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Estonia ranked best in Baltics for LGBT+ rights

Thursday, May 17, 2018

According to a recent survey released by LGBT+ advocacy group ILGA-Europe, Estonia ranks highest from the three Baltic states, and fourth from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) nations, in its treatment of LGBT+ minorities. The Rainbow Europe Index takes into account a broader Europe-wide view of countries’ LGBT+ equality laws and other policies when coming up with its rankings, expressed as a percentage of requirements and recommendations relating to…

Cyber-Criminal Residing in Latvia Convicted for Role in Operation of Counter Antivirus Service “Scan4you”

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A federal jury today convicted a  Latvian “non-citizen,” meaning a citizen of the former USSR who had been residing in Riga, Latvia, of three counts related to his operation of “Scan4you,” an online counter antivirus service that helped computer hackers to determine whether the computer viruses and other malicious software they created would be detected by antivirus software, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s…

Churches in Rīga likely to be given cash ahead of Pope’s visit

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Riga City Council plans to grant EUR 233,232 to the local Roman Catholic Church as a co-financing to help prepare for the visit of Pope Francis to Latvia in late September this year. Metropolitan Archbishop of Riga Zbignevs Stankevics asked the city council for financial assistance “in the light of the requirements for hosting the visit and the new circumstances” and despite the considerable wealth at the disposal of the…

2% less cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia in Q1 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, a total of 407.655 million cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 8.217 million cigarettes or 2% less when compared to the same period of 2017, according to information from the State Revenue Service. In the first three months, a total of 7.83 million cigars and cigarillos were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 29.7% less when compared to the same…

Lithuanian Officer honored for saving Armenian serviceman in 2004

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lithuanian Armed Forces Captain Saulius Paliulis has been awarded with Vazgen Sargsyan Medal of the Armenian Ministry of Defense for saving Armenian Officer Makuchyan in 2004, Armenia’s Ambassador to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Tigran Mkrtchyan said in a Twitter post. On 19 February 2004 Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov murdered Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan by decapitating him with an axe, as the two men were attending a NATO-sponsored English-language course in…

Lithuanian parlt starts discussion on merging Vilnius, Sauliai universities

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Seimas of Lithuania is starting discussions on merging Vilnius University and Siauliai University, northern Lithuania. Lawmakers on Tuesday gave their initial backing to the plan, with 86 votes in favor, and five abstentions. The bill will now go to the parliamentary Committee on Education and Science for further consideration, and the Seimas will come to the matter in June. Under the proposal, both universities should submit their reorganization plans…

Latvia advances to quarterfinals at Ice Hockey WC

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Latvian national ice hockey team defeated hosts Denmark at the Ice Hockey World Championships tonight 1:0 to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Andris Dzerins scored the winner for Latvia in the first period. This was a do or die match for both teams, with only the winner qualifying for the quarterfinals. Latvia will now play Sweden in the tournament’s quarterfinals on Thursday.

So close! Canada and Latvia only separated in overtime at ice hockey world championship

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Latvia came within an ace of a massive sporting upset May 14 at the IIHF world ice hockey championship in Denmark. Canada scored first but a determined Latvian outfit did not panic and eventually equalized. Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis was on fire, negating the fact that the Canadians were firing off twice as many shots at goal as the Latvians. At the end of regulation time the sides were locked at…

Latvian President affirms commitment to boost UAE ties

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The UAE is a strategic partner for Latvia which can serve as a gateway enabling Latvian companies to expand their presence in the GCC, Latvian President H.E. Raimonds Vejonis said during his recent meeting with a UAE trade delegation in Riga, led by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During the meeting, H.E. Vejonis said Latvian companies can benefit from the expertise of the UAE companies in key sectors…

Wandering stars: are Tallinn’s digital nomads building the city of the future?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Estonia’s nomad visa and space-age digital infrastructure are set to make Tallinn more attractive to location-independent workers. Is this the future of urban employment? Nicole Tan, a 29-year-old content marketer from Singapore, has visited enough places in the last year to make an Instagram follower weep: Jamaica, Miami, Portland, San Francisco, LA, Budapest, Slovenia, Berlin, Luxembourg, Iceland, Romania, Poland, Paris, Amsterdam and Thailand. In almost all of those places, her…