Posts published in Day: August 26, 2019

Hong Kong protests: dozens arrested as government warns of ‘dangerous situation’

Monday, August 26, 2019

Dozens of people, including a 12-year-old child, have been arrested after a night of escalating violence in Hong Kong during which police fired a warning shot near protesters and used water cannon for the first time. Police said they arrested 86 people over the weekend for offences including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers. Sunday’s protests were the scene of the fiercest clashes yet between police…

G7 leaders agree plan to help Amazon countries fight wildfires

Monday, August 26, 2019

The G7 countries have agreed to an immediate $20m (£16m) aid package to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest. The announcement came from the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the host of this year’s meeting of G7 leaders, and the Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera. Macron said the Amazon represented the “lungs” of the planet and leaders were studying the possibility of similar…

Maxima’s first pop-up beer bar in Latvia presents wide range of beers

Monday, August 26, 2019

Alongside Latvian beer sommeliers, Maxima explored beer and food pairing at its first pop-up beer bar. The total assortment of beer in Maxima stores consists of more than 300 products, with more than 60% being beers from local brands. “People are beginning to prioritise quality over quantity in their beer drinking. To ensure that a wide range of high-quality beers becomes more accessible to the Latvian public without having to…

Lithuanian PM leaves for Riga to mark Baltic Way, discuss Astravets NPP situation

Monday, August 26, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis left to Riga on Friday to meet with the Latvian and Estonian counterparts and mark the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, as well as to discuss the situation around the Astravyets nuclear power plant. While in Riga, Skvernelis is scheduled to met with Speaker of the Latvian Saeima Inara Murniece and lay flowers at the Freedom Monument. At noon, the Baltic prime ministers will…

EUR 144 million needed to continue health care reform in Latvia next year

Monday, August 26, 2019

EUR 144 million are needed to continue the health care reform next year, according to the Finance Ministry’s report on the budget expenditure at the disposal of LETA. The biggest funding or EUR 58.9 million is necessary for the reforms related with improving availability of health care services. The funding would be used to increase the number of secondary ambulatory health care services and other measures. Another set of measures,…

Deputy secgen of Estonian ministry: Extent of breaches in research funding surprising

Monday, August 26, 2019

In the wake of a piece of investigative journalism published by Postimees alleging that Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) has misused the research funds allocated to the institution, the deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Education and Research, Indrek Reimand, said that the volume of inconsistencies is surprising. Reimand said that on the one hand, it is normal that working hour timesheets contain errors. “It is very difficult to…

262.1 million non-cash payments totalling 92.8 billion euro were executed in Latvia in the first half of 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

262.1 million non-cash payments made by customers and totalling 92.8 billion euro were executed by the Latvian payment service providers (credit institutions, electronic money institutions, payment institutions, Latvijas Banka, VAS Latvijas Pasts and the Treasury) in the first half of 2019. This averages 1.4 million payments worth 512.6 million euro a day. The total volume of non-cash payments made by customers increased by 4.1%, but the total value of the payments decreased…

Lithuania set to declare Sugihara’s year, hopes for impulse in ties with Tokyo

Monday, August 26, 2019

Several dozen Lithuanian lawmakers registered an initiative last week to declare 2020 the year of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Lithuanian Jews from the Holocaust during World War Two. The politicians hope that an abundance of events on this occasion will give a new impulse to Lithuania’s ties with Japan. 2020 will mark the 80th anniversary o Sugihara’s activity in Lithuania and the diplomat’s 120th birth…

Six private homes to be demolished for construction of Rail Baltica railroad sections at Riga Airport and Central Station

Monday, August 26, 2019

Six private houses will be demolished for construction of the Rail Baltica railroad sections at the Riga Central Station and Riga International Airport, as Rita Voronkova from Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas, the company implementing the Rail Baltica project in Latvia, told LETA. As reported, 123 properties will be compulsorily acquired for the Rail Baltica railroad sections at the Riga Airport and Central Station. There are no apartment buildings on any of…

Estonian minister gets acquainted with Latvia’s experience in demographic affairs

Monday, August 26, 2019

Estonian Minister of Population Riina Solman, who was on a visit to Latvia on Friday, met with Imants Paradnieks, demographic affairs adviser to the Latvian government, the purpose of the minister’s visit was to get acquainted with the neighboring state’s experience in directing demographic processes and to discuss family and migration policies. Solman also met with the Latvian minister for welfare and was scheduled to give a presentation at a…