Posts published in Day: April 10, 2019

Operator to add business campus to Tallinn Airport by 2035

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The operator of Tallinn’s Lennart Meri Airport, state-owned AS Tallinna Lennujaam, announced on Wednesday that it is planning to add a business campus to the airport’s existing structures. The project, adding some 150,000 square metres of new commercial space to the local market, is to be completed by 2035. The company’s Wednesday press release made reference to a plot at its disposal located on Tartu Road close to the airport…

Latvian Regional Development Ministry proposes map with 35 local governments

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry (VARAM) has worked out a new administrative-territorial map of Latvia, cutting the number of local governments to 35 from 119, according to information obtained by LETA. The municipalities of Liepaja and Madona would have the largest territories, according to the draft proposal. Riga, Daugavpils and Liepaja would be the largest municipalities by the size of population with more than 100,000 residents in each…

Flu epidemic in Latvia is officially over

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Because the number of flu patients has not exceeded 100 per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, Disease Prevention and Control Centre announced the end of the flu epidemic in Latvia on Tuesday, 9 April. Data for flu and upper respiratory tract infections shows that in the past two weeks the number of patients who turned for medical assistance and were diagnosed with flu did not exceed 100 cases…

McDonald’s in Latvia to provide plastic straws on demand-only basis

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

To motivate clients to reduce using plastic straws, McDonald’s fast food chain in Latvia plans to start a test in which straws will be provided on demand only. This test was commenced by McDonald’s branch in Jelgava on 9 April. Other McDonald’s fast food establishments in Latvia will start implementing the same regime in the beginning of June. As part of the test, all drinks served at the fast food…

Russia plans expansion in Arctic, invites to invest in northern shipping route

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Russian government has outlined its plans to facilitate the shipping route through the Arctic Ocean over the next 16 years, by modernising ports and investing into ice-breaker fleet. American news agency AP reports that on Tuesday, April 9, addressing the Arctic forum in St. Petersburg attended by leaders of Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway, Putin unveiled Russia’s plans to increase cargo shipments across the Arctic sea route from 20 million…

Israeli election won by long-serving Prime Minister Netanyahu

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In the Israeli general election, the right-wing Likud party of the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won, according to the country’s media and AFP. French news agency AFP reports, citing three Israeli television channels that with 97 percent of the votes counted, neither of the candidates’ parties had captured a ruling majority. However, Netanyahu was in a strong position to form a coalition government with other right-wing factions that…

Registered unemployment 5.1%, unchanged year-on-year

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Registered unemployment in Estonia remained unchanged year-on-year (y-o-y) in March, BNS reports. The total figure for registered unemployed was 33,3976 at the end of March, the same as the end of March 2018, and a 0.1% drop on the previous month. The figure constitutes 5.1% of the workforce aged 16 to retirement age, BNS says, quoting the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa). However, there was some transfer, since 5,205 registered as…

Estonian poll: Support for Reform increased throughout coalition negotiations

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A poll commissioned by the Institute for Societal Studies and carried out by Norstat has the Reform Party at 33.4% voter approval, 12.6 points ahead of outgoing Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’ Centre Party. Although Reform wasn’t part of coalition negotiations over the last few weeks, the party’s popularity has since increased every week, the poll showed. While Reform is in the lead with its 33.4%, the Centre Party, though still…

Latvian authorities detain ten child pornography distributors

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In a large-scale operation that took place last week Latvian police detained ten of the most active child pornography distributors, as confirmed by Latvia’s State Police Sex Crime Prevention Department Chief Oļegs Lavčinovskis. Thanks to international cooperation ten searches were performed in homes of ten men in two days. During those searches, police confiscated computers and a large number of data storage devices containing child pornography and prohibited pornographic materials.…

Latvia’s corruption watchdog accuses KPV LV member of fraud; politician denies guilt

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

KPV LV Saeima faction chairman Atis Zakatistovs denies his guilt in accusations regarding possible fraud. He told journalists on 10 April that he wants to better understand the situation before making future decisions. He said he is not involved in any fraud, adding that he did provide some consultations. He did not say who exactly who the client of his services was. When asked if he is prepared to put…