Posts published in Day: April 22, 2021

Latvian unemployment rate remained unchanged in March

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Data of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) published April 21 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in March 2021 actual unemployment rate comprised 9.1 %, and, compared to February, it has not changed. The unemployment rate among males remained at 10.3 % in March, while among females it increased by 0.1 percentage points, reaching 8.0 %. Unemployment rate registered by the State Employment Agency (NVA) accounted for 8.2 %…

The rising threat of nuclear war is the most urgent matter in the world

Thursday, April 22, 2021

US Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for America’s nuclear arsenal, tweeted the following on Tuesday: “The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option.” The statement, which STRATCOM called a “preview” of the Posture Statement it submits to…

US order against Russia: Italy at attention

By Manlio Dinucci on Thursday, April 22, 2021

Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio and Defense Minister Guerini were urgently summoned to NATO headquarters in Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of the North Atlantic Council on April 15: the same day on which President Biden signed the “Executive Order Against Harmful Foreign Activities of the Russian Government” in Washington. The Order not only decrees expulsions of diplomats and economic sanctions, as reported by the media. “If Russia continues or…

Record number of second-dose jabs administered

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Over the past 24 hours, a total of 8,564 people were vaccinated against Covid-19, with a record number of persons getting their second jab, according to information from the National Health Service, newswire LETA reported April 22. Given that data entry into the system is possible for several days, this number could still change. It is currently the second highest only to April 7 since the start of the vaccination process…

Latvia: Neurosurgeon Wahbe granted citizenship

Thursday, April 22, 2021

On Thursday, April 22, Saeima decided on granting citizenship to neurosurgeon Basel Jakub Wahbe. Wahbe has lived in Latvia since 1999, when he started studies at the University of Latvia’s Faculty of Medicine. He has obtained a doctorate degree and a specialist’s qualification in neurosurgery. Until 2020, Wahbe worked as a neurosurgeon at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital and is currently the head of neurosurgery for the Children’s Neurology and Neurosurgery…

Lost in Identity Hackathon to tackle personal data security issues

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Cyber-attacks are committed every 39 seconds worldwide, and a number of the target personal data. Most often, these attacks are blocked, but their number is growing. On 22-25 April, hackathon Lost in Identity will look for ways to protect people’s digital IDs. It will be joined by Lithuania’s biggest start-ups and institutions. More than 100 participants from the USA, Germany, and other countries worldwide are expected to attend. Together, they…

Latvian Saeima advances merger of central bank and financial regulator

Thursday, April 22, 2021

On April 22, the Saeima conceptually supported the merger of Finance and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) and Latvian Central Bank (Latvijas Banka). In the first reading, Parliament approved both a new  draft law of the Bank of Latvia, which provides for a framework for the operation of the central bank following its merger with the FKTK, as well as a majority of the accompanying packages related to it, which includes 24…

KN calls for Klaipėda LNG capacity allocation

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Klaipedos Nafta, Lithuanian oil and LNG terminal operator, has launched an annual capacity booking procedure for the Klaipėda LNG terminal. The new gas year, for which the procedure is being launched, starts on 1 October 2021. The total amount of the allocated LNG terminal capacity is 3.75 billion normal cubic metres, which is 44,625,000 megawatt hour per year. This applies a natural gas gross calorific value of 11.90 kilowatt-hour per…

President of Latvia: internal security is ‘lagging other sectors’

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Closing the police academy was a ‘big mistake that needs to be corrected’, the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, said in a media briefing after meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš April 22. President Levits said that internal security, which includes various institutions – police, border guards, prosecutor’s office and other institutions – has “lagged in some way” from the overall development of the country. “We’ve had investments and funds in different…

Vilnius has been equipped with new green areas: almost 500 trees and an orchard have been planted

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Parks, meadows, gardens, forests… there is a reason why Vilnius, a city surrounded by so much nature, is called the greenest capital of Europe. Both locals and city guests appreciate green spaces, and real estate developers are convinced that when urbanising districts, special attention must be paid to landscaping. ‘Darnu Group’, one of the largest real estate development companies in Lithuania, which constantly contributes to the creation of a sustainable…