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Tuesday 18.06.2019 | Name days: Madis, Alberts

Security Police: Latvian officials have received threats

Latvian Security Police do not deny the fact that some SP officials have received indirect threats. Officials of another Latvian special service – Constitution Protection Office – are also in danger.

FM: 2013 budget completion exceeded previous expectations

According to information compiled by the Latvian State Treasury, financial deficit of the 2013 state budget was EUR 128.4 million, which is EUR 31.9 million less than Finance Ministry's initial estimate.

Daily joke: bars and brains don't mix

A brain walks into a bar and says, 'I'll have a pint of beer please.'

January 31 – birthday of Russian vodka

This date is the unofficial birthday of Russian vodka. On January 31, 1865, the famous Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev defended his doctoral dissertation 'On the connection of alcohol with water'.

Microsoft board prepares successors of Gates and Ballmer

The board of software giant Microsoft is preparing to replace Bill Gates as the chairman and a successor of chief executive officer Steve Ballmer.

Meteorologists warn about icy conditions in Latvia

A strong anti-cyclone hovers over Russia's western regions. Air temperature drops as low as -30° C. Vidzeme and Latgale experienced air temperature of -20° C...-22° C this week.

Rīgas satiksme would have earned a lot more if tramways had been sold for scrap metal

If the municipal public transport company Rīgas satiksme had sold its written off tramways for scrap, revenue from each separate unit would have been more than the near EUR 2,500 – the price paid for each of the 30 tramways sold to the Ukrainian Real-NP company. The latter plans to use them for public transport service in Kharkiv.

Lithuanian experts have prepared conclusions on the cause of Riga Castle fire

Two experts of Lithuanian Fire Investigations Centre arrived in Latvia this Friday, January 31. They came in order to provide investigators of Latvian State Police with results of their investigation into the cause of the fire.

Latvia's retail trade turnover grows 3.8% in 2013

Compared to 2012, total retail trade turnover in 2013 rose by 3.8%. Retail trade in food products has grown by 4.4%, whereas of non-food products – by 3.4%.

Riga 2014 cultural portal to offer live stream of conversation about Alvis Hermanis theatre

Throughout January 31 – February 1, will provide a live stream of a conversation about Alvis Hermanis theatre in Riga.

BTA: black frost could ruin 80% of insured winter crops

Because of the black frost in Latvia, 80% of winter crops are at risk of dying. Considering the current weather conditions, the highest risk of winter crops dying is in central Latvia. This is according to information compiled by BTA Insurance Company about insured winter crops.

Daily joke: trouble

Student: 'Would I get in trouble for something I didn't do?'

Unity discussed Dombrovskis' resignation behind his back

Even before Valdis Dombrovskis' decision to resign, several Unity politicians discussed the possibility of removing him from the post of PM. This was likely the reason why he had suddenly decided it on his own, writes Ir magazine.

Politologist: politicians should propose a better policy, not scare tactics

Latvian politicians should stop scaring people with Russia. They should instead present an effective policy, so that neighbouring countries are not seen as enemies, but as partners, believes politologist Andris Sprūds.

Rīgas satiksme quietly sells old tramways for EUR 3,000 per unit

Riga municipality's owned SIA Rīgas satiksme is proud it has managed to sell on an auction 30 of its old tramways for EUR 74,000. On top of that, RS has also made sure there would not be any 'other' participants in the auction. This made sure the tramways would be acquired by some Ukrainian company.