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PHOTO: Riga commemorates Barricades of 1991

Commemoration events are held at Dome Square, Riga, for the events of 29 years ago – the Barricades of 1991.

PHOTO: city council commences demolishing of kiosks at Riga Central Market

The morning of 14 January opened up with the dismantling of kiosks at Riga Central Market. The kiosks behind the fence stand empty, but around them there is a big mess – boxes, books, empty plastic bags, pieces of clothes and other items can be seen everywhere around.

PHOTO: New Year’s fireworks at 11 November Embankment in Riga

Although there discussions in Latvia about organizing fireworks for New Year’s celebration or coming up with alternatives, Riga nevertheless welcomed 2020 with traditional partying and fireworks at 11 November Embankment.

Traffic to be restricted in Riga for New Year’s festivities: 11th November Embankment to be closed down

Traffic will be restricted in Riga in multiple locations to accommodate New Year’s festivities. The 11th November Embankment will be closed down as well, as reported by Riga City Council.

State Fire and Rescue Service urges residents to not forget about safety during the holiday

Christmas and New Year’s celebration is the time when all households organize celebrations, burn candles, light up furnaces, fireplaces and saunas, prepare meals, as well as make the holiday livelier with fireworks. To prevent the celebration from becoming a tragedy, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service urges people to not forget about safety.

Eating during holidays: advice how to eat and not overeat

Many of us will agree that an intensive holiday season is a trap for healthy eating. Party at work, sitting with friends and, of course, pending time with family – all kinds of unhealthy and tempting options are right around the corner and not everyone can resist trying something tasty. Dr. Feders’ German Private Practice of Cardiology in Latvia dieting specialist Linda Federa people don’t have to reject food entirely, rather it is a better idea to follow certain recommendations to make sure the only thing received during holidays is hospitality, not weight.

PHOTO: Christmas tree lights up at Dome Square in Riga

Like every year, a Christmas market has opened at Dome Square in Riga. And in its centre stands, quite possibly, the most beautiful Christmas tree in Riga to cheer both local and foreign guests.

PHOTO: doctors gather for a repeated protest outside Saeima

Another protest act was held by organizations representing Latvian doctors outside the Saeima at the end of November.

airBaltic A220 flight simulator opens at airBaltic Training Facility

The Latvian Civil Aviation agency has certified the new Latvian airline’s airBaltic Airbus A220 highest standard full flight simulator that now is based at the airBaltic Training facilities next to Riga International Airport.

CAITO project aims to bring countryside tourism offer to Japan’s market

The end of the conference Japan – gates to Asia’s tourism markets in Tallinn also marked the end of the three-year project CAITO, the goal of which was to form and introduce on Japan’s tourism market a unified offer from Estonia, Latvia and South-Finland for countryside tourism, says Rural Traveler representative Asnāte Ziemele.

PHOTO: Latvia commemorates victims of Zolitude tragedy

2019 marks six years since the so-called Zolitude tragedy, when the roof of a Maxima supermarket collapsed, killing 54 people.

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.


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