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Latvia and the rest of the world to hold International AIDS Day

December 1 is known in the world as the International AIDS Day. This will be the 25th anniversary of this day in the world. The idea to found this day came in 1988. Its goal is to reduce the hate and judgement people have for HIV and AIDS patients.

Police conduct searches as part of investigation of Zolitude’s tragedy

As part of the criminal procedures launched to investigate the Zolitude tragedy, police currently perform searches in several locations, including Maxima Latvia administration building and the offices of HND Grupa, as reported by State Police representative Sigita Pildava.

Unemployment in EU remains at 10.9%

Seasonally adjusted data on unemployment in Europe shows that it remained largely within 10.9% this October, according to the latest statistical data of Eurostat.

Economy Ministry offers to create a State Construction Control Office

In order to increase state control and monitoring over construction projects in the country and make sure such projects are of the highest possible quality, Economy Ministry has prepared amendments to the Construction Law, encouraging the government to create a State Construction Control Office.

Latvia’s retail trade up 3.4%

Compared to September, total retail trade turnover in October 2013 rose by 0.4%, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Retail trade in food products has grown by 1.1%, whereas of non-food products has remained the same.

Politologist: we will likely celebrate New Year without a new Prime Minister

Formation of a new government may take a long time. It is likely that we will celebrate New Year without a stable, Saeima's approved Prime Minister, says politologist Juris Rozenvalds.

Budget places in Latvian universities; ESM notes industry development

Education and Science Ministry has concluded its talks with nine Latvian universities in regard to the division of budget places for the next school year.

Maxima Latvia manager Jasinskis is dismissed from his post

Manager of maxima Latvia Gintars Jasinskis was fired from his post this Thursday. The decision was made after a press-conference, during which he said he feels ‘responsible but not guilty’ for the Zolitude tragedy.

Five workers fall from great height at 'Arčers' construction site in Riga

On Thursday, November 28, five men fell from 8-10 m height at a construction site in Riga, as reported by Emergency Medical Service representative Inga Vitola.

Violations uncovered in construction of Maxima building on Dammes Street

A number of construction violations have been uncovered at Maxima building in Imanta, Dammes Street 35a. Construction permit has been revoked, says Riga City Construction Office manager Inguss Vircavs.

Construction costs in Latvia up 1.4%

Compared to September, the average level of construction costs in Latvia in October 2013 grew by 0.3%. Maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.6%, prices of building materials – by 0.3%. Labour remuneration of workers dropped by 0.2%, mainly in engineering field professions.

Impostor attempts to defraud money by posing as relative of victims of Zolitude tragedy

Riga City Council's Welfare Department has received a total of 50 requests to be provided with the LVL 10,000 compensation to families of victims of Zolitude tragedy. The department has also received 43 requests to help cover funeral expenses.

Value of Bitcoin currency reaches $1000

Consumers and businesses around the world increasingly trust the digital currency Bitcoin, which on November 27 briefly topped the value of USD 1000 (EUR 735).

Christmas market to open in Old Riga following the ceremony of Riga's Christmas tree

Sunday, December 1, Riga's main Christmas tree will be in full light at Dome Square. The event will be accompanied by children's ensemble Knīpas un Knauķi and Daumants Kalnins with a Jazz quintet.

Estonian newspaper: wages are set to grow

Between October 2012 and October 2013, the gross average monthly wage in Estonia grew 8.8%, reaching 930 euros. With workforce emigration continuing in Estonia and businesses increasingly lacking qualified specialists, wages will grow on a fast pace for a number of years to come, Äripäev and BBN evaluate

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