Posts published in Day: August 1, 2020

US Troop Withdrawal: Politics Trumps Strategy

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Pentagon has released some details of its plan to withdraw forces from Germany. The headline figure is now 11 900 troops (coyly described by the Pentagon as “more than 11 000”) compared to the total of roughly 9 500 discussed when the plan was first announced in June. Of these, around 5 600 will be redeployed In Europe, mostly to Belgium and Italy, and around 6 400 returned to…

Latvia’s Riga Festival to Host Industry Platform Magnetic Series

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Riga International Film Festival in Latvia is set to host Magnetic Series, a Nordic industry platform dedicated to drama series and streamers for the Nordic region, Russia, Germany and Greenland. Magnetic Series, which will be running Oct 16 only, will have a hybrid format allowing Baltic and Nordic producers to pitch their episodic content in person or online. The lineup of selected episodic projects will be unveiled by National…

Offshore wind may connect the Baltic states and benefit Poland

By Patrycja Rapacka on Saturday, August 1, 2020

Today the majority of the Baltic states believe offshore wind is one of the pillars of energy transition. Regional cooperation with other countries on the Baltic coast, including Poland, may accelerate energy transition. This is also an opportunity for Polish industry – writes Patrycja Rapacka, editor at BiznesAlert.pl. Lithuania Our eastern neighbors are planning to increase renewable energy sources (RES) in energy generation and limit its import by developing, among…

Latvian singer sews 40 dresses in 40 days

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Singer Līga Reņģe from Burtnieki, Latvia, has taken up and followed through a challenge – sewing 40 dresses in 40 days, Latvian Radio reported August 1. The idea had come during the crisis of COVID-19, when her vocal rehearsals were suspended but she did not want to idle away. The dresses are very different from one another and no model is repeated. “I can’t sit still for long – all the…

16th International North Livonian Festival coming mid-August

Saturday, August 1, 2020

For the sixteenth time, the International North Livonian Festival will take place mid-August in Ainaži, the festival’s organizers said August 1. Historically,  Livonia   was made up of the region that today is northwestern Latvia and southwestern Estonia. Since 2006, every year in August, people from Latvia and Estonia gather to celebrate harvest and strengthen links between residents of border towns. This year the North Livonian festival will take place on…

Estonia and Latvia to jointly develop 1 GW offshore wind farm

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The governments of Estonia and Latvia have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Riga, the Baltic Sea. The capacity of the proposed offshore wind farm is up to 1,000 MW and the project is expected to be commissioned by 2030. The wind farm would produce approximately 3.5 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is approximately 40 percent of Estonia’s annual…

Seven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia on Saturday

Saturday, August 1, 2020

A total of seven confirmed new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Latvia on August 1, with the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,238 on Saturday.  No additional deaths were recorded with the fatality toll standing at 32. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,448 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 199,956 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,052 patients have recovered…

Coronavirus country quarantine list updated

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The list of countries from which arrivals to Latvia must self-isolate for 14 days has been revised and extended July 31. A full English-language list of the countries  is available to read online   and is attached to this story, with those in red and yellow requiring compulsory self-quarantine. In addition it is advised against travelling to red countries, while those planning a trip to yellow countries should consider if it…

US will ‘do everything’ to stop Nord Stream 2, Pompeo says

Saturday, August 1, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told lawmakers that the United States intends to impose sanctions on firms that continue to help Russia build a natural-gas pipeline to Europe as he sought to dispel concerns about Washington’s commitment to halt the controversial project. “We will do everything we can to make sure that that pipeline doesn’t threaten Europe,” Pompeo told a senate hearing on July 30, adding: “We want…

Child dies in car accident in Riga

Friday, July 31, 2020

In Riga, Friday, July 31, by the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD) vehicle inspection station on Antenas Street, a child has been run over, news agency LETA said. State Police spokeswoman Līna Kaļķe told LETA that the call to Antenas Street was received by the police around 13:23, when a Mercedes Benz car hit a boy who sadly died from the sustained injuries. The police are currently investigating the circumstances. The CSDD’s representative, Ieva…