Posts published in Day: March 11, 2019

At least 15 schools to be reorganized and at least 5 schools liquidated in Latvia

Monday, March 11, 2019

At least 15 educational institutions will be reorganized this year, while five schools will be liquidated, although the total number may be even higher as some local governments, including Riga, have not yet finalized their school network optimization plans, according to the Education and Science Ministry’s data informed LETA. At least seven schools will have their status changed by the 2019-2020 school year: Liepna High School and Tume High School…

Israeli Navy Prepared To “Block” Iranian Oil Transit, Netanyahu Threatens

Monday, March 11, 2019

Short of last month’s incident wherein Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared via Twitter that he’s seeking “war with Iran”, new comments issued this week represent the most aggressive declaration of how far Israel is willing to go to thwart Iran in the region. Echoing the Trump administration’s desire to bring Iranian exports to zero through sanctions, Netatyahu said on Wednesday that he’s considering ordering Israel’s Navy to target Iranian oil tankers to prevent…

Eurobarometer: Most residents see healthcare and social protection as main problems in Latvia

Monday, March 11, 2019

According to a Eurobarometer survey, most Latvian residents see healthcare and social protection as the main problems in the country. 42% of respondents mentioned healthcare and social protection as the main problems in Latvia, 25% mentioned the high cost of living, 24% mentioned the pension system, 23% mentioned the tax system, while 19 percent mentioned unemployment as the main problem in the country. Meanwhile, when looking at the main problems…

Ādaži Military Base is again in the centre of scandal

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, March 11, 2019

Residents of nearby villages express anger with what is going on in the soldier canteen on the Ādaži Military Base. One of the local employee in the interview for the Latvian TV channel said that sometimes the soldiers are given disposable tableware mainly made of plastic. She considers it not only unaesthetic, but also it harms public health and the environment. Latvian journalists had coordinated the visit to the base…

Defense Ministry cancels procurement of armored vehicles and will announce new one

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Defense Ministry of Latvia has cancelled a EUR 200 million-worth procurement of 4×4 armored vehicles, and will announce a new one in the near future, LETA was informed by the Defense Ministry. The Procurement Committee has established that it is not possible to eliminate the shortcomings ascertained by the Procurement Monitoring Bureau within the current procurement, and a new one will be announced in the nearest future. As reported,…

M.Dukurs triumphs in Skeleton World Championships

Monday, March 11, 2019

Latvia’s Martins Dukurs triumphed at the Skeleton World Championships in Whistler on Friday. This was the sixth World Championship title for M.Dukurs. Meanwhile, his brother Tomass Dukurus let the bronze slip out of his grasp in the final heat, and finished in overall fifth place. Russia’s Nikita Tregubov took the silver, while South Korea’s Yun Sung-Bin took the bronze.

Women’s rights activists march in Vilnius to draw attention to discrimination

Monday, March 11, 2019

Women’s rights activists staged a march through central Vilnius on Friday to draw attention to discrimination and the gender wage gap. Participants sang songs and held banners slamming sexism, discrimination and violence against women as they marched from the Cathedral to the government building. Inga Ruginiene, one of organizers, said Lithuania lags behind other EU member states in terms of the pay gap and women in the country face other problems as…

Lithuania celebrates 29 years of restored independence

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lithuania celebrates on Monday the 29th anniversary of restoration of independence. The Seimas will hold a solemn sitting to mark the historic separation from the Soviet Union and marches, free excursions and concerts will take place across the country. The flags of the three Baltic states will be hoisted in a ceremony in Independence Square in front of the parliament building in Vilnius at noon. The ceremony will be followed by…

Caution needed with Chinese tunnel investors

Monday, March 11, 2019

Chinese investors interested in backing the propsed Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel need to be treated with caution, according to China expert Leslie Leino. Writing in daily Postimees, Mr Leino said that such consortia are only likely to invest abroad if they have party approval at home and high-level local help. Chinese investment group Touchstone Capital Partners announced on Friday that it was prepared to put the requisite €15 billion into the tunnel,…

President Kaljulaid on working visit to US this week

Monday, March 11, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a working visit to the US this week, where she is scheduled to meet with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), participate in the work of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), as well as meet with a number of state leaders and ambassadors to the UN to discuss Estonia’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN…