Posts published in Day: May 1, 2019

Raimonds Vējonis is more popular among Latvians, but Egils Levits has more support

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Among the presidential candidates in Latvia, the existing President Raimonds Vējonis is more well-known than Egils Levits among residents. However, Vējonis’ chances of becoming president again are considered low by residents, says representative of Egils Levits’ supporting initiative For an Excellent Latvia’s President Kristīne Tjarve, commenting on results of a survey performed by SKDS. According to survey data, 44% of interviewed Latvian citizens consider Levits an appropriate presidential candidate, 22%…

Two arrested over pictures of Emiliano Sala’s body ‘posted online’

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A man and a woman have been arrested over photos purportedly showing the body of Emiliano Sala in a morgue which were posted online. The woman, 48, and man, 62, allegedly obtained the pictures of the footballer’s remains. They were arrested in February, but it has come to light now after the image circulated on social media. It allegedly shows the Argentinian striker’s remains at the Holly Tree Lodge mortuary…

Hungary to block NATO Ukraine bid over language law

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Hungarian government will continue to block talks between NATO and Ukraine in anger at a newly-adopted Ukrainian law limiting the use of minority languages. Passed by Ukraine’s parliament on April 25, the law makes the use of the the Ukrainian language compulsory for all citizens, except for private conversations and religious ceremonies. Amongst others, the law is applicable to all public servants including those working in healthcare and education.…

Latvia Cracks Down on Online Casinos

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Another country is in the news for banning online gambling sites. This time, it’s Latvia. After deciding to close all land-based casinos in the capital, the country is cracking down on online casinos. The Parliament has approved amendments to the gambling law that prohibit the players from gambling on the sites without a local license. The new amendments will help the country regulate online gambling in Latvia. These are not…

Opinion digest: Only press alone can regulate the free press

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Press executives and journalists have no excuse for allowing some kind of roundtable to take charge of the press freedom situation in Estonia — this is and must remain their job, writes political observer Martin Kala in an opinion piece originally published by daily Postimees on Sunday night. A week and a half ago, ERR ran an article announcing that Estonia’s press freedom had been ranked 11th in Reporters Without…

Scandal: Kuusik out of office if domestic violence claims true

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Incoming foreign trade and IT minister Marti Kuusik (EKRE) will not be able to take up his post, should allegations about acts of domestic violence on his part prove true, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said on Monday evening, BNS reports. Making his remarks, Ratas said that he had already been in contact with both Kuusik and Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) leader Mart Helme on the matter, BNS stated,…