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Ceturtdiena 27.02.2020 | Name days: Līva, Līvija, Andra

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.

PHOTO: Estonia celebrates Song and Dance Festival

From 4th to 7th of July Song and Dance Festival was being held in Estonia.

PHOTO: cotton candy, flower sellers and Ušakovs – 9 May celebrations at Victory Park

Celebrations organized by association to commemorate the victims of WWII and the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany are traditionally held in Victory Park in Riga on 9 May. However, while some people celebrate the end of one of the most horrible wars in human history, others choose to focus on how this date was the beginning of a long occupation period for Latvia.

Organizers: activity in this year’s Big Clean Up is just as high as last year

Organizers of the Big Clean Up expect this year’s activity to be as high as last year’s, when approximately 145,000 took part in it, says the event’s representative Gita Sauka.

One-fourth of Latvia’s residents to celebrate White Tablecloth Day

Similar to last year, approximately a quarter of Latvia’s residents (24%) plan to celebrate White Tablecloth Day on 4 May, according to results of a survey performed by Kantar research company.

PHOTO: motorbike season’s opening in Riga

While a bicycle party was being held on the closed Deglava Bridge at the end of last week, bikers were celebrating the opening of the motorbike season in Riga’s centre.

PHOTO: Akropole shopping centre opens; visitors offered ice rink and IMAX film theatre

Akropole shopping and leisure centre has opened its doors in Latvia. The massive shopping centre includes an ice rink, IMAX film theatre, and a large Maxima supermarket. The total area of the shopping centre is enough for nearly twenty one football fields. The building itself could fit fifteen football fields, said the centre’s manager Kaspars Beitiņš during the opening ceremony.

PHOTOS: 70 years pass after tragic events of 25 March 1949 in Baltics

2019 marks 70 years since the deportations of March 1949, when USSR occupational forces performed forced large-scale deportations of Baltic residents to far-away regions of USSR. More than 90,000 Baltic residents, with nearly half of them from Latvia, were deported as a result.

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