Posts published in Day: July 21, 2021

Preparations have been launched this week for the dismantling of the Brasa overpass

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Preparations have been launched this week for the dismantling of the Brasa overpass on the side of Duntes Street, which could take approximately three months, the Riga City Council said July 21. The dismantling is scheduled to start next week, involving the removal of three beams and plates installed between them, as well as the dismantling of sidewalk blocks. Tram traffic will continue but, if hazards are detected during dismantling, suspension of traffic…

African Swine Flu a threat in parts of Estonia

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Following the recent finding of a case of African Swine Flue (ASF) in Harju County, risk of further instances in various parts of Estonia, particularly in the north of the country, is clear and present, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Tuesday evening. Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse (Reform) told AK that he hopes for an avoidance of an outbreak on the scale of that experienced in 2015.…

Lithuanian MOD conceals crimes in the army

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Weapons, drugs, drunkenness, violence, thefts in the Lithuanian Armed Forces are the results of the work of the Minister National Defence of Lithuania. Since the appointment of Arvydas Anušauskas as Minister of National Defence (December 2020), the statistics of crimes committed by the servicemen of the Lithuanian Army has been increasing. According to the Lithuanian police, during the summer period alone, several criminal incidents involving servicemen of the Lithuanian Armed…

Central bank requires home loan issuing caution for SEB, Swedbank

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) has urged caution on the part of two significant banks in issuing home loans, and instigated specific requirements for the two banks in particular, in order to mitigate risk against any potential future downturn and at a time when the real estate market is particularly active. The central bank has retained a requirement that Swedbank and SEB have to apply a risk weight of…

The proportion of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Latvia increased to 79%

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Last week, the proportion of the Covid-19 Delta variant in Latvia increased to 79%, according to information published July 21 by Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Two weeks ago, the Alpha variant was still dominant.  Last week  , the Delta strain was found in 54% of the tested samples, whereas this week it is already at 79% and the Alpha variant has fallen to 13%, according to SPKC. The…

Latvian shoppers have taken the opportunity to get vaccine against Covid-19 at a shopping mall

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Lately, more shoppers have taken the opportunity to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at a shopping mall, the vaccination project department of the National Health Service told July 20. Between June 18, when vaccination points opened in shopping malls, and July 19, a total of 20,946 injections, including first and second vaccine doses, have been carried out. Last week, 6,538 vaccine doses were administered to people at shopping malls. On Monday,…

Finland sends assistance to Lithuania as refugees cross from Belarus

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Finland’s Ministry of the Interior has agreed to send material assistance to Lithuania as a record number of refugees have arrived in the Baltic country via Belarus in recent weeks. Lithuania has requested international assistance from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, where Finland is a member, as it faces a sharp influx of migrants coming over the border from Belarus, a possible move by Minsk to exact revenge against EU nations…

Latvian troops to participate in ‘Agile Spirit’ exercise

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Latvian troops will be among  around 2,500 personnel taking part in a Georgian Defense Forces and U.S. Army Europe and Africa cooperatively-led, joint multinational exercise occurring July 26 through Aug 6 in Georgia Dubbed ‘Agile Spirit’, the brigade-level exercise will incorporate a simulated command post exercise, field training, and joint multinational, battalion-level combined arms live-fire exercises. “Agile Spirit 2021 enhances U.S., Georgian, allied and regional partner forces’ readiness and interoperability in…

Record high construction price index in second quarter in Estonia

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

In the second quarter of 2021, the construction price index increased by 5.2 percent compared to the first quarter and by 6.2 percent compared to the second quarter of 2020, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The construction price index shows the change in construction expenditures taking into consideration the price changes of three basic inputs: labour force, building materials and building machines. The calculation of the construction price index covers…

Latvia to purchase battery-powered trains by 2026

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

By 2026, it is planned to purchase battery-powered trains in Rīga and the vicinity, as well as to improve tracks, Ministry of Transport said in a release July 20. Battery-powered trains are equipped with batteries that allow them to travel both on electrified lines using electricity from the contact line, and on non-electrified lines using the energy stored in the batteries, thus providing a more environmentally friendly solution than diesel train. These…