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Ceturtdiena 22.03.2018 | Name days: Tamāra, Dziedra

Minister: children with psychological problems should be put where specialists are

Children with psychological problems should be concentrated where there are competent specialists to help them, said Latvian Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Education and science workers trade union oppose sending kids to school at age of 6

Because no answers have been received on multiple matters associated with starting school like at the age of six, Latvian Education and Science Workers' Union opposes this proposal from the Education and Science Ministry.

Weather in Latvia to become warmer next week

On Friday, 2 March, high atmospheric pressure will dictate weather in Latvia. Under its influence the clouds will part and no precipitation will come. Air temperature will stay at -5° C… -9° C, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Putin adds rhetoric of new nuclear weapons to election campaign

With the Russian presidential election of March 18 nearing, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to easily win his fourth term in office, has announced the country has developed new nuclear weapons that were «invincible».

European Parliament: it is necessary to halt terrorism funding

To halt terrorism funding, the European Union member states should monitor suspicious transactions and charity organizations, as well as exchange information about them more actively, members of the European Parliament propose.

CSCB plans to check education institutions in Latvia

Construction State Control Bureau (CSCB) plans to check at least 500 buildings. Focus will be put on protection of less-protected people, which is why the majority of inspections will take place in education institutions, says CSCB representative Elīna Korba.

Average wages in Latvia reached EUR 926 last year

In 2017 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work in Latvia comprised 926 euros. Compared to 2016, the average wages and salaries rose by 67 euros or 7.9 %, moreover in all economic activities.

Saeima to invite Bank of Latvia governor to step down next week

Next week, Latvia’s parliament will decide on whether or not to ask the governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs to step down.

Latvia’s parliament approves amendments that limit bank liquidators’ remuneration

The Saeima has approved in the final reading amendments to the Credit Institutions Law to limit remuneration of bank liquidators and insolvency administrators.

Lithuania: three names stand out in budding presidential race

Of 47 names being mentioned by respondents asked who they want to see a new president in Lithuania in 2019, three names are clearly on top of the list. Gitanas Nausėda, chief economist of SEB Lithuania Bank, leads the pack with 15.6 per cent of support, followed by Saulius Skvernelis, the current Prime Minister with 12.5 per cent, and Visvaldas Matijošaitis, Mayor of Kaunas, Lithuania‘s second-largest city, who is favoured by 12 per cent.

Minors in Latvia often identified as victims of human trafficking

Three forms of human trafficking remain topical – sexual exploitation, fictive marriages and labour force exploitation. Minors are more and more often identified as victims of human trafficking activities in Latvia, said Interior Affairs Ministry’s representative Lāsma Stabiņa.

Billion-euro pulp factory becomes «hot potato» in Estonia

Reacting to the Estonian ministries of finance and environment suggesting that a billion-euro pulp factory planned by the firm EstFor could be erected in either the city of Tartu or the town of Viljandi, the Mayor of Tartu has objected to the idea.

International Olympic Committee has renewed Russia's participation in international Olympic movement

Despite two Russian athletes failing drug tests in Pyeongchang 2018, the International Olympic Committee has renewed the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Overnight discussions end with Riga City Council limiting members’ ability to ask questions

After more than eleven hours of tough talks, Riga City Council accepted amendments to the internal order that limit deputies’ ability to ask questions during meetings. The opposition voted against these changes.

Cyber-attack on German federal ministries investigated

Germany is looking into a computer system security violation to its defence and interior ministries' private networks, as acknowledged by the German Interior Ministry.