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Tuesday 20.03.2018 | Name days: Made, Irbe

Interreg funding to help repair three roads along Lithuanian border

Latvian road maintenance company has signed a cooperation agreement with Lithuania road administration on realization of a joint project to help repair three roads on both sides of Latvian-Lithuanian border.

Trump, Putin’s critics and refugee organization nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critics, and UN Refugee Agency UNHCR have been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

RB Rail’s Lithuanian and Estonian shareholders voice distrust to company’s chairperson

During a meeting on Thursday, 1 February, Estonian and Lithuanian shareholders of RB Rail voted in favour of dismissing the company’s CEO and board chairperson Baiba Rubesa. Representative of Latvian shareholders, manager of Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas (EDZL) Andris Linužs abstained in the vote, as LETA was told by EDZL representative Rita Voronkova.

As deadline for German coalition talks nears, controversial issues remain

On Sunday, or Tuesday the latest. This is the deadline Germany's leading parties – Chancellor Angela Merkel's bloc and Social Democrats have set for themselves for ending coalition talks on forming the German federal government.

Ķemeri National Park receives certificate from European Charter for Sustainable Tourism

As proof of having a responsible approach for nature preservation and motivation to continue reasonable planning of future development, Ķemeri National Park was provided a certificate of approval from European Charter for Sustainable Tourism.

FDC warns Latvia’s budget may not have free fiscal space in 2019

The 2019 state budget will not have free fiscal space, said chairman of Fiscal Discipline Council (FDC) Jānis Platais in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

LMT tests new download frequency for introduction of 5G

Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) in cooperation with state company Elektroniskie sakari, started tests within 1,500 MHz range for the first time in Latvia on Thursday, 1 February.

Prime Minister: Latvia’s goal is safety of energy supplies and economic benefits

Latvia and Baltic States have accomplished good progress in development of energy infrastructure – interconnections were built and Latvia joined NordPool exchange, says Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Son of Fidel Castro «commits suicide» in Cuba

Son of late Cuban President Fidel Castro has passed away in the Caribbean country, as reported by local media, committing suicide at the age of 68.

Weather to become colder in Latvia on weekend and beginning of next week

On Friday, 2 February, weather in Latvia will remain cloudy in Latvia. Some snowfall is expected for the end of the week, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Users «sitting» less on Facebook, but profits rise by 56%

The time spent online by Facebook users has decreased in the last months of 2017, but the U.S. company has nevertheless reached better financial results than expected in 2017.

Coface: growth will continue, but ‘overheating’ risk will remain for businesses

In its latest rating, Coface international credit risks insurance company has upgraded ratings for Ukraine, Georgia, and Netherlands. Experts say there is a possibility of businesses overheating. That and political tension will be among the main business risks in 2018.

If Jesus is so ubiquitous, why He cannot be in a Lithuanian advertisement?

Two pretty, seemingly love-smitten pensive youths, with a semi-naked long-haired guy wearing a pair of sleek jeans and a gal in a white dress leaning towards the pal…What is wrong about the image in an advertisement?

MEP: conflict brewing between European Parliament and Germany about Nord Stream 2

Germany’s decision to permit Gazprom to build Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in its territorial waters is against European Parliament’s position on this matter. A serious conflict is in the works between EP and Germany. So it is possible there could be even more opposition against Nord Stream 2, says MEP Krišjānis Kariņš from the People’s Party in the European Parliament.

February 1 in pictures

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

airBaltic commences cooperation with Air Malta

Latvian airline airBaltic and Malta’s national airline Air Malta have signed an agreement for joint flights. This partnership will provide airBaltic passengers with the opportunity to reach Malta from airports around Europe and travel to other destinations around the world from Malta.

Cancer kills more than a million people in Europe every year

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the European Union. Still, there are multiple factors that can help reduce the risks of malignant tumours, as noted by Euroaptieka experts.

Saeima to view draft on publication of Oligarch talks and criminal process materials

Latvia’s Saeima has submitted a legislative draft developed by Latvian Association of Regions (LAR) to committees for review. This legislative draft details public accessibility of materials from the Oligarch case criminal process.

In pictures: Super blue blood moon as seen from Norway to Ecuador

People in many regions of the world saw during the night from January 31 to February 1, a rare astronomic event called the super blue blood moon.

Death can save a life – a conversation with a transplantologist

After walking through the doors of Stradins Clinical University Hospital, we are greeted by a hubbub, conversations all around and people – young and old. Walking further in through the wide corridor, we see people walking here and there. Looking at them, it is impossible to tell which illness brought them here. Once we make it to the doors of the Transplantology Wing, we are greeted by its head – Dr. Jānis Jušinskis. BNN came to him to talk about the field of transplantology, put to rest myths about and learn more about the ways someone’s death can save someone else’s life. Anyone can become an organ donor – an opportunity to save a life.

Winter road maintenance to blame in two tragic Estonia accidents

Latvian drivers might be surprised to hear that the Estonian Road Administration has acknowledged that insufficient road maintenance has been a factor in two deadly road accidents on Estonian roads in January.

Estonian journalists point to possible conflict of interest in planning billion-euro pulp mill

With Estonian opinions flaring around a billion-euro-worth project of a pulp mill in southern Estonia, journalists have discovered an advance deal between the country's State Forest Management Centre and the project developer Est-For Invest on providing RMK's pulpwood for 15 years.

Facebook prohibits promoting virtual currencies in ads

The world's leading social network has stated it would not allow advertising to offer any virtual currency products and services.

Government asked to extend notification period for place of residence abroad

Saeima’s Citizenship, Migration and Social Cohesion Committee has decided to ask the Cabinet of Ministers to extend the period of time within which residents are obligated to report their registered place of residence in foreign countries, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvian Education Committee gives green light for further improvement of anti-doping rules

Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee has conceptually supported amendments to the Sports Law that will allow further improving Latvia’s anti-doping regulations and ensure higher autonomy for state anti-doping organizations by creating Latvian Anti-doping Bureau, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.