Posts published in Day: October 5, 2020

Masks should worn on public transport in Latvia

Monday, October 5, 2020

Next week, mandatory use of face masks in public transportation should be resumed, Minister of Health Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Radio October 2. Viņķele called on the public to be cautious at individual level and carefully evaluate participation in events and travel, as well as work remotely as far as possible. “In assessing this situation, experts agree – it should be mandatory to use masks on public transport in Latvia starting next week. This…

Lithuania reports whopping 172 new cases of COVID-19

Monday, October 5, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 172 new coronavirus cases, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Friday morning. It is the biggest daily increase since the start of the pandemic. One person died of Covid-19 on Thursday. Raseiniai, a district in Kaunas County, has seen the biggest number of new cases, 49, Justina Petravičienė of the NVSC told LRT RADIO. “Raseiniai remains one of the hotspots. The biggest cluster, where we focus…

Venclauskai family adopted, raised, and educated over 100 children in Šiauliai

Monday, October 5, 2020

Amid the turmoil of the early 20th century, the Venclauskai family adopted, raised, and educated over 100 children in Šiauliai, a town in northern Lithuania. “They were extraordinary people that left a deep mark in Šiauliai. It is impossible to talk about Šiauliai history without mentioning the Venclauskai family,” said Vilma Karinauskienė from the History Department of Šiauliai Aušra Museum. The husband Kazimieras Venclauskis was a famous lawyer. He loved…

Bank of Estonia launching research project into digital currency

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Bank of Estonia has launched a multi-year project in collaboration with the technology companies Guardtime and The SW7 Group to research how technologically suitable the Estonian e-government core technology is for operating a central bank digital currency. A central bank digital currency would in theory give people and companies a new way to deposit and use money alongside their accounts at commercial banks and cash. It would be similar…

Tallinn Airport’s September passenger numbers down 46.4 percent

Monday, October 5, 2020

In September, 45,225 passengers passed through Tallinn Airport, which is approximately 15 percent of the volume of passengers in September last year; however, the number of passengers fell 46.4 percent compared to August 2020. Eero Pargmae, chief commercial officer of the state-owned airport company, said: “The decline in passengers and flight operations, which began in mid-August, also continued in September, with flight restrictions, rising infection rates and various national travel…

MP doubts whether Tallinn Hospital construction will fit into EU schedule

Monday, October 5, 2020

Opposition Reform Party MP Aivar Sõerd, member of the Riigikogu’s European Union affairs committee, said he doubts whether the construction of Tallinn Hospital will fit into the schedule that needs to be followed in order to receive €350 million from the European Union. “A moment ago, we heard at a sitting of the European Union affairs committee that according to the terms of the funds of the EU recovery plan,…

Tourism association considers suing state

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Estonian Association of Travel Agents has turned to the justice chancellor and is considering going to court in connection with a Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications decision to ban direct flights to third countries. Minister Taavi Aas (Center) said that decisions are made based on the epidemiological situation. A charter flight to Turkey was scheduled to depart from Tallinn on Saturday morning, CEO of Tez Tour Tatjana Arhipova…