Posts published in Day: January 6, 2020

Spying suspect to remain in custody after 480 days in solitary confinement

Monday, January 6, 2020

The Lithuanian Court of Appeal dismissed on Monday an appeal by Algirdas Paleckis, a Lithuanian politician suspected of spying for Russia, against a lower court’s decision to remand him in custody for another three months. The former leader of the Socialist People’s Front, along with an unidentified “network of persons,” is suspected of illegally gathering information on officials and judges involved in the January 1991 Soviet crackdown case, and other…

State security eyes more powers under Lithuanian president’s proposals

Monday, January 6, 2020

The Lithuanian president has proposed a bill expanding the powers of intelligence services which lawyers and MPs warn could be excessive and violate human rights. On Christmas Eve, President Gitanas Nausėda registered an amendment which would allow intelligence services to summon a person for a “preventive conversation”, check people’s ID and put them in administrative detention. The amendment to the Law on Intelligence was drafted by intelligence institutions themselves, including…

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry advises against traveling to Iraq

Monday, January 6, 2020

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has advised Lithuanian citizens against traveling to Iraq amid heightened tensions after the killing of a top Iranian general in Baghdad. In its updated recommendations to Lithuanian travelers, the ministry warned that “a further escalation of events is possible” in the wake of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. People already in Iraq are advised to take special precautions, avoid mass gatherings, and follow media reports and…

Annual honor for heroic hoverfly

Monday, January 6, 2020

And for 2020 the winner, according to the  Latvian Entomological Society   is… the hoverfly! And not just one specific species, but the entire family of the  Syrphidae ! Sometimes also called flower flies, the hoverfly is a familiar sight in the warmer months. Despite their casual resemblance to wasps, they do not sting and indeed are the farmer’s friend, earing large amounts of crop-blighting aphids and simultaneously pollinating plants. Currently 301 species…

Lithuanians care most about prices, ignore climate change

Monday, January 6, 2020

Lithuanians are the most concerned in the EU over rising prices, but are less interested in climate chance, Eurobarometer survey has shown. Up from the EU average of 18 percent, 52 percent of Lithuanians cared the most about the prices, inflation and living standards. Taxation came second among Lithuanians with 25 percent, compared to the EU average of 8 percent. “Those rising prices and living costs raise concern for other…

Lithuania suspends Iraq training mission after Baghdad’s ‘changing position’

Monday, January 6, 2020

Lithuania and other NATO allies have on Saturday suspended the training mission in Iraq following the US strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Lithuania has deployed 15 troops to the country. “In view of the worsening security situation and the changing position of the Iraqi leadership, international forces […] have taken additional measures [to] strengthen the defence of the bases, limit the movement of soldiers, and cease training activities,”…

Latvia begins recycling clothes and other textiles

Monday, January 6, 2020

Clean, but used clothing, shoes, bedding or plush toys can be reprocessed and used again. “It’s really a problem that currently huge piles go to landfills or are burned, and can’t be recycled as they’re next to food. The textile gets dirty, it’s wet, you can’t use it any more. It’s basically trash,” said  “Green Liberty”   Sustainable Fashion Expert Dace Akule. Currently no Latvian regulations mention textile recycling, partly…

‘Chernobyl’ creators accept Golden Globe, pay tribute to Lithuania

Monday, January 6, 2020

While Lithuania has yet to produce a film to be nominated for a Golden Globe, the country was mentioned during Sunday’s award ceremony, as the best limited series prize went to ‘Chernobyl’, a TV drama which was mostly shot in Lithuania. In a press conference after the ceremony, the series’ writer-executive producer Craig Mazin expanded on collaboration with the communities where the show was shot and which experienced the 1986…

Lithuania in need of foreign drivers and construction workers

Monday, January 6, 2020

Lithuania’s Employment Service has eased migration procedures for drivers, construction and industrial workers due to their short supply in the country. The list of professions in short supply allowes employers to bring in the required foreign workers under a facilitated procedure without a permit from the Employment Service. This year, Lithuania may need bricklayers, scaffolders, plasterers, welders, butchers, seamstresses, long-haul drivers and some other professions. The Employment Service says the…

New rules on fair competition in force in Latvia

Monday, January 6, 2020

Skaidrīte Ābrama, the Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia said: “Competitive neutrality or equal rules of the game for all – it is the Alpha and Omega for any industry policy maker, any official who cares about a fair business environment. I therefore call on entrepreneurs who have encountered competition distortions caused or promoted by public administrative bodies to report them to the Competition Council so that we can…