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The ETIAS and Who Will Need It When Traveling to Europe?

By Shalini M, added August 2019

DEFINITION OF ETIAS

ETIAS is the short form of European Travel Information and Authorization System, which is a full- fledged electronic system that allows and also keeps track of the visitors of other countries who do not require a visa for entering into the Schengen Zone. The legal procedures needed to pass ETIAS started in 2016 and the system will most likely be in place by the year 2021.

5 Best Locations in Tuscany

By Carolee Duckworth, added July 2019

Why is Tuscany on almost everyone's bucket list? What is it about wandering around from hill town to hill town in Tuscany, passing through vast stretches of lush vineyards, that has such universal appeal? Why would you want to visit this idyllic part of the world yourself? And where should you go first in your wanderings?

HOUSE I 2019 Expo — A Detailed Report (Part 2)

By Oleg K Temple, March 2019

Read part 1 of this article HERE

In part one of this article we explored the luxurious splendour of the Decco Centrs conglomerate, the heat pumps by NIBE that are, quite literally, saving the world we live in and the slick, indestructible fibre-cement roofing and facade products by Eternit Baltic. Let’s continue reviewing the interior design and construction companies from Latvia and her neighbours. As advertised, brace yourself for an encounter with grass-shredding robots, alternative energy gurus and Flemish lions! Don’t forget to share your experiences and thoughts in the comment section below.

HOUSE I 2019 Expo — A Detailed Report

By Oleg K Temple, March 2019

You could be forgiven for thinking that nowadays the vast majority of business is conducted between computers, in an endless stream of precise, albeit apathetic and impersonal data. However, a significant portion of deal-making still endures in the real world, as it requires a human handshake and that was evident at the HOUSE I 2019 Expo. You see, fancy website templates, however well-designed and engineered, are no substitute for the raw human passion and drive—qualities brought in spades to the exhibition hall by the participants. These intrepid sales warriors are the reason why the brick and mortar stores will always endure. And I do mean warriors. Even after long days on their feet, always answering the same questions, each expert we spoke with endeavoured to present their product in the best light, remained courteous and highly enthusiastic.

How to start a business: The 4 tenets of business ethos or how to build relationships when starting a business

By Oleg K Temple, November 2018

When researching how to start a business, etiquette is one of the fine details people tend to overlook. Etiquette is too often taken for granted and its importance underappreciated. Despite the fact that proper manners are a sign of a good upbringing and label the individual as a cultured member of society. After all, if you do not understand how business mannerisms work, you have no business being in business, right? First impressions are important, as is body-language. We all know that and yet we assume that we will always react correctly and respond flawlessly. However, etiquette is a learned skill like any other. It takes practice and a willing, supple frame of mind to assimilate good habits.

Starting a business in Maramures, Northern Romania

By Oleg Temple, July 2016.

Maramureș is a picturesque county on Romania’s northern border with Ukraine and Hungary. Its towns are small, but beautiful and the region is famous for its wooden churches, the Rodna Mountains, the quaint villages of Iza and Mara, as well as many other many places of interest.

Starting a small business in Britain

By Oleg Temple, September 2015

Assuming that the basic funding is accounted for, the rules for starting a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) are the same in virtually every European or North American country:

Rethink Power & Energy Solutions – bright ideas to keep you warm

By Oleg K. Temple, November 2010. Published in PRIME Match Magazine #40.

The advent of the energy revolution in this new millennium is as unstoppable as sunrise on a new day, try as they might (by buying up and suppressing new energy patents, political lobbying etc.), the oil giants can do nothing to halt the inevitable. The technologies to heal the world and its people exist and once they become available at fair market prices (rather than at prices aimed at deterring the consumer), factories will begin mass production and the consumer will take to clean technologies like fish to water.

The Baltic Power Scene

By Oleg K. Temple, October 2010. Published in PRIME Match Magazine #40.

“NUCULAR” POWER

Nuclear power is generated through controlled (i.e., non-explosive) nuclear fission reactions that vaporize water and the steam drives the turbines to generate clean electricity.

Overview of the ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY 2010

By Oleg K. Temple, October 2010. Published in PRIME Match Magazine #40.

