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Thursday, 12.12.2019, 14:23
After the US Treasury's decision to imopse sanctions on Ventspils mayor Aivars Lembergs (For Latvia and Ventspils) and four legal entities, including Ventspils Freeport Authority, the Latvian state is taking over the ports of Riga and Ventspils, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told journalists Tuesday.
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Consumer payment discipline improved in Latvia over the past year, yet 34% of Latvians failed to pay their bills on time in the past 12 months, according to the latest European Consumer Payment Report presented on Thursday by Intrum credit management company referred LETA.
Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2018 Latvian social protection expenditure accounted for EUR 4 440.2 mln and, it has grown by EUR 457.9 mln or 11.5%, compared to 2017. Expenditure on sickness and heath care grew by 20.2%, on family and children by 9.8%, and on unemployment by 9.7%.
It appears from a Europe-wide study that Tallinn is the fastest segregating capital in Europe and the continuation of segregation at the same pace would lead to the splitting of the population of Tallinn and have a devastating effect on the economy already in a few decades, reported LETA/BNS.
In 2018, over 62% of people aged 16 and over in the European Union reported being happy all of the time (14%) or most of the time (48%) over the past four weeks, while 12% were rarely (8%) or never happy (2%).
In 2017, the number of intentional murders in Latvia reached 5.6 per 100,000 residents, which is the highest figure within the EU, and by one murder per 100,000 more than in 2016, according to information from Eurostat.
nternet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, converting them into instruments for political distortion and societal control. While social media have at times served as a level playing field for civic discussion, they are now tilting dangerously toward illiberalism, exposing citizens to an unprecedented crackdown on their fundamental freedoms. Moreover, a startling variety of governments are deploying advanced tools to identify and monitor users on an immense scale. As a result of these trends, global internet freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2019.