Posts published in Day: May 17, 2019

Stop the nitpicking! This season of Game of Thrones is miraculous

By Luke Holland on Friday, May 17, 2019

Seeing the fury around The Bells baffles me. Are we watching the same show? Warning: this article contains spoilers. As King’s Landing burned, and characters whose lives we’ve been following since season one either fled the carnage or became permanent fixtures in it, the only hotter takes than the one Daenerys unleashed on her would-be subjects were those exploding across the internet. Some calmly listed inconsistencies. Others wailed about how…

Poland fights child abuse with prison sentences up to 30 years

Friday, May 17, 2019

Polish legislators have extended prison terms for convicted paedophiles to a maximum 30 years. The Catholic country’s child abuse scandals have been underscored by a new documentary on such crimes by Polish priests. French news agency AFP reported that on Thursday, May 16, Polish legislators voted overwhelmingly to support amendments to the criminal code that also introduces life sentences for the most dangerous paedophiles and remove a statute of limitations…

Iran tells Middle East militias: prepare for proxy war

Friday, May 17, 2019

Iran’s most prominent military leader has recently met Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war”, the Guardian has learned. Two senior intelligence sources said that Qassem Suleimani, leader of Iran’s powerful Quds force, summoned the militias under Tehran’s influence three weeks ago, amid a heightened state of tension in the region. The move to mobilise Iran’s regional allies is understood to have triggered fears in…

Estonian president appoints Kert Kingo minister of foreign trade, IT

Friday, May 17, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister and Kert Kingo, candidate for the post of minister of foreign trade and IT, met on Thursday with the Estonian President, Kersti Kaljulaid, who endorsed Kingo’s candidacy. Kingo took her oath of office at a meeting of the Riigikogu, which started at 10 a.m., and headed then on to acquaint herself with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Kingo’s candidacy was announced on Monday. Two weeks…

European Space Agency opens Estonian satellite data center in Tallinn

Friday, May 17, 2019

The data center named ESTHub helps technology companies obtain and process more quickly remote sensing data obtained from space, spokespeople for the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications said. “Estonia is a growing space nation and a full member of the European Space Agency. ESTHub is a key partnership that helps ESA to use big data obtained from space to enable rapid development of technologies and make them accessible…

Meteorologists promise air temperature will soon reach +26° C in Latvia

Friday, May 17, 2019

On Friday, 17 May, there will be plenty of sun and clouds. Western regions may experience some rainfall. Wind will draw in from the east, reaching 13 m/sec in Kurzeme, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. Maximum air temperature during the day will be +19° C… +22° C (+15° C… +19° C along the coast in Kurzeme). As atmospheric pressure goes down on weekends, the amount…

Estonian government endorses North Macedonia NATO accession protocol

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Estonian government at its Thursday meeting endorsed a protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty with which North Macedonia is to join NATO. The government endorsed a proposal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to approve the protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO, spokespeople for the government said on Thursday. The bill of the protocol was approved by the…

Tallinn to Riga in under two hours, promises Rail Baltica

Friday, May 17, 2019

According to the initial schedule for the planned Rail Baltica railway, which is expected to be completed by 2026, high-speed trains will depart Tallinn for points south four times per day, reaching Central Riga in one hour and 42 minutes at a cost of €38 per ticket. Once the railway has been completed, the number of departures is projected to increase from four to six within the first ten years…

Nearly 26,000 vote early, online on first day in European election

Friday, May 17, 2019

As of Thursday evening, a total of 25,865 people had already cast their votes early and online in the 2019 European Parliament elections, the National Electoral Committee (VVK) said. As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, 4,344 people had cast their votes early in county capitals, while 21,521 had voted online. A total of 2,439 people voted in Tallinn, including 452 at Solaris Shopping Centre alone, and another in 1,055 cast…

Lithuania’s CEC announces presidential runoff, confirms referenda results

Friday, May 17, 2019

Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission on Thursday announced the presidential runoff and also confirmed the results of two referenda held on May 12. MP and former Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte, nominated by the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, will face economist Gitanas Nauseda, an independent candidate, in the presidential runoff on May 26. Simonyte received 31.31 percent of votes in the first round of voting and 30.94 percent…