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Facebook tries out turning off «likes» to curb user competition for reactions

Not to show the number of thumbs-up and other reactions on posts – such is the novelty introduced as a test on Friday, September 27, in Australia by Facebook with the declared aim of easing competition among users.

Latvian Saeima supports idea to automatically give children citizenship

In the second reading, Latvia’s Saeima supported the legislative draft On Provision of Citizen’s Status to Children of Non-Citizens. It states that children born after 1 January 2020 will no longer be provided with non-citizen status, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Estonian teacher pay rise insufficient to attract many young specialists

The minimal monthly salary in Estonia will be raised in 2020 by 65 euros, yet it is not enough to reach the average national wage that, teachers hope, could make the profession competitive enough to keep the average teacher age from rising even more.

Weekends in Latvia expected to be equally rainy and windy

On Friday, 27 September, weather in Latvia will be mostly dry and sunny, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Rīgas satiksme evaluates corruption in 406 posts. Board members and managers at risk

The biggest corruption risks are found for board members, managers of structure units and other high-rank posts of public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme, as the work group created by the company concluded after assessing 406 posts.

PNB Bank fails to overturn FCMC’s imposed restrictions

Administrative Regional Court has declined the request submitted by insolvent PNB Bank on lifting the shut-down of operations applied by the Finance and Capital Market Commission, as confirmed by the assistant to the court’s chairman Sandis Zellis.

Wages of employed people in Latvia up 6.7%

Compared to August 2018, construction costs rose by 3.9 %. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 6.7 %, prices of building materials – by 3.6 %, and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 2.4 %.

Ousted Lithuanian president Rolandas Paksas inches closer to Seimas

Hardly any other Lithuanian politician is so much loathed as the country’s former president Rolandas Paksas. Ousted for perjury and obstruction of justice in 2004, he was slapped with a life-time ban to run for a constitutional oath-requiring office in Lithuania, yet he retained eligibility for the European Parliament elections.

NATO rejects Putin’s missile moratorium offer, TASS reports

Russian news agency TASS reports that in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin sending an offer to introduce a moratorium on intermediate- and shorter-range missile deployment in some regions, NATO has described it as not being credible.

Constitutional Court: the essence of the state is providing people a decent life

«This is the essence in our country – providing residents a decent life and freedom,» said chairperson of the Constitutional Court of Latvia Ineta Ziemele in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds in relation to decision-making in the Constitutional Court.

Burovs admits having no stable team in Riga City Council

In spite of the fact that more than a month has passed since being elected as mayor of Riga, Oļegs Burovs still has not succeeded in forming a team, the mayor admits.

State budget expenditures grow more rapidly than revenue in Latvia

Latvia’s consolidated budget had a surplus of EUR 596.8 million in the January-August period. This amount, though considerable, is still EUR 127.1 million below that of the same period of 2018, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Pension indexation: people with the biggest work experience to benefit the most

1 October 2019 will mark indexation of pensions and benefits. People with the biggest work experience will benefit the most from this.

City council approves: Riga to have tourism fee in 2021

Riga City Council has decided that from 2021 onward there will be a tourism fee in Latvia’ capital city – EUR 1 for a day in the city, as confirmed by the municipality.

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