Posts tagged as Latvia

Court finds meager support for disabled and old people unconstitutional

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Latvia’s Constitutional Court has found that the current financial support for disabled and senior people is not in line with Latvia’s constitution. The social security support is granted to disabled people and unemployed people who don’t qualify for a state pension or insurance over an accident at work; it is also granted to children who’ve lost their guardian. Support for most of these groups is set at just 64 euros…

Health Ministry to review COVID-19 restrictions in Latvia

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Ministry of Health (HM) plans  to analyse the increase in the number of COVID-19 infected people, and review the limits imposed in Latvia, Health Minister said on July 9. Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (“Development/For”) said on Twitter that on Friday, July 10, the Ministry of Health will analyse the increase, trends and forecasts of the number of people infected by COVID-19 this week. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health could offer…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Researchers found the largest known bat colony in Latvia

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Last week, researchers found the largest known bat colony in Latvia, said Maija Rēna, representative of the Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) on July 7. More than 1,000 bats flew out of a small wooden building at the Ķemeru National Park. Most of these were  Pipistrellus nathusii,  which is one of the most common bat species in Latvia and often make their homes in different buildings. Bat researcher Gunars Petersons said that…

Seven new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Latvia said it had detected seven new cases of COVID-19 on July 6, the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,134 on Tuesday. It is the largest daily total since eight cases were recorded on June 3. No further fatalities were announced, with the death toll remaining on 30. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,763 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 160,281 tests have been carried out since…

€100 million to be invested in National Guard infrastructure

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Over three years, more than €100 million is planned to be invested in the National Guard infrastructure, Lieutenant General Commander of the National Armed Forces (NBS) Leonīds Kalniņš told Latvian Television on July 7. Two new barracks were completed this week at the Ādaži military base. Kalniņš said that 42 infrastructure sites are to be restored throughout Latvia for the needs of the armed forces and the National Guard. Each…

Hunting is excessive in Latvia

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The hunting limits for animals of protected species at European level – lynx, wolves and deer – in Latvia are determined proportionally to the number of animals. However, data differs across sources, causing discrepancies and allowing manipulation, said the State Audit Office (VK) on July 7. Of the 23 European Union (EU) Member States home to the lynx, only three allow hunting, Latvia, Finland, and Sweden. In Latvia, the lynx hunting limit…