Posts published in Day: February 3, 2020

China and Lithuania setting up coronavirus hotline

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lithuania and China are setting up a hotline to exchange information on the coronavirus outbreak, the Lithuanian government said on Monday. The hotline will allow a “prompt exchange of relevant information” between the Chinese Embassy in Vilnius and Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry and Health Ministry, according to a press release.  Read more:  Coronavirus: test results of suspected cases in Lithuania come back negative    Deputy Government Chancellor Deividas Matulionis and Zhifei…

Military helicopter flies overhead with donor heart from Riga – video

Monday, February 3, 2020

A military helicopter has flown a donor’s heart from Riga to Vilnius after no recipient was found in Latvia. The donor was diagnosed with brain death in one of Riga’s hospitals and the family gave the consent to use the organs, the Lithuanian National Transplant Bureau said. “The Latvians found no suitable recipient for the heart transplant and therefore it was offered to Lithuanian recipients.” A medical team from Vilnius’…

Ten months on, Latvian financial regulator “recalls” one of its press releases

Monday, February 3, 2020

In an unusual move February 3, Latvia’s financial regulator, the Financial and Capital Markets Commission (FCMC in English, FKTK in Latvian) said it was “recalling” a media press release it originally issued ten months earlier. An anouncement  on its website   said: “FCMC revokes from the day of its issuance the order of the previous FCMC’s Chairman P. Putniņš of 29th April 2019 on suspension of Compliance Control Department Director Maija Treija,…

US pledges to help Belarus ‘build its own sovereign country’

Monday, February 3, 2020

During a visit to Minsk, US top diplomat Mike Pompeo has said Washington wants to help Belarus safeguard its sovereignty. Pompeo said US energy producers were ready to deliver 100 percent of the oil Belarus needs. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday that his country was ready to supply Belarus’ energy needs, filling a gap left by Russia, which recently cut off oil supplies. “The United States…

Another month, another record: warmest January since 1778

Monday, February 3, 2020

Last January was the warmest on record in Lithuania, with temperatures averaging 2.8 degrees centigrade, six degrees above the multi-annual average for the month. The previous record for January was 1.9 degrees, set in 1989, Donatas Valiukas of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service said in a press release on Monday. “The coldest January on record in Lithuania was in 1987, the average temperature for the month was 15.1 degrees below zero,”…

Where do the Balts go to?

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Baltic countries have traditionally had high levels of emigration. It is estimated that 20% of Latvians live abroad, as do 17% of Lithuanians and 15% of Estonians. Western Europe is a hugely popular destination, while North America has also seen a big influx of Baltic immigrants over the years. So, what alternative places offer high standards of living and employment opportunities now? Dubai Dubai in the United Arab Emirates…

NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group change of command ceremony to take place in Rukla

Monday, February 3, 2020

On February 6 rotation and leadership of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group (eFP BG) will change over at the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla (Jonava region). The ceremony is planned to be attended by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys, Vice Chief of Defence of Germany Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle, commanders of units of…

Criminal investigation launched in Estonia on Latvia’s crowdfunding platform

Monday, February 3, 2020

Estonia has launched a criminal investigation on allegedly scam, now bankrupt crowdfunding platform Envestio that traces back to Latvia, said Neka Personiga (Nothing Personal) analytical news program of commercial Channel 3. Nobody is monitoring the crowdfunding sector in Europe, and Estonia has quite a liberal approach to this. According to estimates, Envestio managed to raise around EUR 30 mln, and now law enforcement authorities are establishing what has happened exactly…

Lithuania plans to up capacity of Latvia gas pipeline

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lithuania plans to increase the capacity of the gas pipeline going to Latvia, with the start of the construction work planned for the middle of this year. Lithuania’s natural gas transmission company Amber Grid called a tender last week for the design of the capacity expansion of Kiemenai Gas Metering Station and the gas interconnection near Panevezys Compression Station. According to Amber Grid, the two countries’ join investment into the…

Lithuania Discriminated Against Men Based on Their Sexual Orientation

Monday, February 3, 2020

Lithuania Discriminated Against Men Based on Their Sexual Orientation February 03, 2020 • by Human Rights Monitoring Institute Last month the ECtHR delivered its judgment in Pijus Beizaras and Mangirdas Levickas v. Lithuania. By refusing to investigate hate speech on social media, Lithuanian authorities discriminated against two men based on their sexual orientation. In 2014, two men shared a photo of a kiss on social media. The photo attracted homophobic…