Posts published in Day: May 22, 2020

Rapid tests not suitable for diagnosing coronavirus, Lithuanian researchers say

Friday, May 22, 2020

Rapid coronavirus tests can best detect antibodies in a person’s bloodstream 14–50 days after first Covid-19 symptoms appear, but are of little use for diagnosing the virus, Vilnius University researchers say. To evaluate the reliability of rapid Covid-19 tests, researchers at Vilnius University and its hospital, Santara Clinics, the university’s hospital, have serological test kits made by three different producers. The tests can detect the presence of IgM, IgG or…

Lithuanians among the most numerous applicants for UK’s settled status

Friday, May 22, 2020

Nearly 177,000 Lithuanians have applied for the settled status in the UK, one of the biggest national groups and more numerous than French or Germans citizens. While migration to the UK has been on the decrease in recent years, the figure highlights the sheer size of the population that Lithuania has lost over the last decades. The UK government has recently released data, showing that 3.5 million EU citizens have…

Latvia reopens border to EU states, no word from Estonia or Lithuania

Friday, May 22, 2020

Latvia has allowed EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and residents to enter the country as of May 21. Despite the ongoing Baltic ‘travel buble’, there hasn’t yet been a similar announcement from Estonia or Lithuania. Arrivals in Latvia must self-isolate for 14 days, which doesn’t apply to people transiting to other destinations, according to Latvian Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits quoted by the country’s public broadcaster, LSM. Latvia’s seld-quarantine rule does…

DEFENDER-Europe 20 is still not neither canceled nor postponed till further notice

By Stero Veberts on Friday, May 22, 2020

Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 was mostly canceled due to coronavirus pandemic. It is the biggest military drills in Europe, that was to be held this April – May. However because of coronavirus outbreak the chain of smaller drills within DEFENDER-Europe 20 was significantly cut. The U.S. troops that were deployed before the outbreak and Europe’s lockdown are still there, and they are awaiting June. Because that’s when Defender Plus is to…

Tele2 turnover increased by 4% in 2019

Friday, May 22, 2020

Mobile operator Tele2 reached a turnover of EUR 136.669 million in 2019, up 4% compared to 2018, according to Firmas.lv information on May 22. The company’s profit rose by 2% and was EUR 31.519 million. Tele2 revenue from communications services increased by 5.4% in 2019, while the company’s revenue from sales of goods and other services decreased by 0.6%. In accordance with a decision made at a shareholder meeting, Tele2’s profits were…

airBaltic flies to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna, Düsseldorf

Friday, May 22, 2020

With the permission from the Ministry of Transport, national airline airBaltic will resume direct flights from Riga to Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna and Düsseldorf, informed airBaltic in a statement to the media on May 22. Flights from Riga to Amsterdam will be relaunched on May 24, Hamburg – June 1, Vienna – June 8, and Düsseldorf – June 9. “By June 9, we will have connected the Baltic States to more than ten…

Short stories of Lithuanian art. Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė – video

Friday, May 22, 2020

LRT and MO Museum bring you a series of videos presenting 20 key Lithuanian artists of the 20th century. Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė (1933–2007) Winning acclaim for women artists was difficult in the Soviet period. Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė is undoubtedly one of the boldest women artists, captivating for her work and her personal story alike. In 1972, Rožanskaitė finished an assemblage titled ‘1941’. In it, angular, broken human shapes are looking…

Three for the Weekend: Wagner, crafts, canoes

Friday, May 22, 2020

Plenty to do, plenty to watch, plenty to listen. Here are a few tips for the weekend of May 22-24. This is and will be a great way to finish a great day on Friday, May 22. Not only a romantic evening on the water but also a way to observe Riga from an unusual point of view. Enjoy the magic of the Daugava sunsets and the beautiful lights of Riga canal. The most important thing to bring: a smile! More information…

LRT English Newsletter: You’ve got mail from China

Friday, May 22, 2020

In mid-April, a postal train from China pulled in at Vilnius Station. The first delivery of Europe-bound parcels may be a start of a weekly service, making Lithuania a hub for Chinese mail – but do immense opportunities of doing business with China outweigh the political risks? A Lithuanian official said he received numerous letters from China asking to apologise for statements directed against Beijing, while observers interviewed by LRT…

COVID-19 control measures updated

Friday, May 22, 2020

The State Chancellery compiles a website on COVID-19 related measures, restrictions, safety, rules, and advice. On May 18, the newest update on the COVID-19 control measure compilation was published. Physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures: – 2 metre distance between persons – No more than 25 persons at the same event – Observing hygiene and using disinfectants with an alcohol content of at least 70% – Duration of events: 3 hours for indoor events,…