Posts published in July 2020

Britons reminded to register for residency rights

Friday, July 31, 2020

Citizens of former European Union member state the United Kingdom are being reminded they need to register with the Latvian authorities in order to remain in Latvia after the end of the year on anything other than a short-term visit. A video posted by the British Embassy in Rīga has an embassy official reminding British nationals that they need to apply for a new residence document via the Office of Citizenship…

Coronavirus update: 13 new infections in Lithuania, 7 from unknown sources

Friday, July 31, 2020

Thirteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Thursday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Friday. Two of the new cases are linked to infections abroad. A person was diagnosed with COvid-19 after returning from Ukraine on July 27. Another person returned from Lithuania from Belarus on the same day and was tested as a precaution. Both have avoided contacts with people since return. Four people diagnosed…

Washington continues to take care of the Baltic States

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, July 31, 2020

The United States will deploy a battalion of troops to Lithuania this autumn for a rotation of more than half a year, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Wednesday. “A battalion is coming from Poland in mid-September for two weeks of training in Pabradė. After a break of several weeks or a month, there are plans to deploy most of the battalion to Pabradė again for up to late June…

Lithuania’s Labour Party leader not to stand for election

Friday, July 31, 2020

Lithuania’s Labour Party has named Vigilijus Jukna, a former agriculture minister, as their lead candidate for the October parliamentary election. Meanwhile, MEP Viktor Uspaskich, the party’s chairman, will not stand in the election at all. “I see myself in the executive branch, so I’m the party’s candidate for prime minister,” Uspaskich told reporters on Thursday evening after the party’s council announced the line-up of candidates. “If the election is a…

Brussels Airlines cancels August flights to Vilnius following self-quarantine rules

Friday, July 31, 2020

Brussels Airlines has cancelled part of its August flights from Brussels to Vilnius after the Lithuanian government ordered people arriving from Belgium to self-isolate. The sales of tickets has dropped significantly since the measure was announced, the airline’s spokeswoman Maaike Andries told BNS. “Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Lithuanian government, we have seen a huge decrease in the demand for tickets for this route. The demand is…

Three for the weekend: mental health, Latvian Voices and bugs

Friday, July 31, 2020

Summer is coming to a close, August knocking on the door already. Enjoy its weekends! On August 1, in Riga, Sporta Street 2 square, the festival  Ogle is taking place, aimed at raising awareness about mental health, with lectures, discussions and concerts by “Čipsis un Dullais”, “Sudden Lights”, Arturs Skutelis and “Ārpilsētas sakars”. As part of the event, it will be possible to attend lessons of the crisis center “Skalbes”, to hear…

Political parties talk public transport in Riga

Friday, July 31, 2020

In the face of Riga City Council extraordinary elections at the end of August, political parties spoke their mind about public transportation in Riga. Parties promised both new discounts and varied route opportunities, Latvian Television reported July 30. One of the most popular promises in party programs in the field of public transport is the connection of the city transport system with railway, which would also mean a single ticket on…

The dark side of scrolling. Abuse of children gets platform on social media

By Augustinas Šulija on Friday, July 31, 2020

Reports about illegal and harmful content on the internet increased substantially in Lithuania this year. Social networks like Instagram are the new hunting grounds for child abusers, observers warn. Sofia, an artist and designer in her late 20s based in Spain, was calmly scrolling through her Instagram feed, when a shocking picture of a child posing as an adult model appeared on her phone screen. “It was an 8-year-old boy…

LRT English Newsletter: Mask up, again

By Justinas Šuliokas on Friday, July 31, 2020

With over 100 new coronavirus infections confirmed over the past week, there is a palpable sense that the pandemic might be resurging. Lithuania’s health minister, who leads the country’s Covid-19 response, has even agreed to cut his five-week holidays (to four) and check in every Friday. Meanwhile the members of the cabinet who are not on a break  decided to bring back mandatory facemasks  . As of Saturday, one must…

Levits supports public media exiting ad market

Thursday, July 30, 2020

President Egils Levits, during a meeting with the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) on July 30, expressed his support for the exit of public service media from the advertising market, Latvian Radio reported. The President said it was especially important for public media to leave the advertising market from the society’s perspective. The role of public service media is not profit, but work for the public interest. “The exit of public…