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Baltics’ exports up most in EU

Baltics’ exports up most in EU

RIGA — The Baltic states have seen some of the largest increase in exports in the European Union during the first five months of 2010 according to the latest figures from Eurostat. Estonia has the second-highest increase in the EU at 26 percent, while Latvia and Lithuania were tied in fourth at 22 percent, a […]

Šlesers next PM if Par labu Latviju wins

Šlesers next PM if Par labu Latviju wins

RIGA — The question of who would lead the Par labu Latviju union should it triumph in the fall elections was revealed on Thursday to be Riga deputy mayor and Latvia’s First Party/Latvia’s Way head Ainārs Šlesers. The decision, not unexpected by many Latvian political analysts was made by a vote of the union’s electoral […]

Expiration dates on 4 tons of coffee forged

Expiration dates on 4 tons of coffee forged

RIGA — On Wednesday Latvian food inspection authorities uncovered an attempt by the Baltstor Ltd. retail chain to sell four metric tons of expired Merrild coffee by putting a false expiration date on the packaging. Food and Veterinary Service officials acted on a tip from a customer that had bought the coffee, and after searching […]

Saeima candidates barred from running, KGB past

Saeima candidates barred from running, KGB past

RIGA — It appears a smattering of candidates running in Latvia’s fall parliamentary elections include former criminals and KGB collaborators. The country’s Central Election Commission decided Wednesday to bar five candidates from running cue to their criminal past, including Oļegs Posadkovs and Sergejs Špaks of the pro-Russian integration For Human Rights In United Latvia party, Sergejs […]

Gulbis chokes in Canada

Gulbis chokes in Canada

TORONTO — Ernests Gulbis tried his best but failed to perform any better in Canada than his disappointing result at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, this time going down 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 to Robin Söderling in the second round of the Rogers Cup. Gulbis took the opening set, but after two hours he succumbed […]

Gulbis back on track in Montreal

Gulbis back on track in Montreal

MONTREAL — Budding Latvian tennis star Ernests Gulbis is back on track in Canada’s Rogers Cup after an embarrassing defeat in Los Angeles last month. In the first round of the Rogers Cup “The Gull” flew past Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets, coasting by 6-1 in the first and coming back from a 3-0 […]

Latvia not impressing in Eurobasket thus far

Latvia not impressing in Eurobasket thus far

RIGA — The Latvian national basketball team has come up short in two of its first three games of Eurobasket 2011 qualifying round, getting hammered 110-88 by Israel on Sunday and losing to Montenegro 96-66, both on the road. The squad did manage a victory in its second game on Thursday at home, edging out […]

Riga canal plagued by beavers

Riga canal plagued by beavers

RIGA — Riga city officials are offering a cash reward for someone to come up with a solution to rid the canal of beavers, who are gnawing down trees and shrubbery in the adjacent park. While the beavers are less noxious than an infestation by Nosferatu’s plague rats, the Riga municipality said the damage they’re […]

On video: Riga canal plagued by beavers

On video: Riga canal plagued by beavers

RIGA — Riga city officials are offering a cash reward for someone to come up with a solution to rid the canal of beavers who are gnawing down trees and shrubbery in the park. Here’s a video of one of the beavers in action.

Will Diena buyout erode impartiality?

Will Diena buyout erode impartiality?

RIGA — The purchase of a majority stake of Latvia’s largest daily newspaper Diena by a Latvian businessman last week is sparking worries the ownership change will compromise the paper’s objectivity. The purchase of 51 percent of Dienas Medijii by businessman Viesturs Koziols, announced at a press conference on Thursday, with 49 percent remaining with […]

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