Posts published in Day: November 13, 2020

Survey: Two-thirds of consumers favor local goods

Friday, November 13, 2020

Research conducted by retailer Maxima suggests that around two-thirds of shoppers think of choosing local products in order to support local producers — but that the number who actually do so is considerably lower. “Most of the general public (64%) have indicated that, when selecting groceries, it is important to them that they were produced in Latvia, while 65% of respondents do this in order to support local producers financially. Despite…

Latvian Economics Minister in self-isolation

Friday, November 13, 2020

Economics Minister Jānis Vitenbergs said on Twitter November 13 that he had been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person this week and is currently in self-isolation. Esmu saņēmis ziņu, ka trešdien esmu bijis saskarsmē ar COVID19 pozitīvu personu. No šī mirkļa atrodos karantīnā, gaidu SPKC norādes par tālāko. Savus pienākumus turpinu pildīt attālināti. Jūtos labi. — Jānis Vitenbergs (@JanisVitenbergs)  November 13, 2020   At the moment, the minister feels well and…

Latvia pledges “unwavering support” to democracy in Belarus

Friday, November 13, 2020

On 13 November 2020, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and effective president-elect of the country, who was also taking part in the annual security and foreign policy forum the Rīga Conference 2020. “Edgars Rinkēvičs pledged Latvia’s unwavering support for the people of Belarus, and he underlined that the Belarusian civil society has the key role to play in deciding…

Lithuania’s minorities consistently fail state language exam – what can be done?

Friday, November 13, 2020

Since 2013, all students including those that attend minority schools sit the same Lithuanian language exam that is necessary to graduate high school. But students whose native language is not Lithuanian consistently underperform. “The results do not change from one year to another. Many minority students do not pass exams. The Lithuanian language exam is the worst, as most of them score 30-40 percent,” Vida Montvydaitė, head of the Lithuanian…

Lithuanian president calls on new parliament to reduce social exclusion

Friday, November 13, 2020

On Friday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda called on the country’s newly-elected parliament to reduce social exclusion and underlined that economic growth itself will not solve the problem. “Now is the right time to reduce all types of social exclusion, fight inequality and public division,” the president said, addressing the new parliament. The president said the parliament should pay special attention to people living in poverty and the disabled. “Now we…

455 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Latvia

Friday, November 13, 2020

Latvia recorded its second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day so far on November 13. According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), 455 cases were registered, down from the previous day’s record of 533. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 9,836. Of 6,734 tests carried out in total, 6.8% were positive, down on 7.8% the previous day. Nine deaths were recorded, with one victim…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania reports record 2,066 new cases, nine deaths

Friday, November 13, 2020

On Friday, Lithuania registered a record 2,066 cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. Nine people have also died from the virus. A total of 490 cases were registered in Vilnius County, 343 in Kaunas County, 319 in Klaipėda County, 290 in Šiauliai County, 134 in Marijampolė County, 129 in Panevėžys County, 108 in Telšiai County, 99 in Tauragė County, 80 in Alytus County, and 52 in Utena County.…

Accommodation guest numbers sharply down in September

Friday, November 13, 2020

According to November 13 data of the Central Statistical Bureau, in September 2020 the number of foreign and local visitors in accommodation establishments comprised 110.2 thousand. This is 54.7 % less than in September 2019 and 63.3 % less than in August this year. As compared to September of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors in accommodation has reduced by 54.1 % and comprised 211 thousand nights. In Latvia, tourism peak season traditionally ends in September,…

Beauty industry goes underground due to COVID-19 restrictions

Friday, November 13, 2020

Restrictions imposed on the beauty sector have led to many salons working illegally, Latvian Radio reported November 13. As of Monday, November 9, it is stipulated that beauty salons, tattoo and piercing parlors may not operate, leaving only hairdressers. Representatives of the beauty sector interviewed by Latvian Radio admitted that the situation is now uncontrolled – many have moved from salons to apartments or newly rented premises. The Latvian Association of…

Polish president to visit Lithuania next week, establish joint council

Friday, November 13, 2020

Polish President Andrzej Duda is scheduled to visit Vilnius on November 17–18, according to the office of the Lithuanian president. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and his Polish counterpart will establish the Council of the Presidents of Lithuania and Poland during the visit. It will mark “a new phase of enhanced bilateral cooperation as well as cooperation at the level of NATO and the EU”, Nausėda was quoted in the statement…