Posts tagged as Australia

Lithuania to open embassy in Australia in July

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lithuania will open the country’s embassy in Australia’s Canberra in July. Based on the official 2016 census figures, over 16,000 people of Lithuanian descent reside in Australia. According to unofficial estimates by the Lithuanian community and the foreign ministry, the actual number could be over 50,000 people. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Wednesday the embassy will “properly protect our country’s interests, develop political contacts, maintain relations with the diaspora,…

Government allocates €50,000 for Red Cross working with Australian fires

Friday, January 31, 2020

A €50,000 grant from the Government Reserve will be allocated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross in mitigating the effects of bush fires in Australia. The activities of the Australian Red Cross involve rescuing victims of fires, providing them with shelter, food and psychological help, and offering advice to affected households. As Australia is a developed country, the…

Australia bushfires: Heavy rains provide some relief

Friday, January 17, 2020

Thunderstorms have dumped much-needed rain on bushfires but may cause other problems. More rain is forecast across parts of eastern Australia over the weekend. Torrential downpours drenched much of bushfire-ravaged eastern Australia on Friday, providing a second day of much-needed relief to firefighters battling a months-long crisis. “Rain has fallen across most firegrounds over the last 24 hours which is great news! Our fingers are crossed that this continues over…

Australian fires: Victorians urged to leave amid fears ‘heat spike’ will cause bushfires to merge

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Residents in large areas of Victoria have again been advised to leave their homes before a day of “extreme” fire conditions throughout south-eastern Australia that could see the merging of at least two major fires. At least 5% of Victoria has already burned. Authorities sent a text message to East Gippsland and the north-east region on Thursday advising people within the at-risk area, which extends from the New South Wales…

Lithuania opens its 4th Honorary Consulate in Australia

Monday, December 16, 2019

On 13 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia Gediminas Varvuolis opened the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania in Darwin. Egle Garrick, an active member of the Lithuanian World Community, was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in the Northern Territory. The solemn opening ceremony was attended by members of the Lithuanian community, academic institutions and consular corps. On his first visit to the Northern Territory, Ambassador G. Varvuolis met…

Australia fires: five blazes merge north of Sydney as conditions forecast to worsen

Friday, December 6, 2019

Five fires burning to the north of Sydney joined up into one huge conflagration on Friday, with out-of-control blazes threatening homes and lives. On a day that brought choking smog to Sydney, the premier of New South Wales said the entire coastline of the state was on fire. Six people have died, and more than 680 homes have already been lost to bushfires in NSW this fire season, and on…

Australia fires: record-breaking temperatures fuel bushfires across the country

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Record-breaking spring temperatures helped spark and fan bushfires across the country on Thursday, forecasting a potentially devastating bushfire summer. In Victoria, 100km/h winds fanned more than 60 blazes, as an unprecedented heatwave moved north to south, drawing comparisons with the “worst conditions you’d see in February or March” from the state’s emergency services minister Lisa Neville. “This shows us what the risks will be in summer around Victoria, so we…

US Commerce Secretary praises Australia, criticizes China

Thursday, October 10, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross slammed China’s trade practices and trumpeted America’s economic relationship with Australia amid the festering trade war with Beijing. Ross told a business gathering in Sydney on Thursday that President Donald Trump did not want to use tariffs to get China to change its ways but felt it was necessary. The comments came as U.S. and Chinese officials prepared to resume trade talks in Washington…

Australia uses new technology to catch drivers on phones

Monday, September 23, 2019

An Australian state is attempting to persuade people to put down their smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said Monday that Australia’s most populous state is the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls. Road safety experts are alarmed at the growing prevalence of…

Global climate protests begin in Australia before UN summit

Friday, September 20, 2019

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered Friday at rallies around Australia as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action to guard against climate change began ahead a U.N. summit in New York. Some of the first rallies in what is being billed as a “global climate strike” kicked off in Australia’s largest city, Sydney, and the national capital, Canberra. Australian demonstrators called for their nation, which is the world’s…