Posts published in Day: August 14, 2019

Visit of Vice President to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (August 17-21, 2019)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019 Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from 17th-21st August 2019. The Vice President will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Smt. Ranee Narah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha , Shri Manas Ranjan Bhunia, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member…

Cepelinai squeeze: price of potatoes rises sharply in Lithuania

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The price of Lithuania’s staple food – potatoes – rose the most among produce sold in the country. The key ingredient behind the likes of Cepelinai, Vėdarai, and Kugelis cost on average 70 cents per kilogram, rising by 66.1 percent since last year, according to a survey carried out by pricer.lt. Bananas came second, rising by 50.50 percent to 95 cents per kilogram, and tomatoes – by 39.6 percent, at…

Merkel and Nausėda exchange promises of support on security and sharing refugees

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

After the first meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nausėda, both leaders spoke about close and friendly relations between the two countries, skirting around points of potential disagreement. Nausėda, who addressed reporters at the joint media conference in German, said that the country where he spent two years while studying in the early 1990s was his “second fatherland” and that his meeting with Merkel was…

Hundreds receive vaccinations after soldiers show signs of mumps in Italy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Army medical staff vaccinated some 200 soldiers against mumps after several paratroopers in Italy showed symptoms of the virus and one tested positive for it in Germany. The response was done out of “an abundance of caution,” said Maj. Chris Bradley, a 173rd Airborne Brigade spokesman. “We wanted to make sure that nobody was spreading it.” Bradley said that over the past month or so, about 10 brigade soldiers sought…

Hackers just found serious vulnerabilities in F-15 fighter jet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

In a Cosmopolitan hotel suite 16 stories above the Def Con cybersecurity conference, a team of highly vetted hackers tried to sabotage a vital flight system for a U.S. military fighter jet. And they succeeded. It was the first time outside researchers were allowed physical access to the critical F-15 system to search for weaknesses. And after two long days, the seven hackers found a mother lode of vulnerabilities that…

58 more people take Latvian citizenship

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Cabinet of Ministers on August 13 approved citizenship for 58 individuals who have gone though the naturalization process, including two children who gain citizenship alongside parents. Of the 56 applicants, two thirds were of Russian background, 16% were Ukrainian, 5% Belarusian and Lithuanian, Polish and other ethnicities were also represented. One third of the new citizens have higher education, according to information supplied by the Ministry of Interior. The…

Latvia’s 2020 budget will be its largest yet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Next year Latvia’s budget will be as large as never before and exceed EUR 10 bn, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said today in an interview with the Morning Panorama program of Latvian Television. Thanks to economic growth, the budget’s “net increase” is expected to exceed EUR 500 mln in 2020, the prime minister said. “The economy is growing, which means that activity continues to grow and tax payments…

Latvian hospitals, Emergency Medical Service short of more than 1,000 medics, nurses

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Latvian hospitals and Emergency Medical Service are short of more than 1,000 medic, nurses and other health care professionals, according to the information presented at the Saeima social and labor affairs committee meeting today. Emergency Medical Service head Liene Cipule reported that the service has 587 vacancies or 20 percent of all jobs. 460 of the vacancies are medical professionals, which means that the service is short of 51 brigades.…

Estonia’s Apollo Group opens 1st new concept KFC restaurant in Riga

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Estonia’s leading entertainment provider Apollo Group OU opened its first new concept Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in the Latvian capital Riga on Aug. 8. In Tallinn, the first KFC restaurant will be opened in October. If the first KFC in Latvia opened its doors already back in 2015, the restaurant that now welcomes clients at the Akropole shopping center in Riga has an entirely new concept, offering fresh decor,…

Problems with University of Latvia rector’s election signal necessity for new legislation

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Problems with the University of Latvia rector’s election show that there is a necessity for new governing legislation that would help Latvia’s science and higher education sector rise above the current mediocre level, President Egils Levits told LETA. The president also indicated that scientific and higher education centers of excellence should be created in Latvia to raise the international profile of Latvia’s universities and students chose to study in Latvia…