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What's better in new Apple crop and what's useful?

U.S. tech giant Apple has launched three new smartphones and a redesigned smartwatch. With the new X series iPhones the firm has tackled the two key smartphone problems – fragile screens and frequent charging.

People who chop down trees in Riga’s historic centre will have to plant new ones

In accordance with the decision made by Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee on Thursday, 13 September, people who own land in Riga’s historic centre will have to plant new trees to replace trees that died or were chopped down without permission.

Coming days expected to be rainy; weather to get warmer next week

Weather in Latvia will be cloudy and rainy on Friday and Saturday this week. Western regions of Latvia may experience short-term rain, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Blackstone foundation becomes Luminor Bank’s strategic investor

Blackstone Group L.P investment fund has become the strategic investor for Luminor Bank. This fund’s investment is EUR 1 billion, as reported by the bank.

Vote on open election of state president progresses – draft supported for 2nd reading

On Thursday, 13 September, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee supported for the second reading amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia that provide for election of the state president through an open vote by the Saeima, as confirmed by the parliament’s press-service.

Government to list cases in which food will be allowed to be distributed after expiry date’s end

On Thursday, 13 September, Saeima deputies conceptually supported amendment to the Law on the Supervision of the Handling of Food. These amendments provide for the Cabinet of Ministers to list cases in which it will be allowed to distribute food products after expiry date’s end, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Saeima asks government to develop regulation for automatic repayment of overpaid taxes

On Thursday, 13 September, Latvian Saeima decided to ask the Cabinet of Ministers to develop regulations so that residents are able to receive back overpaid taxes automatically, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Estonia sees continued passenger decline in Tartu Airport

The airport near Estonia's second city Tartu has experienced continued decline in passenger numbers, down to 2 000 per month in August, which offers flights to and from Helsinki in Finland every day.

Russian state archaeologists blamed for possible hiding of Stalinist executions

Kremlin-established Russian Military History Society conducts archaeological digs in near the border with Finland, which, according to human rights activists seems to been an attempt to manipulate the mass executions of the Stalinist era.

Getliņi EKO wants to borrow EUR 800,000 to re-cultivate old waste hill

Getliņi landfill management company Getliņi EKO has made an open call to borrow EUR 800,000 in order to finance the re-cultivation of an old waste hill and plans to build a bio-mass processing plant, says Getliņi EKO public relations specialist Linda Vītola-Barānova.

Latvian Saeima wants more control over trade of goods and services on the internet

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has conceptually supported amendments to the Taxes and Duties Law that provide for stricter control for the circulation of goods and services on the internet, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Saeima deputies fail to arrive at meeting to discuss open presidential elections

Due to the fact that not enough Saeima deputies showed up for the meeting of the parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday, 12 September, it was not possible to review amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia on open election of the state president, said the committee’s chairman Gaidis Bērziņš.

Youth Guarantee programme extended for 21 professions in Latvia

Submission of applications for unemployed youngsters aged 17 to 29 to participate in Youth Guarantee programme has been extended until the end of September. Extension applies to studies in 18 vocational education institutions around Latvia that offer training in 21 professions within twelve months, says State Education Development Agency’s representative Kristīne Keiča.

Will residents see «KGB records» before elections? Saeima supports publication of KGB papers in 2018

On Wednesday, 12 September, Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee supported in the second reading publication of KGB archive documents on the internet in 2018.

Global climate city title given to ambitious Uppsala in Sweden

The title of the global climate city of the year by the World Wide Fund for Nature has been awarded to Uppsala in Sweden, which plans to have fossil-free local transport by the year 2030.