Posts published in Day: October 30, 2019

Lithuania to sign second-biggest military purchase deal in November

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Lithuania may sign a contract for purchasing almost 200 American JLTVs as early as November, Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis says. He made the comment during a Wednesday meeting of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence which considered next year’s defence budget. “The signing of the contract will take place […] next month,” Karoblis said. The value of the deal stands at 149 million euros, according to the minister. It…

Around 350 koalas feared dead in Australian forest fires

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia’s east coast. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital President Sue Ashton said she hoped wildlife carers would be allowed to begin their search of the fire zone for survivors on Thursday. The fire was started by a lightning strike on Friday in a forest in New South Wales state, 190 miles north of Sydney, and has…

Navigating holidays in Latvia

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

In 2018 Latvia had the third highest number of official holidays in the European Union. Latvia had a total of 17, while Belgium topped the list with 24 days according to the Official Journal of the European Union. With the winter holiday season quickly approaching, and the debate around which days should be declared public holidays is once again being hotly discussed. In Latvia official days off include national holidays,…

Estonian authority launches supervision proceeding over Võru power outage

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Competition Authority launched supervision proceedings on Tuesday regarding a large-scale power outage that hit the southeastern city of Võru and surrounding areas on Sunday as a storm hit the area. The goal of the supervision proceeding is to establish the causes and potential consequences of the power outage, and whether it may have constituted a violation of the Electricity market Act, spokespeople for the Competition Authority said. “This was…

Auto stocks limit losses for Europe

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

European shares struggled for direction on Wednesday as losses due to uncertainty around an interim U.S.-China trade deal were curtailed by a jump in auto stocks following merger talks between Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group. The pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> was flat at 0810 GMT, with auto stocks <.SXAP> climbing 1.2% to their highest level in nearly six months. Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler <FCHA.MI> confirmed merger talks with French rival PSA <PEUP.PA>, a potential deal that…

Ticket prices likely to rise as Nordica stops flying from Tallinn

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Nordica discontinuing the operation of all flights from Tallinn will likely cause ticket prices to increase on the routes operated by rivals, the news portal of Estonia’s public broadcaster ERR reported, citing Nordica CEO Erki Urva. “When two airlines flew to the same destinations practically side by side, and engaged in strong price competition, then of course if only one carrier remains, they may increase their prices,” Urva said. The Nordica…

Detained Russian ship auctioned off in Lithuania for EUR 5 mln

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A detained ship belonging to a Russian company and docked in Lithuania’s port of Klaipeda for several years now has been auctioned off for 5.05 million euros. The initial price for Ivan Lopatin, belonging to Murmansk Shipping Company (MSCO), was set at 2.4 mln euros, according to the Lithuanian Center of Registers. The ve.lt website reported earlier that the condition of the Russian vessel is bad and it’s posing threat to the LNG…

Lithuania’s GDP up 4% over year

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Statistics Lithuania informs that in III quarter 2019, country’s gross domestic product (GDP), estimated based on available statistical data and econometric models, amounted to EUR 12.7 bn at current prices. Compared to II quarter 2018, the real GDP change, seasonally and calendar adjusted, stood at 0.1%.   As for GDP estimated by production approach, in III quarter 2019, the largest influence on the positive change in GDP was made by an increase in…

Lithuanians in their 50s live more physically active than the young

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Lithuanians in their 50s live more physically active and healthier lifestyles than the young, a news study shows. Women are generally healthier than men and every fourth Lithuanian is obese. About 18,000 people in Lithuania are diagnosed with cancer every year. The figure is rising and the most common cases are of prostate gland, large intestine and breast cancer. These are conditions characteristic of developed countries, doctors say. “Large intestine…

British AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat arrived in Estonia

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A United Kingdom AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat arrived at Ämari Air Base, west of Tallinn, on Tuesday, with three AgustaWestland WAH-64 Apache attack helicopters expected in the next few days. The helicopters are on a two-week stint in Estonia, an Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) press release says, and are part of the ongoing Operation Tractable, a large-scale NATO Europe-wide exercise. The helicopters, which also form a part of the U.K.-ed NATO…