Posts published in Day: May 28, 2020

Coronavirus: Lithuania confirms 9 new cases

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nine new coronavirus have been confirmed in Lithuania since Thursday morning, bringing the total number of infections to 1,656, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Most of the infected people, 1,193, have already recovered, while 387 are considered active cases. Lithuania tested 6,750 people on Wednesday. A total of 68 people have died from the virus and another eight patients who had the virus have died from other causes. On…

Estonia’s top court partially revokes spatial plan for Rail Baltic track

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Supreme Court of Estonia has partially granted an appeal by the environmental associations Avalikult Rail Balticust (ARB) and Eesti Looduskaitse Selts (Estonian Society for Nature Conservation) and revoked the Parnu County Plan for sections 3A, 4A and 4H of the track of Rail Baltic. The county plans for Harju and Rapla counties remain in force. According to the administrative chamber of the Supreme Court, the minister of public administration…

COVID-19 lockdown results in collapse of Lithuanian retail sales in April

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Lithuanian retail sales crashed 17.9% y/y in April in calendar-adjusted constant prices, Statistics Lithuania said on May 27. Sales deepened their y/y fall after declining 5.7% in annual terms in March. The collapse in April was expected after the Lithuanian government instituted a lockdown on the country’s people and businesses in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. April was the first – and the only –…

Spain successfully completes first month leading NATO’s Baltic Air Policing

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Spain will complete its first month leading the current rotation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission this week, after taking over on the 1st of May. Based at Šiauliai Airbase in Lithuania, the Spanish Air Force is helping to protect the airspace of NATO’s Baltic Allies Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania until the end of August. Spain’s deployment is supplemented by detachments of UK jets at Siauliai, as well as French…

Estonia: Ratas takes the coronavirus half-time opportunity to talk about what he would do differently next time

Thursday, May 28, 2020

He also promises a solution for foreign labor in agriculture, says that Estonia has not been closed to foreign students and finds that just as Estonia agreed to the EU Green Deal, so will it support the union’s €750 billion recovery plan. You have urged everyone to be prepared for the second wave of the coronavirus. Is that still relevant? Yes. However, the principle here is that if there is…

One year in office: Lithuanians want more leadership from new president

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Some 70 percent of Lithuanians would like to see more leadership from President Gitanas Nausėda, according to a survey conducted a year after the presidential election. The online survey, commissioned by LRT.lt and conducted by Baltijos Tyrmai on May 19–21, polled 550 people aged 18 and above. If the presidential election were held today, Nausėda would still make it to the second round, but would lose against Ingrida Šimonytė, the…

Population of Latvia declined by 12,000 last year

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) and released May 28 show that at the beginning of 2020 the population of Latvia accounted for 1,908,000 people, which is 12,300 thousand people fewer than a year earlier. While that means a long-standing population reduction continues, one slightly encouraging sign was that fact that in 2019, international long-term migration accounted for 3,400 of that number, which is the lowest indicator recorded since 1989.…

Latvian caterers go potty over government policy

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Owners of bars and restaurants have come up with a new way of protesting what they claim are unfair government policies. In something like the traditional manner for prison inmates to protest their lving conditions, the Latvian Association of Restaurants (Latvijas Restorānu biedrība, LRB) has launched a nation-wide protest campaign, using the hashtag #KatluRevolūcija (#PotRevolution – the pot in question not being the type, possession of which might well find yourself behind bars of the…

Latvian scientists develop assessment tool for armed forces

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The National Armed Forces (NBS) received a new personality assessment tool developed by Latvian scientists, reported Latvian Radio on May 28. The test will allow the assessment of personality traits and mental state, as well as physiological parameters. Military psychologists especially praise the digitalized environment of the tool. Researchers from Rīgas Stradina University (RSU) and Rīga Technical University (RTU) have worked on the program for several years. It should be…

Agriculture guest worker import not supported by ministers

Thursday, May 28, 2020

As harvest season approaches, farmers concerned about lack of workforce asked authorities to allow guest worker employment. Ministers, however, are wary of this request, reported Latvian Television on May 27. Harvests of berries, fruit and vegetables in Latvia this year are promising. However, there is a serious risk that a large part of them will be left on the field, as farmers will simply lack workforce. In recent years, this…