Posts published in Day: July 8, 2020

Riga tests red traffic light radar

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A new type of traffic radar has been installed at the intersection of Brīvības and Krustabaznīcas Street in Riga. The radar detects drivers who do not mind the red light, Latvian Television reported on July 8. Last year, 4,000 drivers were caught by the State Police for driving under the red light. The failure to comply with traffic lights last year has led to 150 road accidents. There are now…

Average level of consumer prices down 0.7% over the year

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in June 2020, compared to June 2019, the average level of consumer prices decreased by 0.7%, as reported on July 8. Prices of goods fell by 1.6%, while prices of services rose by 1.3%. Compared to 2015, in June 2020 consumer prices were 8.9% higher. Prices of goods increased by 6.8% and prices of services by 14.1%. Compared to June 2019, in June 2020 the…

Riga airport laid off fewer employees than expected

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Riga International Airport Although was planning to lay off more than 500 employees due to the COVID-19 crisis, but only dismissed 353 in reality, said Chair of the airport board, Laila Odiņa, to Latvian Radio. Odiņa explained that, initially, around 500 airport employees were scheduled to be dismissed collectively, following the more pessimistic recovery scenario for the European aviation industry. In total, there have been three scenarios: the most optimistic, realistic,…

First woman ranked colonel in the Latvian army

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

For the first time in the history of the Latvian army, the rank of colonel has been assigned to a woman, Ilze Žilde, Head of the United Staff of the National Armed Forces, said the Commander of the National Armed Forces (NBS) Leonīds Kalniņš. “The first female colonel in the history of the Latvian army is a response to those who doubt that they will be able to succeed in…

Facemasks may become mandatory again in Lithuania, PM says

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

If the number of coronavirus infections rises, facemasks will again become mandatory in public transport, shops, and indoor events, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday. He instructed the Cabinet to draft a resolution in case the government decides next week to reintroduce the wearing of facemasks. “I’m not saying the draft resolution will be adopted next week and the masks will be reintroduced,” Skvernelis posted on Facebook. “For…

Dispute over Belarus’ nuclear plant is between Latvia and Lithuania, says Estonian minister

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The dispute over Belarusian electricity is between Latvia and Lithuania, Estonia’s economic affairs minister said, adding that the Baltic states always dealt with energy trade together. Lithuania has been lobbying the other Baltic states to join its boycott of electricity from Belarus’ would-be Astravyets nuclear power plant. However, Latvia has so far refused to rule out buying Belarusian electricity. “Estonia does not have any disagreements, we have largely accepted all…

Lithuania bans Kremlin’s RT

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Lithuania’s media watchdog has banned RT due its connection with Dmitry Kiselev, a journalist who is under EU sanctions for his role in promoting Kremlin’s propaganda during the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. “Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission (LRTK), basing its decision on the Foreign Ministry’s recommendations, decided to stop the broadcasts of five RT programmes in Lithuania,” Mantas Martišius, the head of the commission, told BNS. Kiselev, officially…

MEPs including Lithuanian reps call for sanctions on Minsk officials

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Over 30 members of the European Parliament have called for sanctions on Belarusian leadership over pre-election crackdown, LIthuanian MEP Petras Auštrevičius tweeted on Tuesday. The MEPs called on Brussels to “review and expand the list of sanctions against Belarusian officials and companies involved in curtailing human and democratic rights during this election campaign”. A Group of more than 30  #MEPs   urge to review and expand the list of sanctions…

Lithuania to ease restrictions on mass events, extends passport checks

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Lithuanian government has decided to raise the number of people allowed to attend public events. As of July 16, organisers will be allowed to hold indoor events of up to 400 people. Five hundred people will be allowed to gather indoors as of August. At the moment, the cap is 200 people. Meanwhile up to 1,000 are allowed to attend outdoor events. On Wednesday, the government also decided to…

Riga companies invited to apply for health classes

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

In order to reduce the stress, burn-out, fatigue of Riga workers, the Riga City Council Welfare Department (RD LD) offers companies the opportunity to apply for free educational lessons from July to the end of November, the department said on July 8. Cooperation between the employer and subordinates is an important factor in promoting the physical and emotional health of workers in the workplace. The RD LD offers lessons in companies on…