Posts tagged as change

‘Things change at night’. Lithuanians caught up in US protests

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mass protests have swept across the US in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers. Lithuanians living in the country have also been caught up in the violence. LRT journalist Aurimas Piečiukaitis, reporting from Washington, said that the protests usually escalated at night. “The protests are mostly peaceful during the day, as people are marching and chanting on the streets. There’s genuine anger not only…

Changes made to Rīga public transport timetables

Friday, March 20, 2020

Due to the state of emergency and “a significant drop in passenger numbers”, Rīga’s municipal transport company, Rīgas Satiksme, has announced extensive changes to its timetables. From March 21, substantial changes will be made to the schedules of trams, trolleybuses, buses, minibuses and express buses. Night routes will also be closed from 23:30. A graphic provided evidence of the scale of the reduction in passenger numbers. Full information is available  at the Rīgas Satiksme…

Air Baltic temporarily allows free of charge travel date change

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The state-owned Latvian airline Air Baltic has made a decision to offer its passengers one date change free of charge to all new reservations made from March 10 until March 31, for travel within 2020. “We clearly see that passengers are willing to travel and plan their late spring and summer holidays. This step provides flexibility to our passengers, so that they can book their next trip with ease,” Martin Gauss,…

The fight against climate change

Friday, January 24, 2020

The fight against climate change was high on the agenda of the January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which hosted a debate on COP25 and the European Green Deal. Urgent measures need to be taken to make climate protection and sustainable development happen, and the European Union must take the lead, the European Commission announced in a press release. At the debate held in Brussels…

AS Meridian Trade Bank has changed its name to Industra Bank

Thursday, January 23, 2020

“The joint stock company AS Meridian Trade Bank has changed its name to Industra Bank (Industra). The new name reflects a change in the bank’s business strategy, following which the bank will be further on focusing on the cooperation with small and middle-sized companies in Latvia and other Baltic States and on the provision of services necessary for a successful business development to these companies,” the bank said in a statement. The brand Industra is planned to…

Climate change

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

“I spent five dollars for a weather app on my phone. I got two dollars and fifteen cents back in ‘climate change’.”  

Lithuanian govt to consider climate change action plan

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Lithuanian government is set to consider a National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) on Wednesday as EU member states have committed to draft such plans by the end of this year. EU member states are drafting such plans to implement the goal to transition to an economy without greenhouse emissions by 2050, Lithuania’s Ministry of Energy said. “The EU’s climate change effect is the third largest in the world,…

Current ozone hole could be one of the smallest in 30 years

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The hole in the ozone layer could be held up as an example of hope in the fight against climate change. According to Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, the 2019 hole is expected to be the smallest in 30 years, thanks in part to the Montreal Protocol, adopted on 1987 to protect the ozone layer. In 1985, British scientists announced a terrifying discovery: there was a hole in…

From direct messages to deep fakes: tactics are changing in social media infowars

Friday, September 13, 2019

Latvia-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence has released a new report on how social media is used to target individuals, public opinion, “and, in some cases, even the functioning of the state”. The report puts blame on social media giants for being active participants that wield “significant influence over what takes place in the social media space”. Disinformation is growing in complexity, scale and ambition – but what can…

EU commissioners to discuss energy projects, climate change with Lithuanian leaders

Friday, July 19, 2019

European Commissioner for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic is coming to Vilnius on Friday to discuss energy projects and climate change with Lithuania’s top officials.   Sefcovic, together with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, are scheduled to meet with President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The meetings will focus on energy and climate policy priorities, the Baltic power grids’ synchronization with the Continental European system, and the current situation…