Posts published in Day: September 11, 2019

The world’s first ever magnetic resonance image showing a mother and child’s bond

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This is the world’s first ever magnetic resonance image showing a mother and child’s bond. The image is of neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe kissing her two month old son. The child’s brain appears to be smoother and darker. This is because it has significantly less white matter. White matter is comprised of myelin, which is fatty tissue that acts as insulation for the wires that communicate messages inside your brain. Kissing…

Latvian Formin: Baltics should be satisfied with Leyen’s proposed EC

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Baltics should be very satisfied with European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal on the makeup of the next European Commission, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) told LETA. According to him, the division of EC portfolios is ”balanced, well though out and quite good”. Rinkēvičs said that the chosen commissioner candidates are strong and capable ones, and that he personally knows several of them – Belgian…

Lithuanians to join international river cleanup initiative

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lithuanians are invited to join an international river cleanup initiative on September 21 and help clean the Rivers Neris and Nemunas in Lithuania. The organizers hope to attract over 1,000 people to take part. “As much as 80 percent of plastic gets into the oceans from rivers, so river pollution has global consequences. By joining this initiative in Lithuania, we are not only protecting flora and fauna, but also draw…

Estonian Foreign minister: Not possible to lift visa-free rules for Ukrainians

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in response to Interior Minister Mart Helme’s (EKRE) plans to lift the visa-waiver for Ukrainians that it was neither possible nor in Estonia’s interest and recommended that police be used to prevent abuse. “The unilateral abolition of visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens by the Republic of Estonia is neither reasonable nor legally possible,” Reinsalu (Isamaa) said in a comment sent to ERR. “Apart from…

Lithuania will borrow to reach 2-percent defence spending benchmark

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lithuania’s government plans to borrow to meet NATO’s benchmark for 2 percent GDP defence spending, after improving GDP-growth forecast pushes defence spending below the 2-percent threshold. Lithuania had already planned to meet the NATO defence spending benchmark, but “after GDP estimates were raised, we plan to use the planned mechanism to borrow to ensure the 2 percent NATO rate,” Arnoldas Pikžirnis, an adviser to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, told BNS on Wednesday. Specific numbers will…

NATO AWACS plane pays Rīga visit

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11 sees a distinctive NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft visiting Rīga International Airport. “We highly value our strategic allies’ contribution to strengthening Latvian and our regional security with this unique capability. NATO’s early warning and control system aircraft landing at Rīga is a strong signal of NATO solidarity and unity, demonstrating a common understanding of today’s security challenges and geopolitical situation,” said Air Force Commander Colonel Aivars Mežors. It is not the first time the…

Estonian formin to attend meeting of Nordic, Baltic formins in Iceland

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu is to attend a meeting of Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers (NB8) in Borgarnes, Iceland, on Wednesday and Thursday. The main items on the agenda of the two-day meeting include the state of the Arctic and oceans, rule of law, security issues, cyber and hybrid threats and climate change, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Reinsalu is also scheduled to meet with his Icelandic counterpart Gudlaugur Thor…

End of fast pay rises as Lithuania’s economy expected to grow slower

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lithuania’s Ministry of Finance expects the pace of economic growth to slow down next year, leading to slower inflation and wage growth. “Economy has been growing pretty fast, but summer will not last forever. […] International outlook is getting worse. Expectations of our businesses are also getting worse. This uncertainty will doubtlessly impact the economic outlook for Lithuania,” Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka summarised the situation on Wednesday. Lithuania’s economy is…

Latvia: Drones can be piloted from the age of 16

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In order to facilitate the safety of unmanned aircraft and drones, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the respective regulations from the Ministry of Transport. According to the new regulations approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, drones can be piloted by persons from the age of 16, while flights in heightened risk circumstances can be piloted from the age of 18. Those wishing to fly unmanned aircraft in heightened risk…

Rocket blast at U.S. Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States, but officials at the compound later declared an all-clear and reported no injuries. A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight and sirens could be heard. Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker: “An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred…