Posts published in Day: February 16, 2019

Number of dairy herds in Latvia drops 10.4% over past year

Saturday, February 16, 2019

In January 2019 the number of dairy herds in Latvia had dropped by 10.4 percent from January 2018, according to information released by the Agricultural Data Center. In January this year, there were 14,342 registered dairy herds in Latvia, down 10.4% from the same period a year ago. Of the total number, 6,424 herds were supplying milk to dairy plants, down 5.6% from 6,808 herds in January 2018. Data on…

Lithuanian lawmakers set to backtrack on «Norwegian-type» child welfare protection

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Lithuanian lawmakers have sent this week a mixed message on their resolve to root out child abuse in Lithuanian families. As the MPs backtracked from the stringent Norwegian-type child welfare protection law to a more lenient one, not-criminalizing corporal punishment in certain cases, some experts warn that the reverse can trigger a spike of child abuse cases. A savage beating and the consequent death of a four-year old boy,…

Riga City Council planning to shut down two schools and merge eight

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Riga City Council is planning to shut down two schools and merge eight, and the fate of another two schools will be decided in 2020. The Riga City Council explains that, according to decisions made by the Commission for Optimization of Educational Institutions Network in Riga, several schools will be merged, and some liquidated, over the next three years in order to ensure availability of quality primary and secondary…

Court sets EUR 200,000 bail for former Rigas Satiksme head Bemhens

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Riga City Vidzeme District Court today set a bail of EUR 200,000 for Leons Bemhens, the former head of Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company who has been arrested in connection with an ongoing probe into alleged corruption in the company. Bemhens will be released from custody when the bail is paid to the Treasury. Bemhens was absent from the court and participated in today’s hearing via a video conference…