Uldis Birziņš

Uldis Birziņš

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Don't drive with winter tires in summer, safety expert says
Don't drive with winter tires in summer, safety expert says
There are usually long queues outside tire-change services in the autumn, but in the spring, the process is sluggish. A safe driving specialist does not recommend driving with winter tires in the summer. What to consider when choosing summer tires?
Typewriter gift leads to a 200-strong museum collection
Typewriter gift leads to a 200-strong museum collection
Four years ago, Aleksandrs Smirnovs gave his girlfriend, Aleksandra, a typewriter. At that time, he had no idea that it would be the start of something bigger. Four years have passed and now they have 200 different typewriters in their collection, all of them fully restored and in working order.
How to get a bicycle or scooter license in Latvia?
How to get a bicycle or scooter license in Latvia?
According to the law, young people using bicycles or scooters on public roads – including children as young as ten – need to have a cycling proficiency license. Such a license or a license of a higher category, such as a driver's license, is also required for adults using an electric scooter. How to get a cyclist's license and how to prepare for the exam? Latvian Television has the answer.
Scooters and cyclists wake up for the spring in Latvia
Scooters and cyclists wake up for the spring in Latvia
As it gets warmer, more and more bikes and scooters are returning to road traffic. Experts remind the public that this is a risky moment for all road users as motorists have forgotten about micro-mobility tools through winter, while the skills of users of micro-mobility tools are slightly rusty, Latvian Television reported on April 11.
How to register electric scooters
How to register electric scooters
Owners of electric scooters have until March 31 to register their vehicles to be able to use them on the road. Only scooters with a speed of up to 25 kilometers per hour can be registered. What is the registration process for electric scooters? 

