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Tuesday 26.03.2019 | Name days: Eiženija, Ženija

Facebook has proved dangerous to democracy, believe British legislators

Social media giant Facebook and other large tech firms should be subjected to a compulsory code of ethics to combat the spread of fake news, the mistreatment of users' data and using their dominance over smaller firms, have suggested members of the British Parliament.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuania to hold referendum on reducing number of MPs

A referendum on reducing the number of lawmakers to 121 from the existing 141 will be held on May 12 alongside the presidential election in Lithuania, the country's parliament has decided after 58 lawmakers voted in favour on Thursday, February 14, 42 were against and two abstained.

Court rules EUR 200 thousand bail for criminal suspect of Riga transport firm

A court in the Latvian capital has set at 200 000 euros the bail money for ex-board chairman of the Riga public transport company Rīgas satiksme, who is a suspect in the criminal case over possible corrupt procurement dealings at the municipal firm.

Programmer, physiotherapist and pilot – top professions on Latvian Job Shadow Day

The Job Shadow Day 2019 was held on February 13 in Latvia and the professions of programmer, physiotherapist and pilot were the most attractive as 1 545 companies offered the chance to follow working specialists throughout the day, according to the data by Junior Achievement Latvia.

Port of Ventspils sees 40% boost in cargo turnover on year

Cargo turnover at the Freeport of Ventspils has in January 2019, compared to the respective month in 2018, jumped by 40.12% or 593 tonns, according to data from the Port Administration.

Latvian start-up Funderful acquired by U.S. giant in fundraising

Latvian start-up Funderful, which provides artificial intelligence-based communication tools to university campuses, has been bought by U.S. firm Ruffalo Noel Levitz, according to a press release by the Latvian firm.

Saeima backs simplifying tax payments to single monthly payment

Tax payments in Latvia are currently made to nearly different 50 tax accounts every month. To radically simplify the payment of taxes both to businesses and private individuals, the Latvian Saeima has given its initial backing to plan to allow a single tax payment every month.

Bribery case against Bank of Latvia governor longer due to testifying

The criminal case against Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is suspected of accepting a bribe, will take longer than expected as he has begun testifying, according to what Latvian Prosecutor-General Ēriks Kalnmeiers said to LTV news programme Rīta Panorāma.

Latvia saw top tourist increase in Europe last year

In tourism, Latvia was Europe's fastest growing destination with an 8% increase in the number of guests and over-night stays, the country's Ministry of Economy has estimated.

Airbus computer systems hacked, European airplane giant says

Airplane, defence and space technology producer Airbus has found cases of data access violations, but insists the cyber attack had not affected it commercial activities.

Construction cost level in Latvia up 5.6%

Compared to December 2017, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 5.6 % in December 2018. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 8.7 %, prices of building materials - by 5.8 %, but maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment - by 3.1 %.

Latvia’s Disease Prevention Centre joins EU project on joint action on vaccination

Latvia’s Disease Prevention and Control Centre has joined European Joint Action on Vaccination, as confirmed by the centre.