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  • Up to 20 tonnes of Latvian-made cheese destroyed in Russia
    its remains buried in a landfill site Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a decree which states imported foodstuffs covered by Russia s embargo imposed as a countermeasure to Western sanctions against Moscow over its role in Eastern Ukraine would be destroyed The controversial move has prompted criticism from politicians and activists and a rare outcry from legions of ordinary Russians who say the produce could feed the country s poorest On August 5 more than 208 000 people signed an online petition on website Change org calling for the foods to be given away to those in need Why should we destroy food that could feed veterans pensioners the disabled those with large families or those who have suffered from natural disasters asked the petition addressed to Putin and the government Previously discovered smuggled goods into Russia had been sent back to their country of origin It is still not clear by which means Rosselkhoznadzor intends to destroy the cheese The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The

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  • Kaunas signs cooperation agreement with Jewish NGO over Zaliakalnis cemetery
    Lithuanian but also foreign community Richard Schofield the head of the Kaunas based NGO the International Centre for Litvak Photography believes the news regarding the Old Jewish Cemetery is long overdue and Kaunas Municipality s move is a lesson to Vilnius in dealing with its Jewish heritage I think it s a great piece of long overdue news Schofield told the Baltic Times Lithuania is finally turning the corner and Kaunas has thrown down the gauntlet to Vilnius Kaunas 1 Vilnius 0 Maceva is a small group of dedicated individuals involved in maintaining and documenting tremaining Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania through pictures It has already documented over 50 Jewish cemeteries throughout Lithuania In July 2014 the Kaunas authorities decided to start gradual maintenance of the Old Jewish Cemetery near Radvilenai road The Kaunas authorities plan to tend to the cemetery in several stages and allocate 8 000 euros for the re organisation and identification of graves The Jewish cemetery in Zaliakalnis was opened in 1861 and closed in 1952 It is on the Heritage Registry and state protected Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The

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  • News search
    Agency has started working to discover why more than 50 conscripts did not respond to the June 2015 call up nbs Read More Grybauskaite Immigrant distribution will not solve human trafficking in North Africa On June 15 2015 Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said the country is ready to take in its quota of refugees affected by the Mediterranea Read More European Union approves 27 million euros in funding to LitPol Link The European Union has approved 27 4 million euros in grants under its Connecting Europe Facility CEF for the Lithuanian part of the LitPol Li Read More Estonian Police to create cyber crime unit The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board plans to establish a cyber crime unit in order to take charge of internet related crime and digital e Read More Over 50 percent of Lithuanians in favour of e voting According to a survey for Lithuania s Ministry of Justice 56 percent of people in Lithuania are in favour legalising e voting as a way of Read More Mayor Šimašius sees real threat of Hybrid Warfare should Moscow House open in Vilnius Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius recently told the Baltic Times he feels Hybrid Warfare attacks on Lithuania by the Russian Federa Read More Goods prices fall but service prices rise in Lithuania According to Lithuania s statistic office prices for goods in the country are falling while prices for services are rising as a possibl Read More Previous 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection

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  • President Grybauskaite: downsizing of NATO air-policing mission
    significant According to Grybauskaite Lithuania Latvia and Estonia still enjoy NATO allies major attention She believes the support is reflected by NATO s decision to establish a headquarters in the region plus its decision to deploy U S heavy weaponry in the Baltic States of autumn 2015 The president added that the scope and intensity of NATO military exercises across the region is unprecedented We need to look into the security situation on the whole and I think there s no need for us to react to the downsizing of the air policing mission that much she continued These are decisions that are made by taking into account all security bolstering elements in the region On Tuesday August 4 NATO military spokesperson confirmed the organisation will halve its air policing mission in the Baltic states from 16 to eight fighter jets One contingent of aircraft instead of two will remain at the NATO airbase in Siaulai Lithuania Since Lithuania Latvia and Estonia joined NATO in 2004 the air policing mission was usually performed by four jets stationed in Lithuania After the Kremlin s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 NATO allies sent additional jets to the three countries Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic

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  • Lunch with The King of KUBANA
    on a larger scale he says narrowing his eyes I wanted to see some serious results of my hard work but alcohol and drug situation in Russia at that time was getting only worse and I doubt that it got any better now Indeed Russia s struggle with alcoholism and drug addictions is not anything new While a few recent WHO reports state that the health indicators of the Russian population when it comes to drug and alcohol related illnesses seem to be improving the consumption of alcohol and drugs is not getting much better To raise morale in a struggling economy Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently reduced alcohol tariffs to lower the price of alcohol these sorts of measures would make Ostrovsky s quest to reduce alcoholism in Russia even more difficult Moving to more cheerful topics Mr Ostrovsky was keen on sharing the unusual fate of Kubana festival Since its launch in 2009 KUBANA became one of the major events in the alternative scene annually being held in Krasnodar region close to Anapa and Crimea That is until its closing down in 2014 A lot of tragic events started happening in Ukraine and we literally got caught between two fires Crimea Donbass he recalls Then the tragedy with the Malaysian plane happened This of course had consequences many foreign performers started to cancel and the numbers of visitors has decreased drastically From having around 200 000 people in 2013 KUBANA went down to just 30 000 40 000 people in 2014 Thus the 2014 festival was meant to be a farewell one But a couple of months later Mr Ostrovsky and his crew announced that KUBANA will live on but with a different home address Everybody thought I was crazy to try and sell tickets without announcing the destination point but I knew it will work out This seemingly wild idea turned out to be quite rewarding indeed more than 5 000 people have already bought their tickets ready to follow KUBANA anywhere Originally Mr Ostrovsky had high hopes for the Latvian beach resort of Jurmala as probably every Russian including me associates Jurmala with summer sea and relaxation A perfect fit for KUBANA But then it turned out to be impossible to arrange anything there or at other seaside venues and to make matters worse there have been some serious economic issues in Russia including a sharp decline of the value of the ruble against the euro made it harder to set up anywhere in the EU In the end it was decided to move the festival to Kaliningrad which is part of Russia after all And yet KUBANA faced another misfortune as Mr Ostrovsky explained almost everything was ready for the festival but then it got cancelled somewhat arbitrarily by the local authorities and the only solution that would be technically possible became Riga While it s not clear whether KUBANA will like its new home Mr Ostrovsky certainly seems to appreciate the Latvian capital

