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«It is no secret that the volume of cargoes carried by rail in Latvia has already dropped by 20% this year. This can be explained with the unfortunate situation with prices of raw materials, coal demand decline in the west and Russia’s political decision to divert large volumes of cargoes to its own ports in the Baltic Sea. We have noticed recently that Russia’s threats tend to become real – state companies have been ordered to divert cargoes through its own ports, around Latvia. Such a decision is not only politically motivated, but also economically motivated – Russia hopes to recover its investments in St Petersburg, Ustyug and Primorsk,» – says Nordea Bank economist Gints Belevics.
Video NATO has added to its growing credentials as a producer of short documentary films with a 13-minute movie about the selection of recruits to join Latvia's special forces. Now available on YouTube, the film titled "The Brave Man Wins" (sadly, no women are included) gives a look at the grueling selection process to join the coveted elite unit.
They were born in Latvia
Janis RainisOutstanding Latvian poet and playwright Rainis, real name – Jānis Pliekšāns (b. September 11, 1865 in Varslavāni of the Dunava rural municipality, d. September 12, 1929 in Majori; buried at the Raiņa Cemetery in Riga) – one of the most outstanding Latvian authors, a poet and playwright.
Philippe HalsmanSignificant photographers of the 20th century Philippe Halsman was born in Riga on the 2nd of May 1906. He died in New York on the 25th of June 1979.
Kristine OpolaisOpera star Audience favourite and the darling of critics, opera star soprano Kristine Opolais was born in Latvia in 1979. She studied voice at the Latvian Academy of Music and with Margaret Honig in Amsterdam.
Raimonds PaulsOne of the all time favourite composers in Latvia Maestro Raimonds Pauls is not only the most famous composer in Latvia, but also the most popular Latvian composer in the world. He is an outstanding melody maker and an accomplished musician. Many of his melodies are as ingrained as folk songs, and his albums are classics that stand the test of time.
Mikhail BaryshnikovDancer, choreographer, and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov was born on January 27, 1948 in Riga. He has attended Riga Choreography School, the class of Nina Leontyeva and Juris Kaprālis. These teachers helped Mikhail lay the the foundation for his superlative ballet technique.