Posts published in Day: June 11, 2020

Lithuanian ruling party proposes to set up state development bank

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A group of MPs from the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union have proposed to establish a State Development Bank. The bank would be “a viable alternative to traditional commercial banks that can channel financial resources into projects focused on long-term social and economic well-being”, according to the proposal. The draft parliamentary resolution has been put forth by leader of the Farmers and Greens Union, Ramūnas Karbauskis, as well as…

Lithuania ‘extremely slow’ in making data public

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lithuania ranks at the bottom among members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in terms of data openness, the country’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Wednesday. The Special Investigation Service (STT) said there’s “an obvious gap between Lithuania and other OECD member countries” in how they implement open data policy. The country ranks last, 32nd, in the OECD’s Open, Useful and Re-usable Data (OURdata) Index 2019 released earlier…

Digital library to stick around

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Latvian National Library (LNB) digital collections Periodika .lv and the Book Portal will continue to have free access until full services of the library are resumed, LNB representatives said on June 11. LNB said that since March 12, library services have mainly been electronic. Services include digital collections, databases, consultations, lectures, discussions, conferences and events. Digital library collections of periodicals of books have particularly increased in visitor numbers, including…

Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Latvia recorded two more cases of COVID-19 on June 11, increasing the total number of cases from 1,092 on Wednesday to 1,094 on Thursday. No additional fatalities were recorded. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,581 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 123,364 tests have been carried out since February 29. 11 patients are in hospital, 8 of whom have moderate…

OECD predicts double-digit recession for Latvia

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The latest economic projections from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) suggest Latvia is in for “a severe recession” and that GDP is likely to shrink by more than 10 % this year. In its  June 2020 Economic Snapshot  , the OECD says: “Economic growth slowed before the pandemic started and is projected to contract sharply in 2020, despite a relatively lenient lockdown. Activity will recover, but gradually,…

Latvia promotes itself as ‘Ahead of the curve’ on COVID-19 response

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A new international marketing effort is trying to tell the rest of the world about Latvia’s comparative success in tackling the spread of COVID-19 and some of the initiatives that have formed part of the response. Under the slogan “Ahead of the curve” the campaignclaims that “Latvia has been exceptionally agile in developing solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus. At a governmental level, it has made remote governing…

Head of Lithuanian Jewish Community registers as lobbyist

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Chief Official Ethics Commission decided on Wednesday to add Faina Kukliansky, a lawyer who heads the Lithuanian Jewish Community (LŽB), to the list of registered lobbyists. Kukliansky has become the 107th registered lobbyist in the country, the watchdog said after granting her request. “I have plans to improve laws that concern Jews, human rights, or other more vulnerable groups of people,” she told BNS. “I have […] have never…

Resuming travel to Belarus and Russia ‘very risky’, Lithuanian minister says

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Belarus and Russia are “playing a very risky game” with their coronavirus containment strategy and it would be dangerous for Lithuania to reopen borders with these countries, according to the health minister. “It would be very risky to open (the border) with Belarus as well as with Russia or a few other countries that I think are playing a very risky game,” Minister Aurelijus Veryga told the radio Žinių Radijas…

China and India are on the verge of war

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Tensions between two nuclear-armed states China and India are not new. Both countries share the world’s longest unmarked border. They have been engaging in several encounters for ages. Recent events suggest that escalations are highly possible. On May 9 in the Naku La region near Tibet, soldiers from both sides came to blows and threw stones at each other mostly in efforts to induce the Indian troops to move back…

Trump’s actions can set a bad role model for others

By Vitaliy Timoshuk on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Donald Trump showed his willingness and determination to act by force to suppress the protests in the United States. On May 25, an African American, George Floyd, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. White policeman Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to his neck and held him like this for more than 7 minutes while George was lying face down on the road. Suspected of paying for a pack…