Posts published in Day: August 27, 2020

Ministry of Education: hundreds of teachers required in Latvian schools

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Several hundred teachers are lacking in Latvian schools, said the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) August 27 to Latvian Radio. The most demanded are currently maths, Latvian and foreign-language teachers. Consequently, those educators already at work are forced to take on very heavy loads. This makes it difficult to introduce an individual learning approach. The lack of educators is blamed on both low wages and the low prestige of the profession.…

10 questions about Belarusian nuclear plant. What would happen to Lithuania in case of accident?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Belarusian nuclear plant in Astravyets, just 50 kilometres from Vilnius, is nearing completion. Lithuanian authorities say the plant poses a threat to the people. LRT.lt looks into 10 most pressing questions. Why does Lithuania say that Astravyets NPP is unsafe? Lithuania’s State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) provides three main arguments as to why the Astravyets NPP is unsafe. Firstly, the location is not suitable for the project. Moreover,…

NATO in crisis

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 27, 2020

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday against a backdrop of challenges for the transatlantic military alliance, rising tensions in Europe and a political crisis in Belarus. Addressing the situation in Belarus, Jens Stoltenberg denied accusations that NATO troops were gathering at the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania. “NATO has no military build-up in the region so any excuse to use that as…

Google to train 10,000 Lithuanians to use digital communication

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Some 10,000 people in Lithuania will receive training in using electronic communication technologies as part of a joint initiative of Google and the country’s Economy Ministry. Titled Growth with Google, the initiative was presented on Thursday by Economy Minister Rimantas Sinkevičius who said that the coronavirus pandemic increased the need for digital services and the demand for digital skills. “We plan to train 10,000 citizens to use various means of…

Eighteen Lithuanians detained as part of a large scale international operation against drug trade

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Eighteen people, including ten in Lithuania, have been detained as part of a large scale international operation against drug trade, human trafficking and money laundering, according to Lithuanian Police. Criminals recruited people in Lithuania to sell drugs on the streets in Ireland and the UK. At least 65 potential victims of human trafficing were identified during the operation, according to the police. “They would look for socially vulnerable people in…

Latvians in the UK complain about long queues for passports

Thursday, August 27, 2020

This summer, many Latvians living abroad have already visited Latvia, and many are still planning to do so. However, the requirement of self-isolation when arriving in Latvia from the United Kingdom is not the only issue – many have expired travel documents, Latvian Television reported August 27. Due to the pandemic, the Consular Department in London has to work on various restrictions, leading to more passport applicants than the department is able to…

Murdered lawyer’s bank safes were emptied after his death

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Safe deposit boxes in the name of murdered attorney Mārtiņš Bunkus were emptied of their contents following his death, according to claims in the news weekly Ir , reported by the LETA newswire. According to  Ir , the day after Bunkus’ high-profile 2018 murder in when he was gunned down in broad daylight in what appeared to be a  well-planned professional ‘hit’  , two safe deposit boxes held at ABLV bank and…

Six more cases of COVID-19, one more death in Latvia

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A total of six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia August 27, with one more death unfortunately also being recorded. The new cases of COVID-19 take the total since the start of the pandemic to 1,366 on Thursday. As a result of the additional death, the fatality toll stands at 34. The latest victim was described as being of 75 to 80 years of age with various chronic health conditions. The Disease Prevention…

Hundreds of teachers lack in Latvian schools

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Several hundred teachers are lacking in Latvian schools, said the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) August 27 to Latvian Radio. The most demanded are currently maths, Latvian and foreign-language teachers. Consequently, those educators already at work are forced to take on very heavy loads. This makes it difficult to introduce an individual learning approach. The lack of educators is blamed on both low wages and the low prestige of the profession.…

Red and yellow COVID-19 country lists not perfect, say epidemiologists

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) has painted the world map in yellow and red, according to the severity of COVID-19 spread. Epidemiologists are in  different minds about how objective these lists are, Latvian Radio reported August 27. In Latvia, “yellow” countries mean that the incidence of COVID-19 in the last 14 days is 16 people out of 100,000,  but if there are at least 25 cases of…