Posts published in Day: August 7, 2019

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Should Be Expelled from NATO

By Alessandro Gagaridis on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system has angered the country’s NATO allies, the latest in a series of disagreements fueling a deterioration of Ankara’s relations with the West. The widening rift has some openly questioning the utility of Turkey’s ongoing presence in NATO, advocating for Ankara’s expulsion. Given the past few years of geopolitical divergence between Turkey and the West – this might actually be the best…

President Levits welcomes European Summer School students

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

President of Latvia Egils Levits met with students and staff of the European Summer Schools in Riga Castle August 7, thanking them for taking on an important role in preserving Latvian identity. According to his press service. Levits noted that the camp brought together children from 15 countries around the world, and is one of the best ways for young people abroad to immerse themselves in Latvian identity, language and culture. “The European Summer School in…

Philippines declares epidemic after dengue fever kills more than 600

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

An outbreak of dengue fever in the Philippines has been declared a national epidemic after causing hundreds of deaths this year in the wake of a government ban on the vaccine. The country has recorded 146,062 cases of dengue from January through to 20 July this year, 98% more than the same period in 2018, the department of health said. The outbreak has already claimed the lives of 622 people.…

Kabul attack: nearly 100 injured in Taliban bombing, say officials

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A car bomb exploded on Wednesday outside a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul, wounding at least 95 people, government officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for what it said was a suicide attack. There has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan, despite the Taliban and the US appearing to be close to reaching a historic pact for American troops to withdraw, in exchange for a Taliban pledge…

Estonia: State hoping to bring renewable energy subsidies to zero by 2030

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Estonia will start renewable energy underbidding at the end of the year with those electricity producers asking for less support having a better chance of receiving support, according the news portal of public broadcaster ERR reports wrties LETA/BNS. The experience of neighboring countries shows that the share of subsidies in such auctions turns out to be close to zero, that is renewable energy is also profitable without paying extra. While…

Responding to SJSC Latvijas Dzelzceļš invitation, climate change messenger arrives in Riga

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The transport industry’s impact on the environment can be reduced if railway is chosen for freight transport increasingly often. Responding to SJSC Latvijas Dzelzceļš (LDz) invitation and highlighting railway as one of the climate-friendliest modes of transport, Noah’s Train – Europe’s longest mobile work of art that has been travelling around Europe since December 2018 – has arrived at the Riga Central Station. Noah’s Train of the international coalition Rail…

Lithuania hopes for important EC portfolio after Sinkevicius’ introduction – president

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lithuania hopes for an important European commissioner portfolio after acting Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevicius, a candidate for European commissioner, introduced himself to the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen during a meeting on Tuesday. “Yesterday’s meeting (…) was very successful. Sinkevicius introduced himself very well, and we are speaking about a very important commissioner portfolio,” the president told journalists on Wednesday, without disclosing the specific area of…

Hong Kong protests: Australia issues travel alert as China warns of worst crisis since 1997

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Australians travelling to Hong Kong have been warned to exercise a “high degree of caution” as China said Hong Kong was facing its worst crisis since the former British colony was handed back in 1997. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Dfat) said: “There is a risk of violent confrontation between protesters and police, or criminally linked individuals, particularly at unauthorised protests.” Ireland, the UK, and Japan have…

Met police examine Vladimir Putin’s role in Salisbury attack

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Scotland Yard has examined the role of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in the novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury, it has been revealed. Putin is assessed by UK intelligence agencies as having been “likely” to have approved of the attack in March 2018 on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer, and his daughter, both of whom were left seriously ill but survived. Dawn Sturgess later died after coming…

Reidi Road in Tallinn to be completed by end of year

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Construction work on Reidi Road, which is scheduled to conclude by Dec. 27, remains right on schedule, the Tallinn Municipal Engineering Services Department said on Tuesday. Municipal Engineering Services Department director Ain Valdmann told BNS that although the Tallinn city government decided in June to opt for the initial, wider version of the road, construction costs have remained the same. The total cost of the contract inclusive of a reserve…