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Thursday, 03.09.2015, 11:51
According to provisional data from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), Latvia's population as of August 1, 2015 was 1.978 million, and this was by 88,500 persons less than in 2011, the head of the CSB Aija Zigure said during a press conference yesterday, reports LETA.
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The Justice Ministry's amendments to the Criminal Law in Latvia stipulate jail sentences for up to five years for persons convicted of match fixing, reports LETA.
The senior architects sitting on the panel in Riga Town Hall, following lively discussion yesterday, want the debate reopened on the quality of the modern annex for the Occupation of Latvia Museum and whether it matches Old Town's existing buildings, reports LETA.
Due to the losses caused by Russia's embargo in 2014, food producers should view Russia only as a secondary market, not their main market, President Raimonds Vejonis said at the opening ceremony for the food industry fair "Riga Food 2015" today, reports LETA.
To completely refocus on the West or, given accrued expertise and familiarity with the neighbours' mentality, spend additional resources on the East? Entrepreneurs in many industries ask these questions while analysing economic and financial indices as well as public moods in neighbouring countries. Tourism sector is no exception, says Lithuania's State Department of Tourism (VTD), cites LETA/ELTA.
On August 31st, at the European Forum Alpbach in Austria, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkevics, took part in a panel discussion on the European Union’s relations with Russia. The Foreign Minister emphasised that developments in Ukraine will serve as a litmus test on the future of relations between the EU and Russia, reported BC the Latvian MFA.
Current estimates indicate significant savings in organizing the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), as direct spending on the residency from 2013 to 2015 amounted to EUR 45 million, according to the foreign minister's adviser Martins Dregeris told LETA.
On August 31st, a conference takes place in the Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu where officials, scientists, pig farmers and hunters are trying to reach solutions in order to put an end to the spread of the African swine fever in Estonia, the fight against which has cost 2.78 million euros so far, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
In order to popularize Estonian local food, September 2015 is declared for the first time the Estonian Food Month; in total over 30 events dedicated to Estonian food will take place, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
During a special press conference on August 27th, Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) said that approximately 60,000 to 70,000 foreign guests are expected to arrive in Riga for this year's European Men's Basketball Championships (EuroBasket 2015), reports LETA.
With about 70,000 fans expected to converge on Riga from abroad for the European Championship ("EuroBasket" 2015), the Latvian beer giant Aldaris is gearing up for the event with special set-ups in a number of host bars in Old Town and downtown, and a cordoned-off zone at the Freedom Monument, reports LETA.
On August 28, 2015, Eesti Telekom will launch Vunk Garage48, an incubator for start-up companies, writes Äripäev.ee/LETA.
The annual "Gastronomy Festival" starts this week on August 26 and in the course of more than 10 days will take place at almost 60 restaurants, cafes, bars, patisseries, bakeries, and pizzerias in Latvia, informs LETA.
Loreta Grauziniene, Speaker of the Seimas, met with Horacio Muratore, FIBA President, on his first visit in Lithuania, said the press service of the Seimas speaker, reports LETA/ELTA.
Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) has been invited to attend World Economic Forum 2016 in Davos, reports LETA.