Posts published in Day: March 4, 2019

The biggest failure of DRAGON 2019

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, March 4, 2019

The exercise Dragon 2019 is one of the largest exercises in Poland and is held every two years. In June of this year the head of the exercise will be General Jaroslav Mika, commander-in-chief of the Polish armed forces. The main unit of the military exercise Dragon 2019 will be the 11th Panzer Division, together with its subordinate military units. Participation in the exercise will also take not only the…

First ceasefire in Kashmir after Pakistan-India clashes

Monday, March 4, 2019

The military clashes between South Asian nuclear powers India and Pakistan have stopped giving civilians time to flee to safety after six days of military aviation, artillery and light arms’ clashes. American news agency AP reported that residents near the demarcation line in the divided Kashmir region used the first lull to leave their homes and move to safety. Pakistani government representative Moazzam Zafar commented that some 200 families have…

Medics from Ukraine and Belarus might be hired to deal with staff shortages in Latvia

Monday, March 4, 2019

Even after a pay raise, Latvia’s large hospitals and ambulance service are still short of medical staff like nurses and paramedics, Ilze Aizsilniece, the head of the Latvian Medical Association, said in an interview to LNT TV channel this morning. Aizsilniece believes that the problem might be dealt with by importing medical employees from Ukraine and Belarus who might quickly learn basic Latvian and work in Latvia’s healthcare institutions. Since…

Dairis Bertans signs with NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans

Monday, March 4, 2019

Latvian forward Dairis Bertans has made a move to the NBA and signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, the club has informed. It is believed that 29-year-old Bertans has signed a two-year deal, and is expected to join up with his new team next week. The Pelicans are currently in 13th place in the NBA’s Western Conference standings with 29 wins and 36 losses. Bertans began the season with Italian…

Estonian parliamentary election won by liberals, euro-sceptic party surges

Monday, March 4, 2019

In the Estonian parliamentary election held in e-voting and in polling stations on the main election day of Sunday, February 3, according to preliminary results the opposition liberal Reform Party has won. Estonian public broadcaster ERR and the country’s State Electoral Committee report that in the race for the 101 mandates of the Riigikogu, Reform Party has won 34 mandates (up by four seats since the 2015 election) leaving the…

Mayor of Lithuania’s Klaipeda will be challenged by Vaitkus

Monday, March 4, 2019

Vytautas Grubliauskas, incumbent mayor of Lithuania’s western port of Klaipeda, will be challenged by Klaipeda Port CEO Arvydas Vaitkus, representing the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, in the run-off, according to preliminary results from all 54 polling districts. Grubliauskas received 31.15% of votes, and Vaitkus was backed by 22.82%. Agne Bilotaite, representing the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, came in third with 14.73%, according to the Central Electoral Commission. Nominated by…

Moon vows efforts to revive US-N. Korea nuclear talks as allies begin scaled-back drills

Monday, March 4, 2019

South Korea’s president vowed Monday to work to get U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks back on track as Seoul and Washington launched a week of small-scale military exercises that replaced annual war games. Moon Jae-in said he will revive his role as mediator between the adversaries after last week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed without agreement. “We hope that both countries will continue their…

Latvian party ratings in February

Monday, March 4, 2019

The opposition Harmony party continues to garner the most support in Latvia, according to the latest poll for Latvian Television (LTV) carried out by the SKDS pollster, released March 1. However the research was carried out in February before Rīga mayor and party leader Nils Ušakovs announced he would run in forthcoming European elections, plunging the party into confusion. The popularity of the KPV LV party continues to decline. Just under five…