Posts published in Day: March 14, 2019

Teacher detained for leaking English exit exam in Latvia

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A teacher at an educational institution has been detained for leaking the materials for the oral part of the centralized English exam for high school graduation, the State Police. The teacher has already admitted being guilty. A criminal process has been started, but the teacher has not been taken into custody. The fact that a teacher had leaked the exam,  had been announced by the National Center for education (VISC) earlier. On March…

Fire breaks out in territory of NP Jelgava Business Park

Thursday, March 14, 2019

On Thursday morning a production plant caught fire at NP Jelgava Business Park. The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) confirmed that a one-storey production plant had caught an open flame. Three brigades are working on the site and three other brigades are on the way. Elita Moiseja, the board chairwoman of NP Properties, developer of industrial parks, also confirmed that the fire broke out at NP Jelgavas Business Park.…

Lithuania’s position on Astravyets NPP has not changed

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Lithuanian government’s position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus has not changed, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told lawmakers on Thursday after being summoned by the opposition to answer question on Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent proposal to Belarus to convert almost-complete Astravyets plant into a gas-fueled facility. “I do not assess the prime minister’s actions as it’s not my competence. Lithuania’s position on the nuclear…

Baltic countries among 7 NATO members that hit defense spending target in 2018

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Seven of 29 NATO countries, including the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, hit the alliance’s defense spending target in 2018, AFP news agency reported. Apart from the United States, six members hit the target of spending two percent of GDP on defense in 2018: Britain, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against European alliance members for not spending enough on their…

President Kaljulaid meets with Speaker Pelosi, talks security, defence

Thursday, March 14, 2019

While on a working visit to the US, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late on Wednesday evening, with whom she discussed security and defence cooperation, the situation in Ukraine, hybrid threats as well as bilateral Estonian-US cooperation. “There has been strong bipartisan support for Estonia, NATO and transatlantic relations in both houses of Congress,” Ms Kaljulaid said at her meeting…

Consumer protection centre found problems with all playgrounds surveyed this year

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Consumer Rights Protection Centre found different flaws in all child playgrounds surveyed in Latvia in recent years. To prevent those problems, economy Ministry has developed a legislative draft, as reported by the ministry’s representative Evita Urpena. CRPC performed inspections at 58 playgrounds in the past two years. Problems were found with all of them. In 83% of cases investigators found inadequate coating and in 63% of cases investigators found damaged…

U.S. President not planning to pardon his ex-campaign head sentenced to jail

Thursday, March 14, 2019

In the U.S., Paul Manafort, the former head of the pre-election campaign of the current U.S. President, has been convicted to a total of seven and a half years in prison for misleading the U.S. government about his foreign lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf. American news agency AP reports that on Wednesday, March 13, in Washington, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected Manafort’s…

Baltics manipulate NATO finances to their advantage

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Three NATO member states – Denmark, Estonia and Latvia – are sure that they have made an important step towards the strengthening their security. On March 8 defence ministers of these countries opened the headquarters of Multinational Division North (MND N) in Latvia’s Adazi. It is known that during the NATO summit of July 11-12, 2018 in Brussels the letter of intent to create Multi-National Division North (MND North), a…

Latvian prime minister denies claims of his family having ties to offshores

Thursday, March 14, 2019

On Wednesday, 13 March, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš denied in an interview to LNT 900 seconds programme claims regarding his family having ties with offshores in Cyprus. The prime minister explained that he did own property in Riga, which has since been written off to this wife. She then sold this property and invested the money received from the sale into capital of a new company. Shares in this…