Posts published in Day: May 26, 2021

Russian flag swap at hockey championship angers officials

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Russian officials have expressed dissatisfaction by the Riga City Council’s decision to replace the Russian Federation flag against the Russian Olympic Committee’s flag on the advertising stands of the World Hockey Championship, Latvian Television reported May 26. The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zaharova, warned that Latvia could be included on the list of countries not friendly to Russia. Currently, there are only two countries officially on…

Supreme Court: Developing wind energy in significant public interest

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Supreme Court of Estonia has ruled that wind-farm developing is of significant public interest, and that arguments that existing activities in an area planned for a renewable energy site, such as peat-cutting, do not mean that a wind-farm project should be off the table. In the ruling Wednesday, the court found also that state institutions and municipalities must both make viable the relevant planning and establishment of a wind-farm.…

105,000 income tax returns still to be filed

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Tax and Customs Board issued a reminder to residents on Wednesday that income tax returns for 2020 can be filed until May 31, and close to 105,000 returns still need to be filed. Some 96,000 people who have not yet filed their income tax returns are expected to be refunded overpaid income tax in a total amount of €14.7 million. Some 9,000 people meanwhile have to pay a total…

Survey: Every third person planning to travel in six months’ time

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

According to the April survey of the shipping company DFDS, the interest of Estonian people in travel is growing, and every third respondent plans to travel in half a year. “In today’s world, the coronavirus crisis is likely the most important aspect influencing the possibility of traveling as well as people’s travel interests and preferences. However, now that more and more people in many countries have been vaccinated and travel…

Minister wants oil shale plant work halted until legal issues resolved

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Finance minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) has called on state energy firm Eesti Energia to halt development of an oil shale plant, following both a legal ruling to that effect earlier this month, on environmental grounds, and questions raised over the proposed facility’s potential profitability. “In a letter sent to the management of Eesti Energia, I have also considered it necessary for Eesti Energia’s supervisory and management boards to review and…

Rīga transport official suspended from duties again

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Rīga mayor Mārtiņš Staķis (For!/Progressives) announced May 26 that he was suspending the director of the city council’s transport department, Vitālijs Reinbahs, over allegations of possible fictitious employment contracts and misuse of municipal funds. Deputy Mayor Vilnis Ķirsis (New Unity) told journalists during an online press conference that he had received information from a whistleblower about potential violations including bogus employment contracts, waste of municipal resources and conflicts of interest. Reinbahs is suspended pending further investigations. Staķis…

12% of Latvian population could have had Covid without knowing

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Approximately 12% of Latvia’s population could have had Covid-19 infection without knowing it, according to a study conducted by scientific institute Bior, University of Latvia and Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvian Radio reported May 26. The study involved 127 family doctors’ practices from all over Latvia, and tested nearly 5,700 samples for samples for antibodies. Infectologist Uga Dumpis explained that these indicators show that the number of people who have been affected by Covid-19 is not…

Bill to allow same-sex partnerships in Lithuania falls at first hurdle

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A bill that would have allowed civil unions for same-sex couples in Lithuania failed to clear its first parliamentary hurdle on Tuesday. The bill, dubbed the Partnership Law, needed 65 votes to move forward. In a narrow defeat, 63 MPs voted in favour, 58 against and seven abstained. “The vote illustrates that ensuring human rights is a long-term process which needs much more work,” Tomas Raskevicius, an openly gay MP…

Organizers of Rīga International Film Festival revealed first movies

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The eighth Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF), which will take place on October 14-24 this year has named the first films that will be available to the public as part of the program. Organizers have also taken the wras off this year’s visual identity and said festival slogan is “There is always time”. Liene Treimane, Director of RIGA IFF, elaborates: ‘’I like to think that it’s never too late or…

Can We Trust the WHO?

By F. William Engdahl on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The most influential organization in the world with nominal responsibility for global health and epidemic issues is the United Nations’ World Health Organization, WHO, based in Geneva. What few know is the actual mechanisms of its political control, the shocking conflicts of interest, corruption and lack of transparency that permeate the agency that is supposed to be the impartial guide for getting through the current COVID-19 pandemic. The following is…