Posts published in Day: May 23, 2021

Two Latvians aboard Ryanair plane seized in Belarus

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko provoked fresh international outrage Sunday by seizing an international airliner passing through Belarusian airspace, apparently in a bid to get a leading dissident into his clutches. A flight operated by Irish carrier Ryanair from Athens to Vilnius was  reportedly forced to land at Minsk  , sparking immediate condemnation from the Lithuanian authorities, with other political leaders quickly joining in. Aboard the flight was Raman Pratasevich, an anti-Lukashenko campaigner…

233 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday in Latvia

Sunday, May 23, 2021

On Sunday, May 23, Latvia recorded 233 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 130,945.   Of 4,742 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.9% were positive, up on the 3.1% rate of Saturday and Friday.  A higher percentage of positive tests is typical for Sundays as a lower…

Could humans really destroy all life on Earth?

Sunday, May 23, 2021

The seemingly insatiable human tendency to consume is changing our planet and the life on it, but can we change our behaviour? Among the many global catastrophic risks known to humans, some are entertained in the media more than the others. Asteroid impacts, supervolcano eruptions and climate change have all received the Hollywood treatment. And each of these have taken a devastating toll on our planet’s life in the past.…

Deal reached to introduce an EU-wide COVID travel pass

Sunday, May 23, 2021

An agreement has been reached to introduce an EU-wide COVID travel pass in time for the summer season. The certificate, designed to facilitate free movement for work and tourism across the bloc, will include information about vaccination, tests and recovery from the disease. EU citizens will be able to obtain the pass if they have, at least, one of the three elements. The European Parliament confirmed on Thursday a deal…