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New outbreaks in Spain, the UK and France worry Europe

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New outbreaks of covid-19 in Spain, the United Kingdom and France, above all, are of concern in Europe, faced with the increase of contagions in several countries, three months after the continent ceased to be the center of the pandemic in the world.

In addition to these three countries, one of the most affected by the covid-19 pandemic in Europe, others are experiencing new outbreaks or new contagion chains of the new coronavirus, although with less expression.

+++ SPAIN +++

The number of new contagions in the last few days is seven times higher than that registered when, a month ago, the state of emergency was lifted and circulation, social relations and economic activity were resumed.

On June 21, when the state of emergency ended, Spain had 141 new cases in 24 hours.

Since then, 369 outbreaks have been recorded in all the autonomous communities of the country, but with special seriousness in Aragon and Barcelona (northeast).

This Thursday, 971 new cases were recorded, with 281 active outbreaks across the country involving 3,200 new cases of infection.

+++ FRANCE +++

France has recorded in recent weeks an increase in cases of infection that has led the authorities to issue alerts to the population about the need to maintain the hygiene and safety rules that contribute to limit contagions.

In the most recent bulletin, published on Thursday, France counted 1,062 new cases in 24 hours and indicated that, compared to last week, there was a 27% increase in positive tests for covid-19.

Since the beginning of the deflation in May, 570 outbreaks of contagion have been identified, 10 of them between Wednesday and Thursday, although only 120 remain active, with 450 outbreaks considered resolved.

+++ UNITED KINGDOM +++

The United Kingdom is the country in Europe so far with the most deaths associated with covid-19 and the third worldwide, with 45,554 deaths, in almost 300,000 confirmed cases.

The most serious outbreak in activity occurred at the beginning of the month in the city of Leicester, which for a week accounted for 10% of all cases in England.

The authorities decreed the closure of schools and non-essential commercial establishments for 15 days.

With the number of deaths remaining high in the country, the British Government has adopted new measures to stop the spread of the virus, such as the mandatory mask, starting today, in stores, supermarkets, banks and post offices.

+++ ROMANIA +++

Romania has seen a sharp increase in cases, with a daily record of 1,112 new infections reached on Thursday.

According to the latest official balance sheet, 25 people died between Wednesday and Thursday, in a country that has recorded a total number of deaths since March of 2.126.

The contagions started to increase in the beginning of June, after a sharp fall in May, evolution that the authorities attribute to the less careful of the population to maintain protection rules after the lifting of the state of emergency and the confinement, on May 15th.

+++ GERMANY +++

Two weeks ago, Germany recorded the most serious outbreak, with about 1,800 new cases among workers in a slaughterhouse, an outbreak already considered controlled.

In the last 24 hours, 815 new cases have been reported, a moderate number for a country with 83 million inhabitants.

However, the authorities expressed concern about the cases recorded in people from abroad, namely from Spain.

+++ BELGIUM +++

Belgium decided not to proceed to the next stages of deflation due to an increase in new cases, which, according to today’s figures, translates into a daily average of 220 new cases in the last seven days.

The increase in cases was detected in mid-July in localized communities, but currently extends to the entire Belgian population.

The authorities decided not to go back on the measures for easing restrictions already in force, but some have hardened, such as the mandatory use of a mask, until now only in closed spaces and now extended to the most frequented shopping streets.

+++ ITALY +++

In Bologna (north) a new outbreak was identified on Thursday in a residence for the elderly with 21 infected people and, on the same day, an outbreak in Molise (center), where seven Venezuelans from the same family tested positive.

The Italian authorities, the country that in the first months of the pandemic in Europe was the most affected and counted 35,092 deaths and more than 245 thousand cases until Thursday, are also attentive to the island of Capri (south), following the contacts of three tourists from Roma who visited the island over the weekend and tested positive.

In Rome the authorities are conducting tests among the natural community of Bangladesh, among which 39 cases were detected earlier this month.

+++ NETHERLANDS +++

According to the most recent official figures, between July 15 and 21, 987 new cases of infection were reported, almost double the previous week.

