Posts published in Day: June 9, 2021

Number of people staying in Rīga’s shelters increased during pandemic

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Last winter, shelters in Rīga were filled by 13% more residents than a year earlier, and women’s shelters had a visitor increase by a third, Latvian Radio reported June 9. In the cold months of 2019/2020, between October 1 and April 30, an average of 591 persons per month used shelter and night shelter services in Riga. But in the cold months of last year and this year, it was…

Architects suggest three sites for new Rīga concert hall

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The Latvian Architects Union (LAS) has drawn up a shortlist of what it believes are the most suitable sites for a new concert hall in Rīga — and the location previously touted by the Culture Minister as the perfect spot doesn’t make the cut. Evaluating the best place to build a new national acoustic concert hall, the LAS has three suggestions: Andrejsala, the Riga Congress House and the industrial goods market territory…

Top conductor: Opera house discussions mired in cognitive dissonance

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Discussions on the potential extension of the Estonia Theater, home of the National Opera (Rahvusooper) and Ballet so far consist mainly of hot air, while there has been little substantive discussion, the national opera’s artistic director, conductor Arvo Volmer, says. Talking to Klassikaraadio talk show “Delta” Tuesday, Volmer said that he was in principle in favor of an extension, while acknowledging that in his view, the question all comes back…

Statistics: Exports up 51 and imports up 54 percent year on year

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

in April, exports of goods increased by 54 percent and imports by 51 percent year on year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The trade growth was influenced by last year’s low reference base as well as by the increase in exports and imports of mineral products, electrical equipment and transport equipment. In April, Estonia’s exports and imports of goods amounted to €1.6 billion at current prices. The monthly export value…

Kariņš: people will pay for their own Covid-19 tests to access services

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

If a person does not vaccinate against Covid-19, but will want to access different services by presenting a negative test, the cost of the test will have to be borne by themselves, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television June 9. The cost of one test is nearly €40. “What’s cheaper for taxpayers? To vaccinate or test? Of course, vaccinate,” said Kariņš, indicating that it is only a matter of…

Lending in Latvia is going up, says finance watchdog

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Lending is currently on the rise in Latvia, and there are more loans for housing, said the head of the Finance and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) Santa Purgaile in an interview to Latvian Radio June 8. In the first quarter of this year, banks’ profits were three times as high as the year before. Purgaile said that partly the reason was that, when the crisis caused by Covid-19 began, the…

Saeima okays higher education reform

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

On Tuesday, June 8, the Latvian Saeima approved the amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions in the third reading in order to implement a management reform. 52 Members voted for, two against, 26 abstained. The reform has been discussed in the Saeima for over a year. Higher education institutions are still unsatisfied with the reform. The reform provides for a number of major changes, including the breakdown of…

President Levits: Saeima is being ‘lazy’ with reforms

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

President of Latvia Egils Levits said in an interview to Latvian Television June 8 that the Saeima was not working to its full potential. Talking about the work of the Saeima in the longer term, the President said that it had so far largely blocked its potential. “Talking to each individual, [they are] intelligent, normal people. If they come together as ten people, nothing comes out of it. I’m exaggerating now,” he said. “There…