Posts published in Day: October 5, 2020

Rīga architecture award goes to Hansa platform

Monday, October 5, 2020

The fifteenth annual Rīga architecture award was given to Hanzas perons (Hansa platform) October 5, according to architect Gvido Princis’ media statement. October 5 is World Architecture Day, and Rīga city has been marking it with its own architecture award for the past 15 years. City architect Gvido Princis said that Hansa platform is a project which respects history and is devoted to the future, “using the historical and showcasing…

Latvia: Face masks to be mandatory on public transport starting Wednesday

Monday, October 5, 2020

Face-protective masks on public transport, as previously proposed, will be mandatory from Wednesday, October 7, the Cabinet decided October 5. Protective masks will not be mandatory for children under the age of 13. People who find it difficult to wear a protective mask because of health issues will also be exempt. The Minister for Health Ilze Viņķele said that compulsory use of masks would also apply to school buses, allowing…

Latvia: Harmony just hangs on to top spot in latest political poll

Monday, October 5, 2020

The latest party ratings show that the popularity of the long-time rating-topping “Harmony” (“Saskaņa”) party continues to decline. The most recent monthly survey commissioned by LTV and conducted by the research agency SKDS in September shows that if the Saeima elections took place tomorrow, only 10.2% of respondents would vote for Harmony. Compared to the July survey, the popularity of Harmony has decreased by a third. Nevertheless, it remains the most popular single party.…

Estonia: Nearly 90,000 pensioners living alone get allowance payout Monday

Monday, October 5, 2020

Pensioners living alone were due their allowance Monday, on top of the regular state pension. This means a total of over €10 million will be paid out by the Social Insurance Board (Sotsiaalkindlustusamet), the body responsible for the allowance. Kati Kümnik, head of the department for allowances at the board, said that over the past four years that he allowance has been paid public awareness of the option has grown,…

Is Lithuania the world’s fastest-shrinking country?

Monday, October 5, 2020

A candidate to the Lithuanian parliament, Arvydas Juozaitis, claimed Lithuania “has the greatest depopulation rate in the world”. Juozaitis’ statement was almost correct. In fact, Lithuania is the second fastest-shrinking country in the world after Lebanon, according to the UN data. Over the next five years, Lithuania’s population will decrease at an annual rate of one percent, the UN estimates. Meanwhile, the global population will increase due to the growing…

One in ten Lithuanian schools affected by coronavirus – minister

Monday, October 5, 2020

The coronavirus infection has affected around a tenth of schools in Lithuania, the country’s Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius told LRT RADIO on Monday. “Covid-19 has affected around 10 percent of all schools,” he said, adding that around 1,500 children and 110 teachers are now in self isolation. However, only several cases were contracted at a school, added Monkevičius. Meanwhile, “the number of infected university students is very low and is…

State to raise benefits for unemployed entrepreneurs next year

Monday, October 5, 2020

The government is planning to increase the benefit for unemployed people starting a business through the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) to €6,000 to encourage entrepreneurship. The government’s draft explanatory memorandum notes that currently, unemployed people starting their business receive €4,474 but the rate has remained the same for more than ten years and is not enough to cover costs for a freshly founded business. €3 million will be allocated to…

Lithuania mulls restrictions on bars and mass events

Monday, October 5, 2020

On Monday, the government will reconsider whether to impose restrictions on bars, cafes, and restaurants to stem the spread of the coronavirus. “We are planning to return to the discussion. On Monday, the Covid-19 management committee will talk about this. […] We will talk about public mass events and catering establishments’ work organisation,” according to Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga. On Friday, Lithuania announced 172 new Covid-19 infections – a…

“Rumble strips” to be installed on two more highways in Latvia

Monday, October 5, 2020

Acoustic ribbons or “rumble strips” will be installed on the Valmiera highway and Bauska highway to increase safety, the state-owned road company JSC Latvijas Valsts ceļi (LVC) announced October 5. LVC has signed an agreement with SIA Via for the installation of acoustic stripes or ribbons on the Bauska highway (A7) in the section from the Riga bypass A5 (Salaspils – Babīte) to Bauska (20.60-84.50 km) for a contract price of 203,000 euros (with VAT).…

Reporters from Lithuania’s 15min.lt resign in protest

Monday, October 5, 2020

Several reporters from Lithuania’s 15min.lt news website have resigned in protest against alleged “interference” by the company’s director, who has recently announced a restructuring at the editorial office. According to Dovydas Pancerovas, an investigative journalist who resigned from 15min.lt together with his colleague Birute Davidonyte, the company wanted to remove several editors including the chief editor, Raimundas Celencevičius. Pancerovas claimed the move was aimed at “limiting the journalists’ independence” and…