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Sunday 26.03.2017 | Name days: Eiženija, Ženija

Murniece: presence of US military is important for security of Baltic States

The presence of American and NATO armed forces in the Baltic region is a politically important signal in a time when large Russian military force armed with modern weapons stands just outside of NATO’s outer border, Saeima speaker Inara Murniece said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.