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Bickovics re-elected in the post of Chairman of Supreme Court of Latvia

This Thursday, 28 May, Saeima re-elected Ivars Bickovics in the post of Chairman of the Supreme Court of Latvia. 53 deputies voted in favour of this decision, 27 voted against and 4 deputies abstained from the vote.

Weekend destination: blooming rhododendrons in LU Botanical Garden

The end of May and the first days of June is the peak period of blooming rhododendrons in the Botanical Garden of University of Latvia. It is a time when the air is relatively cool. This allows flowers to gradually bloom and maintain the richness of colour and spring freshness.

Stricter regulations to be added to fast loan costs and interest rates for delayed payments

This Thursday, 28 May, the Saeima supported amendments that provide stricter regulation of fast loan services, including a full prohibition to provide fast loan services at night.

Photo: South American monkeys enjoy their new summer home in Riga Zoo

Riga Zoological Garden has opened a new summer home for South American monkeys. Their new home will protect them from attacks by crows and gulls. The glass barrier walls will prevent monkeys from receiving any dangerous «treats» from visitors.

Meetings with presidential candidates do not change position of Saeima factions

Most Saeima factions held meetings with presidential candidates on Wednesday, 27 May. However, it seems these meetings have not changed political parties’ decisions regarding presidential election plans.

Saeima to decide on stricter regulation of fast credits

This Thursday, 28 May, the Saeima will view amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Law in the final reading. These particular amendments are meant to introduce stricter regulations over fast loans industry. This includes a complete prohibition to provide fast loan services at night.

Excise tax on alcohol to rise starting with August

Excise tax on alcoholic drinks should be increased starting with 1 August 2015. This is the decision made by the Saeima Budget-Finance Committee in regard to amendments to Excise Tax Law this Wednesday, 27 May.

Latvia's population declines by 15,400 people

In the beginning of 2015, Latvia’s population accounted for 1 million 986.1 thousand people, which is 15.4 thousand less than a year before.

Three presidential candidates are prepared to remain for two terms

Three out of four presidential candidates – Defence Minister Raimnds Vejonis, Egils Levits and Martins Bondars – are prepared to remain in the post of President of Latvia for two consecutive terms.

Customs Police put an end to cocaine smuggling operation

Customs Police of State Revenue Service have submitted materials of a criminal case regarding criminal prosecution of a group of individuals for storage, smuggling and realization of cocaine in especially large amount.

Poll: 23% of Latvian workers planning to work abroad

23 percent of Latvian workers plan to work abroad this year, which is the highest percentage of aspiring guest workers among the Baltic states' workforces, according to an opinion poll carried out by a recruitment company.

Baltics in with NATO surveillance drone plan

In airspaces of the three Baltic states, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance system drones are expected to be used from 2017 for reconnaissance and collection of information about possible adversaries and possible targets.

Police in Switzerland arrests FIFA executives over corruption charges

Police in Switzerland has arrested a number of executives of the world's football governing body FIFA over corruption charges. The arrests have taken place days before the organisation that comprises 209 national football associations votes for its next president.

Government to request constant NATO military presence in Latvia

This Tuesday, 26 May, Latvian Cabinet of Ministers reviewed a report regarding Latvia’s membership in NATO and agreed that it is necessary to request constant NATO military presence in Latvia, said Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma.

Finance Ministry predicts 2.1% GDP growth and 0.4% inflation for 2015

In total, Latvia’s GDP growth could reach 2.1% in 2015. Inflation growth is expected at 0.4%, Latvian Finance Ministry predicts.

The things that bother people the most during flights

More and more low-cost airlines make passenger flights more accessible for more and more people. According to results of a survey carried out by one of the biggest tourism companies in Latvia – Latvia Tours – approximately one-third of interviewed residents of Latvia believe other passengers are the biggest source of discomfort during flight.