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Estonian media reject ethics’ breach over suicide reports

Estonian media outlets have rejected criticism from an ethics watchdog that their detailed coverage of a suicide of a 10-year-old went against the best practice of journalism. The media say they had been requested by parents to report and felt the society needed to know.

Sigulda infection cases prove there is need for strict food monitoring

After the many intestinal infection cases in Sigulda, Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service has concluded it is necessary to further improve the knowledge and experience of people employed in food circulation sector, said the service’s head Māris Balodis in an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds.

Last moment to change to winter tyres, Estonian police says

Amid worsening weather conditions in southern Estonia, owners of vehicles equipped with summer tyres, have been advised by the police to immediately change them to winter tyres.

Prime Minister says use of funding for healthcare could benefit from more transparency

We need greater transparency for the division of funding in healthcare so that both doctors and society have an understanding how this money is used, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.

Foreign tourist numbers in Estonia rising with Tallinn area most popular

In Estonia, the number of foreign tourists in September 2019 has risen by 7% as compared to September last year, the country’s official statistics showed.

Z-Towers developer, construction office and Burovs go at each other over Twin Towers

Z-Towers project developers have turned to State Police and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau over intentional delays with the building’s commissioning, as reported by AS Tower Construction Management commercial director Andžejs Neguliners.

Competition Council bashes Riga’s planned waste management tender

Latvia’s Competition Council has voiced 15 complaints about the developed waste management service tender, including the differences among the four planned waste management zones, and the proposal to allow a single contender manage up to 86% of the city’s territory.

11 000 scientists call for action as «climate crisis has arrived»

More than 11 000 scientists in 153 countries have signed a letter, where humanity is encouraged to eat considerably less meat and not to use fossil energy as otherwise world’s people face «untold suffering due to the climate crisis».

Reaching adulthood this year? Why not travel around Europe for free?

Any youngster in Latvia who turns 18 before 31 December 2019 is invited to apply for EU initiative DiscoverEU, which offers the opportunity to travel around all of Europe free of charge, as reported by Agency for International Programs for Youth.

LDz Council refuses to reveal to Saeima compensation paid to ex-managers

The council of Latvian Railway and Latvia’s Transport Ministry as the company shareholder decided not to reveal to Saeima’s Public Expenditures and Audit Committee the exact amount of compensations paid to the company’s ex-managers.

EU: Iran further endangers nuclear deal

Following Iran’s announcement on a new measure in its uranium fuel enrichment plant, the European Commission has voiced concern about the future of the Iran nuclear deal.

Latvian government supports creation of courts for economic affairs

On Tuesday, 5 November, Latvia’s government supported Justice Ministry’s initiative to found a specialized economic affairs court, which could start working 1 January 2021.

Belarus punishes mass MDMA trafficker with 17 years in prison

A court in Belarus has convicted a female Russian citizen of drug trafficking sending her to 17 years in prison, Meduza news portal reports.

Rail Baltica airport station’s construction may cost 250 – 280 million euros for Latvia

Railway project Rail Baltica station’s construction at Riga International Airport may cost around 250 – 280 million euros. The exact amount will be clarified soon – in the second stage of the construction tender, says Rail Baltica implementer in Latvia Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas board chairman Kaspars Vingris.

Polish judge retirement reform violated EU law, bloc’s top court says

The European Court of Justice has ruled on November 5 that Poland has violated the law of the European Union in its reform aimed at lowering the pension age of regular court judges.

airBaltic performs the first Airbus A220-300 C check

Latvian airBaltic airline has successfully completed its first scheduled C check on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Two months ago, airBaltic became the first airline entitled to provide a full scope of maintenance for Airbus A220-300 aircraft type, as confirmed by the company.

More money promised for doctors’ wages next year; Latvia puts embassy plan on hold

Latvia’s government might be able to find an additional amount of approximately EUR 18 million to increase doctors’ wages next year. This plan includes postponing the opening of Latvia’s embassy in Australia, as government representatives told journalists after meeting with healthcare representatives on Tuesday, 5 November.

Estonia to invest EUR 300 million in electrifying all rail network

Estonian state railway company Eesti Raudtee has voiced plans to build electric railway infrastructure on the entire 800-kilometre network would take seven years and 300 million euros to complete.

Economists: growth of Latvia’s industry in September – better than expected

Better than expected – this is how Latvia’s industrial growth rates of September 2019 are described by economists of Latvian banks.

Association leader: doctors are not prepared for a compromise solution

In attempts to resolve the healthcare financing problem in Latvia, healthcare workers are not ready to accept the government’s proposed compromises, said board chairman of Latvian Association of Young Doctors Kārlis Rācenis in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Panorāma.

Poll: Lithuanians and Estonians top list of illegal online content users

Young adults in Lithuania and Estonia have the worst ethics in deliberate accessing of illegal download sources in the European Union, showed the results of a poll conducted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The EUIPO study surveyed people between 15 and 24 from 28 EU countries

Doctor earns up to EUR 39 000 working in the public and private sector

Some Latvian doctor earns approximately EUR 39 000 by working in the public and private sector, according to information from LETA.

EC head regrets Brussels’ lack of involvement in pre-Brexit campaign

«So many lies» were circulated in the United Kingdom prior to the Brexit referendum, says outgoing chairman of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker.

Lawyer: Rimšēvičs as member of ECB Council has immunity from criminal proceedings

Mārtiņš Kvēps, lawyer of the corruption-accused governor of Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, believes, as a member of the European Central Bank, his client has immunity from criminal proceedings, criminal prosecution and criminal charges.

Washington informs UN about leaving Paris climate deal

Washington has informed the UN about the United States leaving the historic Paris climate deal despite being one of the largest emitters of climate-changing greenhouse gases.


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