Posts published in Day: October 16, 2020

Self-isolation limit updated, Estonia starts to reinflate ‘Baltic bubble’

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) updated its statistics October 16, determining that in future self-isolation will be required when entering Latvia from countries with a 14-day cumulative Covid-19 incidence rate per 100,000 of population above 61.9.  Consequently it is now possible to enter Latvia from countries with a lower infection rate than Latvia without the need for 10 days of self-isolation. The European countries that qualify for this are Greece,…

Three for the Weekend in Latvia: Movies, Forests, Ancestors

Friday, October 16, 2020

Our regular trio of suggestions if you are looking for something to do this weekend. Whatever you do and wherever you go, please observe all the anti-COVID precautions. Enjoyable though it is to sit in a darkened movie theater with someone checking their cellphone in front of you, children chomping on toffee popcorn behind you and couples making out on either side of you, there is no need to leave…

Lockdown unavoidable, unless people follow safety guidelines – Lithuanian president

Friday, October 16, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has urged people follow all coronavirus safety guidelines, warning that the country may have to return to stringent quarantine restrictions if the situation gets out of control. The president’s call comes as Lithuania reported a new record daily increase in infections for the second day in a row on Friday. “Basically, there are two ways. The first way is to try to test as many people…

Lithuanian president calls on EU to ignore Minsk’s search warrant against Tikhanovskaya

Friday, October 16, 2020

After the Minsk government put Belarus opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on the international wanted list, Lithuania’s president says that EU countries should just ignore the warrant. “Illegitimate dictator puts #Belarus opposition leader #Tsikhanouskaya on the international list of #wanted persons. Do hope that #EU countries will remain united

Canadian FM in Vilnius pledges support to Belarus opposition

Friday, October 16, 2020

Canada’s Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne, who is on a visit in Vilnius, met with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Friday and pledged to lend support for democratic changes in Belarus. “You can count on Canadians to be by your side, you can count on me to be by your side and I think you can count on the international community to be with you and the people of Belarus…

Chinese company collected data on Lithuanian officials and their families – LRT Investigation

Friday, October 16, 2020

Information on around 500 Lithuanians was included in the database compiled by the open-source intelligence company Zhenhua Data Information Technology linked to the Chinese government and armed forces. The Zhenhua files data leak revealed that the big data scraping company based in the south of China collected personal information on millions of foreigners. Christopher Balding, an American professor, was the first one to receive the leaked data set with around…

STRATCOMCOE considers “influencer marketing” in online discussion

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has posted a new online video as part of a series of online discussions. Titled “Influencer marketing – a legitimate communications channel?” it features Scott Guthrie, an independent influencer marketing consultant, conference speaker, guest university lecturer, and media commentator. The discussion looks at the size of the influencer industry and its speed of growth, and attempts to define influencer marketing and correct misconceptions about…

Belarusian champion swimmer Herasimenia seeks support for country’s athletes in Vilnius

Friday, October 16, 2020

Belarusian swimmer Alexandra Herasimenia is seeking to pool support in Vilnius for athletes who have been affected by Minsk’s repressions, and also attract the international community’s attention to the ongoing crackdown on athletes in Belarus. The retired world champion and Olympic silver and bronze medal winner founded the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation in August. The fund’s coordinator Alexander Apeikin told BNS that Herasimenia arrived in Vilnius last week and already…

Johnson Johnson’s aborted baby Covid-19 vaccine harms trial participant

Friday, October 16, 2020

Things are going exceptionally poorly for Big Pharma in its quest to release “warp speed” vaccines for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19). The latest casualty is Johnson & Johnson, which halted its trial due to an “unexplained illness” in one of its participants. Similar to what happened with AztraZeneca’s Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine trial, J&J observed a participant suffer from a serious adverse event, prompting the company to put an immediate…

Аctivist arrested for ‘violence against the Queen’ of Thailand (VIDEO)

Friday, October 16, 2020

A prominent anti-government campaigner has been charged with attempting to harm the Queen of Thailand during mass protest rallies in Bangkok. He could face life imprisonment if found guilty. Ekachai Hongkangwan was taken into police custody on Friday. Along with a fellow activist, he was charged under the criminal law which “bans any act of violence against the Queen or Her Majesty’s liberty,” local media reported. If found guilty, Hongkangwan…