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Wednesday 30.07.2014 | Name days: Valters, Renārs

Maxima in Zolitude to be tested with fire during experiment

This Tuesday, April 15th, the experiment in the collapsed Maxima supermarket in Zolitude will begin with a roof stress test. The remains of the roof will later be tested with fire as well, because there was allegedly a fire in the supermarket shortly before the tragedy.

Latvian coalition supports the formation of a Russian Baltic television channel

Representatives of Latvian ruling government forces approve of the initiative for all three Baltic States to form a Russian television channel in the region.

Foreign Affairs Committee: Russia is provoking the West with events in Eastern Ukraine

There are some concerns that Moscow may make it look as though it wants to discuss situation in Ukraine with USA, EU and Kyiv during the upcoming Thursday talks, but instead will try to force its conditions on participants of the talks, believes Chairman of Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš.

Foreign Investors: lack of independent investigation of Zolitude’s tragedy will impact Latvia’s trust level

The Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia (FICIL) encourages the Latvian government to ensure a fully independent investigation into the Maxima Supermarket tragedy in Zolitūde of 21 November 2013.

Political calendar of Latvia. April 14 -17, 2014

Political calendar of Latvia. April 14 - 17, 2014...

Riga Circus to hold festivities dedicated to the World Circus Day

The World Circus Day will be celebrated for the fifth consecutive year in the world. This is a very special day for people tied to circus art and culture.

Defenders of Russian schools are united by more than just public activities

Activists who wish to secure higher importance and range of application of Russian language in Latvia have been coming out to the streets more frequently lately. Behind numerous public events there is a well-structured network of non-governmental organizations, and at least some part of them have been receiving support.

Authorities concerned about the fate of evidence in Zolitude tragedy case

Shortly after the tragedy in Zolitude, workers of Re&Re had cut up and disassembled some suspicious part of the collapsed building. State Police claim the person who did that was ‘a worker called in from Riga City Council’. Authorities also cannot explain who gave the order to disassemble that section and where it is now.

Riga Central Market invites residents with Easter attractions

On April 18th, 2014, all residents are invited to come to Riga Central market to take part in Easter attractions. Residents are invited to come with families and children.

Castle of Light not likely to be finished by May

Latvian Culture Minister’s advisor Janis Dripe admits the new building of Latvia’s National Library – Castle of Light – is not likely to be finished by May 2014.

Foreign tourists spent EUR 608 million in Latvia last year

In 2013 as compared to 2012 the number of foreign travellers and their expenditure has increased. In 2013 foreign travellers crossed the border of Latvia 5.8 million times, which is more by 4.5% than in 2012.

9 pieces of advice how to save up more fuel

Over the course of 2013, customers of Statoil Fuel & Retail Latvia travelled 3,300 times around the Equator or 174 times to the Moon and back. Specialists of this company offer nine pieces of advice on how to save up even more fuel.

Kuzis: legal drug traders have gone into hiding

Following the coming into force of regulations that apply criminal liability for trading psychoactive substances this week, all of the previously monitored ‘spice’ shops have closed down, as reported by Chief of State Police Ints Kuzis.

USA threatens Russia with additional sanctions

President of the United States of America Barack Obama had admitted that USA and its allies should come up with additional sanctions against Russia if its actions further escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

U.S. troops may be sent to Eastern Europe

This week, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove announced that the deployment of U.S. troops to Eastern European countries may serve as counter-measures against Russia’s military threats against Ukraine.

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