Posts published in Day: July 18, 2019

Latvia faces more opportunities for cooperation with Vietnam in field of education

Thursday, July 18, 2019

On Wednesday, continuing his working visit to Vietnam, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with the Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry. During the meeting, Rinkevics emphasized Latvia’s interest in developing more active cooperation with Vietnam in the field of education, especially in higher education. Latvian universities are interested in attracting students from Vietnam, as well as implementing joint projects in…

Budget watchdog says no-deal Brexit will spur UK recession

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The U.K. will plunge into recession if it leaves the European Union without a divorce deal, with the pound plunging in value and the economy shrinking by 2% in a year, Britain’s official economic watchdog said Thursday. The Office for Budget Responsibility made its assessment as chances of an economically disruptive no-deal Brexit appear to be rising. Both men vying to take over next week as Britain’s prime minister, Boris…

Lithuanian PM says government mulls new taxes on property, polluting cars

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says the government is considering broadening the property tax base and taxing polluting cars. “We’ll have to adopt decisions related to taxes that have no direct impact on our fiscal discipline and spending, that is, property taxes (and) transport-linked environmental taxes,” he told the parliament on Thursday after President Gitanas Nauseda nominated him to continue as prime minister. Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the Lithuanian Farmers…

EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for ‘predatory pricing’

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In yet another European Union move against a U.S. tech giant, the bloc’s antitrust chief on Thursday fined chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of “predatory pricing” to drive a competitor out of the market. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Qualcomm was abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets. She said it sold them below the cost of production to force startup Icera out of the market almost…

Latvian minister shocked over situation with orphans in the country

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Latvia’s Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča is unpleasantly surprised with institutions’ and municipalities’ opposition towards orphaned children ending up in a family-like environment, saying it’s an «inconceivable situation». According to the politician, during her regional visits and meetings with foster families she got the impression that the situation is only getting worse in Latvia. The minister is especially worried about this because the state invests considerable resources to make sure orphaned…

South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties’ leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Seoul’s presidential office, they announced plans to create a “pan-national” emergency body to respond to tighter Japanese trade controls on certain technology exports to South Korea. The…

Dentists in Latvia may be offered compensation for work in country’s regions

Thursday, July 18, 2019

To improve accessibility of healthcare services outside of Riga, it is planned to expand the range of medical specialists who are eligible for financial support when choosing to work in regions, as reported by Healthcare Ministry. During a meeting of state secretaries on Thursday, 18 July, amendments were announced to relevant Cabinet of Ministers requirements. If they decide to work outside Riga, medical specialist can become eligible for financial support.…

The Latest: 33 confirmed dead in Kyoto anime studio fire

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A Japanese fire official says the death toll from a Kyoto animation studio fire is now 33 and nobody else is believed to be still missing. Kyoto fire department official Kazuhiro Hayashi says 36 others have been injured, 10 of them critically. Hayashi says firefighters found the largest number of victims on the top floor…

Open arms for Lidl – Estonian competition watchdog predicts lower prices

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Expecting the entry of the German supermarket chain Lidl on the Estonian market, the country’s Competition Authority expects healthier competition and lower prices. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Thursday, July 18, that Katrin Tasa, deputy director of the Supervisory Department of the Estonian Competition Authority said in an interview with Vikkerraadio that currently, 70 percent of Estonia’s retail market is controlled by four retail chains. «The retail market is…

Estonian interior minister not to attend discussion focusing on relocation of immigrants

Thursday, July 18, 2019

At an informal meeting of justice and home affairs ministers of the European Union to be held in Helsinki on Thursday and Friday, Estonian Minister of the Interior Mart Helme from the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) will attend the discussions of migration policy and interior affairs, but will skip a dinner during which the ministers are to discuss relocation of the migrants arriving in the EU via the central Mediterranean…