Posts published in Day: October 9, 2020

Quarantine restrictions eased, use more flexible multiplier

Friday, October 9, 2020

As of Friday, arrivals in Estonia from countries with a reported coronavirus rate of less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants may do so without the need to self-quarantine, under a new regulation which employs a multiplier rather than a fixed rate in determining whether to apply quarantine. The change was primarily made to maintain ease of movement for people from Estonia’s nearest EU neighbors, and also to simplify weekly…

Research institute: Economic downturn to be 5 percent for 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Estonian Institute of Economic Research (Eesti Konjunktuuriinstituut) has revised its forecast on 2020’s economic decline upwards to a 5 percent fall. In summer the institute had predicted an 8 percent decline. The institute says that the ongoing effects of the coronavirus crisis, low demand and a shortage of third-country labor are factors, topped off with an unemployment rate forecast at 7.5 percent for 2020. The institute says it also…

Gudzinevičiūtė re-elected president of Lithuania’s Olympic committee

Friday, October 9, 2020

Daina Gudzinevičiūtė was re-elected as president of Lithuania’s National Olympic Committee (LTOK) for the third four-year term after beating Emilis Vaitkaitis, the president of the Lithuanian Swimming Federation, in a vote on Friday. Forty-nine delegates voted for Gudzinevičiūtė and 17 voted against her candidacy. “I would like to thank you for your trust,” Gudzinevičiūtė said after the vote. She proposed to appoint Lilija Vanagienė, the president of the Lithuanian Skating…

Covid’s Threat Is Greater Than Its Medical One

By Paul Craig Roberts on Friday, October 9, 2020

Covid’s threat is greater than its medical one. As readers know, I do not think that the Covid virus itself is a hoax.  From the beginning I have taken the virus seriously.  I reported the available information that the ability of the virus to spread threatened hospital capacity and could overwhelm the medical system.  I supported limited closedowns in order to reduce the rate at which the infection spread. I…

Covid-19 is an Orchestrated Hoax

By Paul Craig Roberts on Friday, October 9, 2020

An International Group of Lawyers have brought a lawsuit that the Covid pandemic is an orchestrated hoax in behalf of pharmaceutical profits and police state control. This will be taken down. Read the text: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Money-Talks-V-English0.pdf My opinion is that a class action lawsuit is justified. However, the damages that the pandemic hoax has inflicted on the world are so enormous that those responsible will double down on the police state…

Prime Minister asks for review of older vehicle tax

Friday, October 9, 2020

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) asked to review the amendments to the Law which provided for the taxation of cars older than five years, LETA reported October 8. Kariņš raised the issue of these amendments at the meeting of coalition parties on Thursday, stressing that the Transport Ministry, together with the Ministry of Environment and Regional Development and the Ministry of Finance, will have to revise the proposed car registration tax…

Lithuanian elections and Belarusian drones

Friday, October 9, 2020

The election day is Sunday, but voters have been casting their ballots all week, with  early voting   extended to accommodate for corona safety measures. Some have still  gotten stuck in queues  . This time, expatriate voters are electing their own MP, although some have discovered that, ironically, they  cannot do so from Lithuania  . Meanwhile the prime minister’s wife has caused a  minor controversy   by posting an endorsement…

US election divides Lithuanian diaspora: ‘intolerance visible on both sides’

Friday, October 9, 2020

The divisive presidential election in the United States has also exposed differences among the Lithuanian diaspora in the county, according to the Lithuanian American Community. The Lithuanian diaspora is deeply split into two camps over the upcoming presidential election on November 3, where Democrat Joe Biden will run against Republican incumbent Donald Trump, according to Arvydas Urbonavičius, the chairman of the Lithuanian American Community. “It is sad because we are…

Minister: Nordica key lifeline for Estonia, no plans to privatize

Friday, October 9, 2020

Economics affairs minister Taavi Aas (Center) says there are no plans to privatize state-owned airline Nordica. “I can’t say we have a plan today [for privatization]. Our first plan today is for Nordica to survive as an airline,” Aas said, responding to media reports that privatization would be a necessary alternative to a European Commission requirement to pay back state aid granted as relief from the effects of the coronavirus…