Posts published in Day: July 24, 2020

Cultural appropriation fuss over fashion belt on online store

Friday, July 24, 2020

An international incident is in the offing after eagle-eyed Latvian history buffs spotted the remarkable resemblance between a high-fashion accessory and an ancient archaeological artefact, reported Latvian Television July 24. Internationally renowned Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten is the name on a very fetching belt buckle which, it is claimed, is an exact copy of an 18th century Kurzeme brooch, yet does not acknowledge any design debt in its online description. “This fact has caused…

Fintech sector accounts for one fifth of all Latvian startups

Friday, July 24, 2020

A new report published July 24 says that one in five new Latvian startup companies belong to the Financial Technology or ‘Fintech’ sector. Swedbank Latvia has partnered with the Latvian Startup association to produce the first-ever Latvian Fintech Report which surveys of active fintech companies registered in Latvia and offers a view of the fintech landscape. The report says Fintech startups are playing an increasingly important role – the Latvian startup ecosystem consists…

Latvia rebuts latest Russian historical revisionism

Friday, July 24, 2020

Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement July 24 drawing attention, not for the first time, to attempts to rewrite history by the Russian Federation. It appears to be in response to recent claims by the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russian embassies in the Baltic states that the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940 and subsequent decades was all done in accordance with international law — a claim that few, if…

Baltic states agree to step up translation of each other’s literature

Friday, July 24, 2020

The culture ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have signed an agreement to regularly translate and publish literature by Baltic authors. “The memorandum is an agreement to have works by Baltic authors continuously translated […] in all the three countries,” Lithuania’s Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas told reporters on Friday. Under the programme, the works awarded the annual Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature will be translated and published in Lithuania, Latvia…

Remote adult education in high demand in Latvia

Friday, July 24, 2020

The State Education and Development Agency (VIAA) adult education project has received 11,181 applications of which 10,780 are admissible, VIAA said July 24. Remote study programs are currently available in 11 sectors. The majority, or more than 80% of adult applications, were submitted in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronic and Optical Equipment Industry (9,438 applications), the arts sector in the design and creative industries (3,151 applications) as well…

Klaipėda hosts scaled-down Sea Festival amid tightened safety rules

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Traditional Sea Festival is kicking off in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda on Friday amid tightened safety requirements. No opening time has been announced and the programme has been scaled down because of coronavirus concerns. Klaipėda Mayor Vytautas Grubliauskas said the organisers had to scrap some traditional events that attract large crowds of people, such as a march of the maritime community, big concerts, and fountain and firework…

Self-isolation exceptions made for cultural workers in Latvia

Friday, July 24, 2020

A number of cultural workers who travel from COVID-19 affected countries and whose arrival in Latvia is necessary for the organization of cultural services and public events will be allowed to not comply with the self-isolation requirements, according to July 22  order by Minister of Agriculture, executor of Culture Minister duties, Kaspars Gerhards. When arriving from the heavily affected countries , cultural workers will be exempted from the requirements for self-isolation if…

Latvia stands up for historian convicted in Russian court

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia said July 23 it regreted the conviction by a Russian court of a respected historian and human rights activist on dubious charges. Petrozavodsk City Court sentenced Yury Dmitriyev to 3 years and 6 months in prison after being found guilty of  sexual abuse charges  . In a statement the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Regardless of the sentence being more lenient than the one…

Latvia to recover airBaltic investment in 5-7 years

Friday, July 24, 2020

The European Commission’s (EC) decision, which allows the State to invest €250 million in the capital of the Latvian national airline airBaltic, provides for Latvia to recover the investment within five to seven years, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) said in an interview to LETA July 23. On July 14, following  authorization from the EC  , the government supported the investment of EUR 250 million in airBaltic’s share…

More countries to be added to Lithuania‘s coronavirus blacklist

Friday, July 24, 2020

On Monday, July 27, Lithuania’s Health Ministry will change the criteria for considering countries as affected by Covid-19, which will expand the travel blacklist. A country will be listed as coronavirus-affected if its infection rate will stay above 16 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. Lithuanians and non-residents arriving in Lithuania from these countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days as of Monday. Previously, the…