Posts published in Day: April 8, 2021

Latvia compensated for oil spill from Lithuanian waters

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Polish-owned AB “Orlen Lithuania” which is engaged in the import and processing of crude oil in Lithuania, has covered the losses caused to Latvia by the oil spill from the Būtingė Terminal , State Environmental Service said April 8. The total amount of losses was assessed at EUR 60 774. Damage to the marine environment of Latvia amounted to EUR 58 053 and was added to the State budget.…

Vaccination organization is still done manually in Latvia

Thursday, April 8, 2021

There is still no proper information technology (IT) solution to the vaccination queue system, Eva Juhņēviča, head of the Vaccination Project Bureau, told Latvian Radio April 8. Juhņēviča said that the formation of the single queue from all people who have applied either on manavakcina.lv or 8989 is currently being carried out manually. Time and place of vaccination is also being determined manually, which makes the process slow from an organizational point of…

740 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia, 17 deaths

Thursday, April 8, 2021

On Thursday, April 8, Latvia recorded 740 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 105,916. Of 24,155 tests carried out in the past 24 hours (the highest number in a day so far, for the second day in a row), 3.1% were positive, up slightly on the 2.8% figure the day before but below the 4% level regarded…

Why Is the Biden Administration Pushing Ukraine to Attack Russia?

By Ron Paul on Thursday, April 8, 2021

On March 24th, Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky signed what was essentially a declaration of war on Russia. In the document, titled Presidential Decree No. 117/2021, the US-backed Ukrainian leader declared that it is the official policy of Ukraine to take back Crimea from Russia. The declaration that Ukraine would take back Crimea from Russia also followed, and was perhaps instigated by, President Biden’s inflammatory and foolish statement that “Crimea is…

EU should see China’s rise as an opportunity

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Europe must make correct judgments about China independently and demonstrate true strategic autonomy, Chinese President Xi Jinping told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. In a telephone conversation, Xi urged Germany and the European Union  to recognise China’s rise as an opportunity, promote cooperation with mutual respect and “exclude external interference”, as tensions between the two sides have been rising over issues like human rights and Brussels regarding Beijing as a…

Opposition to request Latvian Prime Minister’s resignation

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Opposition deputy Aldis Gobzems (Law and Order) has collected the necessary signatures to request the resignation of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), according to Gobzems’ Facebook entry April 8. “[The request] will be submitted to the Saeima Presidium today to be included in the agenda of the Saeima meeting. The request for resignation is related to failure to fulfill Saeima decisions and laws. I shall remind that failure to…

Latvian Health Minister demotes state secretary

Thursday, April 8, 2021

State Secretary of the Ministry of Health Daina Mūrmane-Umbraško has been reprimanded and demoted for actions related to the purchase of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a press conference April 8. In the first vaccine procurement, on 19 November 2020, Latvia could have applied for up to 860 000 doses of “Pfizer” vaccines, but a decision on the purchase of 97 500 was taken. In the next round,…

University graduates earn 30% more than Latvian average

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The annual income of tertiary education graduates is 30% higher than the national average, according to the latest graduate monitoring data of the Ministry of Education and Science. Monitoring the employment of university graduates is one of the evidence demonstrating the importance of studying. Most graduates complete programs in social sciences and law. The Ministry invariably forecasts the overproduction of these specialists in the future and thinks about how to…

Freshly-opened stores packed with customers in Latvia

Thursday, April 8, 2021

On Wednesday 7 April, stores located outside the shopping malls are reopened. Long lines of customers line the streets. When the stores opened, customers were already at the door. Shoulder to shoulder and no distance – such a scene could be seen in many places in Riga on Wednesday at the shops. There were particularly long queues at secondhand clothing shops. At some stores, the line stretched across the street.…

Wise co-founder: Estonia needs changes in political landscape to improve

Thursday, April 8, 2021

A recent €50,000 donation from technological companies to Estonian parties stems from a desire to see change in the political landscape as that is the way to improve the country, said Transferwise ( now known as Wise – ed) co-founder Taavet Hinrikus. Hinrikus told ETV’s political interview show “Esimene stuudio” that parties tend to receive donations from either fanatics or people who hope to see change. Technology companies, who recently…