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Lithuanian justmin slams xenophobic attack on Ecuadorian

Monday, July 30, 2018

Lithuania’s Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius on Friday slammed an attack on an Ecuadorian in Vilnius, calling it a “xenophobic” crime. “I condemn this xenophobic crime when the person was sneered at and attacked for his nationality,” the minister said in a statement. “I hope this crime will be swiftly investigated, and the responsible persons will be punished.” The minister underlined that Lithuania respects human rights and has never divided people…

Latvian basketball player Kristers Zeidaks dies in car crash

Monday, July 30, 2018

Latvian basketball player Kristers Zeidaks died in a car crash in the United State on Saturday, according NBC information reported LETA/BNS. Zeidaks, 28, lost his life on Saturday morning in Naples, Florida, when his 2004 Chevy Silverado ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The vehicle, driven by Zeidaks, first ignored a stop sign and then hit a fence and a tree, police informed. The driver, who was not…

Lithuanian, foreign officers bust intl online crime gang

Monday, July 30, 2018

Lithuanian and foreign officers have busted a large-scale international criminal organization involved in various online and other crimes for a long time in Europe and beyond, Lithuania’s Prosecutor General’s Office said on Friday. The gang’s estimated damage could reach 18 million euros, with over 35,000 incidents of online fraud detected. It could be one of the largest e-crime cases in post-independence Lithuania 58 Lithuanians were involved in the criminal group,…

66.2% of babies born in Latvia last year were healthy

Monday, July 30, 2018

66.2 % of newborns were born healthy last year, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control writes LETA/BNS. Healthy newborns are those born without any chronic medical conditions, organ and body systems function without pathology, and physical developments are normal, the center informs. Out of the 19,126 babies born in Latvia last year, 12,652 were born healthy. Meanwhile, 30.9% of babies born in Latvia had chronic medical conditions,…

Blue-green algae spread more and more in Baltic Sea thanks to human activities

Friday, July 27, 2018

The growth of blue-green algae in the Baltic Sea is a historic occurrence. However, it is thanks to human activities that the intensity of this process continues growing, explains head of Marine Ecology Laboratory of the University of Latvia Elmīra Boikova. She says intensive growth of blue-green algae in hot weather conditions in the Baltic Sea was observed a couple of centuries ago. This phenomenon is natural for the Baltic…

Lithuanian govt proposes to Brussels to stop changing clocks

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lithuania’s government is proposing to Brussels to stop changing the clocks twice a year in the European Union, instead staying on summer time permanently. On Wednesday, the government backed Lithuania’s position drafted by the Transport Ministry, and Lithuania’s opinion will be communicated to the European Commission carrying out public consultations on the matter. The European Commission launched consultations in response to a call by the governments of Lithuania, Finland and…

Nil Ushakov spoke in favor of bilingual education in Latvia

Thursday, July 26, 2018

In opinion of the Russian-speaking Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov, the bilingual education in Lativa keeps considerable potential. In his interview to PRESS.LV, he commented on the results of the centralized exams in the Latvian schools comparing them with the results of schools for national minorities. Following the results of the exams, graduates of the Russian schools did mathematics, chemistry and biology better, whereas graduates of the Latvian schools were…

Donald Trump ‘erupted with rage’ when Melania’s Air Force One TV was tuned to CNN

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN. President Donald Trump was not pleased. He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox – his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN – and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One, according…

Latvia’s State Forests: more helicopters needed to handle large-scale fires

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Latvia requires additional funding to afford additional helicopters to be able to handle large-scale fires, says Latvia’s State Forests Representative Zigmunds Jaunķiķis. «With the kind of fire currently observed in Valdgale, we would make use of any type of fire-fighting machines,» said Jaunķiķis. He also admits that the State Fire and Rescue Service has spent a lot of resources localizing the massive fire in Valdgale Country. Even though it is…

Duklavs to ask EU agriculture commission to provide financial support to drought-stricken farmers

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs (Greens/Farmers), who will be meeting with the European Union’s (EU) Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Phil Hogan in Brussels on Wednesday, is going to ask for financial support to Latvian farmers who have been suffering massive losses due to a prolonged dry spell and heat, LETA was told at the Agriculture Ministry. Duklavs also plans to discuss with the EU commissioner Latvia’s main concerns regarding…