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  • The future of Estonia’s oil shale extraction
    world s oil shale reserves contain around 6 050 billion barrels of shale oil which makes them four times the size of the world s conventional crude oil reserves Estonia is the world leader in utilizing oil shale which is a sedimentary rock that contains an organic material called kerogen Oil shale has been extracted for energy for almost 100 years and out of all the oil shale utilized in the world 70 percent is utilized in Estonia Through necessi 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 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 rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news analysis and commentaries provide

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  • Baltic Sea Basketball
    Latvia and Lithuania With all due respect to the first three countries I called this group none other than the Baltic Sea Basketball Championship It was a perfect chance to witness such a local tournament inside a grand Eurobasket You couldn t help but cherish this opportunity even more as Baltic basketball was always a highly skilled game especially in Lithuania Smart guard play crisp passes swift fast breaks and on point shooting were on display from all Baltic teams Lithuania true to form showed off some of the finest skills and cruised through the group stage For example Mantas Kalnietis was arguably the best point guard of Eurobasket leading the tournament with respectable 7 8 assists per game The highlight of his play was the semifinal game where Lithuania beat Serbia 67 64 and Kalnietis 9 assists personally outplayed ball wizard Milos Teodosic 3 assists What made Lithuania even stronger and ultimately made it possible to win the silver medals was its front line NBA big man Jonas Valanciunas 8 4 rebounds per game was dominant on the paint sharp shooting forward Jonas Maciulis 53 8 percent from three point line provided fire power from the perimeter and versatile substitute Mindaugas Kuzminskas 8 7 points 5 rebounds did all the rest Silver finish in Eurobasket behind only the Spain is undoubtfully a big success for Lithuania But the team which by my estimation achieved even more during this tournament was Latvia Finishing the group s stage in second place Ainars Bagatskis squad drew up very solid Slovenia team in the first round of the knock out stage That s where the Latvians played their best game of the month prevailing in the end with the score of 73 66 Having a very limited 8 player rotation Bagatskis used every one of them to the best of their abilities Veteran guards Kristaps Janicenoks and Janis Strelnieks led the way and the rest has followed in the light version of Lithuanian high skills basketball model And one could only wonder how much father Latvia could go if it had a solid big man like Valanciunas or Pau Gasol from Spain But after very talented Andris Biedrins threw his career away there are just no good centers to be found in Latvian basketball The final standings of Eurobasket put Lithuania in second place Latvia in eighth and Estonia in 20th out of 24 teams The Most Valuable Player of the Championship was bearded Spaniard Pau Gasol Two Lithuanians Jonas Valanciunas and Jonas Maciulis made the all tournament team And Latvian Ainars Bagatskis should have been named the best coach for how he handled a much depleted roster By the FIBA rules two top teams Spain and Lithuania will represent Europe in the basketball tournament of 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Besides all these fancy statistics it s important to once again highlight all this good basketball spirit and the sense of brotherhood that accompanied Riga s part of the Eurobasket

