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Saturday 17.03.2018 | Name days: Ģertrūde, Gerda, Gertrūde

Olaine prison to have a new training centre for correctional service personnel

On 15th and 16th January, Justice Ministry will organize a meeting for the Norwegian finance instrument’s 2014-2021 planning period. During this period, officials will discuss the progress of the Improved correctional services system. As part of this programme, it is planned to build a new training centre in Olaine prison for correctional service personnel, as reported by the ministry.

Marriott International hotel network enters Latvia’s market

Albert Hotel will be closed down for renovations on Monday, 15 January. It will be reopened in 2019 as AC Hotel Riga part of Marriorr Group. The new Marriott hotel in Latvia will be managed by Legendhotels, as BNN was told by the company.

Weather in Latvia expected to be windy and snowy this week

Weather will change in Latvia this week: more snow and stronger winds are expected in most of the country. On Monday, 15 January, influence of the anticyclone in the country will start declining. A new cyclone will approach Latvia from the west, which will remain until Thursday, as reported by State Environment and Meteorology Centre.

Contest to determine Baltic restaurants with the best wine

Wine served in Latvian and Baltic restaurants will be judged for the first time in a contest organized by Baltic Wine List Awards, as confirmed by the project’s director Inese Ķīkule.

Donation boom continued: Lembergs’ associates generously support UGF

Following the example established by Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes, the closest associates of For Latvia and Ventspils in Ventspils City Council had provided very generous donations to its friendly political party – Union of Greens and Farmers, as concluded by, analyzing information from Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s database.

FVS says it is too soon to conclude quality of EU products differs from country to country

It is too soon to claim that the quality of products sold in the European Union differs from country to country, said Director of Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service (FVS) Ernests Zavadskis on the topic of dual quality of European goods.

airBaltic claims to have punctually carried 99% of transit passengers in 2017

Latvia’s national airBaltic airline carried more than 900,000 transit passengers in 2017. Only 10.8% of them failed to show up for their flights on time for different reasons, including countless worker strikes at European airports and bad weather, as BNN was informed.

Union: unclear how many schools need to be reorganized to afford wage rise for teachers

Latvian Education and Science Workers' Union’s (LESWU) manager Inga Vanaga notes that it is currently unclear as to how many schools have to be reorganized to afford wage rise for teachers.

Maxima Latvija exits from Latvian Federation of Food Companies

Last year, Maxima Latvija decided to discontinue its membership in Latvian Federation of Food Companies and instead coordinate matters associated with the industry by communicating with different organization individually, the company reports.

Minister: additional amount of 160 million euros planned for pensions in Latvia

Last year, multiple important legislative drafts were approved, securing pension rise by allocating an additional amount of at least EUR 160 million, says Latvian Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs.

Lithuania President exhorts mayors to be more proactive in tackling devastating emigration

A research by the Lithuanian bureau of the International Organization for Migration introduced to all the mayors and a couple dozen editors-in-chief of national and regional newspapers in the Presidential Palace Wednesday makes the same conclusion: emigration is Lithuania’s biggest scourge – the view is shared by the President’s Office and the Lithuanian population alike.

Family doctors in Latvian regions still experience problems with e-health system

Family doctors are still unable to use the e-health system because of problems and errors with its functionality.

Stores in Latvia will no longer provide plastic bags free of charge

To contribute to the reduction of the volume of waste and encourage more rational use of resources, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has developed a new proposal for Packaging Law. Changes state that plastic bags will no longer be provided in different stores free of charge starting from 1 January 2019.

Non-Citizens Congress initiator: Yes, enough to shoot at one-third of the Saeima

During a search in the home of Non-Citizens Congress initiator Jurijs Aleksejevs, against whom a criminal process is launched for fostering national hate, Latvian Security Police found pistol ammunition.

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