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Monday 18.12.2017 | Name days: Klinta, Kristaps, Kristofers, Krists

Estonia pushes for EU-wide alcohol policy

The European Union needs joint policy in the field of alcohol evaluated Estonian Health and Labour Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski reasoning that it could be effective in limiting the harm caused by large consumption and member states' differing alcohol policies.

Russia-related Facebook posts have been shown to 126 million American users

The U.S. social networking site Facebook has stated that since 2015 content posted by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin has been shown to 126 million American users.

SRS to check if construction companies use electronic work time tracking system

To check how construction companies are doing with electronic work time tracking system’s introduction, Latvian State Revenue Service has commenced inspections in the construction sector, BNN was informed by SRS.

Putin unveils Russian memorial to Stalin’s Soviet victims

The long-time President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has opened the country’s first official memorial to victims of Soviet mass repressions committed under the rule of Joseph Stalin.

Čakša: Healthcare Ministry’s talks with family doctors no longer progress on-topic

Talks between family doctors and Healthcare Ministry have entered a phase in which discussions no longer progress on-topic, said Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša in an interview to Rīta panorama.

Lithuanian court convicts supporter of Stalin, Soviet deportations

A court in Lithuania has handed a house arrest to a man for expressing public support to notorious head of the former USSR, Joseph Stalin, and Soviet crimes against Lithuanians.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia increases 4.9%

Compared to September 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 4.9 % in September 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 5.7 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, grew by 7.4 %, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel fell by 1.7 %.

LRA: boarding school pupils are not to blame because ESM is unable to plan reforms

«Pupils and teachers of boarding schools are not to blame for the fact that Education and Science Ministry is unable to plan its reforms in a long-term perspective,» said Latvian Association of Regions deputy Varis Krūmiņš.

One-third of Latvian residents are open to loans to afford a major purchase

31% of Latvian residents plan to make a major purchase worth up to ten thousand euros in the next six months, according to results of Norvik Bank’s survey.

Latvian state allocates EUR 30 million for winter season road maintenance

Latvian government has decided to allocate EUR 30 million to Latvian State Roads for road maintenance during the winter season, as confirmed by LVC chairman Jānis Lange in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

De Facto: glass collected in Latvia is not used to produce bottles – it gets buried under roads

Unlike Estonia and Lithuania, where glass bottles are recycled to produce new bottles and jars, glass in Latvia is ground into sand and used as a construction material. According to accessible documents, large volumes of glass are recycled in such a way, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

November to kick off with warmer weather in Latvia

The beginning of the new week will remain windy and rainy in Latvia. On Monday, 30 October, weather in Latvia will be dictated by the western portion of an active cyclone, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia prepares a new secret army mobilization plan

Latvian Defence Ministry has developed a new army mobilization plan to replace the current plan, which was approved by the government in 2006.

Madrid takes over Catalan institutions, assumes Puigdemont could be jailed

The Foreign Minister of Spain, Alfonso Dastis, has stated the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who has been deposed by Madrid, could run in new elections in December and also emphasised that could happen only if he was not in prison.

Reirs: it is important to reduce poverty risks and encourage honest paying of taxes

Participating in ‘National Development Plan 2020 – half-way through: can Latvian achieve its goals?’ conference, Latvian Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs emphasized how important it is to reduce inequality and poverty risks.

Kučinskis: Latvia’s economic breakthrough requires clear and realistic goals

Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis participated in the conference titled ‘National Development Plan 2020 – half-way through: can Latvian achieve its goals?’ on Friday, 27 October. During his speech, Kučinskis noted that for Latvia to experience economic breakthrough, it is important to establish specific goals.

Latvian family doctors to continue ‘slow’ strike

Latvian Family Doctors Association’s board has decided to continue the ‘slow’ strike. During a meeting, member of the board discussed Healthcare Ministry’s response to the association’s proposal regarding the signing of a general agreement for family doctors’ work.