Posts published in Day: October 14, 2020

Forestry: the root of the Baltic regional economy

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Kristaps Klauss , Executive Director of the Latvian Forest Industry Federation, gives an overview of an industry that is synonymous with the Baltic region. It originally appeared in Baltic Business Quarterly magazine which is published by the  German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce  (AHK), and is reproduced here with permission. The forestry sector is an important part of the national economy in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The Baltic region rapidly entered the world market…

Ēriks starts work at state information portal

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The latest Latvian online virtual assistant started his ceaseless toil October 14. Named Ēriks, the new interactive entity is employed for zero wages with no prospect of even a coffee break by the official state administration portal, which said he both “lives and works” at the address  Latvija.lv   and will “help you find out what to do in different situations”. He is presented in chatbot form with visitors to the…

People in Lithuania urged to donate blood as stocks dwindle

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lithuania’s National Blood Centre has urged people to donate blood amid nationwide shortages. Centres where people can donate blood operate in Lithuania’s five biggest cities: 34 Žolyno Street, Vilnius 34 and 9 Upės Street, Vilnius 13 Vytauto Street, Kaunas 28 Naikupės Street, Klaipėda 90 Daukanto Street, Šiauliai 75 Nemuno Street, Panevėžys The procedures have been adapted to maintain coronavirus-protection measures. According to the Health Ministry, men can donate blood six…

Prime Minister: if rules are ignored, there will be penalties

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

If the precautions imposed by the government to limit the spread of COVID-19 are not observed, there will be penalties on infringers, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said to Latvian Radio October 14. The Prime Minister said that Latvia is currently experiencing the second wave of COVID-19 infection, which is higher in terms of infection rates than in the spring. The Latvian government has chosen a way to break the transmission chain…

Covid-19 cases jump in Vilnius, infections linked to bars

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Ninety-eight new cases of coronavirus cases were confirmed in Vilnius on Wednesday, prompting calls to introduce restrictions on bars. The numbers will be included into Lithuania’s official coronavirus count on Thursday. “We are suggesting to limit the activities in bars, because the spread of the coronavirus has already been detected [there],” Rolanda Lingienė from the National Public Health Centre told LRT TV on Wednesday. According to her, six people have…

Lithuanian intelligence eases restrictions for informants to arrive in the country

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Foreign nationals who cooperate with Lithuania’s intelligence services will be admitted into the country and will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival, according to new rules approved on Wednesday. Lithuania’s State Security Department (VSD), the initiator of the amendment, said that due to the sensitive nature of the information exchanged between the department and the individuals, the interaction cannot be limited to electronic communication. The procedure for such individuals…

Estonia ran €105 million current account surplus in August

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A flash estimate published by the Bank of Estonia on Wednesday shows the current account of Estonia as having been €105 million in surplus in August 2020. The turnover of the export and import of goods and services was smaller by 14 percent than in August 2019, which represents a fall similar to the ones seen in the two preceding months, the central bank said. The export of goods declined…

Moscow film festival removes Armenian film shot in Lithuania

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Moscow International Film Festival has removed the Armenian film Gate to Heaven, directed by Jivan Avetisyan, from its non-competitive programme. The organisers reasoned that the screening could cause riots in light of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, its creators said. Armenia and Azerbaijan renewed a military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the Caucasus Mountains on September 27. In the afternoon of the same day, Kęstutis Drazdauskas, a Lithuanian producer who…

Coronavirus update: 139 new cases in Lithuania, outbreak among asylum seekers

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 139 new coronavirus cases over Tuesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said, and three more people died of the disease. Three infections in Vilnius are linked to Jonas Basanavičius Gymnasium. In all, 20 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed at the school. Five cases were confirmed at another school, KTU Vaižgantas Progymnasium in Kaunas, which currently accounts for 13 infections. A second case of Covid-19 was confirmed…

Žanis Lipke Memorial to hold week-long symposium in November

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Žanis Lipke Memorial – a museum in Rīga dedicated to the memory of Žanis Lipke, a well-known savior of the Jews during World War II – is organizing a week-long symposium to mark Lipke’s 120th birthday, organizers said October 14. The symposium will take place from November 2 to 8. During the week, Lipke Memorial will present the book “Lipke’s List” (November 2), open Diana Dimza-Dimma’s exhibition “Mājvieta” (Home) (November 3), as well as…