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Monday 14.10.2019 | Name days: Minna, Vilhelmīne

In Fukushima negligence case, company executives acquitted

A court in Japan has acquitted in a case of alleged negligence as to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster three executives of a power company.

Millions intended for National Acoustic Concert Hall to be spent for other needs

The EUR 23 million allocated by European structure funds for the construction of the National Acoustic Concert Hall, and which were planned to be used for the reinforcement of AB Dam, have been divided for other needs, said Latvia’s Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis.

Police to investigate intestinal infection cases in Sigulda’s kindergartens

On Tuesday, 17 September, Latvia’s State Police commenced a criminal process over the intestinal infection cases observed at kindergartens in Sigulda.

New MEPs express support to EU stance on Brexit in resolution

The new composition of the European Parliament has passed a resolution pledging to reject any withdrawal agreement of the United Kingdom without a backstop and readiness to support a withdrawal extension if the UK requests it.

Sneezes and difficulty with breathing – how to treat runny nose

The first signs of autumn are not limited to golden leaves and rich vegetable and fruit harvests. There is another typical sign of this season of the year – the runny nose. Unfortunately, as weather becomes colder, this illness visits all of us every now and then.

State Audit bashes Latvian municipalities for irresponsible loans and massive projects

The practice when many Latvian municipalities borrow money from the state budget to finance excessive and unnecessary construction projects demonstrates short-term thinking and irresponsible attitude towards their future costs, as concluded by State Audit.

Latvian government allocates considerable finances for ministries’ priorities

The government has decided to allocate an additional amount of EUR 173.0 million from the 2020 budget to finance priorities of ministries and independent institutions.

Latvian government greenlights continuation of territorial reform

In spite of objections from many municipalities, Latvia’s government decided on Tuesday, 17 September, to support Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry to reduce the number of existing municipalities from 119 to 36.

Discussions about MPC nearly ruin Latvian government’s 2020 budget viewing

The sudden outburst of the government over the addition of the mandatory procurement component to the government’s list of topics almost caused discussions of the 2020 government budget fall through.

EU court views Ireland’s appeal against 13 billion-euro fine to Apple

The General Court of the European Union has commenced the hearing of an appeal against a decision by Brussels that Ireland has to recover 13 billion euros from the tech giant Apple for unpaid taxes.

Latvian government approves changes to improve healthcare for pregnant women

Latvia’s government has approved amendment to Cabinet of Ministers requirements to help expand screening of birth defects and establish recertification requirements for obstetricians, Healthcare Ministry reports.

FVS: catering in multiple education facilities in Sigulda was being provided illegally

Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service found different violations of regulations during inspections performed in schools around Sigulda, as confirmed by the service.

U.S. urges Lithuania not to honour people linked to Holocaust

An American Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues has called on Lithuania «to objectively review the actions of historical figures to determine the impact of their actions, both positive and negative».

Latvia’s SRS’s tax collection in eight months exceeds expectations

In the first eight months of 2019 Latvia’s State Revenue Service has collected EUR 6.446 billion for the state budget, which is 0.3% or EUR 20.899 million more than previously planned, according to published information.

Amnesty International awards teenage climate activist Thunberg

Amnesty International, which describes itself as the world’s largest human rights organisation, has given its Ambassador of Consciousness Award to Swedish schoolgirl, who has inspired the mass weekly demonstrations calling for climate-conscious policy reforms.