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Ex-KNAB chief’s criminal case develops – lawyer and ex-KNAB worker detained

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvian police suspect ex-Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s chief Normunds Vilnītis, ex-KNAB worker Andrejs Vasiļevičs and lawyer Ieva Ramiņa of taking bribes, TV3 programme Nekā personīga. According to TV3, some Poland-based company had paid Vilnītis’ owned firm EUR 135,000 for assistance in acquiring a transaction-processing institution’s license. It never got the license in the end, however. Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission refused providing a license. The money provided by…

Facebook needs independent ethical oversight, U.K. lawmakers say

Monday, February 18, 2019

Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership and personal responsibility, the U.K. parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and…

Latvian municipalities given until September to submit school network development plans

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvian municipal administrations have been given time until September to compile and submit to the Education and Science Ministry their vision for the development of the country’s school network, says minister Ilga Šuplinska. She says that municipalities have been ordered to decide which education institutions in 2020 will function as secondary schools, which – as state gymnasiums and which will be reorganized as primary schools. This is necessary so that…

Lithuanian lawmakers set to backtrack on «Norwegian-type» child welfare protection

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Lithuanian lawmakers have sent this week a mixed message on their resolve to root out child abuse in Lithuanian families. As the MPs backtracked from the stringent Norwegian-type child welfare protection law to a more lenient one, not-criminalizing corporal punishment in certain cases, some experts warn that the reverse can trigger a spike of child abuse cases. A savage beating and the consequent death of a four-year old boy,…

Kashmir terror attack

Friday, February 15, 2019

Kashmir Terror Attack: China has repeatedly blocked efforts by India and other UN Security Council members to list terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a UN designated terrorist. Countries from across the globe condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with nations like the United States, UK, Russia and France asserting that they stand with India in combating the menace of terrorism. China however, kept its…

Tram link between Ulemiste terminal, Old City Harbor possible already in 2023

Friday, February 15, 2019

A tram line connecting the still-to-be-built Ulemiste passenger terminal to the southeast of Tallinn’s city center with the Old City Harbor could be built for approximately 26 million euros and could be ready at the end of 2023, a study by the French consultancy firm Egis Rail SA suggests. RB Rail AS, the joint venture coordinating the Rail Baltic railway project, and Egis Rail SA in February 2018 signed an…

Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams as intolerable mayor’s hints about 2 Polish towns’ ‘incorporation’

Friday, February 15, 2019

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has slammed as intolerable hints by Lazdijai Mayor Arturas Margelis that Poland’s northeastern towns of Sejny and Punsk should be part of the southern Lithuanian district. “Election campaigns are an interesting genre, but political nonsense should not be tolerated,” the minister BNS by phone from Warsaw on Thursday. “Even when you joke, you have to think about what you are joking about. This is especially important for incumbent mayors,” he…

Judge: Ex-Air Force colonel must pay $150K after raping girl 30 times

Friday, February 15, 2019

A former Air Force colonel must pay $150,000 for raping a 15-year-old girl 30 times during a 7-month period in 2015. Andrew Green, now 52, spent four months in jail on a statutory rape after pleading guilty. He became a registered (though not public) sex offender. He retired from the military after being arrested on rape charges. State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Karalunas Wednesday ruled that Green must pay the…

High-level election debate to discuss development of digital state

Friday, February 15, 2019

Information technology entrepreneurs are to organize an election debate on Friday in order to receive an overview of reforms concerning the citizens of Estonia as a digital state. At the debate organized by the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, ministers, IT visionaries and entrepreneurs are to discuss, for example, what the implementation of robots means for ordinary people or what does a model of state governance suitable for a…

Lithuanian Seimas debates proposal on referendum to cut size of parliament

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Seimas is on Thursday debating whether to hold a referendum on reducing the number of seats in the Lithuanian parliament to 121, from the current 141 seats. The respective draft resolution passed the first reading with 57 votes in favor, 41 against and four abstentions. The parliament backed the ruling bloc’s proposal to debate the resolution under the so-called special urgency procedure, which means that its final decision on the referendum…