Posts published in Day: May 14, 2020

What you need to know about the ‘Baltic Bubble’ travel rules

Thursday, May 14, 2020

On May 15 in Rīga the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoI) confirming that the Baltic States agree to lift travel restrictions and ensure free movement of their residents by land, sea and air: the so-called ‘Baltic Bubble’. However, travellers will have to observe the internal regulations of each country while visiting and therefore the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided the information below…

Short stories of Lithuanian art. Birutė Žilytė – video

Thursday, May 14, 2020

LRT and MO Museum bring you a series of videos presenting 20 key Lithuanian artists of the 20th century.  Birutė Žilytė (born 1930)  Graphic artist and illustrator Birutė Žilytė began working at the start of the Soviet Thaw period. At the time, artists were seeking to transcend socialist realism. Like many graphic artists, she turned to folk art for inspiration. Žilytė would depict female characters of Lithuanian folk tales: Sigutė…

Lithuanian minister wrestled personal favours for public contracts – LRT investigation

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič allegedly received kickbacks from a construction company owned by a former family friend. LRT Investigation Team reports. The owner of a Trakai-based construction company, Sodžiaus Būstas, claims that Narkevič helped him win public tender contracts. In exchange, the company was allegedly forced to renovate Narkevič’s family house for free. Before the company that went bust in 2015, it won over 10 public contracts to renovate schools…

Women in Lithuania more susceptible to Covid-19

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Women in Lithuania have been more susceptible to the coronavirus than men, according to the National Public Health Centre. A breakdown of the country’s Covid-19 cases show that women are overrepresented both among people with the virus and patients who have died from the disease. The rate of infection among women is 5.67 cases per population of 10,000, compared to 4.69 among men, the centre’s representative Rolanda Lingienė told reporters.…

Mark Rothko Art Center will re-open to public on May 16

Thursday, May 14, 2020

One of Latvia’s main tourist attractions, the Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils, will-re-open its doors as of May 16 with six temporary exhibitions and a permanent exhibit featuring original works by artist Mark Rothko, who was born nearby. During the two-month period when emergency situation was first announced and then further extended, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre continued to operate. Curators worked on new art projects while the historical artillery arsenal building…

airBaltic to fly again between Baltic capitals from May 18

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Latvian airline airBaltic announced May 14 it will be restarting flights linking the Baltic capitals of Tallinn, Rīga and Vilnius from May 18. “After a decision from the government of Latvia to enable international passenger traffic between [the] Baltic states and receiving all of the necessary permissions, on May 18 airBaltic will resume daily direct flights from Rīga to Tallinn and Vilnius,” the company said in a release. CEO Martin Gauss said:…

Lithuania marks 100 years since first elected parliament

Thursday, May 14, 2020

On Thursday, Lithuania marks the centenary of the Constituent Seimas, or Constituent Assembly, that was democratically elected in 1920 to draft and adopt Lithuania’s first permanent Constitution of 1922. The Constituent Seimas was elected on April 14–15, 1920, and convened its first sitting on May 15, 1920. On the eve of the centenary, the Lijthuanian parliament, Seimas, will pass a resolution marking Lithuania’s first parliament elected by “direct, democratic, universal,…

‘We did nothing’. Lithuanian president says Belarus’ nuclear plant here to stay

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said the Belarusian nuclear plant is here to stay, and the country should focus on pressing Minsk to implement safety requirements. “We probably can’t afford having illusions that the nuclear power plant will be built elsewhere or even razed to the ground,” he said in an interview published by 15min.lt on Thursday. “This had to be done 11-12 years ago. Unfortunately, we did nothing,” he added.…

Businessman Gulami detained

Thursday, May 14, 2020

On May 12, businessman Gulam Gulami was detained by the State Police, reported Latvian Television May 13. The court has detained the controversial businessman as the only suspect in criminal proceedings related to the ownership of a hotel in Riga’s Old Town, LTV said. An eyewitness photograph sent to Latvian Television shows that the Royal Square Hotel in Old Town was packed on Tuesday – not with visitors, but officials. The hotel confirmed…

Nature tourism sites to open in Latvia

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Nature trails and observation towers managed by Nature Conservation Agency (NCA) will be available again to visitors starting this weekend, said representative Maija Rēna on May 14. In view of the Minister Cabinet’s decision to gradually lift assembly restrictions related to COVID-19, nature trails and observation decks and towers are to open in all regions from Saturday, May 16. On a number of routes, one-way direction will still have to…