Survey: 19% of Latvians fully trust the safety of Covid-19 vaccines

In general, 60% of the surveyed Latvians trust the safety of the vaccine against Covid-19, according to the latest data from the “BENU pharmacy Stress Thermometer”.

Vaccine 19% fully trust safety, while 41% tend to trust it. Meanwhile, 29% of people do not trust the safety of vaccines – 15% tend not to trust it and 14% do not trust it at all. On the other hand, 11% of the respondents could not give a specific answer.

The survey concludes that there are still significant differences in the language spoken in the family – among Latvians Covid-19 62% trust the safety of vaccines, compared to 40% of Russian speakers.

In general, men have more confidence in the safety of vaccines. Among women, 57% trust the safety of vaccines, compared to 63% of men. Men are generally more categorical about vaccine safety, more likely to say they trust or do not trust vaccine safety at all.

The survey was conducted in cooperation with the Internet research company Gemius, surveying 1,747 respondents at the end of March and the beginning of April.

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Wreckage of Chinese space rockets has fallen into the Indian Ocean

A large fragment of a Chinese space rocket disintegrated on Sunday as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, and its wreckage fell into the Indian Ocean west of the Maldives, Chinese officials said.

18 ton heavy launch vehicle “Long March 5B Yao-2” The fragment entered the atmosphere shortly before half a morning after Latvian time.

The launcher launched the main module of China’s new space station into orbit last week.

The rocket then entered temporary orbit, orbiting the Earth in 90 minutes. However, it was not possible to determine exactly when and where it would enter the atmosphere. Therefore, there were concerns that the missile debris could fall on the settlement.

However, most experts said that the rocket would fall into the ocean, as 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that the United States Armed Forces had no plans to launch the missile, and also hoped it would land in the ocean.

In May 2020, six days after the first Long-March 5B flight, its wreckage collapsed in western Africa in Côte d’Ivoire, damaging several homes in some villages.


Amnesty International restores Navalny to prisoner of conscience status

Amnesty International has restored the status of a prisoner of conscience to Alexei Navalny, a prisoner imprisoned in Russia, in a statement posted on the organisation’s website on Friday.

This status was withdrawn for the opposition in February, when the organization announced that the politician had identified “hate speech” in statements made in previous years.

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This assessment by Amnesty International has caused confusion among many human rights activists in Russia and elsewhere.

A statement on the organisation’s website said on Friday that Navalny’s status as a prisoner of conscience was reaffirmed, while stressing the need to respect his rights.

The situation with Navalna has led the organization to review its internal rules, the statement said.

The organization has begun a review of the general approach to how the term is used.

As a preliminary measure, the organization has decided not to exclude repressed activists and fighters from the list of prisoners of conscience for the rights of opposition politicians because of their past events.

Nor has Amnesty International indicated exactly which statements by Navalny it decided to deprive the politician of prisoner of conscience status.

According to Radio Brīvība, it is probably about the statements of the opposition at a time when he positioned himself as a Russian nationalist.

In 2007, the opposition, together with writer Zahar Priipepin and politician Sergei Gulayev, formed the nationalist organization Narod. The organization launched a provocative advertisement criticizing migrants.

Navalni will then be expelled from the Jabloko party on charges of nationalism and “political harm”.

Proponents of Navalny now explain that disputes over Amnesty International’s status as an opposition have been initiated by the Russian authorities.


For some caterers, bookings are filled by the middle of next week with the resumption of work

After a half-year break, from May 7, caterers resumed their work in Latvia, receiving visitors on the outdoor terraces and, despite the bad weather, reservation lists for this weekend and next week are filling up quite quickly, reports TV3 News.

The furnished, decorated terraces of restaurants, bars and cafes were ready to receive visitors early in the morning. The weather today was not pampering, so most of the dining places in the heart of the capital were empty. However, service providers are pleased to be able to meet their customers face to face after a six-month break.

“We arranged, cleaned the tables that have stood for a year, arranged them so that they are beautiful and pleasant, the rugs are. We started accepting reservations since early. At the moment, there are still lax ones, but reservations are there, there are people who want to meet friends, even within two households and civilized from real dishes and not from plastic utensils, yes, and to raise a glass of beer or a glass of wine, “said the Swedish restaurant gate ”co-owner Agneta Sika.

To ensure the necessary requirements, cafe owners have found various solutions. Here – in the pub “Cuba Cafe” – walls are created between the tables.

“From the beginning, the room seemed to need a bit smaller walls, but in general it was comfortable – a breeze, we still needed old-fashioned telephone handsets … no, that’s the law – you have to listen – everything has to be disinfected, we don’t have to be to blame and they are cumulative at the top, ”said Arnis Bikšus, the owner of the pub“ Cuba Cafe ”.

