Posts published in Day: September 25, 2020

Lithuanians to make electric vans more powerful than Teslas

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Lithuanian automotive company Elinta Motors has built an electric minibus engine equipped with a battery twice as powerful as that of Tesla, the engineers say. Elinta Motors plans to take four different electric minibus models manufactured in Lithuania to the country’s streets by the end of next year. The vehicles used for public transport will be fully manufactured in Lithuania. “All electronics, installations, and outer body parts of the…

Over half of Lithuania’s Booking.com rentals operate illegally

Friday, September 25, 2020

Around 900 Lithuanian short-term rentals advertised on the Booking.com platform are operating illegally, according to the country’s Economy Ministry. Around 60 percent of all accommodation offered on Booking.com in Lithuania do not have the required licenses issued by the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority (VVTAT). According to Economy Vice Minister Vitalija Jankauskaitė-Milčiuvienė, the state cannot collect information on unlicensed short-term rentals and provide them with financial support if needed. But…

Three for the Weekend: Appreciating Autumn

Friday, September 25, 2020

This weekend in Latvia might feel more like summer than end of September. Outdoor activities on the menu! On September 26, Associations Engures sportam and Eži Events are organizing a hike through Līgatne’s trails – a hike with a mission “Get up and drag your friend along!” Anyone is invited to participate along with a friend who perhaps has not been as active recently. Hikers can choose between trails of…

Rinkēvičs discusses Belarus with Belarusian opposition representatives

Friday, September 25, 2020

On September 24, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with representatives of the Belarusian opposition, according to a release from Foreign Ministry. Rinkēvičs met Valery Tsepkalo, who was denied registration as a presidential candidate, and Veronica Tsepkalo, his spouse and ally in the joint headquarters of the opposition candidates. According to Foreign Ministry, Rinkēvičs confirmed Latvia’s position that, in the democratic world, nobody has any doubt that the presidential elections in…

COVID-19 innovation at full speed at Rīga Technical University

Friday, September 25, 2020

Rīga Technical University spoke to Latvian Radio September 25 about projects currently in progress to help the COVID-19 situation. Latvian universities and scientific institutes are actively involved in the new state research program for the mitigation of the effects of COVID-19. Rīga Technical University (RTU) is developing new disinfectant devices – robots, sticky coatings, as well as safe e-environmental solutions for remote work and education. “This is a square sample with coating prepared…

Thirty-one new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Friday, September 25, 2020

Thirty-one new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on September 25, the total since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,625 as a result. No new deaths were recorded Thursday, with the fatality toll remaining on 36, but another day with the case total in the dozens rather than single figures is a worrying trend. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,431 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In…

Saeima approves concept of national defense

Friday, September 25, 2020

Saeima has approved a new State Defense Concept, which determines the main directions of the national defense and protection, Latvian Television reported September 24. This is the main planning document for the defense sector. The aim is to make Latvia’s defense strong enough so that any attack would cause an aggressor to lose significantly more than potentially gain and thereby deter any attacks. The Saeima said that the concept was prepared at a…

Infectologist: food companies have high risk of COVID-19

Friday, September 25, 2020

Food companies have one of the highest risks of COVID-19 spread, and large outbreaks in such companies have happened in many countries, Health Ministry’s chief infectologist, Uga Dumpis, told LETA September 25. This is due to the cold air that facilitates the spread of the virus. Consequently, according to the expert, care should be taken in these establishments to ensure compliance with distancing, the use of personal protective equipment, hand disinfection…

Lithuania ‘cooperating’ with Denmark in Danske Bank money laundering investigation

Friday, September 25, 2020

Lithuania’s central bank says it is cooperating with Danish law enforcement in investigation into potential money laundering at Danske Bank’s operations in the country. “We are closely watching all information related to the possible participation of financial institutions in Lithunia in money laundering” and are “cooperating with the Danish colleagues”, the central bank told BNS. As part of FinCEN banking leaks, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has revealed…

Second phase planned for ‘Business Garden Rīga’ development

Friday, September 25, 2020

Developers have announced a second stage of construction at the ‘Business Garden Rīga’ business park in the Latvian capital. Vastint Latvia is planning to launch its second phase of construction following a tender and is in the process of selecting construction partners. Business Garden Rīga is a “multifunctional office campus” in Pārdaugava, located next to the intersection of Kārļa Ulmaņa avenue and Lielirbes street. The first project phase was completed in summer of…