Posts published in Day: January 29, 2019

Latvian residents spent on average 12% more while abroad in 2018

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

While travelling abroad last year, Latvian resident spent on average 12 % more when compared to the previous year, Inga Kavaca from the Association of Latvian Travel Agents and Operators. Furthermore, she added that there were 2% more Latvian residents going on foreign trips last year than the previous year, but added that more precise statistics will be available in March. She said that the reason for travel was various…

China tests ‘Guam killer’ missile, claims weapon could strike moving aircraft carrier

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

China has test-fired its so-called “Guam killer” ballistic missile, claiming the weapon could strike a moving aircraft carrier, according to a report by the state-run Global Times tabloid. China Central Television on Thursday broadcast footage of the Chinese military launching a pair of DF-26 anti-ship missiles during a live-fire exercise in northwest China, according to a Sunday report by the newspaper. The missile can carry conventional and nuclear warheads, and…

Latvia maintains position in Corruption Perceptions Index (Video)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The perception of corruption levels in Latvia remained unchanged in 2018 compared with 2017, according to the annual Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International January 29. Latvia ranks in 41st place out of 180 countries included in the survey – the same position it occupied the previous year – and scores 58 points alongside Georgia and Spain. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of…

Cold drives electricity prices across Baltics higher

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Electricity prices rose across the Baltic region last week amid a spell of cold weather, Elektrum Lietuva. Prices in all three countries increased by 19% w-o-w, to 65.06 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh) in Lithuania, 64.83 euros in Estonia and 65.08 euros in Latvia, the independent electricity supplier said. The Baltic countries’ total power consumption grew by 5% to 642 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and their overall electricity production increased by 16 percent to…

Flu epidemic declared in 14 Lithuanian municipalities

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

An influenza epidemic has already been declared in 14 out of Lithuania’s 60 municipalities as in the number of flu and acute upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) cases continues to rise in the country. The town of Alytus and the districts of Panevezys, Raseiniai, Salcininkai and Telsiai declared a flu epidemic on Tuesday and the city of Klaipeda plans to do so on Wednesday. Other affected municipalities include the cities of Kaunas…

NATO chief says Trump’s funding gripes having ‘real results’

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that US President Donald Trump’s regular complaints about the alliance had not undermined it — adding that his criticism on defense spending was having a positive impact. Trump has frequently blasted members of the 29-nation western security partnership for not paying more into their national defense budgets, the AFP news agency reports. Before taking office, he called NATO “obsolete” and recent media reports…

Estonian ministry proposes to consider dual gauge solution for ring railway

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has sent a proposal to Rail Baltic Estonia to consider a dual gauge solution when designing the overlapping corridor of Rail Baltic and the Tallinn southern bypass railway, which would ensure that the section could be traversed by trains with different track gauges. The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson said that considering the future, the space needed for a…

Lithuania and Israel begin cooperation in cyber security

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

On January 28 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza and Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate signed a Declaration of Intent on cooperation in cyber security in Tel Aviv. “Lithuania and Israel are connected by shared strategic goals and a shared understanding that partnership of countries in cyber security is mutually beneficial in the fight against malicious activities in cyber space,” E. Kerza says. The Declaration of…