Posts published in Day: August 1, 2019

Jury to find what Katy Perry owes for hit they say she stole

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Jurors are set to hear closing arguments before deciding how much Katy Perry, her collaborators and her record label owe the writers of a Christian rap song over her hit “Dark Horse.” Lawyers for Perry and for the rapper, Marcus Gray, will make their final cases to jurors on Thursday and are likely to present wildly different numbers. Gray’s attorneys have emphasized the tens of millions brought in by the…

Juhansone begins work as European Commission’s acting secretary-general

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Ilze Juhansone, a former Latvian diplomat and deputy secretary-general of the European Commission, has started her work as the European Commission’s acting secretary-general from today, LETA was told at the European Commission. Together with current two deputies – Pascal Leardini and Celine Gauer – Juhansone will lead and steer the work of the Secretariat-General and will notably ensure continuity and a smooth transition between the end of the Juncker Commission…

Requirement to reduce CO2 emissions to increase diesel fuel prices by 6-8 cents

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Fuel sellers will be subjected to a new requirement from January 1, pursuant to which carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced by 6 percent, which in turn will be accompanied by a rise in diesel fuel prices ranging from six to eight cents per liter, Postimees reports. In accordance with a new law that is to step into effect next year, a liter of gasoline and diesel fuel must both…

Pompeo says US not asking Asia to take sides

Thursday, August 1, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington isn’t asking any Asian nation to take sides as it engages with the region where China is battling for influence and aggressively expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed an Indo-Pacific engagement framework adopted by the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in June, saying it supports sovereignty, transparency, good governance and a rules-based order…

Arms control inspectors of Belarus conducting a visit in Lithuania

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A team of arms control inspectors of Belarus are conducting an evaluation visit to a specified military unit in Lithuania on August 1 on the basis of the bilateral Agreement on Additional Confidence and Security-Building Measures between the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Belarus. The Belarusian inspectors will visit the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin of the Lithuanian Armed Forces (headquartered in Klaipėda). They will be able to get…

Trump offers Putin help with Siberian wildfires

Thursday, August 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin help in putting out vast wildfires that are raging in Siberia, the Kremlin said late on Wednesday, a move it said Putin took as a sign that battered ties can be restored. The Kremlin said the two leaders had spoken by phone at Washington’s initiative, hours after Putin ordered the Russian army to help firefighters battle the wildfires. The fires…

Half of teachers at new Kohtla-Järve school hired from elsewhere in country

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Half of the teachers to begin work at the new Kohtla-Järve State Upper Secondary School in Northeastern Estonia this fall have been hired from other parts of the country. While the majority of school staff has already been hired, the school is still seeking several more teachers. Hendrik Agur, principal of the new state upper secondary school, told ERR that teachers have been hired from Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Võru, Rakvere…

Euro zone July factory activity contracts at fastest rate in six years

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Manufacturing activity in the euro zone contracted at its steepest rate since late 2012 last month as demand sank, a survey showed, puncturing sentiment among factory managers. Forward-looking indicators in the survey suggest the sector won’t rebound any time soon and will likely embolden policymakers at the European Central Bank, who last week all but promised to ease policy further as the bloc’s growth outlook deteriorates. IHS Markit’s July final…

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister ‘childish’

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Iran’s president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country’s foreign minister, describing the move on Thursday as “childish” and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it had imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic. The highly unusual action of penalizing another nation’s top diplomat…