There are two ways to complete the registration process - in person at one of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate's (CSDD) centers, where registration will be carried out by the center's specialists, or remotely via the E-CSDD service portal, said CSDD spokesman Mārtiņš Mālmeisters. To access E-CSDD, you must have an authorization tool accepted in Latvia, such as eID, e-signature, Smart ID or an Internet bank.
Latvian researchers work on new electricity generation method
Latvian researchers work on new electricity generation method
Latvian scientists have managed to demonstrate for the first time in the world a new type of electricity extraction technique that is suitable for remote space missions, as well as on the ground, in places where it is not possible or very expensive to supply electricity, Latvian Television reported February 26.
'Botania' environment center open for visitors in Salaspils, Latvia
'Botania' environment center open for visitors in Salaspils, Latvia
Visitors to Salaspils can now enter the new Environmental Education Center “Botania.” It's a place where with stories, games, scents, and sounds, anyone interested can get to know different plants and natural values, Latvian Television reports Monday.
Tomatoes and cucumbers keep growing throughout winter
Tomatoes and cucumbers keep growing throughout winter
Despite the darkness and cold, cucumber, tomato, and lettuce yields come from Latvian greenhouses continuously during winter. How can it all be grown in our latitudes, and how is heating provided in greenhouses while trying to reduce heating costs?
Parents reminded of need for youngsters' cyber security
Parents reminded of need for youngsters' cyber security
The school winter vacation is in full swing, while parents are returning to work. While parents may think that their children are safe at home, time spent alone on the Internet, can bring dangers of its own, reports Latvian Television.
Donate your bottle cap, buy drone for Ukraine
Donate your bottle cap, buy drone for Ukraine
What can be simpler than unscrewing a plastic cap on a bottle and donating it to charity? Such an opportunity is offered by the society “Your Friends” (Tavi draugi), Latvian Television reported on December 15.
Send your gifts and cards in time, delivery services recommend
Send your gifts and cards in time, delivery services recommend
Latvian Postal service (Latvijas pasts, LP) and other delivery services are experiencing an increase in the volume of parcels. The companies emphasize that a gift or letter that you have prepared for your friends or relatives must be sent in time, Latvian Television reported December 11.
Don't forget compulsory car insurance, says traffic authority
Don't forget compulsory car insurance, says traffic authority
To participate in traffic, drivers in Latvia must have valid compulsory civil vehicle insurance (OCTA). Drivers often forget to renew it, and this can result in large fines. Latvian Television consulted insurance experts on how to avoid paying hefty amounts over a simple mistake.
Children's hospital calls for help filling 'courage box'
Children's hospital calls for help filling 'courage box'
At the Children's Clinical University Hospital (BKUS), 'courage boxes' are placed in the procedure rooms. They contain various items, like toys, that a child may receive after performing the procedure. The hospital invites everyone in Latvia to help fill the courage boxes, thus making the visit to the hospital more enjoyable for children, Latvian Television reports Monday.
LTV goes mushroom hunting
LTV goes mushroom hunting
If you don't know a mushroom, then it's not edible – that's how to decide on what to eat, according to mycologist Inita Dāniele, reports Latvian Television.
Find events on Latvian student-created 'SpotLoc' app
Find events on Latvian student-created 'SpotLoc' app
High-school students from the Rīga Technical College (RTK) have created a mobile application “SpotLoc” which helps people find sports and cultural events of interest to them in different cities of Latvia, Latvian Television reported on August 31.
Bolt continues monitoring reckless scooter drivers
Bolt continues monitoring reckless scooter drivers
Two months ago, the Bolt ride-sharing platform introduced a system allowing for monitoring of electric scooter drivers. Around two thousand drivers received warnings at this time, while around 150 people were temporarily banned from driving the scooter, Latvian Television reported on August 25.
Summer jobs in big demand in Latvia this year
Summer jobs in big demand in Latvia this year
Working in summer for pupils is provided every year by the State Employment Agency (NVA) pupil summer employment program. This year, pupils' willingness to work over the summer outweighed employers' supply, Latvian Television reported August 22.
Urban gardens regain popularity in Latvia
Urban gardens regain popularity in Latvia
In Rīga and elsewhere in Latvia, urban gardens or 'mazdārziņi' ('small gardens') are again in fashion, regaining their popularity after a few decades of lying low. Queues are forming after the free municipal plots, Latvian Television reported on June 5.
Latvians keen to recycle old tires
Latvians keen to recycle old tires
In 2025, Latvia and other European Union (EU) Member States will have to collect for recycling 90% of the volume of tires sold on the market. Until the end of May, tires can be disposed of free of charge in four locations where they will further be recycled, Latvian Television reported Wednesday.
Doctors repeatedly ask public to be careful on electric scooters
Doctors repeatedly ask public to be careful on electric scooters
With the weather getting more pleasant, the Rīga East Clinical University Hospital (RAKUS) sees people injured in scooter accidents almost daily. Injuries are often severe, and doctors repeatedly plead with the public to wear helmets and treat other road users with respect, Latvian Television reported on May 15.
Tomato and cucumber harvests have not suffered from energy crisis
Tomato and cucumber harvests have not suffered from energy crisis
As the first buds and sprouts begin to appear outside, greenhouses are already very green. Mārupe and Getliņi Eko tomato and cucumber growers say the winter has been a success despite high energy prices, Latvian Television reported on April 12.
Gun owners reminded to renew permits
Gun owners reminded to renew permits
A large proportion of firearms owners, including hunters, must obtain new weapon owning, carrying and collection permits by September 14 due to a change in the European Union (EU) directives. State Police told Latvian Television April 11 that residents should not delay the renewal of permits.
New education center in Salaspils to tell stories of plant life
New education center in Salaspils to tell stories of plant life
At the end of this year, at the Salaspils National Botanical Garden, a new environmental education center, "Botania", is opening its doors. It will allow everyone to explore the plant world and gain knowledge about nature conservation and biodiversity issues, Latvian Television reported on March 30.
Young Ukrainians can participate in 'Shadow Day' this year
Young Ukrainians can participate in 'Shadow Day' this year
“Shadow Day” will take place in Latvia on April 5. On Shadow Day, pupils are invited to spend a day with a professional of their choice and observe their work. This year, young people living in Latvia from Ukraine are welcome to participate. Latvian Television met with two Ukrainian young people on March 24 who are planning to participate.
Neighbors' noise – can anything be done?
Neighbors' noise – can anything be done?
Many apartment buildings in Latvia suffer from very poor sound insulation. Hearing what the neighbors are doing, listening to or watching on TV is a cause of frequent annoyance and reduces the quality of life. LTV asked on March 22 if anything can be done to improve sound insulation in apartments.
Latvian researchers work on temp-smart windows
Latvian researchers work on temp-smart windows
Technology is being developed in Latvia that will allow the production of building windows that will help to keep rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer, Latvian Television reported January 30.