American rally race driver Alexander Roy who only wants to drive in places American tourists never go, arrived in Riga. During his journey he has a look inside and outside the capitol city with houses made of wood, one of the fastest cars in the country, and a KGB Headquarters.
Your typical Latvian is very industrious, a bit jealous and a bit too hesitant, but still kind. This was the portrait of an average Latvian resident drawn by participants of the “Latvian barometer of DNB” survey.
Latvia’s national airBaltic airline plans to lease four new Bombardier Q400 Next Gen turbo propeller aircraft, company corporate communications Vice-President Janis Vanags reports.
The Spanish Company Construcciones y Auxiliares de Ferrocariles S.A. (CAF) is not ready to sign a new train procurement contract, which is offered by the Latvian side. The company is fine with introducing amendments to the existing contract (signed on April 2).
As part of the European Day of Languages, passengers of the Brussels metro will be offered to read the collection of European poetry Transpoesie. Books will be available at the Botanique station, as well as inside metro trains.
The perspective to become a candidate for the post of President of the European Commission (EC) is too far away and too uncertain to consider it at this time, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis says.
Both Latvia and the United States could popularize business opportunities in Latvia more actively, US ambassador to Latvia Mark Pekala says.
After the termination of the contract with the supplier of speed cameras, V-Traffic (formerly known as Vitronic Baltica and partners), on September 29, highway patrol will be dispatched to Latvian roads to monitor safety and road traffic rule compliance during the transition period that will follow, Internal Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Reform Party) says.
The banking sector concluded the first eight months of 2012 with profits of 105.9 million LVL. 15 Latvian banks and four foreign branches operated with profits during these eight months.
New accreditation rules will not allow funding low quality education programs at the expense of the State budget, Education and Science Minister Roberts Kilis said during a press briefing on September 25.
Last year, there were 1 464 bus routes with a total distance of 106.5 thousand km. During the year, the buses carried a total number of 117.2 million passengers, as the data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia shows. And this is not a record. Data regarding the year 2005 shows that there were nearly two times more passengers carried that year than in 2011.
Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics has sent a letter to the Saeima with a request to leave out the directive from the Citizenship Law that sets additional duties for parents – non-citizens, when registering their children for Latvian citizenship.
Nearly one third of all state language use violations that were recorded in the first half year of 2012 were related to product tagging and instructions on how to use said products in translation from English, Russian, French, Chinese and other import country languages, as the data from the State Language Centre (SLC) shows.
Next year’s budget income is planned at 5.66 billion LVL. Expenses are planned to be 5.82 billion LVL, reports Economy Ministry representative Aleksis Jarockis.
Similar to the previous one, this heating season will also have homes that will be left without heating services, says member of the Board of Latvian Heat Producers Association Andris Akermans. He does say that this measure will not be widely spread.
European children start learning foreign languages earlier and earlier; most pupils begin their education at the age of six to nine years, states Eurydice report of the European Commission. Meanwhile, in Latvia, the teaching of foreign languages at 1st grade is delayed by legislation.
US ambassador Mark Pekala has expressed his appreciation of the cooperation between Latvia and USA regarding defence. During the meeting with Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks, both sides also agreed to cooperate more closely in the sphere of cyber defence in the future.