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airBaltic hopes to continue without government aid

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be more severe than expected. Latvian national airline airBaltic will turn to the government for support if the aviation situation does not improve in the spring, airBaltic CEO Martins Gauss said in an interview to LETA November 26. “If volumes start to grow in the spring and activity returns to normal in the summer, we think a second investment will not…

Latvian Saeima approves aid for parents staying at home

Thursday, November 26, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be aid for parents forced to stay at home with their children due to restrictions, Saeima decided on November 26. The amendments to the Law introduce a one-off sick leave allowance for 14 calendar days which a socially insured person will be entitled to claim once between 30 November and 31 December of this year and once between 1 January and 30 June 2021. The…

Belarus exiled leader joins solidarity event in Vilnius against gender violence

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Belarus’ exiled opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, joined a display of solidarity on Wednesday against gender violence organised by the Dutch embassy in Vilnius. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Vilnius was lit up orange, according to a press release by the embassy. Lithuania’s former president, Dalia Grybauskaitė, and Danish Ambassador to Lithuania Hans Brask…

Isaiah Berlin Day lecture takes place today in Latvia

Thursday, November 26, 2020

November 26 sees the delivery of the annual Isaiah Berlin Day lecture, given in honor of the Rīga-born British philosopher and political theorist. This year’s lecturer is Canadian academic  Margaret Macmillan   who will be speaking on the subject “Isaiah Berlin, History and the World of Today”. MacMillan is a professor at the University of Toronto and professor emeritus at Oxford University. She is one of the leading experts on the history…

‘Big shock’ – Lithuanian football players react to Maradona’s passing

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Prominent Lithuanian football figures have said they are shocked by the passing of the Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona, describing his death as one of the game’s biggest losses. “I was very shocked by the news, because he was a very warm person, a football person, a face of football,” Valdas Ivanauskas, Lithuania’s long-time football player and coach, told BNS on Wednesday. “I was fortunate to see him and admire…

Lithuania seeks to secure better compensation in case of Astravytes nuclear plant accident

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lithuania is taking steps to secure adequate compensation for damage in the event of an accident at Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant. However, this also means increasing Lithuania’s own liability for its shut down Ignalina NPP. The cabinet approved on Wednesday legislative amendments, drafted by the Energy Ministry, that call for ratifying the Protocol to Amend the 1963 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the Convention on…

2,104 new cases, 17 deaths in Lithuania

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lithuania has registered 2,104 new coronavirus infections and another 17 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country’s statistics office said on Thursday morning. Another eight coronavirus-infected persons have died of other causes. A total of 53,757 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Some 40,459 people are still ill with the virus and 12,655 have recovered. The death toll…

More beds freed up for COVID-19 patients in Latvia

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The number of sleeping places available for treatment of COVID-19 patients in healthcare facilities in Rīga and regions has been increased to a total of 633, Ilze Vinkele, Minister for Health, tolf Latvian Television November 25. At the beginning of this month, the Minister stated that the system could accommodate approximately 500 patients in hospitals. On Wednesday, the Minister said that the number of beds is now higher – a…

Latvian schools struggle to find enough space for pupils

Thursday, November 26, 2020

A number of schools are struggling to find space to comply with the new regulation – at least three square meters must be provided per pupil, Latvian Television reported November 25. At Rīga Hanzas High School, the standard class size is 60 square meters, with about 30 pupils in one class. With the requirement to provide an area of at least three square meters per pupil, only 18 pupils can be placed…

Lithuania signs multi-million deal

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lithuania’s government hired a former manager of a data company before signing a multi-million-euro deal with the same London-based firm that has been criticised for involvement in privacy violations, LRT Investigation Team has found. In early April, the Lithuanian government signed a contract with the London-based branch of Palantir, which had offered a free trial of its software used to collect, analyse, and integrate Covid-19 data. “On April 1, in…