Posts published in Day: September 8, 2020

World Cleanup Day coming September 19

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

“Big Cleanup” movement calls on Latvia’s residents to join the World Cleanup Day on September 19 this year, said Zanda Kočāne, movement representative, on September 7. World Cleanup Day is organized in Latvia for the third time. The public is invited to engage in environmental cleaning jobs, which are typical to do in Latvia during the spring Cleanup. This year, trees will also be planted within the framework of the…

Virus spreads in schools in Lithuania

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Thirty-two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Monday, according to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC). Five of the newly confirmed infections were contracted abroad: four people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from Ukraine, one from Ethiopia. Seven new cases have been linked to a known cluster around the logistics company Hegelmann Transporte in Kaunas. The cluster currently accounts for 33 known cases. All the newly-diagnosed people…

No disruption to Belarusian cargo transit via Lithuania

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Despite Alexander Lukashenko’s threats to divert Belarusian cargo away from Lithuania’s seaport, Belarusian goods are moving toward Klaipėda as usual, Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič has said. Lukashenko has threatened to sanction Lithuania for supporting the opposition and protesters in Belarus. The Belarusian president, whose disputed re-election in August triggered mass protests, said he would redirect the Belarusian cargo from Klaipėda to Russian ports. “This is a political threat,” Narkevič told…

COVID-19 case total increases by three in Latvia

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Officials in Latvia said three new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed on September 8, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,432 on Tuesday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 35. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,395 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 267,700 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,234…

Medic and teacher salaries are to rise in 2021 in Latvia

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said that the State budget of 2021 must provide salary rises for teachers and medics to the extent previously promised, Latvian Radio reported September 7. According to the Prime Minister, there are several meetings scheduled for this week to discuss the state budget for 2021. The aim is to agree and accept the basis of the budget in the government next week. The government aims to earmark additional…

Experts talk COVID-19 and Belarus impact on port turnover

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The volume of cargo handled in Latvian is falling due to the consequences of COVID-19, but new concerns are raised by recent events in Belarus and the sanctions that have just been imposed on its officials. How have Belarus events and COVID-19 affected our ports? Latvian Radio spoke to industry experts September 6. Container cargo is the safest and most environmentally friendly way of transporting and storing goods. Every port…

First win in four years: Lithuanian men’s football team beats Albania

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

On Monday, Lithuania’s national football team ended a four-year losing streak after a 1:0 win against Albania in the UEFA Nations League. The men’s national team hasn’t won an official game since beating Malta 2:0 in October 2016. Donatas Kazlauskas scored the winning goal at the beginning of the second half. All four teams – Albania, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Lithuania – have each three points in Group 4 of the…

Lighter self-isolation rules: ministries disagree

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Currently, there is a requirement for self-isolation in Latvia when entering from countries where the average number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants exceeds 16 over two weeks. Ministry of Economics wants to increase this threshold to 25. However, the Ministry of Health does not agree with this, on Monday, September 7, the Ministers responsible told Latvian Television. Discussions on self-isolation requirements started as the threshold was  rapidly approaching last…

Police starts case for child abuse at Brukna community

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

State Police have started an administrative process regarding emotional violence against a child in the Brukna community, said Dace Kalniņa, representative of the State Police Zemgale region September 7. Brukna Manor is widely known as a place where since 2001 a public organization called  Kalna svētību kopiena  has been operating – a place where people with different addictions recover. Rehabilitation is based on prayer and work. As LSM already reported…

Latvia plans to provide treatment for Belarusian activists

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica (“New Unity”) told Latvian Radio September 8 that Latvia would immediately be ready to provide medical treatment for ten Belarusian activists. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica said that there are people in Belarus who have expressed an interest  for political asylum in Latvia. Our country is prepared to issue visas so that these people can go legally to Latvia and ask for asylum. The…