Posts published in Day: June 23, 2021

Latvia’s recovery plan endorsed by von der Leyen in Rīga

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said June 22 she was “happy to endorse Latvia’s recovery plan” as part of a wider European Union effort to kickstart the economy and wider society in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking in Rīga, von der Leyen promised the package of measures would transform European society. Happy to endorse Latvia’s recovery plan under #NextGenerationEU Securing Latvia’s green and digital transition requires…

Estonian theologian elected new General Secretary of Lutheran World Federation

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The 45-year-old Estonian theologian was elected by the Federation Council on Saturday. She is the first woman and first representative from Eastern Europe to hold this position: ” I pray for the guidance of God’s Spirit.” She succeeds Rev. Dr Martin Junge who led the communion of 148 member churches for the past eleven years. Vatican News staff writer The Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has elected Estonian…

Latvia and Lithuania united by common work in EU and NATO

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Latvia and Lithuania are united not only by their historical ties but also by common work in the European Union (EU) and NATO, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said following a meeting with visiting Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Friday. Karins indicated that his talks with the Lithuanian counterpart covered a number of topics important to both countries, including the overall security situation in the Baltic region…

Latvia to celebrate Ligo midsummer festivity tonight

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tonight, people in Latvia will be celebrating the traditional Ligo midsummer festivity, or Janu (St. John’s) Night, singing folksongs, making flower wreaths and lighting bonfires. Ligo is an ancient festivity, steeped in summer solstice rituals. Traditionally, Latvians spend Janu Night singing songs, dancing around Janu bonfires and engaging in rituals blending the ancient pagan tradition and Christianity. The Ligo songs that are sung throughout the midsummer night are meant to…

The 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania will introduce video support

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

History will be made at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021™, which will be played from 12 September to 3 October. In line with FIFA’s goal of leveraging technology to improve the football experience, as set out in The Vision 2020-2023, the FIFA Council recently approved the use of video support (VS) at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021. This is the first time that such a system…

ESA receives 80 astronaut applications from Lithuania

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

80 candidates from Lithuania, including 62 men and 18 women, are partaking in the European Space Agency’s astronaut selection, with a total of almost 22,600 applications received so far this year, almost triple of the number of applications received during the last selection in 2008. “It’s historic, having so many applications for a handful of jobs. It shows that the competition is high,” ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher told a…

Lithuania donates 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan amid strained ties with China

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Lithuania has donated 20,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Taiwan on Tuesday. This comes as ties between China and Lithuania have deteriorated. In March, Lithuania irked China by announcing that it will establish a representative trade office in Taiwan. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that the Lithuanian government approved in the morning a donation of 20,000 vaccine doses to Taiwan. “I am proud…

Finnish company has implemented Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage in Lithuania

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced that Finnish grain, malting and food manufacturing company Polttimo has implemented Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage in five European countries. Delivered via multi-tenant cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) across Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania, the application will help harmonize technology and ways of working leading to better traceability and operational transparency. Simplifying processes will improve quality controls and reporting. All this will ultimately…

102 new Covid cases on Wednesday

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

On Wednesday, June 23, Latvia recorded 102 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 137,077.   Of 5,829 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 1.7% were positive, a figure consistent with recent days. Notably, the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its decline, from 96.7 Tuesday to 89.2 Wednesday.  100 is…