Posts published in Day: May 15, 2020

How France, the Netherlands, Latvia, and the EU are supporting startups in times of crisis

Friday, May 15, 2020

There is no country that hasn’t been affected by the coronavirus. A major topic of concern that will affect not only individual entrepreneurs, but the future health of nearly every industry, is how startups can weather the storm. Naturally, attention has turned from private to public resources: what role should government agencies take in keeping the startup ecosystem alive? Introducing the second episode of Data Market Services Inspiration Series, a new…

Did Dalia Grybauskaitė, Angela Merkel and Theresa May go to the same school?

Friday, May 15, 2020

An old photo, allegedly of Lithuania’s former president and leaders of Germany and the UK, keeps circulating online, spawning controversies that the three women are part of a global conspiracy. The black-and-white photo of three teenaged girls, alongside present-day images of Lithuania’s former president Dalia Grybauskaitė, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the UK’s former prime minister Theresa May, started circulating on Lithuanian social media last month. “That’s how things truly…

Lithuania filed humanitarian aid to Ukraine for fight against Covid-19

Friday, May 15, 2020

On May 14, Lithuania filed the humanitarian aid on the request of Ukraine – protection means necessary for the fight against Covid-19 as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania noted. It was noted that the aid was filed within the Eastern Partnership. Armenia, Moldova and Georgia will also get it. The military aircrafts will deliver it. The aid will be transferred to Ukraine by land. The ministry stated that over 52,000 shield protectors…

Latvian company develops virtual COVID-19 training for medics

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Latvian company Exonicus has recently developed a virtual scenario for medics to help with reducing spread of COVID-19, said chief executive Jānis Kondrāts to Latvian Radio on May 15. The company develops trauma simulations in virtual environment for training of military medics. However, with the spread of COVID-19, another scenario has been created to help medics prepare correctly before contact with the patient. “Last year, we received a grant…

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania open their “Baltic Bubble” mini-Schengen zone

Friday, May 15, 2020

May 15 became a noteworthy date within the Baltic states and beyond with the three countries opening their borders to each other while maintaining a locked-down external border. As a result of the relative success of the three countries in containing the spread of the coronavirus, their governments have judged that free movement of people can be restored to all permanent residents, though arrivals from outside Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania will…

Lithuanian president urges EC leader to ‘be personally involved’ in Belarus NPP issue

Friday, May 15, 2020

Lithuania’s president has called on the European Commission to take all possible action to ensure safety of Belarus’ nuclear plant in Astravyets, urging EC leader Ursula von der Leyen to get “personally involved” in the matter. President Gitanas Nausėda had a phone conversation with the EC President Thursday, his press service said in a statement. Lithuania has been opposing the construction of the plant some 50 kilometres from its capital,…

Coronavirus update: two deaths at a Vilnius hospital

Friday, May 15, 2020

Two people have died from Covid-19, the National Public Health Centre said on Friday, adding that they were both treated at the same hospital in Vilnius. Two deaths at a Vilnius hospital Two people have died from Covid-19, the National Public Health Centre said on Friday, adding that they were both treated at the same hospital in Vilnius. One of the deceased at Vilnius City Clinical Hospital was diagnosed with…

Latvian company AirDog purchased by US technology giant

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Latvian start-up company, unmanned aircraft manufacturer AirDog, has been purchased by one of the largest developers of smart home solutions in the US, Alarm.com, said the start-up representatives on May 15. Alarm.com develops advanced technology that help millions of people in 40 countries manage and protect their homes and businesses. With the acquisition of AirDog, the NASDAQ listed company intends to promote research and development of  Alarm.com robotics for smart…

Baltic ministers say first coronavirus wave ‘under control’

Friday, May 15, 2020

Prime ministers of the three Baltic states said the first wave of the coronavirus has been taken under control. “We can be glad that we, the three Baltic states, have successfully taken the first [Covid-19] wave under control and are the first in the European Union to open our borders to each others’ citizens [and residents],” said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. “But we remain cautious and responsible and are…

Lithuania’s ruling party leader threatens LRT after report on minister

Friday, May 15, 2020

After LRT Investigation Team reported on alleged kickbacks received by Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič, the leader of Lithuania’s ruling party threatened to investigate LRT. If law enforcement finds no wrongdoing on behalf of the minister, Ramūnas Karbauskis said he would raise the question regarding the work of LRT Investigation Team. Karbauskis is the head of Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), which is in a ruling coalition with the Polish-minority…