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  • Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India
    India initiative aimed at encouraging production in India on the one hand and on the other supports Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas drive to ensure cost effective energy supply to households Thanks to our solutions we are ideally positioned in this ecosystem whose advantages we hope to use through the joint venture for developing projects in India and subsequently in other surrounding areas Petersen said The wind turbine Capella 3 incorporates a gearless drive train which allows the entire production to be established in house Steelite Capella Wind plans to establish manufacturing and research and development facilities in western India in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat where they will be working towards operationalizing the first major project by early 2017 Estonian Ambassador to India Viljar Lubi said both sides can rely on his personal and the embassy s support The joint venture was facilitated by Amit Ranjan Khan an independent energy consultant Enterprise Estonia s trade and investment consultant in India Varun Sharma and the Estonian em bassy in New Delhi Goliath Wind is a Tallinn based technology company that developed the Capella 3 a three megawatt platform of turbines based on its patented Cyclos ring generator The company was established in 2008 and is owned by the founding team and financial investors including the Estonian Development Fund Steelite Engineering Limited encompasses a group of specialized engineering and manufacturing companies who have a working history of 60 years in the power sector focusing on conventional as well as renewable energy Steelite Engineering Limited is headquartered in Mumbai with its facilities located in the Indian states of Maharashtra Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh Comments Related Articles Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Latvia s Balticovo egg company hatches plans to launch

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  • Estonia: Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension
    and the City of Tallinn transport operator Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS signed an agreement on Tuesday to design and build the infrastructure extending the Peterburi Road tram line up to Tallinn Airport The contractor was chosen in a public procurement organized by Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS where AS Merko Ehitus Eesti and KMG Inseneriehituse AS consortium submitted a joint offer Under the contract Merko Ehitus Eesti and KMG Inseneriehitus will build a tunnel under the railway 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 Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Latvia s Balticovo egg company hatches plans to launch in US Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe 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 of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this

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  • Russian Roulette: the shot (of vodka) heard ‘round the world
    s as Russian a symbol as Jim Beam Bourbon is to the US Oops The Japanese firm Santory now owns Jim Beam Well there s always Budweiser Nope it s run by two Brazilian billionaires But Putin and even Donald Trump have to realize you can t stop globalization And Stoli now says it s Latvian Ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union there has been an ongoing cold vodka war It involv 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 Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Latvia s Balticovo egg company hatches plans to launch in US Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe 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 of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in

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  • Estonia was Europe’s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014
    238 million euros last year which makes Estonia the biggest exporter of wooden houses in Europe Lauri Kivil head of the Estonian Wooden Houses Cluster said in a press release that although the European wooden house sector has remained stable for several years and has not shown many signs of growing or decreasing the sector s production and export volumes have increased moderately The main destination country for wooden house exports is still Norway expo 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 Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Latvia s Balticovo egg company hatches plans to launch in US Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe 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 of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in

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  • Japan’s Schindler: The spy who became a lifesaver
    has since honoured him for his humanity and courage in an act of great desperation he threw blank yet stamped and signed transit visas with the purpose of being filled in later Upon departing he stated Please forgive me I cannot write anymore I wish you the best As the Japanese bowed respectfully to those who had assembled before him upon his departure the words Sugihara we ll never forget you were shouted in gratitude In contemporary Lithuania Sugihara s efforts have not been forgotten The Japanese Ambassador to Lithuania Toyoei Shigeeda recently told The Baltic Times that the Japanese Embassy organized the unveiling ceremony of a commemorative plaque honouring him Lithuania also organised the Sugihara Project in which 12 gymnasiums and pro gymnasiums participated and organized some events where students delivered presentations on the life and work Chiune Sugihara he said I would like to highlight that Chiune Sugihara played an important role in saving Jewish people but we should not forget other people also struggled to support them on the way to other countries via Japan Shigeeda stated For example Japan Travel Bureau JTB arranged ships for transferring Jewish people from Vladivostok to Tsuruga and people in Tsuruga supported Jewish people during their stay there I believe that without such supports by those people the Jewish people would have faced many more obstacles 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Lithuania since it became independent from the USSR There are many events which have been prepared to celebrate this anniversary I hope this important and humanitarian memory of Chiune Sugihara will continue to strengthen the friendly relations which continue to exist between Japan and Lithuania Dar arciau dar draugiskiau said Shigeeda Sugihara s courageous life exploits have also been commemorated in the release of a feature length biopic film entitled Persona Non Grata which is directed by Japanese American director Cellin Gluck The film s world premiere was held in Kaunas in Oct 2015 followed by the Japanese premiere on Dec 5 2015 The film s release year was set to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two The American premiere on Jan 31 of Persona Non Grata will be shown at the world s largest Jewish film festival the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Heroes are born when ordinary people respond to extraordinary circumstances explained Gluck Sugihara didn t advertise or flaunt his heroism He just did what he thought was right and as a result thousands of people s lives were saved and their descendants eventually numbered in the tens of thousands That s what made him a hero The idea of bringing Sugihara s dramatic story including that of his younger years to the screen came from the production team behind the 2011 film Oba The Last Samurai Oba was based on the true story of Imperial Japanese Army Captain Sakae Oba s activities on the island of Saipan at the end of World War Two This

