Posts published in Day: June 17, 2020

Lithuania has ‘plenty’ of dexamethasone to treat Covid-19 patients, minister says

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuania has sufficient stocks of dexamethasone, a drug that has been found to significantly cut death risk for Covid-19 patients, the country’s Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has said. “The drug has been used for a long time and is used to treat many conditions. It’s a really cheap, simple and well-known medication,” the minister told BNS. “If it’s really effective […], we will not need to do anything special, since…

Lithuania sends additional troops to Mali

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Lithuania has sent additional troops to the mission in Mali in response to request by its allies, according to the country’s Defence Ministry. The squad of some 10 troops from the National Defence Volunteer Forces (KASP) – Lithuania’s territorial military units – departed the country on Tuesday. They will join the UN-led stablisation and peacekeeping operation MINUSMA in Mali. Thirty-two Lithuanian soldiers are currently deployed in the west African country.…

Step by step: leather drum

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The sound of drums is known in nearly all cultures. Drums excite, cheer up and calm down. Ilze and Sergejs from Amata have mastered the art of making drums out of animal hide and shared their skill with Latvian Television program “Pūra lāde” (The Dowry Chest). Ilze and Sergejs Bušujevi from Amata, coming from the city, have found peace and harmony in the country environment of the Amata County. They run…

airBaltic hoped to list on stock exchange by 2024

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) hopes that an initial public offering of shares in airBaltic will take place by 2023-2024, the Minister said in an interview to Latvian Radio on June 17. According to him, the listing of the airline’s shares at the time could be initiated on condition that the situation in the aviation sector is “positive” and airBaltic will be able to demonstrate to both the bondholders…

Plant wonders: yarrow today, heal tomorrow

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Yarrow is found everywhere – meadows, fields, roadside. Botanist Agnese Priede shares some tips on the use of this versatile plant. Historically, yarrow was believed to soothe wounds, make dairy cows give thicker milk, and even cure the plague. Of these powers there is no certainty – however, you can definitely try it a great many ways. Dried and powdered yarrow can be placed on smaller bruises, as it is…

Buckwheat popcorn – a Baltic take on a classic snack

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A chef in Latvia has found a novel way of serving buckwheat – blowing it up in a twisted take on traditional popcorn. Buckwheat explodes when heated just like regular corn, according to a recipe  shared by Latvia’s public broadcaster, LSM. For the new take on popcorn, boil buckwheat without seasoning, spread it on a tray, and leave on the windowsill or in the oven on ventilation mode to dry. Heat…

Prime Minister proposes medic pay rise solution

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (“New Unity”) has offered government partners a solution to raise medical salaries by reallocating funds from the social budget and personal income tax, Latvian Television reported on June 16. In an interview on the LTV broadcast “Viens pret vienu” Kariņš said he offered government partners a long-term way to increase funding for health care. “Redistributing money from the social budget and personal income tax means…

Riga distributes COVID-19 aid money

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

This week, temporary administration of the Riga municipality will start distributing the COVID-19 compensation fund, including €2.29 million for Rīgas Satiksme (Riga Transport), Latvian Television reported on June 16. The budget for Riga this year was adopted in early April, when the state of emergency of COVID-19 was already in place. In view of the potential consequences of this crisis, the budget identified a special reserve fund of EUR 13.8 million. It is planned to…

Minimum wage for teachers to increase by EUR 40

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The government at a meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday, June 16, supported a €8.2 million grant to raise the minimum salary rate for educators from €750 to €790, reported Latvian Television on June 16. The Latvian Education and Science Workers’ Trade Union (LIZDA) recalls that the increase in remuneration has not been extended to higher education teachers, which creates an inequality situation, and plans to decide on this situation…

Rail freight transport decreased by 46.2% in Latvia

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

In the first five months of 2020, the volume of rail freight transport in Latvia decreased by 46.2% compared to the corresponding period of 2019 and was 10,022 million tonnes, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Transport. In particular, international transport amounted to 9,473 million tonnes, a drop of 47,7% compared to 2019, while domestic transport increased by 8.6% to 549 000 tonnes. The information shows that, from…