Posts published in Day: February 17, 2020

Unmarked police camera catches 1,600 offenders

Monday, February 17, 2020

Over the last four months a special unmarked police vehicle fitted with a 360 degree camera has been keeping an eye on the driving culture and violations of Rīga residents, and has already caught 1,600 offences on camera, according to the State Police on February 15. Most violations are for driving in public transportation lanes, not stopping at red lights, and many have been caught driving vehicles that are uninsured…

Belarus’ nuclear project ‘ignores’ lessons of Chernobyl – Nobel prize winner

Monday, February 17, 2020

Those building the Belarus’ nuclear plant “completely ignored” the lessons of Chernobyl, said Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize. “When I found out about the construction of the Astravyets nuclear plant, it became clear to me that humankind has learnt nothing from Chernobyl,” said Alexievich.  Read more:  Belarus to ‘look at’ safety recommendations before nuclear plant launch – FM Linkevičius    The Belarusian writer addressed the meeting of…

Lithuania marks Independence Restoration Day – in pictures

Monday, February 17, 2020

Lithuania marked the 102nd Independence Restoration Day on Sunday with a youth march, commemorative runs, as well as the traditional gathering by the bonfires along Gedimino Avenue in Vilnius. The day kicked off at the Simono Daukanto square in front of the presidential palace with a ceremonial raising of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian flags. At the event, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda delivered a speech calling for acessible education.  Read…

Belarus threatens to tap Moscow pipeline, as Lithuania offers Minsk alternatives

Monday, February 17, 2020

Belarusian leader threatened to tap oil from Russia’s transit pipeline amid tense negotiations with Moscow over tariffs. Meanwhile, Vilnius is helping Minsk retain sovereignty by providing energy import alternatives, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said. President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus would start taking oil from a transit pipeline if Russia does not supply its neighbour with the required volumes of crude, the state news agency BelTA reported on Friday,  according  …

“Liepājas metalurgs” site trades in metal for timber

Monday, February 17, 2020

The first timber cargo load has reached the former historic “Liepājas metalurgs” steelworks factory territory, but to keep up with the increasing cargo volume the Liepāja Port stevedoring company Mols L is creating wood cargo storage areas in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) territory.  The Liepāja SEZ board has previously signed two short-term agreements regarding the territory use. The Mols L agreement allows for them to use any of the…

Lithuania loses billion-euro case against Russia’s Gazprom

Monday, February 17, 2020

Lithuania failed to claim 1.4 billion euros from Russia’s Gazprom after a Swedish court ruled in the latter’s favour, according to Gazprom’s report published this month. “The court did not provide the motives for its decision,” Lithuania’s Energy Ministry told BNS, confirming the claim by Gazprom. The Stockholm arbitration court ruled in June 2016 that Gazprom had a conflict of interest by both being the shareholder of the country’s dominant…

In a small Polish village near a Russian exclave, US-led NATO battle group is ready ‘in case anything happens’

Monday, February 17, 2020

When American troops first deployed to northeast Poland in 2017 to lead a NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group, the population of the village of Bemowo Piskie grew by a third overnight. Nearly three years later, locals have grown used to the military presence and the occasional columns of tanks that pass through the village. Some say having the Americans in the village, which lies just south of the strategic…

Caroline Flack: politicians condemn press intrusion after presenter’s death

Monday, February 17, 2020

ITV says Sunday’s Love Island will not be broadcast as calls mount for regulation of traditional and social media Politicians have condemned press intrusion, calling for more regulation of both traditional and social media after the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack. The former Love Island presenter is understood to have taken her own life on Saturday at her home in east London. She had been charged with assaulting her…

Opinion: President Kersti Kaljulaid as the new opposition

By Andrew Whyte on Monday, February 17, 2020

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid is effectively the country’s political opposition, as her recent returning of the pensions reform bill to the Riigikogu demonstrates. While the two opposition parties seem to have been relatively quiet in recent months, this may just be the option needed to maintain any type of opposition. A party this weekend at Rakvere Theater, celebrating its 80th anniversary, brought a very varied program to the stage.…

Estonian prosecutor General: Conditions for early release should be tightened

Monday, February 17, 2020

Conditions for prisoners’ early release should be tightened rather than precluding early release entirely, Prosecutor General Andres Parmas said, in response to new proposals floated by the Ministry of Justice, which wants to exclude the possibility of early release from prison for certain crimes. The Ministry of Justice is planning to amend the Penal Code to exclude the possibility of conditional release from prison for perpetrators who have committed serious…