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Tuesday 23.05.2017 | Name days: Leontīne, Ligija, Lonija, Leokādija

The world’s third most active internet ad clickers live in Latvia

Latvia’s internet users actively click on advertisements. Activity is higher only in Ukraine and Turkey, according to results of a study of Gemius.

Irking Russia: Lithuania is also to start building its fence with Russia

What many believed it was a remote possibility due to the complexity and the costs, now has become reality - Lithuania’s State Border Guard Service announced this week it has signed a contract with a contractor to erect a 44,6-km fence on the Lithuanian border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Deputy: Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks avoids defending apartment owners

Since 2008, Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks has been actively avoiding requests to report on the municipal company’s accomplishments and measures undertaken to ensure home owners do not have to pay land lease debts requested by City Land Service and other land owners, as reported by Riga City Council deputy from Unity Nils Josts.

Construction output in Latvia up 8.4% in Q1 2017

Compared to the corresponding period of 2016, construction output in Latvia increased by 8.4 % in Q1 2017. Construction production output at current prices amounted to 222 million euros.

Latvia develops action plan to limit the spread of HIV, STD, B and C hepatitis

An action plan has been developed for 2018-2020 to limit the spread of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, B and C hepatitis, as reported by Healthcare Ministry.

SEA: level of registered unemployment in Latvia down to 7.8% in April

In April 2017, there were 76,431 unemployed people registered with Latvia’s State Employment Agency. By the end of April this number declined to 71,705. The total level of registered unemployment in the country declined 0.5% in comparison with March. It was 7.8% at the end of April, according to data from SEA.

Trump explains firing FIB head in context with alleged Russian meddling in election

U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasised that the investigation by the U.S. Federal Investigation Bureau into the possible meddling of Russia in the country’s presidential election is not against him and explained, why did the government fire the head of the FIB this week.

Uzbekistan wants Latvia’s experience in food monitoring

Uzbekistan wants to learn about Latvia’s experience in monitoring of food quality and safety, as reported by Latvian Agriculture Ministry.

Russian convicted for playing Pokémon Go in church

Court in Russia has punished a blogger with a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence in relation to him having published a video, where he is seen playing smartphone game Pokémon Go while in a church.

Weather to become warmer in Latvia; meteorologist promise +20° C next week

Weather is expected to gradually become warmer over the next seven days. The amount of precipitation will be low as well, according to Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Economic forecast: stable economic growth on the horizon

Europe’s economy has started on its fifth recovery year. All EU member states currently experience recovery. It is expected that recovery will continue at a moderate rate this year and the next, as mentioned in the 2017 spring economic forecast.

Dombrovskis: budget deficit expected to rise considerably in the future

In spite of Latvia’s rapid economic growth, the country’s budget deficit is expected to rise considerably – from 0.8% of GDP this year to 1.8% of GDP next year, said Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis in Brussels in relation to the spring economic forecast.

Real estate company: number of deals decreases and prices rise

In April, price rise was observed in all of Riga’s districts from 0.12% in Teika to 0.71% in Vecmilgravis. In the city centre, however, prices remained unchanged, as the situation is described by real estate company Balsts.

Agreement signed with USA on defence procurement

Latvian Defence Ministry has signed an agreement with United States of America on defence procurement, which offers equal opportunities for companies from both countries to participate in procurements of the other country, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Asylum seeker in Austria found guilty of war crimes in Syria

A court in Austria has on Wednesday, May 10, punished with life imprisonment a Middle Eastern asylum seeker after finding him guilty of shooting dead 20 people in Syria.

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