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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the next topic for an insight into the Baltic poetry, I picked up two modern authors from Latvia and Lithuania reflecting on God, church, and spirituality— Ruta Štelmahere (born 1965) and Ričardas Šileika (born 1968).
* * * balts rūtī saules ugunskurs es atgriezīšos. būšu tur kur debess zemi plaukstā tur un aizsargā lai nenobur to čūska. kas visapkārt dur es esmu melnai čūskai nē. es atgriezīšos Ēdenē
* * * Tik perdažytoj Deltuvos bažnyčioj didžiuliai atlaidai
Jau žolės virtę šienu prėsle sapnuoja lauką Iš varpinės Trekšiukas paskelbia Žolinę
Žali vainikai veržia baltų statulų kojas užsidega elektros žvakės klapčiukai skambina dzvaneliais
klebonas veidu į švenčiausiąjį išsišnirpščia nosį ir pasisukęs parapijiečių pusėn praneša giedodams:
The statistics of the most profitable Latvian companies for 2016 was a great surprise for me. After the well expected first place for Latvenergo, the second place was taken by MikroTik (in fact "Mikrotīkls", or Micronet), a manufacturer of routers and wireless ISP systems.
Founded in 1996, MikroTik now provides hardware and software for Internet connectivity around the world and counts over 140 employees in Rīga only. In 2002, the company developed its own hardware and called that the RouterBOARD, which — along with the RouterOS software — has become one of the major MikroTik products since then.
MikroTik organises user meetings and trainings virtually all over the globe — from Brazil to Indonesia and from Russia to South Africa.
Professionals in the field are also welcome to join the team as trainers. The next Train the Trainer event is going to happen on 31 January — 2 February 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Second step of Bridge It! Programme has just finished. From 14-21 August, 25 active young people from both introductory seminar groups joined each other in Tartu, Estonia. Main goals of this event was to meet, get new insights about project work, practice and/or upgrade project management skills and on that basis, finalise their pre-existing project ideas.
Here is some insights about the seminar from Artjom Vazinger, participant from Russia.
“At the very beginning of the Project Meeting, we were warned that the seminar would not be as funny and “easy” as the first one. Now was time for work. The main goal of this seminar was to have a concrete plan for our project, to give it a form from the idea that had appeared at the introductory seminar.
Not all participants proceeded with the idea that they had come up with at the first seminar. Some started to create a new project. And to get the project ready for the implementation, the participants had to work hard. They shaped and polished their ideas with the advice and constructive critique from the facilitators; something was left, something added. All projects were tested whether they meet criteria such as: creativity, impact, feasibility, motivation, target audience.
In the 1990-2000s, he had various positions at different police departments and services. In 2008-2011, he served as the Deputy General Commissioner; in 2011-2014 — as the General Commissioner of the Lithuanian Police. The latest step towards his position as prime minister was that of the Minister of Interior (2014-2016).
Now it is already clear: After having been almost eight months in power, Saulius Skvernelis showed his strict but also consolidation-seeking way of governing and proved himself as an experienced politician, who is worth of this high position.
When young people from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia join together, you know something is going to happen. On 5-13 July 2017, 27 participants took part in the first seminar of Bridge It! Non-Formal Education Programme. They divided into two groups - one near to Veliky Novgorod, the other to Glubokoe. The notions reflected by the end of the seminars were simply wonderful - participants felt empowered, full of ideas and ready for action.
The two remote areas gave the perfect possibility for getting acquainted with a slightly different side of Russia, places where you usually might not end up. Moreover, getting out from the urbanised environment helped to get a broader perspective on the two topics of this year introductory seminars - “Cultural diversity: connective rather than separative?" and "Eco-communities: following a trend or a real need?"