Posts published in Day: November 28, 2019

Teenagers suspected of vandalising mosque and synagogue in Lithuania’s Kaunas

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The same teenagers are suspected of vandalising a mosque and a synagogue in Lithuania’s second city, Kaunas. Windows of the mosque in the city center were smashed on November 17, and a ‘Heil Hitler’ inscription was discovered on the synagogue’s information board on November 13. Police officers in Kaunas believe the two offences were committed by the same people. In cooperation with the religious communities, three persons, including males aged…

‘People are still dying’ – Lithuanian FM slams Apple for labeling Crimea as Russian

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Lithuania is disappointed with Apple’s decision to show the annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russian territory on its apps when viewed from Russia, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday.   “We join (Ukraine) in expressing disappointment with Apple’s approach to Crimea [being part of] Russia,” Linkevičius tweeted. “We call on Apple to revert this ignorant standpoint as the status quo has not changed in Crimea: it’s still occupied…

EP resolution calls on Russia to quit prosecuting Lithuanian judges

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on Russia to drop its criminal case against Lithuanian prosecutors and judges involved in the January 1991 crackdown case. A Lithuanian court convicted over 60 Russian and Belarusian nationals, most of them in absentia, for involvement in the Soviet crackdown in Vilnius on January 13, 1991, which killed 14 civilians. Soon after the verdict, Russia said it had launched criminal proceedings against…

Teachers across Lithuania stage 2-hour warning strike

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Around 400 schools across Lithuania suspended classes on Thursday as teachers staged a two-hour warning strike to press their demands for more funding next year. The strike action was backed by all trade unions that signed a collective agreement in 2017 to allocate 117 million euros in additional funding for education in the 2020 government budget. The government’s 2020 budget bill currently earmarks just over 55 million euros in extra…

Second-hand clothing marketplace Vinted becomes Lithuania’s first ‘unicorn’ startup

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Online second-hand clothing marketplace Vinted has raised 128 million euros in a funding round, making it Lithuania’s first ‘unicorn’, a startup company valued at over 1 billion euros. The new round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, a new investor in Vinted, the company said on Thursday. Existing investors – Sprints Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Accel and Burda Principal Investments – also participated in the round. Vinted will use the…

Hikers answer plea to find wedding ring lost on mountaintop

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A man’s quest to find his wedding ring on a 4,000-foot snow-covered mountain in New Hampshire has been completed by a couple of hikers — and a metal detector. WMUR-TV reports Bill Giguere, of Massachusetts, recently lost the gold band on Mount Hancock. Giguere, who had been wearing it for three years, put out a plea to a hiking group for help. Tom Gately saw the post but had doubts…

Consumers in Latvia have the most unfavourable pricing mechanism for medicines in the Baltic states

Thursday, November 28, 2019

After conducted sector inquiry, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded – even when manufacturers in Latvia set lower prices for medicines than in Lithuania or Estonia, medicines may be more expensive for Latvian consumers due to the existing pricing mechanism. Therefore, the CC encourages the responsible institutions to develop a new mechanism, which would make reimbursable and non-reimbursable medicines financially more accessible for Latvian consumers. The final…

34% of Latvians failed to pay their bills on time over past year

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Consumer payment discipline improved in Latvia over the past year, yet 34 percent of Latvians failed to pay their bills on time in the past 12 months, according to the latest European Consumer Payment Report presented on Thursday by Intrum credit management company. A year ago, 45 percent of the polled consumers in Latvia admitted to not paying their bills on time. Across Europe, 24 percent of respondents said that…

Lithuania’s biggest fertilizer plant releases pollutants during emergency shutdown

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A nitrogen fertilizer plant in Jonava, owned by Achema, was forced into an emergency shutdown due to a power outage on Monday, releasing larger-than-usual amounts of pollutants into the air, the  Environment   Ministry said on Wednesday. Achema is the biggest ammonia fertilizer producer in the Baltic countries. Higher-than-usual nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide levels were registered in the air in the central Lithuanian town, the ministry told BNS. According…

The Security Interviews: Do cyber weapons need a Geneva Convention?

By Alex Scroxton on Thursday, November 28, 2019

On a cold afternoon in Finland, F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen discusses cyber weapons and nation state threats, and explains why arms limitations treaties might one day expand to include malware and other threats. “There’s some work being done on attribution 80km away from here at the CDCCOE, which is the Nato Centre of Excellence for Cyber Warfare, in Tallinn. You should visit,” says F-Secure’s chief research officer, Mikko Hypponen, projecting an…