Visitors who met on the terraces of Riga’s Old Town did not hide the joy of being able to sit at tables again.

“Very good feeling, we waited so long and finally sat down with a beer and that’s the best that could be today. No matter how bad the weather is today, we are happy, ”says Roman.

Although the terraces are quiet on May 7, in many places the reservations are filled by the middle of next week. The caterers express their readiness to comply with all the established requirements so that the work can continue after this weekend.

In Jūrmala, in the restaurant line 36, the phone rings without a myth. The chef says – today is a big day.

“I want to congratulate all my colleagues on this day, on this date, when we can at least work on terraces, we can work on this portion on a real plate instead of a plastic or cardboard box, we have prepared, measured the distance, because we do not need unnecessary problems. There are a lot of reservations for Saturday and Sunday, in principle, I would say that there are no vacancies, because the number of seats – you see, it is less than usual – we write everything down and give each table an hour and a half, ”says the restaurant. line ”chef and co-owner Lauris Aleksejevs.

Caterers also encourage visitors to be understanding and to comply with all safety requirements.

“Opening a terrace has been a big financial investment – we can do everything ourselves – we are neither investors nor restaurants, so we very much hope that it will not be a short-term decision – to open terraces, otherwise we have lost a lot of money, Said the co-owner of the family restaurant “Swedish Gate”.

“The Latvian people are one of the most obedient and really everyone knows that 21 everything ends, then everything ends everywhere and there is no discussion, let’s go there again, sit down and, I think, in time there will be no problem,” says the restaurant “36. line ”chef and co-owner,

The calculations of the Hotel and Restaurant Association show that about 70% of the companies in the industry are ready to work on the terraces. Some have calculated that due to the fragile epidemiological situation, investing in opening terraces is currently risky.


Analysts see US Secretary of State’s visit to Ukraine as proof of country’s importance in Baiden’s foreign policy

An important guest and the first such high-ranking official of the new US administration – US Secretary of State Anthony Bilinken arrived in Kiev on May 6, expressing strong support for Ukraine and condemning Russia’s aggression, reports TV3 News.

US Secretary of State Anthony Bilneken has arrived in Ukraine only a few months since taking office. Analysts see this as proof that Ukraine is a high priority in US President Joe Biden’s foreign policy.

During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the US Foreign Ministry chief expressed Washington’s unwavering support for Kiev.

US Secretary of State Anthony Bilneken

“We are proud to have supported Ukraine, which has been facing Russian aggression and pressure for years, from the invasion of Crimea to the war in the Donbass. And, of course, Ukraine again had to pass the test just a few weeks ago, this spring, when Russia concentrated its largest force on the Ukrainian border since the 2014 invasion. Mr President, I can tell you that we strongly support you. ”

At the same time, Blinken emphasized that large Russian forces were still concentrated near the Ukrainian border. That is why the United States continues to follow the fragile situation very closely.

“We expect Russia to stop its reckless and aggressive actions. We will continue to strengthen security cooperation so that Ukraine can protect itself from aggression, “the US Secretary of State emphasized.

Volodymyr Zelensky has called for Ukraine’s accession to NATO to be speeded up, saying it was the only way to end hostilities in eastern Ukraine, where fighting with Russian-backed and armed militant gangs continued.

“The format in which the support is provided is fundamental. We are talking about an alliance and a serious bilateral agreement. It is a question of the future, it is too early to discuss the details, “said Zelensky.

Ukraine has previously expressed hope that it could be invited to join the NATO Membership Action Plan this year, as a first step towards joining the Alliance. Latvia has also expressed support for this, but NATO has been hesitant to make a decision for years.


A Croatian court is paving the way for same-sex couples to adopt children

A court in Croatia has ruled in favor of a gay couple in a case concerning the right to adopt a child.

Mladens Kožičs and Ivo Šegota filed a lawsuit for discrimination after the Public Welfare Center rejected their application for adoption in 2016 because they are a same-sex couple.

Kožič and Šegota are life partners, and this legal status in Croatia gives them almost the same rights as married couples.

The Zagreb Administrative Court last month overturned the center’s decision, rejecting its argument that it was not in the child’s best interests to be adopted into a gay family. The court’s decision was made public today.

The court noted that the center had not provided sufficient explanations and cited the Croatian constitution, which states that all people have equal rights and freedoms.

The Ministry of Social Policy can still appeal against the court’s decision.

“This historic decision opens the door to all gay and lesbian couples in Croatia who want to adopt a child,” said Daniel Martinovich, head of the Rainbow Family Association.

The court’s decision guarantees that same-sex couples will not be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, Martinovich told AFP.

