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Wednesday 23.05.2018 | Name days: Leontīne, Ligija, Lonija, Leokādija

May 15 in pictures

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

Number of foreign tourists hosted in Latvia’s tourist accommodations up 15.3%

A total of 454.2 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q1 2018, which is 14.3 % more than in Q1 2017.

New Armenian PM to uphold pro-Russia relations

Armenia will not change its close relations with Moscow, the new Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, who was until last week the leader of anti-government mass protests in Yerevan, has stated to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Barometer: residents with higher education are more optimistic job-seekers

53% of interviewed residents believe the possibility of finding a decent job and making a good earning in Latvia is poor, and this worsens their financial situation. Because of that, residents leave the country in search of greener pastures, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s latest Latvian Barometer.

Rail freight volume in Latvia down 10.9% in four months

Compared to the same period of last year, rail freight volume in Latvia dropped by 10.9% in the first four months of 2018 and was 15.673 million tonnes, according to data compiled by Transport Ministry.

Estonian state museum receives European museum award

At the European Museum of the Year Awards, the Estonian National Museum has been awarded the Kenneth Hudson prize for second place in the competition.

Media Council: restriction of propaganda will yield results if we use a systematic approach

Restriction of Russian propaganda in Latvia’s information space will become effective if we oppose it as though it were a system, deputy chief of National Electronic Mass Media Council Ivars Āboliņš told journalists, explaining the new proposals for protection of information space.

Estonian fund envisages cutting number of state officials by half

In Estonia, a group of respected entrepreneurs, former high-ranking officials and legal experts established the Foundation for State Reform, a think tank that would work for one year and prepare a plan for state reform focused on drastically reducing the size of Estonian public bodies.

SFRS: to make sure bathing season does not start with tragedy, residents urged to be careful

15 May marked the beginning of the official bathing season in Latvia. To make sure it does not start with tragedy, the State Fire and Rescue Service urges residents to follow safety precautions when staying near water.

New Catalan President in Spain wishes to «build an independent state»

In Spain, the regional parliament of Catalonia has elected a new head of the region's government, who pledged to work to establish and independent Catalan republic.

Court satisfies SIA Lidl Latvija’s request – construction work to continue

Administrative District Court has satisfied the request from SIA Lidl Latvija regarding temporary protection and has restored the permit issued by Riga City Construction Office in July 2017 regarding the construction of a logistics centre on Ulbrokas Street, Riga, says Administrative District Court judge’s assistant Ilze Butkus.

UN calls on Israel to stop Gaza killings, Netanyahu insists on right to self-defence

After Israeli troops killed 55 people as they approached the border of Gaza, Palestine and Israel the UN high commissioner for human rights urged to stop the killings.

Lindermans’ lawyer contests court’s decision on his arrest

The lawyer of pro-Russian activist Vladimir Lindermans has contested the decision made by Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court regarding her client’s arrest.

Middle East conflict escalates, Palestinian protesters killed

With the Middle East conflict escalating again, not less than 28 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, according to health workers, when large numbers of protesters neared the border separating the Gaza strip, Palestine from Israel.

Bathing season in Latvia to officially commence 15 May

Although many residents in Latvia already taken advantage of the warm weather and have taken a dip in bodies of water in the country, the official bathing season will begin Tuesday, 15 May, as reported by Health Inspectorate.

Women make savings for children's future more often than men

Among Baltic States, mothers living in Latvia prepare for their children’s future more actively. Parents in Estonia, on the other hand, are more generous when it comes to diverting money for their children’s future, according to SEB Life Insurance data.

May 14 in pictures

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

Citadele Index: grey economy has declined in Latvia’s construction sector

Compared to last year, the proportion of construction businesses that point to large and more likely large presence of grey economy in the country’s construction sector has dropped to 12%, according to information from the latest Citadele Index.

Construction output in Latvia up by 35.7%

Compared to Q1 2017, construction output has increased by 35.7 % in Latvia in Q1 2018. Construction output rise was observed in construction of buildings (44.2 %), civil engineering (43.6 %) and specialised construction activities (16.3 %).

Unemployment in Latvia down to 6.7% in April

The unemployment level in Latvia declined to 6.7% in April, which is 0.3 percentage points less than the level recorded in March, according to information compiled by Latvia’s State Employment Agency.

FCMC to announce decision regarding ABLV Bank’s self-liquidation plan in May

Finance and Capital Market Commission plans to announce its decision regarding ABLV Bank’s self-liquidation plan in May, as confirmed by FCMC Communication Office manager Ieva Upleja.

Tragic disappearance of Malaysian plane blamed on deliberate actions of captain

As to the tragic and unsolved disappearance of the Malaysian flight MH370, in which 239 passengers and staff are missing since 2014, Australian aviation specialists aviation investigators have stated a deliberate and criminal act has been committed by senior pilot.

For Latvia’s Development slowly changes its critical views of Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga

A crack has appeared in Riga City Council’s opposition ‘monolith’ against Nils Ušakovs. For Latvia’s Development political party has started slowly changing its critical views of Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga and has started looking to ‘contact points’, Nekā Personīga programme reports.

Estonian women earned 21% less than men last year

The gender pay gap on Estonia that has previously decreased for three consecutive years has remained unchanged at about 20,9% between October 2016 and October 2017, Estonian statisticians have calculated.

De Facto: reins over gambling advertisements asked to be loosened up a bit

Advertisement of gambling activities outside locations where gambling is organized is prohibited in Latvia. However, no one really goes against perpetrators, especially on the internet. Gambling supervisors believe regulations that prohibit gambling advertisements do not actually work, so they offer making them more lenient, De Facto programme reports.