Posts published in Day: May 20, 2020

Paris-based Litvak artist reclaims Lithuanian citizenship

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The internationally renowned Paris-based contemporary artist Esther Shalev-Gerz has been presented with the Lithuanian citizenship in acknowledgement of her Litvak roots. During a short ceremony at the Embassy of Lithuania in Paris on Tuesday, Shalev-Gerz received a Lithuanian passport from Ambassador Nerijus Aleksiejūnas. Born Gilinsky in Vilnius in 1948, she and her family moved to Israel in 1957. After graduating from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Shalev-Gerz moved…

Lithuanian government puts off decision on quarantine easing

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government has postponed a discussion on further quarantine easing. Allowing mass events is among the main issues to be decided next week. Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga asked the cabinet to remove the issue from the meeting agenda on Wednesday, saying the resolution on easing the quarantine would be considered on May 27. One of the proposals is to allow mass events of up to 300 people from June…

Book a spot at National Library of Latvia

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The National Library of Latvia (NLL) resumes work on-site, representatives told the media in a news release on May 26. As of Tuesday, May 26, the library will provide its services on the 1st floor. 42 spots for readers and eight computers are installed within a 2-meter distance, so 50 people can work at the same time. Readers will have to book spots and publications prior to arrival. More information…

True love waits as COVID-19 reduces number of marriages in Latvia

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) May 20 show that in March and April 2020, 1,020 marriages were registered – 344 or 25.2 % less than in the respective two months of 2019. On average 17 marriages were registered daily during these two months (22 marriages in 2019). “The drop in the number of marriages registered was affected by the implementation of the emergency situation in Latvia due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the CSB said.…

Lithuanian government allows flights to Norway

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government has greenlit relaunching regular flights to Norway, making Oslo the fourth destination to be accessible by air from Vilnius. Regular flights have so far been allowed to Frankfurt, Riga and Tallinn. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told the Cabinet that flights from Vilnius to Oslo would resume from May 25, adding that AirBaltic and Wizz Air had asked for permission to operate the service. “Flights would be operated…

Cabinet puts off decision on further quarantine easing in Lithuania

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government has postponed a discussion of further relaxing quarantine restrictions. Allowing mass events is among the main issues to be decided next week. Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga asked the cabinet to remove the issue from the meeting agenda on Wednesday, saying the resolution on easing the quarantine would be considered on May 27. One of the proposals is to allow mass events of up to 300 people from…

US Nukes can be redeployed from Germany to Poland

By Vitaliy Timoshuk on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In Germany, consideration has begun on replacing Tornado aircraft capable of carrying American B61 nuclear warheads. Alternatively, the F-18 and Eurofighter are considered. Defense Secretary Annegret Crump-Carrenbauer (CDU) has previously agreed with Pentagon chief Mark Esper to purchase 30 Boeing F / A-18F aircraft. The acquisition of 93 Airbus Eurofighter is also planned. This gave rise to disputes in the ruling coalition of Germany over the redeployment of American nuclear…

Lithuania sends US medical workers protective equipment

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday allocated 100,000 euros to purchase protective personal equipment for medical workers in the state of Pennsylvania, US. “As the pandemic continues, we show solidarity […] by providing support to US medical staff and other key workers involved in life-saving operations,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said in a press release. The money will be used to buy Lithuanian-made protective equipment. “We reaffirm the need to strengthen…

Maxima employee diagnosed with virus in Vilnius

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Fifteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 1,577, the National Public Health Centre said. Over two-thirds of the infected, 1,049, have already recovered, while 460 are considered active cases. So far, 60 people have died from Covid-19. Eight more patients who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus died from other causes. On Tuesday, 7,980 people were tested for the coronavirus. Currently 79…

Lithuanian distributes a third of planned job subsidies

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government has already paid out about a third of the subsidies, payouts and compensations aimed at preserving jobs, according to an official. “Speaking of measures aimed at preserving jobs and people’s incomes, a total of more than 146 million euros have been paid out, or 29 percent of the total funding for this area,” Government Vice Chancellor Lukas Savickas told reporters on Wednesday. “Over the past week alone,…