Posts published in Day: May 19, 2021

Interest in Latvia as film shooting location grows

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Local and foreign cinema projects are actively taking place in Latvia. This year there is a particularly strong demand for co-financing for foreign films in Latvia, National Film Center (NKC) told Latvian Radio May 19. The workability of the Latvian film industry and the diversity of the local nature and urban environment are also playing an important role in the eyes of foreign cinematographers. Latvian film service providers are ready for an even…

Covid case total increases by more than 600

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

On Wednesday, May 19, Latvia recorded 609 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 129,297.   Of 14,728 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.1% were positive, up on the previous day’s 3% rate. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants also rose from 435.6 Tuesday to 448.8 Wednesday. Anything over…

Construction materials in midst of historic price hike

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The prices of construction materials are rapidly climbing as producers are having issues obtaining raw materials with deliveries having been delayed by months in some cases. The global raw material deficit and supply issues have brought forth a shortage of construction materials and a price bump. The market is volatile and sale prices in some product groups no longer last for days and weeks, but rather for hours. It is…

Special place to vote in cars is planned in Ādaži and Jēkabpils

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

In this year’s local elections on June 5, in the municipalities of Ādaži and Jēkabpils, it is planned to create a special place to vote in cars, in line with procedures approved by the Central Election Commission (CVK) for outdoor voting, CVK said May 19. The outdoor voting site in Ādaži is in the parking lot of the Ādaži Cultural Center (Gauja Street 33A). Two outdoor voting sites will be provided…

The threshold of 100,000 people vaccinated against Covid-19

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Last week, the threshold of 100,000 people vaccinated against Covid-19 was exceeded for the first time: 102,035 people received the jab, according to National Health Service data, LETA reported May 19. It was already reported, that a record was hit last week, but data were still being entered in the system so the precise number was not yet known. If 100,000 people are vaccinated within a week, it means that the…

New personality in Latvia: Bernard Larane, french restaurateur

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

In recent times, few have done more to bring joie de vivre to the Latvian capital than Frenchman Bernard Larane. When Latvians resumed dining on outdoor terraces on 7 May, blessed by glorious sunny weather, this veteran purveyor of all things French was there to greet his customers. For over two decades, this native of Toulouse has treated Rīga to delicious pastries, uplifting coffee and an elegantly relaxed ambience at his chain of…

Estonia getting €173 million in extra EU cohesion policy funding

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The European Commission has approved €173.2 million in additional support for Estonia via its cohesion policy funding. The extra funding results from changes to the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU) funding, which aims to revitalize the economy, mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and support transition to a digital and green economy. Estonia joins two other EU nations, Bulgaria and Germany, in receiving REACT-EU…

The remote song festival in digital format is not a festival, said PM Kariņš

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The remote song festival in digital format is not a festival, and children should not be deprived of a festival, so if this year it cannot be held in person, it should be transferred to the next year, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television May 19. E-saints are not the kind of festival that children would deserve, the Prime Minister said. What the government should do – it should…

Huge problems at Rīga airport due to Covid-19 mandatory testing

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

According to LSM, since March this year, people entering Latvia from third countries have had to carry out mandatory Covid-19 tests on arrival. At the airport, this test is carried out in the corridor of the arrival terminal, before crossing the border. When several flights arrive in a short time, there are queues and crowds, Latvian Television reported May 18. Public relations specialist Signe Reinholde returned from a trip on…

Almost half of Latvian population experiences physical pain on a daily basis

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

According to the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) carried out by the Central Statistical Bureau in Latvia, 46.9 % of the Latvian population aged over 15 years experiences physical pain on a daily basis. The figure is which is 2.6 percentage points higher than five years ago. Almost a third (32.3 %) of the population feel very mild or mild pain, but 14.6 % suffer moderate to very severe pain. Even though pain and its intensity is a…