Posts published in Day: October 15, 2020

Watch the oldest movie shot in Latvia

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The 2020 Rīga International Film Festival gets under way October 15 with a special screening of the earliest surviving film made in Latvia, and to mark the occasion you can also watch it live online with LSM. The broadcast will not be geoblocked and should be viewable from anywhere in the world. As  previously reported by LSM a concert created especially for the opening of the Riga International Film Festival will…

LMT and MikroTik set up 5G lab in Latvia

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Latvian technology companies Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) and MikroTik have jointly set up a 5G laboratory, said Elina Lidere, LMT press secretary, October 15. In the laboratory, up-to-date 5G technology solutions are already being tested and a prototype for the 5G router has just been created, which will enable connected equipment to provide data transmission of unprecedented quality in the future. As explained by the laboratory’s manufacturers, it has already produced a…

Latvia and Finland sign 6×6 military vehicle development deal

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thursday, 15 October saw Latvian Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen and the company Patria Land Oy president Jussi Järvinen signed an agreement on research and development of a common 6×6 armored car system based on Patria vehicles. “The agreement signed today is an important step in the development of the National Armed Forces, as further in-depth cooperation with Finnish partners will allow finding the best solutions to increase the mobility of our soldiers. Evaluating the…

Lithuania’s Polish minority party asks to annul election results

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS) has appealed to annul Sunday’s election results, arguing a campaign against the party leader violated the law. The party claims that the Law on Elections to the Seimas was grossly violated due to the campaign by Laisvės TV against the party’s leader Valdemar Tomaševski. The messages should have been marked as political campaigning, the party claims, and Laisvės TV did…

Late night alcohol sales ban extended by one month

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The government on Thursday decided to extend the country-wide ban on late-night alcohol sales by one month until November 24 to limit the spread of coronavirus. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said while the spread of the coronavirus is stabilizing with the help of the current restrictions, the threat has yet to pass, which is why the government deems it warranted to continue the ban, spokespeople for the government said.…

Lithuania’s socdems under fire for compromising ‘left agenda’

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Lithuania’s Social Democratic Party (LSDP) performed poorly in the first round of parliamentary elections last Sunday and has now come under criticism for endorsing the incumbents in the second round of voting. Critics say that the social democrats are betraying the left agenda, on which they campaigned, by supporting parties like the Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS). Even though labeled as “centre-left”, the LVŽS is nothing of the kind, they…

Vilnius under pressure

Thursday, October 15, 2020

With a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, public health officials have urged Vilnius authorities to tighten up measures against the spread of the disease. Shortening bar working hours and banning group workouts are among the proposals. Lithuania’s National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported a daily increase of 255 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, including 111 in Vilnius County. In particular, the infection is spreading among people in their 20s who frequent…

Third of Lithuanians feels anxious about money, survey shows

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thirty-nine percent of Lithuanians feel anxiety about their financial situation every day, a survey has found. The anxiety adversely affects relations with family members, health and productivity at work, they said. One in six respondents reported feeling no anxiety about their financial situation and 7 percent said they were fully satisfied with their finances, according to the survey commissioned by the Institute of Finance at Swedbank Lithuania. “A mere 7…

More than 20 hotels have closed in Rīga

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, more than 20 hotels have closed their doors in Rīga, Latvian Radio reported October 15. Some hotels did not resume their work after the first outbreak of the disease, but some have recently announced temporary closure. The Chair of the Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association Jānis Naglis said that these hotels represent a large chunk of the industry. 70% of the income of hotels in the…

Rīga airport passenger turnover in September down 85% from last year

Thursday, October 15, 2020

According to a statement from Rīga International airport October 15, in the first nine months of this year, 1.8 million passengers were serviced at the airport. This is about a third of last year’s passenger volume, according to operational data on the airport’s performance. Compared with the first nine months of last year, the number of passengers at the airport has fallen by 69.6%. According to the statement, in September the airport serviced…