Between July 4th and 7th, the number of new cases rose 0.29% and between July 16th and 19th, 0.72%, which suggests a new trend of increasing cases.

Since June 1, anyone with mild symptoms can get tested, but officials admit that the actual numbers of infections are still higher than positive tests.

+++ GREECE +++

Greece is experiencing a slight but steady increase in the number of new cases in a country that was least affected by the pandemic, with 4,100 cases and 201 deaths.

In the last week there was a daily average of 25 new cases, almost a third (27.8%) of which were related to travel to or from abroad.

Greece resumed air links with 29 countries on 15 June, a list that expanded to 46 countries on 1 July, and the United Kingdom on 15 July, and plans to open its airports to US flights later this month. , the country in the world with more cases and more deaths associated with the new coronavirus.

Of the 46,893 tests carried out on passengers arriving in Greece last week, only 0.2% tested positive, according to official figures.

+++ AUSTRIA +++

Austria reintroduced, as of today, the mandatory use of masks in commercial establishments, 39 days after limiting the measure to public transport, hospitals and clinics, in view of the drop in contagions.

As of Thursday, the country had 170 new cases, the highest number since mid-April, then in May and June the new daily cases remained below 50.

+++ CZECH REPUBLIC +++

Czech authorities recorded 235 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily number since June, after several days in a row with an average of 200 new contagions.

In light of the figures, the Government decided to reintroduce restrictions, including the use of a mask in closed spaces with more than 100 people or the limitation of concentrations to 500 people (so far 1,000).

+++ POLAND +++

Poland recorded 458 new positives today, the highest number since June 17 and the second consecutive above 400 new cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

Most cases are registered in the provinces of Silesia and Lesser Poland, in the south of the country. In Silesia, where 184 of the cases in the last 24 hours have been detected, the authorities admit “enough” new infections in the coming days.

However, the Government rules out the possibility of reintroducing restrictions, stressing the need for greater respect for rules such as the use of a mask, physical distance and hand washing.

+++ PORTUGAL +++

Portugal had 206 active outbreaks on Monday, the biggest concern in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, where most of these outbreaks are concentrated (almost 65%).

In nineteen parishes in the region, the state of calamity is in force, with the duty to collect at home, and in the rest, measures were imposed, such as the closure of most establishments at 20:00 and the prohibition of the sale of alcohol after that time.

The rate of contagion in the whole of Portugal has been decreasing, with the last five consecutive days registering less than 300 new infections per day, which has not occurred since May, when there were 19 consecutive days with less than 200 daily cases.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 627,000 deaths and infected more than 15.2 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a balance sheet today from the agency France-Presse (AFP).

Europe surpassed 3 million cases on Thursday, registering 206,000 deaths.

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Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 decrease at an alarming rate in the first three months

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If the decline continues, former corona patients will lose all antibodies within a year.

This is suggested by an American study conducted among 34 corona patients. Their findings can be read in the magazine New England Journal of Medicine.

The research
The researchers collected 34 corona patients who showed mild symptoms after infection by SARS-CoV-2. It concerned 20 women and 14 men, with an average age of 43. On average 36 days after the subjects showed the first symptoms, the researchers took an antibody test. This involves looking at the concentration of antibodies in the blood. A second antibody test followed an average of 86 days after the first symptoms appeared.

The results
The research shows that the antibodies decrease rapidly, especially in the first period after infection. On average, the number of antibodies in the first 36 days was halved. At that rate, the antibodies would disappear within a year, the researchers say.

Mild symptoms
Previous studies have suggested that antibodies that humans produce against the virus after infection by SARS-CoV-2 are short-lived. But how quickly the antibodies decrease has not yet been carefully investigated. This research changes that. And the results suggest “that immunity to SARS-CoV-2 does not last long in people who show mild symptoms and make up the bulk of people with COVID-19.”

Caution is advised
The researchers emphasize that their study only ran for three months and remains unclear how the antibody concentration fares afterwards. “Still, the results call for caution when it comes to antibody-based immunity passports, group immunity, and possibly vaccine durability, especially in light of short-term immunity to other common human coronaviruses.”