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  • The 10th Kaunas Biennial opens its doors
    globalized and digitalized world how does art deal with transportation real time communication What is the current shape of the presence absence dialectics How do artists present absent realities Occupying five floors of the famous modernistic Kaunas Central Post Office building the exhibition will present works by such artists as Liam Gillick Walead Beshty Saadane Afif Roberto Cabot Pakui Hardware Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugniaus Gelguda Lothar Hempel Julijonas Urbonas Katja Novitskova Arnas Anskaitis Carsten Holler Brone Sofija Gideikaite Amalia Ulman Katie Paterson Attila Csorgo Kelley Walker and Darius Ziura 10th Kaunas Biennial Networked began a two year long partnership and collaboration with arts organizations across Europe Arte Arte from Como Italy the Crafts Council from London and the Croatian Zagreb based LAB 852 Biennial partners programme NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS started this year in Kaunas and will travel to London Como and Zagreb in 2016 Karen Gaskill from the Crafts Council stated of exhibition Sonic Pattern And The Textility Of Code for the Kaunas Biennial which explores the relationship between code pattern textiles sound mathematics notation and performance we have invited a number of artists whose work exists across textiles and sound drawing on the histories and contexts of both disciplines Each pairing of artists explores a different context the haptic the performative and the notational These are suggested starting points for discussion within each panel providing space for exploration around the theme in relation to the artists work and wider contexts According to Artistic Director Virginija Vitkiene we have been creating a network for two decades now we are connecting artists curators ideas spaces places and communities Networking and communication interaction and cooperation are the main dimensions of the Kaunas Biennial where everyone is very welcome Beside the main exhibition Threads A Fantasmagoria About Distance curated by Nicolas Bourriaud the Kaunas Biennial presents several autonomous projects related to its history long term aims and local versus global context These include Personal exhibitions by laureates of 9th Kaunas Biennial UNITEXT Audrius Janusonis FOR THE POETS OF KAUNAS Silvia Giambrone A TERRIBLE LOVE OF WAR Community based project by long lasting Kaunas Biennial board and team members Vita Geluniene and Ed Carroll FRIENDLY ZONE 6 CABBAGE FIELD New productions related to a specific topic or venue Arturas Morozovas THE BIRTH OF KIKIMORA Research based artistic interventions into post industrial textile venues TEXT ILE ROUTES Psilicone Theatre LT and CHUI HR performance HAIRY HAIRY MOUTH at Dirbtinas Pluostas factory Installation DIVISION ADDITION by Konsortium D Lars Breuer Sebastian Freytag Guido Munch at Drobe factory MADE IN KAUNAS by Guda Koster NL at Drobe Factory WORK N FUN by Ignas Maldziunas LT at Dirbtinis pluostas factory Monika Zaltauskaite Grasiene at Dirbtinis pluostas factory Analytical text book CONTEMPORAY ART BIENNIAL AS A SITE SPECIFIC EVENT LOCAL VERSUS GLOBAL Artist Residency Programme led by Sandra Kazlauskaite is the co production of all partner orgisations LAB852 Arte Arte Crafts Council Kaunas Biennial running the project NETWORKED ENCOUNTERS Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State

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  • Acting Local and Thinking Curated
    hitherto been available There were mostly posh clubs theaters arenas or bars There were no stable places for upcoming music We had big gigs with well known acts like Depeche Mode Elton John Bryan Adams and so on or one off initiatives The idea was to open a multi functional cultural venue to create the platform for an artist to show onstage what s next We wanted to become the most active cultural institution in Lithuania become one of the main players in the music event festival and conference organising field We also hoped to start the renaissance of the Uptown area a post industrial urban area in the upper part of Newtown a district of Vilnius Loftas began small but has gained a reputation for providing quality music in a comfortable setting which seems to be a fun place to go but also to inspire responsible and considerate behaviour from the audience Accomplishing similar aims but in a totally different way is the Labadaba festival that was staged in Ratnieki near Sigulda Latvia between Jul 31 and Aug 2 The festival like Loftas looks to provide a forum for new music We choose smaller labels because of the festival s philosophy We try to stay unique The festival is held in a nature park in protected territory so we try to be as much as possible aware of the environment said Kristine Pinkule from the festival s organising team We adhere to nature conservation principles by being one of the cleanest public events in Europe It is possible because of the limited number of visitors So that s why we choose to work with smaller and local labels If we invite major labels the more visitors could come and that is not our aim This might be the first time a festival organiser has talked about wanting to keep visitor numbers low It s an unconventional approach to a live music event but it follows a theme a localised curated approach to live music and to music promotion For Pinkule changes are happening slowly in Latvia Because the market is really small the financial situation is not so good and also the Latvian population continues to shrink And our small population leads to smaller budgets for artists But generations change and there are lots of new artists that appear onstage These days musical genres and public attention are really divided The main problem with new artists is that they have only a few original songs and there isn t much to play in longer concerts It seems we re slowly moving towards a situation where there won t be any need for albums it will be enough to have one single that can be used to promote the band at concerts and festivals Zivile Diawara agreed that change rarely happens quickly in the world of live music saying that the problem was not ambition but the time needed to accomplish the scope of ambitions for Loftas For the moment

