Posts published in Day: August 30, 2021

Lithuania opens training camp for US troops in bid to draw Washington’s attention

Monday, August 30, 2021

Lithuania opened a military training camp for US troops in Pabradė on Monday. Politicians say it should help the country get more attention from Washington. Lithuania will also strive to host a permanent US military base, they insist. US battalions of approximately 500 troops have been rotating to train in Lithuania since 2019. Between 2014 and 2017, company-size units of around 200 US troops were stationed in Lithuania. “Attention, certainly,…

Nauseda backs compulsory jabs for some professions

Monday, August 30, 2021

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Monday that he supported compulsory coronavirus shots for some professions and called for raising the overall vaccination target to 90 percent of the population. “As for compulsory vaccination, yes, we agree that for certain professions compulsory vaccination or unavoidable vaccination is the only alternative if we want a smooth process,” the president told reporters. “And we want a smooth process in our education and…

China-Lithuania geopolitics hinder rail developments

Monday, August 30, 2021

GVT Group of Logistics is one of them. The Dutch transport and logistics firm recently launched a direct train between Tilburg in the Netherlands and the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal (KIT) in Lithuania. The new service is significant because it puts KIT on the map of European intermodal terminals. Additionally, it was supposed to have another function: using Lithuania and Kaunas as GVT’s transit hub on the way to China. However,…

Universities take different approaches to Covid safety

Monday, August 30, 2021

Latvian higher education schools are planning to start the new academic year in different ways as regards the epidemiological safety requirements, Latvian Radio reported August 30. The government has stipulated that onsite learning in higher education can only take place with a valid Covid-19 certificate of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test, but the testing method would only be valid until October 10. After that, a certificate of vaccination or recovery…

Average wages at EUR 1,237 in Latvia

Monday, August 30, 2021

Data published August 30 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the 2nd quarter of 2021 the average monthly gross wages and salaries for full-time work comprised EUR 1,237. Compared to the 2nd quarter of 2020, the average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by EUR 115 or 10.2 %, but gross hourly payment – by 4.6 % (from EUR 8.20 to EUR 8.57). Compared to the 1st quarter, in the 2nd quarter of 2021 average monthly…

Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries starts this week

Monday, August 30, 2021

The 25th Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries will run on 1-12 September in Rīga and online, with a total of 18 film projects to be presented at the training and pitching forum, as well as a program of masterclasses and film screenings, say organizers. Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries, established in 1997 in Denmark, will be hosted in Rīga for the 17th year where the forum for documentary industry professionals has…

100 billion euros of non-cash payments made so far this year in Latvia

Monday, August 30, 2021

The value of non-cash payments made in Latvia during the first half of 2021 has totalled almost 100 billion euro, according to information from the Latvian central bank (Latvijas Banka). 275.6 million non-cash payments made by customers and totalling 99.4 billion euro were executed by the Latvian payment service providers (credit institutions, electronic money institutions, payment institutions, Latvijas Banka and the Treasury) during the first half of 2021. This averages 1.5 million payments worth…

Weather week in Latvia: mild and wet

Monday, August 30, 2021

The weather in Latvia this week will be changeable, with frequent bursts of rain and sun, according to forecasts by weatherman Toms Bricis. Monday will be the warmest and sunniest day of the week with temperatures rising up to 21 C in places, and there will be little rain. On Tuesday, though, there will already be more rain but the temperatures will remain in the range between 15 C and…

Military training ‘Namejs’ launched throughout Latvia

Monday, August 30, 2021

Starting August 30, the National Armed Forces (NBS) military training “Namejs” will take place throughout Latvia, NBS representative Sandra Brāle told Latvian Radio. The training will be carried out to check and improve the readiness of the teams to fulfil their national defense tasks. During training, it is possible that residents may encounter movements of military vehicles, equipment, and soldiers. “The scope of these military exercises is very extensive, including…