Posts published in Day: November 14, 2019

Could European minimum wage ease Lithuania’s income disparity?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

A pan-European minimum wage idea was floated by EU Commission President-designate Ursula von der Leyen. While trade unions in Lithuania would welcome the measure, an employers’ association insists it is not the right way to go. Incomes and minimum pay still vary widely accross the European Union. However, an EU citizen working full-time should be able to make living wage irrespectively of where he or she lives, the EC president-designate…

Absurd own goal in Lithuanian women’s thrashing by Belgium

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lithuanian women’s football team ended another game in a painful defeat in the European championship qualifiers, losing 0:6 against Belgium. However, the spectacularly absurd own goal stole the game’s highlight. In the first half, Algimantė Mikutaitė finished the Belgian cross by powering the ball into the back of Lithuania’s own net, despite being unpressured by the Belgian attackers. The Belgian team made 42 attempts at goal, and Lithuania – just…

Lithuania faces buckwheat crisis as prices double

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Significantly reduced buckwheat crops in Lithuania are pushing prices up, making processors speak of a ‘buckwheat crisis’. On the outskirts of Vilnius, Valdemaras Andriuškevičius’ company buys up buckwheat from local farmers and sends it for processing in Poland. This year, his trucks are crossing the border half-empty. “There are contracts with supermarkets, but buckwheat is in short supply. We are competing against other processors,” says the businessman. The shortfall is…

Lithuanian ministry moves to decriminalise minor property, economic crimes

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Lithuanian Justice Ministry unveiled Thursday its proposal to decriminalise less serious economic, financial and property crimes, making them subject only to administrative liability. Aurelijus Gutauskas, the head of the Criminal Division at the Lithuanian Supreme Court, says the country’s legal system now has “excessive criminalization” and its criminal law contains many “dead norms” that do not work or are misapplied, and often overlap with administrative law or criminalise civil relations.Justice Minister…

Lithuania’s Linkevičius echoes Macron’s call to defend international order

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius echoed French president’s calls not to repeat the “tragic pages of history” during a three-day Paris Peace Forum, held in in the presence of 30 heads of state. French President Emmanuel Macron in his speech urged the world to address conflicts, inequalities, terrorism, and to fight climate change, disinformation and cyber crime. In a dramatic tone, he said “nationalism is war,” deploring an “unprecedented crisis…

Estonian skiing ex-coach convicted of doping facilitation

Thursday, November 14, 2019

A court in Estonia has found Mati Alaver, a former national skiing coach, guilty of doping facilitation and convicted him to probation. Judgment results from a plea bargain with the prosecutor’s office, in which Alaver himself did not plead guilty, but was sentenced to one-and-a-half-year’s of probation. The doping revelations emerged on February 27 at the world championships, where Austrian police and German prosecutors announced the exposure of an international…

Suicide rates fall after gay marriage legalised in Sweden and Denmark

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Suicide rates among those in same-sex relationships have fallen significantly in both Denmark and Sweden since the legalisation of gay marriage, according to a study, although whatever their marital status, homosexual people remain more likely to take their own life. The joint study by the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention and researchers from Stockholm University compared suicide rates for people in same-sex and heterosexual relationships in the periods 1989-2002…

Hong Kong protests: foreign students start to leave as unrest shifts to universities

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dozens of foreign students have been urged to leave Hong Kong after another night of clashes left several people seriously injured. A worker for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, struck by an object thrown by protesters earlier on Wednesday, was in critical condition, according to the government. A 15-year-old believed to have been hit in the head by a tear-gas canister has reportedly suffered a skull fracture. A man…

Minister: suspicious interest for Latvia’s military objects considered medium-high

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The level of suspicious interest of foreign people for Latvia’s military objects using different research methods, including drones, is considered medium-high, says Latvia’s Defence Minister Artis Pabriks. Pabriks says reconnaissance activities from Russia’s side continue increasing. Other countries also perform reconnaissance activities. The minister did not mention any specific countries. This reconnaissance is performed in technological field. The minister revealed that movement of suspicious drones is observed near military installations.…

Study recommends full air-rail integration for Rail Baltica

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Rail Baltica joint venture, RB Rail, has delivered a study evaluating the essential features and requirements for the integration of airport passenger traffic with the Rail Baltica high-speed railway infrastructure. The study outlines a service description, a high-level forecast of usage, and recommendations for the detailed design for railway stations, covering all 7 international Rail Baltica passenger stations — Tallinn, Parnu, Riga, Riga Airport, Panevezys, Kaunas and Vilnius, RB…