Posts published in Day: January 4, 2019

Pope Francis criticizes US bishops over a sexual abuse crisis

Friday, January 4, 2019

Pope Francis accused US bishops on Thursday of failing to show unity in the face of a sexual abuse crisis, saying internal bickering had to end over a scandal that has shredded the Church’s credibility. In a long and highly unusual letter sent to US bishops as they embarked on a week-long retreat, Francis said the handling of the scandal showed the urgent need for a new approach to management…

Probe into suspected squandering of EUR 3.7 mln at Lithuanian Post launched

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lithuania’s Special Investigation Service, or STT, has launched a pre-trial investigation into suspected squandering of public funds at Lietuvos Pastas (Lithuanian Post). Transport and Communications Minister Rokas Masiulis says traces of an audacious scheme for profiting at the state’s expense have been detected at the state postal company. “We opened the pre-trial investigation regarding possible squandering of assets on December 28,” STT spokeswoman Renata Endruzyte confirmed to BNS on Thursday. She said the anti-corruption…

Latvian companies planning to invest less than Estonian, Lithuanian companies in 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019

Latvian large companies’ investment plans for this year are not as ambitious as the plans of Lithuanian and Estonian companies, Martins Panke, external communication manager of the Latvian branch of SEB Bank, told BNS. According to SEB Bank’s survey of the leading Baltic companies’ financial directors, 46 percent of large companies in Latvia are planning to invest in their business development this year, while the figure in Lithuania is 64…

Baltic States are EU’s biggest spenders on alcohol

Friday, January 4, 2019

Emerging European countries spend the most on alcohol, according to new figures from the European Union’s statistics department, Eurostat. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania spent the highest share of household expenditure on alcoholic beverages in 2017, at 5.6 per cent, 5.2 per cent and four per cent respectively. They were followed closely by Poland (3.5 per cent), the Czech Republic (3.3 per cent) and Hungary (3 per cent). The lowest expenditure on…

Ten Indications of a New Year Hangover

Friday, January 4, 2019

You get it into your head that chirping birds are the Devil’s pets. Trying to gain control of the situation, you continue to tell your room to “Stay still.” Looking at yourself in the mirror induces the same reaction as drinking a glass of fresh paint. The bathroom reminds you of the fairground cry, “Step right up and give it whirl!” You’d rather chew tacks than be exposed to sunlight.…

Lithuania’s cumulative direct investment abroad reaches EUR 3.7 b

Friday, January 4, 2019

Lithuanian companies’ cumulative direct investment abroad totaled 3.7 billion euros in late September 2018, a rise of 19% compared with a year ago, informed LETA/BNS. 90% of Lithuania’s direct investment was in EU member states and 65.1 % in euro area countries alone, the Bank of Lithuania and Statistics Lithuania said in a joint press release on Thursday. The Netherlands was the number-one destination for Lithuania’s direct investment with 705.7…

Transgender people lack access to basic healthcare in UK

Friday, January 4, 2019

Transgender people lack access to basic healthcare in the UK, according to a senior British MP. Conservative Maria Miller accused the UK government of “mishandling” their approach to trans issues on Wednesday when she addressed the Press Association. Miller said transgender patients are underserved and explained how some transgender men had been unable to get cervical smear tests, for instance. Miller, who also chairs the women and equalities committee, also…

Latvia’s population slightly down in 2018, migration at ”zero” level – statistics

Friday, January 4, 2019

Last year the number of Latvia’s population slightly decreased, but it is related with a smaller number of newborns in the country, not with migration, said Central Statistical Bureau head Aija Zigure in an interview with commercial LNT television today. She said that the data on the population are preliminary and will be finalized in a couple of months. According to the preliminary data, the number of population in Latvia…

Estonia planned to refit cheap CV90 chassis

Friday, January 4, 2019

Estonia planned to refit cheap CV90 chassis procured from Norway as support armored vehicles for the Scouts Battalion but finds itself victim to the monopoly of a major manufacturer. The tender was written off on the last day of the year, support vehicles will be at least six months late and no one knows how the matter will be handled. Christmas was a troubled time over at the Ministry of…

Government formation talks to continue in Latvia

Friday, January 4, 2019

On Thursday, 3 January, KPV LV Saeima faction decided to continue government formation talks by submitting a number of requests to the so-called coalition core, as journalists were told by KPV LV faction leader Atis Zakatistovs. He did not reveal the requests, nor did he answer the question of whether or not KPV LV maintains Aldis Gobzems as its candidate for the post of Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister. Zakatistovs did…