Posts published in Day: February 5, 2021

Latvian Art Academy to launch new international study program

Friday, February 5, 2021

Art Academy of Latvia (LMA) together with cooperation partners will launch a new Master level study program in English, according to LMA release February 5. The program is called Service Design Strategies and Innovations: a “new international Masters in Northern Europe with a focus on service design, management, and leadership”. It is planned to launch the program in summer 2021. The language of studies will be English. At the beginning…

Latvia closing border to all EU citizens

Friday, February 5, 2021

Latvia is barring European Union citizens, including Estonia’s, from crossing its border from next week, Latvian public broadcaster LSM reports, amid rising coronavirus rates. The rule, which applies to citizens of EU/EEA countries, the U.K. and Switzerland will from Thursday, February 11 be prohibited from entering Latvia, except in exceptional circumstances. The ban is set to run for two weeks, until February 25, as things stand, and follows a decision…

Re:Baltica profiles little-known Latvian entrepreneur

Friday, February 5, 2021

Re:Baltica, the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, has published a new report in which it profiles what it says is one of Latvia’s richest individuals — but one that very few people have heard of. In just a decade entrepreneur Aigars Kesenfelds grew his finance business from nothing to an international network with turnover of 400 million euros per year. Specialising in short-term or ‘payday’ loans, as well as other forms of financing,…

876 new Covid-19 cases, 28 more deaths in Latvia

Friday, February 5, 2021

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 876 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Friday, February 5. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 70,276. Of 11,495 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.6% of tests were positive, up on the 6.3% rate from Thursday. Unfortunately, 28 more deaths were also confirmed February 5. Of that number five victims were aged 55-70, twelve were aged…

‘Unnecessary’ entry to Latvia banned until February 24

Friday, February 5, 2021

In order to slow the spread of the new strains of Covid-19, government decided on a number of border regulations February 5. International passenger carrier services have been suspended for an undetermined period of time between Latvia and the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Portugal. From February 10 to February 24, entry to Latvia is banned if there is no significant reason to do so. On Friday, the government agreed that Latvia…

Baltic index flat as panamax gains offset capesize losses

Friday, February 5, 2021

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index that tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities was unchanged on Thursday, as higher rates for panamax vessels countered losses in the capesize and supramax segments. * The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, was flat at 1,327 points, its lowest since mid-December last year. * The capesize index slipped 4 points,…

Tallinn participatory budget winning projects announced

Friday, February 5, 2021

A Japanese mini-forest, drinking water standpipes along a health trail and pedestrian underpasses were among the winners chosen from the recent inaugural participatory budget issued by the City of Tallinn and covering all eight districts of the capital. 2021 saw the debut participatory budget for the capital, though a similar process has been going on in Estonia’s second city, Tartu, for some years. In short, the process enables ordinary residents…

Estonian IT minister: New 5G frequency band tender coming in winter

Friday, February 5, 2021

A new tender for frequency bands of fifth generation technology (5G) for telecommunications operators will presumably come in the winter, said Foreign Trade and IT Minister Andres Sutt (Reform). The implementation of the newest form of data communication technology in Estonia ran aground last spring, as then-IT minister Raul Siem (EKRE) cancelled a tender for 5G frequencies. The tender would have given operators such as Telia, Elisa and Tele2 an…

Latvia will get 50% more ‘Moderna’ vaccines

Friday, February 5, 2021

Latvia will receive a significant amount of extra vaccines against Covid-19 in the near future – a total of 167 213 doses of “Moderna” vaccines, Ministry of Health said February 4. Of those, around 100 000 should already be delivered in the first half of the year. Member States of the European Union have agreed to share their doses of vaccines. The reallocation is organized by Sweden, the Ministry of Health…