Posts published in Day: August 19, 2020

Schools left to own devices on learning organization

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

This year, safety measures to limit COVID-19 will present additional difficulties for pupils and educators. The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has developed recommendations on how to organize teaching, but the best model will be chosen by each school itself, Latvian Radio said August 19. It will be especially difficult for educational establishments with higher numbers of pupils and smaller rooms. At Riga Secondary School No.22, a total of 640…

Tikhanovskaya tested negative for coronavirus, Lithuanian president says

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election, has tested negative for Covid-19 and is feeling well, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Wednesday.  Nausėda said he had spoken twice with Tikhanovskaya, who fled Belarus for Lithuania after coming under danger, adding that she “accepts responsibility as a national leader”.  “As you can see, she has started making statements and is putting together a coordination committee as an…

Lithuania lifts event attendance limits from September, but requires online registration

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to lift attendance restrictions for both indoor and outdoor events as of September if tickets are only sold online or spectators are registered electronically. If organisers fail to meet the requirements, the maximum number of spectators will be limited to 300 The current rules allow up to people at outdoor events and up to 600 at indoor events. Spectators have to stay at least…

Foreign Minister: Only Belarusians can determine fate of Belarus

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

It is often the impression that the fate of Belarusians is decided everywhere but Belarus, the Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (“New Unity”) said in an interview on Latvian Television  August 19. “I am concerned that many leaders are talking about Belarus with Russia at the moment, but less perhaps with the Belarusians themselves,” said Rinkēvičs. He pointed out that only the Belarusian people can choose what national development course to…

Baltic Pearl film festival coming October

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The international film festival “Baltic Pearl” this year will take place October 7 to 12 at the cinema Splendid Palace, organizers said in a news release August 19. Normally taking place in September, the pandemic has pushed the festival back a little – but, as organizers said, “Films will always be shown on big screen. People go to cinema not to experience the sound, resolution or seating but to share experience…

Latvian animations make it to Hiroshima

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The 18th international animation festival “Hiroshima ’20” will include three Latvian-made animations, according to the information published on the festival’s homepage August 19. Two animations by the studio  Avārijas Brigāde  have been selected for the festival: Jānis Cimmermanis’ film “Holidays in London” has been included in the category “Animation for Children” and  Dace Rīdūze’s “The Dust” has made it to the category “Best of the World”. “Best of the World” category also…

Passenger turnover at Riga airport increased three times in July

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Passenger turnover at Riga International Airport in July of this year has dropped by 77.5 %, as compared to July 2019. Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau August 19 show that also the volume of cargoes loaded and unloaded and post has decreased by 8.4 %. The total number of passenger arrivals and departures at Riga International Airport in July comprised 187 652 – 132 thousand or 3 times more than in the previous month. In the first…

In July actual unemployment rate was at 8.9 % and registered 8.6%

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Data of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published August 19 show that in July 2020 actual unemployment rate comprised 8.9 %, which is 0.2 percentage points more than in June. Unemployment rate registered by the State Employment Agency (NVA) accounted for 8.6 %, and, compared to May, it has not changed. Unemployment rate increase may be observed also when comparing the data to the July of the previous…

Geo-technical research on Rail Baltica near Lithuanian border begins

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Within the framework of the Rail Baltica railway project, geo-technical research work has started on the planned railway section from Misa to the Latvian-Lithuanian State border, RB Rail representatives said August 19.  This section of the railway will include the municipalities of Iecava and Bauska. The first works will take place in the territory of Iecava municipality and are scheduled to finish by the end of 2021. The aim of the…

EU to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials, says Lithuanian president

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The European Union “has practically decided” to impose targeted sanctions on Belarusian officials, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said after the European Council summit on Wednesday.   “Practically, the European Union has decided to apply targeted sanctions against Belarusian officials who were directly involved in vote-rigging and repression against peaceful people in Belarus,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Sanctions on these officials will be imposed “in the near future”, he added.…