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Starting from tomorrow, the holders of Omni ID cards will receive discounts for postage for their items sent via the self-service parcel terminals LP EXPRESS 24. The special discount of 12% will be granted to all holders of gold, silver, or bronze cards.

Domas Sabaitis, director of the company Baltic Post running the network of LP EXPRESS 24 terminals, said:

“We are constantly looking for solutions enabling to offer our customers not only the most convenient way of delivery, but the best service price as well. We are glad to be the first to give our customers a postage discount.”

“We are glad that Omnitel customers will receive more value with one of the leading courier companies having become a partner of Omni ID,” Darius Maikštėnas, vice president for marketing and services at Omnitel, said.

The holders of Omni ID cards can receive the discount after having registered on the website of LP EXPRESS at www.lpexpress.lt. Using online tools, customers can also create shipping labels and pay for posting.

Once connected to the Internet site on www.lpexpress.lt, the visitor must choose the destination city and the box size (S, M, L, or XL), then enter the addressee’s contact details. After completing these actions, one should enter the number of OMNI ID card into the special field and pay the postage.

It should be noted that only those items bearing the label generated and postage paid online (not at the terminal) are subject to the Omni ID discount.

To post the item via the terminal, it must bear the item label printed at home or at the terminal. The respective doors of the terminal will open automatically when the item barcode is scanned at the terminal.

LP EXPRESS is the only in the country offering such a wide choice of delivery options. Items can be posted at any post office of AB Lietuvos paštas out of more than 700, via LP EXPRESS couriers, or the self-service parcel terminals LP EXPRESS 24 operational 24/7. Presently, 71 LP EXPRESS 24 terminals are operational in 41 cities and towns making the widest network of self-service parcel terminals in the country.

Lithuania Post is continuing to issue postage stamps from the series Technical Monuments with two new stamps featuring the Klaipėda and Ventė Cape Lighthouses to be released on July 27, Saturday.

The both stamps have been designed by the painter Vilius Bručas. Each stamp will be released in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 2.45.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover and cardmaximums will be issued. On Saturday postal correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at the Klaipėda Main Post Office.

The Klaipėda Lighthouse is one of the first lighthouses erected on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the north-eastern side and set off on 1 September 1796.  Only a 4 metres authentic base has survived until nowadays through 200 years of its history. During the World War II, the lighthouse was fully destroyed. In 1953, it was rebuilt and improved. Nowadays the lighthouse is 44m in height, situated 500 metres from the sea, and the signal can be seen from the distance of 33 kilometres.

The Ventė Cape is the most remote point in the west side of Šilutė District. Ships and rafts were exposed to great danger at this place. A wooden lighthouse with an oil lamp was erected in the cape of Ventė in 1837. In 1860, the construction of a stone lighthouse started.

Presently, the Ventė Cape Lighthouse plays a symbolic role as navigation in the lagoon is not intensive.  Usually it shows the way in winter to ice-fishing persons. Nowadays, ornithological station carries out its activities in the lighthouse.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-30 stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

This week marks the 80th anniversary of Darius and Girėnas transatlantic flight. To commemorate this historical event, on Saturday, July 20, Lithuania Post will release a new stamp on the theme The 80th Anniversary of S.Darius and S.Girėnas Transatlantic Flight.

The stamp commemorating the flight with the aircraft Lituanica made by S.Darius and S.Girėnas has been designed by the painter Arūnas Banionis. The stamp will be released in the edition of 160 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 2.90.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday, in Kaunas Main Post Office, postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation.

On 15 July 1933, 6:24 a.m., the pilots took off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York. The aircraft was supposed to arrive at Kaunas on 17 July, 2-3 a.m. About 25 thousand citizens gathered at Kaunas Aleksotas Airport to meet the national heroes.

Having crossed the Atlantic, due to adverse weather conditions over Ireland, S.Darius and S.Girėnas turned to the North and took the course to Germany via Scotland and the North Sea. While in flight over Berlinchen, the aircraft got caught in the treetops and crashed by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin (now the village of Pszczelnik, Poland).

S.Darius and S.Girėnas carried mail from the USA. After the crash, a bag with letters was brought from Soldin to Kaunas. To honour the pilots, these letters in Kaunas Main Post Office were marked by the special cancellation Nugalėję Atlantą žuvo Lietuvos garbei (literary translation: having conquered the Atlantics, died in honour of Lithuania).

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post is announcing the stamp design contest 2014 open, and everyone is invited to create postage stamps. All in all, 19 postage stamps and two souvenir sheets will be released.

Lithuania Post’s Head of Philatelic Department Ervinas Vaišnoras said:

“One of the company’s goals is to have as many people as possible involved into the design of postage stamps. We wish every citizen to have a possibility to become the author of a stamp; therefore, everyone is encouraged to send designs for the contest of the stamps of 2014. If the stamp catches the commission’s eye, not only the stamp will be released, but the author will also receive a monetary prize.”

