Posts published in Day: March 30, 2021

Lithuanian Armed Forces buy new pistols instead of vaccines

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

During the struggle against the terrible consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing consequences in the national economy, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense bought a batch of new firearms to finally abandon the pistols of different caliber. The Armed Forces of Lithuania has already passed the first batch of German pistols HK SFP9 SF Paddle. This was reported by the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. Lithuanian servicemen…

Lithuania’s parliament OKs new PM, then closes due to virus

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lithuania’s parliament approved Tuesday conservative Ingrida Simonyte as the Baltic country’s next prime minister before shutting down for a week because of a recent COVID-19 spike in the country Simonyte, 46, will head a three-party center-right coalition after winning in a 62-10 vote in the 141-seat legislature, which is called the Seimas. Another 41 lawmakers abstained, and 28 others were absent mostly due to the coronavirus resurgence. The southernmost Baltic…

Belarus opens terrorism probe against opposition leader

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Belarus authorities on Monday announced a criminal probe against the nation’s top opposition figure on charges of terrorism, a move that follows a sweeping police crackdown on protesters demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader. Belarus’ Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said his office has launched a criminal investigation against Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya the top opposition candidate who challenged President Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential vote in August. Shved said in…

J&J to launch Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Europe on April 19

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said Monday it would start delivering its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine to Europe on April 19, giving the continent a boost as it struggles to speed up its vaccination drive. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the J&J jab in mid-March, following approval of vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca. Unlike the previously registered vaccines, it takes only one dose of the J&J…

AK: Tourism businesses’ state aid open to applications from Tuesday

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Aid for the tourism sector totaling close to €10 million is available from Tuesday, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Monday night. The support, channeled via state agency Enterprise Estonia, will provide direct subsidies to hotels and other accommodation businesses, restaurants and other catering outlets, and travel agents, as well as souvenir retailers and other tourism-related businesses affected directly by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying restrictions. As…

Don’t joke on payment forms, banks advise

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

April 1 may be almost upon us, but anyone in the mood for jokes on bank payment forms is being warned against it by the banks themselves. Jelena Novaka, Head of Private Communications at SEB, explained that when filling in the fields on a bank payment form “The purpose of a payment is not a place to joke, because sometimes it can be that the payment is important, and that purpose of…

Passenger carriers want resignation of Transport Minister

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Latvian Association of Passenger Carriers has sent a letter to Saeima, to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), the Cabinet of Ministers, and President Egils Levits, in which the association expresses no confidence in Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party). The letter, sent on March 25, says that the association no longer trusts the minister due to the Road Transport Administration’s procurement of public transport services on regional routes,…

Statistics: Retail turnover growth slows in February

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Retail turnover rose 4 percent on year to February 2021, at a figure of €594 million, state agency Statistics Estonia says. This represented a slight slow-down on the previous month’s figures. Jaanika Tiigiste, Statistics Estonia leading analyst, said for January the figure was 7 percent (both figures cite constant prices – ed.). Tiigiste said: “While turnover increased in stores selling manufactured goods and in enterprises engaged in the retail sale…

Čaka Street bicycle lane experiment extended until September

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In order to continue collecting traffic data during the active pedestrian and cyclist season, an experimental use of bicycle lanes on A. Čaka Street in Rīga will be extended until September 1, the Riga City Council Traffic and Transport Affairs Committee decided on Monday, March 29. “The main task of the department and traffic experts at the moment is to find a solution so that the two most important priorities in the…

Latvian regulator issues warning about British-registered company

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Latvia’s banking regulator, the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) warned March 29 about a British-registered financial services company that has reportedly been trying to do business in Latvia illegally. “[The FKTK] has received information that the services of BEDFORD PAY LTD, an electronic money institution  licensed in the United Kingdom  , are being actively offered to Latvian residents. The Commission warns that since 01.01.2021 BEDFORD PAY LTD does not have the right…