Posts published in Day: January 10, 2020

Three for the weekend in Latvia: war, craft beer and plants

Friday, January 10, 2020

The creative team behind last year’s hit Latvian war drama  Blizzard of Souls   invites everyone to come visit the  Christmas Battles Museum   in Mangaļi, the site where important battle scenes for the movie were filmed in 2017, to remember historically significant battle participants and learn more about the location on the 103 year anniversary of the battles. The men’s choir Vilki will perform, and the exhibits will also be…

Lithuania’s cyber defence braces for attacks on infrastructure

Friday, January 10, 2020

Some 150 cyberattacks target Lithuanian people, businesses and national institutions daily, according to the National Cyber Security Centre. The threat against the country’s infrastructure is growing, a  defence vice minister says. The cybersecurity centre in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, can see attacks unfold in real time. The number and the complexity of attacks are increasing, according to the centre’s representatitves, and the number of serious incidents has increased threefold…

The Soleimani Assassination: Worse Than a Crime, a Mistake

By Thomas L. Knapp on Friday, January 10, 2020

In March of 1804, French dragoons secretly crossed the Rhine into the German Margraviate of Baden. Acting on orders from Napoleon himself, they kidnapped Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien. After a hastily convened court-martial on charges of bearing arms against France, the duke was shot. “C’est pire qu’un crime, c’est une faute,” a French official (supposedly, but probably not, Talleyrand) said of the duke’s execution: “It is worse…

Kaunas cancels contract with Turkish company after workers’ strike

Friday, January 10, 2020

The City of Kaunas is cancelling its contract with Kayi Construction, a Turkish company reconstructing a stadium, following workers’ strike over unpaid wages. Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis said the company had “exhausted the credit of confidence” the city had given it. “We gave them enough chances and time to resolve the problems so that works could continue smoothly, but we see that they have failed to make use of that.…

‘Kittens want to play’ – border guard cameras capture lynx family on Lithuanian–Belarusian border

Friday, January 10, 2020

“All little kittens want to play,” Lithuania’s State Border Guard Service said in a post on Facebook, sharing a video of a family of lynxes trotting along the Belarusian border. Lynxes are a species of wild cats and were widespread in Europe, but nearly disappeared from Central and Eastern Europe in the middle of last century. Lynxes are protected as an endangered species in Lithuania and the population is estimated…

Unemployment reached 6.2% last year

Friday, January 10, 2020

This number has remained largely unchanged since the end of 2018, when the Latvian unemployment rate was 0.2% (1 780 persons) higher. At 4.3%, the lowest registered unemployment rate was registered in the Rīga region, but the highest was registered in Latgale at 13.8%. The other regions also saw slight increases in unemployment with 5.9% registered in Vidzeme, 6.3% registered in Zemgale and 7.2% registered in Kurzeme. According to NVA…

Dog lovers don’t love registering their pets

Friday, January 10, 2020

The main reasons for these lazy numbers could boil down to forgetfulness and the veterinary costs associated with the microchipping process, despite it being a  legal requirement   to microchip and register dogs. “Dzīvnieku policija” representative Ilze Džonsone maintains that there would be less dogs at shelters if people followed the law. “Many simply don’t do it. And to control it, first of all, municipalities and the FVS don’t have…

Front door entry only for Rīga public transport from February

Friday, January 10, 2020

The new rules will apply on trolleybus route 13 and buses 34, 35, 43, 47, and 54 and comes after a pilot project on other routes was deemed a success and the rules were subsequently introduced on trolleybus routes 1, 10, 20, 28, and 60. Other routes are unaffected by the changes. During the pilot project, launched on July 8, 2019, the goal was to increase the number of journeys registered…

Lithuanian transport minister rejects president’s criticism: He is ‘misled’

Friday, January 10, 2020

Lithuanian Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič has rejected President Gitanas Nausėda’s claims that he has installed his people into state-run transport companies. He insists that the president may have been misled. “I have an impression that his excellency the president is being misled. The question arises as to who and why is doing that,” Narkevič told a press conference on Thursday. In an interview to LRT RADIO, President Nausėda said that…

Lithuania investigates if same products better elsewhere in EU

Friday, January 10, 2020

Lithuania’s consumer protection authorities are investigating five products that differ in composition in Lithuania and other EU countries, the daily Verslo Žinios reports. The probe follows the European Commission’s inquiry into dual quality food across the EU. The State Consumer Rights Protection Authority has turned to the producers to determine why the composition of the products differ in Lithuania and other EU markets. The products are not disclosed in order…