Posts published in Day: August 7, 2020

Three for the Weekend: Festivals galore

Friday, August 7, 2020

August has always been festival month – no exception this year, despite the unusual circumstances. Festivals and events for different audiences will spice up this weekend. Check some out! The fifth edition of folk/pagan metal and ancient crafts festival  “Zobens un Lemess”   will await followers of heavy metal music and folk tradition enthusiasts on August 7-9, 2020 on the land strip between the rivers Mūsa and Mēmele, next to…

Lithuanian president in self-isolation over suspected Covid-19 among his staff

Friday, August 7, 2020

Employees of the presidential office, including the president himself, have been instructed to self-isolate after it emerged that one staff member could have been in contact with a person with Covid-19. The news website Delfi.lt has quoted President Gitanas Nausėda’s spokesman Ridas Jasulionis, saying that the president and his family have self-quarantined until the employee is tested for the coronavirus. He said that the staff member in question communicated with…

Compulsory quarantine country list extended in Latvia

Friday, August 7, 2020

Latvia’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) has revised and extended its list of countries, arrivals from which will be required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation. This includes transit passengers. In 20 European countries, the prevalence of Covid-19 is considered to be so high that when returning to Latvia after visiting these countries, two weeks of self-isolation must be observed. The Red List of countries not recommended for travel now includes:…

A spark of hope in Belarus – opinion

Friday, August 7, 2020

The dictator of Belarus is being challenged by a woman who is risking immense personal repercussions for herself and her family. This is a remarkable feat of courage, writes Charlie Bauman. Several weeks ago, I  wrote about the political abuses   that I recently observed in Belarus. This story is about the significant chapter being written in the history of Belarus, as the presidential election of August 9 draws near.…

Valmiera announces inner city neighborhood division

Friday, August 7, 2020

In response to a request by Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the municipality of Valmiera has determined the territorial division of the city and is the second Latvian municipality after Riga which has published the borders of neighborhoods or inner-city areas, said the CSB August 7. Valmiera has 27 neighborhoods, three of them uninhabited – Gauja, Industrial Park and Pauku Priedes. In terms of population, the Center is the largest (3…

Constitutional Court judgment

Friday, August 7, 2020

On Thursday, June 25, the Constitutional Court decided that the current guaranteed minimum income (GMI) level does not comply with the Constitution, Latvian Radio reported on June 25. The Court concluded that the contested level of GMI, along with other social assistance measures, does not ensure that any person can live in a state compatible with respectable human dignity. Moreover, the Court was critical of the way in which the level of basic subsistence…

Welfare Ministry offers to raise guaranteed minimum income to EUR 109

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Ministry of Welfare is preparing changes to the law in order to comply with the Constitutional Court judgment regarding the level of guaranteed minimum income (GMI). The Ministry proposes to set the GMI at €109 instead of the current €64, while the base for the calculation of the minimum old-age pension – €168 instead of the current €80, the Ministry said in a statement August 7. The method uses…

Health Minister: weekend will show next step in restrictions

Friday, August 7, 2020

Although the Ministry of Health had planned to offer relaxed restriction s in the catering sector in the second week of August, currently the Minister for Health Ilze Vinķele (Development/For!) wants to wait for the weekend infection rates, Latvian Television reported August 7. In an interview on LTV, Viņķele said: “Weekend results must be awaited to see if we can move in the direction of [relaxing] limits in place or step back to…

COVID-19 case total increases by 6 in Latvia

Friday, August 7, 2020

Six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on August 7, with the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,281 on Friday. No deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll standing at 32. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,137 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 210,046 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,070 patients have recovered from infection.…

Eight marijuana farms found in Eastern Latvia this year

Friday, August 7, 2020

This year, in Latgale, the Eastern part of Latvia, eight marijuana farms of varying sizes have been found, Latvian Radio said August 7. The most recent case was found near Ludza, where marijuana was grown in a greenhouse, disguised as a tomato greenhouse.  “The amount was rather large. These were not beginners, they knew how to grow,” said State Police Latgale region Ludza municipality criminal police chief Valdis Rutkovskis. 65…