Posts published in Day: January 3, 2020

36 songs to compete for Lithuanian Eurovision ticket

Friday, January 3, 2020

Thirty-six performers and bands have been selected to compete in Lithuania’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. “We will hear truly many interesting, talented performers and we’re all up to a grave task, to pick the one song that will be performed on the Eurovision grand stage,” says LRT chief producer Audrius Giržadas. The winning Lithuanian song will be selected in the course of six weekly broadcasts starting on…

Creating “spare parts” for people with technology

Friday, January 3, 2020

Dentistry simulators are one of the modern technologies to enter dentistry training over the past few years.  Rīga Stradiņš University   is one of the first learning institutions in the world, which allows students to use these sorts of simulators not only to acquire dentistry skills, but also to prepare for work on real patients. Patients with tooth problems have their teeth scanned, and the rest happens in the virtual…

€26.6m-worth of smuggled cigarettes busted in Lithuania last year, an all-time record

Friday, January 3, 2020

Lithuanian customs officials seized a record number of contraband cigarettes worth 26.6 million euros last year, the Customs Criminal Service (MKT) said on Friday.  Over 8 million packs of contraband tobacco products were detained in 2019, up from 6 million in 2018 and 2017, based on preliminary data. The police opened 63 pre-trial investigations into suspected cigarette smuggling cases in 2019, compared with 45 in 2018. Most of the cigarettes…

Citizenship restoration process leaves room for corruption

Friday, January 3, 2020

The procedures of restoring Lithuanian citizenship leaves room for corruption, according to the country’s anti-corruption agency. The Special Investigation Service (STT) said the current time limit for the Migration Department to process citizenship restoration applications, “no later than six months”, is too vague and can lead to unlawful agreements. The law should make it possible to process applications under a fast-track procedure for an additional fee, the STT said in…

Kingfisher is Latvia’s bird of the year for 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020

Sightings of both the kingfisher and other birds can be recorded at    Dabasdati.lv  . This is also the year when work on a new atlas of breeding and wintering birds in Latvia is underway. “At the moment we have no information to suggest that the number of kingfishers is decreasing, but the information we have about this species is scanty,” said Viesturs Ķerus, Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Ornithological…

Virtual taxman ‘Toms’ is here to help

Friday, January 3, 2020

January 2, 2020 saw the State Revenue Service (VID) website launch the test mode of a Virtual Assistant named ‘Toms’. Toms’ task will be to answer citizens’ questions that are currently most frequently asked of VID’s flesh-and-blood tax consultants. So far Toms has mastered the basic knowledge of these FAQs, but his training will continue and in future it is hoped he will also be able to tackle more complex tasks, though it is…

Estonia joins UN Security Council, cybersecurity a priority

Friday, January 3, 2020

The Estonian flag has been raised at the UN Security Council in the US, where the Baltic country has been elected to serve as the non-permanent member in 2020 and 2021. “Unprecedented visibility and experience” are the key motivators for the presidency, Estonian Foreign Minsitry undersecretary Paul Teesalu told ERR. “Membership would provide invaluable experience and know-how. We saw this benefit with our ally, Lithuania, which was a member of…

Luik: We stand with the US, Americans are defending their diplomats

Friday, January 3, 2020

Commenting on the situation with Iran on Friday, after a U.S. military airstrike killed a top Iranian military leader, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa) said that Estonia stands as an ally with the United States, and stressed that the U.S. is defending its diplomats and facilities. “Of course we don’t have all the information yet, but the fact is, we stand with our ally, the U.S., in a situation…

Over-the-counter drugs significantly cheaper in Lithuania

Friday, January 3, 2020

20 of the most popular over-the-counter drugs in Estonia are on average 14 percent cheaper in Lithuanian pharmacies, according to a price analysis conducted by daily Õhtuleht. The head of the Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in Estonia (RTL) had trouble coming up with an explanation for the situation, the paper writes. “It is difficult to assess why such a price difference exists,” RTL chairman Riho Tapfer said. “These are OTC…

Song festival painting by British Army officer soon to be ready

Friday, January 3, 2020

A reservist officer in the British Army has almost finished a painting inspired by the Song and Dance Festival and commissioned by the army itself, according to a report on ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera on Tuesday evening. The NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup based at Tapa, east of Tallinn, is U.K.l-ed, and the painting is an added cultural link alongside the existing military one. The artist, Hugh…