Posts published in Day: November 2, 2020

Tallinn Central Market to get interim upgrade ahead of full refurbish

Monday, November 2, 2020

Tallinn’s Central Market (Tallinna Keskturg) is being upgraded, ahead of planned large-scale reconstruction starting in 2022. While the market’s owner, Astri Grupp, is awaiting planning permission from the City of Tallinn, it is making some changes in any case, and working on the assumption the detailed plan for the revamped market will be ready within the next 18 months. “On this basis, it is likely that construction activities will start…

Nord Pool electricity prices briefly go negative again Monday morning

Monday, November 2, 2020

Wind-generated electricity reaching the market in bulk was behind negative prices in electricity on the Nord Pool market early on Monday, only the second time this has happened. “Essentially, there was still large amount of wind power behind this; prices were negative in all Nordic countries, and for the first time in history, the system price was negative,” Ingrid Arus, Nord Pool’s Baltic regional manager, told ERR Monday. The price…

Pipedrive goes into black in 2019 for first time

Monday, November 2, 2020

Estonian customer relationship management (CRM) software provider Pipedrive saw a 150 percent rise in revenue in 2019 to €50 million, going into the black for the first time, with a declared profit of €2.4 million, the company says in its recent annual report. Pipedrive also saw growth in payroll of around 20 percent in 2019, and employs a little under 400 people in its offices in Tallinn and Tartu. These…

Nine out of ten Latvian households have internet access

Monday, November 2, 2020

According to the annual survey on use of information and communication technologies in households carried out by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the share of households with Internet in 2020 has reached 89.7 %. As compared to 2019, in 2020 the share of households using broadband Internet connection has increased by 4.3 %. If in 2019 broadband Internet connection was used by 83.3 % of households, in 2020 this number already reached 87.6 %. Mostly broadband…

Disinformation on COVID-19 not addressed enough in Latvia

Monday, November 2, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads, so does disinformation related to it. How to stop it? Latvian Television spoke to responsible ministries and State Police October 31. “The Ministry of Health is planning to smuggle the COVID vaccine in with the influenza vaccine.” A false message with such a sensational headline can be read on the portal  mainampasauli.news  . According to the website, the project is secret and the COVID-19 vaccine will…

Coronavirus update: 837 new cases in Lithuania

Monday, November 2, 2020

On Monday, Lithuania’s health officials confirmed 837 new cases of Covid-19. Out of the new cases, 256 were confirmed in Vilnius County, 186 in Kaunas County, 136 in Klaipėda County, 86 in Šiauliai County, 59 in Telšiai County, 36 in Tauragė County, 24 in Alytus County, 23 in Marijampolė County, 22 in Panevėžys County, and 9 in Utena County. Most people fell ill after coming in contact with a confirmed…

Business confidence dipped in October

Monday, November 2, 2020

Data released November 2 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to September, in October 2020 business confidence indicators slightly dropped in industry, construction and the services sector, but in retail trade the indicator has remained at the level of September. Business confidence indicators characterize the general situation in the sector, and they are acquired by carrying out business surveys in industry, construction, retail trade and services sectors. If the indicator is above zero,…

Lembergs’ arrested property case at a standstill

Monday, November 2, 2020

More than two months have passed since the Latvian State issued a court order to take over the possession of the arrested property in the criminal case of Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs. But the lawyer from Switzerland, Rudolf Meroni, who has been in charge of it for years, is in no hurry to give it away, Latvian Television investigative broadcast De Facto reported November 1. In 2007, when Lembergs was detained…

School year might have to be extended in Latvia

Monday, November 2, 2020

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, there is a possibility of having to extend the school year, the head of the State Service for Education Quality, Inita Juhņēviča, said in an interview to Latvian Radio November 2. She said that remote learning means a higher load for everyone – teachers and parents and children, and that learning does not take place as quickly as in-person learning, so if remote learning is to…

Rīga Conference 2020 agenda released

Monday, November 2, 2020

The agenda for this year’s Rīga Conference geopolitical conference has been published and is available online . Due to the coronavirus pandemic, an online format will be used with moderators and a few key speakers located at the Latvian National Library (LNB) in Rīga leading virtual discussions with participants around the world. This year is the fifteenth year of the annual Rīga Conference organised jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Ministry of…