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Tuesday 23.04.2019 | Name days: Jurģis, Juris, Georgs

Riga’s mayor opposes environment minister – plans to appeal dismissal order in court

Nils Ušakovs, who was dismissed today, 5 April, 2019, from his post as Mayor of Riga by Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce, is prepared to appeal this ‘absolutely illegal decision’ in court, as he said on his Facebook profile.

Spring is finally here: air temperature in Latvia to reach +14° C this weekend

Although the amount of clouds in Latvia’s eastern parts is increasing, no precipitation is expected on Friday and Saturday. During the day, air temperature will reach +9° C… +14° C. It will be colder in Kurzeme along the coast, where air temperature will stay around +6° C… +8° C.

Latvia’s environment minister dismisses Riga’s mayor

On Friday, 5 April, Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce dismissed Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs, according to information published in Latvian Herald.

Latvian minister may announce Riga mayor’s dismissal soon

On Friday, 5 April, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce may announce the dismissal of Riga’s Mayor Nils Ušakovs, according to unofficial information from LETA.

PHOTO: Akropole shopping centre opens; visitors offered ice rink and IMAX film theatre

Akropole shopping and leisure centre has opened its doors in Latvia. The massive shopping centre includes an ice rink, IMAX film theatre, and a large Maxima supermarket. The total area of the shopping centre is enough for nearly twenty one football fields. The building itself could fit fifteen football fields, said the centre’s manager Kaspars Beitiņš during the opening ceremony.

Latvia adopts serious restrictions on visibility of tobacco products in stores

According to amendments to Law on Handling of Tobacco Products approved by the Saeima in the final reading on Thursday, 4 April, it will not be allowed to openly showcase tobacco products in stores – only price lists, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Stoltenberg defends NATO existence before U.S. legislators

NATO «is in the national interest of each and every one of our nations», the organisation's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg noted to legislators in the U.S., where the alliance has been criticised often at the highest level for limited defence spending by many member states.

Luminor bank invites clients to switch from code cards to safer security tools

Starting from 2 July, 2019, Luminor bank will start applying restrictions to payments made using code cards or GO3 code generators.

Research: Unhealthy food causes more deaths globally than smoking

As much as 11 million deaths could be prevented globally every year, more than smoking-related deaths, if people increased the consumption of vegetables, fruit, nuts and legumes in their diets, a U.S. institute found in a study.

New LTV board member refuses to step down in spite of pressure

In spite of recent pressure from journalists and politicians towards the newly-elected board of Latvian Television, specifically in regards to members’ non-compliance with specified requirements, the new chairman of the board Einārs Giels does not plan to step down and says he can deal with his duties.

Lithuania sentences man for spying for Russia

A court in Lithuania has punished a sailor to seven years' imprisonment for spying in favour of Russia.

Suspect in Riga public transport company's criminal case released on bail

On Wednesday, 3 April, Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court received a payment of EUR 500,000 for the release on bail of businessman Māris Martinsons, who is involved in the criminal case regarding procurements of public transport company Rīgas satiksme.

Saeima deputy: Latvia should use the potential of Constitutional Court’s judges

Latvia should create all the necessary conditions to make sure judges of the Constitutional Court are able to continue working in the court justice system or state administration after the end of their term so that our country can make use of their potential, said Saeima’s Court Policy Sub-committee’s chairperson Inese Lībiņa-Egnere.