Posts published in Day: August 12, 2019

airBaltic rolls out special Lithuanian Airbus A220-300 livery

Monday, August 12, 2019

Due to the growing demand of airBaltic services in Lithuania airBaltic has created a special livery of its Airbus A220-300 aircraft dedicated to Lithuania. Now airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft registered as YL-CSK is carrying the colours of the Lithuanian flag and the name of its capital – Vilnius. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are proud to provide the best connectivity to and from the Baltics. Today, we…

Two international legal offices do not see any violations in procedure electing LU rector

Monday, August 12, 2019

Two international legal offices have not detected violations in the procedure electing University of Latvia (LU) rector Indrikis Muiznieks, according to the documents at the disposal of LETA. PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (PwC Legal) said in its conclusion on the procedures electing LU rector on May 24 and June 6, that the violations pointed out previously by the Education and Science Ministry, in fact, cannot be detected. “A number of violations, for example,…

Latvia to have 36 municipalities after administrative territorial reform

Monday, August 12, 2019

After consulting with the municipal deputies, the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry has decided to add one more municipality to the new map, as minister Juris Pūce announced to journalists on Monday, 12 August. Instead of the initially proposed 35, therefore, the number of municipalities in Latvia will be reduced from 119 to 36. Pūce mentioned that the new municipality will be in Pierīga, but refused to elaborate. He also…

Memory of Lithuania’s 1st president should be duly honored in Vilnius

Monday, August 12, 2019

The memory of Lithuania’s first President Antanas Smetona should be duly honored in Vilnius, President Gitanas Nauseda says. “There are many things that should be commemorated in Vilnius. As you know, we have failed to find a place for the Vytis, we have not found a place for Smetona, but I cannot say that everything is so bad as we have a wonderful monument to Jonas Basanavicius. I think it…

Lithuanian pentathlete wins European gold for the 4th time

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Lithuanian pentathlete Laura Asadauskaitė-Zadneprovskienė won gold in the 2019 European Modern Pentathlon Championships on Sunday, becoming the European champion for the fourth time. This victory gives Asadauskaitė a ticket to Tokyo Olympics next year, although she had already secured one by winning the world cup. Asadauskaitė performed particularly well in the final combined running and shooting event, overtaking the Belarusian pentathlete Iryna Prasiantsova. Before the event, the Lithuanian ranked…

Latvia, Lithuania dominate EU drowning deaths

Monday, August 12, 2019

Baltic states Lithuania and Latvia have significantly more drownings each year than other European Union member states, according to the latest statistics from Eurostat. The figures released August 9 cover the year 2016, when there were 5,537 deaths of European Union (EU) residents caused by “accidental drowning and submersion”. The figure has been falling each year since a peak of 6,090 deaths in 2013 and corresponds to an EU average of…

Tick activity similar to last year in Latvia; around one quarter carry Lyme disease

Monday, August 12, 2019

Tick activity levels have changed little since last year, concludes the Latvian Center for Infectology on August 11. Approximately 25% of the ticks tested so far in the center’s laboratory have been identified to carry Lyme disease. In contrast, only about 1% of ticks carried encephalitis. Tick season, however, is not over yet. If the autumn is warm then ticks will remain active up until the appearance of the first frost.…

Lithuanian President Nausėda riding high after one month in office

Monday, August 12, 2019

President Gitanas Nausėda has been inaugurated one month ago and surveys show voters are happy with his performance. According to a poll by Baltijos Tyrimai released last week, Nausėda is now the most popular politician in the country with an approval rating of 85 percent and only 9 percent expressing a negative opinion about the president. The president’s approval rating grew 7 points since June. Nausėda is ahead of former…

Estonian hospitals should be able to import all medicines

Monday, August 12, 2019

Hospitals in Estonia should be able to import all types of pharmaceuticals, according to the Estonian Competition Authority (Konkurentsiamet). Currently hospitals are barred from importing certain medicines and pharmaceutical products. The move would improve competition in the sector, including that between hospitals themselves, and retailers, the authority says, in the context of a bill aimed at amending the Medicinal Products Act 2004, according to BNS. Sales to hospital pharmacies make…

Sailor accused of bringing hundreds of grams of ecstasy on base to distribute

Monday, August 12, 2019

A USS Champion sailor from New Jersey has been accused of ordering hundreds of grams of MDMA — also known as ecstasy — and LSD intending to distribute them in San Diego late last year, a newspaper report said. Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel van Dijk, an information systems technician assigned to the mine countermeasures ship, faces “multiple drug charges” for allegedly possessing more than 380 grams of ecstasy and…