New Zealand tourism operators are hoping the significant probability that Mt Tongariro will erupt again in the next week could be good for them.
Tongariro’s Te Maari crater erupted for about five minutes on Wednesday afternoon, emitting a plume of ash and gas up to 4km into the air.
It sent trampers on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing scurrying down the mountain and forced the cancellation of Air New Zealand flights to regional airports at Taupo, Rotorua and Gisborne.
But in an area known for its volcanic activity, the international publicity from an eruption can be helpful – provided it doesn’t go on too long, AAP wrote.
“For now we’re in the spotlight, and sometimes that can turn out to be a positive,” Visit Ruapehu general manager Mike Smith said.
The volcano burst into life for the first time in 115 years in August, when an eruption sent rocks smashing into nearby Ketetahi Hut used as trampers’ accommodation, but only ash and gas were ejected on Wednesday.
Civil Defence says the threat related to the eruption has passed and a national advisory has been cancelled. However, GNS Science indicates that there remains a significant probability of sudden eruption within the next week.
GNS Science says although volcanic activity on Tongariro has remained at a low level since the eruption, there had been no warning observed before it occurred. “Future eruptions could also occur with little or no warning,” it said.
Last week, GNS warned there was increased activity underneath nearby Mt Ruapehu but a link between the two has been dismissed.
On the last day of June, officers of Economic Crimes Office of Latvian State Police apprehended a group of three individuals who were distributing illegal cigarettes. State Police confiscated a total of one million cigarettes, as reported by State Police Public Relations Department representative Toms Sadovskis.
The Cabinet of Ministers decided that Road Traffic Safety Directorate will not have to pay the state budget dividends from its revenue for 2014. Instead, this money will be diverted for other goals.
Both Riga International Airport and Latvian Air Traffic will no longer have to pay dividends from revenue to the state for the year 2014. This was decided during the 7 July meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee has unanimously agreed to allow Latvian State Police to punish deputy Karlis Serzants from the Union of Greens and Farmers for causing a road traffic accident.
Every fourth person to have emigrated from Latvia in the 21st century and every fifth Latvian of young age contemplated creating a company in Latvia, create a company on his own or help his employer form business relations with Latvian partners, according to results of a survey carried out by researchers of the University of Latvia.
Latvian Economy Ministry has concluded its disciplinary investigation regarding preparations for the country’s participation in Expo Milano 2015. Multiple serious disciplinary breaches have been uncovered.
This Monday, 6 July, Skonto būve submitted claims to the court against State Environmental Service, saying that the institution had intentionally breached contract requirements and refused to exact payment for work carried out by the construction company in the Incukalns tar ponds project without providing any justifiable reasons.
National Alliance has expressed its condemnation of the decision made by ministers of Unity and the union of Greens and Farmers in regard to the resettlement of 250 refugees from Northern Africa in Latvia.
According to Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics, the Greek people have basically voted themselves out of Eurozone, which could benefit from this in the long run, as reported by lsm.lv.
On Tuesday, 7 July, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma will take part in a plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. During this meeting, she will report on Latvia’s accomplishments during the presidency over the EU Council. She will also answer questions of MEPs.
The composition of the team of experts that will work with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis has become known. Aleksandr Bimbirulis will continue his work as the head of the State President’s Chancellery.
Britain has issued an order for the arrest of former owners of Latvijas Krajbanka and Snoras Banka Vladimir Antonov and Raimonds Baranauskis. When Antonov’s lawyer announced that his client had departed to Russia, the British court called back the decision to allow the aforementioned individuals to remain free in exchange for bail money.
This Monday, 6 July, Latvian government approved Interior Ministry’s submitted project on Latvia’s position in regard to the European Union’s resettlement and asylum change policy. With that, the government has approved the resettlement of 250 refugees.
Russian forces have been gradually growing near the Western borders – Baltic States, Poland and Nordic countries – since 2012, according to information from Latvian Defence Ministry.
Latvian State Police have requested permission from the Saeima to prosecute deputy Karlis Serzants from the Union of Greens and Farmers for causing a road traffic accident.
Compared to April, Latvia’s industrial production volume decreased by 2.1%, according to seasonally adjusted data, in May 2015. A drop of 12.8% was noted in in mining and quarrying, in manufacturing – a decrease of 1.9%, and in electricity and gas supply – decrease of 0.3%.
2014 had been mostly successful for Baltic States: an increase of 9% in terms of attracted investment projects and 31% more jobs created.
Latvia’s presidency over the European Union Council concluded this week. And although some experts are inclined to call Latvia’s presidency «mediocre – without any major failures and achievements», considering that Latvia had no prior experience, the result can be considered significantly better than what experts say.
In the recent referendum, the majority of Greeks voted «against» cooperating with international partners. With that, it can be concluded that Greece also says «no» to assistance from international partners and the country’s continued membership in Eurozone, as Latvian Finance Minister Janis Reirs comments results of the referendum in Greece.
The Lithuanian government is looking into several options to cut the costs of maintenance of the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas terminal, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Thursday, July 2.
«Greece has come close to being forced to release individual currency just to service internal transactions. Thereby the country could basically exit Eurozone. This possibility currently looms at above 50%,» – says economist CBLA Asset management Board member Zigurds Vaikulis.
The National Alliance will not change its position. The party strongly believes Latvia should not have to resettle refugees coming to Europe from North Africa, says Co-Chairman of NA Raivis Dzintars.
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Ilmars @ 2015-07-07 17:54:42
And what happens when Spain, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Italy follow Greece out of the eurozone. The anti-eurozone National Front is the second party in France and Briitain will be having a referendum on this issue shortly. The eurozone has brought misery and poverty to too many of its citizens. Even worse, much of this has been self inflicted by the incompetence of the ECB itself. After the global financial crisis, why did they throttle the eurozone economy with anti-inflationary austerity policies when expansionary policies were needed. The ECB is a useless bunch of incompetent stumblebums who will single handidly destroy the eurozone itself. The problem with bankers like Rimsevics is that they know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
Linda @ 2015-07-06 22:47:48
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