Posts published in Day: September 7, 2020

Future Riga Mayor wants to form consultative board with NGOs

Monday, September 7, 2020

The future Mayor of Riga Mārtiņš Staķis (Development/For!/Progressives) said in an interview to Latvian Radio September 7 that he wants to form an advisory council where the interests of Riga residents would be represented by various non-governmental organisations (NGOs). He said that the biggest mistakes of the long-standing former mayor of Riga, Nils Ušakovs (“Harmony”), had been “arrogance”, and “reliance on being forgiven”. “Evidently, [people] did not forgive,” said Staķis. According to Staķis,…

Rīga woman celebrates 110th birthday

Monday, September 7, 2020

On Monday, September 7, the oldest Rīga resident, Jeļizaveta Kolakucka celebrated her 110th birthday, according to information released by Rīga municipality. Jeļizaveta Kolakucka was born on September 7, 1910 in Tsarist Russia, but in 1946 she moved to Rīga to work in the “Aurora” sock factory, where she started in the workshop and was still working as a laundry manager at the age of 80. She is cared for by family members, with…

Lithuania says EU’s inaction over Belarus undermines foreign policy credibility

Monday, September 7, 2020

The EU’s lack of action over Belarus is undermining the credibility of its foreign policy, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told the Financial Times newspaper in an interview published on Sunday. The EU needs to encourage democracy and counter Russia’s influence in Belarus, Linkevičius said, adding that the bloc should provide “concrete help” to help the opposition. “Sometimes we react too late and our measures are fragmented and aren’t making…

Renewable energy consumption growing in Latvia

Monday, September 7, 2020

Data published September 7 by Central Statistical Bureau show that during the last ten years, consumption of renewable energy resources increased by more than 44%. Data show that in 2019 gross consumption of renewable energy sources (RES) in Latvia amounted to 69.9 petajoules (PJ). During the five years (2015–2019) consumption RES of has risen by 17.6 %. Reduction in the consumption of RES was influenced by the drop in the volume of energy…

Former school links new chief of Belarus KGB with Lithuania

Monday, September 7, 2020

The new chief of Belarus’ security service, the KGB, has a Lithuanian connection. Ivan Tertel went to school in southern Lithuania, the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reports. Tertel was appointed the head of the KGB – the State Security Committee of Belarus – last week, unexpectedly replacing Valery Vakulchik in the position. Tertel comes from the small village of Privalka in the Hrodna Region of northwestern Belarus. The village is…

Lithuania reports 17 new cases, over 200 students in self-quarantine

Monday, September 7, 2020

Seventeen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Sunday, bringing the country’s total count to 3,100, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Monday morning. One of the people diagnosed with Covid-19 is a student at a Vilnius school. The person was in classes until September 2, according to the NVSC. An entire class of 14 students has been isolated as well as two teachers who had contact…

Hookah party in Lithuania leads to coronavirus outbreak

Monday, September 7, 2020

Nine people in Lithuania got infected with Covid-19 after sharing a hookah at a party. “All the nine people who got infected [at the party] were smoking hookah, there were about 30 guests in all,” Rolanda Lingienė of the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) told reporters on Monday. “If more people smoked, we’re expecting more infections.” About 100 people who were in contact with the infected smokers have been instructed…

Belarus applies ‘Stalinist methods’ to suppress opposition

Monday, September 7, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has called the recent kidnapping of Maria Kolesnikova, a representative of the Belarusian opposition, “a disgrace” and demanded her immediate release. “Instead of talking to the people of Belarus, the outgoing leadership is trying cynically to eliminate [the opposition] one by one. The kidnapping of Kolesnikova in […] Minsk is a disgrace,” Linkevcius tweeted. “Stalinist NKVD methods are being applied in 21st century’s Europe. She…

Fake news distributor regrets call to “eliminate the Chinese”

Monday, September 7, 2020

Niks Endziņš, accused of spreading fake news, regrets his post on Facebook to “eliminate the Chinese”. The criminal case will continue to be reviewed in October, Latvian Television reported on September 7. “Yeah, I’m very sorry for what I’ve done. If I had known that something could happen at all, I would not have filmed any videos or published them on social networks,” Endziņš said. Niks Endziņš was detained by the State…

Lithuanian customs detain oil, gas equipment bound for Russia

Monday, September 7, 2020

Lithuanian customs officers on Friday detained a shipment of equipment for the oil and gas industry bound for Russia, the Customs Department said. The detained shipment is used of oil drilling, the department said, and it was meant for use at oil and gas fields on the Arctic shelf. The shipment was detained because it contained dual purpose goods that required an export license. Some of the equipment may also…