Extra indication
For the time being, the study should primarily be seen as an additional indication that at least immunity does not last long in people with only mild symptoms. But there are still many loose ends. Similarly, this research focuses only on antibodies. However, there are other ways in which our body can attack the virus, such as using T cells and researchers from Erasmus MC previously stated that activating these cells is at least as important as the production of antibodies. How exactly these cells fare in the long term remains unclear.

Infected again?
We also do not know exactly what the decrease in antibodies means for a possible second infection. It is not very unusual that the concentration of antibodies – and also the concentration of T cells – eventually decrease after an infection. But that doesn’t automatically bring you back to square one. Because those concentrations of antibodies and T cells can then increase much faster with a second infection, so that the infection proceeds differently – milder – the second time. We do not know whether this is also the case with SARS-CoV-2. “A crucial question is whether a corona patient with mild symptoms when infected a second time is more or less likely to develop a serious infection,” confirms Professor Rowland Kao, a veterinary epidemiologist with the University of Edinburgh and not involved during the investigation.

Follow-up studies
More research is needed to answer those important questions. However, such studies require that we monitor people who have had the virus among its members for a long time. And because it is a new virus for us, which only emerged at the end of last year, such studies are actually only now starting to become possible.

Sweden
Finding out how long people have been immune to the virus after being infected by SARS-CoV-2 is very important. It not only reveals how long people can be protected, but also how long people do not endanger their environment. Indeed, people who are immune to SARS-CoV-2 cannot transmit the virus. Earlier this week, the Swedish health authorities proposed to start pending further studies that people who have been proven to be infected with the coronavirus enjoy any form of protection for at least six months. In that period they would therefore have a much smaller chance of infection and therefore also a much smaller chance of infecting others with the virus. “It means you have the opportunity to meet people – even indoors – even if you or those other people are at risk,” the site of the Swedish Public Health Agency said.

Our own RIVM does not want to go that far and states on the site that it is unknown whether people are (long-term) immune to the virus after they have been infected by SARS-CoV-2. Immunity may also be related to the severity of the disease, according to the RIVM. For example, people who show only mild symptoms may produce fewer antibodies and are more likely to have a second infection. However, this is still being investigated in our country.

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Premier League: Liverpool beats Chelsea before lifting the trophy

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Liverpool did it right before lifting the England league trophy they have been waiting for for thirty years. The Reds beat Chelsea 5-3 on Matchday 37 of the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp’s men, unbeaten in the league at home since April 2017, have pocketed an 18th success in 19 games at Anfield Road this season. They scored by Keita (23rd), Alexander-Arnold (38th), Wijnaldum (43rd), Firmino (55th) and Oxlade-Chamberlain (84th), the Blues responding by Giroud (45th), Abraham (61st) and Pulisic (73rd) ) in a very open meeting in which Xherdan Shaqiri did not participate, the Swiss remaining on the bench.

In the race for the Champions League, Manchester United – held to a 1-1 check by West Ham – and Chelsea have 63 points, against Leicester’s 62. On the final day, Chelsea will host Wolverhampton, while Man U will go to … Leicester.

The second promoted direct to the Premier League after Leeds is now known: it is West Bromwich Albion, yet held in check at home by Queens Park Rangers (2-2). Brentford, who could have gone ahead, lost at home 2-1 to Barnsley, who nevertheless did not escape the tumble in the Third Division.


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“Goalkeeper” Pogba costs Manchester United expensive points, West Ham is saved Premier League 2019/2020

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  1. 45 + 2 ‘- Penalty goal – Michail Antonio (0 – 1)
  2. 44 ‘- Geel – Timothy Fosu-Mensah
  1. 90+1′ – Verv. Jarrod Bowen door Andriy Yarmolenko
  2. 85 ‘- Verv. Marcus Rashford by Odion Ighalo
  3. 82 ‘- Yellow – Arthur Masuaku
  4. 81 ‘- Geel – Bruno Fernandes
  5. 78 ‘- Ref. Mikhail Antonio by Sébastien Haller
  6. 75 ‘- Verv. Aaron Cresswell by Arthur Masuaku
  7. 70 ‘- Yellow – Marcus Rashford
  8. 51 ‘- Goal – Mason Greenwood (1 – 1)

45+2′Michail Antonio0 – 1

Manchester United have not been able to beat West Ham in their own home. West Ham took the lead after an unfortunate (to put it mildly) moment from Pogba, who literally gave goalkeeper De Gea a hand. Greenwood equalized: 1-1.

