Posts published in Day: November 15, 2019

Norwegian PM thanks Lithuania for help after spy swap with Russia

Friday, November 15, 2019

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Friday thanked Lithuania for its help in having Frode Berg, a Norwegian jailed in Russia for spying, back as part of a swap with Moscow.   Solberg confirmed that the Norwegian had been released and handed over to Norway’s embassy in Vilnius on Friday. “We are happy that Frode Berg will now come home to Norway as a free man,” she said in a press…

Lithuania aims to create ‘startup paradise’ – video

Friday, November 15, 2019

Lithuanian’s IT industry is booming and its pioneers want to conquer the tech world with new ideas, Deutsche Welle reports. From Qoorio humans app that allows people to match with ideas-generators across the country, to Start Up Lithuania, the government body looking to promote startup growth in the country, There’s an optimistic spirit in Lithuanian IT sector, according to DW. Earlier young people would leave the country, but the Lithuanian…

Lithuania to host FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament

Friday, November 15, 2019

One of Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will be hosted by Lithuania, the FIBA Executive Committee announced on Friday. Six of the 24 national basketball teams competing for four remaining spots in the Tokyo 2020 games will play in Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas. The three other qualifying tournaments will be held in Split (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia) and Victoria (Canada). Hosting rights for the Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments have been awarded to China.…

Lithuania and Russia conduct unprecedented spy swap

Friday, November 15, 2019

Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian were returned to Lithuania on Friday as part of a spy swap with Russia, the Lithuanian president’s office said. “Two Lithuanian citizens, Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamošaitis, have been returned to Lithuania and are currently on their way to their families,” Jonas Vytautas Žukas, a presidential advisor, told reporters. As part of the operation at a border checkpoint, two Russians jailed for espionage in Lithuania…

Over 780 children born in Lithuania after state-funded artificial insemination service

Friday, November 15, 2019

Over 780 children have been born in Lithuania since the state started funding artificial insemination (AI) procedures two and a half years ago, figures from the National Health Insurance Fund show. 544 families had one child, 151 had twins and eights families welcomed triplets. “Since the start of compensation, families with fertility problems have undergone almost 15,000 various state-funded artificial insemination services,” said Lukas Žilinskas from the National Health Insurance…

Unlicensed beautician is found guilty of death

Friday, November 15, 2019

A British woman who was extradited to New York from the United Kingdom has been sentenced to a year in prison for performing a botched butt lift that killed a TV producer in 2015. Donna Francis burst into tears in court on Thursday when Queens Supreme Court Judge Kenneth Holder handed down the sentence a month after the woman pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of Kelly…

Baltic power synchronisation to reduce dependency on Russia

Friday, November 15, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Friday called for stepping up the synchronisation of the Baltic power networks with that of continental Europe to reduce dependency on Russia. The Baltic grids are still part of the post-Soviet BRELL ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus, and remain dependent on the control center in Moscow and the Russian electricity system. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia aim to synchronise their grids with the rest…

Bomb found in Vilnius

Friday, November 15, 2019

An aviation bomb was found and later neutralised in the Žverynas area of Vilnius on Thursday night, the 15min.lt news website reports. Before midnight on Thursday, bomb disposal specialists removed the bomb’s fuse, which was in the active position and posed a threat of explosion. Buildings and streets as well as a shopping mall had to be evaluated after the bomb was discovered. “Since the Panorama shopping mall got into…

Estonia opts not to legalise marijuana

Friday, November 15, 2019

Over 1 000 activists in Estonia have signed a proposal to tax and enforce government control over the cannabis market by legalising it. Yet, legislators have not welcomed the idea citing health damage from the substance. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Wednesday that the proposal asks the state to regulate the cannabis market, impose taxes and an age of 21 years for marijuana purchases. MP Oskar-Aleksander Lesment from the…

Happy Friday

Friday, November 15, 2019

Before I lose my phone, end up naked, high, drunk and/or possibly arrested, I would like to wish you all a Happy Friday.