Posts published in Day: July 27, 2020

‘Breathtakingly awful’. Commentators lambaste Lithuania’s Olympic wear designs

Monday, July 27, 2020

Last week, the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee (LTOK) presented the uniforms the country’s athletes will be wearing at the Tokyo Olympic Games next year. But the country’s social mediasphere and several fashion designers were quick to deem the design “tragedy” and “embarrassing”. The outfits, designed by graphic designer Oksana Ragauskienė, features the brightened-up colours of the Lithuanian flag: yellow, green and red, a combination that provoked some spiteful comments. Aleksandras…

Vilnius-based Game Insight among firms hit by Chinese hackers

Monday, July 27, 2020

Game Insight, a Lithuanian developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile and social network games, has been hit by Chinese hackers, two separate sources told BNS after the US Justice Department reported about the Chinese hackers’ actions. Game Insight has not commented. The US Justice Department  reported   last week that two Chinese hackers had been conducting a hacking campaign for more than a decade, targeting countries with technology industries. Lithuania…

State Police seizes illegal firearms

Monday, July 27, 2020

Officials of the State Police have removed a significant amount of firearms, their essential components, explosives and explosive devices from an illegal group discovered several months ago, State Police said July 27. One of the priorities of the Criminal Investigation Board of the State Police is the fight against illicit trafficking of firearms. Each year, permanent controls and a series of investigative actions are carried out. This year, the police obtained information on…

Education workers to protest against low wages

Monday, July 27, 2020

Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) said there would be a picket unless higher education teachers get a pay rise, LETA reported July 27. If additional necessary funds will not be found for the completion of the schedule for increasing the remuneration of higher education teachers from 2020, on August 18 LIZDA will organize a picket of education and science employees at the Cabinet, according to the letter of the…

Lithuania to bring back mandatory facemasks

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Lithuanian government is expected to reintroduce mandatory wearing of facemasks in shops and public transport this week. After the government’s Covid-19 crisis management committee approved the measure on Monday, the cabinet will make the decision on Wednesday. “We see that the number of cases is increasing both in Lithuania and around the world, and […] we’ll propose to introduce some additional requirements, [such as] to wear masks in public…

NATO soldiers are preparing to destroy Riga

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, July 27, 2020

Large-scale military exercises will be held in Riga this autumn, in which the National Armed Forces and the Latvian National Guard (Zemessardze) will take part. Also contingents of NATO allies will participate in the maneuvers. This was announced by the commander of the National Armed Forces Leonids Kalnins on the air of the Rita Panorāma program. “This year in September-October you will definitely see a lot of activity in Riga.…

Hunting statistics for Latvia published

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) on July 27 published hunting statistics for the 2019/2020 season that show a greater number of animals killed than in the previous season. According to the latest figures, the game animals most often killed were Roe Deer, more than 34,000 meeting their demise. Second place went to beavers (more than 30,000) and then Red Deer (more than 20,000). Most figures were comparable to the numbers taken…

Lithuanians say coronavirus affected their emotional health

Monday, July 27, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and the imposed quarantine have negatively affected the emotional health of more than 40 percent of Lithuanian residents, the latest survey by Vilmorus research agency for BNS has shown. Almost 43 percent of the respondents said their emotional health deteriorated during the pandemic. More than 54 percent said they did not feel any different, while 2.6 percent admitted that their emotional health improved. Women were slightly more…

Latvia develops first chess-learning platform in the world

Monday, July 27, 2020

In Latvia, the world’s first online chess training platform CoChess  has been established in collaboration with the world chess champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, Latvian Television reported July 27. CoChess  allows you to learn and improve chess skills, supervised by professional coaches. In order to create such a digital platform, two companies known in the chess sector joined forces some time ago, and decided to extend their activities not in their home countries, but by…

Justice Ministry: real estate tax must fall before property value grows

Monday, July 27, 2020

Ministry of Justice told Latvian Radio on July 27 that real estate tax would be reduced before the new cadastral values for property come into force. Amendments to the law would come over the next two weeks. In October 2019, Justice Ministry proposed to abolish real estate tax for primary housing if its value does not exceed EUR 100,000. At the same time, cadastral values of property would be re-evalued.…