Manchester United (5th) started the game against West Ham, barely 1 point behind in spot 3, Chelsea. So winning meant pressure from the competition. Both Chelsea (63 pts and less match) and Leicester City (62 pts) are still in the fight for that place in the top 4. Wolverhampton (59 pts) follows a little later.

But after an awkward moment from Pogba, Antonio was allowed to put himself behind an eleven meter. Pogba helped goalkeeper De Gea a hand and stopped a free kick from West Ham with his own hands. The ball hit the spot and Antonio didn’t hesitate for a second: 0-1.

After halftime, Greenwood quickly tied the score after a streak with his left. Over and over, they thought with the home team, but West Ham weathered himself boldly and takes a tip from Old Trafford. Immediately good for mathematical salvation.

Manchester United still need 1 point to be sure of a place in the top 4 (and a ticket for the Champions League). Therefore, it will have to at least draw against direct competitor Leicester City on the closing game next Sunday.

Paul Pogba’s “save”

The imitation of Antonio (and the look of Pogba …)

Greenwood with the equalizer

Heavy meteor bombardment on the Moon 800 million years ago

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A giant meteor shower hit the Moon, and certainly also the Earth, 800 million years ago, with phenomenal force, greater than that of the famous asteroid that ended the reign of the dinosaurs, according to a study published Tuesday.

Thanks to data provided by the Japanese Kaguya probe, launched into orbit around the Moon in 2007, researchers at Osaka University have shown that a gigantic asteroid at least 100 kilometers in diameter had burst into several million billion meteorites that had plunged into the Earth-Moon system.

This bombardment, which occurred 800 million years ago, would have profoundly modified the environment and the biology of our planet, suggests their study published in the journal Nature Communications.

The probability of an asteroid of this size hitting our planet occurs approximately every 100 million years. But on Earth, impact craters over 600 million years old are impossible to date, as they have been erased by erosion, volcanism, and other geological processes.

Hence the idea of ​​studying them on the Moon, where there is practically no erosion. Scientists were able to date 59 large lunar craters – including that of Copernicus, which was to serve as the landing site of the Apollo 18 mission in 1971.

To achieve this, they notably analyzed the density of the small secondary craters formed all around by the ejection of pieces of rock, and discovered that at least 8 of the 59 large craters (including that of Copernicus) had formed simultaneously, at after a gigantic shower of asteroids.

Given the probabilities of a collision, the study suggests that this episode certainly affected Earth as well.

With incredible strength, since the global mass of these meteorites amounts to 40 to 50 million billion tons – or 30 to 60 times that of the asteroid that struck the current Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico 66 years ago. million years ago and led to the downfall of three quarters of the species then living on Earth, including non-avian dinosaurs.

This bombardment would have occurred just before the Cryogenian (between 720 and 635 million years ago), a period which experienced general glaciation. “Our findings suggest that this surge of extraterrestrial elements may have influenced biochemical marine cycles, severe disruption of Earth’s climate, and the emergence of animals.“, write the authors of the study.

Price of the dollar today Monday July 20, 2020 at the close, exchange rate

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Mexico City. Today Monday July 20, 2020 the dollar listed on $22.49 pesos, with an upward trend according to information from the platform investing.com.

According to Bank of Mexico the exchange rate in the market Interbank spot ended today at $ 22.51 pesos per dollar (2 cents less than on Friday). On the other hand, the dollar FIX ended at $ 22.62 (up 14 cents).



During this day, the information that maintained a certain positive stability was that the most important economies in Europe would be seeking to reach an agreement to implement fiscal support in the order of 750 billion euros; while, the United States looks for a stimulus for up to a trillion dollars.

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Exchange rate: Real-time dollar price:

Regarding the exchange rate in the different banks of mexico, in accordance with Dollar.info, the price of the dollar reaches its highest level for sale in the $ 23.50 at Banbajío, while the lowest to purchase is in $ 21.35 at Banorte and IXE.

