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Friday 28.04.2017 | Name days: Terēze, Gundega

Pulks: Riga municipality’s social network accounts are financed by residents; KNAB investigates

«Social network accounts of Riga municipality were created using money of Riga residents. They cannot be illegally privatized to then be used to accomplish political goals,» says Riga City Council’s Unity faction deputy chairman Olafs Pulks.

Every third resident would be unable to pay bills if they lose their job

Every third Latvian resident would experience difficulties covering monthly expenses if they suddenly lost their job, according to results of Swedbank Insurance study.

Economist: Latvian residents’ overall satisfaction with life is below most EU countries

There are many different measurements in the world that seem impossible to measure – our quality of life and development progress, says Bank of Latvia economist Daina Paula in a publication of makroekonomika.lv, commenting on different measurements that help characterize development of national economy and people’s quality of life.

Estonian ex-PM: Bronze Night riots in Tallinn coordinated by Russian officers on site

On the 10th anniversary of the Bronze Night riots in Tallinn, the then Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has noted that Russian special forces’ officers were in the Estonian capital coordinating, where vodka and flammable liquids were supplied.

Several media-related people become candidates in municipal elections in Latvia

Among candidates that intend to participate in the upcoming municipal elections in Latvia are several people who are closely associated with the media environment. Not all of them, however, have direct ties to journalist work.

Cyber-security experts: Macron’s campaign in France targeted by hackers

The campaign staff of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by a group of Russian hackers, employing an extensive arsenal of high-tech tricks to acquire the login names, passwords and other credentials, security experts have found.

Ombudsman turns to Constitutional Court over low wages of medics

Ombudsman Juris Jansons has decided to turn to the Constitutional Court over non-compliance with requirements of Medical Treatment Law in relation to the principle of equality and guaranteed rights for fair pay.

Lembergs continues prolonging court process; prosecutors concerned

Aivars Lembergs’ criminal case remains in court for the ninth year. The past seven months have been spent solely on listening to Aivars Lembergs’ testimony. Prosecutors are concerned that the accused may be using his testimony to prolong the court process, as reported by Latvijas Radio about the state of the criminal case and prosecutors’ opinion of it.

CM: the need for media content creation exceeds financial capabilities

The tendering procedure for support of creation of public media content requested five times more money than what is available, said Culture Ministry’s policy department manager Roberts Putnis in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Estonia plans to allocate additional EUR 5 million for HIV spread prevention

Estonia plans to invest into HIV and AIDS medications and related services a total of 5,5 million euros, sets forth the state budget strategy for 2018-2021 passed by the Estonian government.

Expert: lower prices in tendering procedures contribute to grey economy

The lowest price principle has dominated public tendering procedures for a long time. Often it comes with heavy dumping and unjustifiably low prices for goods and services, says Latvian Partnership of Building Contractors manager Baiba Fromane.

Co-founder of Wikipedia wants to establish news service to fight fake news

The co-founder of the volunteer-edited internet encyclopaedia wishes to establish a news site, where both journalists and volunteers would work.

Before run-off in French presidential vote, Le Pen steps down from party

Having received the second largest support from voters in round one of the French presidential election, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has stated she stepped down from the leadership of her National Front party.

Five European companies agree to finance Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 and five European energy companies have signed the project’s financing agreement and have shown their readiness to provide funding equal to 50% of the project’s total costs, as confirmed by the company.

airBaltic commences the first charter flights with CS300 aircraft

Latvia’s national airBaltic airline and Tez Tours have commenced the first charter flights with the new Bombardier CS300 aircraft. Charter flights will connect Riga with Antalya, Heraklion, Bourgas and Rimini in the summer season.