Posts published in Day: June 1, 2021

Plant wonders: The prized “Dundanga” spruce trees

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Spruce trees are often considered to be wild through and through, but it is a lesser-known fact that humans, too, have selected the tree. In Western Europe, spruces have been bred for at least 200 years, and some advances have been made in Latvia as well. Linda Stode, a leading specialist at the National Botanical Garden, told LSM about the local Dundanga variety and about the tallest and greatest spruces of Latvia.  Spruce trees…

Finance minister: New growth does not mean cutbacks unnecessary

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) said that faster than expected growth in Q1 does not mean cuts aren’t needed. The Estonian GDP grew by 5.4 percent in the first quarter. “The growth figure is definitely good news in the context of this year. Confirmation that Estonia’s recovery from the crisis is faster than feared,” Pentus-Rosimannus told ERR. “As concerns the long-term view, a situation where tax revenue still…

Latvia’s museums, shopping malls, libraries can reopen

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

On Tuesday, June 1, the government agreed that malls and cultural establishments, including museums, would be able to resume their work, since the Covid-19 morbidity has fallen below the threshold of 320 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Libraries, archives, museums and similar arts and historical sites will be accessible for individual visits. Indoor space of at least 25 square meters, and outdoor space of at least 10 square meters must be provided.…

‘Indian’ Covid-19 strain causes concern, says epidemiologist

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The so-called Indian Covid-19 strain has been discovered in nine people over the past five weeks, and one of them has died, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said at the government meeting on June 1. The so-called British type currently dominates Latvia and is found in 96% of the cases. The Indian case has been discovered in six Latvian residents and three foreigners but none…

President Levits: Constitutional crisis cannot be allowed to happen

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

President Egils Levits entered the fray June 1 in the escalating face-off between the Saeima and the Constitutional Court over the fate of Varakļāni district. “With yesterday’s vote of the Saeima on the affiliation of the current Varakļāni region, which is contrary to the [constitutional Court] judgment No. 2020-43-0106 of 28 May 2021, President Egils Levits convened a meeting of representatives of the coalition factions today,” said a release from…

Average gross monthly wage tops 1,200 euros in Latvia

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) June 1 show that in the first quarter of 2021 the average monthly gross wages and salaries for full-time work comprised EUR 1,207. Compared to the 1 st  quarter of 2020, average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by EUR 105 or 9.5 %, but gross hourly payment – by 7.1 % (from EUR 7.39 to EUR 7.92). Compared to the 4 th  quarter of 2020, in the 1 st  quarter…

Polish LOTOS Kolej enters Lithuanian transport market

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

LOTOS Kolej has carried out its first transport in Lithuania using an M62K locomotive. The Polish carrier signed a cooperation agreement with Lithuanian LTG Cargo enabling it to transport cargo through Lithuania to Poland and other neighbouring countries. The deal between the two companies is valid since the end of May. LOTOS Kolej is the second-largest rail carrier in Poland. The company is also active in Germany and the Czech…

Import of poultry meat and products from areas in Lithuania and Vietnam suspended

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (June 1) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Jurbarkas District Municipality of Tauragė County in Lithuania, and an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in Ninh Thuan Province in Vietnam, the CFS has instructed the trade to…

Time-space portal links Vilnius and Lublin

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The project brings people of different cultures together and encourages them to broaden the perceptions of self, nation and unity Tired of pandemic travel restrictions? Longing to meet new acquaintances from near and far? Well, for a start, you can use the new time-space portal connecting the Lithuanian capital Vilnius with the Polish city of Lublin. Contact in real time The gateways of the PORTAL which resemble identical concrete circular…

Lithuania quit 17+1 because access to Chinese market did not improve, its envoy says

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Lithuania’s top diplomat in China has rejected claims that her country was taking sides against Beijing by quitting the China-led 17+1 mechanism, saying the withdrawal was prompted by less-than-expected trade benefits. Diana Mickeviciene, the Lithuanian ambassador to China, said the Chinese side had been told in February of the decision to pull out of the Beijing-led China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries cooperation mechanism, often referred to as…