Posts published in June 2019

The Baltics buy gas from Russia, despite Washington’s discontent

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, June 28, 2019

The European Union has decided to extend the economic sanctions imposed on Russia until January 31, 2020.According to the EU Council, it was decided on 27 of June to extend the economic sanctions imposed on Russia in certain sectors until the end of January next year. Moreover, all the deputies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 25 of June opposed the…

Lead designer of iPhone to leave Apple to start own firm

Friday, June 28, 2019

The leading designer of U.S. technology company Apple, credited with the design of the iPhone, has decided to leave the firm to establish his own company. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive whose designs of the iPhone, iMac and iPad helped Apple become a leading computer technology mammoth is leaving the company later in 2019. The U.S. company stated he would launch form an…

Lithuanian president to meet with families of border guards killed by Soviets in 1991

Friday, June 28, 2019

Lithuania’s outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite is meeting on Friday with family members of border guards and police officers killed by the Soviets at the Medininkai checkpoint in 1991. The meeting is held in the run-up to the 28th anniversary of the Medininkai massacre on July 31. Grybauskaite’s term of office ends on July 12. Members of the Soviet special police unit OMON killed seven Lithuanian border guards and police officers…

All in for riches: World Series of Poker marks 50th run

Friday, June 28, 2019

Tens of thousands of professional and amateur poker players go on a pilgrimage to Las Vegas every summer in hopes of returning home richer, owning a gold bracelet and having considerable bragging rights. They are young and old and overwhelmingly male. They are college dropouts and accountants, entrepreneurs and CEOs, actors and athletes, psychologists and comedians. And they all have a chance of becoming world champions. At the World Series…

Farmer destroys great snipe nesting area with glyphosate

Friday, June 28, 2019

Most of a 400-hectare bird nesting area in Valga County has been destroyed by the use of the herbicide glyphosate, an investigation by the Agricultural Board has confirmed. The affected area is part of the flood meadows along Estonia’s Emajõgi river. According to the investigation, the nesting are of great snipe and other bird species was destroyed by the application of the herbicide and crop desiccant, glyphosate. One of the…

Putin uses G-20 to strengthen alliances, soothe tensions

By Vladimir Isachenkov on Friday, June 28, 2019

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin used a series of talks with global leaders at the Group of 20 summit on Friday to strengthen old alliances and try to soothe tensions with rivals. Putin used his meetings with the leaders of China and India to find common ground on issues such as opposing protectionism, while his long-delayed talks with the American and British leaders likelier touched on thornier issues. Putin’s meeting with…

City council’s opposition members not to back Burovs for Riga mayor

Friday, June 28, 2019

Opposition members of the Riga City Council are not planning to support Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party’s candidate for Riga mayor Olegs Burovs, the surveyed politicians told LETA. Vilnis Kirsis, the city council’s New Unity group, said that his party would not back Burovs’ candidacy as real change on the city council can only be achieved through a snap election and not forming a new coalition with Harmony’s current…

Europol: terrorism threat remains high in Europe

Friday, June 28, 2019

The threat of terrorism in Europe remains high, especially from Jihadists, announced European police agency Europol on Thursday, 27 June. Although in 2018 there were fewer attacks than in the previous year, more attacks of Jihadists were successfully thwarted last year, as stated in Europol’s report. 13 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Europe in 2018. All of those attacks were performed by Jihadists, Europol reported. The number of…

President Kaljulaid on working visit to Finland, opening ESTO 2019 days

Friday, June 28, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is in Finland today for a working visit and to open the ESTO 2019 12th Global Estonian Culture Days. Kaljulaid will meet with Finnish prime minister, Anti Rinne. Apart from her participating in the ESTO days, the president will also meet with the Finnish prime minister, Anti Rinne. Kaljulaid is expected back in Tallinn in the evening, the Office of the President said. The ESTO days are…

Federer, Nadal drawn into possible Wimbledon semifinal

Friday, June 28, 2019

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were set up for a potential semifinal at Wimbledon in Friday’s draw, while Serena Williams was placed in what shapes up as by far the toughest quarter of the women’s field. With defending champion Novak Djokovic in the top half of the men’s bracket, the No. 2-seeded Federer and No. 3-seeded Nadal were placed together in the bottom half. Nadal is ranked No. 2, and…