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YouTube shooting shows how fake news spirals on social media via ‘conspiracy theory entrepreneurs’

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Within minutes of the shooting at YouTube offices in California, social media was awash with conspiracy theories and images of the supposed “shooter” wearing a Muslim headscarf. Some Facebook videos were quick to claim that it was a “false flag” attack, carried out to discredit the powerful U.S. gun lobby in the wake of the Parkland high school massacre in Florida. With wildly exaggerated accounts of the death toll circulating,…

Trade wars will affect ordinary people, not politicians – Lithuanian president in US

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite said during a visit in the United States that the three Baltic states would work to ease the economic tensions between the European Union and the United States, emphasizing that trade wars would mainly affect ordinary people. “There are some tensions occurring between US and Europe. I would like to say that our countries will be the countries who will try to secure that disbalances that…

France strike: Rail misery as three-month action tests Macron

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

France’s rail network has been severely disrupted, as a wave of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron’s labour reforms gets under way. The start of the strike has been dubbed “Black Tuesday”, but the action will spread over three months, affecting two days in every five. Staff at state railway SNCF are leading the strike, but the energy and waste collection sectors are also affected. The unrest presents Mr Macron’s biggest…

Latvia urges its citizens not to be afraid of Russian military exercises

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Latvian deputy Artis Pabriks assured the general public that there was no reason to be afraid of Russian military exercises. “We aren’t afraid of Russian military exercises. We will keep an eye on them, and remain vigilant and confident in ourselves, our state and our freedom. Don’t let them ruin Easter for us,” he wrote on Twitter Russian naval forces informed Latvia that it would conduct training launches of missiles in…

Expert: Latvia suffers from catastrophic labour force deficit

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In the last three years, the number of foreign students in Latvia has grown 80%. Foreigners study in universities in Riga and other regions. Their contribution to Latvia’s state economy is estimated around EUR 150 million. Turība University’s Development and International Cooperation deputy rector Imants Bergs emphasizes that the contribution of foreign students for the state budget would be considerably larger if they were allowed to work more than 20…

Vejonis promulgates bills on gradual transition to education in Latvian

Monday, April 2, 2018

President Raimonds Vejonis has promulgated the bills providing for a gradual transition to Latvian as the only language of instruction in all Latvia’s high schools. He said that high school studies in Latvian will provide all students with equal opportunities to obtain good-quality education, which is the government’s main goal – ensuring high-quality education to young people and their competitiveness in the labor market. “The children will always have the…

Estonian seamen want income to be guaranteed in case of being taken hostage

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Estonian Seamen’s Independent Union (EMSA) wants the International Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) changed so that it would guarantee the protection of the income of ship crew members in case they are held hostage as the result of piracy or an armed robbery. The Ministry of Social Affairs is seeking opinions from unions on a bill of amendments to the MLC, which have been proposed by representatives of seamen as…

A Tool Launched to Facilitate the Integration of Foreign Nationals Relocating to Vilnius

Monday, April 2, 2018

In order to facilitate the transition of foreigners invited to live and work in Lithuania’s capital a new digital tool, which takes the form of a Relocation Guide, has been launched. Developed by Go Vilnius, the city’s official business and tourism development agency, the guide provides all the necessary information for successful and smooth relocation to Vilnius according to each person’s individual situation. The Relocation Guide explains in a simple…

New bank loans to residents in Latvia drop 23.6% y-o-y in 2017

Monday, April 2, 2018

The amount of new loans issued to residents by Latvian banks in 2017 has dropped by 23.6 percent compared to 2016, according to the Finance and Capital Market Commission. “New lending decreased compared to the previous year. New resident loans issued in 2017 totaled EUR 2.3 billion or by 23.6 percent less than in the previous year. However, new loans to resident households grew for the fourth year in a…

Latvia’s residents still live from salary to salary

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Following the stabilization of the economic situation in Latvia, decline of unemployment and increase of income, larger amounts of money have become available for the country’s residents. However, according to the study performed by Swedbank, 34% of Latvia’s residents are still forced to survive from salary to salary. This means they only have enough money to cover basic necessities, the bank notes. 20% of respondents describe their financial situation as…