Posts published in Day: September 16, 2021

Share of alcohol, tobacco tax in Estonia’s state budget among largest in EU

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The proportion of income from alcohol and tobacco excise duty in Estonia’s state budget is among the largest in the European Union at almost 4.8 percent of the budget, a survey by the Foresight Center shows. “Given the annual deficit of the Estonian health care system will increase to €900 million by 2035, Estonia has used one-sided taxation options to promote healthy behavior,” Magnus Piirits, an expert at the Foresight…

Latvian diaspora public worker Jānis Kukainis dies

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Latvian diaspora figure Jānis Kukainis has passed away, according to a tweet by Latvian President Egils Levits on September 16. “My sincerest condolences to Jānis Kukainis’ family on his departure. His skilful work in Latvian public organizations and exile communities over decades, caring about the restored Latvia’s security and democracy, resulted in Latvia joining NATO,” Levits wrote. Izsaku visdziļāko līdzjūtību Jāņa Kukaiņa ģimenei,viņu mūžībā pavadot. Viņa lietpratīgais darbs latviešu sabiedrisko…

Elering CEO: It’s too early to talk about electricity policy failing

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The high electricity prices that broke records this week are not the fault of renewable energy or its producers, but the lack of renewable energy capacity and the unexpectedly rapid recovery of the economy, Elering’s CEO Taavi Veskimägi said on Wednesday. He said it is too early to say that European energy policy would have failed. Speaking on ETV’s current affairs show “Esimene stuudio”, Veskimägi said prices will not always…

Third reading of so-called Huawei bill postponed over technical error

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The third reading of the Electronic Communications Act bill scheduled for this Wednesday was postponed over what would have been a retroactive entry into force date. [Mobile communications operator] Elisa, the network of which relies on Huawei technology, maintains that changing the entry into force date is a fundamental rather than a technical change and one that will affect its business. The Riigikogu was on course to pass the amendment…

Taiwan’s DPP authority to send trade delegation to Lithuania, Czech, Slovakia

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities on the island of Taiwan is scheduled to send a 65-person economic and trade delegation to Lithuania, Czech and Slovakia in October to “show ties between democratic friends,” an obvious provocation and an attempt to “fan the flames” amid the current spat between Chinese mainland and Lithuania. The Taiwan delegation will leave on October 20 and the visit is aimed at “thanking those countries…

1 300 new COVID-19 cases in Lithuania

Thursday, September 16, 2021

On Wednesday, 1 300 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has already detected 312 481 coronavirus cases. Yesterday 8 people died of COVID-19. The death toll reaches 11 634 cases (COVID-19 infected people). 10 543 cases are still active. 14 475 PCR tests were done on Wednesday to detect COVID-19. Yesterday 9 328 people were vaccinated in Lithuania. Overall, 1 584…

Over 3,300 people died from coronavirus in first half of this year in Lithuania

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Some 3,320 people died from the coronavirus in Lithuania in the first half of this year, data from the country’s Institute of Hygiene. The majority of those deaths were registered in January when 1,270 people died from the infection. And the lowest number of deaths of 149 was recorded in June. Meanwhile, Lithuania’s statistics service, Statistics Lithuania, recorded 2,547 deaths over the same period. The institute’s data is not final…

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley usurped the chain of command during the Trump presidency

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Senator Rand Paul called for General Mark Milley to resign or be court-martialed if reports of his secret calls with China are true. “It should be investigated immediately, today, he should be questioned under oath, if not with a polygraph test, on whether it happened. If it happened, he should be immediately relieved of his duties and court-martialed. You have to find out if it’s true. This is innuendo and…

596 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

Thursday, September 16, 2021

On Thursday, September 16, Latvia recorded 596 new cases of Covid-19 infection. Of the total number of positive cases, 494 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 102 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 149,081. Of 32,915 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 1.8 % were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose again from 284.1 Wednesday to…

Ban on fur-farming to be discussed in Latvia

Thursday, September 16, 2021

On Thursday, September 16, Latvian parlament advanced amendments to the Animal Protection Law submitted by several deputies, which provide for a ban on fur-farming to be implemented as of 2026. According to the preamble to the Animal Protection Law, “no one is allowed to kill, hurt, cause suffering or otherwise harm an animal without a justified reason”, which contradicts the cultivation and killing of foxes, minks and chinchillas for fur…