Posts published in September 2019

Lithuania and Latvia registered the highest rate of death from coronary heart desease in EU

Monday, September 30, 2019

Among the 5.1 million deaths reported in the European Union (EU) in 2016, over 609 000 were due to coronary diseases, which include heart attacks. Nearly 90% of these deaths concerned people aged over 65 (532 400 deaths, 87% of the EU total), writes Eurostat.   To compare countries, the absolute numbers of deaths across Member States need to be adjusted to the size and structure of the population. At…

President to initiate search for remains of legendary partisan Luksa

Monday, September 30, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda intends to initiate a search for the remains of Juozas Luksa-Daumantas, one of the leaders of Lithuania’s post-war anti-Soviet partisan resistance. The president said this to BNS after meeting with Nijole Brazenaite-Luksiene-Paronetto, the legendary partisan’s widow who lives in New York. “After looking at the various peripeteia related not only to the circumstances of her husband’s death, but also to the search for his remains, there…

Minister Linas Linkevičius met with representatives of influential Jewish organizations

Monday, September 30, 2019

On 26 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who attended the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, held a traditional meeting with leaders and representatives of the world’s leading Jewish organizations based in the United States, including the American Jewish Committee, the World Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith International, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the Anti-Defamation League, and others. The meeting, which took place at…

Estonia’s PACE delegation to highlight problems related to Russia

Monday, September 30, 2019

Estonia’s delegation to the Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said on Monday it will draw attention to the problems caused by Russia at this week’s Autumn Session. Head of the Estonian delegation, member of the Riigikogu Maria Jufereva-Skuratovski (Centre), said it is important that the dialogue continues and Estonia participates in the Assembly. “In this complicated situation, Estonia has to take part in the dialogue and not boycott the work…

Lithuanian film wins main prize at Athens film festival

Monday, September 30, 2019

‘Nova Lituania’, the first feature film by the Lithuanian director Karolis Kaupinis, has won the Golden Athena award at the Athens Film Festival’s international competition section. Eleven films vied for the award which comes with a cash prize of 2,000 euros. Set in the years just before World War Two, ‘Nova Lituania’ tells a story of a geography professor who strives to convince the Lithuanian government to set up a…

Baltic Nord Stream 2 and billions in aid – Germany’s mixed bag for Ukraine?

By Kate Brady on Monday, September 30, 2019

US President Donald Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in a controversial phone call that Germany does “almost nothing for Ukraine.” Is there any truth to his claim? According to a memo released by the White House, US President Donald Trump told Zelensky in a telephone call that, “Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk.” “When I was speaking to Angela Merkel, she talks Ukraine,…

Emmy-award-winning Chernobyl series changed tourism path of Lithuania

Monday, September 30, 2019

A fresh look on an event that almost changed the course of human history. A masterpiece of on-screen storytelling. HBO’s Chernobyl, a massive hit with viewers and critics around the world, has just won 3 Emmy awards. A fresh look on an event that almost changed the course of human history, explains lithuania.travel.lt. A masterpiece of on-screen storytelling. HBO’s Chernobyl, a massive hit with viewers and critics around the world,…

Lithuanian scientists offer cheaper and safer solutions for defence training

Monday, September 30, 2019

Group of researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania have designed a field training equipment for short-range air defence systems, which imitates the natural conditions of missile defence including detection, tracking and destruction of the target without actually using the real missile in the training. The solution provides the missing step in the training of air defence officers, who, after training with virtual air defence systems, are still not…

Tallinn Television to shut down this week

Monday, September 30, 2019

The supervisory board of Tallinn Television (TTV) is set to discuss a proposal by Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart to shut down the television channel from October 1 and have the foundation continue as a production company. “The foundation will be retained as the city still has to inform its citizens. This means we still need municipal news, and TTV is a good instrument for that purpose,” the mayor said. He…

Pope Francis: Don’t sell weapons and turn away refugees fleeing wars

Monday, September 30, 2019

In a speech to mark World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis has criticised countries that sell weapons but refuse to accept refugees fleeing conflicts where those arms are being used. The 82-year-old has made immigration a key part oc his teaching and he has often clashed criticised U.S. President Donald Trump and populist politicians in Europe. Francis has also criticised the arms trade and his sermon for 40,000…