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This summer criminally accused Aivars Lembergs officially reached pension age and joined the ranks of Latvia’s wealthiest pensioners. According to Lembergs, his pension is approximately EUR 6,000 per month.
Authorities in Turkey stated on July 28 that dozens of media outlets would be closed in relation to the attempted coup on July 15.
Imports of used cars to Latvia have been declining in the past 14 years – 21,271 used passenger light cars (M1) were registered in Latvia in the first half year of 2016, which is 9% less in comparison with 2015. The number of light commercial cars (N1) registered in Latvia has declined 9% to 1,547, as compared with 1,705 cars in 2015.
The administered budget revenue plan of Latvia’s State Revenue Service for the first six months of 2016 has been completed by 99.5%, according to information from SRS.
Japanese drug manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical Company has announced the sale of its medication packaging plant operating in Põlva, Estonia, to Swiss drug maker Acino.
Supreme Court of Latvia has satisfied the appeal submitted by Gita Revalde in relation to the Administrative Court’s refusal to accept her plea on the decision to dismiss her from the post of rector of Ventspils University College. The Supreme Court has ordered the Administrative District Court to view the case again.
Compared to May, the level of construction costs in Latvia had increased by 0.3% in June 2016. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 0.9% and prices of building materials grew by 0.3 %, whereas maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment did not change significantly.
Finances accumulated in state funded pension plan continue to increase in Latvia – the volume of accumulated finances has grown by EUR 102 million in Q2 2016. With that, the overall amount of money in pension funds has exceeded EUR 2.5 billion.
A total of 384 volunteers have engaged in Estonian Defence League and its associated military organisations during the first half of 2016.
Latvia loses EUR 20 million annually because of counterfeit alcohol. Its proportion on the market of strong alcoholic drinks and wine is approximately 9%, as concluded in the report by European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Following a shoot-out, two men from a group of opposition militants, who have been holding the building of a police station in Yerevan, have surrendered to the police in Armenia.
Following a week of bloodshed in Germany, which ended with a suicide bomber wounding 15 people on July 24, the country’s federal government urged the population not to perceive all migrants as being dangerous.
It is possible that former head of the State Revenue Service’s Customs Administration Talis Kravalis, who was dismissed in spring 2015, could be reinstated in his post, notes Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola.
Delna society for openness has submitted a repeated (added) plea to the Constitutional Court on the non-compliance of the Ventspils concert hall project with environmental improvement goals.
U.S. computer device firm Apple has this week announced that the sales of its flagship handset iPhone have continued to decrease for the second quarter in a row. The U.S. tech giant sold 40.4 million iPhones in the third quarter of the year, slightly above forecasts of 40.02 million.
Education of child asylum seekers in Latvia’s primary education institutions should commence within three months of the day their parents submit their application to State Border Guard to be provided with refugee or alternative status in the country.
The new EU-US data-sending deal - the Privacy Shield, which allows companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the U.S. - will be able to be in place for at least a year, EU member state regulators have stated.
Air traffic to and from Tallinn Airport on July 26 continues amid tightened security following a bomb threat called received on Monday about plans to detonate a bomb in a flight from the Estonian capital to Germany.
Officials of State Language Centre’s Language Control Department carried out 1,592 state language use inspections in the first half-year of 2016. As a result of said inspections, 249 administrative cases were launched in relation to administrative violations.
On Tuesday, 26 July, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported the initiative to extend the term for Chief of Latvian State Police Ints Kuzis, Chief of Latvian State Border Guard Normunds Garbars and Chief of Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service Oskars Abolins.
48% of CEO in Central and Eastern Europe predict the continuation of global economy’s stagnation. 63% believe economic development of different companies is threatened by a larger number of negative factors now than it was three years ago.
Turkey currently is not ready to become a European Union member state and in case it introduces death penalty accession talks would be stopped immediately, European Commission head Jean Claude-Juncker sated on July 25.
Developers of eScan anti-virus software warn – a new form of vulnerability of Apple OS has been discovered recently. This vulnerability is similar to ‘Stagefright’ exploit found in Android OS last year.
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Top 5 Social news
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TM @ 2016-07-26 04:35:44
Linda @ 2016-07-25 22:41:08
Linda @ 2016-07-25 22:38:59
Bob @ 2016-07-22 20:35:34
Trump should be an embarrassment to all my fellow Americans. Unilaterally breaking treaties is bad foreign policy and certainly doesn't support his statements that he is strong enough to stand up against Vladimir Putin. The tragic murder of police by citizens has nothing to do with our right to criticize government repression in Turkey or elsewhere or, God forbid, a Trump administration.
josh @ 2016-07-21 17:39:15