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Sunday 26.03.2017 | Name days: Eiženija, Ženija

Cold masses of air to enter Latvia at the beginning of the week

A winter scenario in Latvia is expected in the first half of March’s second week – a cyclone from the south will carry considerable amounts of snow to Latvia. With that, the layer of snow in most of Latvia is expected to reach 2-12 cm, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Expert: the government should think some more on planned tax reforms

«All reforms cost money – taxpayers’ money. This is why I would like to hear some convincing arguments from policy-makers that income will exceed expenses,» says associated professor of Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Arnis Sauka.

Latvian residents view healthcare and social care as the country’s biggest problems

Citizens of Latvia and other EU states view immigration and terrorism as Europe’s biggest problems, according to the latest Eurobarometer National report about Latvia.

New regional media opens in Ventspils

A new media has opened in Ventspils – newspaper and news portal Ventspilnieks.lv. This new media offers residents the opportunity to read independent news and analytical articles about developments in Ventspils, says Ventspilnieks.lv editor Ilona Berzina.

Sweden reintroduces military conscription, including men and women

The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce military conscription from 2018 reasoning that its army lacks soldiers and reservists.

Sigita Roke to take over Latvijas Radio after NEPLP expressed distrust to Paulins

Following the 2 March decision by the National Electronic Mass Media Council to express distrust to the current head of Latvijas Radio Aldis Paulins and board member Uldis Lavrinovics, LR will be managed by Sigita Roke for the next two months.

Estonia allows testing self-driving cars on public roads

Estonia has allowed self-driving cars to take part in public traffic for testing purposes, if a vehicle has a driver who can take over driving, when necessary.

Minister: wages may be increased for obstetricians and other specialists

It is possible that wages may soon be increased not only for obstetricians, but also hospital personnel that provide emergency medical assistance 24 hours a day, said Healthcare Minister Anda Caksa after her meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis.

Georgian independent TV channel in polarising ownership row

The highest court in Georgia has ruled for the ownership control of the country’s largest independent TV channel to be returned to its previous co-owner. Supreme Court court backed a claim by owner Kibar Khalvashi - close a supporter of the ruling Georgian Dream party - that the former government illegally forced him to surrender his shares in Rustavi 2.

Air temperature in Latvia to reach +8° C at the end of the week

On Friday, 3 March, a low atmospheric pressure area will remain hovering above Latvia. Because of that, weather will remain cloudy and rainy, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

SEB: 62% of Latvians do not expect to receive the entire amount of their pension

Latvian residents lack information about the formation of pension capital. On top of that, their trust in the system is very low, as concluded in SEB Bank’s latest survey.

Monthly housing cost in Latvia – EUR 140 in 2016

In 2016, monthly housing costs in Latvian households on average amounted to 140 euros, which is 1.6 % less than in 2015.

Cyber-security experts: Android malware attacks phones of Israeli military

An Android malware has appeared capable of spying on its victims – listen in on conversations and gain access to the list of contact stored in the device’s memory. Israeli military are reported as the biggest target for this form of malware, eScan anti-virus developers say.

Baltic stock exchanges’ activity was the highest with Estonian gambling companies in February

Stock trading at Baltic Nasdaq exchange in February was active the most with Estonian Olympic Entertainment Group stocks, according to market statistics.

SRS: light alcoholic drinks will be allowed to be sold without excise labels

Fermented beverages with alcohol concentration below 6% will be allowed to be sold without excise labels. Alcoholic cocktails are an exception, as reported by the State Revenue Service.