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Monday 19.08.2019 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

Lithuania would rather avoid additional restrictions for electric scooters

In spite of electric scooters popping up more and more on Lithuania’s streets, the government would rather avoid introducing additional restrictions, public media LRT reports on the words of the Lithuanian transport minister.

Riga City Council’s independent deputies may consider working with HSR

Riga City Council’s Independent Deputies Faction, which combines deputies excluded from Harmony, would be prepared to sign a cooperation agreement with Honour to Serve Riga faction, admits IDF leader Valērijs Petrovs.

CC: bank competitiveness is impeded by consumers’ low mobility

Latvia’s Competition Council has found in a client mobility market assessment that most of Latvian consumers consider switching banks an expensive, complicated and time-consuming procedure, which is why they do not seek offers that are attractive both price and quality-wise.

Chairperson: Stradins Hospital’s idleness will definitely cost the state several thousands

The idleness suffered by Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital when an anonymous phone call detailed bombing threats on 31 July will likely cost the state several thousand euros, said the hospital’s board chairperson Ilze Kreicberga.

Island Bridge restoration proceeds ahead of schedule, but complaints surface

Construction work of the second stage of the Island Bridge project is ahead of schedule. However, at the same time, residents complain about the organization of traffic for pedestrians and cyclists.

Latvia's State Employment Agency outlines industries in dire need of workers

Industries that suffer the most from the shortage of labour force include freight transport, construction, processing industry, as well as retail trade, as State Employment Agency director Evita Simsone explained in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Stradins Hospital reopens after bombing threats; patient admission to be limited

Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital reopened again on Wednesday evening. Nevertheless, patient admission will be limited on Thursday, 1 August.

Latvian government proposes outlining plans for the event of «hard Brexit»

Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has sent letters to ministries, the Bank of Latvia, Latvian Employers’ Confederation and Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, urging them to outline action plans for the event of so-called hard Brexit.

Latvia’s national media council chairperson considers leaving post

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council chairperson Dace Ķezbere considers leaving her post. She says she has yet to write her resignation, but it will be done.

Latvian Healthcare Minister promises to not shut down hospitals

Hospitals in Latvia will not be closed, although from now on hospitals will be allowed to provide services only if they are of sufficient quality, Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele told newspaper Dienas Bizness in an interview.

Warfare in Syria could trigger humanitarian disaster of 21st century, UN warns

With the Syrian war focusing on last opposition-held stronghold, UN’s emergency relief coordinator has warned world powers should act to prevent the continued violence could create the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century.

Russia opens severe criminal investigation over pro-democracy rally

Federal investigators in Russia have opened an investigation over mass unrest that could end in up to 15-year prison sentences for calling a protest for fair elections, where 1 373 protesters were arrested over the weekend.

Eurozone’s economic confidence drops to lowest level in recent years

In July, Eurozone’s Economic Confidence Index dropped to 102.7 points, when compared to 103.3 points in June. This means the index has dropped to a level below the one registered in March 2016, according to the latest data from the European Commission.