Posts published in Day: March 2, 2021

Lithuanian police to patrol social media for hate speech and vaccine disinformation

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Lithuania’s police are planning to monitor cyberspace and social media 24 hours a day aimed at preventing hate speech. Police officers will be scanning through online comments, flagging those that are deemed inappropriate. The goal is to fight hate, racial and sexual crimes. Also, the Interior Minister sad that there needed to be an effort against disinformation about Covid-19 vaccination. Elderly Lithuanians are refusing to have Astra Zeneca shots after…

Tallink takes Port of Tallinn to court

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Shipping line Tallink Grupp is suing state owned Port of Tallinn over fees covering a three-year period. Tallink, whose claim totals €15.4 million, says the fees were excessively high. Tallink filed the legal claim at Harju County Court Monday. The port fees concern the main ferry harbor in central Tallinn, and Tallink is citing the terms of the Competition Act in its claim. Tallink CEO Paavo Nõgene said: “Tallink Grupp…

One-off aid to be granted for pensioners and disabled people in Latvia

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The planned funding for benefits amounts to €112,5 million. The payout is scheduled to start in April. It is scheduled to be reviewed by the government on Thursday. Minister of Welfare said that the allowance of €200 will be received by people declared in Latvia who receive: old-age pension, compensation for the loss of a guardian, compensation for loss of working capacity, State social security allowance, special care allowance for…

Talking drones shoo people off thin ice in Latvia

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Recently purchased drones allow rescuers to speak to fishermen on the ice through a loudspeaker rather than shouting from the shore. The drone can play a standard recording or a personalized message which is recorded a few seconds prior to take-off. A drone with similar equipment is also indispensable in putting out large fires, when the thermal camera allows rescuers to predict from above where the flames will move next.…

Weight gain observed in Latvian population

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

According to nutritionists, remote work and training have affected overall public health, especially weight. Compared to the  2018 figures,   the largest weight changes are seen in Kurzeme –  an increase by eight percentage points. Latgale follows. Remote learning plays a key role in weight gain because pupils spend all day on the computer. Their physical activities have significantly decreased. Nutrition professionals recommend that people introduce physical activity in the daily…

Latvian scientists have created a new medical protective equipment

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

In developing the design, the scientists studied a person’s performance while wearing protective gear currently worn by medical professionals fighting Covid-19. The new equipment sits well on the body and allows you to move. “It was concluded that even 10% of the workability was lost, and we were therefore looking for ways of improving this outfit to make it more comfortable. The first task is to that it is more…

272 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed Monday in Latvia

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

On March 1, 272 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Latvia. Monday’s case total is usually the lowest of the week due to the smaller number of tests carried out on Sundays. Of the 3,451 tests performed in the last 24 hours, 7.9% were positive. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 86,458. Unfortunately three more deaths were also confirmed March 1. One victim was…

Covid-19 morbidity decreased last week in Latvia

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The number of Covid-19 infections is declining and Latvian society must make efforts to prevent a third wave, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) said on March 1. A total of 4,667 new infections with Covid-19 were recorded last week, compared with 4,813 new cases seven days ago. The incidence has decreased by 3%. Over the past seven days, a total of 70,477 tests have been conducted in…

The average salary before taxes in 2020 was EUR 1 143 per month in Latvia

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2020, the average monthly gross wage in the country for full-time work was EUR 1 143. Compared to 2019, the average monthly salary increased by EUR 66 or 6.2 %, but the salary for one hour worked before taxes – by 6.6 % (from EUR 7.47 to 7.97). Average wages and salaries after taxes – EUR 841 Average net wages and salaries (calculated based on labour…

The Baltic States are the European troublemakers

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Foreign policy of the Baltic States creates conflicts in the international relationship of Eastern Europe. Earlier, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis was delegated to Georgia as a mediator in the political conflict. However, he threatened the Georgian authorities with sanctions for arresting opposition leader Nikanor Melia. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called the statements of the Lithuanian delegate offensive and unacceptable. Now Lithuania…