Posts published in Day: August 3, 2019

Simson to meet with von der Leyen, not discussing portfolios

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Estonia’s candidate for EU commissioner, Kadri Simson (Centre), is meeting designated president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Tuesday next week. According to Simson, the meeting will be short, and portfolios won’t be discussed. Simson told ERR on Friday that any broader talk about the incoming commissioners’ subject areas will have to wait until all of them have been appointed. She added that her upcoming meeting with…

Latvian scientists to study the impact of climate change on Svalbard glaciers

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The study of the Svalbard glaciers using the methods available to Latvian scientists may provide answers to questions about the impact of climate change on glaciers, said the participants of the next Latvian polar expedition in an interview with Latvian Television on August 2. The Sixth Latvian Polar Expedition will head to Svalbard to probe into the mysteries of the surging glaciers. After decades or even 150 years, these glaciers advance…

Prosecutors receive 4 complaints over removal of controversial memorial plaque in Vilnius

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Prosecutors have received four complaints over the removal of the memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika, a pre-war Lithuanian military officer and an anti-Soviet resistance fighter accused of collaboration with the Nazis, in central Vilnius, 15min.lt reported on Friday. The Prosecutor General’s Office told the news site that the complaints were being examined, but no decisions had been made yet. The plaque to Noreika, known as Generolas Vetra (General Storm), was…

France’s first lady Brigitte Macron, 66, had three-hour cosmetic surgery

Saturday, August 3, 2019

France’s first lady underwent a three-hour cosmetic surgery operation at a private hospital in Paris before heading off on summer holiday, according to reports. Brigitte Macron, who is 25 years older than her husband President Emmanuel Macron, was placed under general anaesthetic before the procedure. It allegedly took place at the world-famous American Hospital in the French capital, which is hugely popular with celebrities and which has a Plastic Surgery Unit…

Baseball player Johnny Podres and his Lithuanian heritage

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Unknown to most, famous baseball player Johnny Podres (1932-2008) had close ancestral ties with Lithuania. Both of his maternal grandparents were born in Dzūkija region, nearby Alytus. While Johnny Podres spoke little to no Lithuanian himself, his Lithuanian heritage had been a part of his life since early childhood. Now, Johnny Podres is best remembered for the dramatic 1955 World Series, where he pitched two historic wins against the New York Yankees.…

Excise duty reduction has increased alcohol sales to north in Estonia

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said on Thursday that as a result of lowering excise duty rates on alcohol, sales on Estonia’s northern border have increased, indicating that Finnish tourists are once again buying more alcohol to take back with them from Estonia. Speaking at the government press conference on Thursday, Helme said that initial figures are very encouraging, adding that it seems to him as though the government’s…

Truth is necessary for reconciliation in Lithuania

By Grant Gochin on Saturday, August 3, 2019

At the turn of the 20th century, about half of Vilnius’s population was Jewish. All that remains of Jewish life there is a tourist trail, and monuments lauding Holocaust perpetrators. To divorce Lithuania from its Holocaust-related past, and to create a national-foundation narrative, Lithuania devised a government agency named the Genocide Center, whose mission is to rewrite the history of Lithuania. Through this sanitisation process, it converts perpetrators into national…

July 2019 was July 2019 was the second coldest of the century in Latvia

Saturday, August 3, 2019

This July was the second coldest of the century, according to the Latvian Centre for Environment, Geology and Meteorology, reported LSM.lv on August 1. With an average air temperature of +16.2 degrees C, this July was only 0.2 degrees C above the coldest July of the century, which was in 2017. This month broke 26 cold records of different scales and only two heat records. In the country as a…