Posts published in April 2021

World´s Largest International Live-Fire Cyber Exercise to be Launched Next Week

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Next week NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) organises Exercise Locked Shields 2021, the largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise in the world. This year the exercise highlights the need of cyber defenders and strategic decision-makers to understand the numerous interdependencies between national IT systems. In 2021 Exercise Locked Shields exercise is taking place on 13-16 April and will again highlight the increased need for…

Latvian Teachers to start getting Covid-19 jabs Monday

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Next week, vaccination against Covid-19 will begin for school teachers and educators working in close contact with children, the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) said April 9. The IZM will make lists of teachers who need the vaccine immediately (those working onsite). Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts said at a press conference Friday that the Ministry of Health would work on lists submitted by IZM and would invite educators to…

Computer and telecoms stores will be allowed to open in malls

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Computer and telecommunications specialized shops will be able to operate in large malls, government decided on Thursday, April 8. Thus, in shopping malls with a total area of more than 7000 square meters and comprising at least five dealers or service providers, stores selling computers, computer accessories, videogame controllers and standard software, and telecommunications equipment, will be able to open and sell these items onsite. Currently, these stores in major…

Travel bans cost Lithuania millions

Saturday, April 10, 2021

The government set aside over 7 million euros to impose lockdown restrictions, with the lion share being allocated for the travel bans that lasted from mid-December until April 7. Was the measure worth it? The measure was discontinued because it had already been “exhausted”, Lithuanian Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys said on Tuesday. “We have to admit that this measure […] has exhausted its possibilities,” he said, adding that the travel…

RIsk groups can line up for Covid vaccines Saturday

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Saturday, April 10, people belonging to one of the priority groups currently getting Covid-19 jabs will be able to show up at mass vaccination centers in Rīga without an invitation, Health Ministry said in an informative statement April 8. People who are currently eligible for a vaccine in Latvia are medical staff, persons aged 60 and over, social care center residents and employees, people with chronic diseases and people…

Three for the Weekend: 2ANNAS, Tchaikovsky, Four bridges hike

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Another weekend has come, with Latvian spring being what it is — four seasons a day. Here are some tips for both indoorsy and outdoorsy weekend pastimes. Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS will take place April 9 to April 15, fully online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the focus of the 2ANNAS festival is ZEME (EARTH). The festival offers 122 films from all over the world in 22 programs. Check…

Latvian universities will be allowed to hold classes in other EU languages

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Thursday, April 8, the Saeima adopted  amendments to the Law on Higher Education in the final reading, according to the Saeima press service. The amendments provide that in all universities and colleges, studies are carried out in Latvian, but if the university meets certain quality criteria, it will have the right to hold study programs in another language which is an official  language of one of the European Union’s…

Prince Philip: Queen’s husband, Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99

Friday, April 9, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has said. Known for his sense of humour and at times controversial gaffes, Queen Elizabeth II’s consort was the longest-serving in British history. His marriage to Queen Elizabeth lasted 74 years, with the couple celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2017. They had four children. During his time at Buckingham Palace, Philip carried out thousands of solo…

Covid-19 case total in Latvia rises by 658 on Friday

Friday, April 9, 2021

On Friday, April 9, Latvia recorded 658 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 106,574 Of 18,589 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.5% were positive, up slightly on the 3.1% figure the day before but below the 4% level regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.…

Latvian Constitutional Court rules on same-sex partner inheritance

Friday, April 9, 2021

On April 9 the Constitutional Court declared that the rule which requires a same-sex family partner to pay a higher state fee for the inheritance of the estate of their deceased partner than spouses pay, shall be abolished. The  Constitutional Court concluded that such an approach does not correspond to the State’s obligation to protect families, stated in the Constitution. The rule expires on 1 June 2022, as stated in the Constitutional Court judgment. The judgment…