Posts published in Day: April 13, 2021

The closing of U.S. military bases are critical to the elimination of war

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The closing of U.S. bases and the removal of U.S. military personnel are critical to the elimination of war. This campaign is a major focus for World BEYOND War. At least 90% of foreign military bases in the world are U.S. bases. The United States has more than 150,000 military troops deployed outside the United States on more than 800 bases (some estimates are more than 1000) in 160 countries,…

Biden’s announcement that Trump got military spending just right is dead wrong

By David Swanson on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

President Joe Biden is proposing a level of Pentagon spending so close to that of Trump’s last year in office that Bloomberg calls it a 0.4% reduction adjusting for inflation while Politico calls it a 1.5% increase and “effectively an inflation-adjusted budget boost.” I call it a disgusting violation of the will of the public spent in the hypocritical name of a grand battle against autocracies by so-called democracies, driven…

Salu bridge to undergo reconstruction

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Round 2 of the Salu bridge complex reconstruction is due to take place between April 14 and July 17, and traffic changes will be in place, the Rīga City Council Transport Department said April 13. Vehicle traffic will be closed at several points on Maskavas Street – the exit from Lāčplēša Street to Maskavas Street, near the intersection of Lāčplēša Street and Maskavas Street; traffic will be limited on Lāčplēša Street, bridge over…

United States hands over M72 LAW anti-tank weapons to the Lithuanian Armed Forces

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The United States continues contributing to Lithuanian Armed Forces power enhancement by donating M72 LAW light anti-tank weapons, a significant boost to the Lithuanian Armed Forces capabilities and combat power. On April 14 the weaponry will be handed over to the National Defence System at a ceremony at the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Headquarters Battalion. Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas, Ambassador of the United States to Lithuania HE Robert…

Sailing around Kaunas: mission possible

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The area will open to recreational and passenger shipping following the cleaning of the Nemunas riverbed and installation of a new pier In the near future, the water area of ​​the Nemunas Island in Kaunas, Lithuania will receive a makeover which is expected to facilitate its touristic allurement. The Inland Waterways Directorate (VVKD) is preparing to install a pier, where recreational and passenger ships will be able to moor. So, Kaunas residents…

Estonia: Closing stores creates unfair competition

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The government’s decision to close stores creates unfair competition and financial damage among construction and gardening stores, construction company K-rauta has said in an appeal to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Andres Sutt (Reform). Donatas Zalobaitis, manager of Kesko Senukai Estonia, operator of K-Rauta stores said people who need construction and gardening products are now shopping in bigger food stores, which is opposite to the aim of the…

Diplomat starts work on opening of new Latvian embassy in Australia

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Monday 12 April saw a new Latvian Chargé d’Affaires starting work Australia. Ieva Apine, begins her work in Canberra on an interim basis until a resident Ambassador of Latvia to Australia is accredited in the second half of 2021. Apine will be making arrangements for the opening of the new Embassy of Latvia and building close contacts with the sizeable Latvian diaspora in Australia. “Opening of the new embassy shall ensure that Latvia’s interests are more effectively supported…

Illegally purchased pets recently seen more often

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Veterinarians increasingly come across with pets purchased from illegal buyers and importers, Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) told Latvian Radio April 13. The demand for pets during the limits of Covid-19 has grown so much that Latvian shelters and breeders are no longer able to satisfy the demand, observed the Latvian Association of Veterinarians. Consequently, animals purchased from illegal buyers and importers, often in poor health, are increasingly seen by vets.…

Port takeover reform advanced by Latvian government

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

At a meeting on Tuesday, April 13, the Cabinet supported amendments to the Law on Ports, which provides for the state takeover of the management of Latvia’s largest ports. The draft law has yet to be viewed in the Saeima. The plan provides that the three largest ports of Latvia — Rīga, Ventspils and Liepāja — should be transformed into State capital companies. It is planned that the new legal structure…

COVID-19 restrictions may be costing state millions of euros a day

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Coronavirus restrictions could be costing the state between €7 million and €19 million every day, according to experts. Lifting restrictions alone would also not spell immediate economic recovery either. Investor and businessman Risto Rossartold daily Eesti Päevaleht(link in Estonian) last week that in his estimation, restrictions on every working individual in Estonia cost the state €712 per month, taking into account Gross Domestic Product (GDP), borrowing and also, with reservations…