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Exchange indexes and oil prices increase in USA and Europe

On Tuesday, 24 October, exchange indexes in USA increased after leading manufacturing companies showed better profit indexes. Exchange indexes in Europe also increased prior to an important meeting of the European Central Bank.

European Commission approves Inčukalns tar ponds mediation project

The European Commission has approved financial investments for the second stage of tar pond mediation project. More than EUR 29 million will be available for the project, with European Regional Development Fund providing 85% of applicable costs.

Notes with Einstein's happiness advice auctioned for 1.33 million euros

Two notes, where the outstanding physicist Albert Einstein has written his advice for a happy life, have been sold in an auction house in Jerusalem for a sum equalling 1,33 million euros.

EP proposes gradual phase-out of glyphosate; full ban proposed for 2022

Members of the European Parliament have put forth a proposal to impose a full ban in glyphosate-containing herbicides in December 2022, as well as put up restrictions for this substance’s use to ensure its gradual phase-out, as reported by EP representatives.

Latvians acknowledge low birthrate risks but are not prepared to plan bigger families

Latvia’s demography is threatened the most by residents leaving the country to live and work in other countries. Risks are the highest among young people. It should be added, however, that young people are also usually the most optimistic, because 25% to 50% of the people who left also expect to return to Latvia later on, according to Baltic International Bank Latvian Barometer.

Healthcare Ministry plans to provide healthcare workers with wage increases

Next year’s budget project includes plans for additional funding to be provided to workers of the healthcare sector in order to increase wages, Healthcare Ministry report.

Estonia plans to raise state loan guarantee ceiling to Kredex

The an Estonian parliamentary committee has backed the plan to change the conditions of the operation of the Estonian Credit and Export Guarantee Fund, by increasing the ceiling of Kredex’s loan guarantees by 134 million euros reaching 390 million euros.

Opinion: government does not consider science a resource for state development

The government does not consider science a resource for state development, but rather only an expenditure position, said Mārcis Auziņš, former rector of the University of Latvia in an interview to 900 seconds program of LNT.

Family doctors dissatisfied with Healthcare Ministry’s reform again

When forming cooperation with family doctors, lately the Healthcare Ministry has focused on conditions that are completely unacceptable for doctors and had never been in place to begin with, said Latvian Family Doctors Association’s Chairman Pauls Princis in an interview to Rīta panorama programme.

Experts prepare a plan to defend poor residents’ interests next year

Poverty is a violation of human rights. Political will and specific decisions to reduce it are necessary. Allocation of state budget funds for the introduction of a sustainable social policy and realization should be considered an investment in people rather than state budget expenditures, says EAPN-Latvia.

New Google smartphones reported to have issues with screen

In the latest smartphones of U.S. internet giant Google, problems with screen have been noticed.

Latvia and Russia to sign final documents regarding state border demarcation

On Wednesday, 25 October, Latvia’s and Russia’s final border demarcation documents will be signed at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. These documents will include the demarcation map, border description, landmarks reports, landmarks coordination and altitudes catalogue, as well as the final minutes.

Though vote-buying was proven, CEC decides to not change division of mandates in Saeima

The Central Election Commission has decided to not re-divide mandates in the 12th Saeima after Latgale Regional Court ruled that four votes were, in fact, bought in favour of Harmony’s candidate Andrejs Elksniņš.

Pabriks: losing control over airBaltic would be a mistake for Latvia

«If attraction of an investor for Latvian’s national airline airBaltic results in full privatization of the company, Latvian state would make a strategic mistake,» says MEP Artis Pabriks.

Mortality from strokes in Latvia may grow significantly in the near future

To raise awareness of the dramatic situation with strokes in Latvia and motivate decision-makers into improving stroke prevention measures and treatment and increasing funding for this area, cardiologists and neurologists invite officials to come to a discussion.

Pavļuts: party unions would be welcome, but not for politically technical reasons

In preparation for Saeima elections, unions should be considered by parties that have similar goals, not politically technical considerations, said Kustība Par leader Daniels Pavļuts in an interview to Rīta panorama programme.

Rīgas satiksme limits competition; agreements prevent ‘others’ from entering the market

Competition Council believes Rīgas satiksme’s contracts with private companies limit competition, because they prevent other players from entering the market, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Weather will be clear and dry in Latvia at first; set to change in second half of the week

On Monday and Tuesday weather will be dictated by increased atmospheric pressure – weather will remain clear and dry. Wind will draw in from the east and south-east, which will be strong along the coast in Kurzeme, as reported by Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

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