Posts published in Day: December 17, 2019

Mass disinformation for 300 euros: social media fails to stop fakes – report

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A damning report by the Latvian-based NATO research centre has revealed that social media giants have failed to fix loopholes that allow manipulation and subversion on their platforms. The  report  , published earlier in December, shows that researchers at the NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence were able to buy 3,530 comments, 25,750 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,100 followers for just 300 euros. The researchers were thus able to identify 18,739…

Lithuanian parliament passes 2020 budget bill following 4-hour debate

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Following four hours of discussions, the Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday adopted the state budget for 2020 with 85 votes in favour, 48 against and three abstentions. Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka told MPs on Tuesday that the public spending budget was realistic, balanced and in keeping with fiscal discipline requirements, while targeting poverty reduction. Meanwhile opposition MP Gintarė Skaistė, a conservative member of the parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance,…

Lithuanian president calls on Baltic leaders to embargo Belarusian energy

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

During a visit to Riga, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has once again urged Latvia and Estonia not to buy electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus. “I have informed [Latvian and Estonian leaders] about Lithuania’s decision to impose an embargo on [Belarusian] electricity and invited Latvia and Estonia to join Vilnius,” Nausėda told a joint press conference with the Latvian and Estonian counterparts. Lithuania has been trying to…

Facebook and social media fail to stop fakes – report

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A damning report by the Latvian-based NATO research centre has revealed that social media giants have failed to fix loopholes that allow manipulation and subversion on their platforms. The report, published earlier in December, shows that researchers at the NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence were able to buy 3,530 comments, 25,750 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,100 followers for just 300 euros. The researchers were thus able to identify 18,739 fake accounts…

Motion of no confidence in Estonian interior minister fails

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The 101-seat chamber rejected the censure motion with 44 votes in favor and 42 against, with no abstentions. The motion would have required 51 votes to pass. The group of the opposition Reform Party filed the motion for the censure of the interior minister in connection with remarks made by the minister and chairman of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) about Finland’s new prime minister and the new government…

HCL expands operations and workforce in Lithuania

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Opening of two delivery centers in Vilnius to spearhead growth and technology-led innovation in the Baltics. Noida, India, and Vilnius, Lithuania — 16 th December 2019 — HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, has re-affirmed its commitment to innovation and growth in Lithuania with the opening of two new technology delivery centers in the capital city of Vilnius. The state-of-the-art Asgaard Keys and Technopolis Alfa sites provide leading-edge technology…

Lithuania to raise corporate tax on banks; lobby to ask for president’s veto

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The corporate income tax for banks and credit unions is set to rise by 5 points to 20 percent in January. Lithuania’s banking lobby said it will ask for president’s veto on the tax hike. The higher rate will apply to a bank’s earnings exceeding 2 million euros. Banks are now taxed at a 15 percent rate like other legal entities in Lithuania. On Tuesday, the Seimas adopted the draft…

Hovhannes Tumanyan’s fairy tales published in Lithuanian

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Fairy tales of Hovhannes Tumanyan have been published in Lithuanian on the writer’s 150th anniversary at the initiative of the Armenian Embassy in Lithuania, informs Tigran Mkrtchyan, Armenia’s Ambassador to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The book has been translated by Kristine Albertjan, the illustrator is Naira Muradyan. It will be presented at the UNESCO office in Lithuania on December 19.

Pharmacists: Optimal number of pharmacies in Estonia would be 200-250

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Considering the size of the population, the optimal number of pharmacies in Estonia would be 200 to 250, the Estonian Chamber of Pharmacists said. The pharmacists’ association said in a press release that it is deemed optimal in European states that one pharmacy should on average service some 4,000 to 6,000 customers. Considering Estonia’s population, a total of 250 pharmacies would in this case be optimal. If Estonia were to…

AirBaltic carries 20% more passengers in November

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Latvian airline airBaltic has transported a total of 4 691 594 or 22% more passengers during the first eleven months of 2019 than in the same period last year to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In November 2019, 346 369 passengers travelled with airBaltic and it was a 20% increase compared to last year. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “2019 has been a very strong year for airBaltic,…