Posts published in Day: April 12, 2021

COVID-19 statistics on April 12 in Latvia

Monday, April 12, 2021

On Monday, April 12, Latvia recorded 210 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 107,818. Of 3,209 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 6.5%  were positive, down slightly on the 6.8% figure the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000…

The face of Lithuanian populism: not radical but loud

Monday, April 12, 2021

We often hear that some politicians call each other populists – it is not unusual to hear such accusations addressed at the former US President Donald Trump or the current Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán. In Lithuanian public space, the usage of the term “populist” is also quite common, according to the scientists of the Kaunas University of Technology. The scientists who research politics agree that the European Union…

Lithuania postpones debate to ratify treaty on combating violence against women

Monday, April 12, 2021

Although Lithuania signed the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) in 2013, it has not yet been ratified. Only five other EU member states have failed to do so. The Istanbul Convention, a landmark international treaty that helps protect women from violence and domestic abuse, was first submitted to the Lithuanian Parliament for consideration in 2018. It was rejected…

Lithuania eyes FSRU purchase for Klaipėda LNG

Monday, April 12, 2021

This consultation is part of the FSRU procurement process, which aims to familiarise potential solution providers with the forthcoming vessel acquisition tender planned for H2 2021. According to Lithuanian government law, KN must ensure the operation of the LNG terminal until 2044. This law obliges KN to acquire and own the FSRU, upon choosing the most economically advantageous solution by the end of 2024. The European Commission has approved, under…

Vaccination rates increased last week in Latvia

Monday, April 12, 2021

More than 26,500 people were vaccinated last week, according to  official statistics,   the highest number in one week so far. Last week also saw a record number of vaccinated persons in a single day, 8,542 people on Wednesday. Health Ministry said that vaccination rates were boosted by a number of aspects: more than 70,740 doses of Covid-19 vaccines received in Latvia last week, as well as two initial experiments important for…

Lithuania: employee fined for placing illegal gambling ads

Monday, April 12, 2021

The employee of a digital media business has been fined for placing ads with prohibited content. The Lithuanian Gambling Supervision Authority has again issued a fine against an individual employee for breaching rules on gambling ads. In November, the Lithuanian gaming regulator issued a €1,500 fine against a Cbet employee. Now it’s fined an employee at digital media business UAB All Media Digital the same amount for placing illegal gambling…

A Smoking Ban On Balconies? Warsaw Tests The Edges Of Freedom

Monday, April 12, 2021

Proposals to ban smoking on private balconies are led by activists trying to modify citizen’s lifestyles and fight “ideologically different phenomena,” even when the real harm of these divergent behaviors is negligible. Could there soon be a ban on smoking cigarettes on balconies in Warsaw? Or maybe one day even smoking inside private apartments? A smoking ban on balconies has already been introduced in Lithuania, so there is a precedent…

Belarusian power grid operates well without links to Lithuania

Monday, April 12, 2021

The tests included two stages (8 and 11 April) and provided for disconnecting all the interstate power lines between Belarus and Lithuania for the sake of analyzing how Belarusian energy installations operate in these conditions. The tests were also supposed to evaluate the sufficiency of the technical measures designed to negate consequences of the withdrawal of the Baltic states from the BRELL energy ring, which connects Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia,…

Latvian engineer works on development of rescue robot

Monday, April 12, 2021

Artūrs Ivanovs, Riga Technical University researcher has created software for a robot that could help rescue people in hard-to-reach places in the event of accidents, Latvian Television reported April 11. Robotics engineer from Latvia worked for several years at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), where a robot was created with a team of researchers. At the current stage of development, the robot is able to recognize a human…

‘Better dead than red,’ Rose Namajunas says ahead of Zhang Weili fight at UFC 261

Monday, April 12, 2021

Rose Namajunas (10-4) has raised the stakes ahead of her title fight against strawweight champion Zhāng Wěilì (21-1) at UFC 261 on April 24 in Jacksonville, Florida.”I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Weili is red, you know, that’s what she represents,” says Lithuanian-American fighter. The 28-year-old Lithuanian-American said she fights “for freedom,” while Zhang to her represents Communism. “I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Weili is red, you…