Posts published in Day: November 21, 2020

The story of Palanga: from peaceful retreat to Lithuania’s noisiest resort

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Once a quiet oasis, Palanga is now the busiest resort town in Lithuania. How has the town on the Baltic coast changed over the years? It was a noble landowner family that held large estates in Palanga, the Tyszkiewicz, or Tiškevičiai, that started promoting the town as a resort, says Gabrielė Štaraitė from travel agency Travel Planet. The first holidaymakers started visiting Palanga in the early 19th century, though the…

Seven years since Zolitūde disaster cost 54 lives

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Saturday, November 21, marks the seventh anniversary of the Zolitūde tragedy, in which 54 people were killed and dozens injured when the roof of the Maxima supermarket in the Rīga suburb of Zolitūde collapsed.  President Egils Levits laid flowers at the scene of the disaster Saturday morning. Just a few days ago, the victims had access to the full judgment of the court in the long-running case that resulted. This was one…

CEO: Nordica’s loss should remain under €20 million

Saturday, November 21, 2020

State-owned airline Nordica made a loss of €3.8 million in 2019. The company’s 2020 loss will amount to roughly €20 million, CEO Erki Urva said. The airline’s 2019 loss was one of the reasons Nordica stopped flying out of Tallinn last fall, while the coronavirus this year will see that loss balloon. The airline’s summer state aid application forecasts it at €23 million, “Aktuaalne kaamera” reported on Friday. “The loss…

Why you should stock up on buckwheat during quarantine

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Buckwheat is one of the most beloved superfoods in Lithuania. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also included the country’s staple grains in the list of must-have products during self-isolation. According to the WHO, buckwheat is affordable, easy to prepare, and has a long shelf life. The grain is also good for health, as it contains a whole bunch of valuable nutrients. “Buckwheat mostly contains carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates found in…

Police uncover suspected human trafficking at bakery company in Latvia

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Latvian State Police has detained businessman Jāzeps Zukuls, board chairman of baked goods producer Adugs , on suspicion of human trafficking, the LETA news agency reported November 20.  Last week, State Police detained an organized group on suspicion of human trafficking, laundering of criminally obtained  capital, and causing bodily harm, police said. Its members have exploited foreign workers at the baked goods company, using their helplessness, forcing them into material dependency, making threats and harming them physically.…

Birth rates dropped in October in Latvia

Saturday, November 21, 2020

According to the data of Central Statistical Bureau published November 20 , in October of this year there were 936 deaths more than births. In October 2020, number of registered births (1 375) was 11.9 % less than in the respective month of the previous year. Number of deaths comprised 2 311 and that is 0.9 % more than in October a year ago. In October, 884 marriages were registered, which is 10 marriages less than in the…

More Belarusian officials added to Latvia’s entry blacklist

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced November 20 that 26 more Belarusian citizens have been declared persona non grata and are consequently denied entry to Latvia.  “In line with what was decided by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, and in coordination with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Lithuania, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, has taken the decision…

Retailers struggle to comply with ‘no mask, no service’ rule in Latvia

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Since Thursday, public service providers, such as retailers, can be penalized if they provide services to a person who is not wearing a face mask. Traders are unable to comply with this requirement, Latvian Television reported November 20. Head of Latvian Traders Association Henriks Danusēvičs said that control is not the function of traders. For example, children under 13 years and people with health problems may not use masks, but traders have no…