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Better not to return to some schools after the lockdown: what the Swiss would say?

A nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution study performed by the Alliance of Lithuanian Consumer Organisations (ALCO) before the lockdown has confirmed concerns – the most polluted locations are close to the capital’s major transportation arteries.

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How will Lithuanian cinemas survive?

In an attempt to evaluate the long-term effects of Covid-19 on cinema operators, the law firm Sorainen, by the request of the Lithuanian Film Centre, has conducted an economic analysis of the situation.

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Paysera revenue increased by 15%, transfer turnover approached EUR 6 billion

One of the largest Lithuanian electronic money institutions, Paysera LT, generated EUR 11.05 million last year, which exceeded the results of the previous year by more than 15 per cent. 2.7 million transactions were carried out through the Paysera payment system throughout last year, amounting to a total of EUR 5.9 billion, the company informed in a press release.

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Eurovaistinė: Baltic States tourism bubble also used by those seeking cheaper medicines

Customers are once more travelling from Latvia to Lithuania in search of cheaper medicines. Pharmacists working for the largest pharmacy network in the country Eurovaistinė in Palanga and Panevėžys say they have noticed how already last weekend, they received numerous customers from Latvia. That said, so far, their numbers aren’t quite the same as before the quarantine.

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Poll: Lithuanians have accumulated food stocks, while the number of poor people in the country is growing rapidly

Full cabinets of unused food is something that can be found in most of the households of today's Lithuanians: according to a representative survey of the country's population commissioned by 'Malsena', half of the respondents accumulated food during the quarantine period. Half of them did not use up the accumulated stocks.

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Poll: due to uncertainty Lithuanians halt their plans to consume and borrow

A Spinter Tyrimai survey of Lithuanian residents performed in April on the current financial situation has revealed that within the coming three months, citizens are not planning any expenses. With the lockdown underway, the study has shown that more than every third (38%) Lithuanian has suffered significantly from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

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The future of the construction industry – contactless repairs

With the quarantine reshuffling people’s priorities, not only the retail sector has been seeking ways to adapt to the changed habits of their clients, but also construction contractors. The repair or fitting process involves a wide range of people – starting with the contractor, ranging all the way to designers, work managers and craftsmen.

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D. Andrulionienė. A new reality in the real estate sector: how can businesses cooperate in ensuring its health?

With the COVID-19 pandemic having paralysed the economies of countries around the world, Lithuania included, it has become fashionable to compare the situation to the crisis of 2008. According to various analyses, the damage inflicted on certain branches of the economy truly does match or even surpasses the harm that the events of 12 years ago caused.

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Petras Auštrevičius. A slumbering and exhausted Lithuanian foreign policy

The European Parliament has tasked me with preparing an evaluation of the situation in Belarus and proposing guidelines for European Union policy in regard to this state for the future. Understandably, the opinion of Belarus’ neighbours and their take on the situation is crucial. The frightening shadow of the nuclear power plant being built in Astravyets must receive particular attention and consideration.

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Paupio Turgus to start with offering a rent “holiday” to its partners

Darnu Group, which is developing the new centre of attraction for Vilnius residents and the capital’s guests in Vilnius Old Town, Paupio Turgus [Paupys Market], that it plans to open this autumn, is not changing its plans. However, in response to the difficult situation catering and small retail businesses are faced with due to the coronavirus crisis, it is easing conditions for existing and potential tenants and up to the spring of next year is gifting a rent “holiday”.

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In commemoration of Civil Resistance Day: why Lithuania should not ratify the EU-Cuba cooperation agreement

We discussed this issue with the like-minded earlier, even before the pandemic, which seems to have frozen all other political topics for a while. However, the problem still remains unsolved and, therefore, today, in the light of the history of Lithuania's civil resistance, it is particularly important to bring back the situation of human rights and freedoms in Cuba, whose people have been struck by the pandemic even harder than democratic societies.

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Viaplay to launch streaming service in the Baltic states

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the Nordic region’s leading streaming company, will launch its Viaplay streaming service in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the first quarter of 2021. The expansion builds on Viaplay’s well-established success in the Nordic region and recent launch in Iceland. Viaplay will offer Baltic viewers a unique combination of Viaplay originals, films and series, kids’ content and live sports.

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The Lithuanian Association of Castles and Manors presents a video clip and invites you to explore Lithuanian manors

With its new video showcasing the beauty of nature, historical castles and manors, the Lithuanian Association of Castles and Manors inspires the viewer to explore Lithuania and its cultural heritage.

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Tech Loft to become the first centre for start-ups in a progressive district in Vilnius

This summer, the progressive Naujamiestis district in the capital will feature the opening of this location’s first start-up centre Tech Loft. The 2.2 thousand square meter building on Algirdas Street, which was renovated based on a unique architectural concept, will be host to companies developing IT and other technological innovations, as well as coworking spaces. Businessman Darius Žakaitis is the founder of the new start-up centre Tech Loft.

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Tens of thousands of Lithuanians value this innovative and free of charge bill payment app

The bill payment app Perlas Go, which was released several months ago, already has tens of thousands of Lithuanian users – they scan their bills. They can make payments immediately without leaving home. All that is required is a smartphone and most importantly – neither the app nor paying bills come at any cost.

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Berta Čaikauskaitė. Politicians’ promises in the midst of a lockdown – warmup for the elections?

Before elections, communication is one of the strongest tools to enable politicians to relay their ideas, earn the voters’ favour and prove their competitive advantage, thus says a certain ancient rule. That said, the ongoing countrywide lockdown has barred many a politician from launching their electoral campaigns with consistency. Thus broadcasts show us more than once a day, even in the face of the pandemic, the same faces once again.

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EIKA launches financial security programme to increase the level of certainty in the market

EIKA seeks to reduce the uncertainty currently dominating the real estate market by launching a financial security programme, which will offer two new proposals to clients: the “Mortgage repayment guarantee”, where EIKA will cover the loan repayments and interest for a defined period of time should a client become unemployed, and the “Changed conditions guarantee”, which will give a possibility to terminate a preliminary sales contract after three months without any sanctions, EIKA press office reported.

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G. Nausėda to evaluate how we’ve been living: a wholly different tone than D. Grybauskaitė‘s

Next month, President Gitanas Nausėda is to make his first annual address in Seimas. Throughout her ten years of overviewing the state of the nation, Dalia Grybauskaitė would fire off fierce criticism and acute phrases from the Seimas tribune. According to political scientist Lauras Bielinis, G. Nausėda’s tone will be different, he will be unwilling to just lash out.

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Algis Krupavičius. The public continues to rally around the government. But for how long?

Public opinion is inertia based. This truth is known to every starting sociologist or political scientist. As such, in the current context, from the perspective of public opinion, there are at least two pieces of news for the government. The good – the popularity of ruling (the prime minister’s) parties in most European countries, compared to pre-pandemic ratings, has grown. Not to the same extent everywhere, but in most countries. Even now, it continues to increase a little. But not by much. Overall, across 21 European countries, it has risen by 4%, when comparing surveys between February and May.

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Why choose an international education for your child?

One of the things I appreciate the most growing up nomadically between countries and different types of schools (with my family behind a typical story of the world's globalized workforce), is my genuine appreciation in people's difference as a professional expat myself now. As I entered the field of education both as a researcher and an administrator, it intrigues me how my eagerness and ability to work with diversity allows me to keep updated with new- sometimes contradicting- perspectives, but nevertheless, aids my flexibility to stay open to new possibilities.

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