Posts published in Day: September 5, 2019

Australia faces opioid crisis as companies push drugs abroad

By Kristen Gelineau on Thursday, September 5, 2019

The coroner’s sense of futility was clear, as he investigated the death of yet another Australian killed by prescription opioids. Coroners nationwide have long urged officials to address Australia’s ballooning opioid addiction, and to create a tracking system to stop people from collecting multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors. Yet even as thousands died, the coroners’ pleas were met largely with silence. “For what it is worth, I add my voice…

Lithuania’s Chernobyl resents its label – ‘media created this image of us’

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lithuania’s Chernobyl, zombie-town, and other derogatory terms are often used to describe the town of Didžiasalis near the Belarusian border in Lithuania’s northeast. In a town where you can buy an apartment for a few thousand euros, or even get one for free, residents are keen to see the image improve. Didžiasalis has already lived through its golden age. A Soviet-era brick factory with a workforce of over a thousand…

US farmers hope Trump delivers on trade deal with Japan

Thursday, September 5, 2019

American farmers have not only endured retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations, they’ve watched as most of their top foreign competitors used free trade agreements to make inroads into Japan, a historically protectionist market with nearly 127 million consumers. Now they’re wondering if the coming U.S.-Japan trade deal that President Donald Trump is showcasing will be as strong for farmers as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was negotiated under President…

Watch Russia keeps RAF Typhoons busy in the Baltic

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Russia has kept the Royal Air Force’s Typhoons  busy in the Baltic – prompting the RAF to make 21 interceptions of 56 Russian aircraft. The Typhoon jets have now returned to their Lincolnshire base, after completing a NATO Baltic Air Policing mission and handing over to Gripen aircraft from the Czech Air Force – and the RAF has released a ‘highlights’ video of the four month mission. A spokesperson for…

Turkey threatens to open gates for Syria refugees to go West

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to allow Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called “safe zone” inside Syria is established soon. Erdogan made the threat in a speech to his ruling party officials on Thursday. He also said Turkey was determined to create the safe zone and would do it alone if there’s no deal with the U.S. by the end of the month.…

Increase in tourists staying overnight and using airports

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tourists staying overnight in Estonia increased by four percent in July 2019 compared with the same time period last year, figures from Statistics Estonia show. In July 524,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Estonia. The majority, 42 percent, were from Finland, followed by nine percent from Germany, seven percent from Russia and six percent from Latvia. The number of foreign tourists increased by eight percent from July 2018.…

Pope to Mozambique after new accord: ‘Courage brings peace’

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pope Francis praised Mozambique’s president and opposition leader Thursday for their courage in signing a landmark new peace accord, as he opened a visit to the southern African nation by calling for a future where reconciliation, hope and sustainable development become “weapons of peace.” Thousands of ululating Mozambicans, some wearing colorful skirts printed with the pope’s image and the words “hope, peace, reconciliation,” lined the streets of the capital, Maputo…

Lithuania Receives the U.S. Approval to Purchase Hundreds of JLTV Armoured Vehicles

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence informed that the U.S. administration has agreed to sell Lithuania its newest JLTV armoured vehicles. The contract for the purchase of 200 vehicles is to be signed this year, however, it is quite possible that the Lithuanians will buy more JLTVs in the future. Lithuania’s Deputy Defence Minister Giedrius Jeglinskas informed that the sides “are proceeding to agree on the contract”. The U.S. government has…

Samsung folding screen phone to go on sale after big delay

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Samsung says it will start selling its highly anticipated folding phone on Friday, after the original launch date was delayed by months because of embarrassing problems with the screen. The South Korean tech giant had put the Galaxy Fold’s launch on hold after reviewers encountered problems with the device’s innovative folding screen, which the company indicated on Thursday have now been resolved. “During the past several months, Samsung has been…

Klaipėda council member delivers appeal in partisan leader’s defamation case

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A court in Klaipėda heard the appeal of Viačeslavas Titov, a local councilor who was fined 12,000 euros for the defamation of Lithuania’s anti-Soviet partisan leader, Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas. In May, the Klaipėda District Court found Titov guilty for the defamation of a deceased person’s memory, incitement to hatred, and public approval or denial of Soviet crimes. According to the prosecutor, Titov systemically shared “hate inciting information” on Lithuanian post-war partisans…