Posts published in Day: March 5, 2021

Berlinale Best Director award goes to Latvian co-production

Friday, March 5, 2021

Latvian co-production “Natural Light” has received the Silver Bear for Best Director at the prestigious Berlinale film festival, the festival said on Twitter March 5. “Natural Light” was directed by Hungarian Dénes Nagy. The Silver Bear for Best Director goes to Dénes Nagy for “Natural Light” (Természetes fény).  #Berlinale   Watch the official trailer here:  https://t.co/w8fii9EYvJ    pic.twitter.com/438nHUsEfs   — Berlinale (@berlinale)  March 5, 2021   The film is a co-production…

Zoo visitor calls police over sleeping kangaroo

Friday, March 5, 2021

A visitor to the Rīga Zoo has complained to the police about a kangaroo sleeping on the floor of its enclosure, State Police (VP) representative Krista Andersone told LSM March 4. The visitor was reportedly concerned that the kangaroo was sleeping in an ‘unnatural’ position on the floor. At first the person alerted the zoo’s employees and was given the explanation that the floor is nice and heated, so the animal…

Latvians least likely to invest spare cash

Friday, March 5, 2021

Latvians favor deposits over investments for their spare cash, according to data compiled by Citadele bank subsidiary CBL Asset Management. The amount of household savings, which has historically been low in Latvia, has increased significantly during the pandemic, reaching 12 billion euros. However, unlike Lithuanians and Estonians, who are increasingly likely to invest their disposable money in shares and funds, Latvians prefer a more conservative approach. “Statistics show that people…

Vaccination rate hit new high on Thursday

Friday, March 5, 2021

On Thursday, March 4 a total of 5,279 people received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while the second dose was administered to 110 persons, according to the National Health Service data. This is the largest daily number of Covid-19 shots given in one day since the vaccination process in Latvia began. In comparison, the largest number of people vaccinated in a day last week was slightly over 4,000 people. So…

Teachers’ union calls for €1,800 average salary in Estonia

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Estonian Educational Personnel Union (Haridustöötajate liit) has proposed raising teachers’ average salary to €1,874 a month. Budget discussions are due to take place this month. The union has said the minimum wage for teachers should rise to the average salary in Estonia next year and should be at least €1,562. The union said in its proposal to the government that teachers’ workloads have increased significantly due to the coronavirus.…

Avia Solutions Group dispels doubts about connections with Russia

Friday, March 5, 2021

Avia Solutions Group has demanded that the Lithuanian intelligence service “dispel doubts about the firm, after it claimed that the aviation firm was unreliable. “The information is important to the public. We are publicly asking and giving consent to the [State Security Department] VSD to disclose all information it has about our company,” Vygaudas Ušackas, a member of the company’s management board and former high-ranking diplomat, said in a press…

Inflation in Estonia: 0.6 percent on year to February 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

Inflation ran at 0.6 percent on year to February 2021, state agency Statistics Estonia reports. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose slightly more between January and February, at 0.9 percent, Statistics Estonia reports, though on year, goods actually saw deflation of -0.6 percent on the CPI, while services cost 2.7 percent more than in February 2020. Statistics Estonia leading analyst Viktoria Trasanov said rise in prices of electricity, which cost…

Lithuania reports 434 new cases, 5 deaths

Friday, March 5, 2021

Lithuania has registered 434 new coronavirus infections and five deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. Lithuania’s 14-day coronavirus infection rate currently stands at 247.9 per 100,000 people. Overall, 201,335 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Currently, 187,162 people are considered as having statistically recovered from Covid-19, and 7,110 as statistically ill, compared to the declared numbers of 142,621 and 51,651…

Coalition continues predecessor’s coronavirus supplementary Estonian budget

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Center/Reform coalition is to extend last year’s supplementary budget drawn up by its predecessor in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The extension includes a continuation of loans from the KredEx foundation, a state-run credit agency which granted a controversial loan to a real estate project at the center of the collapse of the last coalition in January. While Center was in the previous coalition with Isamaa and the Conservative…

Minsk requests Lithuania to extradite Tikhanovskaya

Friday, March 5, 2021

Belarus has turned to the Lithuanian authorities to extradite Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition frontrunner against Alexander Lukashenko in the August 9 election last year, the country’s state news agency BelTa reported on Friday. “The General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus sent a request to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Lithuania to extradite Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to prosecute her for crimes against […] public safety and the state,” according to BelTa. TIkhanovskaya was…