Posts published in Day: December 5, 2019

Anti-soviet partisan Kentra-Aušra awarded Freedom Prize in Lithuania

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Albinas Kentra-Ausra, a partisan and chronicler of the Lithuanian Atgimimas (Revival) movement, has been awarded the annual Freedom Prize in Lithuania. Kentra was born in 1929 and was detained and imprisoned by the Soviets 1946 for his active ties with the partisans, and was moved to the Spassk labour camp in Russia in 1949. He returned to Lithuania in 1954 and later studied English language and literature at the Vilnius…

Two probes into football match-fixing launched in Lithuania

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Police launched two investigations into alleged match-fixing after the Lithuanian Football Federation sanctioned Klaipeda’s Atlantas and Palanga’s Palanga football clubs. “We have two ongoing pre-trial investigations after one was dropped due to a lack of evidence,” Deputy Chief Police Commissioner General Edvardas Šileris told reporters on Thursday. He also said suspicions had been brought against several people, without providing more details on the investigation. Edgaras Stankevičius, secretary general of the…

Seimas fails to lower election threshold after opposition boycotts vote

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The ruling parties in Lithuania failed to have the existing election threshold reduced to 3 percent amid a lack of a quorum. Although 59 MPs voted in favour of lowering the election threshold, the bill failed to pass after only 64 lawmakers registered to vote following a boycott by the opposition. The Lithuanian parliament had backed the initial proposal put forth by the ruling parties to lower the threshold to…

Europe-based Army Strykers to receive anti-jamming systems

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Army plans to install anti-electronic warfare systems in more than 300 of its Stryker armored vehicles in Europe, a decision made amid concerns that Russia and other adversaries would attempt to disable GPS-based systems in the event of a conflict. The new Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing System, or MAPS, allows Strykers to transmit their position and communicate with each other when their GPS systems have been jammed.…

Latvia’s startups: Printful files charges in the US against Printify

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Two of Latvia’s most successful startups of recent years – with similar names, too – are at loggerheads in the U.S. courts. Printed products manufacturer Printful Latvia’s parent company Printful Inc. filed charges in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco on December 3, accusing print on-demand platform Printify’s parent company Printify Inc. of infringement of intellectual property rights and unfair commercial practices,…

Latvian PM: IT sector makes significant contribution to Latvian economy

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Information technology is a major contributor to Latvia’s economy, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at an annual conference of the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) on Thursday. He emphasized that information technology and the digital sector are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. “Modern technologies are becoming comprehensive, creating new challenges and opportunities. The Latvian economy is no exception – the field of…

AH-64 Apache crashed in Afghanistan, pilot was killed

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Five-year-old Starling Knadle sat on her mother’s lap, her 15-year-old brother sitting beside her wearing a cavalry Stetson, as six Army pallbearers loaded their father’s coffin into a waiting hearse during a ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, on Tuesday. Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, 33, was killed last month when his attack helicopter crashed while on a mission providing security for ground troops in eastern Afghanistan. After the…

Lithuanian author a Soviet collaborator, researchers conclude

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Petras Cvirka, a prominent Lithuanian poet and author, actively collaborated with the Soviet authorities and his activities had “harmful consequences” for Lithuania and its citizens, the Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Center (LGGRTC) has concluded. A statue dedicated to Petras Cvirka is currently standing in central Vilnius. Critics, who say he actively collaborated with the Soviet authorities, want the monument removed. Others, meanwhile, claim his literacy achievements deserve recognition. “Petras…

OECD: India step up reform efforts to increase quality jobs

Thursday, December 5, 2019

INDIA is set for a modest recovery after a loss of momentum, as reforms to simplify taxation, lighten business regulations and upgrade infrastructure start to bear fruit. Further reforms to modernise the economy are now needed to drive the creation of high-quality jobs, as well as measures to improve public services and welfare, according to a new OECD report. The latest OECD Economic Survey of India notes that while India has greatly expanded…

Trump and Lithuanian president discussed Vilnius’ plans to purchase US military equipment

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and US President Donald Trump in London on Wednesday discussed Vilnius’ plans to purchase American military equipment. “I presented Lithuania’s plans to acquire 200 Oshkosh JLTV [armoured cars], and Black Hawk helicopters. The latter will completely replace [Lithuania’s] remaining Soviet military equipment,” Nausėda wrote on Facebook after Trump hosted a lunch for NATO’s member states, including Lithuania, that spend at least 2 percent of their GDP…