Posts published in Day: September 10, 2020

Rīga World Film Festival to look at body and film

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Rīgas Pasaules filmu festivāls (Rīga World Film Festival) 2020 will celebrate its 7th year with a new cycle of film screenings, workshops, and discussions, Kino Bize announced September 10. The film festival will take place September 17-20 at art house cinema Kino Bize, located in the heart of Riga’s Art Nouveau district. RPFF 2020 focuses on the body: sensuous body experience while watching or making films, as well as films whose visual…

French President Macron to visit Lithuania this month

Thursday, September 10, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to visit Lithuania on September28–29, well-informed sources told BNS. France has  deployed several hundred troops to the German-led multinational NATO battalion in Lithuania, and has also taken part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. Meanwhile, Lithuania has  sent additional troops to Mali in response to France’s request. However, the position on Russia differs in Lithuania and France. Vilnius urges the West to take a tougher stance…

Twenty-one schools in Lithuania affected by COVID-19

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Twenty-one schools across Lithuania have had at least one student or staff member diagnosed with the coronavirus, a public health official said on Thursday. As a result, 318 students and teachers have been instructed to self-isolate and some schools have decided to switch to remote teaching. Two students from schools in Vilnius, Gabija Progymnasium and Martynas Mažvydas Progymnasium, recently tested positive for Covid-19, according to Rolanda Lingienė of the National…

Lithuania is offering Latvia and Estonia to raise the self-isolation threshold within the Baltic states

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lithuania is offering Latvia and Estonia to raise the self-isolation threshold within the Baltic states, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told reporters on Thursday. Currently, the Baltic states require people to self-isolate when arriving from countries with more than 16 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people. As of Monday, Lithuania’s rate stood at 16.1 and Estonia’s at 16.4. “We will do everything from our side to preserve that bubble, and…

Banking rules in Latvia should ease investor entry

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Banks working with non-residents subject to strict rules should set up a “green corridor” to allow investors to enter Latvia, Economics Minister Jānis Vitenbergs (KPV LV) told Latvian Television September 10. Several companies in Belarus   have expressed interest in transferring their activities to Latvia. At the same time, concerns are raised about the cooperation of such companies with Latvian banks, given the strict rules regulating non-resident banking latterly introduced in…

Lithuania feels the “pain” of Belarusians

Thursday, September 10, 2020

On Thursday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda spoke on BBC HARDtalk where he said Lithuania “feels the pain of those people in the streets” of Belarus. “We are very close to the Belarusian nation, not only in geographic [terms], but also in the emotional sense,” he said. “We see how they are suffering. We hear the stories about violations, about tortures.” When Lithuania declared independence 30 years ago, “a small country…

Artis Pabriks asks US to station troops in Latvia

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Defence Minister Artis Pabriks addressed his US counterparts about the possibility of setting up a certain proportion of US troops in Latvia and in Poland, Pabriks told Latvian Radio September 9. Pabriks acknowledged that the negotiations are difficult and long, but hopes they will be successful. “These requests and demands – NATO understands them, but this does not in any way outweigh our need to maximize our own armed forces and army. There…

Lithuania has the biggest number of new coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lithuania reported 36 new coronavirus infections on Thursday morning. The country currently has 1,070 active cases of Covid-19, the biggest number since the start of the pandemic. Two of the new cases are police officers in Raseiniai, western Lithuania. Public health officials could not trace the infections to any known sources and the police station is treated as a new cluster, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported. Another newly…

American Exceptionalism

By Larry Romanoff on Thursday, September 10, 2020

“Welcome to America, the Land of Freedom”, read the signs at Washington, DC’s international airport as you line up to have your fingerprints taken and your body cavities searched for mini nuclear devices. I could have titled this article “Setting the Cat among the Pigeons”. In an attempt to forestall the expected avalanche of disagreement, I confirm my awareness of statistics produced by a wide range of individuals and institutions…

Children in Lithuania speak more about suicide

Thursday, September 10, 2020

While Lithuania has not seen a hike – nor a drop – in suicides during the coronavirus pandemic, emotional helpline workers say it still took an emotional toll on people. Gabija Gaidamavičiūtė has been volunteering at the Child Line – an NGO running an emotional support hotline for kids and teenagers – for five years. Although the children have different emotional difficulties than adults, they still have problems, including thoughts…