“Now they can contact their community welfare center and fearlessly apply for adoption for adoption,” he added.

Kožičs and Šegota won in court a year after another victory in the case on the right to become foster parents.

About 400 gay couples have registered as life partners in Croatia, and dozens are interested in adopting a child, according to information available to the Martinovich-led association.

There are about 2,000 children living in care homes in Croatia, and only less than a hundred are adopted each year.

Religious organizations are fighting to ban same-sex couples from adopting children. The Catholic organization Vigilare has named the court’s decision on shame on the social network Facebook.

“Already injured children from orphanages should not become guinea pigs in the games and experiments of some adults,” writes Vigilare.

Opinion polls show that most Croats are opposed to same-sex couples adopting children.

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At least 25 people killed in Rio de Janeiro

A shooting in Rio de Janeiro has killed at least 25 people, including a police officer, according to BBC News.

The shooting took place during a police operation in a slum area on the outskirts of the city in Favela, Jacarezinho district.

Police launched the operation after receiving reports that drug traffickers were recruiting children for their gang.

Two subway passengers were hit by bullets, but they survived.

Police in a Brazilian city have confirmed the death of one of their officers, Inspector Andre Leonardo de Melo Frias. A statement on Facebook said that “he honored his beloved profession and he will be missed.”

Police chief Ronald Oliveira told Reuters on Thursday, May 6, the raid had “the highest death toll in a police operation in Rio.”

According to local reports, the gang involved in the raid is involved in drug trafficking, murder and kidnapping.

Television images showed suspects trying to escape across rooftops when police entered Favela.

Meanwhile, locals have shared stories about what they have seen on social networks.


Canada approves Pfizer / Biontech Covid-19 vaccine for children 12 years of age and older

Canada on Wednesday, May 5, approved the use of Pfizer / Biontech Covid-19 vaccine “Comirnaty” in children aged 12 years, becoming the first country in the world to take such a step.

“This is Canada’s first approved vaccine to prevent Covid-19 in children and a major success in Canada’s fight against the pandemic,” Canada’s Chief Medical Adviser Suprey Sharma told a news conference.

Data from clinical trials in the United States, which involved more than 2,000 children who received two doses, confirmed that it was as safe for minors as for adults, she added.

No cases of Covid-19 were reported in vaccinated children. In adults, the vaccine is at least 95% effective in preventing infection.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has reportedly started evaluating the use of Comirnaty in children aged 12 to 15 years.

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) will carry out an accelerated evaluation of the data submitted by the company that has registered the vaccine Comirnaty. The Committee will evaluate the results of an ongoing large-scale clinical study in adolescents from 12 years of age to decide whether to recommend an extension of the indication.

The committee’s opinion will then be sent to the European Commission for a legally binding final decision, which will be applicable in all EU Member States.

The Pfizer / Biontech Comirnaty vaccine was registered in the EU in December 2020.

LETA has already reported that German vaccine manufacturer BioNTech and its US partner Pfizer submitted an application to EZA at the end of April requesting approval for the use of the jointly developed Covid-19 vaccine in the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 years. When notifying the application, the companies indicated that the existing approval under this step could be adapted and extended to the younger age group.

Vaccine manufacturers have previously reported that clinical trials in the United States have shown that the vaccine is 100% effective in the 12- to 15-year-old age group.


Due to Covid-19, Latvian citizens will not be able to enter Kazakhstan without a visa by the end of the year

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, citizens of Latvia and 53 other countries will not be able to enter Kazakhstan without a visa by the end of the year, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.

“Continuing its efforts to fight the coronavirus infection in the country, the Kazakh government has decided to extend the unilateral visa-free regime for citizens of 54 countries until 31 December 2021,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The previous decision of the Government of Kazakhstan to suspend the visa-free regime for citizens of Latvia and other countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic was valid until May.

Among the 54 countries whose citizens have been granted visa-free travel by Kazakhstan are Estonia, Lithuania, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany and a number of other European countries.

Kazakhstan introduced a visa-free regime for Latvian citizens in 2017.


Mexico’s collapsed subway bridge; at least 23 people have died

At least 23 people died in the partial collapse of the subway bridge in Mexico City on Monday night.

Another 70 people were injured, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum told reporters.

The accident is one of the worst in the Mexico City metro since its opening in 1969.

The videos posted on social media show that on the 12th line of the metro, several wagons fell several meters and hit each other.

The video shows rescuers pulling passengers out of wagons that are still hanging.

Part of the collapsed bridge at the Olivos station in the southeast of the Mexican capital also drove cars.

Due to the unstable position of the wagons, the rescue work had to be stopped, Sheinbaum said.