Posts published in Day: July 17, 2021

Emergency medics forced to battle fake news as well as Covid

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Latvia’s emergency medical service  is warning the public not to fall victim to scurrilous fake news stories circulating on social media, written by persons unknown, and have turned to the police for help.    “We invite you not to get caught! False messages are being spread on social networks, cowardly and falsely referring to the work of our service, with the aim of intimidating the public and putting obstacles in the…

Circuit court lifts injunction on oil shale plant construction

Saturday, July 17, 2021

A court has lifted an injunction barring the construction of a shale oil plant in northeastern Estonia. Tartu Circuit Court lifted an injunction placed by the first-tier administrative court Friday, following an application from state energy giant Eesti Energia subsidiary Enefit Power. The injunction had suspended the validity of the building permit for the Enefit 282 oil plant until a court decision in the case enters into force. An environmental…

39 new Covid-19 cases Saturday

Saturday, July 17, 2021

On Saturday, July 17, Latvia reported 39 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 138,126. Of 9,832 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.4% were positive, consistent with the rate over the last two weeks. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants ticked down slightly from 28.9 Friday to 27.8 Saturday, still just above…

EU climate goals package meets mixed reception with Estonian politicians

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The European Union’s long-range climate neutrality proposals package was rolled out Wednesday and has been met both by enthusiasm, by environment minister Tõnis Mölder (Center), who notes it is tailored to Estonia’s biggest challenge in the area, the oil shale sector, and by rejection by leader of the opposition Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), Martin Helme, who has dismissed it as ‘insanity’. The deal has alsodivided Brussels , with…

Large patch of sewage leaked in Dreiliņupīte creek in Rīga

Friday, July 16, 2021

The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) has installed enclosing booms on the Dreiliņupīte creek in Rīga after spotting a patch of an unknown substance, VUGD said July 15. VUGD received a call to the Vecā Biķernieku Street in Rīga on Thursday, at 8:39 AM, when a 300-meter long patch of unknown substance had been spotted on the surface of the water in the Dreiliņupīte. Enclosing and absorbing booms were installed in the creek. The…

Documentary to open Rīga International Film Festival

Friday, July 16, 2021

The eighth edition of the Rīga International Film Festival will open with with the documentary  The Rossellinis, directed by Alessandro Rossellini, festival organizers confirmed July 15. The director is the grandson of legendary Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, and his film offers a take on the lives and a look behind the scenes of the fame of the international cinema dynasty. The guests who will attend opening night will have the opportunity to experience the…