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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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Modern Baltic Spiritual Poetry [Sep. 23rd, 2017|04:48 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |lethargiclethargic]
[music |Ėjo bernai į bažnyčią]

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).

Enjoy!


* * *
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:

– JĖZUS SU JUMIS 

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MikroTik Is Macro [Sep. 9th, 2017|11:16 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |surprisedsurprised]
[music |The Routers. Let's Go]

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.

Let's go!  

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"Bridge It!": 'Time to Get Serious, and Yet Have Lots of Fun' [Aug. 26th, 2017|11:14 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |nerdy]
[music |Kadri Voorand. Armupurjed]

Taken from http://www.bridgeit.eu/en/news 

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.

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An Unexpected Prime Minister of Lithuania [Aug. 8th, 2017|09:45 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Berlin, Germany]
[mood |enthralled]
[music |Georgi Sviridov. Time, Forward!]

In October 2016, the Parliamentary Election in Lithuania unexpectedly ended up with the victory of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union. After a long round of debates with the Social Democratic Party, the electoral list leader of the former — Saulius Skvernelis - became the new prime minister of the republic on 13 December 2016.

Saulius Skvernelis was born in 1970 in Kaunas and graduated from the grammar school in Marijampolė (then Kapsukas). He holds a degree from the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and from the Mykolas Romeris University (former Police Academy).

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.

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Bridge It! Programme Year Started with a BANG! [Jul. 24th, 2017|12:39 pm]
Baltija

yozhbt
[Current Location |Warsaw, Poland]
[mood |angryangry]
[music |William Steffe. Solidarność naszą bronią]

See original at www.bridgeit.eu/en/news

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?"
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