Posts published in Day: July 23, 2021

Eighteen countries on Latvia’s “yellow” Covid travel list

Friday, July 23, 2021

The updated list of epidemiological requirements for arrivals into Latvia from other countries was published July 23 and includes 18 countries on the list of those deemed to have a “high public health threat”. They are: Cyprus, the Netherlands, Spain, Andorra, Portugal, Malta, Greece, Luxembourg, Monaco, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium and France among EU/EEA countries. Among third countries the list includes the United States, Israel, Lebanon, the United Kingdom and Jordan. The classification system rates travel to each…

Financial regulator warns about fraudulent calls to Italy and France

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK), the regulator of the Latvian financial sector, is warning the public about fraudsters, who make phone calls to randomly selected inhabitants of Italy and France claiming to be its representatives. “The callers provide false information in Russian (but may speak also in another language) and require person to perform different activities, such as disclosing names and personal data, terminating cooperation with financial institutions, opening special…

Auditor General concerned over outstanding oil shale plant financials

Friday, July 23, 2021

Financials on a proposed oil shale plant in eastern Estonia promised by the preceding administration and to be drawn up by the finance ministry have missed their deadline, Auditor General Janar Holm notes. The issue is heightened by the planned development being potentially at odds with European Union climate goals, Holm added. In a communique to acting finance minister Maris Lauri (Reform), Holm wrote that: “It was also said in…

Latvia activists plan to create a new school without restrictions or mandatory vaccination

Friday, July 23, 2021

A group of sceptics and opponents of Covid-19 restrictions has decided to set up their own school where students wouldn’t have to worry about restrictions or mandatory vaccination against Covid-19, as the school would employ distance learning, Latvian Radio reported July 23. Activists plan to create their own learning content to offer to interested parties for a fee. For the time being, experts have doubts that the group will be able to…

Rīga plans to clean center from homeless shelters

Friday, July 23, 2021

Rīga City Council plans to transfer homeless shelters from the center to Iļģuciems in order to relieve the center from the homeless population. This could cost around a million euros. The neighborhood association is strongly against the idea, Latvian Television reported July 23. Riga City Council is considering transferring shelters and sobering-up facilities from the vicinity of the Central Market to Iļģuciems. As a possible location, the council considers an empty…

Covid case total increases by 38 on Friday in Latvia

Friday, July 23, 2021

On Friday, July 23, Latvia reported 28 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 138,386. Of 7,985 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.5% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants inched up very slightly from 28.9 Thursday to 29.1 Friday. No Covid-related deaths were reported Friday, so the death…

Foreign Ministry names development grant project winners

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced which applications which were submitted for the grant competition entitled “Support for Development Cooperation Projects in designated recipient countries” will receive funding. The following projects that contribute to implementation of the EU priorities for countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia will receive grants: 1.      An LLC “SunGis” project – prototype of portal for the publication and public discussion on the general…

Employees prefer long-term benefits over short-term cash

Friday, July 23, 2021

Apart from pay, employees in Latvia are most motivated by long-term benefits from their employers such as health insurance, additional holidays, and contributions to a private pension fund, according to a survey commissioned by Luminor bank. Short-term benefits, such as a company car or paid-for telephone bills are less attractive, the survey suggests. When asked to assess additional motivating factors for work, excluding pay, on a five-point scale, employees in Latvia considered…

Vilnius calls US-German pipeline deal ‘a mistake’

Friday, July 23, 2021

Lithuania on Thursday said the deal struck by the US and Germany over a controversial Russian gas pipeline was “a mistake”, but there was still time to seek concessions from Moscow. The Baltic state has, like several other European countries and the United States, fiercely opposed the Nord Stream 2 project to double Russian gas supplies to Germany. The nearly finished 10-billion-euro ($12-billion) pipeline has long been a sore point…

Ukraine and Poland slam deal to complete controversial gas pipeline

Friday, July 23, 2021

Germany and the United States have announced a deal to allow the completion of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions. The agreement on Nord Stream 2, announced on Wednesday, says Germany and the US commit to countering any future Russian attempt to use the pipeline as a political tool. The two states also agreed to support Ukraine and Poland, which construe the…