Posts published in Day: November 6, 2018

UN: Holes in ozone layer of Earth are shrinking

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The holes in the protective ozone layer of the Earth has begun to shrink 30 years since the ban of damaging aerosol sprays and coolants, scientists found in a new United Nations report. American news agency AP reported on Monday, November 5, that according to a scientific assessment released this week in Ecuador, as a result of phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals, since 2000, the upper layer of ozone has increased…

Estonia to close railway line and wait for Rail Baltica

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Passenger traffic in the Estonian railway line connecting Tallinn and forth largest city Pärnu will be railway line will be interrupted in December to be restored when Rail Baltica railway is operational in 2026. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Tuesday, November 6, that the Baltic state has decided not to invest any more funds in the maintenance of the Tallinn-Pärnu railway line. Railway operator Edelaraudtee explained in 2017, that…

Season review: Latvia has experienced one of the hottest summers in recent years

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The average air temperature recorded in Latvia during the calendar summer (June-August) season was +18.1° C, which is 1.9° C higher than the seasonal norm. This makes the summer of 2018 the second hottest summer since 1924. The hottest summer recorded in Latvia’s history was that of 2010, when average air temperature was +18.4° C. Minimal air temperature this summer was recorded in Stended on 6 June and was -1.6…

Facebook stops 115 accounts over inauthentic pre-election behaviour

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Shortly before the U.S. midterm election, the American social networking giant Facebook has announced blocking of Facebook and Instagram accounts with the combined number of 115. The firm stated on Monday, November 5, on its blog that it has been notified by U.S. law enforcement authorities about recently discovered activity, allegedly linked to entities outside the U.S. «Our very early-stage investigation has so far identified around 30 Facebook accounts and…

President to 13th Saeima: you represent our nation, not just your voters

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

«Two thirds of 13th Saeima deputies offer their oath for the first time. It presents us with an opportunity to form a new political dialogue and adopt a new legislative work culture,» said Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis in his speech addressed to 13th Saeima deputies. The president said that it is the duty of 13th Saeima deputies to implement the promises given to voters. He invited the new Saeima to…

Lithuania should use InvestEU opportunities

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

As the European Commission proposes cutting cohesion support to Lithuania by almost a quarter as of 2020, InvestEU, a fund being set up by the EU, might become a financial alternative after it will replace the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), also called the Juncker Plan, which has operated since 2015. EC Vice President Jyrki Katainen says the purpose of the InvestEU, set to be launched in 2021, is…

Lithuanian defmin meets Georgian counterpart in Batumi

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis, currently on a visit to Georgia, on Friday met with his Georgian counterpart Levan Izoria. The two ministers discussed aspects of Lithuanian-Georgian cooperation and expressed their delight over growing cooperation, especially in the area of cyber security, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense informed BNS Lithuania. According to the ministry, the Georgian minister thanked Lithuania for its political and practical support and expressed…

President: Estonia could considerably increase cooperation with African countries

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Estonia has a lot of possibilities for closer cooperation with African countries in the digital field, economy, as well as in international organizations, President Kersti Kaljulaid said when meeting representatives of the United Nations’ African Group on Saturday. According to the Estonian head of state, several delegations of African countries have already visited Estonia to acquire experience regarding the development of e-governance and the digital society and Estonia is planning…

WWI victims honored in Vilnius

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A commemoration of the German Day of National Mourning was held in Vilnius on Sunday and WWI victims were honored at the German soldiers’ cemetery in Vingis Park. According to the Ministry of National Defense, the ceremony was attended by Vice Minister Giedrimas Jeglinskas and German Ambassador Angelika Viets who paid respect to fallen soldiers and laid a wreath. WWI German and Russian soldiers were also honored at the monument…

Most Latvians regard centenary of their country as historic date – poll

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A vast majority of Latvians, or 80 percent, regard the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia as a historic date, with 77 percent feeling that this year’s Independence Day deserves a special celebration, according to survey conducted by Kantar TNS pollster. Over a third of respondents in the poll, or 35 percent, said they would attend events dedicated to Independence Day on November 18 and 19,…