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People Work in Rīga [Feb. 17th, 2018|02:14 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |pessimisticpessimistic]
[music |Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs. People Work]

Co-working is a popular place not only for working together but also for meeting up and collaborating with others. Last November, an up-to-date co-working space opened in Rīga. Its name (guess what?-) is "People Work".

The idea appeared as an extention of the business of "fit People", a company founded in 2015 and managing fitness clubs in Rīga, Tallinn, and Vilnius joined in under the brand "People". They say the chain of fitness clubs will reach out to Helsinki, London, and Milan soon.

"People Work" occupies 4 floors in a building of an old factory in the very centre of the capital of Latvia. With 3,500 square meters, the co-working space is offering hot desks, dedicated desks, private offices, and complete custom spaces — avaible 24/7 and 365 (or even 366 :-) days a year. Already at the stage of the opening, "People Work" counted 400 residents, including energy companies, artists, IT and fintech start-ups.

A full range of good reasons to try out the space! At least, "People Work" has been tested by the Rīga Venture Summit, "Yandex", "Taxify", the "Diletant Journal" with Alexei Venediktov and Dmitri Bykov, the Digital Freedom Festival, and other event organisers and residents already. 

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What Is Happening within the Lithuanian Civil Society [Feb. 2nd, 2018|08:01 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |nervousnervous]
[music |Baltasis Kiras. Išgalvotas gyvenimas]

1.5 years ago, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, a network of non-governmental organisations from 20 EU member states and all over Russia, started a series of publications on the state of civil society in single EU member states. Lithuania was the first country, which was in the spotlight, - followed by Croatia, Finland, and Italy so far.

The publication contains interviews with prominent civil society actors, representatives of authorities, researchers, and other insiders from the country. Besides, additional information – such as research data, links, charts, etc. – is also included there.  

The Lithuanian case might be downloaded from here. Have a nice reading!

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Interview with Inese Vaivare [Jan. 20th, 2018|10:38 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |creative]
[music |Zeļļi. Rudens lapa]

Remembering summer... 

Here is an interview by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum with Inese Vaivare, Director at the LAPAS Association (Rīga, Latvia), on bringing  organisations with different profiles together, learning from big cities  and smaller settlements, and the Forum's value.


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Res Publica [Jan. 6th, 2018|08:06 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |irritatedirritated]
[music |Vidas Savickas. Daina Lietuvai]

One of the major news outlets in Lithuania is "Respublika", a real symbol of the independent country in the 1990s. Originated in the "Sąjūdis" Movement (actually translated as "movement") and first published on 16 September 1989, it became an all-Lithuanian paper in 1990 already. 

Throughout 30 years of operation, the media outlet has had its tops and flops. It enjoyed a broad public respect and was blamed of standing too close to the government, which — led by the Lithuanian Journalists' and Publishers' Ethics Commission — then demanded its shutdown with a "Snoras" scandal in the background. 

Since 2014, "Respublika" has been published not on a daily but on a weekly basis — with a 24/7 Internet portal. Vitas Tomkus, one of the founders of the paper in the 1980s, who led the media outlet as the Editor-in-Chief in 1989-2004, came back to this position in 2009.

Vivat Res Publica et "Respublika"! 

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Life after "Bridge It!" [Dec. 23rd, 2017|08:20 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |dorky]
[music |Cher. Believe]

Taken from http://www.bridgeit.eu/en/news (revised and complemented)


A very important part of "Bridge It!", a programme of non-formal education for young people from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and the North-West of Russia, is life after projects. By that, alumni can stay in touch and feel that they are a part of the community.

Another alumni meeting took place on 8-10 December 2017 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Here are some  glances of what has happened to some of alumni during the previous year! Others are welcome to share their stories in the Alumni Facebook Group!

"Kreatyvas" was an  event, which took place in June 2016 in Kretinga, Lithuania. Around ten talented young people took the challenge and grabbed hot microphone to sing in front of their friends and strangers. The event was filled not only with  sincere songs but with cozy chats and thousands of bulbs. The gathering was organised by "Round Table of Kretinga" (Kretingos apskritasis  stalas). One of the volunteers of this movement is Giedrė Ringytė, a "Bridge It!" alumna, who also served as an alumni representative in 2017.

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A New Destination for Baltic Studies [Dec. 9th, 2017|10:34 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |geeky]
[music |Eva Kumant. Frankfurt am Maa]

I thought this moment would not come anymore in our cynical world that is aimed at simplifying things, globalising and not regionalising. And suddenly... a good proof for that not everything is being sold and bought nowadays.