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  • At the faultlines of Ukraine's war
    already boast a number of successful missions under its belt We go out to silence the artillery smiles Mario one of the Tesla men The unit consists of people from many regions and nationalities including soldiers from Donetsk and an entire Crimean platoon As we roll into the buffer zone Goritz adjusts his rifle in the back while Desant becomes silent scanning the hedges in front and Convoy accelerates the creaking Volkswagen Transporter van The village of Novotroits ke which is inside the buffer zone changes hands during the day On 15 March the Ukrainian army only regained control of it after 3pm The number of destroyed buildings has created animosity among the locals who are hostile to the Ukrainian army They say if you weren t here we would still have our homes to which the Ukrainian army answers if you didn t have your referendum we d all be at home with our wives and kids replies Desant in reference to the referendum held for the independence of Donbass in 2014 Ukrainian forces in Volnovaha indicate that they have pulled back all of their heavy weapons from the area in accordance with the Minsk Agreement However incoming artillery fire can be heard as close as few kilometres from the Tesla base According to Ukrainian army reports the rebels were firing 120mm shells which were outlawed by the Minsk Agreement We took everything back If they come with tanks they ll go straight through says Desant Away from the frontline a whole other war exists the information war As it stands all Ukrainian channels are cut off in areas controlled by separatists and Russian channels have been off the air in the Ukraine One of the Tesla men spent two days watching only Russian channels including Novorossiya TV the

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  • Moscow lacks available forces to seize and hold Baltics: Estonian defence expert
    that is Russia s Kaliningrad oblast Moscow would thus need the territory of Belarus for any such large operation How prepared is the political leadership of Belarus to participate in such an adventure Murumets concedes that Estonia itself could not give a worthy response in the event of an invasion by the Russian Federation and that Russian forces are in a position to seize Tallinn Paldiski and other key points but not for long Russia lacks the troops to support such an occupation and Estonia has resources of its own The Estonian analyst s words appear to be a kind of refutation of the conclusion of Zbigniew Brzezinski who said not long ago that One fine day that is literally in one day Putin will simply seize Riga and Tallinn Then we will say how horrible that is and how upset we are But of course we will not be able to do anything about it Murumets in fact is making another and more important point Militarily Russia is overextended given its campaign in Ukraine But by suggesting that Moscow isn t in a position to openly invade Estonia Latvia and Lithuania he is in effect urging them and their Western supporters to focus on the other steps Moscow can take against them Not long ago the Estonian defense analyst suggested that Russia would be unlikely to invade Instead he argued Moscow almost certainly would use an indirect or soft approach one that subverted the existing order of one or more of the three but in a manner unlikely to lead NATO to invoke Article Five The Baltic militaries and NATO forces are focused on how to prevent or repel a Russian invasion What Murumets is insisting on is that Estonians Latvians and Lithuanians need to focus on all the domestic divisions Moscow has exploited and could be expected to exploit further in the future If Russian tanks came over the borders of the Baltic countries their militaries would certainly fight and NATO might come in But if Moscow uses television broadcasts corruption and the other features of Vladimir Putin s hybrid war to undermine them neither the Baltic armies nor NATO are likely going to be in a position to respond Consequently while Murumets is almost certainly correct that Moscow won t invade Estonia Latvia and Lithuania he is even more correct in suggesting that the three and their supporters in the West need to think about more than the use of military power to deter and repel Russian aggression During World War II US General George Patton observed that with tanks fixed fortifications had ceased to be effective mobile war allowed anyone who understood the situation to go around them Now it is time to recognize that military forces however important they are cannot be the only focus of defense an opponent like Putin will simply go around them Comments Related Articles Searching for energy independence in the Baltic forests The challenge of Russia s decline A seat

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  • Searching for energy independence in the Baltic forests
    agree on anything Kariņš noted There are still many obstacles such as mismatched energy infrastructures and the issue of incentivising sustainable energy versus punishing polluting energy sources All speakers seemed to agree that the current Emissions Trading Scheme ETS is not working out and that a straightforward carbon tax might be the way to go Renewables Even in a room full of energy producers and investors there could be no doubt about it climate change is happening and we need to decarbonise our economy in order to leave a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren That means using energy more efficiently and drastically cutting down on fossil fuels in favor of renewables When talking about renewable energy your first thought might be of innovative alternative energy sources such as photovoltaics solar power wind or even bio fuels from algae or soybeans But Baltic and Nordic energy producers don t see the need for such futuristic and experimental technologies Instead they are successfully exploiting the largest natural resource that the northern countries have to offer biomass specifically from forests The Baltic countries have traditionally burned biomass such as wood chips animal fat and forest residue for both heat and power production Even a country like Denmark famous for its wind industry relies on biomass for almost two thirds of its domestic energy use Michael Persons of the Danish bioenergy association showed Of course woody biomass has come a long way from simply throwing a log in the fire Innovations presented at the conference included highly efficient Combined Heat and Power CHP systems and so called black wood pellets which are thermically treated so that they can be fed directly into any coal burning plant abolishing the need for separate infrastructure Bio Jet Fuel and Environmental Concerns The overall mood at the conference is optimistic almost jubilant In the electricity and heating sector biomass is fully competitive with petroleum the president of the European Bioenergy Association Gustav Melin celebrated Transport however is still known to be a challenge for renewable energy an electric truck would need a enormous battery to move its cargo Very inspiring therefore was a presentation by Norwegian aviation supplier Avinor about successful test flights using plant based kerosene But it is not just sunshine and rainbows in the world of bioenergy The competition between food and fuel for agricultural land for instance is a hotly debated topic Can we both feed and power our ever growing global society Yes we can said Dutch professor of Energy and Resources Martin Junginger There is plenty of biomass around the planet we just need to use our available farm land more efficiently especially in Eastern Europe Junginger believes Bio energy is the way to go even Finnish oil refiner Neste says also represented in the speaker line up The company recently dropped the Oil from its corporate brand name in order to get rid of negative connotations related to fossil fuels and show that they are looking into other sources

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