The designs for the stamps of 2014 can be submitted before August 23on the following themes: 300th Birth Anniversary of Kristijonas Donelaitis, Winter Olympic Games. Sochi, Chinese New Year, Shrove TuesdayMasks, 25th Anniversary of Vytautas Magnus University Restoration, 10th Anniversary of Lithuania's Accession to NATO, The Red Book of Lithuania, 10th Anniversary of Lithuania's Accession to the EU, Europe. The National Musical Instruments, Save the Baltic Sea, Lithuanian National Minorities. The Karaites, 90th Anniversary of the First Lithuania Song Festival.

Before November 18, the designs on the following themes can be submitted: 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Chain of Freedom, 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Orsha, 50th Anniversary of the First Heart Surgery in Lithuania, Holy Christmas and New Year.

The address to submit the designs is:

AB Lietuvos paštas
Philatelic Department
J. Jasinskio g. 16
03500 Vilnius
For the contest (the theme to be indicated)

The winner of the first place having created one postage stamp will receive LTL 1 000; respectively, the winners of the second and third places will receive LTL 750 and LTL 450. The winning author of two postage stamps will receive LTL 1 500. Respectively, the second place winner will receive LTL 1 000 and LTL 750.

The author of the best souvenir sheet with a perforated stamp will receive LTL 1 500, and the winners of the second and third places will receive respectively LTL 1 000 and LTL 750.

The themes of the stamps and souvenir sheets of 2014 and the contest’s terms and conditions are published on the website of Lithuania Post at www.post.lt.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first Lithuanian National Olympics that were arranged in Kaunas. To commemorate this event, Lithuania Post is going to issue a postage stamp which will appear in circulation on July 13, Saturday.

The new stamp is featuring running sportsmen banded with the national tricolour. The stamp has been created by the painter Tomas Dragūnas. The stamp will be released in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 1.35.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Saturday in Kaunas Main Post Office postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation.

The first Lithuanian National Olympics were held on the 17th -31st of July in 1938 in Kaunas and Klaipėda (hosted sailing and rowing races). The Olympics received above 2 000 Lithuanian sportsmen from Lithuania, Brazil, Great Britain, the USA, and Latvia.

The sportsmen competed in 17 sports: aviation, boxing, sailing, football, rowing, horse sport, women’s and men’s basketball, track-and-field athletics, swimming, table tennis, women’s and men’s volleyball, cycling, and national dances.

Following the example of the first Lithuanian National Olympics, in 1978 Toronto hosted the first World Lithuanian Olympic Games that are still being arranged. The second Lithuanian National Olympics were arranged in 1998 in Šiauliai.

In a course of a year, Lithuania Post releases 25-30 stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation services.

The Commission for the Issuance of Postage Stamps has selected 17 themes for 19 postage stamps, 2 souvenir sheets and 2 prepaid postcards to be issued the next year. The greater part of the themes selected by the Commission has been suggested by Lithuanian citizens.

“The stamp is not just a small piece of paper that can be used for paying postage. The postage stamp travels across the world and represents our country; therefore, we wished to have as many citizens as possible to get involved into the process of stamp design. We are glad that the wish came true – the citizens gave more than one and a half thousand proposals with the themes for the stamps”, Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

Out of the themes offered by the citizens, the Commission has selected the following ones: 300th Birth Anniversary of Kristijonas Donelaitis, 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Orsha, Save the Baltic Sea, Lithuanian National Minorities. The Karaites, 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Chain of Freedom, 10th Anniversary of Lithuania's Accession to the EU and NATO, The Birds. The Owl, 90th Anniversary of the First Lithuania Song Festival, and Shrove TuesdayMasks.

By drawing lots, Lithuania Post has determined 8 citizens who will receive the prizes of Lithuania Post. And they are:  Alfonsas Juras Žvinklys (the theme Lithuanian National Minorities), Elena Čiurlytė (90th Anniversary of the First Lithuania Song Festival), Tomas Balkus (500th Anniversary of the Battle of Orsha), Aistė Andziulevičiūtė (The Birds. The Owl), Justina Brukštutė (Save the Baltic Sea) from Vilnius; Jurgita Tamušaitienė from Kaunas (Baltic Chain); Rūta Androšiūnaitė from Panevėžys (300th Birth Anniversary of Kristijonas Donelaitis); and Mykolas Daniūnas from Kaunas District („NATO“ and „EU“).

Apart from the themes offered by the citizens, Lithuania Post will also release stamps from the continuous series Europa, Winter Olympic Games, Chinese New Year, Holy Christmas and New Year. In 2014, the company will also put into circulation the postage stamps dedicated to the first heart surgery in Lithuania, the 25th anniversary of restoration of Vytautas Magnus University as well as postcards dedicated to Holy Christmas and New Year.

In the nearest future, Lithuania Post will announce the contest to create the postage stamps of 2015. More information on postage stamps design contests is available on www.post.lt.

This Saturday, on June 29, Lithuania Post will release a new souvenir sheet to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Klaipėda port transfer to Lithuania. The author of the souvenir sheet is Ray Bartkus, one of the most famous Lithuanian artists.

