Posts published in Day: August 6, 2019

EasyJet passengers sit on backless seats

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The airline has said passengers were not allowed to sit on the faulty row on the packed Luton to Geneva flight. A easyJet passenger has been pictured sitting on a seat that had no back, sparking outrage from social media users. Matthew Harris encountered the “unacceptable” situation as he was flying from Luton to Geneva in Switzerland earlier today. Harris, a tech entrepreneur from Australia, posted a picture of the seats to Twitter which…

Loan commitments on the rise in Latvia

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Last year saw the increase of the number of Latvian residents who struggled to pay back their loans and were forced to extend their loan repayment deadlines three or four times, said head of Consumer Rights Protection Centre (PTAC) Baiba Vītoliņa at a press-conference on August 6. The total debt obligations of Latvia’s residents have been growing at an increasing rate with each passing year, Vitoliņa said, adding that the volume…

US revokes visa-free entry for foreigners who visit North Korea

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Washington has revoked visa-free entry rights to the United States for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the past eight years. Citizens of 38 countries, including Latvia, do not need visas to enter the US and stay there for up to 90 days under a waiver program. However, the visa waiver will no longer apply to those citizens of these countries that have visited Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria,…

Ratas meets with Boris Johnson in London (Video)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London on Tuesday, becoming the first EU head of government to meet with the U.K.’s new prime minister in person. The Government Communication Unit previously announced that at their meeting, the two heads of state would discuss bilateral Estonian-British relations, including cooperation in the defense and security policy field, as well as cyber-cooperation and topical EU-related matters.…

7 tourist routes through Latvian and Lithuanian historical gardens

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

As part of a joint two-year project, Latvian and Lithuanian rural tourism organisations and horticulturalists have created seven routes tracing the historical gardens of the two countries, according to Asnate Ziemele, president of the Latvian Rural Tourism Association, reported LSM.lv on August 5. “Horticulturalists and botanists have opened the gates of over 50 historic gardens around Latvia and Lithuania, allowing visitors to delight in the beauties of roses, peonies, dahlias and…

Chinese embassy to hold business forum in Tallinn

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in cooperation with Enterprise Estonia is inviting interested parties to a Chinese business forum to take place in Tallinn on Sept. 12, the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the forum, titled “Doing Business in China 2.0”, is to take place at the Radisson Blu Sky hotel and will feature speakers from both China and…

Estonia’s Omniva LT to invest EUR 4 mln into expansion in Lithuania

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Estonia’s parcel company Omniva LT plans to double the number of its parcel terminals in Lithuania and invest 4 mln euros. The company plans to increase the number of its parcel terminal from 150 to 300 by the end of this year, covering almost 50% of Lithuania’s cities, Omniva LT said. “We will start our financially biggest-ever expansion in October across the country at once and will get closer to clients in…

Fresh case of swine fever in Slovakia as eastern Europe scrambles to contain disease

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A fresh case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been discovered in Slovakia in a village near the Hungarian border. The farm, in Košice province, had just four pigs but all of the pigs in a three-kilometre radius of the outbreak were culled. It was found approximately five kilometres from the initial outbreak, which occurred two weeks ago. Slovakian authorises say they will establish protection and surveillance zones in a…

Ostapenko through to second round in Canadian Open 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Latvia’s No.2 Aļona Ostapenko defeated France’s No.1 Caroline Garcia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of Rogers Cup on Monday, August 5, according to tournament organizers. Ostapenko’s next opponent will be revealed after Tuesday’s match between World No.10 Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. This is Ostapenko’s first victory at the Rogers Cup, having previously failed to go past the first round in three Canadian Open tournaments held in Toronto and Montreal.…