BNN was told by Environment Fund representative Ilze Rušmane. The Eco-school programme is an environment education programme in Latvia that combines more than 200 education institutions – from primary to high…

Europe’s volatile flank finds itself focus of global attention

Saturday, September 8, 2018

If history is anything to go by, Europe’s most volatile region is headed into another precarious period, and the repercussions could again be felt around the world. Serbia and Kosovo are seeking to mend ties after years of failed efforts and animosity stemming from the Yugoslav wars and their ultimate split a decade ago as the Kosovars declared independence. A key component of a proposed deal involves swapping chunks of…

Fully autonomous ‘mobile intelligent entities’ coming to the battlefields of the future

By Kelsey Atherton on Saturday, September 8, 2018

A killer robot by any other name is far more palatable to the general public. That may be part of the logic behind the Army Research Laboratory Chief Scientist Alexander Kott’s decision to refer to thinking and moving machines on the battlefield as “mobile intelligent entities.” Kott pitched the term, along with the new ARL concept of fully autonomous maneuver, at the 2nd Annual Defense News Conference yesterday, in an…

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for cease-fire in Idlib

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Turkey’s president is calling for a cease-fire and an end to airstrikes amid a looming campaign for Syria’s Idlib province. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the comments Friday at a trilateral meeting between Iran, Russia and Turkey in Tehran. Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says “we have to force the United States to leave” Syria. Rouhani did not elaborate on the comment, which he made while speaking about Idlib. America has…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Lithuania at the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Saturday, September 8, 2018

At the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive on a working visit to Lithuania on Friday, September 14. The visit manifests closer enhanced relations between Lithuania and Germany at both the bilateral level and in the framework of cooperation within the European Union and NATO. Dalia Grybauskaitė and Angela Merkel will discuss topical EU agenda issues, cooperation ties in defense as well as further prospects…

Latvian government reaches agreement on teachers’ pay financing from state budget

Saturday, September 8, 2018

On Friday, 7 September, by slightly easing initially proposed criteria, Latvia’s Education Ministry and its social partners managed to reach an agreement in relation to financing teachers’ wages from the state budget starting with 1 September 2020. As journalists were told by Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis after meeting with partners, the agreement was reached that provision of funding for teachers’ wages will take into account the average compulsory…

New Baltic Air Policing nations successful during first scramble

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Both Allied detachments in the Baltics conducted their first alert scramble yesterday performing visual identification of Russian Federation aircraft that flew in international airspace close to NATO territory and were not on a flight plan. Around noon on September 5, NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, Germany ordered the German Eurofighters at Ämari, Estonia, to take off to successively check on two Russian Federation aircraft. The IL-76 and An-26…