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Apinis: Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry is intellectually weak

Pēteris Apinis, head of Latvian Association of Doctors, criticizing the reform plan, saying: «Just like the Napoleon cake has no Napoleon, the reform plan has no reforms.» He believes Healthcare Ministry’s intellectual potential declined in the past three to four years and that the institution in its current state is intellectually weak.

airBaltic performed 14,324 flights in summer

In August 2017, Latvian airline airBaltic carried 386,597 passengers or 21% more than it did in the same period in 2016, as BNN was informed by the airline.

Sudraba: deputy quotas matter will be resolved in officials’ offices this year

The matter of the so-called deputy quotas will be resolved in officials’ offices this time, deputy Inguna Sudraba of To Latvia from the Heart told Latvijas Radio.

KNAB commences criminal process in state institution’s service

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced a criminal process for, possibly, illegal activities in a state institution service.

EU asked to stand for Estonian, British ship guards tried in India for years

The lingering issue of Estonian and British ship guards, who have been deprived of liberty in India and have been waiting for four years court rulings in their cases, needed to be on the agenda as Brussels has negotiations with India, Estonian MEP Urmas Paet has stressed.

British terror threat level lowered following London underground bombing

The terror threat level in the UK has been reduced to «severe» from the highest level – «critical» – after London underground passengers suffered in a bomb explosion.

Precipitation to back down later this week; air temperature to gradually rise

The new work week commenced with an active cyclone, which will approach Latvia from the south, bringing heavy rain mainly central regions, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

European Commission approves DNB and Nordea banks’ plan to merge in Baltic States

The European Commission has approved the plan between DNB Bank and Nordea Bank to merge in Baltic States. It is planned that this transaction will be completed in Q4 2017.

KNAB once again uncovers possible corruption at Eastern Clinical University Hospital

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced criminal process regarding possible case of corruption at Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital, according to information from LETA.

Hourly labour costs in Latvia grew 10.6% in Latvia in Q2

Compared to Q2 previous year, hourly labour costs rose by 77 cents or 10.6 %, reaching 8.07 euros in Q2 2017. Seasonally adjusted data show that labour costs increased by 8.2 %.

Lietuvietis: European urologists report growing numbers of prostate cancer cases

European urologists report rapid rise of prostate cancer spread among men. Prostate cancer is the most common forms of cancer among men in Latvia, as well. More than 417,000 new prostate cancer cases are uncovered in Europe every year. 92,000 men die from this type of cancer every year.

Court: Lembergs openly ignores requests from judges; sanctions applied again

On Friday, 15 September, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the criminal case revolving around Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes. Lembergs will continue testifying.

Saeima conceptually approves increasing penalties state language violations

«By increasing sanctions for violations of state language rules, we will strengthen the principle detailed in the Constitution – Latvian language is the sole state language,» believes Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs.

Rainy weather to remain in Latvia; a new cyclone will come close next week

On Friday, 15 September, weather in Latvia will remain rainy in most areas, some will even experience thunderstorms. Precipitation will back down closer to the evening, however. Air temperature will be +12° C… +15° C during most of the day. At night, however, air temperature will decline to +9° C… +14° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

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