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Coronavirus: Lithuania may introduce Schengen border checks

Friday, February 14, 2020

As Lithuania considers additional measures to prevent the coronavirus spread, a health vice minister said the country may introduce checks on travelers crossing the border by road. According to Algirdas Šešelgis, who heads the Health Ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre, Lithuania would not be putting any restrictions on movement, but only “certain controls and checks, just as we have at airports”. He added that Lithuania would consider introducing any control mechanism…

Sexual pleasure isn’t the sole key to women’s freedom

By Ryaihanny Sahrom on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Some of us are already battling people who want to ‘rescue’ us. Putting emphasis on sex in liberation movements ignores that we all have different relationships with it The message that you can’t have women’s liberation without sexual liberation is practically forced down women’s throats by society, patronising men and even feminists these days. But what was originally meant to give women space for political liberation, has transformed into a…

Tallinn provides free public transport for 420,000 people

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tallinn is the largest city to offer free public transport so far. It has a population of 420,000, with a transport network consisting of five tram lines, eight trolley bus lines and 57 bus routes. Allan Alaküla, head of Tallinn’s EU office in Brussels, says public transport was made free in the city because of “social urgency”. “Ticket costs became a major concern for public transport users in 2010 and…

Latvia: Amateur collectives warm up for School Youth Song and Dance Festival

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Amateur collective shows have begun in preparation for the 2020 Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival, which will be held from July 6-12, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13. On February 13 vocal instrumental ensembles, instrumental collectives and pop groups will demonstrate their best numbers. The shows will take place over two months, and at the beginning of may the official song and dance festival participants…

Lithuania: Border checks an option to stop coronavirus

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Lithuania may have to expand protective measures against the coronavirus and introduce controls on roads, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said ahead of an EU meeting. Coronavirus cases have been reported in several EU countries and may reach Lithuania, too, according to the minister. “Lithuania is part of the Schengen area. Apart from airports and ships, where [the coronavirus is] easy to spot and quarantine, there are also roads,” Veryga told…

Europe’s bus company FlixBus to begin operating in Baltic states

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Europe’s largest bus company, FlixBus, will begin operations in the Baltic states. “We are preparing to start operations in the Baltic States,” Michal Leman, director of FlixBus in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states,  told   ERR. “Our main priority is the lines connecting Tallinn with other European capitals, such as Berlin and Warsaw, and we plan to launch them in the first half of 2020.”  Read more:  Lithuania needs…

Pay rise for Lithuanian teachers in Belarus, Poland, Russia

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Lithuanian government has given a 50-percent increase to allowances for Lithuanian language teachers in Belarus, Poland and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius says the measure is aimed at bringing their salaries up to the level of their counterparts in Lithuania. “In total, there are 64 of them: 46 in Belarus, eight in Poland and 13 in Kaliningrad, and their salaries are lower than those of…

Latvia: First Smart-ID users must update data

Thursday, February 13, 2020

For those who began using the Smart-ID online authentication app three years ago, this year their accounts will expire and around 60,000 people will need to update their personal information, according to the Latvian Radio broadcast “Eiro fokusā” on February 11. The Smart-ID app offered by banks as an authentication and electronic signature tool for confirming payments and making other transactions currently has 916,000 users, according to app developer  SK…

Activists reveal appalling conditions at Lithuanian fur farms

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Animal rights activists recorded shocking footage at a Lithuanian fur farms, the British Daily Mail reported on Monday. “Appalling conditions like these are surprisingly common across the fur industry,’ Connor Jackson, CEO of Open Cages organisation that published the videos,  told   the Daily Mail. “But there is no excuse for this level of animal abuse.” The videos show mings in dirty and cramped conditions displaying signs of erratic behaviour,…

Latvia’s rail company to change color of its new trains

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Latvia’s national passenger rail company Pasažieru vilciens on February 12 unveiled, if not its new trains, then at least the new color of its new trains when they finally pull up to the platform in a  few years’ time. That color is an eye-catching yellow (with grey elements), so while Estonians have  nicknamed their sleek orange express trains “carrots”, we will perhaps be able to call ours “bananas”. The designers of the train…