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  • Tube dream in Vilnius
    will be in 2050 It s clear that something has to change Vilnius s transport network relies heavily on diesel buses and to some extent on its fleet of ageing trolleybuses It s hard to decide whether they should be loved or hated Certainly they are cheap reliable and have something of a quaint dilapidated charm that harks back to a bygone era but are they shabby chic or just shabby shabby Is shabby anything an image that Vilnius needs Often bedecked with cheap frills the older trolleys resemble giant rusty sardine tins or mobile tarts boudoirs that groan and whine as they judder their way around the city crawling round corners like snails as passengers sit in the Formica backed seats which are about as comfortable and supportive as a half folded ironing board So what does Vilnius need The answer is obvious a metro system Perhaps Vilnius should look to other cities with populations of under a million which are served by thriving metro systems There are quite a few Stockholm Helsinki Lille Lyon Marseille Rennes Toulouse Lausanne Charleroi Nuremburg Catania Turin Brescia Genoa Amsterdam Rotterdam Oslo Lisbon Porto Bilbao Granada Palma Malaga Valencia Glasgow Prague Yerevan and Tbilisi Despite the existence of several cities that are shining examples of effective transport planning strangely Vilnius has looked to London for example which has quite possibly the worst transport system of all It seems as though the days of the Vilnius trolleybus may be numbered although this is something about which the Vilnius city municipality and transport network VVT is decidedly coy Routes seem to have been scaled back and there has been mention of a new fleet of wait for it bendy buses Oh my flipping God NO Please Vilnius DON T DO IT Learn a lesson from London s mistakes When former mayor Ken Livingstone brought the accordion esque bendy buses in they soon became loathed by Londoners quickly garnering a reputation for being unsafe mobile hotbeds of crime When Boris Johnson came to office he flogged them all off to other cities and brought in a modern eco version of London s famous routemaster bus Happy days or would have been however the ecological hybrid battery technology doesn t work properly which means that many have been left running completely on diesel The BBC recently reported that the battery bus project has beenan expensive embarrassing failure London s Oxford Street is now one of the most polluted streets in the world It is an artery clogged with lanes of gasping buses and gasping pedestrians choking on diesel fumes Eight million people over 700 bus routes AND a metro system and we still can t cope It s not a pleasant place to be A few hours in central London leaves traces of dirt on the face and encrusted in the nostrils Many of the bus lanes are too narrow for buses to pass through which only result in more congestion Vilnius is keeping an eye on

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  • The Industry of Fear
    commentators sin at this point Yet that s the name of the game good news is no news The industry of fear and the cult of bad news make us believe that we should be trained to panic if we want to become respected commentators Not only does it distort reality it paves the way for scaremongering and defeatism things that do not help us find a way out of present political tensions economic predicaments and moral dilemmas Vicious cycles of pessimism do little at all in fact except confirm the most cynical views about the nature of public opinion held by Gunther Anders Don t be scared to be afraid have the courage to be afraid he wrote in 1960 And have the courage to scare others Communicate to your neighbours a fear at least as great as your own This phenomenon seems deeply embedded in what Pascal Bruckner termed the fanaticism of the apocalypse Any self respecting society should avoid this at all costs In truth the roots of this anti optimistic prejudice lie far deeper The real problem is that we live in a media world without the appearance of alternatives It s a world that propounds a single reality and a world that labels as lunatics or eccentrics in the best case all those who believe that everything has an alternative including even the very best models of governance and the most profound ideas not to mention business and engineering projects The world has probably never been so inundated with fatalistic and deterministic beliefs as it is today alongside serious analyses as if from a horn of plenty flow prophesies and projections of looming crises dangers downward spirals and the end of the world In this widespread atmosphere of fear and fatalism the conviction arises that there is no alternative to contemporary political logic to the tyranny of economy to attitudes toward science and technology or to the relationship between nature and humanity Not by any stretch is optimism the foolish exultation that we are here in this place and that our surroundings are warm fuzzy and comfortable rather it is the belief that evil is transitory and does not vanquish humaneness or only briefly when it does Furthermore optimism means a belief that hope and alternatives do indeed always exist The conviction that a pessimist is an all round loftier and nobler being than an optimist is not simply a relic of the modern Romantic sensibility and worldview it is something greater Meanwhile we live in an era of fear negativity and bad news There is no market for good news because no one is interested in it A pessimist would say that is not going to change An optimist might say that it might Whatever the case it should not be forgotten that optimism flows not from naivety or shallowness of thought but from great wisdom and experience it is the faith that the world is always something incomparably greater than me and my

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  • Building for the Future
    of the three successive occupations Soviet Nazi Soviet The Parliament of Latvia acknowledged the importance of the Museum passing a specific law in 2006 This law guaranteed The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born

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