Posts published in Day: May 29, 2020

Memorial stone to mark Lithuanian-Polish victory against Teutonic crusaders

Friday, May 29, 2020

A memorial stone from Lithuania is making its way to the site of the 1410 Battle of Žalgiris (or Grunwald), the landmark encounter in which the Polish-Lithuanian forces defeated the German Teutonic Order. The 14-ton memorial stone, carved by the folk artist Jonas Šimonėlis, originates from the village of Sirutėnai in Utena District, northeast Lithuania. July 15 will mark the 610th anniversary of one of the largest medieval encounters in…

Lithuanian police deploy anti-terror squad after man kills officer and flees

Friday, May 29, 2020

An armed man has killed one and injured another police officer in the village of Birbiliškės in Lithuania’s northwestern Mažeikiai District, and fled. “Police Commissioner General Renatas Požela is expressing the deepest condolences to the family of the killed officer on behalf of the whole police community,” the police said. A male police officer, aged 40, was killed and a female officer was shot in the leg. Her condition is…

Lithuanian president suggest minister reshuffle

Friday, May 29, 2020

Lithuania’s energy minister could be appointed to head the economy ministry, a post that has been vacant since last December, President Gitanas Nausėda has suggested. He has been discussing the possibility with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, he said. “It’s an option that would be totally acceptable to me. But then we would have to look for a new minister at the other [energy] ministry,” Nausėda said in an interview with…

Lithuanian minister urges travelers not to ‘cheat’ and self-isolate

Friday, May 29, 2020

People coming back to Lithuania from outside the Baltic states should not “cheat” and self-isolate for two weeks, the country’s Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Thursday. Lithuanian residents and citizens haven been able to travel freely – and without the need to self-isolate upon arrival – via the Latvian border since the three Baltic states established a so-called travel bubble. But since Estonia and  Latvia   eased travel restrictions…

Saeima approves relaxed restrictions

Friday, May 29, 2020

Saeima approved government decision on relaxing Covid-19 restrictions, it was reported in a news release on May 28. The relaxations as of June 1 include: It is permitted to resume organized artistic collective activity – choirs, dance groups, instrumental and vocal ensembles, amateur theaters, folklore group and other arts collectives indoors and outdoors, strictly observing  sanitary requirements   issued by the Culture Ministry. The Ministry of Education will prepare a sanitary protocol for organization of camps and…

Alcohol consumption inches down in Lithuania – statistics office

Friday, May 29, 2020

Average Lithuanian consumed 11.1 litres of pure alcohol last year, according to preliminary figures from the country’s statistics office, slightly down from the year before. The figures released by Statistics Lithuania on Friday include only legally-sold alcohol per population aged 15 and above. In 2018, the average alcohol consumption was 11.2 litres. Lithuania’s retailers and caterers sold 29 million litres of spirits (vodka, whiskey, brandy, etc.) last year, down by…

Three for the Weekend in Latvia: Sigulda festival, garden market, street food

Friday, May 29, 2020

Summer is approaching swiftly: here are three tips for a sunny weekend! On Saturday, May 30, Sigulda City will celebrate the beloved town with music, concerts, free museums, organized walks, art and other activities all day long. At 19:00, the festivities will soar with 10 hot air balloons over the city sky. The full program of the festival available on  Sigulda Municipality website   and  Facebook  . From May 29 to…

Coronavirus update: 6 new cases in Lithuania

Friday, May 29, 2020

Six new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Thursday, bringing the total number to 1,662, the Health Ministry said on Friday. Most of the infected, 1,216, have already recovered, according to the ministry, while 370 people are considered active cases. So far, 68 people have died from Covid-19 in Lithuania, while eight more people who had the virus have died from other causes. On Thursday, Lithuania tested 6,109 people…

Latvian STOP COVID app first of its kind in the world

Friday, May 29, 2020

“Apturi Covid” (Stop COVID) application developed by the Latvian IT industry will be the first application of its kind in the world, said Andris Bērziņš, co-founder of the non-governmental organization  TechHub Riga, in an interview to Latvian Radio on May 29. He noted that there are other apps that use similar contact-detecting features but don’t work with Google and Apple specifications. “We decided to use these principles because it is a…

EU’s common taxes will not impact ordinary people, says EU Commissioner Sinkevičius

Friday, May 29, 2020

The common taxes proposed by the European Commission to help finance the 750-billion-euro recovery package will not impact ordinary people, said EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius. European Commission on Wednesday proposed 250 billion euros worth of loans and 500 billion euros in grants to EU member states to help weather a recession triggered by the coronavirus. To finance the package, Brussels suggested implementing a common tax on non-recycled plastics, a carbon…