Posts published in Day: May 15, 2021

Government to boost Tallinn Airport share capital ahead of development

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The government plans to more than double Tallinn Airport’s share capital value, to over €46 million, mainly to bolster its creditworthiness, harmed by the coronavirus crisis, ahead of planned infrastructure development. The first stage of development is planned to start as early as this year and will run to 2023. The development will mainly focus on the southern end of the airport, whose single runway runs east-west. To the north…

Saturday available coronavirus vaccine quota snapped up in morning

Saturday, May 15, 2021

All available coronavirus vaccine time slots Saturday were booked up before lunchtime, Baltic News Service reports. Saturday saw the vaccine rolled out to those aged 30 and over, down from 40 and over earlier in the week. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, appointment spots were available at nine hospitals across the country, the patient portal had announced, but these were taken up through the course of the morning as well,…

Is This the End for the German SPD?

Saturday, May 15, 2021

These days, every party in Germany has weird-looking congresses. A few leaders are spaced out across the stage, while a handful of delegates sit at individual tables, or at home in front of their computers. Even by pandemic standards, though, the congress of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) last weekend looked extraterrestrial. The stage was decked entirely in shiny red, while all the politicians wore black and white…

Saturday brings 544 Covid-19 cases in Latvia

Saturday, May 15, 2021

On Saturday, May 15, Latvia recorded 544 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 127,597. Of 14,560 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.7% were positive, down on the 4.4% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in…

Foreign minister welcomes Latvia easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Foreign minister Eva-Maria Liimets (Center) has welcomed an easing of coronavirus restrictions by authorities in Estonia’s southern neighbor, Latvia. Latvia has generally pursued a policy of stricter coronavirus restrictions than Estonia since the pandemic began; the most recent easing and the development Liimets was referencing is a rule where arrivals in Latvia who can prove they have had a coronavirus vaccine do not need to quarantine. Liimets said Friday that:…

Afghanistan president fears civil war after US troops’ withdrawal

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, stated that a civil war may start in the country after the withdrawal of the US troops, Der Spiegel reported. “There is a possibility of a civil war [in Afghanistan]; but that should not be allowed,” he said. At the same time, Ghani added that since 2014, when the NATO combat mission in the country was transformed into a training mission, many saw in…

Monaco joins list of states permitted quarantine-free travel to Estonia

Saturday, May 15, 2021

There has been no substantive change to the list of countries whose arrivals in Estonia do not need to quarantine, with only the Principality of Monaco joining the list, which now stands at eleven. All these countries have reported 14-day COVID-19 rates below the benchmark which would require quarantine on arrival. From Monday, May 17, the restriction of movement does not apply to passengers arriving from Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Malta,…

2027 Capital of culture candidates: Jēkabpils

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Rīga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring to submit their bids in June. In the lead up to the big decision later in the summer, Riga-based journalist and tour guide…