Posts published in Day: August 5, 2021

Oil shale mined volume falls 24 percent between 2018 and 2019

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Oil shale mined in Estonia fell from 15.9 million tonnes in 2018 to 12.1 million tonnes in 2019, the latter a level roughly the same as in 2016. The 24 percent fall was reported to the cabinet Thursday in the context of the 2016-2030 national development plan for the use of oil shale. Oil shale is mined and then refined in eastern Estonia, to produce a product which simply switches…

Children in Latvia 2021 statistics compiled

Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published the yearly statistics compilation ‘Children in Latvia’ 2021 on August 5. According to CSB’s release,  ‘The collection of statistics covers information on the number of children births and deaths, as well as age composition, state of health, education, social protection thereof, risk of material deprivation and monetary poverty in households with children, economic activity of children, use of information technologies, violence against children and children…

New car sales practically back to pre-pandemic volumes

Thursday, August 5, 2021

New car and vehicle sales are virtually back to pre-pandemic levels according to an industry association. While July 2021 sales were 15 percent up on July 2020, the total figure of 2,311 new passenger vehicles sold was on 100 fewer than the same month in 2019, the last full year before the coronavirus arrived, car dealership and service center association AMTEL says. January to July saw 15,251 cars sold, an…

Mandatory COVID-19 testing for certain professions comes into force in Lithuania

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Under the new rules, cargo and passenger carriers, entertainment, culture and public catering workers who have not been vaccinated and have not had the coronavirus will be required to undergo regular testing. Those required to get tested will also include soldiers, workers of public administration establishments as well as people who work with illegal migrants who have recently come to Lithuania. All of them will have to undergo tests no…

Non-vaccinated people will be banned from indoor events and public catering venues in Lithuania

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Such people would also be allowed to visit small shops only. Under the government’s draft resolution, the changes on services and activities for people without national COVID-19 certificates would come into force on September 13. The draft resolution states that services, shops, trade and entertainment venues, restaurants, cafes, bars and other entertainment places, betting shops, commercial ad non-commercial cultural, entertainment and sports events, celebrations, fairs, festivals and other types of…

Lithuania’s police have launched a pre-trial investigation into terrorist crime threats

Thursday, August 5, 2021

The pre-trial investigation comes in response to a report by a Vilnius based company on Wednesday that it received an email with threats to commit a terrorist crime in 12 places, including shopping malls, entertainments places and office buildings. Subsequent checks found no suspicious persons or items, the Police Department reports. The email was in English, threatening Lithuania will explosions and revenge for “Muslim brothers”. The email also contained a…

Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications plans to buy up majority of island ferries

Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications says it plans to buy up four of five ferries which currently serve Estonia’s two largest islands, Hiiumaa, and, via Muhu, Saaremaa, daily Postimees reports. The move would not quite represent a full nationalization in that the company that operates the vessels, TS Laevad, is a subsidiary of the Port of Tallinn, which is part-state-owned, and the state subsidizes the ferries to the…

Bonuses for doctors who vaccinate against Covid-19 in Latvia

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Additional bonuses could be given to general practitioners who vaccinate people against Covid-19 – up to €1,500 per month, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts told. In order to promote the vaccination of seniors and other people, the Ministry of Health will discuss additional support for family doctors at the government meeting on August 10. A bonus is planned if there are at least 50% or 70% of vaccinated people in the GP’s…

Some Riga residents will not have hot water

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Hot water will not be available for residents of Riga on the right bank of Daugava during checks of the heat network, Rigas siltums representative told. The hydraulic test is carried out annually in order to prepare for the next heating season and to detect potential damage in the heat network in good time. The hot water supply will be restored on the evening of August 5, except in those areas where…

Hundreds protest against ‘mandatory vaccination’ in Latvia

Thursday, August 5, 2021

On Wednesday evening, several hundred people gathered at the Cabinet building in Riga, expressing their displeasure at the Saeima’s conceptually supported intention to allow firing employees without Covid-19 certificates. Several people also gathered in Liepaja. People arrived at the Saeima building at the beginning, then went to the government building on the march to the Freedom Monument. People of different ages were present, mostly people of working age. Some people…