Posts published in Day: July 6, 2021

Covid vaccination to be made compulsory in some professions

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Employers will be authorized to dismiss employees in some professions who have not obtained their Covid-19 certificates by September 15, the Cabinet of Ministers decided Tuesday, July 6. The government agreed to make vaccination (or certified recovery from the virus) against Covid-19 mandatory for medics, social workers and teachers, among others. The Justice Ministry in collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Welfare, Economics and Finance will draft the respective amendments to…

Latvia: Sparsely populated areas will have free public transport

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Free public transport will be introduced in sparsely populated areas, the government decided July 6. It is planned that public transport services will be provided free of charge on approximately 20 regional routes in all regions, with the exception of the Rīga region. The Road Transport Directorate has identified potential free routes, but they could change, taking into account current data and assessing the quantitative indicators of the criteria. Eligible areas…

Coronation of Mindaugas: do we really understand medieval monarchy?

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

“King” is not just a word that any powerful warlord could make use of, it is a title from the Holy Bible, defined by specific requirements in the Christian world and carrying a deep sacral meaning. It is a judicial concept which was perhaps not even fully understood by the first Lithuanian leader to seek the crown, even if he understood its political value. What do we know about the…

Lithuanian army Vilkas IFVs receive last Spike LR missiles

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The last shipment of Spike LR anti-tank missiles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles was delivered to Lithuania at the end of June. The Spike LR anti-tank missile acquisition contract was completed and implemented by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) through cooperation with the OCCAR international organisation that executed the project. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of the Boxer armored fighting vehicle developed by…

Latvian central bank warns about scammers

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The Latvian central bank (Latvijas banka, LB) warned the public July 5 to be on guard against suspected fraudsters using the bank’s name as part of a potential scam. “Recently, we have encountered several cases of attempted fraud using the Bank of Latvia’s name – including requesting information on the financial status of members of the population, spreading false information, as well as allegations of incorrect non-cash transfers,” said a statement from LB. “We…

State to grant public loans for apartment building renovation

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Latvian government decided on July 6 to implement a public loan program for multi-apartment building renovation and surrounding areas. The public loan will be made available to residents for works and space improvements in multi-apartment residential houses, including homes located in less developed regions, small towns or villages, or those which, for other reasons, do not comply with commercial banks’ lending policy. The total financing of the aid programme for…

Nordica ended 2020 with €10.5 million loss

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Airline Nordica suffered a loss of €10.5 million last year due to the reduced opportunity to travel caused by the coronavirus. The company approved the report for the previous financial year at a general meeting on Tuesday. Last year’s sales revenue was €61 million, almost 42 percent less than in 2019 which saw a total sales revenue of €104 million. Nordica’s scheduled flights flew 22,000 passengers in 2020 (351,000 in…

Turkish FM to visit Lithuania

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The Turkish foreign minister is set to visit Lithuania to attend a conference on Ukraine, the country’s foreign ministry said on July 6. Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will participate in the fourth Ukraine Reform Conference (URC), which will be held on July 6-7 in the capital Vilnius, the ministry said in a statement. This year’s event is jointly hosted by Lithuania and Ukraine. It has been held before in London (2017),…

Lithuanian Airports integrates AI assistant to support travel planning

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The AI assistant has been integrated on the websites of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports, and will support passengers in planning their trips seamlessly. Lithuanian Airports has integrated a new artificial intelligence (AI) assistant to help travellers to plan their trips seamlessly. The AI assistant is now available on the Vilnius International Airport (VNO), Kaunas Airport (KUN) and Palanga Airport (PLQ) websites. A record number of new destinations will be…

46 new Covid cases added Tuesday in Latvia

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

On Tuesday, July 6, Latvia reported 46 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 137,699. Of 8,803 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.5% were positive, consistent with the rate of recent days. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its decline, from 42.4 Monday to 38.2 Tuesday. There were also…