The traditional “Skonto Būve” slam dunk competition has taken place
The presidents of Latvia and Israel meet Guntis Ravis at the opening of a memorial
Skonto Būve – reputation leader of the industry
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The traditional “Skonto Būve” slam dunk competition has taken place

“Skonto Būve” slam dunk competition took place in the framework of the twenty-four hour basketball tournament “Krastu mačs”. Local "slam dunk" master Kristaps Dargais (Kristaps Dārgais)won the tournament for the second time this year and obtained the main prize in the amount of 3000 euros. In the competition of several participants he also beat the twofold champion of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Shannon Brown who has the highest vertical jump of the league.

The jury staff of the “Slam dunk” competition included President of “Skonto Būve” Guntis Ravis (Guntis Rāvis), Minister of Education and Science Vyaceslav Dombrovskis (Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis), Latvian basketball player Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (Anete Jēkabsone-Žogota), as well as VEF legend and the European best basketball player of 1981 Valdis Valters.

On the other hand, Daugava’s left bank team won the twenty-four hour basketball tournament “Krastu mačs”sponsored by “Skonto Būve” where professional sportsmen, sports enthusiasts and artists participated.

The presidents of Latvia and Israel meet Guntis Ravis at the opening of a memorial

During his state visit to Latvia, Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, and Andris Bērziņš, the president of Latvia, unveiled a memorial to commemorate Zanis Lipke, a rescuer of many Jews. All the assets necessary for the construction of the memorial were donated by people, and Mr. Peres thanked the most generous benefactors, including Guntis Ravis, chairman of the board of Skonto Būve, for their support.

Shimon Peres,  president of Israel: “The whole of humanity can take pride in what Zanis Lipke did saving people during the terror under Nazism. Lipke symbolises humanity at its best, at its most profound and truthful. There is always a minority of people within a society, made up of good and courageous people ready to risk their lives every morning for the sake of good conduct, the way that Lipke did.”

Andris Berzins president of Latvia: “Lipke proves that even under the most horrible circumstances, the love of mankind cannot be defeated. A single determined man can change the world for the better. ”

The new memorial was created to commemorate Zanis Lipke who rescued numerous Jews. It is located just a couple of steps away from the place where he was hiding people destined to die under the German occupation during World War II, in an underground bunker he had dug under his woodshed.

Skonto Būve – reputation leader of the industry

Skonto Būvehas a firm leading position in the construction and real estate industry section of the Top Latvian Business Reputation.

Skonto Būvetakes 1st position in the construction and real estate industry section of the Top Latvian Business Reputation organised by the newspaper “Dienas Bizness” and the public relations agency Nords Porter Novelli. The company has also improved its performance in the top total by climbing three places to occupy 86th position.

Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve:“Disregarding the publicity campaigns, the core of any company’s reputation is its actual work in business – the amount of work, its quality and, of course, keeping one’s word in all matters. Skonto Būve reputation is based solely on its work – the quality and the significance of its objects. By leading the Latvian construction industry we strongly believe that it is our duty to share our success with others. Environmental awareness is one of the key motives in both our professional operations in construction and the field of social responsibility.”