The 6th international exhibition on energy, energy efficiency, infrastructure and environmental technologies, ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY 2010 took place at the International Exhibition Centre in Riga on Ķīpsala October 14-17.

Will the Eurozone umbrella hold or fold?

By Oleg K. Temple, June 2010.

To ensure that their markets remain upright and sprightly in the long-term, in the good old days, the EU countries came together and created sensible (albeit optimistic) fiscal rules that set the gyration boundaries for their rapidly unfurling economies. Government debt must always reside south of 60% of GDP at the end of the fiscal year and the annual government deficit must not eclipse 3% of total GDP. Shockingly, Finland and Luxembourg are the only two of the 16 Eurozone countries that have managed to rein in the rapacious crisis and adhere to both of these cardinal rules. Hence, the EU economy plummeted into disarray and the path to recovery is proving to be a slow and arduous one.

 

Hotel Conference Facilities in Antwerp, Belgium

Compiled by Oleg K. Temple, February 2010.

Hotel Conference Facilities in Malta

Compiled by Oleg K. Temple, January 2010.

Malta is an amazing nation with a vibrant history and culture that took root at the dawn of civilization. Despite ranking as the 7th most densely populated country (with 413,627 people living on an area of 316 km2), surpassed only by other tiny giants such as Macau (541,200 people on 29.2 km2), Malta is still, due to its secluded location, home to hundreds of rare and endemic species of flora and fauna.

In the last century, Malta was the anvil upon which the very fate of the World, wrought by titans of politics, was decided and forged. F.D. Roosevelt and W. Churchill formed an alliance that fuelled the Cold War at the Malta Conference in early 1945 and much later, in 1989, G. H. W. Bush met in Marsaxlokk with M. Gorbachev to pull the plug on the nuclear arms race and end the Cold War.

Inaugurated into the EU on May 1st 2004, along with Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and others, Malta exhibited remarkable economic growth and stability that allowed the government to enter ERM II already in 2005 and adopt the Euro from 2008. The Maltese Archipelago is renowned for its ideal climate, trade-friendly economy and gracious inhabitants. Malta offers a myriad of tourist attractions – from breathtaking architecture steeped in rich history, to natural wonders, putting the country on the map as a favourite “rest nest” for opulent holiday makers seeking a pure paradise of sea, sand and sun. As tourism poured into the soul of the Maltese economy, a multitude of elegant hotels offering state-of-the-art conference facilities blossomed around the islands of Malta and Gozo, making the country a magnet for business event organizers. Find out what’s ON in Malta in our Maltese Event Calendar 2010 or read on and sample the Editor’s picks, the exquisite cream-of-the-crop of Malta’s luxury hotels.

Hotel Conference Facilities in Riga, Latvia

Compiled by Anja Coppieters, November 2009.

Over the past decade, largely due to Latvia's favourable geographic location, modern facilities and multi-lingual, forward-thinking people, Riga has become a nexus of conferences bridging the business interests between East and West. Seasoned organizers acknowledge that creating a successful event is both an art and a science. Naturally, a creative vision is conducive to the conception of an inspired, memorable event, but without the solid foundations of sound organization and reliable partners to realize that vision, the most intricate aspirations are but castles in the sky - unattainable. Tangible actions and experienced partners are vital catalysts to spark the transcendence of a beautiful vision from the realm of dreams into reality. In this feature, we have compiled the most prestigious and capable hotel venues in Riga, most of which, have many years of experience in organizing impeccably professional conferences, workshops and banquets. Choosing these venues you will be in good hands.

Find out more about what's planned at these and other venues under the Event Calendar and visit our accommodation section of Latvia for contact details. Wishing you a sensational, profitable endeavour.

Are Baltic Banks Client-Friendly?

—a look at the "Baltic Banking 2009" report by EPSI Baltic

By Oleg K. Temple, November 2009.

Since 2004 EPSI Baltic has been monitoring the pulse of the consumer trends in the Baltic region, analysing numerous public polls and studies in the financial, telecommunication, general insurance and other fields. The latest EPSI study focuses on the banking sector of the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. No one is shocked that during this time of global economic downturn the satisfaction rating of clients takes a dive, on the contrary, what raises eyebrows is the reaction, or rather lack thereof of the Norwegian and Estonian consumer.

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