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Wednesday 21.11.2018 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

World largest water temperature anomaly observed in Baltic Sea

The steepest water temperature deviation is currently observed in the Baltic Sea, where water temperature is more than five degrees above the annual average index, according to information published by Denmark’s Meteorology Institute.

Expert: residents’ purchasing power – with a stable plus sign

Latvia’s economic growth in recent years has had an effect not only on the capital but also residents’ purchasing power. Local businesses’ economic activity gas increased in regions and other cities in Latvia.

Opinion: municipalities’ involvement in tourism business puts at risk local entrepreneurs

By founding their own companies and becoming involved in tourism business, municipalities often put at risk domestic entrepreneurship in regions, said chairperson of Rural Traveller tourism association Asnāte Ziemele in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Latvia’s State Forests: more helicopters needed to handle large-scale fires

Latvia requires additional funding to afford additional helicopters to be able to handle large-scale fires, says Latvia’s State Forests Representative Zigmunds Jaunķiķis.

Spain picks up over 400 migrants in Mediterranean in one day

Spanish sea rescuers have stated that they had picked up over 400 migrants from the Mediterranean in one day as they had been on the way to Spanish mainland.

Latvia wants to form two anti-doping committees

During a government meeting, officials approved Healthcare Ministry’s developed project of rules that provide for forming a Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee and Therapeutic Use Exceptions Committee, as well as establish terms for both committee members.

Latvian government supports initiative to donate food to charity

On Tuesday, 24 July, Latvia’s government supported amendments put together by Agriculture Ministry to Law on the Supervision of the Handling of Food. These amendments permit donating food to charity after reaching minimal expiry term.

Fire fighters in Valdgale find remains of man-made fire within peat bog perimeter

While inspecting areas within the secure perimeter in Valdgale County on Monday, 23 July, fire fighters found evidence of man-made and, possibly, malicious fire-starting, said Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis after a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Overpaid tax may be returned to residents automatically

Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee plans for an electronic system that would automatically pay back residents’ overpaid taxes starting from 2021, as confirmed by the committee’s Chairman Vitālijs Orlovs.

Corruption office to be more involved in assessment of new SRS managers

From now on, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and Security Police will be more involved in evaluation of potential candidates for the post of director general of Latvia’s State Revenue Service, as State Chancellery director Jānis Citskovskis told 900 seconds programme of LNT in an interview.

Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announces grant context for cooperation development projects

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has announced a co-financing project ‘Support for European Commission and other international assistance financiers’ funded cooperation and education development projects for beneficiary countries picked by the Republic of Latvia and Republic of Latvia itself’, as reported by the ministry.

Prison guards in Russia detained amid outcry over inmate torture video

Russian authorities have taken six prison guards in custody after a video published on the internet, where at least 10 guards are seen torturing and kicking an inmate.

Latvia to request three helicopters from foreign partners to combat Valdgale fire

To effectively put out forest and peat fire from the air in Valdgale County, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service has put up a request for three helicopters, as confirmed by Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis’ advisor Daiga Holma.

Heat wave fire in Greece claims lives

In Greece, no less than 24 people have lost their lives and more than 100 got injured when a wildfire moved quickly in a small resort village in the east, while other fires broke out elsewhere in the country that is coping with a heat wave.

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