Posts published in Day: December 9, 2019

Estonian military reserve officers share experiences

Monday, December 9, 2019

Reserve officers from Estonia’s defence forces shared their experiences with counterparts from allied countries on organizing training events, as well as generational changes within reserve officers’ cadres. “Estonia’s additional reservist training events of recent years have attracted a lot of interest in the international reserve officer community and demonstrate that in a small country conscript service is one of the main mainstays of comprehensive national defense,” said Lt. Col. Toomas…

Volcano erupts in New Zealand leaving at least one dead and several injured

Monday, December 9, 2019

A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday leaving at least one dead and seven tourists critically injured. Police said there could be more fatalities. 23 people have been transported to shore and over 27 remain on the island. “We are working to confirm the numbers involved. At this stage, it is too dangerous for police and rescue services to go to the island. However, we continue to assess the…

Plane crashes in Lithuania killing two people

Monday, December 9, 2019

A small plane crashed in the territory of a residential house in Lithuania’s Kaunas District on Sunday afternoon, killing two people, local police said. Darijus Pagodinas, a member of the Aero-Pilot association, told BNS one of the victims was his colleague and experienced pilot Viktoras Ramonas. “Sadly, it’s true. As far as I know, it’s Viktoras Ramonas with his Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche and his student,” he told BNS. Police…

This week promises to be fairly warm in Latvia

Monday, December 9, 2019

This week promises to be fairly warm for the season, with just one brief chilly interlude on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to forecasters. On Monday, weekend storm conditions will abate slightly. There will be occasional sunshine all over the country, but there will also be episodes of rain, hailstorms and even possible thunderstorms in western Kurzeme region, forecasts show. Southwesterly winds will gust at 9-14 meters per second in land,…

“Invisible animals was awarded NGO of the year in Estonia

Monday, December 9, 2019

Non-governmental organization (NGO) Nähtamatud Loomad (“invisible animals”) was awarded NGO of the year on Saturday. The organization, which was also recently recognized as one of the most effective animal protection organizations worldwide, was awarded by the citizen and NGO’s union (“Kodukant ja vabaühenduste liit”) and was presented by its award by President Kersti Kaljulaid, ERR’s current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera reports. “The key to our success is our volunteers and…

Killyclogher woman flew to Lithuania for hip operation

Monday, December 9, 2019

A KILLYCLOGHER woman has urged people to consider travelling to Lithuania for operations as health waiting lists here hit an all time high. Elizabeth McCallen, 65, travelled to Lithuania to have surgery on both of her hips, bypassing the lengthy waiting lists in the North. On June 20, Mrs McCallen had surgery on her left hip, and just four months later, she had surgery on her right hip. Mrs McCallen…

Medicine supplies in Estonia in crisis

Monday, December 9, 2019

The Estonian pharmacists association (EAL) says that availability of medicines is in crisis in Estonia. The EAL has appealed to pharmaceuticals wholesalers, their representative organizations and government agencies, saying that over 10 percent, or 331, of the over 3,000 medicines registered with the state agency of medicines (Raviamet) are at critical supply levels. “Medicine delivery difficulties are interfering with or hindering the treatment of tens of thousands of patients today,”…

Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia

Monday, December 9, 2019

If European security rests on three pillars, Lithuania insists on hugging just one and ignoring the others, a political scientist says, arguing that continuity in Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia. The three poles of power in Europe are Germany, France and the United Kingdom, but Lithuania, it seems, is putting “all eggs into one German basket,” Eglė Murauskaitė argued during the annual Lithuanian political science conference on Friday.…

Indonesian market is open for Latvian know-how

Monday, December 9, 2019

In 2015 brothers Viesturs and Jānis Kuļikovskis decided to use Latvian know-how and technology to start Alfa Fintech Indonesia, an online P2P lending platform in the world’s fourth most populous country, where half of the population doesn’t have a bank account and only 2.4% of people have a credit card (Forbes, May 2019). While lending companies have been getting a bad rap in Latvia, when the Kuļikovskis brothers decided to enter the…

The most popular parties identified in Latvia

Monday, December 9, 2019

If the emergency Riga City Council elections were held in November, the most popular parties would be Harmony, For Development, as well as New Unity, according to opinion polls published by Factum. According to the opinion polls, Harmony would gain 24 percent support in November, followed by For Development with 17 percent support and New Unity with 16 percent support. The fourth most popular party in Riga is the National…