Posts published in Day: February 10, 2021

Takeaway food thieves emerge in Rīga

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A criminal group has started to operate in Rīga, whose aim seems to be getting a few portions of takeaway food in the loot, Latvian Television reported February 9. The criminals sometimes claim to be food delivery couriers, sometimes police officers. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, cafes and restaurants only sell food for takeout. Tables are empty, some people pick up  the food themselves, some send a courier. Unfortunately, fraudsters are…

Latvia: First cases of avian flu detected

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Laboratory tests have confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza for two dead swans in Jūrmala, Dzintaru Beach. This is the first case of avian influenza in Latvia, the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) said February  10. The Ministry of Agriculture intends, on the basis of information provided by the PVD, to impose additional biosecurity measures for poultry keepers throughout the country, including ban of keeping poultry outdoors in order to prevent direct or…

Lithuanian FM: Country will not buy Russian vaccine

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Lithuania won’t purchase coronavirus vaccines from Russia, even if the shot is approved by the European Union, and will only rely on medicines produced in the West. Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said she has “no doubt” that Russia’s attempts to sell the vaccine before fully immunizing its own people is “yet another geopolitical game.” The Baltic nation has secured a portfolio of Western-produced vaccines through joint EU purchases and “there’s…

Cold winter drives economic growth via energy sector in Estonia

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The ongoing cold weather has had a boosting effect on the economy so far, largely driven by increased electricity consumption and production, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Tuesday night. Tuesday morning had seen a consumption high for winter so far, and was only a little off the all-time record, while the increased production and higher electricity prices will affect economic growth positively at a time when the coronavirus…

Estonia: Registered unemployed grows 5.3 percent on month

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The number of registered unemployed in Estonia was 56,575 at the end of January, 5.3 percent higher than the month before. Unemployment is not 8.7 percent. The number of registered unemployed grew by slightly less in January than in January 2020. The number of newly unemployed persons registered during the month was 8,855, the Unemployment Insurance Fund said. In total 5,018 people took up employment or started a business with…

Latvia: Nearly 1,000 new cases of Covid-19

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 990 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Wednesday, February 10. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 73,859. Of 12,334 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 8% of tests were positive, up on the 6% rate from the day before. There is a strong weekly pattern to the figures with mid-week and late-week numbers usually higher than those at…

Third of population has pondered moving as a result of pandemic

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A survey carried out among people in all three Baltic states suggests more Latvians than Estonians or Lithuanians have considered moving house as a result of the pandemic. More than one in three Latvians (35%) has considered moving due to COVID-19 and would choose to move to a suburb or the countryside according to the survey carried out in January by research agency Norstat for Citadele bank, surveying 1,000 residents of each…

Latvian scientists work on unique method of cancer treatment

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Scientists of the Latvian Institute for Organic Synthesis (OSI) work on a unique method for treating cancer – designing special molecules that cause the death of malignant cells, Latvian Television reported February 10. In the future, this method is likely to save the lives of millions of people worldwide. This is one of last year’s most important achievements in science, according to OSI scientists. Although there are currently a large…

Private media in Poland protest advertising tax

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sections of the privately owned media in Poland imposed a news blackout on Wednesday morning in protest over a proposed new tax on advertising revenue. Independent media companies have warned the tax could stifle media pluralism and free speech in the country. They argue its introduction will mean a “weakening or even liquidation” of some media operating in Poland, as well as limiting the possibilities of financing qualitative and local…

‘Blizzard of Souls’ makes Oscars shortlist for best music

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Latvian historical war drama ‘Blizzard of Souls’ has been shortlisted for Best Original Score at the Academy Awards, according to the Awards homepage. The Best Original Score category has fifteen nominations on the shortlist. ‘Blizzard of Souls’ was also selected by Latvia for Best International Feature Film but didn’t make it on the shortlist. The author of the score for ‘Blizzard of Souls’, Lolita Ritmane, has already received the  Hollywood Music…