More than a third of Riga's population is Russian; the rest are Latvian, Lithuanian, Belarusian, Polish and Ukrainian. Russian often serves as a linguistic common denominator in the Latvian capital. REUTERS The prevalence of Russian in public life is one reason why Latvia's government has passed a law that will limit Russian as a language of instruction in the country's schools, beginning next year. The move by the tiny Baltic nation has angered not only members of Latvia's sizeable ethnic Russian minority, but Moscow as well. Russia's foreign ministry called the decision "odious." "Our constitution states the state language is Latvian, whereas at home, you can speak your mother tongue freely, no objection whatsoever," said Rihards Kols, who represents the nationalist National Alliance party in the Latvian parliament and favors limiting Russian in schools, according to NPR. "Basically, we are a nation-state, so we are founded on the basis of language, tradition and culture." … [Read more...] about Latvia’s new law aims to preserve national language by limiting Russian in schools
Ways to preserve nature
The goal of many investors is to build a portfolio that can generate sufficient income to replace traditional sources, but this isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. It is essential to understand the different methods of extracting money from your investments. How money is withdrawn can dramatically affect the length of time until that pot of money is exhausted. Broadly speaking there are two opposing camps on how to do this: the “natural income” method and “decumulation”. Here we explain the pros and cons of each. What is 'natural income'? This involves taking the cash distributions an investment provides and leaving the capital untouched. For shares, this is dividends; for bank deposits and bonds, it is the interest payments; for property it is the rent received. For example, the benchmark for global stock markets (the “MSCI World Index”) was yielding 2.4 per cent on 30 April 2018. Notionally, this would result in £100,000 paying … [Read more...] about ‘Natural income’ vs ‘decumulation’: what’s the best way to take income from my investments?
Tears are a regular occurrence in a fertility clinic. Tears of joy, tears of frustration, tears of loss happen almost daily. For some, those tears are the tears of “what if”, writes Marie Menke.What if I had tried to get pregnant sooner? What if I had known then what I know now?Hope is the incredible gift that Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe, the pioneers who made in vitro fertilization (IVF) possible, gave to the generations that followed them. They continued experiments, even though society feared that “test-tube babies” pushed past boundaries never meant to be crossed.Now 40 years after Louise Brown, the first child born through IVF (where the egg is fertilized with sperm in the laboratory instead of the body), this gift affects millions. The astonishing breakthrough has gone beyond initial, seemingly insurmountable steps and moved into realms that include routine egg and embryo freezing for patients uncertain if they are ready to pursue childbearing. Even … [Read more...] about 40 years after the birth of IVF, researchers push boundaries to preserve fertility in women, men and children
It's that time of year again, where many of us are thinking about going on holiday - and maybe wishing we could shed a few pounds before we hit the beach. For some, dieting might have been part of your life since the New Year, when you made that New Year's resolution (and, if so, well done you!), while, for others, it could be a last-minute thing before you jet off on that dream holiday. If you're one of those who has been doing it for a little while now, you might be wondering how you can keep up the momentum? Or maybe you ditch the diet a while ago and are trying to figure out what went wrong? Earlier this year, the Mirror Online has revealed 21 top tips for how to beat the dreaded diet plateau... 1) Take a two-week break You’ve been faithfully following your diet, but after a great start the weight’s stopped coming off? This effect, known as the diet plateau, is a common problem. However, a study carried out earlier this year at the University of Tasmania has found … [Read more...] about These are the 21 easy ways to speed up your weight loss
PUBLISHED: 11:22 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 05 June 2018 Richard Burton Inspired by the encaustic tiles of Victorian times the new Centro Viena and Centro Budapest ranges from Tile Mountain are designed to inject period charm; �23.99, www.tilemountain.co.uk Archant Original features from the Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian eras are more popular now than ever. Richard Burton found out how to get the authentic look Crafted from iron with a grey washed finish, this Cox and Cox fire screen features an elegant, Victorian-inspired design of swirled metal with a fine, protective mesh; �150 Imagine a Monty Python sketch that posed the question: what did the Victorians do for us? Okay, so once we’ve joked our way beyond the periodic table, cinematography and polite society, we’d probably settle on what most of us think of - lots of very stylish housing. They’ve become part of the landscape since the Industrial Revolution brought great swathes of … [Read more...] about Period living: How to preserve and enhance your home’s character features