Posts published in Day: April 20, 2021

Cargo handled at Rīga Airport up by nearly half in March

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau published April 20  show that the volume of cargo and post loaded and unloaded at Rīga International Airport has increased by 49.1%. The total number of passenger arrivals and departures at Riga International Airport in March 2021 comprised 33.3 thousand – 9.2 thousand or 38.3 % more than in the previous month. In March 2021, the volume of cargo and post unloaded comprised 1.5 thousand tons, which is 2.1 times more…

Estonia: LHV Group reports 53 percent earnings rise on year to Q1 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Listed financial services group LHV Group saw a 53 percent (€3.9 million) growth in consolidated net profit on year to the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021), to €11.4 million. The figure was, however, 37 percent (€6.6 million) down on the last quarter of 2020, when performance fees related to the management of pension funds was factored into profits reported. The bank’s net profits totaled €11.8 million during Q1 2021,…

NATO membership of the Baltic States: incompetence and degradation of national security

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Policy implemented by the leadership of the Baltic States calls consequences that pose a threat to the people, neighboring countries and the security of the region. Let’s have a closer look at this situation. The presence on a rotational basis of a large number of foreign troops near its borders is perceived by Russia as a threat. In the event of a war, Russia will begin to strike NATO targets…

The E-Meeting Point – Vilnius hands out its awards

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The virtual edition of E-Meeting Point – Vilnius has announced the winners of the Coming Soon and Talents Nest awards. From 14 to 16 April, the industry event hosted 14 hours of live streaming sessions, 18 hours of industry screenings, 10 hours of sessions for Talents Nest participants, and almost 350 individual meetings were organised. Head of Industry Alessandra Pastore summed up her experience of this year’s edition: “Last year,…

Latvia retains position on World Press Freedom Index 2021

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Latvia is placed at a creditable 22nd place out of 180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) April 20. It is the same position Latvia took in 2020. The  summary for Latvia   commended Latvian sanctions against pro-Kremlin media, but criticized the actions for lack of transparency. The same transparency issue was also attributed to availability of information regarding Covid-19 pandemic, “because governmental…

Latvian May 4 film marathon to be streamed worldwide

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The traditional Latvian Film Marathon of the National Film Centre (NKC) on May 4 will take place online on the filmas.lv portal for the second year, NKC said April 20. A special screening of films will be held throughout the day, and it will begin at 11:00 local time of each country where it is streamed, following time zones around the globe. Due to the constraints of the emergency, the May 4…

Latvia: Only 8% of buildings are accessible to disabled people

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The environment inside buildings for people with disabilities is only fully accessible in 8% of buildings, according to a study carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Welfare (LM), LM said April 20. The study “Analysis of the Self-Assessment of Environment Accessibility in State and Local Government Institutions”   carried out a self-assessment of a total of 2,249 buildings. In 8% of the buildings, space is fully accessible, in 26%…

How Latvian booze habits changed during pandemic

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A  global survey of more than 55 thousand respondents from 171 countries recorded a number of trends in alcohol consumption. First, 29% of those surveyed use less alcohol during Covid-19 than they did before, because of limited social contacts there is no company to drink with. Secondly, about 40% people use alcohol more than before the pandemic, and there are many reasons: more time, boredom, stress, anxiety, depression and a desire…

‘Live queue’ for Covid-19 vaccination will be repeated in Latvia

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

last week 30 thousand people received the vaccine. The so-called ‘live queue’ over the weekend  helped to increase vaccination rates. In each major vaccination center, the speed of movement of the queue was significantly different. In the big centers in Rīga, the row moved relatively smoothly and the population was getting on with the vaccine within a few hours. There was a different situation in Cēsis, where congestion was created.…

Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival will still take place

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

School Youth Song and Dance Festival has to be held, but in a different format, taking into account epidemiological requirements and focusing on municipalities. The final decision has not yet been taken and will be decided by the government. XII Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration was scheduled to take place from 6 to 12 July 2020, but due to the spread of Covid-19, it was decided at the…