Posts published in Day: January 7, 2020

Uninformed and powerless, Europeans are caught in Trump’s trap – opinion

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Once again, Europe is suffering under the way Donald Trump makes political decisions on the fly. The only option left is to appeal to Iran’s interest in self-preservation, says DW’s Barbara Wesel. It was a dramatic start to a year that threatens to become a wild political rollercoaster ride. The Europeans, whose holiday peace was upset by the news of the unexpected killing of Iran’s second-most powerful man, must now…

Klaipėda plant accused of polluting Lithuania’s Curonian Lagoon

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A company in Klaipėda is suspected of having been releasing untreated wastewater into the Curonian Lagoon, a bay in the Baltic Sea. Lithuanian prosecutors launched an investigation into environmental pollution by Grigeo Klaipėda, a company operating in the city’s seaport. “Based on the initial investigation, Grigeo Klaipėda might be the source of the pollution. No suspicions have been brought as part of this pre-trial investigation yet,” the Environmental Protection Department…

Green arrows on traffic lights to stage a comeback in Lithuania

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

After removing green arrow that allowed drivers to turn right at a red light, the Transport Ministry considers to allow their temporary comeback following an outcry from drivers and municipalities. “We are planning to submit a draft resolution this Wednesday,” Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič said on Tuesday. The decision whether to allow municipalities to place green arrows will be based on experts’ recommendations, he added. The green arrow signs allowing…

No infected poultry from Poland reaches Lithuania

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Amid reports of bird flu outbreaks in Poland, Lithuania’s veterinary authority has assured that no infected meat has reached the Lithuanian market. Still, poultry farms in the country should take additional preventive measures, it said. Seven outbreaks of bird flu were confirmed in Poland between late December and January 6, forcing to dispose of tens of thousands of birds. Marius Masiulis, the head of emergency response at the Lithuanian State…

91 people become New Year Latvian citizens

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Of the 87 applicants for citizenship, 75% are ethnic Russians, 8% Ukrainians and 8% Belarusians, with Lithuanians, Poles and other nationalities also represented. 22% of citizenship applicants have basic education, 44% have secondary education and 32% have higher education. 147,168 persons have been granted Latvian citizenship by naturalization since 1995, with the number naturalizing in 2019 running to 808 persons. In order to become a Latvian citizen by naturalization, a person must meet…

Lithuanian MFA proposes annuities for retired diplomats

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has proposed to introduce annuities for retired diplomats, 15min.lt reports. According to a bill drafted by the ministry, diplomats who have spent at least 20 years in the foreign service before retirement would be eligible to receive the payments starting next year. The ministry says the social guarantee would help keep people in the diplomatic service, which is now the only service that remains outside the…

Jazz musician donates non-conformist Soviet art collection to Lithuanian museum

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Vladimir Tarasov, a prominent jazz musician, has donated his non-conformist art collection to the Lithuanian Art Museum. The collection consists of about 500 works of art, including pieces of painting, graphic art, sculpture, photography and drawing. Most of the works are by artists from the former Soviet republics of Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and others. The collection also includes pieces donated by artists from France, Germany, the US and…

First measles case this year diagnosed in Kaunas

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A patient in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second biggest city, has been diagnosed with the first case of measles this year. According to Saulius Čaplinskas, the head of the Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS (ULAC), a man in his 50s was diagnosed with the infectious disease on Friday. “His vaccination status is unknown, but judging from the antibody count, we can assume that he has received only one dose of vaccination…

Rail Baltica audit identifies room for improvement on Baltic mega-project

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania concluded that roles, responsibilities and procedures for managing the Rail Baltica project were “mostly in place” but that “inefficiencies in the project management present a risk that the project will exceed the agreed budget and timeline.” The Rail Baltica project is the largest infrastructure project in the history of independent Baltic States. The 870-kilometre railway line from Tallinn to the Lithuanian-Polish State border…

In depopulating Baltics, Lithuanian school adopts unorthodox approach to survive

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A gymnasium in Rumšiškės village has the same goal as many rural schools faced with depopulation in Lithuania – to survive. It made a bold decision to implement unorthodox measures, and so far the results have been encouraging. In one of the sweeping moves, a ‘rainbow’ primary school curriculum at the Antanas Baranauskas Gymnasium breaks from the traditional subject structure and instead explores a single topic from various different angles.…