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Berlinale Best Director award goes to Latvian co-production

Friday, March 5, 2021

Latvian co-production “Natural Light” has received the Silver Bear for Best Director at the prestigious Berlinale film festival, the festival said on Twitter March 5. “Natural Light” was directed by Hungarian Dénes Nagy. The Silver Bear for Best Director goes to Dénes Nagy for “Natural Light” (Természetes fény).  #Berlinale   Watch the official trailer here:  https://t.co/w8fii9EYvJ    pic.twitter.com/438nHUsEfs   — Berlinale (@berlinale)  March 5, 2021   The film is a co-production…

Zoo visitor calls police over sleeping kangaroo

Friday, March 5, 2021

A visitor to the Rīga Zoo has complained to the police about a kangaroo sleeping on the floor of its enclosure, State Police (VP) representative Krista Andersone told LSM March 4. The visitor was reportedly concerned that the kangaroo was sleeping in an ‘unnatural’ position on the floor. At first the person alerted the zoo’s employees and was given the explanation that the floor is nice and heated, so the animal…

Latvians least likely to invest spare cash

Friday, March 5, 2021

Latvians favor deposits over investments for their spare cash, according to data compiled by Citadele bank subsidiary CBL Asset Management. The amount of household savings, which has historically been low in Latvia, has increased significantly during the pandemic, reaching 12 billion euros. However, unlike Lithuanians and Estonians, who are increasingly likely to invest their disposable money in shares and funds, Latvians prefer a more conservative approach. “Statistics show that people…

Vaccination rate hit new high on Thursday

Friday, March 5, 2021

On Thursday, March 4 a total of 5,279 people received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, while the second dose was administered to 110 persons, according to the National Health Service data. This is the largest daily number of Covid-19 shots given in one day since the vaccination process in Latvia began. In comparison, the largest number of people vaccinated in a day last week was slightly over 4,000 people. So…

Avia Solutions Group dispels doubts about connections with Russia

Friday, March 5, 2021

Avia Solutions Group has demanded that the Lithuanian intelligence service “dispel doubts about the firm, after it claimed that the aviation firm was unreliable. “The information is important to the public. We are publicly asking and giving consent to the [State Security Department] VSD to disclose all information it has about our company,” Vygaudas Ušackas, a member of the company’s management board and former high-ranking diplomat, said in a press…

Lithuania reports 434 new cases, 5 deaths

Friday, March 5, 2021

Lithuania has registered 434 new coronavirus infections and five deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. Lithuania’s 14-day coronavirus infection rate currently stands at 247.9 per 100,000 people. Overall, 201,335 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Currently, 187,162 people are considered as having statistically recovered from Covid-19, and 7,110 as statistically ill, compared to the declared numbers of 142,621 and 51,651…

Minsk requests Lithuania to extradite Tikhanovskaya

Friday, March 5, 2021

Belarus has turned to the Lithuanian authorities to extradite Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition frontrunner against Alexander Lukashenko in the August 9 election last year, the country’s state news agency BelTa reported on Friday. “The General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus sent a request to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Lithuania to extradite Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to prosecute her for crimes against […] public safety and the state,” according to BelTa. TIkhanovskaya was…

Lithuania won’t be ‘part of the China-controlled technosphere’

Friday, March 5, 2021

Laurynas Kasčiūnas, chairman of Lithuania’s parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, has suggested drafting a list of unreliable technology providers. “One of the ideas is to identify specific producers from non-democratic countries whose information and communication technology equipment poses potential threat to the country’s national security and should not be used for the 5G mobile network in Lithuania,” Kasčiūnas said in the parliament on Thursday. “This way, we will…

Latvian government shows inability to cope with crisis

Friday, March 5, 2021

Errors in the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines shows the government’s inability to cope with crisis situations, President of Latvia Egils Levits told Latvian Television March 5. The President of Latvia said that vaccines were currently lacking because there were strategic errors in the procurement of vaccines, and we are now paying for these errors. And this, in turn, makes one rethink and analyze where there are systemic errors in public administration, leading…

Rīga public transport has 40 people without masks each day

Friday, March 5, 2021

Around 40 people are kicked out of Rīga public transport because of not wearing masks, head of transport company Rīgas Satiksme, Džineta Innusa, told Latvian Television  March 5. In general, passengers in Riga public transport are conscientious and comply with the requirement to use face masks, and around 600 checks are carried out daily. Controllers ask around 40 people without masks to exit the vehicles. The company constantly monitors the number…