At the Goethe University of Frankfurt, "Baltic Studies"as the major is reviving at the Institute for Empyrical Linguistics. That was possible thanks to Prof. Dr. Jolanta Gelumbeckaitė, who has been holding the position of a Coordinator of the "Baltic Linguistics" Direction since April 2017. Having started with Classical and Lithuanian philology in Vilnius and continued in Kaunas, Ms Gelumbeckaitė joined the team of the Institute in Frankfurt in 2011.

Languages learnt within these bachelor studies include Lithuanian / Old Lithuanian and may be extended to Latvian as well as Latin, Greek, Russian, Old Germanic, or Indo-Iranic languages — additionally to theoretical courses and non-Indo-European languages.

An excellent starting point for a new adventure with the Baltic studies!

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What's New at "Rīga Waves"? [Nov. 18th, 2017|03:06 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |determined]
[music |Rīgas Viļņi. Man šodien 18 gadu]

Since 2009, one of the most popular Internet portals in Latvia has been Kasjauns.Lv (translated as "What's new?") — now known under the title Jauns.Lv (or "New"). This belongs to the media empire "Rīgas Viļņi" (Rīga Waves) currently publishing 18 journals and 3 papers, including those in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Russian.

The publishing house itself is originated in the 4-page paper "Rīgas Viļņi", which saw the light of day in 1957. Its modern history started 20 years ago, in 1997. 

Kasjauns.Lv may be read in Latvian or Russian (that version also known as Otkrito.Lv - translated as "open") and covers a wide range of topics — starting with politics, economics, or foreign affairs and up to health, beauty, or sports. Lately, the portal has completely refurbished the design, and now you will not only find the news you are interested in but also read those as comfortable as possible.

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His Lithuanian Driving License [Nov. 4th, 2017|03:12 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Germany, Berlin]
[mood |apatheticapathetic]
[music |Игорь Растеряев. Комбайнеры]

A couple of weeks ago, I visited a book presentation at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Berlin. Felix Ackermann, a historian born in Berlin and focusing on the history of the penitentiary system in then Poland-Lithuania, was reading from his book "My Lithuanian Driving License" published at Suhrkamp.

Felix Ackermann spent five years (2011-2016) in Vilnius teaching at the European Humanities University. In his book, the author describes his family's life in the Lithuanian capital and Utena, where he did his driving license by acquiring such Lithuanian words from his teacher, which he never heard before. The writer gave the subtitle "Excursions to the End of the European Union" to his book: By that, he doesn't mean that the EU is going to an end, though some reflections on challenges the Union is facing are there, but just confirms a plain geographical fact with LIthuania squeezed between the Kaliningrad Region of Russia and Belarus.

The book in German might be purchased in bookshops all over Germany or via Internet, eg, at the Amazon portal.
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"Kauno Grūdai" - An Enterprise with History [Oct. 21st, 2017|04:13 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany ]
[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Pelė ir grūdas]

Among 500 largest Eastern European companies, 20 come from Lithuania, as "Lietuvos Rytas" informed last year. The 425th place is occupied by "Kauno Grūdai" (Kaunas Grains), a manufacturer of flour and flour products, instant noodles, crop productions, pet products and veterinary pharmaceuticals, etc.

The history of this traditional enterprise dates back to the 19th century: In 1890, an erection of the mill in Kaunas was completed - following a decree of the Russian Tsar Alexander II. During the first Lithuanian independence, a construction of the 4,200 ton grain capacity elevator was completed - refurbished and extended under the Soviet regime in 1955. After Lithuania had gained independence again, another extension folowed with divisions opened (or businesses acquired) in Alytus, Jurbarkas, Kėdainiai, Pilviskiai as well as Belarus and Latvia. Nowadays - along with other companies - "Kauno Grūdai" forms a part of the KG Group.

And last but not least - the company has been following principles of good governance and corporate social responsibility. That is why it is not only a good place to buy various products and raw materials but also to work and make career.

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Taste of Childhood [Oct. 8th, 2017|01:02 am]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |melancholymelancholy]
[music |Prāta Vētra. Tu izvēlējies palikt]

When I still lived in St. Petersburg in Russia (and earlier in Leningrad, as the city was called in the Soviet times), the Baltic sprats could be frequently found on our table. They used to be a real delicacy for our family - and not only for us. Today, I bought a couple of tins in Berlin — and this was exactly the taste of childhood - those sprats in oil. 

In Latvia, there is the whole concern — "Rīgas šprotes" — has been manufacturing the traditional delicacy right on the shores of the Gulf of Rīga. But also Lithuania has to offer its sea treasures to the world, for instance, produced by "Baltijos delikatesai" located in Palanga.

Enjoy your meal!

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