Posts published in Day: August 8, 2019

AirBaltic rolls out Lithuanian paint job

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Latvian airline airBaltic has completed a full set of planes in the colors of the flags of the Baltic states, on August 8 revealing a jetliner in the Lithuanian colors to go with the already extant Latvian and Estonian flag liveries on other Airbus A220-300 planes, as previously reported by LSM. CEO of the company Martin Gauss said: “[The] airBaltic team is delighted to present this new livery to its Lithuanian passengers.…

Lithuania puts forward economy minister for European Commission

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Virginijus Sinkevičius is a member of the Farmers and Greens party, and keeps a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat on his desk. Lithuania has proposed its 28-year-old acting minister of economy and innovation, a member of the Farmers and Greens party, as a European commissioner. The minister, Virginijus Sinkevičius, met with Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Tuesday, and his selection was formally announced in Vilnius on…

Latvian U20 lady b-ballers to play for 9th to 16th place at EC

Thursday, August 8, 2019

In the final 16 knockout round at this year’s European U20 Women’s Basketball Championships on Wednesday, the Latvian U20 squad lost to Belgium 42:48, reported LETA. Aleksa Gulbe led the way for Latvia with ten points, while Luize Septe added nine points and six assists. Latvia will now continue to play for 9th to 16th place, and will open against the Netherlands today.

Lithuanian grocer Iki set to eliminate single-use plastics from its stores

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Iki, Lithuania’s largest retail chain by the number of stores, is set to eliminate single-use plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws from its stores in the near future. The company stopped replenishing the stock of such disposables in early August, but leftover items are still available in some stores, Berta Caikauskaite, the chain’s head of communications, said in a press release on Thursday. “Soon, there will be no single-use plastic products left in…

Latvian Defense Ministry and banks play out crisis scenario in an exercise

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Representatives of the Latvian financial sector today participated in the Defense Ministry’s exercise simulating a crisis scenario to test the sector’s readiness to work in the circumstances of an emergency, LETA was told at the ministry. “The financial sector’s ability to work during hybrid warfare is an essential part of the comprehensive national defense system. For that reason, we organize such exercises with banks and other leading institutions of this…

Levits and Pabriks agree to necessity for slight increase in defense budget

Thursday, August 8, 2019

President Egils Levits and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) are both in agreement that the defense budget must remain at two percent of GDP, and also the possibility for a slight increase, LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery. Continuing his meetings with government ministers, Levits met with Pabriks today to discuss Latvia’s participation in international operations, and the creation of a comprehensive national defense system involving institutions, companies,…

Estonian government affirms record €1.86 billion revenue of state-owned companies

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Estonian government approved at its Thursday meeting an annual summary report on the management of state holdings, according to which the total revenue of companies with state participation reached an all-time high in 2018. The total revenue of the state’s businesses in 2018 grew by 14.7 percent, or €239 million, to €1.86 billion on year, spokespeople for the government said. The companies’ total net profit in 2018 stood at…

Latvian farmers can finally breath a sigh of relief

Thursday, August 8, 2019

After two years of poor harvests, farmers can finally breath a sigh of relief, as not only the grain harvest is expected to be good this year, but also the fruit and berry harvest, the head of Latvian Council for Cooperation of Agriculturalist Organizations (LOSP) Edgars Treibergs told LETA. ”After two very bad years, it looks like the harvest will be a good one this year. Farmers can breath a…

Estonia’s Kontaveit advances to 3rd round of WTA Toronto Rogers Cup

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Estonia’s highest ranked tennis player Anett Kontaveit, WTA No 19, advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto by defeating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, WTA No 26. In the first set, Kontaveit bested Navarro 7-5, while in the second set, citing an injury, Navarro forfeited as the Estonian was in the lead 3-1. By then, Kontaveit had won 63 of all points played against Navarro’s 55. In…

Victoria’s Secret models urge CEO to protect them from sexual abuse

By Michael Rothman on Thursday, August 8, 2019

More than 120 of the biggest names in fashion have signed an open letter to Victoria’s Secret, expressing their “concern for the safety and wellbeing of the models and young women who aspire to model for Victoria’s Secret.” The likes of Doutzen Kroes, Christy Turlington Burns, Milla Jovovich and more all signed the letter from The Model Alliance and addressed it to Victoria’s Secret CEO John Mehas. “In the past few weeks, we…