Posts published in Day: April 26, 2021

Covid case total rises by 220 in Latvia

Monday, April 26, 2021

On Monday, April 26, Latvia recorded 220 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 115,536. Of 3,461 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 6.4% were positive, broadly similar to the 6.6% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner. Monday’s new case figures are usually the…

Bank of Estonia: Domestic, cross border payments rise on year to Q1 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Turnover of domestic clients increased by 6.7 percent on year to the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021), the Bank of Estonia reports, while the number of payments over the same period rose 7.2 percent. Between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021, domestic client payments rose 0.4 percent, while the number fell 1.1 percent. The turnover of domestic payments excluding card payments in Q1 2021 stood at €38.4 billion, while the…

President of Latvia to visit Poland in May

Monday, April 26, 2021

On May 3, President of Latvia Egils Levits will visit Poland for a trip that includes events marking the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May, the presidential press service announced April 26. The 230th anniversary of the first modern constitution in Europe is a public holiday in Poland. Celebrations taking place in Warsaw will be attended by President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Gitanas…

Why NATO is dangerous for the Baltic States

By Antanas Tubelis on Monday, April 26, 2021

Relations between Russia and NATO are becoming worse. In the near future, the situation can become quite dangerous. Since the Baltic States are the main NATO bridgeheads, deterioration of the situation will lead to the most negative consequences for the population of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The United States is committed to rebuilding and mobilizing NATO. This requires an external enemy. Washington also needs an external enemy to consolidate American…

Eastern Europe and the Balkans: From Socialist Bloc And Non-Alignment To U.S. Military Colonies

By Rock Rozoff on Monday, April 26, 2021

April 23, 2021. Today, we commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of the Radio TV of Serbia headquarters. Twenty-two years ago the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was in the seventh week of a bombing war against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, one which saw over 1,000 Western military planes fly over 38,000 combat missions, bombs dropped from the sky and Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea. Having…

Turkey to expel US troops from Incirlik air base

Monday, April 26, 2021

The first time a Turkish politician has raised the presence of US troops at Turkey’s Incirlik air base is a fact. Dogu Perincek, chairman of Turkey’s Rodina party, says Ankara must impose immediate control of the ground and return US troops to the United States. Perincheka expressed this opinion to reporters of the Russian news agency TASS on April 24 this year. “The Turkish armed forces must immediately establish full…

Enefit and Danish company planning offshore wind farm in Gulf of Riga

Monday, April 26, 2021

State-owned energy group Eesti Energia’s renewable subsidiary Enefit Green and Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted have signed an agreement which outlines a vision for the development of an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Riga. Eesti Energia and Ørsted wish to create a joint company in the development of wind energy in the Baltic Sea. The plan also includes an already existing wind farm plan, but Ørsted has also submitted an…

World military spending on the rise

Monday, April 26, 2021

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, total global military expenditure rose to nearly 2 trillion dollars last year, according to data published Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Spending totalled 1,981 billion dollars, marking an increase of 2.6 per cent in real terms from 2019. The five biggest spenders in 2020 were the United States, China, India, Russia and Britain. Together they accounted for 62 per cent of global…

Around 12% of Latvians have had Covid-19

Monday, April 26, 2021

Ministry of Health’s chief infectologist, referring to a study not yet published, told Latvian Television April 25 that around 12% of the population could have overcome the infection in Latvia. That is nearly twice the number of positive Covid-19 tests. Since the start of the pandemic, the Covid-19 infection in Latvia has been confirmed in around 115,000 people, representing around 6% of the 1.89 million inhabitants of Latvia. As is known, Covid-19 infection may…

Rīga plans to insulate 3,000 buildings in nine years

Monday, April 26, 2021

Rīga City Council coalition has committed to renovate and insulate 3,000 apartment buildings in Rīga over the next nine years, Latvian Radio reported April 24. Finance institution Altum will invest €169 million in multi-apartment renovation projects by 2023. Of the currently nearly 1,000 projects submitted, only 20% or 194 projects are in Rīga. Ieva Vērzemniece, head of the Altum Department of Energy Efficiency Programs, estimated that Rīga should have submitted at…