Posts published in Day: June 26, 2019

U.S. city prohibits e-cigarette sales

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The city of San Francisco has passed as the first city in the U.S. a ban on e-cigarette sales until their health effects are better studied. British public broadcaster BBC reports that San Francisco city council on Tuesday voted to ban stores selling the vaporisers and made it illegal for online retailers to deliver to addresses in the city. The legislation is still to be signed by Mayor London Breed,…

Key Turkish election won by opposition bringing change to largest city

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In Turkey, the repeated mayoral election of Istanbul has been won by opposition candidate ending 25 years of the rule of the country’s governing AK party in largest city. With all ballots counted, Turkey’s Supreme Election Board has stated that opposition Republican People’s Party candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu has won the June 23 poll with 54 percent of the vote. BBC reports that compared to the March election had a İmamoğlu…

NATO air policing exercises begin in Baltic airspace

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The alliance’s annual Ramstein Alloy exercise is underway in the airspace of the three Baltic states, with allied air forces practising air policing and airspace control as well as the cooperation of allied and local units. According to the Lithuanian defense ministry, some 20 aircraft are participating this year. Specific situations played through in the course of the exercise include refuelling while airborne, loss of contact, and search and rescue…

Researchers expect one-third of UK-based Latvians to apply for British citizenship soon

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In the next five years, one-third of Latvian citizens who now live in Britain plan to apply for British citizenship, according to a survey performed by researchers of the University of Latvia Institute of Philosophy and Sociology to determine the opinion of Latvian emigrants towards Brexit and its consequences. Results of the survey show that 73% of Latvian citizens do not support UK’s exit from the European Union. Participants of…

Latvian PM says it’s time to stop putting friends of politicians in charge of companies

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

It is time to put an end to the practice of putting people close to politicians in leading posts of companies, said Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds, commenting on the future of Latvenergo after the suspension of its council. «If any changes to the composition of another council are performed, it is important for there to be an open selection…

Baltic States should discuss tax on alcohol together, prime ministers agree

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has discussed with Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas the need to resolve the alcohol excise tax issue by all Baltic States together, said the leader of Latvia’s government at a press-conference on Tuesday, 25 June. Estonia’s prime minister agreed that this would be an appropriate solution, said his Latvian counterpart. Kariņš explained that «everyone should understand that this is not a primarily a health issue…

Vilnius University makes a leap forward in the newest World University Rankings

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Vilnius University (VU) strengthened its ranking in QS World University Rankings 2020 by 30 positions and now holds 458th place worldwide. VU is also ranked the highest among other Lithuanian higher education institutions and is the only one to improve its stance in this year’s evaluation results. Other Lithuanian universities hold their respective positions: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (591-600 position), Kaunas University of Technology (751-800), Vytautas Magnus University (801-1000). Since…

Archbishop Stankevics does not see grounds for internal inquiry into church donations

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

There are no grounds at the moment to probe the allegations of misuse of donations on the part of Roman Catholic congregations, as no evidence has been produced so far to corroborate the suspicions, Zbignevs Stankevics, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Latvia, told LETA. Facts are checked in cases where concrete information or evidence are presented, causing reasonable suspicions, the archbishop said. “The recent events have led…

Lithuania’s outgoing president to bid farewell to EU ambassadors

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lithuania’s outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite will bid farewell to EU ambassadors accredited to Lithuania. The president has usually met with ambassadors twice a year, and Wednesday’s meeting will be the last meeting of such a format. Nerijus Aleksiejunas, an advisor to the Lithuanian president, told BNS Lithuania the meeting will focus on the EU and foreign political current affairs and a review of achievements. “It will be a great opportunity…

Estonian formin discusses PACE with Georgian counterpart

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani discussed the recent vote in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Russia’s possible return to the assembly in a phone call on Tuesday evening. Reinsalu expressed Estonia’s unwavering support for Georgia, spokespeople for the Foreign Ministry in Tallinn said. “Estonia stands with you during these kinds of bad decisions. The violations of international law and…