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    troops to Baltics Great Britain will play a lead role in a high readiness NATO force to be established in Eastern Europe British Defense Secretary Mi Read More Rokas Gustys the Lithuanian Globetrotter HEMPSTEAD N Y Rokas Gustys has been salivating to get back onto the court after an undisclosed injury kept him out for more than a mo Read More Baltic American team put a scare into Red Army machine TBT contributor Victor Shestopalov reports from Moscow where Kalev Cramo Tallinn lost to CSKA 81 102 in a VTB United League regul Read More Screw Off Italy Oh what a circus one of the latest Cabinet of Ministers meetings here in Latvia was Circus enough to probably make some of the more vete Read More EMAIL TO THE EDITOR To the Editor of the Baltic Times Sir All Latvian newspapers with the exception of The Baltic Times which is of course printed in English continually change fo Read More WHY LATVIA SHOULD SELL LATGALE TO RUSSIA Sir I was devastated when I noticed you did not publish my last opinion piece on the Victory Day parades in Moscow I Read More How did a Political Prisoner Turn into a Politician Mikhail Khodorkovsky hardly needs an introduction No aspect of his biography and activity would exhaust his personality A tycoon in Russia at Read More Previous 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 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 Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers

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  • Another up and down season for Lithuania's best basketball team
    stages of the tournament You can t blame the green and white nation for not trying though Besides always tough play on its home court Zalgiris used every trick in the book to boost itself up You ve got basketball legend Arvidas Sabonis sitting courtside at every home game You ve got assistant coach Sharunas Jasikevicius crowned as a Euroleague basketball legend prior to the Real Madrid contest They even played one home game in the old legendary gym Kaunas Sports Hall appropriately called the mecca of Lithuanian basketball It was on this hallowed floor that the Lithuanian National team won its second EuroBasket championship back in 1939 But all these festivities don t mean much if you can t back them up with your play on the hardwood So far Zalgiris s results in this department can be called mediocre at best Prior to the start of this season management presented one of the finest looking squad in recent history a roster where 90 percent of the talent is home grown talent with one major American player small forward James Anderson The young Lithuanian playmaker Lukas Lekavicius s development has been so swift that the second American player point guard Will Cherry was added only in late December as a back up Besides this year s roster includes all the veterans of Lithuanian basketball and National team as well Simply put this season Zalgiris fans are privileged to watch all the domestic best From game to game they see Arturas Milaknis raining three pointers from all over the court with merciless precision 45 per cent big man Robertas Javtokas hitting his sweeping sky hook a la Kareem Abdul Jabbar or forward Darius Songaila banging under the basket securing another rebound down low What s lacking tough is an all around energetic play of young forward Mindaugaskas Kuzminskas who signed with Spanish team Unicaja prior to this season Even though this 25 year old wasn t always that good in offence his contributions on the defence side of the ball were sometimes underrated and often overlooked In the modern world of basketball with its heavy pick n roll action and non stop switching teams just have to have a player like Kuzminskas Two metre athletes who can guard multiple positions rotate on time play tough pressure defense steal the ball and swipe shots from the blind side just don t come very often these days Legendary Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen side lick to his Airiness Michael Jordan exceled in this defensive demon role in the later parts of his career Letting Kuzminskas go was one of the major mistakes of Zalgiris s management Nonetheless there s still a lot of basketball to be played this season for Lithuania s finest Again in the second phase of the Top 16 Zalgiris has only a small small margin for error Always playing as a team even with two Americans on the floor defending its home court and taking some chances on

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  • OLD TANKS WITH NEW CRANKS?
    soldiers to move about under conditions of war but safe from enemy bullets The function of these vehicles is to be able to manoeuvre through Latvia rsq 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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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM THE HUNGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO FINLAND
    to this reason there was an overall review where to open and where to close embassies Taking into consideration all of these we have a strong intention to continue to be present in Estonia and we do hope that of the closure of the embassy will not affect our very good political cultural and economic relations with Estonia In this respect we have a cultural institute in Tallinn we are going to strenghten the work of the institute to work there on the cultural level We have accredited our ambassador in Helsinki to Estonia so we have an ambassador there not residing in Tallinn but in Helsinki and we have two extra diplomats in Helsinki covering the political and economic affairs This is what we could do in order to counterbalance the loss of the embassy But I have to admit that it was not an easy decision So anyone who sees the closure of the embassy as a kind of gesture to a third partner is simply wrong Kuusisaa r enkuja 6 00340 Helsinki Tel 358 9 484 1 44 Fax 358 9 480 497 The Hungarian engagement in the Baltic region remains strong For example if autumn this year you will hear and see fighter jets flying over the sky above your office you should know that they are those Hungarian planes which in the framework of the NATO s Baltic Air Policing Mission protect the airspace of our friends in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania I may draw the attention of those who says that Hungary is weakening the unity in the EU and in the NATO to these facts We have also very close contacts with Estonia when it comes to NGOs educational cooperation we have quite succesful cooperation against the organised crime I don t see any changes The same applies to the highest level of Hungarian politics The bilateral consultations are frequent and we have almost similar views in many aspects in the EU or in the NATO The special situation of the energy supply and the energy security in Hungary is different from that of Estonia so we have to find the solution and it would be a big mistake to misinterpret our steps In this aspect we are pragmatic as we have no other option It was sometimes amusing to read your article s thoughts on certain historical aspects Concerning Romania or Slovakia and Serbia I must say we never had such good and close contacts with our neighbours and if you ask them I am sure that they agree The Fenno Ugric kinship is alright thanks It feels well and and has no reason to be afraid of being neglected For example the Hungarian Parliament in 2013 on the basis of an Estonian proposal declared the third Saturday of each October as the day of the Finno Ugric kinship in Hungary World War II and its heritage in Hungary is also mentioned in the article I think it is enough to quote

