Posts published in Day: September 11, 2020

Estonia added to Latvia’s quarantine country list

Friday, September 11, 2020

Estonia, Latvia’s northern neighbor, has been added to the list of countries from which arrivals into Latvia must self-isolate for 14 days. The news came from the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) on Friday evening in its weekly update of the country list, with Estonia ( Igaunija  in Latvian) included. The full list of countries can be  viewed on the website of the Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and…

Moscow claims Lithuania ‘affecting’ Belarus’ Tikhanovskaya

Friday, September 11, 2020

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed Lithuania is “affecting” the statements of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition candidate in the August 9 Belarusian presidential election, who has fled to Vilnius. “The rather visible [changes] that are taking place with her, the fact that she is located in Vilnius […] which also does not hide its ambitions regarding Belarus and its future, is probably also affecting [her],” Lavrov said on Friday according…

Lithuanian president calls for EU sanctions on Lukashenko – interview

Friday, September 11, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is calling on the European Union to impose sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko and provide economic support to Belarus if the authoritarian leader steps down. “We’ll continue to be proactive in mobilizing, first of all, states in the region to apply national sanction plans, because the same result can be achieved through national sanction plans in all EU states,” Nausėda told BNS in an interview. “But this…

“Get out of here!” – this is how the Ukrainians met the pilgrims from Israel

By Vitaliy Timoshuk on Friday, September 11, 2020

On September 19, the Israelites will have a big religious holiday of the Jews – the new year according to the Jewish calendar. Every year on this holiday tens of thousands of Israeli pilgrims arrive in the small Ukrainian town of Uman, Cherkasy region. This year it can become the reason for the interstate conflict between Ukraine and Israel. Israel is currently undergoing a second wave of coronavirus wave. Because…

Prime Minister: Latvia will not ease self-isolation rules

Friday, September 11, 2020

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (“New Unity”) is skeptical about the idea of reviewing cumulative COVID-19 incidence rate threshold for self-isolation, Latvian Television reported September 11. For some time, COVID-19 infection data in neighboring countries have been higher than in Latvia. Today, for example, 11 new cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported in Latvia, 44 in Lithuania and 32 in Estonia. The Lithuanian government decided this week to raise the threshold…

Under 3 percent of Lithuanian population had coronavirus – study

Friday, September 11, 2020

Under 3 percent of the Lithuanian population have been infected with the coronavirus, according to a preliminary results of a serological survey, which tested people for Covid-19 antibodies. The study, conducted by by Vilnius University and the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, tested a random sample of over 3,000 people from six municipalities to estimate what percentage of the population has been exposed to Covid-19. The preliminary results show significant…

Twenty-two millionaires run for Lithuanian parliament

Friday, September 11, 2020

Twenty-two millionaires are running for Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, in the October election, according to an analysis by the Central Electoral Commission. Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), is the richest, followed by Antanas Guoga, representing the Labour Party, and Remigijus Lapinskas, leader of the Lithuanian Green Party. LVŽS leader Karbauskis is the richest candidate with 24.3 million euros in assets, valuables and cash, excluding…

Most people compliant with self-isolation rules in Latvia, police say

Friday, September 11, 2020

State Police is in charge of supervising those in self-isolation after arriving from abroad. Some haven’t been checked on at all, those who have are usually understanding, Latvian Radio reported September 11. “I wasn’t really checked much,” said Lita Lūse, who had returned from France. “During the whole time in self-isolation, I was called once and asked whether I was self-isolating. I said yes, I was. They said, very good,”…

Picket by Belarusian embassy in Rīga asks for opposition lawyer’s release

Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday, September 11, Latvian Radio reported that several people gathered by the Belarusian Embassy in Rīga, protesting against the detention of Belarusian opposition lawyer Ilya Saley. According to Latvian Radio’s observations, fifteen people took part in the protest, supervised by State Police. Picketers were holding posters saying “Free Ilya Saley!” The organizer of the picket, Rihards Freidenfelds, said he knew Saley personally and that it was unacceptable to detain lawyers,…

Three for the weekend: Night Ride, Latvia’s Jewish Music, Sigulda Hike

Friday, September 11, 2020

After a rainy week, the weekend promises improvement in weather. Though Latvia is filled with wonderful Poetry Days events, there are yet others to explore. Saturday, September 12, the streets of Rīga will see the annual Night Ride – a fun roll-around on skateboards, roller skates and scooters. Start of the ride and center of the event is the shopping mall Mols. The track on Krasta Street will be opened…