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London Olympics photos: July 31

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During the London Olympics, BNN offers to check out daily galleries of events, the achievements of sportsmen and intense battles for medals.

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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Latvian Regional Alliance: cynicism in power, or where is state money?

Recently the media reported news about yet another illegal step taken by Latvian state bureaucrats, specifically the Justice Ministry. The reason for the major news was the ministry’s refusal to comply with an order by the court of justice to pay compensation of EUR 2,073 to a pensioner.

International Physicians Forum to take place in Latvia

The New Wave in Medicine will be taking place in Jurmala on 6 – 8 August. This special event will gather professionals from all kinds of fields of healthcare: surgeons, researchers, healthcare organizers and physicians from all over the world in order to discuss news share experience and look for new partners, as reported by the head of the forum’s committee Anita Kanskivova.

Number of e-invoices up 22% in Latvia

According to information from OpusCapita, there were 4.5 million invoices received and processed in the first half of 2015. It is by one-fifth more in comparison with 2014, when a total of 3.7 million invoices were processed in the same period.

Standard & Poor’s downgrades EU’s credit outlook

International credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the European Union’s outlook from stable to negative on Monday, 4 August. S&P explained this decision with the bloc’ support of Greece and UK’s plans to hold a referendum on continued membership in the EU.

Lithuania to unveil monument to Gandhi at boarder with Russia

At a time, when the Moscow puts much effort into military intimidation of its neighbours, a monument to the symbol of non-violent resistance, Mahatma Gandhi, will be unveiled in western Lithuania right next to the border with Russia.

Meteorologists warn about intense heat in Riga

An anti-cyclone will dictate the weather in Latvia on 4 August. The sun will shine all day and there will be no precipitation. Due to slow wind speed air temperature will reach +21° C…+25° C (even +27° C in some regions). It is expected to be somewhat cooler in Kurzeme, where air temperature will not be warmer than +19° C…+20° C.

U.S. proposes ambitious goals for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions

In 15 years, to reduce by almost a third the greenhouse gas emissions of U.S. power stations – setting such a goal U.S. President Barack Obama has unveiled the country's revised Clean Power Plan.

Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. International Summer Music Festival «Vivace Vilnius»

BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during August 3 and August 9.

African swine fever found in domestic pigs in Lithuania

A new case of African swine fever infection has been registered in Kaunas, Lithuania, as reported by Ilze Meistere, manager of Public Relations Office of Food and Veterinary Service.

Industrial production volume down 1.6% in Latvia

Compared to May, industrial production volume had decreased by 1.6% in June 2015. Of that volume, there was a reduction of 2.2% in manufacturing, an increase of 0.7% in mining and quarrying, and a rise of 2.3% in electricity and gas supply, according to information from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Russian military ships spotted near Latvia once again

Last week, Latvian National Armed Forces spotted multiple Russian military ships near the country’s border, as reported by NAF.

Cruise ship «stuck» in Tallinn port with several hundred passengers

The Norwegian-registered cruise ship Viking Star has been forced to stay at Tallinn port for several days with several hundred passengers.

Military helicopter crashes in Russia during air show

A Russian air force helicopter from an aerobatic squadron crashed on August 2 during an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed.

Latvian athletes triumphant in European beach volleyball championship

Latvian beach volleyball players Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins were triumphant in the final match of the European beach volleyball championship in Klagenfurt on Sunday.

England's landlords to be required to evict illegal immigrants

Landlords in England will be required to evict migrants with a lost right to live in the country, according to proposals to the country's Immigration Bill.

Week in Lithuania. Education Ministry wants more classes in Lithuanian in ethnic minority schools

Lithuania’s Education and Science Ministry is considering changes in the country’s ethnic minority school curricula.

Economic Diary of Latvia. Rivers of milk and colourful river banks

This week went by under context of Russian sanctions on certain sectors of Latvia’s national economy. Losses were counted and solutions were sought by dairy farmers, fish processing entrepreneurs and florists.

11 timber procurement candidates fined for cartel activities

Latvian Competition Council has decided to punish 11 companies that had coordinated their offers with competitors in the timber procurement project launched by Latvia’s State Forests. The total size of the fine applied to companies is EUR 70,003.44.

Opinion: under the whip of self-proclaimed rulers

In June 2015, Janis Vitolins, who coordinates balanced activities in the field of balanced environmental development, investment attraction and supervision over the Environmental Monitoring Office in Ventspils City Council, sued Ventspils activist and defender of the city’s residents’ rights Ivars Jansons. It is worth noting that Vitolins has been the 1st deputy of Ventspils City Council Chairperson and 1st deputy of Ventspils Freeport Chairperson since 1996.

Personal code provision to no longer be tied to birth date

Latvian Cabinet of Ministers supported amendments to the Resident Register Law. These amendments provide for new requirements for the provision of personal codes. From now on, it will no longer be tied to birth date.

Is Lithuania to lose long-cherished status of maritime nation?

Dry-bulk operator shipper Lithuanian Shipping Company has been so deep in trouble that Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius was forced to cut short his vacation and rush to Vilnius to salvage the bankrupting company’s seamen stranded in ports scattered across the globe –in the United States, Portugal, Africa and Italy.

Automatic entry fee control system to be installed in Jurmala

The first automatic entry fee collection stations have been installed at Priedaine checkpoint. These are the first test models. The resort city’s authorities plan to introduce a fully-automated entry fee collection system in the next couple of years.

MH370 plane crash investigators hopeful on debris found in Indian Ocean island

In the remote Indian Ocean island of Reunion, debris has been washed up on July 29 that, according to specialists, could be part of the Malaysian passenger plane that in March 2014 vanished with 239 people on board.

NEMC penalizes piece.lv radio for offensive expressions

On 30 July, National Electronic Media Council unanimously voted in favour of applying a fine on Latvijas Radio – EUR 8,000 – for voicing offensive expressions during a broadcast of "Pilnīgs Vakars", a programme of Latvijas Radio 5 - Pieci.lv radio.

EU to continue farm aid with Russian food import ban extended

The EU announced on July 30 it will continue aid for exporters of dairy produce, fruit and vegetables into 2016 to soften the impact of a Russian ban on those goods.

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