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Ceturtdiena 17.08.2017 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

August 15 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Talks with potential KVV Liepājas metalurgs buyers to conclude in August

Talks with potential buyers of the insolvent KVV Liepājas metalurgs will conclude at the end of August, says representative of the company’s insolvency administrator Dzintars Hmielevskis.

Estonian e-Residency programme in deal with Paymentwall

International payments facilitator Paymentwall in collaboration with the Estonian programme of e-Residency program started this week Passport, a new service, with which businesspeople around the world will have the opportunity to found an EU company and access payment and other supporting services via internet.

Prosecutor: in parallel to Oligarch case, KNAB also worked on other cases

In parallel to the investigation of the so-called oligarch case, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau also continued working on other cases, said chief prosecutor Modris Adlers.

62.2% of Latvia’s population was employed in Q2 2017

Since Q2 2016, the employment rate in Latvia has increased by 0.8 percentage points. In Q2 2017, Latvian employment rate (62.6 %) was the highest recorded since Q2 2008 (63.1 %).

LIZDA: many uncertainties about education process appear just prior to the school year

Two weeks prior to the beginning of the new school year there are many uncertainties about the education process and teachers’ wages, said Latvian Education and Science Workers' Union chairperson Inga Vanaga in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Several candidates to compete for the post of chairman of Unity

Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens, deputy chairman of Unity Edvards Smiltens and Riga City Council deputy Vilnis Kirsis intend to compete with one another for the post of head of Unity, as confirmed by the party’s representative Elina Bivina.

City of Tallinn urged to quit paying PBK TV 500,000 euros

Tallinn city government should allocate the 500 000 currently spent per year in buying television programmes in the Russian-language TV channel PBK to the Estonian state Russian-language TV channel, ETV+.

Latvia’s wealthiest mayors – Lembergs, Sesks and Pozarnovs

Latvia’s wealthiest mayors in 2016 were Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs, who remains suspended from his post due to multiple criminal processes against him, Liepaja’s Mayor Uldis Sesks and the new head of Baldone County Council Andrejs Pozarnovs, according to information from LETA.

DNB says it has no plans to change ATM system for its clients

Commission for money withdrawal from DNB Bank’s ATMs has been introduced by Swedbank and only for its own clients, DNB Bank’s representatives say.

Rinkevics proposes continuing cooperation with Switzerland

Switzerland’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Latvia Konstantin Obolensky says he is prepared to work to develop relations between the two countries, as well as maintain close ties with Latvian institutions and its people.

BATL: Augulis’ goal is reaching an agreement on increase of cargoes for Latvia

Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics has sent an invitation to Latvia’s Transport Minister Uldis Augulis and Russian Federation’s Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov to find a solution for the catastrophic situation with cargo flow from Russia.

Cargo of Nutella chocolate spread stolen in Germany

Thieves in central Germany have taken hold of a 20-tonne cargo of Nutella spread and Kinder chocolate eggs.

Criteria for provision of healthcare services may be announced next week

Criteria for qualifying for healthcare services may be announced by Healthcare Minister Anda Caksa next week.

Massive data centre planned behind Arctic Circle

A plan to build one of world's largest data centres in northern Norway has been announced.

Schulz criticises diesel scandal carmakers in attempt to boost election campaign

Martin Schulz, the key rival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the nearing German parliamentary election, has severely criticised the country's «dieselgate» carmakers, in a drive to increase voter support for his social-democrats.

August 14 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Latvia had the fourth most rapid industrial output in EU this June

In June 2017, Latvia experienced the fourth most rapid increase in industrial output among member states of the European Union, according to data published by Eurostat on Monday, 14 August.

Number of nights spent by guests in Latvian tourist accommodations up 11.2%

694.2 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q2 2017, which is 13.3 % more than during the respective period of 2016.

SRS and LVRA to form a work group to improve cooperation

Continuing established cooperation, State Revenue Service and Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Latvia will form a joint work group to propose legislative initiatives, SRS representatives say.

Tourism tax idea evaluated in Saaremaa

As there have been suggestions to introduce 1.50-euro tourism tax per person for the largest Estonian island Saaremaa, the Mayor of its largest town Kuressaare, Madis Kallas, has estimated that a tourism tax would bring additional 1.5 million euros a year in the island's budget.

Tukuma ūdens plans to increase sewerage service tariff by 25%

SIA Tukuma ūdens plans to increase sewerage service tariff by 25% and reduce water supply service tariff by 1%, according to information published in Latvian Herald.

Viewing of Lembergs’ criminal case postponed again

Riga Regional Court plans to continue viewing Aivars Lembergs’ criminal case on 21 August.

Pharmacist: inconvenient backstage with state compensated medicine

Using state funding, it is planned to secure compensated medicine for more than 720,000 residents this year, according to data from Healthcare Ministry. At the same time, 80% of residents interviewed by Euroaptieka admit that they or their relatives require state-compensated prescribed medicine on a daily basis.

Progresīvie party to organize a protest outside of SRS to promote honest entrepreneurship

On Tuesday, 15 August, political party Progresīvie will organize a protest act outside of the State Revenue Service building in Riga to request reformation of the institution’s operations in accordance with state and social interests.

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