Posts published in Day: January 18, 2020

6 performers advance to Lithuania’s Eurovision semifinal

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lithuanian televoters and jury selected six songs that will continue to compete for a place in the Eurovision Song Contest. In all, 36 performers and bands are competing to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest final in Rotterdam on May 12–16. The winner will be selected during Lithuania’s national Eurovision finale on February 15. On Saturday, the second competition event broadcast by LRT, six of 12 performers with the…

Corruption on decline in Lithuania, survey suggests

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Corruption in Lithuania continued to go down last year, according a survey by the Special Investigation Service (STT) which published its latest corruption map. Ten percent of ordinary people, five percent of business representatives and two percent of civil servants said they paid a bribe last year, compared to 12, eight and four percent, respectively, a year ago. Most of the situations for ordinary people occurred at hospitals, but prevalence…

Estonian PM to meet with Swedish colleague in Stockholm

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas is about to visit Sweden on Friday, where he will meet with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven, have lunch with members of the business community, meetings with banks and members of the local Estonian community. “I am making my first foreign visit this year to Sweden, which is our close partner and an important market for our entrepreneurs. In addition, the country has one of…

Vilna Gaon: the central figure who made Vilnius the ‘Jerusalem of the North’

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Vilna Gaon, the 18-century sage from ‘Jerusalem of the North’, has left a significant  legacy   of Jewish scholarship as well as many legends about his erudition and idiosyncratic devotion to study of religious texts. Lithuania has designated 2020 the year of the History of Jews of Lithuania, which is also the 300th anniversary of the Vilna Gaon. Lara Lempertienė, a historian and the head of the Judaic Department at…

The Estonian security company ESC will conduct mine clearance operations in the Polish waters

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Estonian maritime security company ESC Global Security has won a Polish tender worth 4 million euros for clearance of approximately 100 hectares of the sea bottom on the route between ports of Świnoujście and Szczecin from mines. According to CEO of ESC Global Security Jaanus Rahumägi, this mine clearance project is the biggest one of its kind that has ever been executed as one operation by a private company…

Bordans sees potential candidates for next Supreme Court chair and prosecutor general

Saturday, January 18, 2020

I see people who might be able to change the work standards of the Prosecutors General’s Office and the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party, JKP) said in an interview with TV3 channel when asked about potential candidates for heading said institutions. The minister added though that these people should be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to run for these posts. “I will always…

You don’t have to speak about death – join the “Ars Moriendi” conversation

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The “Ars Moriendi” festival, which will be held in the spring at the University of Latvia and include an international scientific conference as well as a cultural programme, will take on various unpopular topics associated with ageing and death in western society, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 17. The organizers want to take on the excessive culture of timeless youth and optimism, as well as ageism and…