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Monday 29.05.2017 | Name days: Raivis, Raivo, Maksis

Puce: Augulis wants to cover up his failure by digging into pensions

The idea voiced this week by Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis about diverting pension fund money towards road repairs is unjustified and absurd, says the party For Latvia’s Development.

TM: demand for container transports within Eurasian supply networks increases

«Demand for container cargo transports within Eurasian supply networks continues to increase. A major increase was noted in 2016 for container cargoes in existing transport routes,» notes Latvian Transport Ministry's state secretary Kaspars Ozolins.

Several flights cancelled at Riga airport due to strikes in Finland and Germany

Airport workers' strike, which are currently taking place at airports in Finland and Germany, are having an impact on the work of Riga International Airport. Because of this, multiple departing and arriving flights have been cancelled, as reported by the airport's representative.

Children born abroad will be allowed to be re-registered in Latvia

Amendments to the Civil Status Registration Law have come into force in Latvia. From now on, in cases when it is necessary to recognize or establish the fact of paternity, execute court ruling in relation to either approval or cancellation of adoption, it will be possible to re-register children of Latvian citizens born abroad, as confirmed by Justice Ministry.

Layer of snow in Latvia may increase by 6 cm

On Friday, 10 March, Latvia’s eastern regions will experience lasting snowfall. The layer of snow in some areas will likely increase by 6 cm. Visibility will become worse during intense snowfall, as reported by State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvenergo: 70% of households choose to receive bills electronically

Over the course of the year, the number of self-service visits at has increased, reaching eight million a year. This is demonstrated by the fact that 70% of households choose to receive bills electronically, Latvenergo notes.

Minister: use of Insolvency Law in practice should be ensured as soon as possible

«Currently one of the most important challenges is the Insolvency Law and effective application of its amendments in practice. This has to be realized as soon as possible,» says Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs.

Government approves personnel selection committee to find a new CEO for Riga Freeport

Riga Freeport authority has approved the personnel selection committee that will pick the new CEO for the port, as BNN was informed by Mareks Gailitis, advisor to Riga City Council deputy chairman Andris Ameriks.

Latvia to invest two million euros in modernization of country’s air quality network

Approximately EUR 2 million to be invested in order to perform modernization of Latvia’s atmospheric air quality network by 2018, as noted by Latvian Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre’s representative Sanita Peleke.

Balsts: highest standard apartment prices noted in Teika district

In February, average standard apartment prices were stable. Only in a couple of microdistricts had minimally increased – by 0.12%, as reported by a representative of real estate company Balsts.

Refugees from Somalia attempted to smuggle 600 kg of psychotropic substances to Latvia

Authorities in Latvia have intercepted multiple large contraband shipments of psychotropic substances sent from Kenya. Shipments were organized by refugees from Somalia that were provided with asylum seeker status in Austria and Slovenia, as reported by State Revenue Service.

Laizane: domestic violence against women in Latvia remains a common problem

«Domestic violence against women remains a common problem in Latvia even though major law amendments have been performed in recent years,» says Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee Inese Laizane says.

Expert: there is no doubt that wages and pensions should grow

Annual inflation rate about 3% will not remain for long. It is expected to decline closer to the end of the year, making general inflation rate around 2.5%. It is also expected that employment in the country will rise. Employers will have to put more efforts into finding employers and increase wages, Swedbank economist Linda Vildava shares her prediction for the near future.

Most investment funds in Latvia functioned with positive yield last year

The majority of investment funds present in Latvia worked with positive yield last year. Their performance was greatly influenced by the investment fund currency – better yield in euros was demonstrated by funds operating with Russian rouble or US dollar, as reported by the Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Warning: ticks become active as spring draws closer

Increasing air temperature and gradually thawing snow mean tick will soon become active in Latvia, as reported by Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

Kaspersky Lab: one-tenth of users distort the truth on social networks to feel good

One-tenth of social network users distort the truth in hopes of ingratiating themselves to as many people as possible, as stated in a study by Kaspersky Lab.

Equality of rights of Latvian women in numbers and facts

The proportion of women with higher education significantly exceeds the proportion of men with higher education – 65.5% of women and 34.4% of men. However, women’s average monthly gross wages were 17.1% lower than wages of men in 2016, according to Latvian Welfare Ministry.