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Wednesday 24.04.2019 | Name days: Nameda, Visvaldis, Ritvaldis

Latvia to improve low-level radiation measuring capabilities

Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, in cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency, has commenced a project to help improve calibration of radiation-measuring equipment and radiation dosimetry for workers in Latvia.

SEMS: people with flu should remain indoors for the duration of influenza epidemic

People suffering from influenza or other illnesses of the upper respiratory system should stay home and contact their family doctor as soon as the first symptoms appear to commence treatment as soon as possible, as noted by State Emergency Medical Service (SEMS).

Syria peace conference calls for elections, but main opposition issues – unheard

During a Russian-held Syria peace conference, a statement has been passed encouraging organising democratic elections in the war-torn Middle East country, yet not mentioning key demands from opposition forces.

Bank: most Latvian residents do not follow their pension profitability

36% of Latvian residents are unaware as to where they can acquire information about the profitability of their 2nd level pension plan. Every tenth respondents honestly admitted not knowing who manages their pension, according to data from a survey performed by Norvik Bank.

Estonian industrial production increases by 8% in 2017

Estonian industrial companies made by 8% more produce in 2017 than in 2016 and volumes went up most in mining and manufacturing, according to official statistics.

Butter goes cheaper in Estonia; producers speak of unpredictable price fluctuations

Price of butter in Estonia has dropped after its peak and shortages in 2017, yet it is unclear to producers if the record price level would not return.

Ministry: fuel and food trade secured the biggest retail trade growth in the last 2.5 years

Retail trade turnover in December 2017, when compared with the same month of 2016, had increased 6.4%, demonstrating the most rapid growth since June 2015. This increase was largely secured by growing trade of fuel and food products – 8.3% and 8.8% respectively, as detailed in Finance Ministry’s report.

Putin generalises U.S. list of Russian oligarchs and officials as move against all population

Reacting to Russian senior officials and billionaires being placed on a U.S. list related to a sanctions' law, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has evaluated that the move is targeting all Russians.

Saeima members: healthcare budget’s increase should be used to help cancer patients

The oncological field in Latvia is going through revival now. A green corridor system has been adopted, and cancer patients will soon have access to new and innovative state-financed cancer treatment drugs. Nevertheless, there are still many problems that need resolving, says chairman of Saeima’s Public Health Sub-Committee Romualds Ražuks.

VW CEO assumes responsibility for exhaust experiments on humans and monkeys

Scandal-scarred German automotive giant Volkswagen has assumed partial responsibility for diesel fume experiments with humans and monkeys.

SEB survey: 23% of residents would like to change housing, but cannot afford it

Nearly 23% of Latvia’s residents would like to change their current housing, but are unable to afford it. This is because they either have not money to do it on their own, or cannot afford a loan, as concluded in SEB Bank’s survey.

Ratas encourages EU to look into dropping annual switch summer time

Estonian head of government Jüri Ratas has voiced his support to the idea of the EU dropping the European Summer Time in accordance to which clocks are turned by one hour forward from spring to fall in the majority of EU member states.

Latvia’s retail trade turnover increased 4.2% in 2017

Compared to 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 4.2 % in 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 3.9 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, grew by 5.1%, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 2.9 %.

Maxima sees surge of sales of vegetarian and vegan food products

Sales of vegetarian and vegan food products have grown more than 70% in Maxima Latvia stores, as BNN was informed by the company.