Posts published in Day: September 11, 2020

Eleven new cases of COVID-19 in Latvia

Friday, September 11, 2020

Officials in Latvia said X new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed on September 11, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,459 on Friday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 35. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,445 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 274,826 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,248 patients have recovered…

Lithuania raises quarantine threshold for European travelers

Friday, September 11, 2020

Lithuania is raising the threshold for a country to be considered affected by the coronavirus. Travelers coming from countries with fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 people will not need to self-quarantine as of next week, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said. At the moment, the self-quarantine rule applies to countries with the rate of 16. With the higher threshold, travelers from Germany, Sweden, Poland, Norway and a few other…

Nemiro: Latvia should try to attract Belarusian companies

Friday, September 11, 2020

It is necessary to think about the possibilities of attracting businesses of Belarus, who are currently fleeing the country, said Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV), head of the Saeima Economic Commission, on Latvia Television September 10. He said that the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) is already working on it, because Belarusian companies are looking for opportunities to move to Latvia. Representatives of the LIAA in Belarus is working on…

Foreign Investors Council: planned tax reform is merely for looks

Friday, September 11, 2020

The tax reform planned by the Cabinet resembles “cosmetic repairs” when it should be a “capital repair”, said Zlata Elksniņa-Zaščirinska, member of the Board of Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (FICIL), in an interview to Latvian Radio September 10. The FICIL member said foreign investors look at tax policy as an instrument and it is important to see what changes in tax policy are supposed to be achieved. Any change…

Rail Baltica stations previewed in gushing video

Friday, September 11, 2020

A video has been released showcasing the planned stations to be built as part of the 6-billion-euro Rail Baltica project. With that neutral statement out of the way, please forgive us if we now lapse into more emotive language, but frankly, we need to let off some steam (pun intended). While it is interesting to see the architectural designs, it is only fair to warn you that the breathlessly ecstatic…

Trump Regime vs. the ICC: The Wrong Side of “Sovereignty”

By Thomas L. Knapp on Friday, September 11, 2020

In June, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order providing for sanctions against persons who “have directly engaged in any effort by the [International Criminal Court] to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any United States personnel without the consent of the United States.” On September 2, The US regime imposed such sanctions on two ICC officials: Fatou Bensouda, the court’s chief prosecutor, and Phakiso Mochchoko, head of its Jurisdiction,…

Lithuania raises quarantine limit for European travelers

Friday, September 11, 2020

Lithuania is raising the threshold for a country to be considered affected by the coronavirus. Travelers coming from countries with fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 people will not need to self-quarantine as of next week, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said. At the moment, the self-quarantine rule applies to countries with the rate of 16. With the higher threshold, travelers from Germany, Sweden, Poland, Norway and a few other…

Recycling goals set unattainable, say municipalities

Friday, September 11, 2020

By the end of this year, all municipalities in Latvia had to introduce mandatory separate collection of biodegradable waste. This week, the government decided to delay that deadline until 2023 because local governments haven’t met those requirements, Latvian Radio reported September 10. Latvian Association of Local Governments (LPS) councilor for rural development, Sniedze Sproģe, said that waste collection needed additional investments, which “we have not had in these years”. Municipalities believe…

To survive Lukashenko is willing to sacrifice his people to the Kremlin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, September 11, 2020

It looks like the problems in Belarus will not go away any time soon. But all in all, nothing has really changed. The protesters are protesting, law enforcement and the government are keeping an eye on and detaining them and Lukashenko is still in power running around with an assault rifle, promising constitutional amendments and belittling protesters. We can also observe some trends that make the situation in Belarus even…

If Russia swallows Belarus, what would happen to Lithuania?

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Friday, September 11, 2020

Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko refused to have Russian military bases in the country. But despite past differences, the turmoil following the August 9 presidential election is pushing Minsk closer to Moscow. What does it mean for Lithuania’s security? Back in the 1990s, Russia and Belarus agreed to form a union state. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded Lukashenko about the deal, but the two leaders failed to agree on the…