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    new record in 2015 TALLINN Estonia produced 1 535 300 tons of cereals in 2015 which is 26 per cent more than the year before and the largest output ever r Read More Latvian financial watchdog chairman quits RIGA Kristaps Zakulis the chairman of the Latvian financial regulator the Financial and Capital Market Commission FKTK has tendered his re Read More Estonia IRL wants constitution to state marriage is between man woman TALLINN Estonian Pro Patria and Res Publica Union IRL is to propose making an amendment to the Constitution according to which marriage is o Read More Ratification of border treaty stuck in Russian parlt committee Estonian ambassador TALLINN Estonia will have to wait until the foreign affairs committee of the Russian State Duma lower house is done with ratification of the E Read More Estonia Further discussion of ban on face covering suggested TALLINN The Estonian Justice Ministry s idea to amend laws so as to ban clothing that conceals the wearer s face in some public in Read More Eesti in brief Estonia s EU Presidency Plans According to Entrepreneurship Minister Liisa Oviir Estonia rsquo Read More Lithuania begins blocking illegal gaming websites VILNIUS After tightening controls on online gaming operators at the start of this year Lithuania has begun blocking access to websites of som Read More Previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 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 latest political economic business

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    Jewish community RIGA There is no anti Semitism in Latvia and in that respect the situation in Latvia is much better than in other EU member states Arkadijs S Read More Latvian hacker returns from US jail RIGA Latvian citizen Deniss Calovskis who was recently convicted of cyber crimes by a US court has arrived back to Latvia l Read More Latvija in brief Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis heart surgery was a success said Riga s Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital Read More Finland keeps NATO options open Finland s foreign minister remains coy about whether his country will join NATO despite nudges from Latvia s president to join the Read More Radar or wind power TALLINN A plan of members of the Estonian Wind Energy Association to set up a wind farm and a plant for the manufacture of oversized wind turb Read More Latvia Looks Back 25 Years After Soviet Crackdown Where couples with dogs now stroll along snow covered paths in Bastejkalns Park tracer bullets streaked across the night sky 25 years ago in th Read More Vilnius marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 will see Lithuania will pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day Read More Previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 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 latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger

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    sees Brexit bigger challenge than migration According to Gediminas Kirkilas the chairman of the Lithuanian parliament s European Affairs Committee the referendum planned in Britain Read More Rinkevics concerns surround next flow of migrants to Europe Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics told the country s national television channel that there are concerns surrounding the flow of Read More Lithuanian and Latvian arms inspectors head to Russia Arms control inspectors from Lithuania Latvia and Italy will perform a weapons inspection in the Russian regions of Nizhegorodsk and Ivanovsk b Read More PEGIDA to hold anti Islamic march in Estonia German anti Islamic group PEGIDA announced on January 23 2016 it is planning further rallies in 14 European countries including Estonia Pol Read More Straujuma Russia s attempts to undermine Latvia s national security ongoing According to the departing Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma Russia s attempts to undermine Latvia s national security are ongo Read More Finland keeps NATO options open Finland s foreign minister remains coy about whether his country will join NATO despite nudges from Latvia s president to join the Read More Grybauskaite unsurprised by likely Putin involvement in Litvinenko murder Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says she is not surprised by the finding of a British survey which concluded that Russian President Vla Read More Previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 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 latest political economic business and cultural events in

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  • There is no one-for-all cure
    the world only surpassed by Belarus and Moldova This leaves the country with a embarrassing prize Lithuanians are on average the largest alcohol consumers in the E 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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  • Immigration center in Estonia set ablaze on Thursday morning
    Taavi Rõivas condemned the arson attacked on the country s only immigration today calling it an inhuman crime during a meeting with the center s residents Rõivas spoke to inhabitants of the center in Lääne Viru County which was set on fire at around 4 30am Thursday morning while 50 people were sleeping inside Rescue services put out the flames and nobody was hurt Inhuman Crime Rõivas today visited the centre in Vao village to speak to people living at the centre and said that what had happened was an inhuman crime He said I listened to the stories of the people living in the accommodation centre and all theses stories shared the thread of escaping from war of dreaming of a home and a permanent job and of the fear of xenophobia Rõivas also thanked the rescue workers who responded to the event quickly and kept the worst from happening adding that he hoped police would find the culprit quickly President Toomas Henrdrik Ilves also condemned the arson attack He released a statement that said I am embarrassed and ashamed to read about the arson incident at Vao Refuge Centre where more than fifty people including children were present at the moment of the outbreak of fire Adding I expect every parliamentary party to take a public and official stand from which our citizens can understand who values the rule of law human life and the constitution The Estonian government has agreed with the European Union to take between 150 and 200 migrants and refugees to with the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and

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  • Strong wage growth continues in Estonia
    October This was supported by higher income and savings as well as a lower unemployment rate A decline in consumer prices pushed real income levels further up Around half of the respondents felt that in a year their financial situation would be the same a quarter of households expected their financial situation to improve The share of households able to save is at its highest level after the crisis At the same time consumption remains strong too The average growth of retail sales volumes was 7 in the first 9 months of 2014 The Baltic countries have been commended for a quick adjustment of labour costs increase in efficiency and repair of public sector finances all of been rapid Productivity can be increased through structural reforms and improvements in the institutional environment education and finally investments especially foreign direct investment FDI which allow for spill overs and technological transfers Strong wage growth will continue next year Gross wages will increase by 6 percent in 2015 according to our latest forecast Minimum wages will be raised by around 10 percent while the wages of public sector workers are expected to be 3 percent higher according to the draft state budget currently discussed in the parliament Average net wages will be lifted by lower labour taxes Income tax rate will decrease by 1 percentage point and unemployment insurance tax by 0 6 pp next year Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin

