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Seesam: global warming effects are noted in Latvia more and more each year

Natural occurrences caused by climate change create major losses for businesses and private persons in Latvia, according to information compiled by Seesam on insurance claim payments performed in the past decade.

PHOTOS: Women’s Day rally gathers record number of participants

On Saturday, 4 March, the ninth Women’s Day rally was held in Latvia. A record number of participants was reached this year: 723 teams (352 in Jekabpils and 371 in Tukums), organizers say.

De Facto: 10% of Latvian municipalities refuse complying with Constitutional Court’s ruling

For approximately three and a half years one-tenth of Latvian municipalities have been refusing to comply with Constitutional Court’s ruling on changing waste management companies, as reported by De Facto.

Changes in Latvenergo’s Audit Committee

New members of Latvenergo’s Audit Committee were elected at an extraordinary meeting of shareholders on Friday, 3 March.

Opinion: rise of alcohol market in Latvia is tied to higher excise tax in Estonia

«The rise of the alcohol market in Latvia is related to the higher excise tax in Estonia, which motivates residents who live close to the border to buy alcohol in Latvia and entrepreneurs to open new alcohol stores along the border,» says Altia Latvia commercial director Normunds Ozolins.

Cold masses of air to enter Latvia at the beginning of the week

A winter scenario in Latvia is expected in the first half of March’s second week – a cyclone from the south will carry considerable amounts of snow to Latvia. With that, the layer of snow in most of Latvia is expected to reach 2-12 cm, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Expert: the government should think some more on planned tax reforms

«All reforms cost money – taxpayers’ money. This is why I would like to hear some convincing arguments from policy-makers that income will exceed expenses,» says associated professor of Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Arnis Sauka.

Latvian residents view healthcare and social care as the country’s biggest problems

Citizens of Latvia and other EU states view immigration and terrorism as Europe’s biggest problems, according to the latest Eurobarometer National report about Latvia.

New regional media opens in Ventspils

A new media has opened in Ventspils – newspaper and news portal This new media offers residents the opportunity to read independent news and analytical articles about developments in Ventspils, says editor Ilona Berzina.

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.

Estonia allows testing self-driving cars on public roads

Estonia has allowed self-driving cars to take part in public traffic for testing purposes, if a vehicle has a driver who can take over driving, when necessary.

Minister: wages may be increased for obstetricians and other specialists

It is possible that wages may soon be increased not only for obstetricians, but also hospital personnel that provide emergency medical assistance 24 hours a day, said Healthcare Minister Anda Caksa after her meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis.

Air temperature in Latvia to reach +8° C at the end of the week

On Friday, 3 March, a low atmospheric pressure area will remain hovering above Latvia. Because of that, weather will remain cloudy and rainy, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

SEB: 62% of Latvians do not expect to receive the entire amount of their pension

Latvian residents lack information about the formation of pension capital. On top of that, their trust in the system is very low, as concluded in SEB Bank’s latest survey.

Monthly housing cost in Latvia – EUR 140 in 2016

In 2016, monthly housing costs in Latvian households on average amounted to 140 euros, which is 1.6 % less than in 2015.

Headache Centre to open in Riga

Plans are unveiled to open Headache Centre in Riga to help treat people suffering from different forms of headaches, as reported by Vivendi Healthcare Centre.

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