“This is the first stamp I have ever created. Postage stamps are subject to rather strict requirements. Nevertheless, the wish to test myself in creating another format has prompted me to take up this work.

I happened to visit Klaipėda several years ago. The city made a charming impression, especially a neat Old Town and considerably renewed port. I am very glad I could create a postage stamp to the Lithuanian seaport town”, Mr Bartkus said.

The souvenir sheet The 90th anniversary of Klaipėda Port Transfer to Lithuania will be released in the edition of 25 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 7. The sheet features the water area of the Klaipėda Port with a receding ship. The stamp features a stylized ship anchor.

On the date of issue postal correspondence paid by the new souvenir sheet will be marked by the first day cancellation. Along with the souvenir sheet, the first day cover and the first day sheet will be released.

Klaipėda was annexed to Lithuania in January of 1923; however, the seaport became part of Lithuania only after half a year on June 27.

In 1939, as demanded by Hitler, Klaipėda along with the port was transferred to Germany. Nevertheless, the Germans allowed Lithuania to use part of the quay. The free zone in the port survived until 1940 when the governance in Lithuania was taken over by the Soviet Union.

About the author

Ray (Rimvydas) Bartkus (born in 1961) is currently residing in New York. The artist worked as an illustrator in such publications as Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Smart Money, and Business Weekly. His works were obtained by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Lithuania Art Museum, collectors from the USA, Canada, Lithuania, Germany, France and other countries. Mr Bartkus made the design of 50 litas banknote.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues approximately 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Celebrating the 120th birth anniversary of one of the most famous Lithuanian geologists Juozas Dalinkevičius, Lithuania Post has released a special first day cover. Tomorrow, on June 13, Ukmergė Main Post Office will mark postal items with the special cancellation 120th Anniversary of Juozas Dalinkevičius.  

Juozas Dalinkevičius (born 13 June 1893, died 26 February 1980) is an outstanding Lithuanian geologist, geographer, and mineralogist. In 1940, he published his work on Vilnius district geology. The scientist also investigated the range of Cambrian, Ordovician, and Silurian rocks in Lithuania and presented the first stratigraphic scheme of Lithuania’s Quaternary. In 1947, he wrote the work on the mineral resources’ role in the development of industry, analyzed the range of mineral stocks in the geological layer as well as stratification conditions, tectonics, stocks, and usage. He was the first to draw the detailed geological maps of Lithuania. He devoted many efforts to the establishment of the Lithuanian Geology Museum.

With two weeks left before Lithuania‘s presidency of the Council of the European Union, Lithuania Post will issue a stamp to commemorate this historical event. The stamp with the title Lietuva pirmininkauja Europos Sąjungos Tarybai (Lithuania's Presidency of the Council of the European Union) will be released on Saturday, June 15.

In its background, the stamp features the flag of the European Union, and the flags of member countries are situated in the centre. The stamp dedicated to the presidency has been created by the painter Indrė Ratkevičiūtė. The stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 2.45.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released. On Saturday in Vilnius Main Post Office postal correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation.

On the occasion of Lithuania’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, Lithuania Post has also issued special postcards. The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the news portal DELFI announced the photo contest Greetings from Lithuania. More than 650 photos were submitted for the contest. The visitors of the portal DELFI selected 5 ones, which are now seen on the postcards. The guests of official events will send the postcards to their homelands free of charge.

The Presidency of the Council of the EU rotates between each of the member states every six months. Lithuania will take over the presidency of the EU Council from Ireland holding this position from January 1 until June 30 of the current year.

The Council of the European Union is the EU's main decision-making body. Alongside with the European Commission and the European Parliament, the EU Council is one of the three main institutions playing a decision-making role in the European Union. Initiation and adoption of legal acts performed jointly with the European Parliament is the main function of the EU Council.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

The catalogue of postage stamps will be supplemented by a new stamp to be released on Saturday, June 8. This time the stamp is featuring one of the oldest churches in the country, namely Kaunas Cathedral Basilicaof Apostles St. Peterand St. Paul. This year the cathedral is celebrating its 600th anniversary.

The new stamp has been created by the painter Vaclovas Butrimas. The stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 1.35.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released. On Saturday, postal correspondence items paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation in Kaunas Main Post Office.

For the first time, Kaunas Churchof Apostles St. Peterand St. Paul was mentioned on the 22nd of April in 1413. Then Mikalojus (Nicolaus), the bishop of Vilnius, granted to the church the privilege of indulgence. It is believed that the construction of the chapel started in 1408 under the initiative of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great.

The church was one of the first masonry buildings in Kaunas. The Gothic and Renaissance styles prevail in the architecture, and the interior is designed mainly in the Baroque style.

The first church did not resemble the building of nowadays, the present appearance of which emerged in 1660. Up to date, the main altar built in 1775 has survived despite a fierce fire of 1860. In 1895, the Pope Leo XIII granted to the Kaunas Church the status of cathedral.

Beside the cathedral and in the crypt, many famous people have been buried: the bishop Motiejus Valančius, the priest and poet Maironis, the cardinal Vincentas Sladkevičius, and etc.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

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