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UN calls for return to ceasefire in Ukraine

The UN Security Council has issued a joint statement with a warning of «dangerous deterioration» of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and has urged the warring parties to quit battles.

PHOTO: vision for Mukusala’s view promenade in a couple of years

The tender announced by Riga City Council for Mukusala’s view promenade towards Old Riga and Daugava islands has been won by RUUME project team in cooperation with Olga Trebuhina, Marcis Kalnins and Baltex Group. They offer a look at how the location could look in a few years.

Baltics sign agreement on realization of Rail Baltica project

On Tuesday, 31 January, in Tallinn Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis signed an inter-governmental agreement on the realization of Rail Baltica project, as BNN was informed by the prime minister’s press-secretary Andrejs Vaivars.

Survey: residents find it difficult to pick the right diet to start workouts

33% of Latvian residents are dissatisfied with their physical appearance. 5.7% of them are completely dissatisfied. When asked why they wouldn’t take up sports, 40% mentioned having no time, 17% said they have yet to find an appropriate type of sport they like and 19% said they suffer from lack of energy, according to results of a survey by 4F sports clothes brand.

Balsts: average price per 1 m2 increases for standard apartments

At the beginning of the year, average price of standard apartments per m2 increased by a minimal amount. The highest standard apartment price at the beginning of the year was noted in Teika – EUR 865 per 1 m2. Prices remained the lowest in Bolderaja – EUR 486 per 1 m2, as reported by real estate company Balsts.

Estonian teenagers increasingly prescribed antidepressants

Teenagers in Estonia have in 2016 received considerably more treatment with antidepressants and tranquilizers as compared to previous years.

Following Trump’s immigration restrictions, million Britons oppose state visit by U.S. President

After a U.S. executive order signed by the country’s President Donald Trump to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, over 1.3 million people in the UK have signed a petition urging government not to receive Trump on a state visit.

After increasing battles in Ukraine both sides report on casualties

More than ten people have been killed in a recent flare-up in fighting in the Donbas war in Ukraine.

Study: nearly half of cyber-crime victims never get their money back

52% of internet users whose money was stolen by cyber-criminals only got back some of the money or none at all, according to a study performed by Kaspersky Lab.

Greiskalns: flaws in construction regulations scare away foreign investors

There are multiple reasons for the drop in direct foreign investments in Latvia in recent years – foreign investors are scared off by the still existing problems like grey economy, corruption, risks of abuse of insolvency procedures and Latvia’s unpredictable tax environment. There are also flaws in construction regulations, says foreign investments expert Girts Greiskalns.

De Facto: Estonian fast loan company may have been laundering money

Authorities suspect that Estonian MiniCredit fast loan company was being used as a money laundering machine over the course of many years. Millions of euros went through it, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Calendar of cultural and sport events in Lithuania. 16th Japanese Film Festival

BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during January 30- February 5

Dry weather expected in Latvia; nights will be especially chilly

On Monday, 30 January, weather in Latvia will remain cloudy as a precipitation zone crosses the country. This will ensure wet snow and snow for the most part. Roads may ice over as well, as reported by the State Environmental, Geological and Meteorological Centre.

Survey: Latvian residents do not dedicate enough time to sleep

54% of women admit spending 5-7 hours on sleep. 14% say they do not sleep more than five hours every night. The majority of men also do not devote sufficient time to sleep. 30% spend 5-7 hours sleeping at night. 22% sleep no more than five hours every night, according to results of a survey by Benu pharmacy.

Weekend destination: sports, food and live music in Sigulda

World junior championship in skeleton will be held for the first time at the Bobsleigh and luge track in Sigulda this Saturday. The castle of the Livonian Order in Sigulda will host the opening event of the European Gastronomy region with the Winter Tastes celebration. All people who enjoy fine meals, great music and good atmosphere are invited to come. People who enjoy active leisure are also invited to try out Sigulda’s skiing tracks, as reported by representative of Sigulda municipal council Ginta Ziverte.

Latvian citizen tried in Taiwan for theft of 2.4 million in an international crime group

On Wednesday, 25 January, Taiwan court tried three foreigners, including a Latvian citizen, for theft of TWD 81 million (EUR 2.4 million) using malware to access a large local ATM network.