Posts published in Day: June 17, 2020

Lithuania’s quarantine – in photos

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Three months have passed before Lithuania lifted the nationwide quarantine on Wednesday, June 17. We look back at the extraordinary weeks through the lenses of LRT photographers – Justinas Stacevičius, Edvard Blaževič, and Domantas Umbrasas. As the country ground to a halt, life settled into the strange new normal. Easter was celebrated behind closed doors, businesses were shuttered, and air traffic plunged to historic lows. And while the country held…

Despite reports of dead fish in Belarus, Lithuanian officials find no pollution in Nemunas

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

No elevated pollution has been detected in the River Nemunas in Lithuania, according to initial test results. The river’s water was tested following reports on dead fish near Hrodna in Belarus. “The initial results do now show any increase in pollution, but let’s wait for the full results expected later this week,” Environment Minister Kęstutis Mažeika told BNS on Tuesday, adding that additional water samples would be collected on Saturday…

‘People chant thank you to the police’. Officers in Lithuania say the public trust them

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In light of protests in the US, Lithuanian police say they are much more restricted in the use of force than their American peers. A Vilnius rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this month featured a strongly-worded poster against the police. Dainius Daukantas, officer of Vilnius County Police who was there during the rally, believes it does not reflect the general sentiment in the country. “I…

‘People chant thank you to the police’. Officers in Lithuania say public trust them

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In light of protests in the US, Lithuanian police say they are much more restricted in the use of force than their American peers. A Vilnius rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this month featured a strongly-worded poster against the police. Dainius Daukantas, officer of Vilnius County Police who was there during the rally, believes it does not reflect the general sentiment in the country. “I…

Turkey still blocking defence plan for Poland and Baltics

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Turkey continues to block a NATO defence plan for Poland and Baltic states despite a deal last year between Turkey’s president and allied leaders, three allied diplomats and a French defence official said on Wednesday. Diplomats said while Ankara has approved the plan, known as Eagle Defender, it has not allowed NATO military chiefs to put it into action. The dispute, first reported by Reuters in November, is a sign…

Three Latvian scientists receive For Women in Science award

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Today, June 17, the “L `ORÉAL Baltic”  For Women in Science program implemented in cooperation with the National Academies of the Baltic States and UNESCO National Commissions, honors the recipients of the 2020 Women in Science Prize – seven talented Baltic scientists, said representative Evelīna Gaišonoka. For their contribution to science, the €6,000 prize is received by Dr.Chem. Iveta Pugajeva, Mg.Sc.Ing. Aiga Ivdre and Mg.Sc. Chem. Ivita Bite from Latvia, Dr.…

Courtyard concerts in Ventspils and Liepāja

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Creative teams of the Kurzeme Philharmonic and concert hall “Latvia” have joined in concert series “Atver logu” (Open the Window) in Ventspils City from May 3 until May 16. Meanwhile, Liepāja City carries out a similar series “Pilsētas serenādes” (City Serenades) from May 14 to June 12. Due to the state of emergency announced in Latvia, all mass events have been prohibited. Cultural life froze for a while. Many artists…

Tune in to musical improvisations

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Musician and composer Kārlis Auzāns keeps surprising social media audiences with daily minute-long musical improvisations, representatives informed the media on May 15. The musician has been performing his “Little Raga Sessions” for 60 days, with a daily change of musical instruments. Further on, the sessions will continue twice a week. The variety of instruments is broad – cellos and guitars, folk musical instruments, exotic strings, wind instruments, portable organ, as well…

“Rīgas Ritmi 2020” receives EFFE label for European festivals

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The European Festival Association has awarded the festival Rīgas Ritmi 2020 the prestigious quality mark EFFE Label, the festival’s representatives informed the media in a press release on May 20. The “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe” (EFFE) is a Brussels-based European festival association program supported by the European Commission and the European Parliament. The EFFE Label award is evaluated by an international expert group, based on festival quality in…

Voice library recorded by Latvian Radio choir

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The voices of the Latvian Radio choir are being put to good use during the crisis – a unique voice library is being built, said artistic director and conductor Sigvards Kļava to Latvian Television on June 8. The singer voices are recorded in various vocal techniques, each listed as a unique entry in the Latvian Radio chorus voice library. The voice will be available in it as a sound bank,…