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  • The amazing careers of Igor Sikorsky
    the EVK were executed Second career an American triumph In New York City Sikorsky stayed close to the Russian community With investment and labor from other educated Russian immigrants he formed the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corporation in 1923 The company s open air factory on a Long Island New York chicken farm included a handful of employees working with a few hand tools From this improbable situation emerged Sikorsky s first American project the 14 passenger S 29A for America sesqiplane Built from discarded iron bed frames found at a local junkyard and two 300 horsepower engines the 15 meter long fuselage featured a 19 meter lower wingspan and a 21 meter upper wingspan Still construction waxed and waned for lack of funds Then in stepped the great Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff with a check for 5 000 The investment allowed the company to rent a leaky wooden hangar at Long Island s Roosevelt Field and complete the aircraft A successful first flight in early 1924 prompted a New York newspaper to describe the S 29A aircraft as a triumph of Russian ingenuity and perseverance While the S 29A aircraft was to launch Sikorsky s reputation as a master designer and builder of large transport aircraft the U S government was rethinking how it could use air transport In 1925 the government authorized the Post Office Department to award airmail services to private airlines Investors poured in Sikorsky reorganized his company as the Sikorsky Manufacturing Company and still later the Sikorsky Aviation Company By 1928 Sikorsky had correctly found his market with a twin engine amphibian flying boat called the S 38 Equally at home on land or sea the S 38 could carry eight passengers and a crew of two climb 304 meters a minute and cruise for six hours or 965 km This was followed by a series of amphibian aircraft that would attract the attention of Pan American Airways and then United Aircraft which purchased his company in 1929 Vertical lift off Sikorsky was once introduced at a testimonial dinner as the inventor of the helicopter Politely correcting the speaker he pointed out that he and his team of engineers had merely kept abreast of existing technologies which they had combined with the successful design and construction of an aircraft capable of controlled vertical flight The opportunity to design build and fly a helicopter came in 1938 when United Aircraft granted Sikorsky their chief engineer a budget to pursue his enduring visionary idea Sikorsky had tried to build a practical helicopter in the grounds of his family home in Kiev in 1909 A wood and wire braced frame built around an Anzani 25 horsepower engine incorporated a transmission of wooden pulleys and belts that drove coaxial shafts topped with two twin bladed rotors Months of frustration forced the young Sikorsky to abandon his goal even with a larger engine which lifted the apparatus a few centimeters off the ground But the effort proved to him

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  • Unrest prevails as NATO moves in
    Over the next eight years Latvia plans to allocate its increase in funding to air surveillance radar individual air defense systems and weapons as well patrol boat modernization with newer systems and tactical intelligence capabilities U S led exercises June saw the conclusion of the fifth year of Saber Strike in the Baltics an annual NATO Baltic exercise Maj Gen McQueen who led the Saber Strike 2014 exercise remarked This year s scenario was design to help our formations understand defensive operations and to transition from defensive operations to counter attack and offensive operations Canada and Denmark participated for the first time this year Operation Atlantic Resolve Persistent Presence is still on going with no definite plans of conclusion The U S Army 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team is the primary unit supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve They have been scattered across Poland Latvia Lithuania and Estonia for several months The soldiers are there training with our NATO partners at the request of those nations and from all indications they are exceptionally pleased with our activities thus far U S Lt Col Steven Lamb told TBT The need for more training exercises is clear as the instances of over 50 NATO interceptions of Russian planes flying near Baltic borders in the last month alone On Aug 1 an SU 24 and AN 24 were spotted over the Baltic Sea A 24 strong regiment of Sukhoi SU 27SM3 planes have also been moved to the Belarusian Baranovich and Lida airfields 35 km from the Lithuanian border While these occurrences have remained in neutral waters and territory there is still cause for concern at the increase of frequency of these events Currently 12 NATO jets are patrolling the skies over the Baltics from Poland Denmark and Great Britain Russian warships have also been spotted skirting territorial waters in the Baltic Sea Russia has also ordered two new Mistral class warships from France at the price of 1 2 billion euros a move which has upset much of the West as well as Japan Areas of concern The question of how to best integrate the Russian minority into Estonian and Latvian society is often discussed more so since the situation in Ukraine With a population nervous about their own Russian minority the divide has the potential of growing wider In the town of Narva with over 64 000 inhabitants 82 percent are ethnic Russians and only 46 percent of the total Estonian citizens About 36 percent hold Russian passports The legacy of Peter the Great lives on in this town where he achieved victory during the Great Northern War Russia has repeatedly asserted that it has the right to defend Russian speakers beyond the borders of Russia leading to its actions in Ukraine Officials in the town of Narva have said that Estonian politicians have only started paying attention to its Russian speakers since the crisis in Ukraine However despite Russian allegations of mistreatment of Russian speakers in Estonia analysts and locals alike have

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