Posts published in Day: September 7, 2021

Covid-19 boosters to be gradually launched in Latvia

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

On Tuesday, September 7, the Cabinet agreed to gradually launch a Covid-19 booster in Latvia. First, the third dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 will be available to people with a significantly weakened immune system. The debate among different authorities was heated – whether the booster should be offered at all, and to what extent. According to Health Ministry (VM), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a  statement indicating that…

SEB: Inflation of 5 percent or more likely for next few months

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Inflation of close to 5 percent is likely to remain for several months, and may even be exceeded some months, according to an economist from Scandinavian-owned bank SEB. Mihkel Nestor, economic analyst at SEB Estonia, said: “In the second half of 2020, the consumer price index (CPI) fell by 1 percent on average per month, but now that the economic climate has returned to normal, prices for many goods and…

AK: Electricity consumption data to aid in mapping empty apartment blocks

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Apartment building electricity consumption is to be analyzed nationwide as a way of mapping empty dwellings, including entire apartment buildings and not just individual addresses, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ reported Monday night. As many as 5,300 apartment buildings – 23 percent of the entire stock – may fall out of use by 2050, AK reported. Many such buildings were erected during the Soviet era when Estonia’s population was several…

NATO Counter Hybrid Support Team arrives in Lithuania

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

A NATO Counter Hybrid Support Team has come to Lithuania to help the country’s authorities deal with the migrant crisis and other pressures from neighbouring countries, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. For two weeks, the team of security experts “will analyse the hybrid aggression against Lithuania” and “will make recommendations to Lithuania and the alliance on how to deal with such threats more effectively”, the ministry said in a…

The head of Polish diplomacy on official visit to Lithuania

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

he main item on the agenda of Minister Zbigniew Rau’s visit to the capital of Lithuania was a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis. The heads of Polish and Lithuanian diplomacy covered the most important matters of bilateral relations, eastern and regional policy, economic and scientific cooperation as well as national minority issues. The ministers also discussed security policy and the current situation…

Restaurant chain Tokyo City shuts down due to ‘unwarranted tax debt’

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

As of Monday, September 6, all Tokyo City chain restaurants have closed due to an ‘unexpected attack by the State Revenue Service (VID)’, Tokyo City’s chief executive Gaļina Gaile said September 7. According to Gaile, the VID, failing to recover tax debts from three companies – Resto Court, Stollons and Restograd, which were liquidated in 2019 and which were previously under the franchise in Latvia, decided to recover the company’s…

Pulling the dragon’s tail: Lithuania defies China

By Zintis Znotiņš on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Lithuania has unexpectedly become one of the loudest critics of China on the international stage. Why is this so and will Lithuania be forced to pay for pulling the eastern dragon by the tail? The opening of a Taiwan representative office in Lithuania – with “Taiwan” being used in the name instead of “Taipei” – is the latest and loudest move by Lithuania that has angered China, but it is…

Rīga International Film Festival announces main lineup

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The eighth Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF), which will take place October 14-24, announced its lineup for the Feature Film Competition, IFF said in a release September 7. The films in this section will be screened both at the Splendid Palace cinema and online throughout Latvia. All films in competition will have their Latvian premieres at RIGA IFF. The RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition 2021 lineup: The selected films will…

311 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

On Tuesday, September 7, Latvia recorded 311 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).  Of the total number of positive cases, 242 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 69 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 144,943.  Of 45,396 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.7 % were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per…

24 migrants prevented from entering Latvia

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

On Monday, September 6, 24 people’s attempts of illegally crossing the Latvian-Belarusian State border were prevented, according to the State Border Guard. No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally. In total, after the  state of emergency   was announced on August 10 in the Latvia-Belarus border area allowing the border guard to promptly deny entry and return migrants to the country of origin, 978 people have been denied…