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OECD praises Latvian educational project

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has included the educational TV “Tava klase” created by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) among the best educational projects in the world during the pandemic, IZM said on July 9. In order to help countries around the world to better overcome the educational challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OECD, in cooperation with the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative and…

Lithuanian president pledges to be tougher on next government

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lithuania’s president says he will be more demanding for candidates nominated to the country’s next cabinet of ministers. “I will be principled. I’ll have no problem rejecting as many candidates as it will take to get the right result and the right candidate,” President Gitanas Nausėda told a news conference on Thursday. Lithuania is holding general elections in October. “I do hope that the future ruling coalition will have a…

Latvian-created online plugin popular worldwide

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mārtiņš Balodis completed his studies at university and immediately founded the information technology company WebScraper, now used by 350 000 people worldwide. The company offers customers an automated way to obtain data from different home pages, Latvian Television reported on July 9. “We are developing solutions that allow data to be collected from home pages in an automated way. This tool visits the home pages, goes through them, and then the user…

3 new cases confirmed in Lithuania

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Three new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total count to 1,857, the country’s National Public Health Centre (NPHC) said on Thursday. Based on the latest statistics, 203 people are considered active cases, 1,564 have recovered, and 123 are in isolation. Seventy-nine people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far, and another eleven coronavirus-infected patients have died of other…

Thirteen cases of coronavirus found in Latvia

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Latvia detected 13 new cases of COVID-19 on July 9, the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,154 on Thursday. No further fatalities were announced, with the death toll remaining on 30. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1715 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 163,769 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,019 patients have recovered from infection. 4 patients are in…

Lithuania’s ice cream map includes fish and beer flavoured desserts

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lithuania Travel, the national tourism development agency Lithuania, has released a map listing the most unexpected ice cream flavours offered by restaurants and cafes across the country. Some of the quirker flavours of ice cream include smoked fish, black bread, peony, cumin, pine, linden, honey, and beer flavoured ice cream. The cold dessert locator is part of the broader set of maps introduced by Lithuania Travel to encourage people to…

50% companies operating at Ventspils Port still having problems

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Around 50 percent of companies operating at Ventspils Port are still having problems making payments, Andris Purmalis, the head of the Ventspils Freeport Authority, admitted in an interview with Latvian Radio on July 9th. “50% companies working at Ventspils Port are still having problems settling accounts with banks, because banks implement disproportionately strict requirements for these companies, which hinders business,” said Purmalis. At the same time, he also pointed out…

Registered unemployment reaches 8.6% at end-June in Latvia

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The registered unemployment rate in Latvia amounted to 8.6% of the economically active population at the end of this past June, which is 0.2 percentage points more than at end-May, according to the State Employment Agency’s data. At the end of June 2020, a total of 78,266 unemployed were registered with the Employment Agency, which is 1,826 people more than in May when 76,440 unemployed were registered with the agency.…

Vilnius to reconstruct Sports Palace

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Vilnius Council gave a go-ahead for the refurbishment of the Concert and Sports Palace, a derelict edifice built within the site of an old Jewish cemetery. The mayor says the works will be carried out with due respect for the site. Under the draft agreement between the city and the public property manager Turto Bankas (Property Bank), the municipality would refurbish the grounds around the Sports Palace, while Turto Bankas…

Latvian State Forest Service disagrees with the State Audit

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The State Forest Service (VMD) disagrees with the State Audit claims that data on lynx populations in Latvia are misleading, Latvian Radio reported on July 9. State Audit Office  has highlighted shortcomings   in lynx population records in the audit of game species management. Inga Vilka, member of the State Audit Board, pointed out that currently the data collected by VMD on the number of lynx in Latvia is not reliable…