Posts published in Day: February 1, 2020

4 performers come closer to representing Lithuania at Eurovision

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Four performances have come one step closer to representing Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest. The winners of the first national semi-final, aired on Saturday night on LRT, are advancing to the national finale on February 15. Nine performers competed for four spots in the national finals which will pick the winner to represent Lithuania in Rotterdam on May 12–16. The second semi-final will air on LRT next Saturday and…

Activists rally in Vilnius against climate change – photos

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Several dozen activists rallied in Vilnius on Friday to demand political action against  climate   change. The initiators ured Vilnius’ authorities to overhaul the city’s public transport, expand green areas and accelerate the installation of electric car charging stations. Meteorologists say that 2019 was the  warmest   year in Lithuania since records began, largely due to climate change. LRT photographer Justinas Stacevičius was on site to capture the protest.  Read…

Coronavirus: hackers post fake story about infected US soldier in Lithuania

Saturday, February 1, 2020

A Lithuanian news website was hacked on Friday to post a fakestory alleging that a US military officer has contracted the coronavirus in Lithuania. The fake story, made to look like a BNS news report, was visible on Kauno.diena.lt for about ten minutes and was removed before it rose to the top of the page, according to Tadas Širvinskas, the director of the daily Kauno Diena. “There is a case…

Most Lithuanians agree climate change a threat, ready for lifestyle changes

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Three-fourths of the Lithuanian population think climate change is a threat to their generation, according to a public opinion poll commissioned by BNS. Three in four Lithuanians agree that human activity causes global warming, and 62.8 percent are ready to make lifestyle changes to contribute to climate change mitigation. The poll found that younger people and those with higher education were more concerned about climate change and were also more…

Rīga municipal housing management company under investigation

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Criminal proceedings, including conducting a company search on January 30, have begun against municipal housing management company “ Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks ” (RNP) in regards to large-scale organized fraud and money laundering, and two persons have been detained, including the “Liftu alianse” company owner Igors Babkins, according to Latvian Television on January 31. “The search ended this morning at 7:20 a.m.. The documents taken during proceedings won’t hinder “Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks”…

Modest GDP growth in fourth quarter of 2019

Saturday, February 1, 2020

A flash estimate issued by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) January 31 shows that, compared to the 4th quarter of 2018, in the 4th quarter of 2019 the gross domestic product (GDP) value increased by 1.1 % (seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data). “[The] Main upward pressure on the GDP was exerted by the volume increase in services sectors (according to preliminary estimates – of 0.9 %), including rise of 1.7% in retail trade. Manufacturing shows…

Latvian and Estonian police team up to catch cross border car thieves

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Latvia’s State Police on January 31 praised “excellent cooperation” with their Estonian counterparts as the two Baltic forces teamed up to catch a car thieves taking vehicles across the border. On its Facebook page, the State Police said: “On the morning of January 30 this year, the State Police received information about the theft of two Lexus cars, in Tallinn and the village of Jarvekula, which were believed to have crossed the…