Posts published in Day: April 6, 2021

Latvian Foreign Ministry offers online verification of legal documents

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said April 6 it now offers the chance to verify, through the  e-Register , the authenticity of legalisation of public documents issued in Latvia and abroad and legalised at the Consular Department. “It is hoped that physical persons and legal entities can better avoid and steer clear of documents which are phoney or fraudulent,” the Ministry said. The e-Register enables people to verify documents legalised at…

Estonia to restrict wind farm developments

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Supreme Court has decided that it is permissible to restrict wind farm developments following national defense considerations. The court found no unconstitutional aspects in legal acts Toila Rural Municipality relied on when refusing a wind farm construction permit. At the heart of the matter was the decision of the Toila Rural Municipality to refuse a building permit for the Päite-Vaivina wind farm. Est Wind Power OÜ applied for a…

Lithuania to use Siemens technology to free power grid from Soviet era ties

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Siemens, its Fluence storage joint venture with US power group AES, and Lithuania’s transmission system operator Litgrid plan to build a first project in the Baltics that links battery energy storage directly to the power grid to help Lithuania move away from Soviet-era energy ties towards an integration with EU countries. A 1MW pilot plant near Vilnius will serve as proof-of-concept for much larger planned projects in the former Soviet…

309 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

On Tuesday, April 6, Latvia recorded 309 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 104,533. Only 4,987 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours. Of that number 6.2% of tests were positive, up on the 3.8% figure the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading…

Baltic birdsong for Spring: Yellowhammer, Blackbird, White Wagtail

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The days are longer and everything is waking up after a long, hard winter. Spring is also the time when migratory birds return to Latvia. But which ones, and how can you recognize their songs? Here’s another selection of the original twittersphere’s greatest hits so that by the time you’re swinging lazily in a sun-drenched hammock you won’t even need to open your eyes to know what’s up in the branches above.…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers North Africa and violent extremism

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) returns to cyberspace April 7 with an online conversation considering “Countering Violent Extremism in North Africa and Sahel” with Stefano Marcuzzi and Pascal Carlucci. “Efforts to counter violent extremism in North Africa and the Sahel have to take into account local dynamics. Dr. Carlucci and Dr. Marcuzzi will consider these, weigh the implications for NATO and NATO nations, and provide an outlook for the future,”…

Short film festival 2ANNAS coming up Friday in Latvia

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS will take place for the 25th time starting Friday, April 9, according to organizers. The festival 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) within the 2020-2022 cycle SPACE, EARTH and HUMAN. A total of 2,300 films from all over the world were submitted to the festival…

How Germany Has Worked Around Nord Stream Sanctions

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Earlier this month, U.S. President Joe Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him a “killer.” Without question, the Biden administration’s rhetoric on Russia will be much harder than Trump’s was. But actions speak louder than words, and contrary to popular belief, the Trump administration’s policies on Russia were far from soft. Biden should take note. A prominent example of this is Nord Stream 2, a Russian gas pipeline currently under…

Vaccine record set as this week’s goal in Latvia

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said that new records of vaccination numbers are forecast for this week, Latvian Television reported April 6. The Minister told LTV that over a normal weekend, only a few hundred people would have been vaccinated, whereas during the Easter holiday the number was around 7,000, and almost all of that was done in the  mass vaccination centers.   He said that the mass centers had “passed…

Police catch a 50-people party over Easter

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Police observations show that the number of Covid-19 safety rule breaches doubled over Easter holiday, Latvian Television reported April 5. Latvia experienced an outbreak of Covid-19 at the beginning of the year, shortly after New Year’s celebrations, because many were unable to refrain from visiting relatives and friends. Will this scenario be repeated after Easter? This will show within the next couple of weeks. However, police say that safety measures…