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  • Reimagining the Baltic
    and geography others are more abstract defined by tradition or imagination But all these spaces can change and overlap and relate to one another in different ways over time in a simple example the boundaries of the nations surrounding the Baltic have shifted dramatically since they were first drawn Part of the historian s task is to sort this out and represent it which often requires turning to tools from different disciplines In The Baltic the main constructs are economic and cultural mainly architectural That each of these disciplines has experienced its own distinct spatial turn is a complication that goes unaddressed The Baltic Sea the eleventh century chronicler Adam of Bremen derived mare Balticum from the Latin word for belt supposedly because it stretched like a belt as far as the Scythian regions and Greece is completely enclosed within the Eurasian continent Nine modern countries occupy its rim Throughout its history the Baltic has been a canvas for competing imperial designs a complex interplay of nations merchants and military fraternities all vying for regional control seventeenth century Sweden probably came closest to a dominium maris baltici North begins his account in the ninth century and brings us to the present day all in the course of a single volume In terms of ambition this approaches the Canutian in fact the real King Canute makes an early appearance in the context of his Christianizing mission as if to reinforce the impression Thus we learn that at least since the Viking Age the Baltic Sea has served as a space for exchange and encounter that is a serviceable if vague thesis for the whole work Understandably North tends to dwell on the ports Each new chapter therefore alights on a different port city a local focus beginning with Wolin an ancient entrepot at the head of the Oder River At its best The Baltic is a wonderful reference and North manages copious data deftly His economic analyses are especially trenchant one of the unexpected rewards of the book is a thoroughly engaging take on the manorial system There are periodic often illuminating forays into architectural history Indeed a visitor to the Baltic centres can t help but be struck by their aesthetic similarities The Baltic traces the flow of professional skills and sensibilities from port to port Moreover architecture the built environment is interesting ground for a proponent of the spatial turn You might wish for a meatier investigation of architectural history than is to be found in the Baltic but these are spots where we see a return on the book s philosophical promise Elsewhere North seems to struggle for balance A synopsis of the Protestant Reformation an event that revolutionized communication in the Baltic region and connected all neighbouring people with each other somewhat understates its impact The Reformation also set off a chain of religious disputes culminating in the cataclysm of the Thirty Years War which also receives surprisingly scant attention in this volume Later on another remarkable

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  • Dining in the Moon
    eel braised in apple wine and served with spicy beetroot and rye bread While the beetroot is more spiced than spicy the deep red shredded slaw together with fresh crisp apple matchsticks is refreshing compliment to the sweet braised eel Next a step back to the classics handmade Siberian dumplings in mushroom stock This dish used to be listed under soups but it became obvious that it s really a meal in itself A deceivingly large portion of pork dumplings bathe in a deep earthy mushroom broth Served with a side of sour cream you could swear you were behind Granny s table If there is even a slight chance you have room for dessert the marzipan cake with poppy seeds and blueberry sorbet is not only delectable but also visually stunning The deep purple blue of the blueberry sorbet is a colour you don t often see on a plate Pair that with a bite of the poppy seed marzipan cake and you ve got a dessert that s hard to pass up After the popularity of Moon the team went on to open a second restaurant Kolm Sibulat on the outskirts of the trendy district of Kalamaja Kolm Sibulat in contrast to Moon is a restaurant where the team gets to play with international flavours especially focusing on Asian cuisine For a few years it seemed that the team focused most of their attention on their new baby leaving Moon to take care of itself This meal however proved that modern Russian comfort food is back and won t be going anywhere any time soon Location Vorgu 3 Tallinn 10415 Tel 372 6 314 575 kohvik kohvikmoon ee www kohvikmoon ee Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State Choir launches ambitious project for nation

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    longer a developing economy According to the latest analysis from the International Monetary Fund Lithuania has moved from an emerging market into a mature economy Read More Lithuania and Palestine to set up joint economic committee Lithuania s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius and his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah have decided to set up an intergovernment Read More Latvian and Lithuanian foreign ministers discuss upcoming bilateral meeting During an unofficial meeting on September 6 2015 Latvian and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers discussed the upcoming joint meeting of their govern Read More Russia opens criminal case over 2007 Tallinn riots murder Russia opens criminal case over its citizen s 2007 murder in Tallinn Russian investigators open Read More Russian Navy disrupts civilian ships in Lithuanian waters During a patrol in Lithuania s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea Lithuanian military ships spotted three Russian military vessels Read More The Kremlin s Millions and its support of pro Russian activists in the Baltics With one hand Kremlin strangles non governmental organizations in Russia With another it generously supports the defenders of its int Read More Vilnius Vice Mayor proposes Arabic language groups in kindergartens As Lithuania prepares to receive its quota of refugees affected by the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Vilnius Vice Mayor Gintautas Palucka Read More Previous 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 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

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