Posts published in Day: October 19, 2020

Latvian-Lithuanian-French film triumphs at Warsaw festival

Monday, October 19, 2020

International Warsaw Film Festival awarded Latvian-Lithuanian-French co-production  The Jump  first prize in the Best Documentary Feature Award category, representatives said October 19. Director Giedrė Žickytė’s  The Jump,   through eye-witness reports, rare archival footage and a dramatic first-person re-enactment by now 90-year-old would-be defector Simas Kudirka, in the producers’ words, “takes us on a stranger-than-fiction journey that became an inspiration for people, pictures and politics, reaching all the way up to…

President Levits takes part in Three Seas Virtual Summit

Monday, October 19, 2020

On October 19 Estonia will host the Three Seas Virtual Summit, at which several heads of state of Central and Eastern Europe, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and business leaders will discuss the future of Central and Eastern Europe. In the mix will be Latvia’s President Egils Levits, who will participate by videolink. President of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Bulgaria…

Omniva: Estonian consumers increasingly prefer local, European e-commerce

Monday, October 19, 2020

As a result of the changes that took place during 2020, consumers in Estonia increasingly give preference to domestic and European e-commerce platforms over Chinese e-commerce, Estonian state-owned postal company Eesti Post, which operates under the Omniva brand, said on Monday. It said that where in 2019 parcels from China accounted for 80 percent of total parcel traffic, during the past year the volume of parcel traffic from Europe has…

UP Invest to merge with parent company, Sven Nuutmann to leave

Monday, October 19, 2020

Businessman Margus Linnamäe’s entertainment, pharmaceuticals and media company UP Invest OÜ has been deleted from the business register since October 18. The company said it will be merging with parent company MM Grupp and continue activities under the business name MM Grupp OÜ. Member of the board of UP Invest Sven Nuutmann has decided to leave the company and accept new challenges outside the group, the BNS news agency owned…

From Baltic to Black Sea: US pledges funds to tackle Chinese influence

Monday, October 19, 2020

The Three Seas Initiative, which involves the Baltic states and nine other countries, started as yet another intra-EU cooperation forum, but has been enthusiastically embraced by the US to curb China’s penetration into Central-Eastern Europe. Deutsche Welle, partners of LRT English, report. In 2015, Poland and Croatia initiated the Three Seas Initiative, also known as the Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea (BABS) Initiative. It is an ambitious forum of 12 European…

Lithuania to build one of world’s largest battery parks

Monday, October 19, 2020

As Lithuania gears up to disconnect from the Moscow-controlled energy grid, it plans to build one of the largest battery storage parks in 2021. “This will be one of the largest and most innovative battery parks in the world,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas  told Reuters earlier in October. The country plans to install four 50-megawatt batteries for some 100 million euros, which would provide at least 200 megawatt-hours of storage…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania reports 205 new cases, 3 more deaths

Monday, October 19, 2020

Lithuania reported 205 new coronavirus cases on Monday morning, 70 of them in Vilnius County. Twelve cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the kindergarten Žemyna in Vilnius. Six more cases were linked to three other kindergartens in the city and two schools had one new case each. Overall, 101 of the newly reported infections were linked to knowns clusters, while three people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from abroad.…

Students frustrated at delay of stipend increase

Monday, October 19, 2020

Some students haven’t received the government-promised increased stipends, Latvian Radio reported October 19. The government decided in August to double monthly stipends for students this year, promising that they would amount to EUR 200 instead of EUR 99. Yet not all students have received an increase. Armands Briģis, who studies at Rīga Construction College (RCK), said: “At the beginning of August, it was already announced in the media that scholarships had been increased…

Births, marriages, deaths all down on last year

Monday, October 19, 2020

Data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) on October 19 show that in the nine months of this year there were 8,694 marriages registered in Latvia, which is 1,865 marriages fewer, or 18 % less than in the corresponding period of 2019. After a seasonal rise in marriages during the summer months, in September this year, the number of marriages fell 44 % compared with August. Compared with 2019, when this…

Latvia saw record COVID-19 cases last week

Monday, October 19, 2020

The largest number of COVID-19 cases recorded in one week since the start of the pandemic occurred last week, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), said in a media briefing on Monday, October 19. The number of COVID-19 cases detected has increased by 34% over two weeks. Last week, a so-called “anti-record” was reached with 780 cases. The week before, 584 cases were identified. The highest incidence last week…