Posts published in Day: September 4, 2019

Former president Grybauskaitė ranked most influential person in Lithuania

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lithuania’s former president Dalia Grybauskaitė, journalist Edmundas Jakilaitis and businessman Robertas Dargis have been named Lithuania’s most influential people, according to a ranking by the Delfi.lt news website published on Wednesday. The ranking is based on a survey of 1,013 opinion leaders from different fields carried out by the Reitingai magazine. The top three choices received 715, 687 and 659 votes respectively. Grybauskaitė retained her top position from last year,…

Estonia: Living longer, but health is worse

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2018, life expectancy at birth was 73.9 years for males and 82.4 years for females. Life expectancy has increased for both sexes, slightly more for males. Men are expected to live disability-free for 52.8 and women for 55.6 years. Just a year ago, disability-free life expectancy for males was two years longer and for females over three years longer. Until now, the life expectancy and…

Latvian NBA player Kurucs arrested in alleged domestic violence incident

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets are looking into allegations of domestic violence against Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs after he was arrested in Brooklyn and released without bail Tuesday, accrodging to the U.S. media reported LETA. Kurucs was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge and is due back in court Oct. 21. The New York Daily News, citing police sources, reports Kurucs allegedly choked his then-girlfriend in his Brooklyn apartment on June…

Latvia: the main budget priorities next year

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) considers straightening out the financial sector, administrative territorial reform and investment in health and education systems the main budget priorities next year. In an interview with LNT television this morning, the prime minister repeatedly said that next year’s budget was a “complex and highly politicized issue” very difficult to negotiate. “There are more needs than opportunities,” Karins added. When asked what to expect in…

Lithuania’s Nauseda will seek to develop relations with Belarus

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says he will seek to develop relations with Belarus. In his words, that will be done without Lithuania changing its position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant issue. “I believe relations with Belarus can be maintained and we will take steps to develop those relations even taking into account the fact that, nevertheless, everything remains the same on the Astravyets nuclear power plant,” Nauseda told the…

Lithuanian president going to Brussels to discuss NATO, EU issues

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is going for a two-day visit to Brussels to discuss EU and NATO-related issues amid changes in EU leadership and preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in London in December. “This year’s election to the European Parliament marks the start of a new political cycle for the European Union, with intensive preparations for the December NATO Summit. Therefore, during this visit, with the EU and NATO…

Icelandic defense delegation visits Estonia

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

An Icelandic delegation consisting of Arnór Sigurjónsson, Director General of the Icelandic Defence Directorate, and Ólöf Hrefna Kristjánsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Crisis Response Unit (ICRU), visited Estonia on Friday, Aug. 30, meeting with personnel from the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup headquarters in Tallinn. The delegation met EDF commander maj. gen. Martin Herem, Liis Mure , Director of the NATO and EU…

Lithuanian president to propose tax revamp

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he plans to propose to the country’s parliament to introduce a flat rate on all types of income, and to apply differentiated rates depending on the amount. “There are many proposals, and they include economic issues, like, for example, taxing resident’s income based not on its origin, but on the amount, since work-related income and capital income are of similar nature, therefore, there shouldn’t be…

DOD lists domestic, overseas projects defunded by moving of billions to border wall construction

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Pentagon’s move to divert some $3.6 billion from military construction coffers to fund 175 miles of border fencing will defund planned projects in 23 states, three U.S. territories and at bases in 20 other countries, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. The Pentagon is confident that Congress will later provide another $3.6 billion for the 127 planned construction projects worldwide from which funds were diverted to pay for sections of…