Posts published in Day: December 26, 2019

#ToBe. What’s it like to be blind? – video

Thursday, December 26, 2019

#ToBe: a new LRT.lt video series exploring what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. After living a life with full sight, Sigitas Sinkevičius saw everything around him start going dark in 2009. Six years later, he was completely blind, only able to see blurry shades of darks and greys. What’s it like to be blind when you spent your whole life admiring the world’s beauty and colours?  How…

The Christmas Truce of 1914: Proof that Peace is Possible

By Thomas L. Knapp on Thursday, December 26, 2019

As 1914 drew to a close, Europe had been at war for months. On the Western Front, opposing armies faced each other across a stalemated front line running from the North Sea to the Swiss border. On December 24, 100,000 soldiers from both sides of that line decided to create some peace on Earth. They decorated their trenches with holiday spirit. They sang carols to each other across “No Man’s…

Ursula von der Leyen in the spotlight over a scandal

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Ursula von der Leyen was back in the spotlight over a contracting scandal after it emerged that a mobile phone she used as German defense minister had been wiped clean of all data. Members of a German parliamentary committee investigating the scandal cried foul over the deletion. They had wanted to examine the phone as part of their probe into how lucrative contracts from the defense ministry were awarded to outside consultants without…

The last Soviet leader advertised Pizza Hut

Thursday, December 26, 2019

A Pizza Hut ad featuring Gorbachev is an eerie reminder of Russia’s economic crisis, criminal rampage, and chaos reigning in post-Soviet Russia. “There’s an undeniable voyeuristic frisson of seeing a man who once commanded a superpower hawking pizza,”  wrote   Paul Musgrave in Foreign Policy. The ad broadcasted in 1998 shows Russians talking politics around a Pizza Hut table in Moscow. Pointing at the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sitting…

Why do we think cats are unfriendly?

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Cats are the only asocial animal we have successfully domesticated. We’re disappointed that we don’t bond with them as easily as dogs. But are we just missing the signs? Dogs seem almost biologically incapable of hiding their inner moods – shuffling, snuffling, tail-wagging clues to contentment, nervousness or sheer, unadorned joy. Despite what the famous painting might want to tell you, dogs would be terrible poker players. We pick up their…

New Lithuanian budget: despair and chaos

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Last week Lithuanian parliament adopted the state budget for 2020. The main financial document of the state was approved by the majority of voters. It is sad to see how Lithuania is suffering without money. Absolute chaos – this is how they say in Lithuania about the new budget. So, state budget revenues are planned in the amount of 11.559 billion euros, expenses – 12.705 billion euros. The budget deficit…

Environmentalists call Christmas the world’s greatest annual environmental disaster

By Eline Schaart on Thursday, December 26, 2019

For many it’s a jolly time to spend with loved ones, eating heaps of food and exchanging gifts — but some green groups are saying humbug! to Christmas, calling it the “world’s greatest annual environmental disaster.” Christmas is celebrated across the Continent in many different forms: In Sweden celebrations kick off on December 13 with Santa Lucia while in Spain Christmas starts with the El Gordo (the big one) lottery craze. Regardless…

Underwater virtual city created in Lithuania

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Cooperation on science projects is ongoing between Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) and the Faculty of Fundamental Sciences through VGTU’s engineering lyceum. VGTU lecturer, Edgaras Timinskas, and Class 12 pupils, have succesfully designed a virtual city, this time an imaginary city on the seabed. It’s the third time we have worked on projects such as this, the aim being to encourage schoolchildren to develop their design skills and explore practical…

Ukraine opens probe into Russian train on new bridge to Crimea

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Ukrainian officials have opened a criminal investigation after a passenger train from Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday inaugurated the railway bridge to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. He said 14 million passengers and about 13 million tons of cargo are expected to move across the bridge next…

LOT to lease four Airbus A320s from Lithuania’s Avion Express

Thursday, December 26, 2019

LOT Polish Airlines is resorting to the services of Avion Express, Lithuania’s aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) specialist for a temporary relief of its fleet shortage due to continued grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX fleet. According to the respective agreement valid until May 31, 2020 the Lithuanian company will start operations of two Airbus A320 in the interests of its Polish partner in mid-January, followed by further two…