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Minister: police officers in Latvia should be paid EUR 2,000

Monday, April 15, 2019

«I think state police officers in Latvia should be paid EUR 2,000,» said Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Monday, 15 April. ‘This is not something odd – this would be logical. The same for fire fighters and border guards, because these people risk their health and their lives doing their jobs,’ he said. In truth, however, only representatives of certain…

Road Transport Administration asks police to probe registration of disabled passengers in Riga public transport

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Road Transport Administration has asked the State Police to look into reportedly suspicious records of public transport services provided to disabled passengers in Riga, Road Transport Administration head Kristians Godins said in an interview to LNT TV channel this morning. Godins informed that the Road Transport Administration asked the State Police to probe the suspicious records last week. “We have completed our assessment and last week sent the State…

1 in 9 people in Lithuania lived in deep poverty in 2018

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The level of material deprivation stood at 11.1 percent in Lithuania last year, up by 1.3 percentage points from 2017. Around 310,000 people lived in deep poverty, lacking funds for at least four out of six basic material deprivation elements, the latest figures from Lithuania’s statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, showed on Friday. The share of city and rural dwellers living in deep poverty was almost the same, standing at 11.1…

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI says ‘all-out sexual freedom’ of 60s to blame for clerical sex abuse

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has blamed the “unprecedented radicalism in the 1960s” for clerical sexual abuse against minors in a letter. He said a “dissolution of the Christian concept of morality” was down to cultural changes. Benedict’s letter drew widespread criticism with some saying it does not go into structural issues within the church that helped cover up the abuse. “It does not address structural issues that abetted abuse cover-up,…

Beautician quit her job to become a NAKED cleaner

Friday, April 12, 2019

When an Edinburgh entrepreneur launched a cleaning firm, she gave a whole new meaning to stripped back style. Soon the Scottish capital’s movers and shakers were calling up Victoria Murphy’s firm, Glimmer, to help with buffing-up the silverware. For Victoria, 25, employs a 15-strong army of naked cleaners – including three men – who charge between £55 and £75 an hour for their service, depending on the level of nudity.…

If citizenship referendum fails, “plan B” is to prepare for new one, Lithuania’s formin says

Thursday, April 11, 2019

If the attempt to amend the Constitution regarding dual citizenship during the May 12 referendum fails, Lithuania should prepare for a new one, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said during a sitting of the Commission of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian World Community today. The minister underlined that a majority of people are in favor of expanding dual citizenship but that support is insufficient…

Estonian PM’s plane turns back to Brussels for technical reasons

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The aircraft carrying Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and the delegation accompanying him, who were returning from an extraordinary meeting of the heads of state and government leaders of the European Union in Brussels, had to discontinue its journey back to Estonia for technical reasons and turn back to Brussels. The prime minister will be back in Estonia after midday and will therefore be unable to take part in the…

Lithuanian parliament passes children’s rights protection amendments

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament adopted on Thursday amendments to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of the Child. All 71 lawmakers present voted in favor of the amendments. Seventy-one is the minimum quorum for passing a bill. Those voting in favor were lawmakers of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party (LSDLP), the Order and Justice Party, and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families…

Lithuanian president calls on London to use Brexit extension ‘in constructive way’

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has called on the United Kingdom to use the extension of the Brexit deadline to make “decisions of key importance for the future of all British people”. “According to the president, it is essential that the UK should use this extension in a constructive way to reach decisions of key importance for the future of all British people,” her press service said in a press release issued…

Lithuania is taking part in international cyber defence Exercise Locked Shields

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lithuania is taking part in one of the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields 2018 on April 8–12 with a joint team of specialists from the National Cyber Security Centre and the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Just like in the past, the Lithuanian team will include partners from the U.S. and Georgia. “We are taking part in the exercise this year with the Lithuanian Armed Forces, our team is…