Posts published in Day: April 30, 2019

Angry Birds returns with a brand new trick

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Angry Birds has returned to the smartphone scene with a brand new game that employs a technological gimmick for the new wave of players. It uses augmented reality (AR) to take advantage of the latest tech inside iPads and iPhones. Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs combines the image seen through a phone’s camera with 3D virtual objects to overlay the levels of the puzzle game onto real-world surroundings. The…

Expect snap checks of combat readiness, says Defense Minister

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Scheduled as well as random inspections will be carried out at the National Armed Forces to make sure that the army is combat ready, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) told a press conference April 29. The Defense Ministry’s priorities include increasing the Armed Forces’ battle readiness, which concerns all five brigades – the Mechanized Infantry Brigade as well as all four Home Guard brigades, said Pabriks. It also means that…

More Catalan separatist MP in Spanish parliament after election

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Following the Spanish interim general election, among members of parliament representing the region of Catalonia, the proportion politicians supporting the region’s separation from Spain has increased. French news agency AFP reports that the results of the Sunday, April 28 election, showed that separatist parties saw their share of the vote in Catalonia increase to 39 percent from 32 percent in the last general election in 2016, giving them five more…

EU has no future unless people are engaged, Lithuanian foreign minister says

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

As Lithuania prepares to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its EU membership on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius warns that the bloc has no future unless people feel a part of it. “If people think that nothing depends on them or have no trust in this, there will be no future,” he said in an interview with LRT TV aired on Tuesday. Lithuania’s top diplomat added that the continued existence…

Japanese Emperor Akihito begins historic abdication

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Emperor Akihito is preparing to step down from the throne, becoming the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years. Tuesday’s ceremonies began with private rituals in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. The 85-year-old has been given legal permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfil his role because of his age and declining health. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne the next day,…

Daily Lietuvos Zinios appears on newsstands for last time

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The daily Lietuvos Zinios, one of the oldest newspapers in Lithuania, appeared on newsstands for the last time on Tuesday. The publisher of Lietuvos Zinios, which also owns the online news sites Lzinios.lt and Jonavosnaujienos.lt and Naujienos, a local newspaper in the central district of Jonava, is set to be liquidated on May 1. Achemos Grupe, the owner of Lietuvos Zinios, plans to sell its publishing rights and intellectual property.…

EU flags removed from Riigikogu reflect current realities, speaker says

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New Riigikogu speaker Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) ordered the European Union flag to be removed from the parliament’s white hall, opposition MP Marko Mihkelson (Reform) said on Monday afternoon, according to BNS. In response, Põlluaas said the removal reflected the fact that Estonia no longer holds the rotating Council of the EU presidency. “President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas didn’t have the courage to admit to the chamber today that he…

EU needs to improve governance of financial supervisory authorities

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The decision made by European Banking authority to not commence supervisory inspection in relation to Danske Bank case proves the need to work on improving supervisory capabilities of European authorities, says European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. On Monday, 29 April, Financial Times reported that European Banking authority decided to not commence an inspection in relation to the money laundering scandal in Danske Bank. Financial Times mentions that in a vote…

Lithuania announces first renewables auction

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The first mixed auction for renewable energy technologies will be held in September and will allocate around 300 GWh. The government will apportion €20 million for solar rebates up to 2023. A few days after the European Commission approved Lithuania’s €385 million auction plan for renewable energy, the Baltic nation’s Ministry of Energy has unveiled details of how the program will work. The ministry said technology-neutral auctions would be held…

Latvians’ ability and willingness to borrow grew steeply in 2018

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Latvians’ ability and willingness to borrow grew steeply last year, showing the fastest rise in three years, shows the private individuals’ segment of the lending index draw up by the Finance Latvia Association. The association’s representatives noted that private individuals’ ability and willingness to borrow showed strong rise in 2018, with the respective indices growing by 15 points to 123 points and by nine points to 111 points. Meanwhile, the…