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Monday 22.09.2014 | Name days: Maigurs, Mārica, Māris

Weather in Latvia to rapidly become colder; wind speed will rise dramatically

After a warm and sunny beginning of the week, the morning of Monday, September 22nd, was cloudy; western and central regions of Latvia also experienced rainfalls. This kind of weather is expected to be often this week.

Latvia joins the fight against Islamic State terror group

In order to coordinate actions of the international community aimed to combat the Islamic State group of radicals, USA and its allies have created an international coalition, which now includes Latvia, as reported by press-secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry Karlis Eihenbaums.

Birth rates continue to grow in Latvia

In August 1,880 newborns were registered in the country, which is 22 more than in August 2013. In the first eight months of this year 14,368 babies were registered in the country, which is 576 newborns more than in the corresponding period of 2013.

Latvian cheeses are now available in Scandinavian stores

Latvijas Piens has begun exporting cheeses to Scandinavia. Trikāta cheese will be available to Swedish consumers who go shopping at Hypermatt and Netto networks.

10,000 gather in Moscow to protest against Russia’s policy in Ukraine

On September 21st, Russian opposition organized a protest act in Moscow dedicated to the situation in Ukraine. The event was a peace procession aimed against the policy currently realized by the Russian government in Ukraine.

Sudraba travelled to Moscow on a private place accompanied by Russian spy’s father

One month ago, during a programme of LNT there was a harsh exchange between Saeima speaker Solvita Aboltina and Inguna Sudraba. The leader of Unity had accused the former State Auditor of having exceptionally close contacts with Russia and the fact that she had travelled to Moscow on private airplanes.

Residents can now apply to receive 12th Saeima voter’s certificate

From September 22nd to October 3rd Latvian voters who have a personal identification certificate, but no passport, will be able to apply at the Office of Migration and Citizenship Affairs for a voter’s certificate for participation in the 12th Saeima elections, as reported by the head of the Central Elections Committee’s Information Centre Kristīne Bērziņa.

Economic Diary of Latvia. Investors in have no one to entrust large capital to in Latvia

There are no enough people in Latvia who can manage a large business, as concluded by Latvian Economy Ministry Vyacheslav Dombrovskis.

Next week expected to be rainy, windy and cold in Latvia

The anti-cyclone that was present in Latvia since Sunday is gradually migrating to the east. Its effect will remain in Latvia only for this weekend. Starting with next Monday the weather will be dictated by cyclones.

Producer prices in Latvia’s industry remain unchanged

Compared to July, producer prices in industry in August 2014 have not changed. Producer prices of products sold on the domestic market rose by 0.2%, but prices of exported products declined by 0.2%.

NATO military exercises in Riga to train 22 generals

Next week – September 22nd-26th – National Defence Academy of Latvia will be holding the Steadfast Pinnacle 2014 NATO exercises. 22 generals from 15 countries will be participating in this event.

Nearly one-third of Saeima deputies are especially active in internet communication

Active communication using social networks and posting responses to residents’ questions on the internet has ceased being an exception for deputies of the 11th Saeima and has become an established norm. Nevertheless, some politicians continue to ignore internet communication.

Google once again admitted as the favourite brand in Latvia

Google and Inbox remain the most favourite brands in Latvia. Rimi proudly takes the third place this year.

Riga City Council does not plan to pay the fine applied for the «heart»

Riga City Council will not pay the fine applied by the State Language Centre for the replacement of the lengthening sign with a heart on the ‘Riga’ sign on the entry to the city, as written by Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov on his Facebook page.

Survey results suggest Unity and Harmony have equal support from voters

Latvian political parties Unity and Harmony have an equal proportion of support from Latvian voters – 15.3% each, as reported by TV3 with reference to Norstat.

Two suppliers have applied for participation in speed camera procurement project

Two potential suppliers have applied for participation in CSDD’s organized project for the procurement of speed cameras – Reck and Doma.

Riga municipality penalized for lengthening sign with a heart on «Rīga» sign

State Language Centre has applied a penalty to Riga municipality for the scandalous replacement of the lengthening sign with a heart on the large «Riga» sign on the entry to the city.

Putin: I could capture Baltics in two days if I wanted to

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that in one of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the latter threatened him by saying he could capture Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest in two days if he wanted to.