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Tuesday 27.06.2017 | Name days: Malvīne, Malvis

Latvian board game declared the best children’s board game of the year

On 19 June in Hamburg, Germany, winners of the world’s most prestigious board game award Spiel des Jahres in child board game category Kinderspiel des Jahres were announced. Latvian board game Ice Cool, published by Brain Games, was declared as the best board game for children of 2017.

Roberts Zile criticizes Juncker Fund operations

Although the European Commission continues talks about accomplishments of Juncker Fund, the grim reality is that most of the money ends up in wealthy EU member states, where there is no lack of investments.

Amendments to street trading approved to combat grey economy in Latvia

To reduce grey economy in agricultural and food products trading, the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday, 19 June, approved Economy Ministry’s amendments to Cab. Req. for the organization of trade at markets and street vending.

NAF Commander: provocations against NATO troops in Latvia are possible

With the new NATO battalion now stationed in Latvia there are concerns about possible provocations, said Latvian National Armed Forces Commander Leonids Kalnins told Latvijas Radio on Monday, 19 June.

U.S. pledges to deploy troops in Baltics for duration of Zapad

U.S army would deploy three military units totalling up to 600 troops in the Baltic states during the large-scale Russian military exercise Zapad taking place this autumn, the commander of the U.S. army in Europe stated.

Air temperature to decline gradually in Latvia this week

At the beginning of the week, weather in Latvia’s western parts will be dictated by high atmospheric pressure area. Under its influence, weather will be somewhat cloudy. Nevertheless, it will be remain appropriately summer-like and dry.

French legislative election ends with Macron’s liberals winning majority

After the second round of France’s legislative election held on Sunday, June 18, French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist liberals look set to have won majority in the lower house of the country’s parliament.

Expert: potential of business service centres remains unexplored in Latvia

The role of international business service centres keeps increasing in the global economy. In Latvia, however, their potential remains largely unexplored, says New Hanza City project’s developer Pillar representative Guntars Cauna.

London pedestrians ran over by vehicle

A van has been driven onto pedestrians near a mosque in London, killing one person and injuring eight. The van drove onto the pavement and struck a group of people just after midnight near a mosque in the British capital on the night to Monday, June 19.

Signature collection campaign launched to reorganize Brivibas Street in Riga

Association City for the People and manabalss.lv have begun collecting signatures for the establishment of a cycling lane and public transport lane on Brivibas Street in Riga.

Latvia had fourth highest inflation among EU member states in May

Compared with the same month of last year, Latvia had the fourth highest inflation index among EU member states in this year’s May, according to data from Eurostat.

airBaltic receives fifth CS300 aircraft

On 16 June, Latvian airBaltic airline received the fifth Bombardier CS300 aircraft. By the end of 2017, airBaltic is planning to have eight CS300 aircraft, BNN was told by the company.

Estonia adopts rideshare-regulating law

Drivers providing rideshare services in Estonia will not be required to undergo professional taxi driver training, sets forth a new law passed by the Estonian parliament.

Ogre administration to be headed by Egils Helmanis – official accused of extortion

On Friday, 16 June, deputies of Ogre decided to approve Vice-Mayor Egils Helmanis from the National Alliance to replace Arturs Mangulis from Latvian Green Party as Mayor of Ogre. It is worth mentioning that Helmanis is accused of extortion.

Zile: not all countries will be able to get involved in EU integration

The most likely development scenario for the European Union is the multi-speed Europe in which not all member states are able to participate, because they are unable to fit the necessary standards, says MEP Roberts Zile.

State Border Guard inspector may be involved in cigarette contraband

Latvian State Border Guard’s Criminal Investigations Office’s officials have detained an inspector of Silene Border Security Office.

London fire death toll reaches 17

Not less than 17 persons have died in this week’s London residential block fire as local authorities assumed the death toll could rise further.

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