Posts tagged as Riga

Latvia’s schools short of math teachers

Friday, September 18, 2020

Many schools lack mathematics teachers. At Rīga Secondary School No.40, not a single math lesson has taken place for the sixth-graders this year, Latvian Television reported September 17. Math classes do not take place for sixth-grade students at Rīga Secondary School No.40 – there is nobody who teaches them. Pupils are delighted. Parents are angry and looking for solutions, worried that there will be gaps in education. “Some are looking…

Rīga remains most affordable of Baltic capitals for housing

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rīga has maintained and even strengthened its position as the most affordable of the Baltic capital cities in the residential real estate market despite changed conditions as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to Swedbank’s latest Baltic Housing Affordability Index released September 17. “During the second quarter of 2020, the Baltic economies, like the rest of the world, were hit by the corona crisis. In the housing markets of the…

Court orders re-count of votes in three voting stations in Rīga

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

On Monday, the Administrative District Court ordered the Central Election Commission (CVK) to re-count all ballots in the three precincts where there were problems with seals on envelopes, said Līga Tumova, representative of the Administrative District Court, September 14. LSM reported   that at two Rīga polling stations, unsealed ballots were found, the total amounting to 627; later, 34 of these were found at a third station. It was decided to invalidate the unsealed…

Rīga woman celebrates 110th birthday

Monday, September 7, 2020

On Monday, September 7, the oldest Rīga resident, Jeļizaveta Kolakucka celebrated her 110th birthday, according to information released by Rīga municipality. Jeļizaveta Kolakucka was born on September 7, 1910 in Tsarist Russia, but in 1946 she moved to Rīga to work in the “Aurora” sock factory, where she started in the workshop and was still working as a laundry manager at the age of 80. She is cared for by family members, with…

Rīga interim administration hands over Rail Baltica land for free

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

On Monday, August 31, even as talks about forming a new city council got under way, the interim administration of the Rīga City Council decided to transfer to the Ministry of Transport, free of charge, 18 plots of land owned by the city municipality or parts thereof, which are necessary for the construction and operation of the Rail Baltica transport infrastructure project. In total, the municipality will hand over 18 different plots…

Four factions agree to form coalition in Riga

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Four factions have agreed to form coalition in Riga City Council has agreed under the leadership of Mayor candidate Mārtiņš Staķis: election winners Development/For!/Progressives, New Unity, National Alliance and Latvian Association of Regions, and New Conservative Party, Latvian Television reported August 31. With each potential coalition partner, Riga Mayor candidate Mārtiņš Staķis met for about an hour. Development/For!/Progressives (AP/P) proposed a draft memorandum of cooperation on which the new deputies of Riga City…

Thirteen Riga public transport routes will be front-door entrance only

Monday, August 31, 2020

As of September 1, on 13 public transport routes: 1 and 13 trolleybuses and 10, 20, 28, 34, 35, 43, 47 54, 57, 59, 60 bus routes, boarding will be organised only through the front door, said Baiba Bartaševiča-Feldmane, representative of Rīgas Satiksme. “The purpose of such arrangements is to change the behavior of passengers so that they register each journey, reduce the number of ticket-free riders, and to keep accurate records of…

Felling of trees started at the so-called “Marsa Parks” in Riga

Monday, August 31, 2020

On Monday, August 31, the felling of trees started at the so-called “Marsa Parks” in Riga, where the new State Security Service (VDD) building is planned, activists told Latvian Radio. Many have been opposed to the felling of the old trees at the former bicycle track “Marss” since last year. More than 15,000 votes were collected against, the matter was also discussed in the Saeima, but the majority of politicians pointed…

Riga elections already have 5% of votes

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, was the first day of early voting in the Riga City Council emergency elections. According to the Central Election Commission, 20,383 or 4,82% of votes have already been cast. Riga City Council’s extraordinary election date is August 29. It is still possible to vote earlier at polling stations: Those unable to come to polling stations due to health issues can apply to vote at their place of residence.…

Regional transport to reward good passengers

Thursday, August 27, 2020

New campaign “Biļete JĀ-ŅEM” has started in Latvia’s regional coaches and trains. Those passengers who fairly buy a ticket will have the chance to win prizes, Latvian Television said August 26. Throughout September, in regional passenger coaches and trains, passengers are asked to save their ticket after purchase. It can then be registered on panembileti.lv. The site is not active yet but is coming. At the beginning of October, three…