Posts published in Day: June 17, 2020

Riga acoustic concert hall location confirmed

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

On Monday, June 15, coalition parties agreed conceptually to develop an acoustic concert hall construction project in Riga on Elizabetes Street 2 at Kronvalda Park, dismantling the former LPSR Communist Party Central Committee building, where the ‘World Trade Center’ is now located, Latvian Radio reported on June 15. The government will take a formal decision on June 16 to begin the necessary works of this building project. “We will formally take a decision to demolish…

Latvian Fund for Nature offers different festival

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Latvian Fund for Nature (LDF) this summer invites to replace travel, concerts, festivals and other events with nature observation, representatives informed on June 17. With the slogan “Nature has not cancelled anything!” LDF and its “   GrassLIFE  ” project will invite everyone to explore with Latvia’s nature. In line with all national and global restrictions this summer, people should find alternatives to their usual entertainment and activities. Thanks to…

Rail Baltica may be a burden on taxpayers, EU auditors warn

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The cost of the high-speed railway link Rail Baltica will run significantly over budget and its economic viability is in doubt, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The EU watchdog  inspected eight multi-billion-euro transport projects, including the railway link connecting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia due to be completed by 2026. However, the construction may drag on until 2030, ECA member Mikhail Kozlov told reporters on Tuesday. The report also…

Lithuania’s Constitutional Court accuses ruling party of interference

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

On Tuesday, Lithuania’s ruling coalition turned to the country’s President Gitanas Nausėda, asking to dismiss the president of the Constitutional Court Dainius Žalimas when his term ends. Žalimas later called the address signed by Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), “unacceptable interference in this court’s activity”. Lithuania’s ruling coalition turned to the president over Žalimas after the Constitutional Court said a commission set up for…

Latvia is European Union’s cultural big spender

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Latvia spends more of its budget on culture than any other European Union nation according to figures released from Eurostat on June 16. the figures relate to the year 2018 when, 1.0% of general government total expenditure across the    European Union (EU)   was allocated to cultural services (not including broadcasting and publishing services). This share has remained relatively stable over time, accounting for 1.0% of general government total expenditure…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania reports 2 new cases, 23 people treated in hospitals

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Tuesday, bringing the total count to 1,778, the country’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday morning. At the moment, active cases stand at 245, while 1,447 people have recovered. Twenty-tree people with COvid-19 are currently treated in Lithuania’s hospitals, according to Ginreta Megelinskienė of the National Public Health Centre. Two of them are in intensive care. One person has been put on…

Public bank gets go-ahead from Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, has given its initial backing to establish a state-owned bank, a proposal put forth by the ruling coalition and backed by the president. On Tuesday, MPs voted 69 to 12, with 15 abstentions, to allow the government make preparations for turning an existing fund or agency into a national development bank. Authors of the initiative argue that a state-owned bank would create competition in the market currently…

Lithuania won battle against the virus, but war is not over – PM

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has warned that although the quarantine has been lifted, the war against the virus is not over. “Although we won the battle, we have not won the war against the pandemic yet,” he said on Tuesday night. “Millions of people around the world are still ill with this virus disease. Hundreds of thousands are still dying. We still don’t have vaccines and effective treatments.” Skvernelis…

Plant wonders: yarrow today, healthy tomorrow

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Yarrow is found everywhere – meadows, fields, roadside. Botanist Agnese Priede shares some tips on the use of this versatile plant. Historically, yarrow was believed to soothe wounds, make dairy cows give thicker milk, and even cure the plague. Of these powers there is no certainty – however, you can definitely try it a great many ways. Dried and powdered yarrow can be placed on smaller bruises, as it is…

Two deaths from COVID-19 recorded in Latvia

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Latvia recorded six new cases of COVID-19 on June 16, with the total number of cases rising to 1,104 on Wednesday. Two fatalities were unfortunately recorded, taking the death toll to 30. The victims were both aged 80 to 85 with several chronic illnesses. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,810 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 131,646 tests have been carried out since…