Posts published in Day: April 2, 2020

Coronavirus: 649 confirmed cases, death count hits 9

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sixty-eight people tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday in Lithuania, the Ministry of Health said. In all, there are 649 confirmed  coronavirus   cases. A ninth virus-related death was reported on Thursday. So far, eight people have died from the disease in Lithuania, seven have recovered. Lithuania carried out 2,444 coronavirus tests over Wednesday, more than during any other one day until now. In all, 15,635 tests have been done…

Lithuanian health minister: Quarantine could be relaxed, if situation is stable

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The government may relax quarantine rules for shops and restaurants, if the  coronavirus   situation in Lithuania remains stable, the health minister has said, adding that it is still too early for that. “If we manage to maintain stability, then we could open that gate a little more for people to be able to access more services,” Minister Aurelijus Veryga told a press conference on Thursday. While the number of…

Coronavirus pandemic triggers war of propaganda and disinformation

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The tensions between Russia and NATO and the US and China have turned the  coronavirus   pandemic into another front in a long-running information war. As world leaders are inclined to say lately, humanity is at war. Against an invisible and yet powerful foe whose size is probably best measured in micrometers. But even though the coronavirus has turned billions of lives upside down with unprecedented restrictions on personal freedoms,…

Animal shelter faces uncertain future

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The crisis brought on by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has also hit the Ulubele animal shelter, which is in desperate need of financing in order to continue operations, according to shelter manager Ilze Džonsone. The shelter contains 500 animals in total. 200 of them can be taken care of through income from services offered to the municipality, but the other 300 are cared for through donations. Due to the…

State research centre wins case over Noreika Holocaust report

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Lithuanian court has dismissed a lawsuit against the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre over its report on Jonas Noreika–General Vėtra, a controversial World War Two-era figure. The centre concluded in 2015 that Noreika was not involved in the mass murder of Jews in Lithuania during the Holocaust. The report was challenged by Grant Gochin, a US-based Lithuanian activist, who demanded that the conclusion be reexamined. The Lithuanian Supreme Administrative…

Ivars Zviedris wants your Covid-19 story

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Latvian documentary director and operator Ivars Zviedris is calling for people to share their experience during the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic for his upcoming documentary covering the state of emergency in Latvia, according to National Film Centre representatives on April 2. “A documentarian’s mission is to be present. The main challenge is finding the safest way to film – to keep a distance and not endanger anyone, but get close…

Lithuanian troops leave for Mali

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Thirty-three Lithuanian troops left for the UN-led operation MINUSMA in Mali, the National  Defence   Volunteer Force (KASP) said on Thursday. Before departure, they underwent mandatory checks for the  coronavirus  , The troops include professional servicemen and volunteers from KASP. They will replace the previous rotation that served in Mali since October 2019. Before their departure, the soldiers spent 14 days in self-isolation and also underwent tests for the coronavirus.…

MP ordered to pay €11,800 to murdered lawyer’s family over slander

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Vidzeme District Court in Rīga has ordered controversial Saeima MP Aldis Gobzems to pay €11,833 to the family of Mārtiņš Bunkus, a lawyer who was murdered in broad daylight in Rīga two years ago . The Bunkus family went to court after Gobzems, appearing on a TV show in the election campaign, called the murdered lawyer a ‘bandit’. Initially, the family sued Gobzems for €111,000 over moral damages. The…

Vitenbergs confirmed as new Minister of Economics

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, approved Jānis Vitenbergs (KPV.LV party) as the new Minister of Economics on April 2. Vitenbergs is a relative newcomer having been elected to the Saeima for the first time in October 2018 but has been serving as the Head of the Saeima Commission for National Economy, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy . In a statement posted on the ministry’s website Vitenbergs set his main priority as providing state support…

Lithuania’s tax collection 15 percent below target in March

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Lithuanian central government’s tax revenue fell around 15 percent short of the target in March, the director of the State Tax Inspectorate said on Thursday. “We missed our revenue target by around 15 percent,” Edita Janušienė said at a news conference, adding that more specific figures will be available later. In an effort to help businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis, the government has unveiled a plan that provides,…