On October 4, the World Animal Day was celebrated honouring both wild and domesticated animals.
In Catholic communities, the day of St. Francis of Assisi – the patron saint of animals – was marked by allowing pets in churches and blessing them with holy water.
BNN offers you to take a look at the joyful event in numerous countries.
Victims of Zolitude tragedy and relatives of those who died there will be paid a one-time compensation soon. Compensations will be paid before the end of 2013.
Lithuania strongly defends the right of European Union citizens to move freely throughout the bloc's territory; however the right and national social welfare systems should not be abused. According to Lithuania Tribune such a view, at a meeting of EU interior ministers, was voiced by the representative of Lithuania, reacting to British concerns over mass migration.
Compared to the beginning of December 2012, the prices had reduced only for potatoes, some fruits and vegetables and Brie President cheese in Riga this December. Prices on other food products have only increased in Riga.
Unity will continue holding discussions with coalition partners in regard to support of Defence Minister Artis Pabriks as a candidate for the post of Prime Minister. The option of choosing another candidate also remains open.
The cyclone that brings a hurricane to Europe is coming close to the Scandinavian Peninsula. On the night to Friday, December 6, it will be over the western part of the Baltic Sea. However, as it will move to the east, the speed of the cyclone will gradually drop.
'Whether the President of Latvia Andris Berzins likes it or not – we live in a republic governed by a parliament. His role as a president is strictly representative. His current actions show his thirst for more power, which is bad,' - says politologist Gatis Purins.
The United Kingdom has announced that European Union rules on mobility should be changed for member states to be able to limit workforce migration. The comments come ahead of the lifting of movement limitation on Bulgarians and Romanians in January 2014
During a regular patrol around places of legal drugs trade on K.Barona Sreet, shots were fired in the direction of officers of Riga Municipal Police were by an employee of one of the shops that deals in legal drugs. Shortly after this incident, a squad of State Police Special Operations Forces arrived at the scene and arrested all three employees of that store.
On Thursday, December 5, the Saeima approved amendments to the Immigration Law in the final reading. The supported amendments suggest changes to residence permit issue requirements for foreign investors who purchase real estate properties in Latvia.
President of Latvia Andris Berzins had unofficially offered Saeima Chairwoman Solvita Aboltina to take control over the government. However, she declined this proposal in her conversation with him.
Third quarter data on the growth of GDP in the European Union present fairly differing economic growth rates in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Between July and September, Lithuanian GDP grew 0.2%, Estonian 0.4% and Latvian by 1.2%.
Latvia's real estate market will not be as 'flat' as it is at the moment, according to Balsts real estate company's prediction.
In order to make sure the introduction of a new Construction Law is successful, Latvia's Economy Ministry is currently busy with preparing regulations.
Speculations on U.S. bond yields continued in Asian stock markets on December 5, while the fall of Nikkei and MSCI indexes has not been critical if compared to their total rise this year. After suffering its biggest one-day fall in six weeks on Wednesday, the Nikkei is still up 46% percent in 2013 year so far.
Documents of the Cabinet of Ministers that go back to a time when the government decided to liquidate the State Construction Inspection Office show that it was Einars Repse – then the Finance Minister of Latvia – who said that the liquidation of the Construction Inspection Office would only benefit the state.
The European Commission has punished eight banks with fines totalling of EUR 1.7 billion establishing illegal cartels to rig Euribor and Tribor interest rates.
As it was concluded in the survey of Re:Baltica, there is a link between the amount of money that is donated by construction companies to political parties and issue of construction orders. Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts also agrees that there is a link between the two.
Courts in two German states have made contradictory rulings in relation to rights of Romanians to receive unemployment benefits. On the federal level, the debate has gone as far as politicians from Angela Merkel's party warning the public over «welfare tourism» by citizens of Romania and Bulgaria.
A very active cyclone will dictate weather in northern parts of Europe December 5-7. It is likely that wind speed will reach 30 m/sec in many countries of this region. Meteorologists say wind speed may rise as high as 40 m/sec.
Following the conclusion of his consultations with all political parties represented in the Saeima Wednesday, December 4, President of Latvia Andris Berzins decided not to approve any of the candidates proposed by parties for the post of Prime Minister of Latvia.
Enterprises and micro-enterprises of Latgale, that were mostly optimistic in the past couple of quarters, have dived back into cautious pessimism. Traders seem the most optimistic of all entrepreneurs, according to results of Citadele Index.
In comparison with September, industrial production volume in October increased by 0.3%, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices; of which in manufacturing – by 0.3%, in electricity and gas supply – by 1%, while in mining and quarrying there was a decrease of 1.2%.
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ana @ 2013-12-06 02:28:25
I live in Riga and don't find myself the citizen living in a complete lack of information about any important processes going on around my home as well as abroad, although I have been traveling recently. But the almost complete information vacuum in LV media about this very serious topic (just some 10min journey away from my home) lasting for the last 2 years (as the project was endorsed in 2011), as i got to know about it just now, is deafening and makes me shivers. So, I have to consider, that in case something would go wrong there, on RFT , for example, tomorrow, I wouldn't have had a democratic/humane/legal chance to choose whether to leave the place with my family or to risk our own health and lives by staying and accepting the "developmental rules". but then again, may be that "they" were attentively avoiding just another wave of mass emigration, as everything is safely well calculated. so, we should thank those ones for keeping my mind calm for these years, and give some jet another annual prize for the best architecture.. i keep hoping it won't be too late tomorrow for choosing a safer and more open environment for my home.
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