Posts published in Day: October 7, 2020

Lithuanian PM’s wife sparks controversy by endorsing a candidate

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Silvija Skvernelė, the wife of Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, has endorsed a candidate running for parliament in a closed Facebook group, rekindling controversy over the PM’s alleged conflict of interests. Skvernelė posted a message, urging members of her local community group to vote for Rita Tamašunienė, a candidate of the Electoral Action of Poles party, saying she helped secure funding for paving a street in the prime minister’s neighbourhood.…

Minister: Helme-proposed tourism voucher system a non-starter

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A voucher system proposed in support of the coronavirus-hit tourism sector has been ditched, economics affairs minister Taavi Aas (Center). “The topic of travel vouchers is currently not on the agenda, we have not discussed it any further. As of the present moment, we can say it’s off the table,” Aas told ERR Tuesday. Finance minister Martin Helme (EKRE) had proposed a voucher system for payment at restaurants, hotels and…

117 new cases in Lithuania, over 30,000 people in quarantine

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 117 new coronavirus cases over Tuesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) has reported. Two more people have died of Covid-19. One of the deaths occurred on Sunday, but was initially classified as unrelated to Covid-19. The person in their 70s passed away in Šiauliai Hospital in the north of the country. They were treated for other conditions and got infected at the hospital. The second coronavirus-related death…

Emergency alert in Lithuania warns of coronavirus measures during voting

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

An emergency alert issued by the Lithuanian authorities on October 7 warned about coronavirus measures at the polling stations during the parliamentary elections. “Attention! Lithuania’s parliamentary elections are on October 11. When you go to vote, bring your personal identification [document], have your own pen and wear facemasks [or protective measures]. If you are in self-isolation, call 1855 and register to vote from home. Every vote is important. Central Electoral…

Eesti Energia merges mines, electricity generation into one company

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Eesti Energia’s production in Ida-Viru County will merge into a new company called Enefit Power from 2021. The Estonia underground mine, Narva quarry and the company’s electricity and liquid fuel production will be joined under one roof. Enefit Kaevandused and Enefit Energiatootmine will merge to become Enefit Power. The new company will focus on making energy production cleaner and more efficient and become the center of the circular economy. Member of…

Latvian student to build furniture from coffee grounds

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Rīga Technical University Master’s degree student Vineta Haritonova is currently working on wall panels and interior design  objects produced of coffee grounds, Latvian Television reported October 8. For many people, every morning starts with a sip of coffee. Afterwards, coffee grounds remain that we mostly throw out. Some people use them as compost, but student Vineta is creating ways to build house interior elements from the grounds. “I’ve been interested…

Beijing outraged at calls by 39 states including Lithuania to respect human rights

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Thirty-nine countries, including Lithuania, have called on China to respect minority rights of Uighurs and other Muslims and expressed concern about the situation in Hong Kong. “We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet,” said German Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen, who oversaw the initiative. “We are gravely concerned about the human rights…

10 Interesting Facts About Lithuania

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

1. What’s in the Name? The name Lithuania was mentioned for the first time in the Annals of Quedlinburg in 1009.  By the end of the 14th century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe.  The Kingdom of Lithuania was formed by numerous tribes living in the area at that moment. The Kingdom quickly expanded outwards into the Russian lands, which were then controlled by the Mongols, as well as…

COVID-19 reaches University of Latvia

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

COVID-19 infection has been found in two students of the University of Latvia’s (LU) Faculty of History and Philosophy, LETA said October 6. Several students and teachers are in self-isolation. LU said all additional security measures had been taken to find out contact persons, remote studies, and room disinfection. The University also said that these students had been infected outside the university, and there was no information they had been at…

Prime Minister dissatisfied Latvia has no police chief yet

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said he was dissatisfied that Latvian State Police has not had a police chief for more than half a year, Latvian Television reported October 7. “I am not satisfied with the fact that for more than half a year we have not had a police chief. I am not satisfied with the fact there was a competition and as far as I understand this competition was…