Posts published in Day: November 18, 2020

Daily infection count doubles in Lithuania to 1,935

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

As many as 1,935 new coronavirus cases were reported in Lithuania on Wednesday, double the figure from Tuesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said. Moreover, 24 people died of Covid-19 over Tuesday. More 12,000 people were tested for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Most of the new positive cases, 512, were registered in Vilnius County, 372 in Kaunas County, 274 in Klaipėda County. Twenty-four cases have been linked to an…

Latvia’s COVID-19 case total increases by 442

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Latvia recorded 442 new cases of COVID-19 on November 18, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 7,857 tests were carried out in the previous 24-hours of which 5.6% were positive (up on a rate of 4.6% the previous day). The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 11,356. Unfortunately five deaths were also recorded, with one victim aged 30 to 35, one aged 50 to 55, one aged…

Military fly-bys to mark Independence Day cancelled

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

With mass public events on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Latvia’s and allied armed forces had hoped to mark Independence Day on November 18 with a series of celebratory flyovers by various planes and helicopters. However, the flyovers were cancelled shortly before they were due to take place owing to poor weather conditions, the National Armed Forces said. A group of Latvian Air Force and Border Guard choppers had been…

Erik Laidvee stepping down as Eesti Raudtee CEO

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Erik Laidvee is to step down as chair of state-owned rail firm Eesti Raudtee at year end. The decision was partly influenced by a change in direction from the company’s hierarchy, it is reported. “The past three-and-a-half years during which I’ve had the honor of managing Eesti Raudtee have been an intense and interesting period. During this time, with our excellent and committed team, we’ve managed to fulfill most of…

Lithuania’s would-be PM presents cabinet candidates

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lithuania’s would-be prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė has announced the list of candidates she would like to see in her cabinet. Representing the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Crhistian Democrats (TS-LKD) party, Šimonytė presented the list to President Gitanas Nausėda on Wednesday. Following general elections last month, the country’s new government will take office once the president nominates Šimonytė and the parliament approves her cabinet and the government programme. Nausėda plans to make…

Lithuania will be able to deploy more troops to the NATO Mission Iraq

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

On November 17 Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania approved the proposal to increase the ceiling of Lithuania’s military contribution to the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI): Lithuania will be able to deploy up to 50 soldiers and civilian personnel of the National Defence System to the operation. The main objectives of the NATO Mission Iraq are to mentor and advise Iraqi security and defence authorities and corresponding training and education…

Lithuanian parliament snubs biggest opposition party in deputy speaker elections

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament elected four deputy speakers on Tuesday, rejecting the candidate proposed by the Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), the biggest opposition party. The LVŽS has threatened to go to the Constitutional Court after MPs rejected the candidacy of Aušrinė Norkienė for deputy speaker. The party maintains that as the biggest opposition group with 32 MPs – and the second-biggest group overall – it must have its representative among…

Spirit of volunteering in Lithuania’s Marijampolė

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Business and Community Development Institute, a Lithuanian NGO based in Marijampolė, has welcomed five young volunteers from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Spain. The five young people will be working with students from local schools in Marijampolė, teaching English as well as sharing other skills and experiences, the Institute said in a press release. “In the current circumstances, we have many challenges in working with international volunteers, like planning their trips…

Lithuania’s new government in ‘dilemma’ over relations with Poland

By Vaidotas Beniušis on Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lithuania’s would-be prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė is meeting Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday, which may give an indication of how the country’s new government will balance good relations with Warsaw and its professed championing of democratic values. On Tuesday Duda, who is on a two-day visit in Vilnius, thanked outgoing Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis for great cooperation in building strong relations and said he expected the same good relations…

Lithuanian food couriers threaten strike over working conditions

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Two hundred couriers working for the food delivery service Bolt Food have formed a union and presented their demands for improved working conditions to the company on Tuesday. Unless the company responds, the couriers are considering going on strike, the newly-formed union Kurjerių Asociacija (Couriers’ Association) said in a press release. According to the association, Bolt Food refuses to release official figures of how many couriers it employs and keeps…