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Klauss: human capital in Latvia’s forest industry has low productivity

Compared with other countries, our country’s human capital in the forest industry has low productivity. This can be explained with faster technological development speed in other countries, says CEO of Latvian Forest Industry Federation Kristaps Klauss.

Finns worried about hump-back students and future health problems

Around a third of school-age children in Finland have posture problems earlier associated more with handicraft-loving grandmothers, physiotherapists in the Nordic country have found.

US General: American forces in Baltics will respond to Russia’s aggressive behaviour

American forces stationed in Latvia and its neighbouring countries will respond to Russia’s aggressive behaviour, announced NATO forces Supreme Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparotti announced after his meeting with Latvia’s Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis on Wednesday, 15 March.

Kristovskis about the new master that would work in the interest of Ventspils, not Riga

«It is pitiful that the person chosen as the brightest representative of Latvia’s political world is none other than Aivars Lembergs,» TVNET was told by Girts Kristovskis, who intends to compete in upcoming municipal elections to become mayor of Ventspils.

Number of insurance cases against critical disease increases significantly

Insurance claims for cases of critical diseases like cancer, heart attack and stroke have grown by nearly 70% over the course of the past year, according to data from ERGO.

March 15 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Newspaper: Vilnius’ market currently sustained by Latvian and Estonian small traders

As Lithuanians’ purchasing power declines, emigration remains and many residents decide to go on shopping tours in Poland, the famous Gariunai market is largely sustained by Latvian and Estonian small traders, Verslo žinios writes.

Residents’ ability to cover everyday expenses improves in Latvia

In 2016, population perception of the ability to make ends meet, namely, to pay for usual necessary expenses, has changed positively.

Girts V.Kristovskis to participate in elections in Ventspils as a candidate

Girts Valdis Kristovskis has confirmed his readiness to participate in municipal elections in Ventspils as one of the candidates. Elections are planned to take place on 3 June 2017.

Food waste volumes in the EU reach 180 kg per capita annually

Members of the European Parliament want to reduce the volume of waste buried in landfills to 5% and reduce the volume of food product waste to 50% by 2030, as noted in the document.

SES fines Latvenergo for environmental pollution at Plavini HES

Madona regional office of the State Environment Service has applied a fine to Latvenergo for causing environmental pollution at Plavini Hydro Power Plant in January, as confirmed by SES.

32 environmental projects to be financed in Riga

There are plans to finance 32 environmental projects in Riga. The total cost of first stage projects is planned at EUR 789,392, as reported by Riga City Council representative Dzintra Abolina.

Expert: residents want to buy homes, but lack the money

The majority of Latvian residents – 57% – believe it is now far more economical to buy a home rather than rent, according to a survey by Swedbank.

Tallinn’s Vice Mayor reported as being linked to leading garbage management firm

Tallinn’s Vice Mayor Arvo Sarapuu, who has garbage disposal management and awarding contracts among his duties, is seen by Estonian press as linked to the capital’s leading waste disposal firm via his son-in-law.

Restrictions to be imposed on important commercial companies in Latvia

To ensure protection of state interests in situations when shares are disposed in companies important for Latvia, the Saeima plans to establish restrictions for commercial companies important for national security.

Commander of NATO European forces in Tallinn

NATO is currently enhancing the ties among allied countries in Europe, stated NATO’s supreme commander of allied forces in Europe while on a visit to Estonia.

Virši-A: Lithuania will benefit the most from excise tax changes among Baltics

Finance Ministry’s proposal to raise excise tax will create several major risks, notes Virši-A board member Janis Prieditis.

Ikea goods truckers from Eastern Europe living in trucks for months

Truck drivers, who transport in Western Europe produce of Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea live for several months at a time and are paid less than a third of what their local peers earn.

Will Dutch election continue rise of anti-immigration politicians?

Dutch voters are selecting their national MPs on Wednesday, March 15, and an eurosceptic, anti-Islam and anti-immigration party leading opinion polls in the country.

Number of children living under foster care reduces in Riga

Last year, 88 children were placed under foster care. In total, however, 337 children of the municipality were living under foster care in 2016. This is the lowest index for the past decade, according to information from Riga Orphan’s Court.

Worried about corporate espionage, LTA turns to Security Police for help

Latvian Traders Association has turned to Security Police with a request to assess the matter of delegation of state functions to foreign companies and the matter of possible corporate espionage in relation to Latvian-made software and technologies.

Eurostat: Latvia has the third highest share of renewable energy in the EU

Latvia has the third highest share of renewable energy in the European Union, according to the latest data compiled by Eurostat for 2015.

March 14 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Minister: teachers’ wages in Estonia are higher thanks to a well-organized school network

Compared with the current minimal rate for 30 hours of work for teachers, the increase should be EUR 30 to reach EUR 710 for minimal teachers’ pay rate, according to the schedule for teachers’ pay rise developed by Latvian Education and Science Ministry.

UK House of Lords approves Brexit bill

On Monday, 13 March, UK House of Lords approved the bill for providing authority to Prime Minister Theresa Mary May for the official commencement of talks for United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. A couple of hours prior to that, the bill had been approved by the House of Representatives.

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