Posts published in Day: October 14, 2020

Xi Jinping was lying in front of UN General Assembly

By Augusts Augustiņš on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Immediately after the outbreak of Covid-19 the Chinese propaganda machine launched a large-scale disinformation campaign in Europe aimed at preventing it being labeled as the country where the Covid-19 pandemic began. The most absurd in this is that at a time when there are thousands of new cases daily, Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, make announcements about saving the world from this contagious virus, while our Prime Minister Kariņš…

Mažeika re-appointed deputy director of Lithuania’s national security agency

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Lithuanian president has appointed Vaidotas Mažeika as a deputy director of the country’s national security agency, the State Security Department (VSD), for a second term. Mažeika was nominated to continue in the post by the agency’s director Darius Jauniškis. Earlier, the president appointed Jauniškis and his deputies Kęstutis Budrys and Remigijus Bridikis for a second term. “I welcome the changes within the VSD implemented so far and I am…

Old City Harbor terminal ahead of schedule due to canceled cruises

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The positive side of the cruise season being canceled due to the coronavirus crisis is that the construction of the terminal at the Old City Harbor at the Port of Tallinn is making good progress. The terminal will be ready in May 2021 two months ahead of schedule. “If you are trying to find something positive about the canceled cruise trips, then it is the impact on construction,” head of…

Swedbank to relocate to North Tallinn in 2024

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Swedbank will relocate its head office building on Liivalaia Street in Tallinn’s Kesklinn district and move to the Hippodrome quarter in North Tallinn in 2024, bring all its offices under one roof. Head of Swedbank AS Olavi Lepp said the buildings on Liivalaia Street is too small and the bank and has outlived its time there. “I am extremely pleased that the project, which has been on my mind and…

Over 700 Lithuanian healthcare workers got infected with coronavirus

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Over 700 healthcare workers have contracted the coronavirus in Lithuania since the pandemic broke out, and over 400 people have tested positive at schools, a public health official said. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, 729 infection cases have been confirmed among healthcare workers, and 293 of them are still ill,” Rolanda Lingienė of the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Tuesday. Of them, 310 cases were diagnosed over…

Lithuania to send more troops to Iraq

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lithuania plans to increase the number of troops involved in NATO’s training mission in Iraq, the presidential office and the Defence Ministry told BNS on Tuesday. President Gitanas Nausėda has put a draft resolution before the parliament, Seimas, suggesting to increase the troops numbers. “This mandate is being changed in response to a request from Denmark, which is taking over command of the mission, to increase the Lithuanian troop contingent…

New American military camp in Lithuania

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Recently Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Ambassador of the United States to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchrist visited the Gen. S.Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė (Švenčionys region) to greet the new rotation of U.S. soldiers deployed to Lithuania, met with the 2nd Brigade, 69th Regiment, 2nd Battalion Commander Lt Col George Bolton Jr. “Defence cooperation between Lithuania and the United States remains particularly strong and intense, and deployment of…

Distancing is a stronger weapon against COVID-19 than masks

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Masks are a helpful tool to help fight COVID-19 spread, but the main condition is distancing, Uga Dumpis, Health Ministry’s chief infectologist, told Latvian Television October 13. Dumpis said he had been skeptical towards use of masks in the spring and his position has still not changed. It is known that the spread can occur through singing or speaking, so “we wear the mask not to infect others and masks…

As ‘dead zones’ grow, can the Baltic Sea be saved?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

One of the youngest seas in the world is catching up with ecological consequences caused by the decade-long mismanagement of the fishery, pollution, and accelerating global warming. Will the Baltic Sea survive? In a recent picture by NASA, the Baltic Sea looks like a mystical nebula with the blue-green algae bloom between two Swedish islands of Öland and Gotland. The spirals and vortexes, of phytoplankton spreading for dozens and even…