Regarding euro, it is quoted at $ 25.75 pesos, for $ 28.48 pesos from the pound sterling overall average.

Oil prices in real time:

According to Investing.com, this Monday the petróleo WTI is at $ 40.78 a barrel on its orders for September 2020. The Brent oil it is at $ 43.20 a barrel on its orders for September 2020, both down.

With information from Investing and Dollar.info.

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News – Justice | Worrying disappearance: a call for witnesses to find a young girl and her father

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Since Saturday, an 11-year-old girl is wanted in the surroundings of Avignon and the Rhône. His mother reported his disappearance after receiving disturbing messages from his ex-companion, passing through the Gard, who had asked to take their daughter for the day.

The police officers of the Avignon branch of the SRPJ of Montpellier launch a call for witnesses, the searches around the Rhône having been unsuccessful, report our colleagues from Dauphiné Libéré.

This is a European type man, of Spanish nationality, 38 years old, 1.70m, a little strong, short brown hair, green eyes, wearing glasses, a burgundy cap, blue t-shirt, jeans pants, white sneakers. The girl is 11 years old, European type, 1.38m, very fine build, long brown hair, green eyes, wearing purple plastic glasses, wearing a pink dress and golden sandals and who presents a mental handicap.

The father and daughter were both last seen on Saturday at 10:42 a.m. at the La Barthelasse bus stop, between Avignon and Les Angles.

Anyone with information should contact 17.

Endesa cannot “specify” the causes of energy zero in Tenerife | Radio Club Tenerife

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Endesa and Red Eléctrica have already begun the tasks of replenishing the electricity supply on the island of Tenerife after the energy zero produced shortly before 09.50, the 112 Canarias report.

All the stations on the island are already under tension and some areas of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, Candelaria and Güímar already have supply, around more than 10% of the company’s customers – some 68,000.

From Endesa insist that the cause of the general blackout is unknown and recognize that the recovery of the 100% electricity supply can take several hours.

The island already suffered an energy zero on September 29 that lasted for about nine hours, which led the Canary Islands Government to propose a fine of almost 30 million to Red Eléctrica and another 10 million to Endesa.

From a document sorter to a senior officer: an open conversation with Ilze Žilda – the first female colonel of the Latvian Armed Forces

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Asked about her family’s military past or any possible traditions that may have motivated her own career choice, Ilze Žilde points out that her grandfather once served in the 7th Sigulda Infantry Regiment, which was part of the former Latvian Army (1919-1940) Latgale Division and stationed in Alūksne. on the mother’s side.

“My entry into the armed forces was rather unconscious. I started my career in the National Guard in 1994 as a contract employee. I work with documents, sort, classify. It was a time of study for me – I was looking for an opportunity to work. The girlfriend of the studio, who worked in this position, drove away and they needed to quickly find a replacement, ”says Colonel Žilde.

Choice between science and service

Very soon after starting the work, Ilze was addressed by the people of the then National Guard with her example and attitude.

Briefly addressing the not so long history, it should be mentioned that the guards of that time were the ones who created this NAF structure.

In reality, this required not only a decision, the acquisition of firearms and the sewing of uniforms, but also considerable dedication and initiative from those who wanted to serve.

“These were people who were already convinced of what they were doing, of this organization. People did a lot, donated their personal resources and time. They even took care of the furniture from their homes to decorate the work rooms. About four months after I started working for the National Guard, I was also invited to join the service. I agree. And it was already a fully conscious decision, ”says Ilze Žilde.

The decision to stay in the armed forces for a long time followed in 1998: “By then, I had already completed my studies at the University of Latvia, obtaining a non-military education in biology and chemistry. I had to decide if I wanted to start an officer career. ”

By choosing the service, Ilze’s further professional career was through the Latvian National Defense Academy, where she was educated as the Commander of the Command.

After that, Ilze became a Lieutenant and continued to climb the ladder of the military career, educating and gaining the required service experience, without which she would not be able to reach higher ranks.

What about women in the army?

