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Saturday 18.08.2018 | Name days: Liene, Helēna, Elena, Ellena, Liena

African swine fever recorded in a small backyard enclosure in Saldus

African swine fever infection has been found in two dead domestic pigs in a small backyard enclosure in Druva village in Saldus. Epidemiological investigation has commenced, as confirmed by Food and Veterinary Service representative Ilze Meistere.

Cigarettes contraband levels in Latvia remain the highest among EU member states

Latvia remains the unfortunate leader among EU member states in terms of cigarette contraband – 21.1% of the total amount, according to data from a survey performed by KPMG last year.

Latvia’s fire fighters finally put out turf and forest fire in Valdgale

Considering that the active phase of battling the massive fire that has devastated Valdgale these past couple of weeks, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service has thereby concluded its work at the site.

Ten-year-old buried alive in sand cliff landslide in Liepaja

A ten year old boy was buried alive in a landslide of a sand cliff along the sea coast in Liepaja last week. «There were many people there when it happened. All of them immediately ran to dig the boy out when it happened. Unfortunately, they did not make it in time to save him,» BNN was told by Latvian State Police representative Signe Šteinberga.

National Alliance picks perspective candidates – Melbārde, Dzintars and Šnore in the lead

Latvia’s National Alliance political party has submitted its list of candidates for the upcoming 13th Saeima elections. The leading candidates picked for Riga is Culture Minister Dace Melbārde. In Vidzeme the party intends to put Saeima deputy Raivis Dzintars as its headliner, according to information submitted to Central Election Commission.

PHOTO: Arcade Fire «burned brightly» in Riga

On Monday, 6 August, World famous Canadian Arcade Fire indie rock band, which has many fans in Latvia, performed at Mežaparks Green Theatre.

Farmers Saeima dissatisfied with product procurement requirements for Latvian army

Over the course of the past several weeks Latvia’s Farmers Saeima has received calls from vegetable growers, who expressed shock over the food procurement tender organized for the needs of the National Armed Forces. Farmers said they are unable to participate because there are requirements for crops not grown in Latvia, Farmers Saeima reports.

British support for UK government's Brexit work at 22%

Voter support in the UK to how its Prime Minister Theresa May is dealing with Brexit negotiations has dropped to 22% from 55% in early 2017, the lowest figure that has been has recorded by a regular opinion poll on the issue.

KPV LV party submits 13th Saeima candidate list – Gobzems at the very end

KPV LV political party has chosen Artuss Kaimiņš as its leading candidate in Riga. Aldis Gobzems, who is the party’s prime minister candidate, is the last number on the list, according to the document submitted to the Central Election Commission.

Politicians to not be allowed to host TV and radio programmes from 6 August onward

Monday, 6 August, marked the coming into force of the restriction detailed in the Law on Pre-Election Campaign for Saeima candidates to host TV and radio programmes on election day and 60 days prior to elections, as confirmed by National Electronic Mass Media Council.

Harmony gathers a number of municipal workers in its 13th Saeima candidate list

Harmony political party has chosen a number of municipal deputies as headliners in its list of candidates. Vjacheslav Dombrovskis will be the party’s first number in Riga. The party’s deputy chairman Jānis Urbanovičs will be candidate number 2. Saeima deputy Andrejs Klementjevs will be Harmony’s third candidate in Riga.

Latvian ministries request additional EUR 1.1 billion in next year’s budget

In spite of the forecasted negative fiscal space, Latvia’s ministries request an additional amount of EUR 1.1 billion for budget priorities in 2019, according to information compiled by Finance Ministry.

Week’s beginning to be warm in Latvia; heat to come back again soon

Weather in Latvia will be moderately warm at the beginning of the week. However, the heat is expected to return for a couple of days in the middle of the week. No major precipitation is expected, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

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