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Latvian border guards find more than 140 kg of hashish in a car

On 16 September, Latvian State Border Guard detained a 1991-born man and his car at Grebnev border checkpoint. A secret compartment containing 145.3 kg of narcotic substances was found in his car during a routine inspection, as reported by State Border Guard.

Number of job vacancies in Latvia up 7.8 thousand in Q2 2018

In Q2 2018 there were 24.5 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 7.8 thousand vacancies or 46.6 % more than in Q2 2017. In public sector there were 7.2 thousand and in private sector 17.3 thousand job vacancies.

Cargo volumes handled by Latvian ports remain stable in first half-year of 2018

Latvian ports transshipped 43.468 million tonnes of cargoes in the first eight months of 2018, which is 0.9% more than in the same period of last year. According to data from Transport Ministry, cargo turnover’s negative balance continues declining at Ventspils port, where 13.274 million tonnes of cargoes were transshipped in the first eight months, which is a drop of 11.9%.

airBaltic carried 18% more passengers in summer

Latvian airline airBaltic has carried 2,770,047 more passengers to destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East in the first eight months of 2018, BNN was told by the company.

Sixteen contenders apply for Rundale Castle Museum director’s post

A total of sixteen contenders have applied for participation in Latvian Culture Ministry’s announced open personnel selection process to find the next director of Rundale Castle Museum.

Latvian parties’ pre-election promotion costs reach EUR 1.64 million

Three weeks prior to Saeima elections, expenses of Latvian political parties on promotion have reached EUR 1,638,393. Concord remains in the least expense-wise, according to information from Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Internal Security Bureau criticizes State Police for insufficient corruption prevention

Internal Security Bureau has detained several police officers under suspicion of bribery. Because of that, the bureau has voiced criticism to the management of Latvia’s State Bureau for insufficient corruption prevention measures.

MPC permit revoked for liquidated Jurmala-based M7 Energy

Latvia’s Economy Ministry has made a decision to revoke the permit that allows selling produced electrical energy within mandatory procurement component system from SIA M7 Energy (previous name SIA KSER) CHP plant in Jurmala.

Nearly 80,000 people have left Riga to live elsewhere in last seven years

In the past seven years, 78,692 people have left Riga to live in other countries or elsewhere in Latvia, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

State Chancellery: no attempts to influence elections from abroad have been observed

Compared to the attempts to influence election results in other countries, no active attempts to influence 13th Saeima elections have been observed so far, said State Chancellery acting director for prevention of hybrid threats Kaspars Ozoliņš.

To decide on compensation in nano-water case, Rīgas satiksme wants to look at materials

Although SIA Rīgas satiksme was declared a victim in the so-called nano-water case, the company has not requested compensation. The reason for this is that the company wants to look through materials of the case, as explained by the company’s representative Baiba Bartaševiča.

Weather in Latvia to turn dry and hot this week

At the beginning of week, weather in Latvia will be cloudy and rainy. In the middle of the week, however, weather will turn dry and hot. At the end of the week, weather will change again – an atmospheric front will pass through Latvia with a rain zone – and it will become cold again, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Ukrainian investor picks Madliena Parish in Latvia as location for egg factory

During an extraordinary meeting, deputies of Ogre County Council supported creation of an egg and egg product plant in Madliena Parish, which has been picked by a Ukrainian investor as a location for the plant.

BATL: railway electrification’s real price will be at least EUR 230 million larger

«Transport Ministry and the prime minister keep the actual price of railway electrification project from residents – the total price of the first stage of the project will be at least EUR 230 million larger and will exceed EUR 670 million,» notes Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics.

People who chop down trees in Riga’s historic centre will have to plant new ones

In accordance with the decision made by Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee on Thursday, 13 September, people who own land in Riga’s historic centre will have to plant new trees to replace trees that died or were chopped down without permission.