Posts published in Day: September 21, 2021

Look out for ‘Namejs’ military drills across Vidzeme

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

From September 24 to 26, soldiers, reserve soldiers and national guardsmen of the 2nd Vidzeme Brigade of the National Guard will participate in the National Armed Forces military exercise “Namejs 2021”, the aim of which is to check and improve the readiness of units to develop national defense tasks both independently and collectively, the National Armed Forces said September 20. During the training, the 2nd Vidzeme Brigade of the National Guard…

Finance minister proposes postponement of excise duty rise

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) proposed keeping taxes for fuels and electricity at the 2020 level on Tuesday. Last week, electricity prices rose to a record high. Pentus-Rosimannus said the rapid rise in prices means the situation has changed radically. “Discussions on the budget are still ongoing, but it can be said the government has no desire to give impetus to further price increases during the conditions of accelerated…

LTV: Anti-graft force wants former central bank boss charged with witness tampering

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

On September 20, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) urged the Prosecutor’s Office to press criminal charges against former Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and businessman Uģis Tabors for allegedly pressing a witness to give false testimony, Latvian Television reports. KNAB, without disclosing the names of the persons involved, informed that the criminal proceedings were initiated on June 14 of this year. The evidence obtained during the investigation shows that…

Real estate agency: IT sector’s success impacting Estonian property market

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The IT sector’s high salaries are pushing up the prices of real estate in Tallinn and large apartments are snapped up before they even reach the market, real estate agency 1Partner Kinnisvara has said. Martin Vahter, head of real estate agency 1Partner Kinnisvara, said money earned as part of the success story of Estonia’s IT sector has found its way into the real estate market. Due to this the supply…

Producer prices rose 2.2 % in August

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau September 21 show that, compared to July, in August 2021 the level of producer prices in Latvian industry increased by 2.2 %. The level of prices of products sold on the domestic market increased by 2.5 %, and prices of exported products – by 1.9 %. Producer prices of products exported to euro area countries rose by 2.0 %, prices of products exported to non-euro area countries – by 1.8 %.…

Liepāja Art Forum offers autumnal dose of contemporary art

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

From September 24 to 26, Latvia’s third-largest city, Liepāja, is the place to head to for Liepāja Art Forum ’21, a celebration of contemporary art discoveries. Takig place for the seventh time, there will be contemporary music, visual and movement art, as well as two performance premieres for families and three cinematic artworks. The festival program features artists from Belgium, France, and Latvia, and it is traditionally organized by Concert Hall Great…

IKEA on track to open first Estonian store next autumn

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Estonia’s first IKEA store is on track to open in Autumn 2022 as planned, Christian Schneider, the head of IKEA Estonia has said. The store, in Rae municipality just outside Tallinn, will employ about 300 people and hiring began in April. “The first step in recruitment is to form a team of managers, who in turn form their own teams and hire the necessary employees,” Schneider told BNS. The two-story…

13 deaths, 494 new Covid cases in Latvia

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

On Tuesday, September 21, Latvia recorded 494 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Of the total number of positive cases, 384 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 110 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 151,243. Of 24,518 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2 % were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000…

Covid infections up 28.9% on week, hospitalizations up 41%

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

In Latvia last week, a total of 3,448 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed, which is 28.9% more than in the previous week, according to  information  submitted to the government by the Ministry of Health (VM). Assessing last week’s cases of Covid-19 and the vaccination status of infected people, 2,738 people had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had not yet completed a course of vaccination, representing a total of 81% of all…

The Lembergs case: a ruling 14 years in the making

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

For well over a decade, a case has been making its way at a painfully, sometimes farcically, slow pace through the Latvian legal system. It involves one of the country’s best-known figures, the populist politician, businessman, mayor and alleged ‘oligarch’ Aivars Lembergs. As Latvian Radio reports, on 14 March 2007 media went mad when, locked in handcuffs, Lembergs was taken to the Riga City Center District Court, as prosecutors made their first moves…