Posts published in Day: May 12, 2021

Investments raised by Estonian startups up 18-fold on year in Q1

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The aggregate turnover of Estonian startups was €255 million in the first quarter of 2021, having increased by 26 percent year-on-year; startups also attracted a total of €194 million in investments, which is about 18 times more than in the same period last year. According to the Estonian Startup Database, there were 1,144 startups in Estonia at the end of the first quarter of this year, and 21 new startups…

US ransomware attack aftermath food for thought in Estonia too

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ransomware attacks have been reported in Estonia, authorities say, in the aftermath of a recent breach in the US which disrupted oil flows in a major east coast pipeline. The sums involved are far from that scale, however, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Tuesday night, though they can affect plenty of firms and individuals. In the current situation where remote work is common, simple security holes are also…

No leaks found in 12th-grade exam pipes so far

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The State Police, along with the State Education Content Center (VISC), on Tuesday, May 11, inspected four schools on the first day of the centralized examination without identifying signs of leakage of the exam content, police said May 12. On Tuesday, 12th-grade students started their centralized examination session with the exam in English. In order to prevent the illegal disclosure of exam content, police are carrying out checks at random schools and…

KPV LV votes for withdrawal of Latvian Economics Minister

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Saeima faction of the KPV LV party on May 12 voted in favor of the withdrawal of former party member Jānis Vitenbergs (National Alliance) from the post of Minister of Economics. Four members of the faction voted against Vitenbergs’ withdrawal, four more voted in favor and one Member abstained, Latvian Television reported. Four members who voted against the withdrawal – Aivars Geidāns, Janīna Kursīte, Ivars Puga and Edgars Kronbergs –…

EC forecasts Latvia’s economy growth at 3.5%

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

As the epidemiological situation improves, more rapid economic growth is expected in the second half of the year and the Latvian economy is forecast to grow by 3.5% in 2021, Valdis Dombrovskis, executive director of the EC President, told LETA May 12. He said that Latvia’s economy shrank by 3.6% last year due to the impact of the pandemic. The services sectors associated with handling people were most affected. At the…

Latvia has three times fewer children in institutions than 10 years ago

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The process of deinstitutionalization in Latvia is moving forward – the number of children in institutions has decreased three times over the past decade, the Ministry of Welfare (LM) told Latvian Radio May 12. This process means that in time inclusive services will be available in Latvia, and children as well as adults with functional disabilities will not have to live in institutions. The situation with children has improved significantly over the…

31 municipalities on the ‘safe school’ list

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Starting next week, 31 municipalities may open schools for pupils in grades 1-6 and 12, according to Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) May 12. Last week, the figure was the same, so the number has increased stayed the same but there are changes in the list. From Monday, May 17, in municipalities where the two-week morbidity rate per 100,000 people does not exceed 200, on-site education can be organized for students…

729 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

On Wednesday, May 12, Latvia recorded 729 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 125,689. Of 14,603 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 5% were positive, up on the 3.7% rate the day before. 4% rate is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading…

AK: Threefold fall in potato cultivation in past decade

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Potato growing in Estonia has seen a three-fold decline in the past decade, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Tuesday. Farmers are blaming the unprofitability of growing the tuber – which only makes money one year out of every three, they say – as well as a lack of Russian demand, competition from producers in central Europe and, in the past year at least, the effects of the pandemic.…

Most employees ready to welcome disabled people in workplace, survey shows

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

An absolute majority, or 82% of employees surveyed, say they would support an employer’s decision to hire a disabled person and be willing to engage and help, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Welfare and Norstat. A total of 1,012 economically active respondents were surveyed with the aim of clarifying the attitudes of employees towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace team. Survey results…