Posts published in Day: April 24, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid formally appoints the new coalition cabinet

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In her speech at Kadriorg Palace just before the new coalition government became fact, President Kersti Kaljulaid called for 100 hate-free days from the new administration, hoping that politics might continue in the same vein after that. The 56-seat coalition had a controversial and difficult birth, between 3 March general election and Wednesday’s official entry into office, prinicipally on the issue of the larger, 26-seat Centre Party allying itself with…

Before elections in Latvia, 63 percent of publications in the Russian press was negative

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Last year before the Saeima elections in Latvia, 63 percent of publications in the Russian press expressed a negative attitude towards Latvia, said the Latvian Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), citing its monitoring results. Considering that in recent years Russia had implemented several complicated influence operations in the West coinciding with the elections in the United States, France and Germany, SAB intensively analysed Russia’s propaganda media in the period before the…

It was a great test today against Latvia

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.) set the U.S. single-tournament record for goals at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship with his two-goal performance in Team USA’s 7-1 victory over Latvia here today in its final preliminary round game here today at Fjallraven Center. “It was a great test today against Latvia,” said John Wroblewski (Neenah, Wis.), head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. “It was a great way to end…

Poll: Jüri Luik considered most suitable for ministerial position

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Of all the ministerial candidates for Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’ (Centre) second government, Estonan residents consider Jüri Luik (Isamaa), Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) and Mailis Reps (Centre) the most suitable candidates for their respective ministerial positions, while Martin Helme (EKRE) and Mart Helme (EKRE), were found to be the least fitting to become ministers, it appears from the results of a survey conducted by Kantar Emor. Kantar Emor carried out a…

Government’s action plan provides for a number of systemic improvements

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The government’s action plan provides for a number of systemic improvements, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said today while reporting on the first 100 days of his government. The prime minister said that his government has defined several priorities, which include fixing Latvia’s financial sector, reforming the health and education sectors and carrying out the administrative-territorial reform, among others. “In this short period of time we have been working…

Paleckis to be kept in custody for another 3 months amid spying probe

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Lithuanian court has extended the detention of Algirdas Paleckis, former leader of the Socialist People’s Front who is suspected of spying for Russia, for another three months, the Prosecutor General’s Office said on Tuesday. Elena Martinoniene, the office’s spokeswoman, told BNS she could not provide any details as it could harm the pre-trial investigation into the suspected spying case. Law-enforcement officials said last December that Paleckis and “a network of persons”, who…

Turkey ‘cannot become a member of the EU’

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Turkey “cannot become a member of the European Union,” Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) tipped to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President, told Euronews on Tuesday. Weber is the leading candidate for the centre-right EPP in next month’s European Parliament elections. “On Turkey, I believe in strong cooperation like we did with the migration treaty,” Weber told Euronews, adding that “stronger” economic and cultural…

Estonian Internal Security Service needs EUR 50 mln

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The main building of the Estonian Internal Security Service (ISS) would need investments in the amount of some 50 million euros as tight conditions are increasingly hampering the work of security officials, the daily Postimees reports. The authority, which is in contact with state secrets every day, has a unique problem when it comes to lack of space. If there are people without the need for information in the room,…

Kim Jong Un greeted with bread and flowers in Russia

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been greeted with gifts after he crossed the border into Russia ahead of a meeting with Vladimir Putin. After disembarking his armoured train at the Russian border station of Khasan, girls in traditional dress greeted him with flowers, and bread and salt which he sampled. The young leader will meet Putin in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok on Thursday, as he attempts…

Medicines for people with mental disorders to become more accessible in Latvia

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

To improve accessibility of medicines for people suffering from psychological and behavioural disorders, Latvia’s government decided to expand the list of diagnoses eligible for state-compensated medicines on Tuesday, 23 April. The government also increased compensation amount for several already covered diagnoses for such patients. «It is important for patients suffering from chronic diseases to receive medicines and start treatment in time. This helps improve their quality of life and allow…