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State Audit: Healthcare Ministry had no right to reveal RAKUS audit results

State Audit criticizes Healthcare Ministry for revealing facts from an audit report, as it is prohibited to publish information before reports come into force.

SFRS: young people express increased interest in becoming fire fighters

Youngsters tend to express interest in becoming fire fighters, said Chief of State Fire and Rescue Service Oskars Abolins told Rīta panorama, adding that this can be explained with increased wages.

Ex-KNAB officials: there was no reason to end the «oligarchs case»

Former officials of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau believe the prosecutor’s office and KNAB had no reasons to end the so-called oligarchs case. Nevertheless, they are not surprised about this outcome.

Poland «cleans» its army leadership from Soviet Era servicemen

In the Polish Armed Forces, around 90% of its highest servicemen have been substituted, as the country’s Defence Ministry performs was changes in the Polish army.

Balta: poor weather conditions significantly affect road quality

«In the first two months of 2017, we have received 59 insurance claims to cover losses caused low-quality road surface and more than EUR 20,000 has been reserved for compensations,» as reported by Balta insurance association.

Estonia celebrates 99th anniversary since declaration of its independence

On February 24, it is Estonia’s Independence Day, which commemorates the time in February 1918, when a short period of foreign power vacuum was used to declare the establishment of the Republic of Estonia.

Welfare Ministry proposes reducing overtime pay

Latvian Welfare Ministry proposes reducing overtime pay for the first time two hours by half, says WM Egils Zarins.

SRS urges residents to use return option for overpaid PIT

Next week, Latvian State Revenue Service will begin accepting income declarations for 2016 for the repayment of PIT. The list of justifiable expenses has been expanded this year, allowing residents to recover part of the money paid for child interest clubs, SRS reports.

Major Lithuanian cities’ mayors frown at Government’s refugee relocation plan

With the refugee centre in Rukla in central Lithuania full and tensions in the settlement simmering, the Lithuanian Government has come up with a plan to shut eventually down the centre, relocating its dwellers to Lithuanian municipalities.

Meteorologists predict more snow in Latvia this week

Weather in Latvia will remain dictated by an active cyclone this week. Because of that, frequent bursts of precipitation are expected. Wind speed will be high and there is a risk of a blizzard, as reported by the State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

HM: management of finances and resources has not been effective in Riga Eastern Hospital

«Insufficiently active management and unreasonable decisions made by the management of Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital have significantly affected financial results of this healthcare institution,» believes Latvian Healthcare Ministry.

Estonia with its start-up visas attracts specialists from Ukraine and India

In January 2017, Estonia introduced a special start-up visa programme, to which 50 specialists have applied, mostly from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and India.

Survey: Latvian residents’ comprehension of life insurance is low

Only approximately every third Latvian resident is certain that life insurance should be necessary for people with large debts. This means residents’ overall understanding of the concept of life insurance is low, as stated in the survey performed by ERGO, DNB Bank and SKDS, comparing results with average indexes in other European countries.

Baldzens: Latvia’s education system is over-financed; teachers are not to blame

Teachers’ pay must not rely on how successfully the government and municipality handle school network’s reorganization, said the head of Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia Egils Baldzens told Rīta panorama on Thursday, 23 February.

Latvian Saeima ratifies EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

On Thursday, 23 February, Latvia’s parliament ratified the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

UN: 20 million people to face famine over next six months

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that to avert famine in several African nations and Yemen, the organisation would need 4.4 billion U.S. dollars.

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