Posts published in Day: August 30, 2019

Ostapenko, Sevastova advance to 3rd round of US Open

Friday, August 30, 2019

Latvia’s two top ladies’ tennis players have advanced to the third round of the WTA US Open competition, reported LETA. Jeļena Ostapenko (WTA No. 77), whose ratings have been on a slow decline since her sudden French Open win in 2017, managed to overcome US’ Alison Riske (WTA No. 36) 6-4, 6-3, despite making 11 double faults and 28 unforced errors in a chaotic first set. Ostapenko earned 130 points for getting into the…

Estonian government supports cheaper option for eastern border

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Estonian government has decided in favor of a cheaper solution for the construction of the Estonian-Russian border costing 130.5 mln euros, 57.5 mln euros less than the more expensive option. Interior Minister Mart Helme presented the alternative to the construction of the eastern border to the Cabinet on Thursday, and the Cabinet backed the solution according to which the number of components in the construction of the border infrastructure will be…

Wind turbines with Lithuanian-made blades operate in North Sea

Friday, August 30, 2019

Wind turbines with blades made of glass fiber reinforced materials produced in Lithuania generate a great deal of electricity in the North Sea, the according to the daily Lietuvos Rytas reported LETA. Hybrid reinforcements made of glass and carbon fibers, which are used for producing the world’s longest wind turbine blades, are supplied by Lithuania’s Devold AMT, which is part of Germany’s Saertex Group. Devold AMT supplies its products to the wind turbine manufacturer…

Government distributes 19 grants to Lithuanian students in world’s top universities

Friday, August 30, 2019

Nineteen youths have received grants from the Lithuanian government to study in top universities abroad. The programme, entitled ‘The Next Hundred’, distributed the second set of grants this year. In all, the government set aside €300,000 to cover the winners’ tuitions fees and living expenses. Most of the students will study in UK universities. Physics, mathematics and economics were among the most popular degrees. The programme is aimed at supporting…

5 Under the Radar Attractions in the Baltic States

Friday, August 30, 2019

While the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia keep travelers busy at any season, autumn is the best time to avoid crowds and discover seasonal attractions. This fall, those who want to enrich their Baltic trip with authentic experiences, can take part in a folk fair and a light festival in Tallinn, a flower festival in the 19th-century manor in northern Lithuania, enjoy a hot air balloon flight above…

Reinsalu: Response to hybrid threats needs to be ‘systematic and strong’

Friday, August 30, 2019

The European Union’s (EU) response to hybrid threats needs to “systematic, strong, and well-funded”, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Helsinki on Thursday. Reinsalu said EU member states are increasingly more aware of the need to deal with hybrid threats jointly but must make a much greater effort to reduce the vulnerability of the member states and institutions. “We cannot continue as…

The Government of Lithuania has not explicit strategy concerning poverty

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Lithuanian government needs to raise the basic pension in order to tackle poverty among the elderly, Social Security and Labour Minister Linas Kukuraitis said on Thursday, BNS reports. “We would surely solve [the problem of] relative poverty if we invested much more money, and the preconditions are in place, because [the funding of] the basic pension has been fully moved to the state budget, and it is the basic…

Lithuania tables plan to disconnect from Russian-controlled power grid

Friday, August 30, 2019

A plan to synchronise Lithuanian power grid with the European system has been submitted to the Cabinet for discussion, the Energy Ministry said on Tuesday. Lithuania is working on “major synchronization infrastructure projects [agreed with] Latvia, Estonia, Poland and the European Commission,” Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said in a press release. “At the same time, the action plan also covers projects for reinforcing our electricity system,” he added. In June, Seimas adopted a law…

U.S. in Poland – Americans are afraid of the idea of a European army

Friday, August 30, 2019

Months after Washington and Warsaw agreed to boost the number of U.S. troops in Poland, questions remain about where they will come from, how many will eventually arrive and how long they will live in conditions that remind them of combat deployments, portal Stars and stripes reports. Poland has grown in strategic importance as Russia’s military strength has increased, potentially posing a threat to nearby NATO member states in the…