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Tuesday 23.10.2018 | Name days: Daina, Dainida, Dainis

Weather to be rainy and windy in Latvia this week

On Monday, a low atmospheric pressure area will approach Latvia from the west. The sky will be cloudy in western regions, and some rain is expected. There will be fewer clouds in the country’s eastern regions. Wind will become strong along the coast at night hours, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian parliament to launch probe of political corruption during previous governments

The Lithuanian Seimas is set to launch a new parliamentary investigation into political corruption during the tenure of previous governments. Sixty-seven MPs on Tuesday, September 25, voted in favor of setting up a new parliamentary investigation commission, 28 were against and three abstained.

BNN summary of the week: Rubesa’s announces resignation; Latvia gets new gas tariffs

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Announcement; Investigation; Fight; Hope; Future.

Ministry’s secretary: state of «permitted prostitution» in Latvia needs to change

Prostitution in Latvia is «permissibly limited», but this needs to change, said Latvian Interior Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Evika Siliņa, during a speech at an international conference on effective measures against sexual exploitation.

Annual retail trade turnover in Latvia up 1.4%

Compared to August 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 1.4 % in August 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.8 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, rose by 0.5 %, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 0.8 %.

Opposition fights «Lembergs’ regime». Case submitted to court

«An authoritarian and illegal regime is present in Ventspils City Council – only majority deputies from For Latvia and Ventspils party, who do not object to the suspended mayor are allowed to speak,» said opposition deputy Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis.

Photos of the week, 28.09.18

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of this week.

ABLV Bank’s creditors submit claims worth more than EUR 2 billion

Nearly 3,300 creditors have responded to the invitation from ABLV Bank’s liquidators to submit their claims, submitting claims for more than EUR 2 billion, as confirmed by the bank.

Two-year old X-rayed by mistake on Estonian EU external border

At a border checkpoint on the Estonian-Russian border hi-tech X-ray technology is used to look for contraband in vehicles, but by mistake a young child has been X-rayed, which has prompted mother to consider suing border guards.

Latvian Saeima supports changing Culture Capital Fund’s financing model

On Thursday, 27 September, Saeima approved amendments to the State Culture Capital Foundation Law, thereby changing the fund’s current financing model, as reported by the parliament’s press-service.

Turkey's Erdogan in Berlin to turn page with Merkel

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on a state visit to Germany on Friday, September 28, to seek improvement to the bilateral relations badly needed for both NATO allies.

Expert: Baltic governments should review Rail Baltica governance and implementation model

Governments of Baltic States should review Rail Baltica governance and implementation models, says Vice-President of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance Andris Grafs.

Italy raises budget deficit, expected to increase its massive debt burden

Despite Italy's massive government debt burden, the current Italian cabinet has decided to increase its budget deficit to 2.4% of the country's gross domestic product for the next three years.

Weather to be volatile in Latvia next week; wind speed to increase again

On the night to Friday, 28 September, an active cyclone will approach Latvia from the west. Because of that, weather will become cloudy and rainy. Northern regions will experience heavy rainfall, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Deputy: Saeima election results in Ventspils may be questioned because of election commission

«Together with Ventspils City Council deputies Ģirts Valdis Kristovskins, Dace Korna and Ivars Landmanis, I have turned with a request to the chairman of the Central Election Commission Arnis Cimdars, stressing that ongoing freeform interpretation by officials of the city council, responsible institutions and the election commission itself could potentially lead to unprecedented consequences – possible appeal and even dismissal of Saeima election results in Ventspils,» as mentioned in the statement made by Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis.

September 27 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Lithuania makes another attempt to stem emigration, ease youth‘s employment

Amid exodus of youth to more developed Western European countries able to provide a better livelihood, the Lithuanian government scrambles to find ways to keep the population, and especially so its young people, in the homeland.

Rail Baltica’s management picks Ignas Degutis as Interim Chief Executive Officer

The supervisory board of RB Rail has picked the company’s finance director and board member Ignas Degutis as Baiba Rubesa’s replacement as the interim CEO of the company, as confirmed by the decision made by Rail Baltica supervisory council.

CEO on Rail Baltica project: «Everything happening with the project is delayed»

Over the course of Rail Baltica project, its management shared no common goal, the project lacks transparency, and Transport Ministry has not provided sufficient staff to answer questions regarding the project’s progress – these are some of the reasons Baiba Rubesa, CEO of RB Rail, mentioned during the press-conference Thursday, 27 September, to justify her decision to resign.

Estonia seeks 152 million euro compensation for insecure ID cards

Estonian police is claiming 152 million euros from the maker of the country's electronic identity cards, Gemalto, as the company produced over 700 000 cards that were subsequently found to have a security risk. The revelation dealt a large blow to Estonia's digital reputation.

CPCB requests commencement of criminal prosecution of UGF member

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has sent materials of a criminal case to the Prosecutor General’s Office for the commencement of criminal prosecution against Union of Greens and Farmers member Askolds Kļaviņš, according to information published by the bureau.

150 Ryanair flights cancelled in Europe as workers strike

Ryanair will cut 150 flights because of a 24-hour strike action across Europe on Friday, as the European Union called on it to provide workers' rights set forth in EU law.

Farmers whose land suffered from intense drought are eligible for tax support from SRS

Considering that the lengthy drought has caused enough damages to Latvia’s agriculture for authorities to declare a state of emergency, Latvia’s State Revenue Service has decided to allow farmers declared by Latvian Rural Advice and Education Centre as victims of a nation-wide natural disaster to apply for extension in tax payments.

Small breweries will only be allowed to produce alcohol using products made in Latvia

On Wednesday, 26 September, Saeima’s Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported in the third reading amendments to the Handling of Alcoholic Beverages Law, which provide that small breweries will be allowed to produce drinks using berries, fruits and plants that grow in the wild or cultivated in gardens in Latvia.

British press: Salisbury poisoning suspect is Russian colonel

The actual identity of one of the duo accused by the UK for the Salisbury attempted murder of Russian-British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter is Russian colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, British press reported.

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