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Sunday 26.02.2017 | Name days: Mētra, Evelīna, Aurēlija

Aircraft slides off runway before take-off at Riga International Airport

On Friday, 17 February, an incident took place at Riga International Airport involving Vim Airlines aircraft slid on runway before take-off.

Council: delays with EU funds could negatively impact budget completion

This week the Fiscal Discipline Council provided confirmation to Finance Ministry’s macroeconomic outlooks the government will use as the basis for the development of the next year’s budget, as BNN was told by the council.

More rain and wet snow expected in Latvia

At the end of this week most of precipitation in Latvia will consist of rain and wet snow. On Saturday, 18 February, atmospheric pressure above Latvia will increase for a short while and the sky will become clear, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

FM: this year average gross wages may reach EUR 906.1

Average gross monthly wages of people employed in the country could exceed EUR 1,000 in 2020, as mentioned in Finance Ministry’s macroeconomic indexes outlook.

Latvia and Lithuania to study youth entrepreneurship in regions

Radām Novadam business project contest has commenced. As part of this contest, teams of youngsters will compete in different regions in Latvia by realizing business ideas to provide the biggest possible economic benefit to those regions, as reported by Radām Novadam organizers.

Saeima to allow USA to freely stay and access military objects in Latvia

On Thursday, 16 February, the Saeima conceptually supported the legislative draft intended to ratify the intergovernmental agreement between Latvia and USA on cooperation in the field to defence.

Luxembourg to deploy soldiers to Lithuania

Luxembourgh will deploy 22 troops to Lithuania in July 2017, the parliament of the parliament of the Benelux country decided this week. Its 22 soldiers will be included in a NATO battalion being built in Lithuania along with troops from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Five years pass since language referendum in Latvia

Five years have passed since residents had initiated a referendum to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia to make Russian language as the second official language in the country.

Latvia committed to increase defence budget to 2% next year

«Security is not cheap. Otherwise the price is the entire country,» said Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.

Vinkele: higher education should be viewed as a successful export industry

«Careful work on attraction of foreign students would help improve the quality of higher education in Latvia by motivating improvements of the study programmes and their competitiveness on the international level,» says head of Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee Ilze Vinkele.

Russia rejects French election interference claims

The spokesman for the Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected accusations from the campaign camp of French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron that Russia was linked to media and internet attacks Macron.

Number of tourists staying in tourist accommodations in Latvia increases every year

In 2016, 2.3 million visitors were hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments, which was 7.7 % more than the year before. The respective indicator has increased by 75 % from the 1.3 million hosted in 2010.

Expert’s advice on making eating habits healthier

A person’s enthusiasm to change eating habits often turn out transient. The most effective way to achieve that is adding gradual corrections to one’s everyday menu. To ensure eating provides enjoyment, it is necessary to include new and healthy products, not merely concentrate on the exclusion of unwanted products from the menu, notes Euroaptieka healthy lifestyle movement ‘Tavs lielais izaicinājums‘ representative Liga Andzane.

Revalds: any short-term wage increase for doctors will fail

In regards to the overall dissatisfaction of employees of Riga Maternity Hospital with their pay, Maris Revalds, Chairman of Healthcare and Employers' Association, comments: «Any short-term increase of wages will be destined to fail».

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