Posts published in Day: November 6, 2019

LRT cleared of violating law with show about gay dads

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A show featuring two couples of gay dads aired on LRT has attracted complaints from incensed viewers insisting that it violated the country’s controversial protection of minors law. Some of the more radical activists are planning a protest over the programme on Saturday, but a regulatory panel ruled that it did not harm minors, merely showed the world in its diversity. ‘Colours. Gay Dads’ (‘Spalvos. Gėjai tėčiai’) was the first…

Lithuania plans to expand troops and set up new battalion

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Lithuania plans to increase the number of troops over the next five years and also establish a new logistics battalion in the west of the country, according to a bill on the army structure in 2024 endorsed by the country’s Cabinet on Wednesday. The document will now be put before parliament for consideration. Based on the document, the number of troops in the Lithuanian army in 2024 should range from…

Memoirs of 1863 uprising leader’s wife to be presented in Lithuanian

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

As Lithuania prepares for a reburial ceremony of the 1863-1864 uprising leaders, the first Lithuanian-language edition of a memoir by Apolonia Sierakowska, the wife of one of the key commanders of the uprising, will be presented to the general public on Thursday. The revised and supplemented edition of the book by Sierakowska, née Dalewska, was originally published in Polish, the National Museum of Lithuania said on Tuesday. In the book,…

Latvia to allocate another EUR 18 million for medical workers’ wages next year

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The government could allocate another EUR 18 million for increasing medical workers’ wages next year, including at the expense of postponing the opening of the Latvian Embassy in Australia, therefore a total of approximately EUR 60 million could be allotted for the purpose, government representatives told reporters after a meeting with physicians’ trade unions on Tuesday. Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said that the coalition partners had agreed on…

Specialized economic affairs court to be established in Latvia

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Latvian government on Tuesday supported the Justice Ministry’s plan to establish a specialized economic affairs court that will start operating as of January 1, 2021. Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) spoke against the legislative amendments. He believes that the proposal has not considered objections raised by the Judicial Council. The minister also called for an audit of the judicial sector before adopting new regulations. The bill was supported…

Meeting against territorial reform planned in Latvia

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A “people’s meeting” in which residents from various regions of Latvia will express their dissatisfaction with the administrative-territorial reform plan, will be held this Thursday almost simultaneously with a protest planned by healthcare employees, Liga Bulmeistere, a representative of the Latvian Green Party, informed LETA. While the healthcare employees will be protesting the government’s failure to keep the pay rise promise, those dissatisfied with the territorial reform are determined to…

A new bridge over the Neris to be build

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A new pedestrian bridge is to link Goštauto and Upės streets across the Neris river in Vilnius. A jury of experts has ranked the projects in the design competition from which the winner will be selected by the end of the year, according to a press release. The leading design proposes an arching wooden structure accessible on foot, by wheelchair or bike. “As the city grows rapidly, there is an…

Kaunas Airport sees its best year

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The country’s second-largest airport has served one million passengers two months earlier than last year. This was mainly due to the newly introduced routes and charter flights. As 2019 is coming to an end, it has been noted that, in terms of the number of passengers served and the number of routes offered, this has been the best year in the history of Kaunas Airport, and next year preparations are…

Estonian President on visit to Kuwait

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is currently on a visit to Kuwait, where she met on Tuesday with Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to discuss cooperation in the UN as well as the generation of business opportunities for both countries’ businesses. “Small countries like Estonia and Kuwait have an important role in the world — first and foremost it is our interest that international law and agreements remain, because if the…

Transfer from Lukiškės prison potentially violated rights of convicts

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas, in his latest thematic report on the human rights situation in detention facilities, notes that following the urgent transfer of convicts from Lukiškės Remand Prison to other prisons, the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office received a significant number of complaints, and the constant flood of information about the potentially violated rights of transferred convicts has raised his concerns about the current situation. The report presented by the…