Both ancient and not-so-ancient evidence of world history tells from time to time about women soldiers who, with their fighting spirit and skills, are not left behind by the regiments of armed, combat-trained men.

There are also very fascinating stories from very recent times – about individual women who went against the enemy, being alone among men, or in decisive situations agreed in military formations to defend, while men for some reason did not fight.

We consider the military sphere to be the basis of the men’s element. The fact that most soldiers in the armed forces are men, at least for the time being, is and remains indisputable.

However, it is also true that nowadays more and more women are joining the ranks – in Latvia, for example, 16% of the citizens in the service of the NAF are women, which is not very small on the international background.

It must be understood that the reality in this area as well is mostly colorful and complicated enough. One thing is clear: today, the armed forces are more likely to be a place for educated and competent citizens than a gentlemen’s club, suppressed by centuries-old traditions, in which any man will automatically fit better than a woman.

Ilze also tells about what it really is like about gender roles, stereotypes and opportunities in the army, based on her experience and from her point of view.


“The army is interested in human competence, not gender. Seeing the issue of gender, if something has failed or we are unable to realize ourselves, is often the easy answer, ”Colonel Žilde is convinced. (Photo: Armin Janiks / Ministry of Defense)

“I have been in the Latvian Armed Forces almost or since their establishment. I really can’t remember a case where I was forbidden to do something, that I couldn’t do something, or that I was pushed aside just because I’m a woman. I can honestly say that there have been obstacles to acting in this environment only if, for objective reasons, the option you have proposed has not been considered the most appropriate, or at some point you lacked the experience or education to make a decision. The fault is the lack of qualifications or knowledge, the fault is not whether you are a man or a woman. The army is interested in human competence, not gender. Seeing the gender issue when something has failed or we are unable to realize ourselves is often the easy answer. The perception of a person’s life is also important – whether you are a person who tries to see resentment, danger everywhere, or a person who looks open, understanding and responds adequately to what is happening around you. Such a vision has helped me a lot in my life, ”the NAF Colonel shares his conviction.

Continuing on a slightly less serious note, Ilze Žilde also expresses that, in her opinion, when joining the army, a woman should not give up femininity: But then the question is: how do any of us understand femininity? In my opinion, I have not lost anything of my feminine nature during these years. People from the outside who don’t know that I’ve linked life to the army don’t realize it and usually wonder when they find out. “

For Ilze’s relatives, her chosen professional path has always seemed self-evident: “My family, especially my parents, brother and sister, have always been very supportive of me and have been with me in difficult moments. They realize that I am who I should be. I realize myself, so they are not worried about my life choices. ”

Can soldiers be raised from the new generation?

Colonel Ilze Žilde’s view of the younger generation as potential soldiers is formed from many years of experience in managing the Personnel Department of the NAF Joint Staff.

She confirms that when it comes to compliance with the service in the armed forces, the most difficult thing at the moment is with the physical fitness and health of young people. In addition, if the level of physical ability can be fully increased to the required level with some effort, it is not so easy with health problems.

“But our young people, as always, are bright, nice, educated, and the younger generation has a completely different level of skills in working with various devices, including electronic ones. They are agile in their thinking, tolerant, without prejudice, come up with other types of thinking that are not stereotyped. Who sticks? Stick to physical fitness and health. A few years ago this problem was bigger in the NAF, now we have found ways to deal with it. It should be noted that physical fitness can be easily improved if you want to. Nor are those regulations so high for us. When it comes to health, those who are 30 years old and older are the most likely to fall behind. An important factor is the way children and adolescents spend their time. In my time, we ran out a lot more, but these days, as we know, children and teenagers choose to spend time at computers and smart devices, ”says the NAF officer, who is currently raising a daughter.

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He will work in the United States for the next four years

Speaking about her free time, Ilze admits – due to the amount of duties and responsibilities – it is difficult.

“I like reading books, I like sports. When I have a very bad mood, I ride roller skates. I would love to travel, but I will definitely do it at the age of 100, ”laughs the colonel.

The nearest future plans envisage going to the United States on a rotating basis for four years, where Latvia’s first female colonel will perform the duties of a military attaché.

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