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Monday 24.09.2018 | Name days: Agris, Agrita

Energy producer Eesti Energia records 12% rise in profit, amid high prices

Estonian government-owned energy giant Eesti Energia reached in the second quarter of 2018, net profit totalling 15 million euros, which is a 12%-hike from the same period in 2017.

Fire fighters continue battling still-fuming areas left by Valdgale fire

Liquidation of fuming areas left by Valdgale fire to continue, said Latvia’s State Forests and Environment Protection Office deputy manager Zigmunds Jaunķiķis in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

China's capital to close thousand manufacturers to improve air quality

Beijing in China plans to close about 1,000 manufacturing companies by 2020 as part of efforts to reduce smog and increase income in neighbouring regions, according to state press.

Heat to remain in Latvia this week; intense rainfall expected, too

At the beginning of the week weather in Latvia will be dictated by south-west portion of an active anticyclone. Heavy rainfall is nonetheless expected in the country’s western and central regions, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Merkel's bloc in Germany has lowest rating since 2006

Public ratings for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc that seeks to leave behind an argument over migrant policy, which shook the coalition, has fallen to its lowest level since 2006, according to a ratings poll.

Expert: work group will not agree on MPC system’s liquidation

The work group led by Latvia’s Economy Ministry and charged with finding a way to terminate the mandatory procurement is unlikely to reach an agreement on this matter. The work group may reach an agreement on restoration of reputation for renewable energy industry, says energy expert Juris Ozoliņš.

84 stationary speed cameras currently deployed on Latvia’s roads

Several new speed cameras have been deployed on Latvia’s roads. These will be stationed in Velēna, Nīca, Biksti, Strenči, Vecpiebalga, Jaunbērze, Līvāni, Spāre, Malta, Dunte, as well as near Kalnciems Bridge. This means there will be a total of 84 stationary speed cameras on Latvia’s roads, as reported by Road Safety Directorate.

Latvia’s safety currently ensured by approximately 1,400 NATO troops

There are approximately 1,400 NATO troops currently stationed in Latvia. There are plans to increase this number, as confirmed by Defence Ministry.

Blue-green algae spread more and more in Baltic Sea thanks to human activities

The growth of blue-green algae in the Baltic Sea is a historic occurrence. However, it is thanks to human activities that the intensity of this process continues growing, explains head of Marine Ecology Laboratory of the University of Latvia Elmīra Boikova.

FCMC warns company share owners of possible fraud attempts

Finance and Capital Market Commission has taken notice of certain people suspected of defrauding shares from share owners in companies listed on Nasdaq Riga securities market.

Eleven fire-fighters injured battling pallet factory fire in Riga

State Fire and Rescue Service officers continue working on site in Riga, Lubānas Street, where a fire broke out at a pallet production plant on Thursday, 26 July, says SFRS representative Inta Palkavniece.

Weather in Latvia to remain hot and dry; some area may experience thunderstorms

At the end of the week, atmospheric pressure in Latvia will reduce. With eastern winds carrying some warmer and more humid masses of air to the country, air temperature may reach +30° C… +31° C at times, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Lithuanian authorities mull expanding lobbyist list to NGOs and legal persons

Although Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, opted not to include non-governmental organisations (NGO) in the list of lobbyists last year, the Ministry of Justice is revisiting the idea anew. It wants not only to add NGOs to the lobbyist list, but also allow legal persons to become lobbyists.

Fifteen parties express interest in submitting candidate lists for Saeima elections

Latvia’s Central Election Commission has provided fifteen political parties with access to its candidate list submission software, as confirmed by CEC Information Office manager Kristīne Bērziņa.

Healthcare Ministry not in a hurry to organize final meeting to discuss doctors’ pay

The work group handling matters associated with matters of doctor wages in Latvia needs more time to prepare its report and perform the necessary calculations. This is why the final meeting will not be taking place this week.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.4% in June

Compared to May, the level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.4 % in June 2018. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 0.6 %, prices of building materials – by 0.5 %, but maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.1 %.

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