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More than a virus: pandemic and online security in the Baltic states
The Covid-19 pandemic has not only an impact on business and economy but also reshaped cyberspace. The increased use of digital technologies has become the “new normal“ in many organisations. This has created security blindspots for malicious actors that have set their sights also on the Baltics.
Smaller stores can re-open from April 7
After the easter holidays, from April 7, most smaller retail stores will be able to resume in-person trading, but large shopping malls will still have restrictions in place and only certain stores will be able to work in them, the government agreed on Thursday, April 1. 
Latvia digs 'SOIL' for Dubai EXPO
On March 11, the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) signed an agreement on the development and implementation of the Latvian National Pavilion concept for the EXPO exhibition in Dubai.
Urban Mobility Hackathon arriving in April
Anyone with a mobility idea is being  invited to join the kick-off technology marathon “Urban Mobility Hackathon” on April 15-17, where participants from all three Baltic States will be encouraged to address the challenges of cities in ensuring climate-neutral mobility.
Latvian pharmaceutics companies want to build vaccine factory
Three Latvian pharmaceutical companies – AS “Olainfarm”, AS “Grindeks” and SIA “Pharmidea” – want to build a factory for production of vaccines against Covid-19, said co-owner of “Pharmidea” Vitālijs Skrīvelis at the meeting of the Saeima's Sustainable Development Committee March 10.
Lidl, Sāga, Via Jūrmala: newcomers in Latvia's retail in pandemic time
During the pandemic in Latvia, three new retail market participants – the Sāga mall, the brand outlet village “Via Jurmala Outlet Village” and the Lidl store network – should have made a powerful entrance. However, due to Covid-19, plans are constantly changing, Latvian Radio reported March 8.
Beauty services resume work Monday
Starting March 1, hairdresser, manicurist, pedicurist and podologist service providers are allowed to resume work after months of downtime. 
Smaller stores may be able to open from March
At a joint meeting of the government and the Crisis Management Council on Tuesday, government representatives examined the proposal of the Economics Ministry to allow outlets with a single entrance and of no more than 300 square meters to resume face-to-face sales.
airBaltic may require additional State funding
The aviation industry was one of the hardest hit in Covid-19 crisis, including the Latvian national airline airBaltic. Ministry of Transport estimates that the transport industry received EUR 500 million in aid last year and half of that went to airBaltic, Latvian Television's broadcast De Facto reported February 21.
TechChill invites pitchers to get pitching
The popular Baltic startup and technology event TechChill, taking place from May 7th to May 21st this year, has announced its annual pitch competition, the Fifty Founders Battle.

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