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Wednesday 20.09.2017 | Name days: Marianna, Ginters, Guntra

EU asked to stand for Estonian, British ship guards tried in India for years

The lingering issue of Estonian and British ship guards, who have been deprived of liberty in India and have been waiting for four years court rulings in their cases, needed to be on the agenda as Brussels has negotiations with India, Estonian MEP Urmas Paet has stressed.

British terror threat level lowered following London underground bombing

The terror threat level in the UK has been reduced to «severe» from the highest level – «critical» – after London underground passengers suffered in a bomb explosion.

Precipitation to back down later this week; air temperature to gradually rise

The new work week commenced with an active cyclone, which will approach Latvia from the south, bringing heavy rain mainly central regions, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

European Commission approves DNB and Nordea banks’ plan to merge in Baltic States

The European Commission has approved the plan between DNB Bank and Nordea Bank to merge in Baltic States. It is planned that this transaction will be completed in Q4 2017.

KNAB once again uncovers possible corruption at Eastern Clinical University Hospital

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced criminal process regarding possible case of corruption at Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital, according to information from LETA.

Hourly labour costs in Latvia grew 10.6% in Latvia in Q2

Compared to Q2 previous year, hourly labour costs rose by 77 cents or 10.6 %, reaching 8.07 euros in Q2 2017. Seasonally adjusted data show that labour costs increased by 8.2 %.

Lietuvietis: European urologists report growing numbers of prostate cancer cases

European urologists report rapid rise of prostate cancer spread among men. Prostate cancer is the most common forms of cancer among men in Latvia, as well. More than 417,000 new prostate cancer cases are uncovered in Europe every year. 92,000 men die from this type of cancer every year.

Court: Lembergs openly ignores requests from judges; sanctions applied again

On Friday, 15 September, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the criminal case revolving around Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes. Lembergs will continue testifying.

Saeima conceptually approves increasing penalties state language violations

«By increasing sanctions for violations of state language rules, we will strengthen the principle detailed in the Constitution – Latvian language is the sole state language,» believes Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs.

Google taken to court, blamed for sex discrimination in wages

Three former female workers of Google in the U.S. have taken the internet giant to court claiming that the firm pays less to women than men for similar work and qualifications.

Russia criticises U.S. over Kaspersky Lab software ban

Russian government has stated that the decision by the U.S. federal government to prohibit the use of the popular computer security software adversely affects fair competition.

Rainy weather to remain in Latvia; a new cyclone will come close next week

On Friday, 15 September, weather in Latvia will remain rainy in most areas, some will even experience thunderstorms. Precipitation will back down closer to the evening, however. Air temperature will be +12° C… +15° C during most of the day. At night, however, air temperature will decline to +9° C… +14° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

FCMC revokes Hanza Cooperative credit union’s license

Finance Capital and Market Commission has made the decision to revoke the license of Hanza Cooperative credit union issued on 20 April 2004.

Former head of energy pricing body deals a blow to Lithuania and President

The pendulum in 120 million euro lawsuit against Lithuania may have swiftly shifted in favour of France‘s energy giant Veolia, after Diana Korsakaitė, former chairwoman of Lithuania‘s National Commission for Energy Control and Prices, VKEKK, testified in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC about pressure she has felt from President Dalia Grybauskaitė.