Posts tagged as Latvia

Ban on ‘unnecessary’ travel extended until April 6 in Latvia

Friday, February 26, 2021

The government has extended the ban on entry to Latvia until the end of the state of emergency to slow the spread of new strains of Covid-19. Limit has now been extended until April 6. You can enter Latvia only for reasons: work, work, education, study, family association, medical services, transit, accompanying a minor, constant return or attending a funeral. For indicating a false purpose of the trip, you will…

Latvian scientists cleaning up image quality in astronomy

Friday, February 26, 2021

The University of Latvia (LU) Institute of Solid State Physics is working to improve the quality of video and space photos. “We face image quality challenges in many different areas of life. Also in fields of science, such as astronomy, where image quality is damaged by a wavy atmosphere. In biology, the image quality is damaged by dispersed tissue. The weather, too, can prevent you from seeing what is close…

Smaller stores will not open next week in Latvia

Friday, February 26, 2021

The Latvian government has postponed the decision to open small stores on 25 February. The Cabinet of Ministers will decide on the resumption of the shops, most likely next week. In Latvia, there are 8,800 such stores with an area of up to 300 square meters, with a total of about 16,400 employees. “The issue of opening small shops was removed from the government’s agenda today so that the Ministry…

Unemployment benefit policy might be revised in Latvia

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Latvian Radio reported that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of jobs available is declining and there are sectors where activity has almost stopped. Solutions are being sought to help all the unemployed. Last year 78.7 thousand people aged between 15 and 74 were unemployed, according to the results of the  Central Statistical Bureau Labor Force Survey  . Compared with 2019, the number of unemployed has increased by 17.4 thousand, or…

A new tradition on the International Women’s Day in Latvia established

Thursday, February 25, 2021

According to LSM, establishing a new tradition marking the International Women’s Day, the second annual hackathon aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in technology will take place in the mid-March, organizers have announced. A week of events and workshops starting on Monday, March 8 will climax with a 48-hour sustainability hackathon over the weekend of March 12-14. This year, the event will take place fully online, bringing in all interested participants from…

Latvian oligarch Aivars Lembergs jailed for five years

Thursday, February 25, 2021

After 12 years of heated court wrangling, a Latvian court has finally read its verdict in the high-profile trial of Aivars Lembergs, one of the country’s richest men, an influential populist politician and a former mayor of Venspils, the port city in northwestern Latvia. On February 22, the Riga Regional Court sentenced Lembergs to five years in prison, confiscation of property and a fine of €20,000 after finding him guilty…

Latvia concerned about militarization of Crimea

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Latvia is concerned about violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea, in particular the rights of national and ethnic minorities, as well as Russia’s militarization of the Crimean peninsula. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said this at the ministerial panel discussion “International Response to Human Rights Violations in the Temporarily Occupied Crimea, Ukraine” on February 23, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. “The situation with human rights violations in the occupied…

Latvia leads CEE in World Bank gender equality index

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Latvia is the only country in emerging Europe with a perfect score in the World Bank’s latest Women, Business and the Law 2021 report. Countries are inching toward greater gender equality, but women around the world continue to face laws and regulations that restrict their economic opportunity, with the Covid-19 pandemic creating new challenges to their health, safety, and economic security, a new World Bank report claims. Reforms to remove…

Big increase in unemployment in Latvia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In the course of 2020, the number of unemployed persons in Latvia increased by 28.4 % according to the results of the Labour Force Survey of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) released February 24. 78,700 people aged 15 to 74 were unemployed. Compared to 2019, the number of the unemployed has increased by 17,400 or 28.4 %. Last year, the unemployment rate in Latvia was 8.1 %, which is 1.8 percentage points higher than in 2019. The…

Latvia plans to double vaccination numbers next week

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This week, an average of 2,000 people a day are scheduled to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts said at a remote press conference February 23. The Minister said that last week the Ministry of Health’s target to vaccinate an average of 1,000 people per day was met. Therefore, in order to increase the pace of vaccination in the country, a new target has been set for this…