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  • Yann Tiersen Comes to Riga
    with short movies and began his international career in 1998 with the release of his third album Le Phare After an amazing performance at the Rencontres Trans Musicales music festival Tiersen met Bertrand Cantat the lead singer of Noir Desir with whom he worked with a year later on a penetrating remix of the French band s song A Ton etoile from the album One Trip One Noise In 2001 he received an award for Original Cinema Television Soundtrack of the Year at the Les Victoires de la Musique Music Awards for Jean Pierre Jeunet s movie Le Fabuleux Destin d Amelie Poulain better known by its English name of Amelie an award that Tiersen ended up refusing because he didn t consider his theme to be an actual film soundtrack Since then Tiersen has released three albums participated in charity actions for Medecins Sans Frontieres and collaborated with various artists such as the singer Miossec and Red Cardell from the independent Breton rock scene as well as the Northern Ireland pop rock band The Divine Comedy His melancholic sounds and avant garde tones his music will lead you into an enchanting world and soothe you with intense harmonies Palladium 6 March Riga Tickets are 39 euros www bilesuserviss lv Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State Choir launches ambitious project for nation s centenary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles ARTS EVENTS GUIDE Estonia A nation shaped by the sea The Capital of Empty Spaces Dealing with the shrinking of the Great Baltic City Italian Riga s Casa Nostra restaurant 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

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  • Tallinn Music Week – Hitting All the Right Notes
    set to be the opening party of the festival on 26th March at Von Krahl theatre and will feature the finest representatives of Danish pop and rock among them the melting pot of ethnic and modern influences called The Sexican noise pop warriors Lowly and the adrenaline heavy hip hop act Slowolf SPOT on Denmark will also feature two of the finest jazz outfits Emil De Waal Spejderrobot and Rune Funch Picture Music To celebrate the fact that the southern Estonian village of Obinitsa in Setomaa is currently holding the status of the Finno Ugric Capital of Culture Fenno Ugria will present a vigorous company of male vocalists called Seto Miihi Summ along with the reconstruction of ancient ritual ceremonies of Erza and Moksha by OYME from Russia also to be held on the opening night of TMW New venues this year include 16th century St Nicholas Church where the Glasperlenspiel Festival will present a new piece To His Holiness by the versatile Estonian composer Peeter Vihi Rotermann Salt Storage Hall will host the Glasperlenspiel Festival s Crystallic showcase featuring Estonian handbell ensemble ARSIS and baritone saxophone maestro Joan Mart Frasquier from Spain amongst others The brand new theatre hall Vaba Lava in Tallinn s hipster hotspot Telliskivi will host the folk night featuring the very recent winner of Estonian music awards Curly Strings and Maarja Nuut who created quite a stir at WOMEX 2014 Philly Joe s an atmospheric and friendly new jazz bar is the venue for world class blues and rock Radio Uuno presents the Tuborg Green Club festival stage at Tallinn s premier live music club Rock Cafe on Friday with new generation Estonian indie bands Frankie Animal and Daniel Levi and the Swedish pop folk sensation Hurricane Love Radio 2 is hosting two showcases in Von Krahl and Rock Cafe introducing their current favorites from the sinister ghetto rap trickster Tommy Cash bluesy indie rock combo Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band and a superb mood psychedelia by Tartu Popi ja Roki Instituut with their recent album release on the Chicago based indie label Minty Fresh Hea Uus Heli continues to explore the venturous trendsetters presenting the brave new sounds from flamboyantly deranged art pop trio Badass Yuki to cinematic shoegazers Holy Motors Rada7 introduces an entertaining mix from atmospheric black metal to experimental jazzist Maria Faust Jazzkaar and Estonian Jazz Association curate the showcase at NO99 reaching from the minimal ambient soundscapes of guitarist Robert Jurjendal to the power jazz fusion of Phlox Indie label Eesti Pops presents a colorful mix from psycho folk to art pop in Soprus Cinema whilst the hip hop and dance imprint Lejal Genes will cram a huge number of hip hop and bass music acts into the Sinilind club In addition to the main festival programme Tallinn Music Week presents traditional free afternoon City Stage concerts around town a talk show series TMW Talks and the restaurant festival TMW Tastes As a brand new addition the festival TMW Arts

