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Monday 18.12.2017 | Name days: Klinta, Kristaps, Kristofers, Krists

Study shows regular Vitamin D intake reduces risk of illness by 50%

By consuming Vitamin D sufficiently and on a regular basis can help reduce the risk of upper respiratory diseases by 50%. Everyday consumption of Vitamin D also helps protect people from the common cold, which is typical for autumn and winter months, as noted in a study performed by British National Health Service.

Contributions to third level pension fund plans reaches new record high peak

Residents’ interest for pension savings continues increasing – the size of contributions made to different private pension plans in nine months of 2017 reached a new historic peak, according to a report from the Finance and Capital Market Commission.

CC allows Virši-A network to expand with three new petrol stations

The Competition Council has decided to permit Virši-A and its associated SIA Viršu nekustamie īpašumi to purchase two petrol stations from Latvian Real Estate Agency in Riga and one in Bauska, BNN was informed by the council.

Industrial production output up 5.4% in Latvia in October

Compared to October 2016, industrial production output increased by 5.4 % in October 2017. Production output rise was recorded in manufacturing (of 5.9 %), mining and quarrying (10.7 %) and electricity and gas supply (3 %).

Ergo pays 2.4 million euros in Lithuania for damages caused by swine fever

Insurance company Ergo has paid EUR 2.4 million to a farm in Lithuania to cover losses from putting down 24,000 pigs because of swine fever. This is the largest insurance claim paid by Ergo to cover losses in agriculture in Baltic States in the past couple of years, BNN was told by Ergo.

Estonia urges banks to make lightning-speed payments available to their clients

Bank of Estonia has urged other lenders to follow SEB in introducing the new international inter-bank payment system of instant payments and to make the system available to their clients within a year.

Kučinskis: next year will start with a very complicated process in the parliament

With elections coming up, there are concerns about a possible wave of populist proposals, said Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to Diena. The prime minister believes the next year will start with a very complicated process in the parliament.

De Facto: Ventspils Olympic Centre plans to optimize taxes

It seems Ventspils municipality has come up with a way to help Ventspils Olympic Centre avoid paying corporate income tax. Next year, the centre will have to pay tax as part of the athletes support programme, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Amount of snow in Latvia may grow by 1-4 cm this week

The precipitation zone already active in Latvia will continue moving through the country at the beginning of the week, bringing snow and wet snow with it. In some areas the amount of snow may grow by 1-4 cm.

First influenza infection cases registered in Latvia this winter season

A total of four influence infection cases have been registered in Latvia so far, according to data from Disease Prevention and Control Centre. SPKC has commenced an annual monitoring of influenza and other upper respiratory infections.

Cargo and passenger traffic increased in Latvia in nine months of 2017

Compared to the nine months of 2016, the volume of freights carried by land and pipelines had increased by 2.3 million tonnes or 2.7 % and freight turnover by 3 % in the nine months of 2017.

LRA refuses to sign cooperation agreement proposed by For Latvia’s Development

The board of Latvian Association of Regions has decided not to support the signing of the cooperation agreement with party For Latvia’s Development, says the party’s representative Valdis Verners.

African Union enters e-governance cooperation agreement with Estonia

As part of the joint summit of the European Union and the African Union in Côte d'Ivoire, Estonia has signed cooperation agreements with the African Union and Mauritius on the advancement of e-governance.

Deputies request check of Rinkēvičs’ responsibility for defending rights of Latvians

Ten Saeima deputies have submitted a request to Prime Minster Māris Kučinskis to evaluate actions of Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs. They believe Rinkēvičs has avoided his duties to protect the rights of Latvian citizens under the age of 18 in UK and Northern Ireland and has submitted false information to Saeima deputies.

Endziņš: consideration of MPC 2 is pure madness

Considering that electricity costs in Latvia are higher than they are in neighbouring states, thinking of Mandatory Procurement Component 2 is pure madness, said chairman of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jānis Endziņš in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

SAB: state institutions sin by employing people without access to official secrets

Certain state institutions sin by employing people without access to official secrets in posts that require it, said first deputy director of Constitution Protection Bureau Andris Freimanis during a meeting of Saeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee.