Posts tagged as use

Insane: War Planners Wanted to Use Tactical Nuclear Weapons to Win Against the Soviets

By Robert Farley on Friday, February 14, 2020

Bottom Line: Even the use of a “small” tactical nuclear weapon would mean crossing the nuclear threshold. Why wouldn’t you assume that the other side would respond in kind? A RAND wargame several years ago on a potential Russian offensive into the Baltics brought talk of a “new Cold War” into sharp focus. The game made clear that NATO would struggle to prevent Russian forces from occupying the Baltics if…

Russian disinformation uses LRT English to target Slovakia

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RIA FAN, a Russian  news   agency linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin behind the troll farm in St Petersburg, republished a story by LRT English. After changing the angle, the Russian translation is now being shared across Slovak disinformation groups on Facebook. The story of  missing   Lithuanian reconnaissance soldiers that evaded all forces sent to find them was translated into Russian, where the Lithuanian troops were referred to as a…

Estonia to start regulating use of electric scooters

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications on Tuesday gave an overview to the government’s traffic committee of the handling of a bill concerning electric scooters. Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas said that regulating the use of electric scooters is necessary foremost to help promote general traffic safety and culture. “Last summer, electric scooters emerged relatively unexpectedly onto the traffic scene. In the meantime, there has…

Drug use among young a cause for concern in Liepāja

Friday, January 10, 2020

“The hospital is full of young people with serious psychological illnesses caused by using marihuana. Even smoking one time can cause psychological illness,” said the hospital’s Narcology Department Director Narcologist Jeļena Sorokina. The Piejūras Hospital Psychiatric department sometimes has months when up to 10 drug users from across Kurzeme are stationed there. The age of patients is also decreasing, with patients as young as 12 years old being treated at…

Vacant prison in central Vilnius

Monday, November 18, 2019

Lithuania’s state enterprise Turto Bankas (Property Bank) will hold workshops next year to decide on the future use of the vacant prison in central Vilnius. The last inmates were transferred the century-old Lukiškės prison in late June. In July, politicians, businessmen and public figures discussed possibilities to house a startup center here, a cultural space, hotel or a tourist attraction. Turto Bankas decided to “organise a public forum and creative…

Baltic States use sanctions as a part of politics

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

On October, 10, leader of the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh called for the lifting of economic sanctions against Russia, but at the same time maintaining of political ones. The politician noted that, despite the sanctions, “Russian coal abides in Poland, and the Germans negotiate with Russia.” According to Kosinyak-Kamysh, economic restrictions did not change the situation in the Donbass. The politician also emphasized that other countries, unlike Poland, easily…

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…

No bee colonies killed due to use of crop protection products in Estonia in 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

“The Chamber of Agriculture has said it out clearly on behalf of its members that not a single bee colony must be killed as result of crop protection. This year, we managed to uphold this principle,” Vahur Tonissoo, board member of the Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce, said in a press release. “A joint contribution by beekeepers, farmers and officials to cooperation has yielded a result,” Tonissoo said in his…

China using influence in Estonia, Baltics

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Daily newspaper Postimees is running a series of articles about Baltic-China relations, a collaboration between journalists in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which look at how China interacts with the region and how it uses its influence in each of the three countries. The first article in the series, published on Wednesday, explored how China tries to puts pressure on Estonian politicians when it comes to relations with Taiwan and Tibet…

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, said they used marijuana in the past month. That’s from a nationally representative health survey in 2016-17 and compares with a little over 3% in 2002-03. Some studies have linked marijuana use during pregnancy with increased chances of premature birth and…