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Parents: our children are not cows to be milked

A public initiative posted on manabalss.lv has received nearly 7,000 signatures in favour of preserving the current order and allowing parents to decide at what age to send their children to school – at six, seven or eight years.

Ministry: hybrid threats noticed in Ukraine are also observed in Europe

«Considering the established security situation and looking towards the east, developments in that area make one think of hybrid threats and cyber-attacks, which have become a considerable challenge nowadays. Cyber-attacks are also often used to accomplish political goals,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica.

LRA: Āgenskalns market will have to be closed down due to lasting negligence

Because of lasting negligence, Āgenskalns market will be inevitably closed down for an indefinite period of time to prevent possible health and safety risks, reported Latvian Association of Regions/For Latvia’s Development faction in Riga City Council.

Estonian Citizen of 2017 stands for granting citizenship to stateless people

The title of Estonia’s Citizen of the Year has been on Monday given to social businessman Rasmus Rask, who has subsequently suggested for the Baltic state to grant citizenship to its tens of thousands of stateless persons, who have not passed the tests needed for acquiring the citizenship.

Association: soon Latvia will have a way to measure cleaning quality

A national cleaning standard has come into force in Latvia. This measurement system will help monitor cleaning quality and establish criteria for evaluation. The standard offers a way to set a desired result and objective ways to check it has been reached, says Latvian Professional Cleaning and Management Association CEO Jānis Ozoliņš.

Construction costs in Latvia grow 0.3%

Compared to September, the level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 0.3 % in October 2017. Labour remuneration of workers went up by 0.5 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment by 0.4 %, and prices of building materials by 0.2 %.

Authorities discover outbreaks of food-caused intestinal infections in nearly 30 schools

Disease Prevention and Control Centre discovered cases of intestinal infections caused by poor food products in 27 education institutions last year, as reported by SPKC representative Rita Korotinska at a conference on eating habits of pupils of education institutions.

Estonian ship guards in India acquitted after four years in prison

Fourteen ship guards from Estonia have been acquitted by a court in India after they have spent four years in prison in the Southern Asian country. A total of 35 men imprisoned in India were on Monday, November 27, acquitted of illegally possessing firearms while entering Indian waters on the board of an anti-piracy ship in 2013.

Grindeks turnover in Baltic State grew 11% in 2017

Grindeks turnover was EUR 95.9 million in the first nine months of 2017, which is EUR 23.5 million or 32% more than in last year’s period, according to unaudited financial accounts submitted to Nasdaq Riga.

Foreign scientists positive about cooperation with Latvian colleagues

The majority of foreign scientists are optimistic towards possibilities of establishing cooperation with their Latvian colleagues, as concluded in in a study performed by Diaspora and Migration Research Centre University of Latvia in cooperation with Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Kučinskis: Latvian ports should attract cargoes from Belarus

«Latvia is interested in trilateral cooperation with Belarus and China, especially in regards to attraction of cargoes from Great Stone industrial park for Latvian ports,» says Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Journalists details Lembergs, Šlesers and Šķēle eras in Diena

Journalist Guntis Bojārs, who was once the acting editor of Diena newspaper, mentioned in his testimony to Saeima’s investigative committee periods when Aivars Lembergs, Ainārs Šlesers and Andris Šķēle tried influencing work there.

Fate of Āgenskalns market remains unclear

Following the initiative from the Latvian Association of Regions/For Latvia’s Development faction in Riga City Council, opposition deputies have prepared a proposal to call an extraordinary meeting of the city council’s city property committee to invite the management of Riga Central Market to explain the fate of Āgenskalns market.

PTAC: often discounts are misleading

Traders in Latvia often abuse residents’ desire to purchase goods at a discount, said Consumer Rights Protection Centre’s director Baiba Vītoliņa said in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Cash used in less than half of payments in Estonia, ECB survey finds

Less than a half, 48%, of all money transactions performed at points of sale in Estonia in 2016 were done with cash, a survey by the European Central Bank suggested.

Reconstruction of Laima clock in Riga commences

To prepare for Latvia’s centenary, confectionery company Laima has commenced reconstruction of the Laima clock in Riga. Work is scheduled to conclude on 29 December 2017. A total of EUR 106,000 has been invested in reconstruction, BNN was told by the company.

Study: 50% of Baltic residents suffer from stress-induced sleep disorders

An average of 50% of Baltic residents suffer from stress-induced sleep disorders. This includes 43.8% in Latvia, according to a study performed by pharmaceutical company Sanofi-aventis and Rinkos tyrimų centras.

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