A Good, Short Day

June 9 marked three years and nine days since A., 17, started living at the Liepāja Orphanage. 

Explainer: How the Saeima works

The Saeima ('a gathering, a meeting, a council') is the Latvian unicameral parliament. It consists of a hundred representatives from across Latvia whose chief function at the parliament is debating and making laws, and the approval of various high officials in their jobs.

Trump praises Latvian-made golf glove

US President Donald Trump lavished praise April 1 on a Latvia-made golf glove, crediting the five-fingered leather accessory with improving his handicap.

Viewpoint: Genius wanted - apply here!

Are you a Latvian genius? Do you know a Latvian genius? Would you like to be a Latvian genius? If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, or ideally all of them, you are just the person we are looking for!

Viewpoint: Here is the #FAKENEWS!

I should warn you in advance that what you are about to read constitutes "fake news". Apologies: that should of course read "#FAKENEWS!"

AS IT HAPPENED: Supernova 2017 Final!

It's finally here. No use ignoring it. Face facts. It's the final of Supernova, Latvia's competition to decide who it is going to send to the Eurovision finals in Kyiv, Ukraine this May. Updates below.

LSM's internet audit: Rail Baltica

Rail Baltica is one of the most important and expensive projects ever undertaken by the Baltic states. It has been talked about for more than a decade and will take the best part of another decade to build.

Liveblog: TechChill 2017

TechChill is Latvia's premier startup and entrepreneurship festival and this year's event is taking place February 9 and 10 in Riga. LSM is staking it out on your behalf.

The official TechChill website is HERE.

You can also follow the #TechChill hashtag on Twitter HERE.

LSM's English language audit

There is a good deal of discussion in Latvia at the moment about the English language and its correct use... or should that be usage?

On one hand there is an effort to promote use of English in a quasi-official capacity to attract overseas investment. On the other hand there is a row about whether heads of academic institutions need to be able to speak good Latvian.

What is beyond doubt is that Latvia needs to communicate effectively with the outside world. And for a large part of that world English is either a first or second language.