Posts published in Day: July 14, 2021

Estonia: Swine fever case found on Harju County farm

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been found in a Harju County pig farm, following a reported case detected in a wild boar corpse earlier this week. The outbreak was first reported to authorities Tuesday and affects a farm run by OÜ Pijlaka Farm at Kiili, 20 km south of Tallinn. Hele-Mai Sammel, deputy director general of the Agricultural and Food Board (Põllumajandus- ja Toiduamet) said: “The positive…

Book by and about Latvian diplomats published in English

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

An English edition has just been published of a book with the less-than-catchy but nevertheless interesting title:  “A century of Latvian diplomacy: The first hundred years of Latvia’s diplomacy and its foreign service as reflected in essays by diplomats”. The collection of essays has been translated by Ieva Upmace-Grīviņa, and published by Zvaigzne ABC Publishers with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself. The authors are diplomats Edgars Rinkēvičs, Gints Apals,…

State starts exploring longer-term Ruhnu ferry replacement options

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The state is looking at replacing a catamaran ferry which connects the small island of Ruhnu with the Estonian mainland, but which has been prone to technical issues, most recently this week and largely due to its intense schedule. The procurement process would take three or more years, ERR reports, and will see the vessel, called theRüno , replaced. TheRüno has been out-of-service all week,with a stop-gap measure provided via…

Police warn against counterfeiting Covid certificates

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

As the interest in obtaining a Covid-19 certificate increases, people who want to circumvent the procedures for obtaining it have also emerged. The State Police (VP) said at a press briefing July 14 that this is a crime, so it is necessary to inform the public about the consequences of such actions. State Police representative Dmitrijs Homenko said that counterfeiting of a Covid-19 certificate is comparable to the counterfeiting of any other document and explained that people…

Covid case total rises by 34 Wednesday

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

On Wednesday, July 14, Latvia reported 34 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 138,004. Of 7,168 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.5% were positive, consistent with the rate over the last two weeks. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants again ticked down from to 33.9 Tuesday to 30.4 Wednesday. There were…

Presidential nominee to Latvia’s new public media body named

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

On July 14 President Egils Levits has sent a letter to the Saeima, nominating his candidate for the position of board member of the new Public Electronic Mass Media Council (SEPLP). The new law on public media management came into force at the beginning of this year, but so far it has not been possible to set up the SEPLP with its three members, one of whom will be nominated by the Saeima, one by the President…

Lithuania plans to severely limit migrant rights

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

On Tuesday, the parliament is holding an extraordinary session to consider the new legislation, which the government has asked to debate and adopt under a fast-track procedure. Human rights groups in Lithuania have signed an open letter, asking the parliament not to pass proposed laws that would severely limit migrant rights in the country. “…the new laws would legalise breaches of human rights and would put vulnerable people in an…

Plant wonders: Latvia ahead of the pack in flowering quince cultivation

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The sweet-smelling yellow fruit of the flowering quince are a sour treat that’s rich in vitamin C. The fruit usually ripen from mid-September to mid-October in these latitudes. Often used as a decorative shrub, this plant arrived in Latvia by mistake in the Soviet era but has now become a minor source of pride, seeing as not many countries have advanced creative uses of the flowering quince. For this story,…

Latvia plans to purchase Covid vaccines for next two years

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Latvia has agreed to buy Covid-19 vaccines for the purpose of booster shots, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television July 14. “For the booster, we have agreed to buy vaccines for the next two years. The European Commission has started [negotiations] or has already signed a contract with three manufacturers. Consequently, we have provided vaccines for the future, the booster is being planned,” the Prime Minister said. He said that…

PM visits Latvia’s eastern border

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The protection of Latvia’s eastern border is at a high level, but work must continue to strengthen it, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) July 13. Visiting the eastern border of Latvia on Tuesday, Kariņš got acquainted with the situation at the border, and the work of the State Border Guard in providing a high level of protection of Latvia’s borders with Russia and Belarus. The visit comes as Belarus dictator Aleksander Lukashenko…