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Saturday 23.03.2019 | Name days: Mirdza, Žanete, Žanna

Disaster in Brazil as dam breaks taking many lives

Rescuers in eastern Brazil have confirmed the death of 58 people and around 300 missing after a tragic collapse of a mine dam that has released a wave of mud and mining waste on mining facilities and a nearby town.

Snow, blizzard and ice make driving conditions hazardous in Latvia’s central parts

Snow, blizzard and ice complicates driving conditions in Latvia’s central parts, as well as state and regional roads in Kurzeme, as reported by Latvian State Roads.

Last days of January will be snowy in Latvia; February to come with thaw

The last days of January will be rather snowy in Latvia, as the layer of snow in the country’s western and central regions increases 5-10 cm. Air temperature will increase gradually – thaw is expected to come at the beginning of February, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian PM to take unpaid leave for presidential campaign

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said this week he will use the opportunity to take unpaid leave for the presidential election campaign. Skvernelis also said he would not use administrative resources for the presidential election campaign, as much as possible. Lithuania will elect a new president in early May.

Latvia’s prime minister expects minister’s report on Riga City Council’s dismissal initiative

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš expects Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce’s report on his predecessor’s initiative to dismiss Riga City Council.

EC to allocate 44 million euros funding for Inčukalns gas facility’s development project

The European Commission has approved allocation of co-financing of 50% or EUR 44 million to Latvia’s gas storage and transmission system operator AS Conexus Baltic Grid’s development project. The total investment pool is EUR 88 million. The entire amount will be invested in the facility by 2025.

Latvian prime minister and his freelance advisors leave their posts at the same time

With the term coming to an end for Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, his office manager Māris Krastiņš and five freelance advisors have all stepped down with him.

Tallinn decides to cut number of council seats

The city of Tallinn has voted in favour of cutting the number of council members serving on the capital's City Council from 79 to 63. The measure has to be approved by the Estonian parliament to become effective. This proposal was submitted by the Centre Party, who has long dominated the municipality of the Estonian capital.

Latvian residents not eager to prove innocence in relation to KGB after publication of files

Since the publication of documents left in Latvia from KGB, the prosecutor’s office has received a total of two requests from people wanting to prove they did not cooperate with KGB in the past, as confirmed by the prosecutor’s office.

Abortions to save mother allowed throughout pregnancy in New York, U.S.

The U.S. state of New York has put in force abortion rights that allow stopping pregnancy at any time of the nine-month period, if the health of the mother is at risk. The state's previous law, which had been on the books for nearly 50 years, allowed abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life was at risk.

Week’s end expected to be chilly in Latvia

The end of the week is expected to be particularly chilly in Latvia, as air temperature on the night to Monday is expected to drop as far as -20° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Jurašs lawyer: due to statute of limitations, raising charges is no longer possible

In accordance with requirements of the Criminal Process Law, the prosecutor is required to launch criminal prosecution within ten days of receiving materials of the criminal case from an investigative institutions – in this case State Security Service.

Saeima committee urges approval of declaration for protection of UK citizens’ rights in Latvia

Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee has prepared a decision project for the protection of rights of Britain’s and Northern Ireland’s citizens in Latvia after Brexit. This decision project will be submitted to the Saeima for approval soon, as confirmed by the parliament’s press-service.

Harmony picks its main candidate for European Parliament elections

Harmony political party’s main candidate for European Parliament elections will be Saeima deputy and chairman of the Sustainable Development Committee Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, as confirmed by Riga City Council Chairman Nils Ušakovs in an interview to LNT 900 seconds programme.

Estonian post wants to reduce print media delivery days, due to losses

Estonian postal company Eesti Post, also going by the brand of Omniva, has come up with plans to cut the number of days for delivering newspapers and magazines due to losses suffered in 2018. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Thursday, January 24, that newspaper and magazine home delivery, currently done six days per week, brought Eesti Post a loss of EUR 1.3 million in 2018.