BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories, including change, business, decline, growth, fight and future.
Change: Sigita Roke to take over Latvijas Radio after NEPLP expressed distrust to Paulins
Following the 2 March decision by the National Electronic Mass Media Council to express distrust to the current head of Latvijas Radio Aldis Paulins and board member Uldis Lavrinovics, LR will be managed by Sigita Roke for the next two months.
Business: Latvian Shipping Company receives loan from a syndicate of three banks
On Tuesday, 28 February, Latvian Shipping Company successfully completed its loan refinancing procedure, receiving a loan of USD 121 million from a syndicate of three banks and simultaneously repaying the previous loan, representatives of the company say. The new loan has been issued with a repayment deadline of the 30 June 2022.
Fight: Juta Strīķe to become a candidate in Riga mayoral elections as member of JKP
Former Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau official Juta Strīķe has joined the ranks of ex-Justice Minister Jāņis Bordāns’ New Conservative Party. She intends to become an official candidate in the upcoming mayoral elections in Riga.
Decline: Estonian company total profits down 10%, total sales – up 2%
The total profits of Estonian firms in 2016 have continued to decrease for the second year in a row and were 2.7 billion euros last year, which is a 10% fall, if compared to 2015.
Growth: Cargo turnover at Baltic ports grew 3.2% in January
In January 2016, Baltic ports received and transshipped a total of 13.468 million tonnes of cargoes, which is 3.2% or 422,000 tonnes more when compared to the same period of 2016. 47.9% of all cargoes that arrived in January 2017 were handled by Latvian ports, 31.4% – by Lithuanian ports and 20.7% – by Estonian ports.
Future: New regional media opens in Ventspils
A new media has opened in Ventspils – newspaper and news portal Ventspilnieks.lv. This new media offers residents the opportunity to read independent news and analytical articles about developments in Ventspils.
Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/new-regional-media-opens-in-ventspils-161433