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  • London Fashion Week: Luxury, Opulence, Decadence and Bourgeois Elegance
    be in harmony with the environment and people around So I chose my dad as a main character the mountaineer because in his youth he climbed lots of mountains and had perfect memories of his experiences So I decided to use his material as my storyline and create a collection which connects two backgrounds my father s experience and my attitude to his empathy That s why the collection feels generational conflict which I took over the aged and modern fabrics Kvasyte said of her participation at the LFW that It is a great pleasure and honour to have represented Lithuania in the context of London Fashion Week Lithuanian fashion surprised and enthralled everyone The event organised by British Council along with the British Fashion Council described Kvasyte as a designer who creates harmony between the past and present with a responsible approach to traditional and modern challenges Kvasyte undertook her training at the Vilnius Academy of Arts Department of Costume Design The young Latvian designer Linard August had travelled to London for the LFW to assist internationally renowned Korean born London based fashion designer Eudon Choi for Choi s LFW catwalk show for his anticipated new 2015 Autumn Winter collection August stated to the Baltic Times that Eudon Choi s designs for his show were inspired by the Japanese architectural movement metabolism which evolves around circular structures But geometric did converge in meeting organic aesthetic in Choi s collection blending his collection with the 1970s for stellar floral flares in teal and shocking pink alongside Choi s signature stealth outerwear My work with Eudon Choi has been an invaluable learning experience for my professional training and development which would not have been available in Latvia For August LFW also represented networking possibilities in a one on one meeting with Maurice Mullen the head of Fashion and Luxury at the London Evening Standard and its supplementary ES Magazine and who has been at the forefront of fashion publishing August discussed fashion related topics ranging from his own work together with renown British London based artisan and couture accessories designer Ed Griffiths who has created custom sculptural pieces and accessories for fashion clients ranging from Fendi Todd Lynn and Emanuel Ungaro haute couture and professionally consults for brands such as Danish footwear leather producer and footwear accessories company Ecco in making the leather products for the forthcoming drama film By the Sea written and directed by Angelina Jolie in which Jolie will also star in alongside Brad Pitt as well the challenges facing a young designer in Latvia in finding investment to present a collection Not only has it been a tremendous learning experience participating in London Fashion Week but being able to network with some of the industry s leading fashion figures like Maurice Mullen and British journalist and the Fashion Director of the Daily Telegraph and one of the UK s leading stylists Hilary Alexander OBE Attending the catwalk shows of some of the world s leading brands has

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  • Lithuania's quest for Eurovision glory
    most popular hit was felled by a somewhat inexperienced Jury Commission which selected a disastrous song that resulted in yet another nose dive for Lithuania That was the point at which I knew that Lithuania had a long way to go before achieving success in Eurovision The Lithuanian public agreed and their outrage at LRTV for dumping the people s choice and replacing it with a colourless song was evident But then in 2006 something spectacular happened when a group of national celebrities decided to put a stop to Lithuania s repeated defeats by challenging the contest in a bizarre but effective way Using the group name LT United these celebrities performed a half crazy pop rock anthem entitled We Are the Winners From a musical point of view the song was simple annoyingly repetitive and uninteresting but it definitely served its intended purpose Containing ironic lyrics that jokingly pointed fingers at the whole contest the song was cordially received by Europe and gave Lithuania a 6th place which was the best result it ever had at the contest Whilst giving Lithuania a face in the contest the song when performed in open air concerts around the country motivated a sort of domestic nationalism under the red yellow and green flag almost turning the whole spectacle into a would be Lithuanian national basketball type of event Following the success of We Are the Winners Lithuania sent some of its poorest artists and worst songs to the Eurovision Song Contest One exception is the young artist Sasha Song who is probably one of Lithuania s best singers and could easily have won the Eurovision Song Contest if only someone had taught him how to choose a good song It seemed as if nobody really cared and Lithuanians just seemed to accept that their basketball nation just didn t have what it takes it when it came to music But in 2012 all that changed when a powerful ballad entitled Love is Blind written by Russian German composer Brandon Stone was performed by Donny Montell Donatas Montvydas After a landslide victory in the national contest it went through to the international contest and finished in third place in the semi final and 14th in the final giving Lithuania some sort of Eurovision recognition The man responsible for the change was executive producer Martynas Tyla who is today the most powerful magnate in the Lithuanian music business He is perhaps best described as the Baltic equivalent of Sweden s legendary Eurovision Producer Bert Karlsson or Germany s Musical Ace Ralph Seigal There is no doubt that Tyla is the person responsible for cleaning up the unorthodox Wild Wild East culture of the Lithuanian music business He appears to have just stepped forward out of the rubble of what was the Lithuanian Eurovision chaos and proved himself to have the ability to choose the best artists and the best songs In 2013 Tyla announced a five year plan for Lithuania to win the Eurovision

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