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More than 10 000 sportsmen from 204 countries of the world are competing for medals in the 2012 Olympic Games. The games will end on August 12.


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USA’s consumer satisfaction reaches highest mark in the past decade

In spite of multiple economic and political challenges, migration crisis and geopolitical complications, the level of optimism in Europe and USA had grown in Q3 2015. An increase has also been noted in relation to people’s readiness to spend money on their lifestyle.

Alleged Estonian Islamic militant defends friends charged with aiding and funding terrorism

A trial has been launched in Estonia this week against two people charged with aiding and funding terrorism in relation to an Estonian moving to Syria. The alleged Islamic militant has claimed in a video that the accused are innocent.

Five of Latvia’s wealthiest people retain their status

Financial services, IT, real estate properties, gambling, construction, woodworking and pharmacy – the first ten of Latvia’s TOP 100 millionaires work in these industries, as stated in the December edition of Kapitāls magazine.

DNB Bank provides EUR 11.5 million short-term loan to Rīgas siltums

DNB Bank has provided Rīgas siltums with a short-term loan of EUR 11.5 million. The company plans to use this money to secure turnover funds during the heating season.

France hopes sanctions against Russia may be lifted

Sanctions against Russia could be lifted, if Moscow meets its promises to reach peace in Ukraine – France stated after Kyiv closed its airspace to its neighbour's airlines and stopped buying gas from Russia.

Latvia and China discuss coordination as part of 16+1 format

During his meeting with Chinese Transport Vice-Minister Feng Zhenglin on 26 November, Latvian Transport Ministry’s state secretary Kaspars Ozolins discussed the matter of coordinating transport and logistical processes with China as part of the 16+1 format.

Briskens: in deeds and words alike Matiss forgets who the country belongs to

«Since 2012 I have been honoured to work in airBaltic’s management team. Over the course of the past three years this team managed to transform this politically ravaged, ineffectively managed and commercially unsustainable husk into a modern, transparent and financially successful company with a powerful corporate structure...

Turkey publishes recording of warning issued to downed Russian warplane

Turkish armed forces have on November 25 published an audio recording of a warning to pilots of Russian bomber shortly before it was downed on November 24 on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Saeima approves multiple budget allocation proposals for 2016

Saeima Budged-Finance Committee has decided to support multiple proposals submitted by deputies in regards to the allocation of additional budget funds.

Plans for Vilnius Modern Art Centre unveiled

The 3100-square-metre contemporary art centre to be built in central Vilnius will be designed by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind.

Wizz Air starts using its first Airbus A321ceo

The largest low-cost airline of Central and Eastern Europe – Wizz Air – has launched the first flights with its new Airbus A321ceo. Media representatives were invited to London Luton airport for a test flight on Tuesday, 25 November.

Competition Council permits transfer of Danske Bank’s private clients to Swedbank

The Competition Council has decided to permit the transfer of private client assets of Danske Bank in Latvia to Swedbank. The council has concluded that this deal will not impact competition too much and it will not provide any of the two sides a dominant position.

Modern radio-surgery centre opens in Sigulda

A brand new stereotactic radiosurgery centre ‘Sigulda’ has opened in Latvia. This centre offers the most modern technology found in Baltic States to cure benign and malignant tumours.

Underground, schools reopen in Brussels watched police and soldiers

After four days of suspended operation of public institutions, Schools and half of the Brussels metro network reopened on November 25 under the watchful eyes of police and soldiers.

Gazprom stops gas supplies to Ukraine

Russian gas giant Gazprom has announced it is stopping supplies to Ukraine, as prepayments have not been made.

Personal data theft remains the main threat in the digital environment

Personal identity theft or ‘phishing’ is considered by most IT companies to be the main threat in the digital environment. 44% of IT companies around the globe believe this.

BATL: Latvia should use all advantages offered by 16+1 format

President of Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics Inga Antane is happy that all proposals previously voiced by BATL for cooperation in 16+1 format have been taken into account and that Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, with help from Transport Ministry and Latvian Investments and Development Agency, has secured an international agreement so that Latvia can become a coordinator between Baltic States and China.

Russian marine killed in Syria during rescue mission of pilots from Turkey-downed war plane

During an attempt by Russian forces to rescue the crew of the war plane shot down by Turkey, a Russian marine has been killed on November 24 in Syria.

Every fourth child in Europe lives on the brink of poverty

Child poverty is not something found exclusively in third world countries – approximately every fourth child in Europe lives on the brink of poverty and social isolation. On Tuesday, 24 November, members of the European Parliament voted in favour of approving a report in which member states of the European Union are invited to increase efforts to combat social inequality and child poverty.

Matiss’ advisor confused – why had the minister delayed decisions in relation to airBaltic

All critical decisions in relation to Latvia’s national airline, including money flow and the attraction of an investor, had been supervised by the minister, said Kaspars Briksens, advisor of the now former Transport Minister of Latvia Anrijs Matiss.

Lithuania begins testing NordBalt power cable

This week, Lithuania plans to begin testing the NordBalt power cable, which connects the country with Sweden, as announced by Litgrid Director General Daivis Virbicks.

Officials sign contract for European funding for Rail Baltica

On Tuesday, 24 November, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency and RB Rail joint company of the three Baltic States signed a financing contract in Tallinn. This document details the allocation of European funding for Rail Baltica’s first development stage.

Number of tourists from Estonia and Lithuania increases significantly in Latvia

In Q3 2015, 543.5 thousand foreign visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 3.6% more than in Q3 2014. In turn, the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in accommodation establishments dropped by 3.3%.

airBaltic passengers suffer injuries as plane enters turbulence

On 24 November, airBaltic flight BT211 between Rīga and Berlin experienced unexpected turbulence on its descent towards Tegel airport. Two passengers and one crew member were injured.

Toss in a receipt – SRS will inspect it!

Considering the recent trend among companies to meddle with electronic cash registers in Latvia, the State Revenue Service invites all residents to help combat this illegal phenomenon and shadow economy in general.