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Ceturtdiena 29.06.2017 | Name days: Paulis, Pauls, Pāvils, Pēteris

Population decline continues in Latvia; Riga’s population increases

At the beginning of 2017, Latvia population accounted for 1 million 950 thousand, which is 18.8 thousand people fewer than a year ago. In 2016, population declined by 0.97 % ( 0.87 % in 2015).

April’s retail trade turnover up 2.8% in Latvia

Compared to April 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.8 % in April 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 1.7 % and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.0 %.

Association: Latvia has a distorted patient motivation for active rehabilitation

Latvian Association of Professional Rehabilitation Organizations believes Health and Labour Expert Physicians' State Commission’s reform would be rushed and would not provide intended results without first performing a change of the disability and labour ability inspection system.

Discussions take place about the need to differentiate planned «healthcare fees»

An equal fixed payment rate for healthcare may not be the best solution, believes Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis. Coalition partners agree with the prime minister. They believe such a payment should be differentiated if it ever introduced.

Free skin test uncovers skin cancer for several Latvian residents

«The situation with skin cancer in Latvia requires attention, because three melanomas have been found among 3,000 people within eight hours. This shows a serious situation in the country,» BNN was told by chairman of Dermatologists Against Skin Cancer association Raimonds Karls.

Murniece emphasizes Lithuania’s role in the fight against Russia’s information war

Latvia and Lithuania have to continue active cooperation in security and defence, as well as transport and energy, says Latvian Saeima speaker Inara Murniece during her meeting with Lithuanian Seimas Chairman Viktoras Pranckietis.

Accommodation and catering service industry has become a risk sector in Latvia

Non-registered employment and accidents-wise, catering and accommodation service industry is one of Latvia’s risk sectors, as concluded by State Labour Inspectorate.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.9% in April

Compared to March, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.9 % in April 2017. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 2.9 %, prices of building materials increased by 0.5 %, whereas maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.4 %.

De Facto: millionaire Krumins’ family donates to UGF; four more houses to be built in Jurmala

Latvian businessman Julijs Krumins’ daughter donated EUR 19,000 to the Union of Greens and Farmers in May, as reported by LTV programme De Facto. Krumins has confirmed this, adding that «four more houses are to be built in Jurmala».

State law enforcement institutions join forces to combat crime

Latvia’s state law enforcement institutions join forces to combat crime. Work groups first meeting already held, as reported by State Police representatives.

More rain expected in Latvia this week; air temperature to decline also

With the beginning of next week, weather in Latvia will be dictated by the south-east part of a cyclone. Central regions will likely experience short-term rain and even thunderstorms, as reported by the Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Germany: EU cannot fully depend on allies

The European Union cannot fully depend on the U.S. and UK anymore, the long-time German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has evaluated in election atmosphere.

Trade of natural gas to legal clients in Latvia commences

Trade of natural gas to legal clients in Latvia has commenced. Latvenergo’s Elektrum product offers fixed-price contracts for 12-month supply period. The first gas supply contracts have been signed with clients in Latvia, the company reports.

Murniece: the biggest strength of Latvia’s parliament is public involvement

The biggest strength of Latvia’s parliament is the involvement of the public in resolution efforts of matters associated with child and women’s rights, the rights of disabled people, as well as security, tax policy and the European Union, says Saeima speaker Inara Murniece.

Corruption on decline in Lithuania, yet still remains troublesome

To wrap up the findings of a new corruption research ordered by the Special Investigation Service, an institution dealing with financial crimes in Lithuania, the situation is largely improving, yet not as fast as the service wishes.

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