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Tuesday 26.09.2017 | Name days: Kurts, Knuts, Gundars

Russia warns of launching air strikes in Syria

A U.S. defence official has unveiled on September 30 that Russia has warned the U.S. of its plans to start bombardment of Islamic State targets on Wednesday.

Weekend Destination: Majori bazaar in Jurmala

On Saturday, 3 October, there will be a special event organized in Jurmala – Majori bazaar. It will offer residents and guests of the city a wide variety in musical performances and a rich collection of autumn goods for sale.

Retail trade turnover up 5.4% in Latvia

Compared to July, the total retail trade turnover rose by 0.3% in August 2015. Retail trade in food products rose by 0.2%, whereas turnover of non-food products – by 0.4%.

Latvia loses two positions in Global Competitiveness Report

In the World Economic Forum’s published Global Competitiveness Index Report 2015-2016, Latvia is on the 44th place among 130 surveyed world economies. Compared with last year, Latvia’s position has worsened.

LG and Google present Nexus 5X smart-phone

On Tuesday, 29 October, LG Electronics and Google officially presented the third result of cooperation of the two giants – Nexus 5X smart-phone, which is fitted with Google’s latest mobile OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Photo: 20 years since the restoration of Latvia’s opera house

Exactly 20 years ago, 29 September, 1995, the new building of Latvia’s National Opera was finally opened after long years of reconstruction and restoration. Massive work was launched after the meeting of the opera’s collective in the White House on 3 September, 1990.

Volkswagen: Firm's board was unaware of manipulations with emissions of diesel cars

A board member of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen has stated that the company's board had been unaware of the decisions, after which computer software has been installed in certain models of diesel cars with the aim of manipulating emissions tests.

Photo: golden cockerel returns to Riga Dome Cathedral’s spire

The golden cockerel taken off Riga Dome Cathedral’s spire for restoration on 25 August finally returned to his rightful place on Tuesday, 29 September.

Latvian government approves next year’s budget plan

On Tuesday, 29 September, Latvian government supported the budget project for 2016, which states that next year’s revenue may reach EUR 7.37 billion and expenses – EUR 7.65 billion.

Saeima committee conceptually supports stricter punishments for illegal carrying of immigrants to Latvia

Individuals or groups of individuals who illegally carry immigrants over the Latvian border will face stricter punishments in the future. This is provided by amendments conceptually supported by Saeima Legal Affairs Committee this week.

Refugee resettlement in Latvia will require sixteen million euros

In order for Latvia to resettle 531 refugees, the country will have to find approximately EUR 16 million in order to finance all activities, as reported by Latvian Interior Minister’s state secretary Ilze Petersone-Godmane on Tuesday, 29 September.

Weekend Destination: Sound of the Forest 2015

This Friday, 2 October, Palladium concert hall will organize an unprecedented concert evening – Sound of the Forest 2015. This special event will be dedicated to rhythmic music and experimentation.

Russian and U.S. presidents find no common ground on future of Assad as leader of post-war Syria

Presidents of the U.S. and Russia met on September 28 in New York as part of the U.N. General Assembly, but remained of differing opinions as to whether Bashar al-Assad should lead the future post-war Syria.

Nearly half of buyers would change preferred shopping places

In 42% of respondents would change their preferred shopping places if traders or service providers cannot provide card payment services.

Majori beach to be illuminated for night-time walks

The beach line between Dzintari and Majori will be provided with illumination so that people who like taking leisurely strolls on the beach in the evening could still be able to enjoy themselves during darker seasons of the year.

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