Posts published in Day: July 17, 2020

Architectural history: Kalnciema Street

Friday, July 17, 2020

Kalnciema Street on the left bank of the River Daugava in Riga is one of the city’s hotspots of culture and entertainment, with markets, pubs, events and concerts all year round. Some fifteen years ago, though, it was in a poor state and set to be demolished. How did it come to be the buzz it is now? To be or not to be – to demolish or restore. This dilemma comes into…

Latvian animation “My Favorite War” makes it to Ottawa

Friday, July 17, 2020

Ottawa International Animation Festival/OIAF has chosen to show the film “My Favorite War” by Latvian director Ilze Burkovska-Jakobsena, as published on the festival’s website July 17. 1950 film applications from 84 countries had been received this year. The competition program includes 92 short films and 6 full-featured animation films. Ottawa’s International Animation Festival will take place this year September 23 to October 4  online  . The autobiographical theme-based story “My Favorite…

Data on wages and impacting factors in Latvia compiled

Friday, July 17, 2020

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2018 the highest wages and salaries were received by ship and aircraft controllers and technicians, whose gross monthly wage on average comprised EUR 3 279, according to data published by CSB July 17 . Managers of information and communication technologies sector (EUR 2 931), software and applications developers and analysts (EUR 2 644) were also among the best paid occupational groups.  The best paid employee occupational groups in…

Actual unemployment rate in Latvia 9.8%, registered 8.6% in June

Friday, July 17, 2020

Data of the Labor Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in June 2020 actual unemployment rate comprised 9.8 %, which is 0.2 percentage points more than in May, CSB reported July 17 .  Unemployment rate increase may be observed also when comparing the data to the June of the previous year – of 3.5 percentage points in actual unemployment rate and of 2.6 percentage points in registered unemployment rate. In June 2020…

President Levits: Too many of us are drowning

Friday, July 17, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits attended a water safety workshop for children July 17, using the opportunity to call for greater awareness of the dangers associated with water. Dozens of lives are lost each year in Latvia’s lakes, rivers and sea, most of them clearly preventable. At present, Latvia ranks among the top two in the European Union in terms of the number of fatalities on the water per head of…

Secret massages and ill-advised parties. Lithuanian epidemiologist shares bizarre quarantine stories

Friday, July 17, 2020

Ginreta Megelinskienė, a specialist with the National Public Health Centre (NVSC), shares some of the strangest anecdotes about people‘s behaviour during the coronavirus crisis. Even five months after the first Covid-19 case was diagnosed in Lithuania, people still often lack basic common sense, hiding contacts with infected friends or colleagues and ignoring self-isolation requirements, according to Megelinskienė. “Some people with symptoms, who had had contact with those infected, categorically resisted…

Riga blames Moscow for destroying Latvian transit

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, July 17, 2020

The Latvian Ministry of Transport has published transit industry statistics this week. These figures show the total collapse of the transit sector of the economy. It is surprising, but officials have not admitted that the main reason for the decadence of Latvian ports and railways is Riga’s anti-Russian policy. However, it is quite obvious that the collapse of the transit industry was the result of refusal to cooperate with Russia.…

EU approves additional Rail Baltica funding

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Rail Baltica infrastructure project in the Baltics has been granted additional 184 million euros of European financing to be invested until 2024. The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Committee voted on Thursday to increase its funding for the infrastructure project aimed at improving connection between Central and Northern Europe. “Together with 15 percent national co-financing, the total investment amounts to 216 million euros in additional funding for the project,” a…

Cut in EU’s cohesion funding to Lithuania ‘unacceptable’, president says

Friday, July 17, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Friday that the proposed cut in the cohesion funding for Lithuania in the EU’s next long-term budget was “unacceptable”. The president expressed the opinion before arriving in Brussels for the European Council meeting which starts on Friday. The EU’s Cohesion Fund seeks to reduce economic disparities within the bloc and is aimed at the member states with gross national income (GNI) per capita less…

Top 10 bird songs from Latvia’s meadows

Friday, July 17, 2020

Liene-Brizga Kalniņa, a representative of the Latvian Fund for Nature (LDF), points out that natural meadows are a treasure house of natural species of all kinds, including many bird species on LSM’s Latvian-language portal. Now you can experience the thriling and trilling sounds of Latvia’s meadows with this Top Ten recorded by ornithologist Edmunds Račinskis. If the stresses of modern urban life are getting to you, we recommend putting on a good pair of headphones,…