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Number of Lithuanian teachers on strike falling rapidly

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The number of strikers has fallen sharply lately, the Lithuanian Education and Science Ministry said as an indefinite nationwide strike by some teachers entered its sixth week on Monday. Around 200 people, or 0.4 percent of all Lithuanian teachers, are currently on strike, down from 540 five days ago and almost 1,400 in early December, the ministry said. Thirty-two schools were involved in the strike action on Monday, it said. The Lithuanian…

Naked protesters covered in fake blood lie piled on top of one another in the centre of Barcelona

Monday, December 17, 2018

Animal rights activists stripped naked and covered themselves in fake blood in Barcelona in a protest against the use of fur and leather. Dozens of campaigners lay naked and motionless in the busy Plaza Catalunya square, one of Barcelona’s main shopping and tourism destinations, beside a sign reading ‘How many lives just for a coat?’. The protest was organised by the Spanish branch of animal rights group Anima Naturalis. Pictures…

Sports Personality of the Year winner: Geraint Thomas triumphs after Tour de France success

Monday, December 17, 2018

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018. The Team Sky rider, 32, became only the third Briton to win the race, after Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. “I take great pride in representing Britain and Wales,” he said on Sunday. “It has been a great year for British sport and long may it continue.” In a public vote, Formula 1 champion Lewis…

First Dutch bananas could help tackle worldwide fungal threat

Friday, December 14, 2018

A Dutch university has grown the Netherlands’ first crop of bananas as part of a research programme that could help protect the fruit from a deadly fungus that threatens production worldwide. Wageningen University grew 60 banana plants in its greenhouses on coco peat and rock wool, avoiding the threat of a soil-borne fungal disease that could destroy hundreds of thousands of hectares of banana plants around the world, local media reported.…

Social protection in the Baltic States

Friday, December 14, 2018

Social protection expenditure in the European Union (EU) stood at 28.2% of GDP in 2016, slightly down compared with 28.4% in 2015, according to data from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In 2016, the two main sources of funding of social protection at EU level were social contributions, making up 55% of total receipts, and general government contributions from taxes at 40%. The EU average continued to…

Kelly Sildaru wins again, this time at the Dew Tour

Friday, December 14, 2018

Freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru has won the US Dew Tour event US for the third time, dominating the women’s ski slopestyle with 185, 67 points of a possible 200, 20 points ahead of second-placed skier Tess Ledeux (France). The 2018 Dew Tour, an extreme sports circuit running since 2005, took place in Beckenridge, Colorado. The women’s freestyle event is divided into two runs of three jump sections and four jib sections in…

Strasbourg attack suspect killed by police

Friday, December 14, 2018

French police have killed the suspected gunman who shot and stabbed people at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, killing three and leaving a dozen wounded. Chérif Chekatt was shot dead on Thursday evening, 48 hours after he disappeared sparking a massive manhunt. He was killed after police officers spotted him in the Neudorf area of south-east Strasbourg near where he was last seen getting out of a taxi on Tuesday evening. The French interior…

Baltic farmers protest in Brussels, call for fairer deal

Friday, December 14, 2018

Latvian farmers made their ways to Brussels on December 13 in concert with colleagues from Estonia and Lithuania to protest against the low levels of payments they get from the European Union in comparison with farmers in other countries. The protest was timed to coincide with EU leaders’ talks about budget plans for the next seven years across the Union, with Baltic farmers saying the time is long overdue for a fair…

Six persons detained in Latvia and another two in Poland in connection with RS procurement scandal

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Six persons have been detained by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) in Latvia in conection witht the procurement scandal involving the Rigas Satiksme municipal public transport company, as well as another two have been detained in Poland. The KNAB informed today that it carried out over 30 searches yesterday in connection with this investigation. The bureau points out that a large-scale investigation is currently underway and it is also working…

Fantastic finish: Danas Rapšys becomes world champion

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Danas Rapšys has won the swimming world championship gold medal in 400m free style swimming in the 2018 FINA World Swimming Championships held in China. His result of 3:34.01 min is a new Lithuanian and world championship record, as well as the best result in the world this season. Danas beat the Lithuanian record by 2.64 seconds and the world championship record by 0.31 seconds. Having dominated from the very…