Posts published in Day: September 23, 2019

Matijosaitis, Karbauskis, Landsbergis on Lithuanian politicians’ rich list

Monday, September 23, 2019

Liudas Skierus, a member of the municipal council in the northwestern town of Plunge, and Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijosaitis are the wealthiest politicians in Lithuania, according to a rich list released by the Delfi.lt online news site referred LETA/BNS. Both of them are shareholders of Viciunu Grupe (Viciunai Group), a leading Lithuanian food product group.   Skierus, whose family’s wealth is valued at 136.4 mln euros, tops the list, followed closely by Matijosaitis with…

Tallinn University committee reassessing police chief plagiarism claims

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tallinn University’s (TLÜ) masters program thesis committee is to meet Monday to reassess the 2016 thesis by Police and Border Guard Board chief Elmar Vaher. Vaher was cleared of plagiarism by TLÜ in July, though violations of principles of copyright, citation and research ethics in the thesis were noted. The committee says it will also make its decision Monday, though this may not be made public until later, ERR’s Estonian…

Baltic states unite for World Music Expo in Finland

Monday, September 23, 2019

For the first time this year, the Baltic states will host a joint pavilion at the 25th World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Finland on October 23-27, according to a press release. Previously, the Baltic states have presented their music separately at WOMEX. However, having witnessed the success of the joint Scandinavian area in previous years, representatives of the Baltic states have decided to make better use of the opportunities the fair…

Same-sex Family Wins in Estonian Administrative Court

Monday, September 23, 2019

Estonia had refused to give health insurance to Jelena, a member of a family of same-sex partners and their son. The couple turned to courts and in September, the court decided that the state’s action was unconstitutional. In Estonia, married people who stay at home to look after their children generally have their health insurance covered by state. But in June, Estonia refused to give health insurance to Jelena, one…

Al Studio’s £22m glass pyramid in Latvia gets the go-ahead

Monday, September 23, 2019

AI Studio has secured planning approval for a £22 million glass tower shaped like an irregular pyramid in the Latvian capital of Riga  The London and Moscow-based practice worked with local firm DoStudio on the 18,000m² mixed-use development next to Skonto football stadium. Its distinctive shape was designed in response to the site, which is triangular at its base and on the border between the traditional old town and the modern…

The Latest: Earthling visitors dwindling at Area 51 event

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Latest on “Storm Area 51” events in two tiny Nevada towns near the once-secret military research site (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Earthling visitors are dwindling at an “Alienstock” festival in the remote Nevada desert, and the lights are off where an evening music program spot inspired by a “Storm Area 51″ internet post was canceled. Lincoln County emergency services chief Eric Holt said Saturday that after crowds peaked…

Spanish design wins competition for Vilnius’ Concert Hall

Monday, September 23, 2019

Arquivio Architects from Spain were chosen from around 250 architectural firms to build the National Concert Hall in Vilnius on Tauras Hill, according to a press release. The design incorporates several structures on Tauras Hill interconnected by an open ground floor, creating a “green corridor”, and setting up a large and a small concert halls in the building. “The idea for a ‘Home of a Nation’, envisioned by [Lithuanian] state…

Johnson says he’ll tell Trump: Hands off UK health service

Monday, September 23, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he’ll tell U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.K.’s state-funded health service will be off the table in any future trade negotiations, and that the U.S. will have to open its markets to British goods if it wants to make a deal. Johnson said he would draw his red lines for the protectionist president when the two leaders meet this week at the United…

Lithuanian president leaves for UN General Assembly to discuss security, climate change

Monday, September 23, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has left for New York on Sunday to attend the UN General Assembly session expected to focus on security and climate change.  The highlight of Nauseda’s visit to the US, which will end on Thursday, will be his address at the General Assembly session, scheduled for Wednesday. Diplomats say the president will likely speak about the importance of international law, Russia’s threat and sustainable development goals. Nausėda is…

Sofia Loren, Valentino receive standing ovation in Milan

Monday, September 23, 2019

Sofia Loren and Valentino have received a standing ovation from a packed house of fashion and Hollywood A-listers during the third edition of the Green Carpet Awards honoring progress toward sustainability. Loren, stunning in a black gown and glistening diamond necklace, presented Valentino with an award for legacy achievement Sunday evening. Loren, 85, said the 87-year-old designer “revolutionized the world of fashion through his elegance, passion and style.” The award…