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More women in shipping: the profession faces big changes

A couple of decades ago, to see a woman with a captain’s or technical uniform on a ferry for many people would have been an unusual view. And today we have more and more women at sea and on the shore as staff, captains or electricians. In support of International Women’s Day, leading ferry operator DFDS is celebrating the female members of its dedicated workforce. In an industry that historically employs more males than females, these women are proving that when it comes to a successful career in the maritime industry, gender simply doesn’t come into it.

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Hungarian lessons for Lithuania and Europe

There is a good old English term illiberal democracy that does not have a precise translation into Lithuanian. It defines the regimes that come to power through democratic means, but their representatives apparently aim at the never-ending reign trampling on the fundamental European values of democracy, freedom of speech, and the rule of law. Let us call them anti-democrats, and let me share some insights about them.

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Chinese foreign minister comments on major international issues and Chinese foreign affairs

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Lithuanian capital elects first openly gay politician to city council

Last weekend, the Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius elected the first openly gay politician to its city council. Human rights activist Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius has become the first proudly open gay person to be elected to the political office in Lithuania. The candidate was running on the list of the current liberal mayor Remigijus Šimašius, who has made headlines by stating that “Vilnius is LGBT-friendly city.”

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Vilnius celebrates female travellers

A pioneer in women’s voting rights; one of just a few European cities with female traffic light symbols; a past and present filled with strong women, including current President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė – Vilnius deserves the attention of female travellers from around the world, a press release from Go Vilnius states.

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Snoras bankruptcy administrator claims first victory in 11-million-euro legal battle with Meinl Bank

Early this year the Vienna International Arbitral Centre adopted a decision by which a claim by the Austrian bank Meinl Bank AG against Bankas Snoras was dismissed. It thus recognized that a pledge agreement which Meinl and Snoras made in 2011 is to be deemed null and void under Austrian law. On the basis of that specific agreement, 11 million euros was appropriated from Bankas Snoras in September 2011.

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Tautvydas Marčiulaitis: We are living better than ever before

We have just celebrated the 101st birthday of Lithuania and it seems that this occasion is becoming more meaningful and beautiful with every passing year. Streets are filled with smiling people proudly waving the country’s national flag, and the whole atmosphere is more festive. And it is not surprising why – every year we are living better than ever before.

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Lithuania calls on Belarus to reconsider nuclear power plant construction

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has called on neighboring Belarus to reconsider its nuclear power plant (NPP) construction, said the Lithuanian government on Thursday in a statement.

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Taxify is now called Bolt

Taxify, the leading European on-demand transportation platform, is changing its name to Bolt and introducing a new logo. The update brings the brand identity in line with the company’s broader vision of transportation that has already expanded from ride-hailing, with cars and motorbikes, to scooter sharing.

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Fashion experts share insights about peculiarities of Lithuanian style

How do Lithuanians fit in world's fashion contexts? Would one be able to recognise a Lithuanian in the street when judging merely from his style? Although it is quite difficult to define today’s Lithuanian identity in fashion, we are not ignorant about world's fashion trends as we courageously get ideas and inspiration from Western countries, and we add the "made in Lithuania" phrase to the result, Expert at Newmood Fashion Institute Jūratė Stanslovaitytė claims. Young Lithuanian designers that observe shifting customer needs attentively support her opinion.

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Election lessons: how to defeat 'beavers' in municipalities?

I have been witness to election campaigns since 2011 when I had a chance to prepare an election manifesto for one of the political parties. "What a strange homo sapiens giving a fresh political science graduate such an important task," I thought at the time, I recall.

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Election intrigue only beginning: behind the scenes processes proceed

Visvaldas Matijošaitis is celebrating his victory in Kaunas after the first round, however in the other big cities, a fierce struggle over the post of mayor is only beginning.

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An Israeli startup company Is opening a software development branch in Vilnius

Another startup company is joining the ecosystem in Lithuania. Exai, a company that specializes in content management technology (CMT) and AI, has announced that it’s opening a software development branch in Vilnius. According to Exai’s CEO, the company is expanding internationally after applying for a grant of 3 million euros from the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy. With offices now in Israel, the U.S., Macedonia, and the Philippines, Exai is slowly growing to be a multinational growth company.

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Lithuania reports rise in cyber attacks of high and medium importance

The number of cyber incidents of high and medium importance in Lithuania increased by 40 percent last year, the country's Defense Ministry revealed in a report on Wednesday.

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Lithuania ready to lead Rail Baltica project: transport minister

Lithuania is ready to assume leadership of the Rail Baltica project to ensure its timely and successful implementation, the Baltic country's Minister of Transport and Communications, Rokas Masiulis, wrote in a letter to the European Commission, the ministry announced on Wednesday.

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Concerns continue over Gediminas Hill: risk of landslide remains

The Ministry of Culture is to make a decision on how to continue restoring Gediminas Hill, lrt.lt writes.

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Six steps by the cabinet in case of hard Brexit

In preparation for the potential withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union without an agreement, the Lithuanian government has backed legislative changes, which would ensure undisturbed social guarantees for Lithuanian citizens, who worked in the UK so far, and British citizens, who reside in Lithuania, which would be as favourable to individuals as possible.

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Vytautas Landsbergis on committees: local parish parties are creating mini-states

“I hope that Kaunas will not declare independence from Lithuania. But such a trend exists looking more broadly at what is happening in Lithuania. The entrenchment of certain groups, which could call themselves parties, committees, parishes or such. In reality, all those committees are small local parties making political deals, sharing power and opportunities, sometimes they are good, but sometimes – selfish,” professor Vytautas Landsbergis says. In his opinion, the entrenchment of local parties, which create mini-states, is dangerous.

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In the last 2 years, number of MPs declaring their meetings with interest groups or lobbyists doubles

In the last 2 years, the number of Lithuanian MPs who declare with which interest groups or lobbyists they meet has doubled. Last year, parliamentarians also announced 1,5 times more meetings than in 2017. These figures are reported in research conducted by Transparency International Lithuania, which includes information from manosusitikimai.lt, official work calendars, and personal websites of the parliamentarians.

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Georgian president to visit Lithuania

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili on Thursday, lrt.lt reports.

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