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Rethinking Baltic education in Cambridge

Oct 10, 2014
By Richard Martyn-Hemphill, RIGA

Rethinking Baltic education in Cambridge
Cambridge University (photo: AFP)...
The Baltic Times will be keeping a close eye on Cambridge University this weekend, as the second annual Cambridge Baltic Conference kicks off later today, and will be one to watch. We were impressed with the rigor and academic integrity of their first annual conference in 2013, which was packed full of provocative and insightful debates between academics, journalists, policy makers and students — successfully bringing to light many of the tough challenges facing the Baltic states. This year's conference will be more focused, honing in on the subject of educational policy in the Baltic States and beyond, allowing for a more detailed analysis of potential policy solutions....  Read more...
Positivus helped us forget about dreadful events in Ukraine

Jul 29, 2014
By Antra Bertule, SALACGRIVA

Positivus helped us forget about dreadful events in Ukraine
This year’s Positivus festival has been a festive and joyful event. Though three days of summer, sun and beer ended just this Monday, there are still loads of Instagram photos, recorded TV shows and gopro photographs wandering around social media. And despite the dreadful events in Ukraine, at the Positivus festival people had the chance to forget about how cruel the world can actually be. The energy level at this year’s festival was extremely intense both before and after the event. The promotion team did everything for music fans so that, this time, a special Positivus app was available for mobile phones allowing the scheduling of which concerts you wanted to see. ...  Read more...
VIDEO: Chuck Norris reacts to Latvian weather forecast

Jul 03, 2014
By Rayyan Sabet-Parry, RIGA

VIDEO: Chuck Norris reacts to Latvian weather forecast
Legendary actor Chuck Norris has got something against Latvian weather, according to a latest video. The strong man is seen watching a Latvian weather forecast before he loses his cool. We can't blame Norris as the weather has been exceptionally bad of late. There's hope, however, after experts said we should expect a warmer weekend with temperatures around 23- 28 degrees. The video has already attracted over 14,000 views on video sharing website YouTube with one user especially thanking the actor "So, clouds are kicked away now, sun is shining, thanks Chuck Norris!," he says Watch the video here:...  Read more...
Do you want to be a journalist?

May 12, 2014

Do you want to be a journalist?
Be a Journalist! Enter The Baltic Times Writer’s Competition: Win one of three brand new tablets! Do you want to be a writer or a journalist? Do you want to be published in an international newspaper? By entering The Baltic Times writer’s competition you can achieve it all. The Baltic Times’ competition is giving young journalists the chance to win one of three tablets, online and print publication and a subscription to The Baltic Times.   Details and prizes Word count: 1,800. Deadline: August 15, 2014. The Topics: "Implication of Ukrainian crisis for the Baltic region.” “Demographic challenges in the Baltic...  Read more...
“To Discuss is Human”

Mar 12, 2014
Linda O’Grady

“To Discuss is Human”
This was the topic for debate at the Riga Regional Finals of the English Speaking Union (ESU) International Public Speaking Competition on Saturday. I had the honour of being one of the judges at the event which took place in the Great Hall of Rigas Valsts 1. Gimnazija on Raina Bulvaris. I had had an email from the organizer - an American Latvian lady - a few weeks previously and had jumped at the chance to take part. I was really interested to see the standard of English of the youth of Latvia. I was also curious to see if I really could be the next Simon Cowell. (Experience now tells me that I couldn't.) The ESU International Public Speaking Competition has been running for ...  Read more...

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