Posts published in Day: June 18, 2019

Weather forecast in Estonia: No rain on Midsummer Day

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Estonian Weather Service forecasts mostly clear skies and temperatures between 16 and 23°C for Sunday, and occasional clouds and between 15 and 24°C for Monday. This means that very different from recent years, neither bad weather nor a sudden temperature drop are to be expected for Midsummer. Midsummer is a bit of a cliche in Estonia in that the forecast is typically for rain or at least fickle weather,…

Never too late to marry – elderly marriages jump in Latvia

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Over the year 2018 in Latvia, the total number of marriages fell by 0.7%, the number of marriages concluded by elderly population grew 1.7 times, data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia showed. The Latvian official statistics body explained in a press release on Monday, June 17, that the rise was facilitated by the amendments made to the law On State Pensions, which set forth that As of 2019,…

Iran will not wage war against any nation, says Hassan Rouhani

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Iran has declared it “will not wage war against any nation” after the US announced that a further 1,000 troops are to be sent to the Middle East amid rising tensions. The US move, announced by the acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, comes after the US blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tanker ships last week, which has raised fears of a confrontation, and Tehran declaring it had increased…

US to send 1,000 more troops to Middle East, citing ‘hostile behavior’ by Iran

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The US is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East in response to “hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups”, Patrick Shanahan, the acting defence secretary, announced on Monday. The move further heightens tensions between the two nations. Last week Washington blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tanker ships, which came more than a year after Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from…

Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The banned former Uefa president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption relating to Fifa’s decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, French justice sources have confirmed. Platini’s detention was first reported by the news website Mediapart on Tuesday morning, with Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Élysée Palace under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy,…

Lithuanian experts: No way of stopping coming nuclear power plant of Belarus

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Options that could stop the building of a nuclear power plant in Belarus have been exhausted, experts in neighbouring Lithuania have said to its public media. Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reported on Monday, June 17, that the opinion of experts in the field was to switch from attempts to halt the works to build the power plant being erected close to the Belarusian-Lithuanian border to prepare for its launch later…

Trees worth two hundred thousand euros disappear in Latvian border works

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Developing the Latvia-Russia border, in eastern Latvia, a protected natural territory has been destroyed and timber worth over two hundred thousand euros has disappeared, reported Nekā Personīga programme of TV3 channel. According to a Nekā Personīga report of Sunday, June 16, the clearing of a 12-metre wide border stretch in remote areas that are difficult to access is one of the last works in building the Latvia-Russia border. In late…

Summer solstice week to be warm-to-hot in Latvia

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

As Latvia readies for the traditional summer solstice and Līgo festivities in the weekend, meteorologists expect the beginning of the week to be warm and sunny, whereas in the second half of the week, temperatures could rise and rain could set in. The Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre reported on Monday, June 17, that although the weather on Monday would be characterised by areas of rain throughout the territory…

If Estonians start war against Latvia, we will have no choise but to respond in kind – Karins

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

If Estonia has broken the agreement with Latvia regarding the excise tax on alcoholic beverages and “started this war”, Latvia will have no choice but to respond by reducing the excise taxes accordingly, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told reporters after a meeting of the Cooperation Council today. Several years ago both countries agreed that Latvia would raise the excise tax to bring it closer to Estonia’s level, Karins…

Latvia has potential for expanding bilateral political and economic cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

On June 17, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelss, met with the new Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Latvia, Emir Poljo, who has arrived in Riga on an accreditation visit, LETA learned from the ministry. During their meeting, State Secretary Pelss and Ambassador Poljo recognized that the two countries enjoyed good and constructive relations with the potential for expanding bilateral political and economic cooperation.…