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Wednesday 20.11.2019 | Name days: Anda, Andīna

Lielais Kristaps Award Ceremony: Best actors – Reinis and Nevarauska, best film – Oļegs

At Lielais Kristaps Latvian National Film Award ceremony film director Juris Kursietis work Oļegs was named the best full-length film. Camera operator Bogumils Godfrejovs was also awarded for his work on this film.

Regional public transport services to become free for families with children on 11th and 18 November

Families with children in Latvia will be able to use regional bus and train services free of charge on 11th and 18th November, as confirmed by the Road Transport Directorate.

PHOTO: 100th anniversary of victory over Bermondt forces commemorated at Freedom Monument

In celebration of Lāčplēsis Day and 100th anniversary since the victory of Latvian army over Bermondt-Avalov forces in Riga, Latvian officials laid flowers at the Freedom Monument on 11 November 2019.

PHOTO: doctors and opponents of municipal reform protest outside the Saeima

It was rather crowded around the Saeima prior to the parliament’s first meeting of November. Latvian doctors came to protest and demand provision of promised funding for healthcare. Later, however, opponents of the municipal reform joined them to voice their opinions.

Reaching adulthood this year? Why not travel around Europe for free?

Any youngster in Latvia who turns 18 before 31 December 2019 is invited to apply for EU initiative DiscoverEU, which offers the opportunity to travel around all of Europe free of charge, as reported by Agency for International Programs for Youth.

Five of the most common questions about safety of contact-free transactions

Although contact-free transactions have become a new norm for Latvian residents, some people still have doubts about the safety of this payment method, says Financial Industry Association’s communication specialist Ilze Vītola.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 to arrive in Liepaja

Between 1st and 3rd November SNMCMG1 ships of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 will be visiting Liepaja port. SNMCMG1 group also includes Latvia’s Navy ships M-06 Tālivaldis, as reported by Naval Forces Coast Guard.

World Stroke Day: Stradins Hospital offers free health check-ups

Tuesday, 29 October is celebrated as the World Stroke Day. Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital new A-ward offers all those interested the option to undergo free health check-up between 10:00 and 13:00 today. The offer covers blood sugar level measurement, body mass index and blood pressure measurement, as reported by the hospital’s representative Janita Veinberga.

TOP3 most popular types of cosmetics in Latvia: mascara, lipstick and eyebrow shadow

Nearly 80% of Latvian residents spend up to 30 minutes a day putting on cosmetics, according to results of Maxima Latvija survey performed as part of Beauty Day. The TOP3 most popular types of cosmetics in Latvia include mascara, lipstick and eyebrow shadow.

airBaltic to commence flights to four new destinations next summer

Latvian airline airBaltic has announced plans to commence flights on new routes fro Riga to Manchester in the UK, Yerevan in Armenia, as well as Bergen and Trondheim in Norway.

Guide for parents «Children and Online Games» now available

To explain why children are absorbed by online games and provide recommendations how parents should act to make games for their children as safe as possible a special guide for parents «Children and Online Games» is now available. The guide compiles recommendations from industry professionals and children.

Latvia implements a suicide prevention programme for youngsters

Starting with 1 October, teenagers in Latvia will be able to receive professional aid free of charge as part of Mental Health Disorders programme, notes Children Hospital Fund manager Liene Dambiņa.

Lux Express searches for Latvia’s tallest people

International passenger carrier Lux Express has announced a contest «Komforta mēraukla». The point of it is for Latvia’s tallest men and women to sign up to help the company determine the comfort level for tall people. Acceptance of applications will continue until 10 October.

IKEA pulls baby bib set from stores following concerns over choking hazard

IKEA has pulled from stores a set of red and blue MATVRÅ baby bibs. Customers who have bought them are urged to return them to IKEA store in Riga, the company reports.

OnePlus: every day we scroll an average of 180 m on our smartphones

The life of a modern person is unimaginable without looking at the display of a smart device. This is a case when the force of a habit can be measured: smart phone manufacturer OnePlus has compiled a list of the most amusing screen-scrolling habits of European residents. As it turns out, they can be measured in hundreds of metres.

What people should now about penalties and their payment terms?

If an administrative penalty or a road traffic violation fine is received, residents can access information regarding fine payment terms, possible consequences and other information at, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry reminds.

Sneezes and difficulty with breathing – how to treat runny nose

The first signs of autumn are not limited to golden leaves and rich vegetable and fruit harvests. There is another typical sign of this season of the year – the runny nose. Unfortunately, as weather becomes colder, this illness visits all of us every now and then.

Latvia submits centenary film Tēvs Nakts for the Oscars

Latvia has decided to submit the film Tēvs Nakts directed by Dāvis Sīmanis and Mistrus Media Studio for the Oscars Award, entering the competition with 80 other films produced outside USA, as confirmed by Latvia’s National Film Centre.

Stress – a major problem for residents in Latvia. How to fight it?

29% of Latvian residents regularly experience stress. 40% of them experience stress on many occasions, whereas 22% experience stress rarely. 6% have never experienced stress, according to data from BENU Aptieka Health monitoring survey.

Stroke and high cholesterol main reasons for disabilities around the world

Stroke and high cholesterol levels are as though father and son. If a person has high cholesterol level in their blood and does nothing to fix this, it is very possible they will experience a stroke at some point, according to neurologist of Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital Ilga Ķikule and BENU Aptieka pharmacist Sabīne Kozlovska.

PHOTO: State Fire and Rescue Service urges government to provide more funding

Rephrasing the ancient proverb – all’s fair love and budget formation.

VIDEO: Baltics’ tallest graffiti painted in Olaine

This summer Artists Dainis Rudens and Ēriks Caune painted a graffiti on 45 m tall water tower in Olaine. «Eureka!» is the name they decided to give their work.

PHOTOS: Egils Levits' first day as President of Latvia

On Monday, 8 July, Egils Levits offered a solemn vow and officially became President of the Republic of Latvia. Following congratulations in the Saeima, the new President of Latvia and the First Lady travelled to Forest Cemetery in Riga to lay flowers at the monument dedicated to the first President of the Republic of Latvia Jānis Čakste.

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