Posts published in Day: May 25, 2020

Runaway drone was flying unlicensed

Monday, May 25, 2020

The flight of the drone lost in early May and missing for over two weeks had not been arranged with the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA), representative Aivis Vincevs told news agency LETA on May 25. The  incident on May 2   caused closing of airspace at the Riga International Airport, redirecting a flight to Tallinn and extensive searches. Therefore, the manufacturer and owner UAVFactory had their permit for high-risk flights temporarily…

STRATCOMCOE talks “Communication Risk”

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has another in its series of online conversations taking place this week. This time the topic is  “Communication Risk” with Prof. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford), Dr. Rod Lamberts (Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science) and Mr. Ben Heap (Senior Expert, NATO StratCom COE). “During a crisis, people want to take…

Russia desperate to stop Poland from hosting U.S. nuclear weapons, launches new war games with Baltic fleet

By Gregorz Adamczyk on Monday, May 25, 2020

Russia remains adamantly opposed to Poland hosting U.S. nuclear weapons on it soil and is launching new military exercises that will be built around possible targeting of nuclear weapons that might be located in Poland, according to the Russian paper Niezavisimaya Gazeta. Russia’s new major war games will be launched with the participation of its Baltic fleet, which according to Russian defense chief Sergey Shoygu are designed as a response…

Latvia: Unemployment at 9.2% in April

Monday, May 25, 2020

In April 2020, the unemployment rate in Latvia was 9.2%, which is 1.3 percentage points higher as compared to March, according to May 25 data from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). The unemployment rate registered in the State Employment Agency is 8%, with an increase of 1.2 percentage points compared to March. Compared to April 2019, rates increased by 2.7 percentage points for actual unemployment and 1.7 percentage points for…

Bus services resume between the Baltic states

Monday, May 25, 2020

Lux Express has relaunched regular journeys between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, while Ecolines will start operating later this week. Tickets on Lux Express from Vilnius to Riga and Tallinn are already available, while journeys with Ecolines to the Latvian capital can be booked starting May 29. Safety requirements vary by country,  according   to Estonian public broadcaster ERR News. In Estonia and Latvia, it is sufficient for the first row…

Germans appreciate Latvian food: Sandra’s store and story

Monday, May 25, 2020

At the beginning of May, a special store opened its doors in Bavaria, Germany. It is the only shop in Germany that sells exclusively Latvian-produced groceries. The owner, Sandra Balcere, spoke to LSM.lv on May 24 about her business. “You have to try, otherwise you won’t know whether you’ll succeed,” said Sandra. Her family are the only Latvians in the small Bavarian town of Bad Tölz. Opening the shop was a sense…

Lithuanian employers vow not to cut wages, if income tax is reduced

Monday, May 25, 2020

Employers in Lithuania pledged not to cut wages if the parliament reduces the income tax rate from 20 to 15 percent, and increase non-taxable income by 50 euros. The memorandum was signed by the Infobalt association, the Investor’s Forum, the Lithuanian Confederation of Employers, the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, the Lithuanian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts as well as the Lithuanian trade unions Solidarumas and Sandrauga. The…

LMT turnover increased by 6.4% in 2019

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mobile operator “Latvijas Mobilais Telefons” (LMT) in 2019 reached a turnover of EUR 186.099 million, which is 6.4% more than in 2018, according to Firmas.lv information on May 25. The company’s profit increased by 9.3% and was EUR 30.566 million. Revenue from network and roaming increased by 5.5% in 2019, revenue from goods and services by 15.5%, revenue from interconnections decreased by 6.4%, while the amount of discounts granted increased…

Lithuania, Belarus sign nuclear incident notification agreement

Monday, May 25, 2020

Lithuania and Belarus have on Monday signed an agreement on early notification of a nuclear accident and exchange of information on nuclear facilities and activities. Lithuania’s State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) said it had signed the agreement with the Belarusian Ministry of Emergency Situations. “Despite this agreement, all environmental and nuclear safety issues being raised by Lithuanian remain. Lithuanian wants the Belarusian nuclear power plant not to be launched…

Coronavirus: Lithuania confirms 7 new cases, most linked to Vilnius hospitals

Monday, May 25, 2020

Seven new coronavirus infections were reported in Lithuania on Sunday morning, bringing the total count of Covid-19 cases to 1,623, according to the Health Ministry. Three of the new cases are linked to Vilnius City Clinical Hospital, the National Public Health Centre told BNS. A patient, a staff member and a family member of a former patients tested positive for the virus. One more case is a former patient of…