Posts published in Day: August 19, 2019

Nothing illegal in forcing police chief out, says Helme

Monday, August 19, 2019

Responding to criticism by several former interior ministers, incumbent Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) said on Sunday that he sees nothing illegal in forcing Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) Director General Elmar Vaher to leave, adding that parallels drawn by the ex-ministers with Germany of the 1930s and the Soviet Union as inadequate and propagandist. “All of this has nothing in common with the rule of law,…

H&M Home has now opened in Galleria Riga

Monday, August 19, 2019

H&M have updated the concept to a new level and are now also selling furniture and opening stand-alone H&M Home stores. “We are happy to be one of the first in the Baltics with the new H&M Home concept. Since the beginning H&M has had good development in Galleria Riga and we are now expanding the store. First out in the new expansion is H&M Home, which has proven to…

Lithuanian PM calls on India to open embassy in Vilnius

Monday, August 19, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has invited India to open its embassy in Vilnius. “As head of government, I am interested in the development of successful economic relations. The establishment of India’s embassy in Vilnius would be a very practical instrument to bolster cooperation, therefore, I am inviting India to make this important decision,” Skvernelis was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Lithuanian government after his meeting…

Harmony and GKR sign coalition agreement after reaching compromise

Monday, August 19, 2019

Harmony and Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) have finally reached a comprise and signed a coalition agreement, representatives of the two political parties announced after a meeting on Monday. As a result of this, Olegs Burovs (GKR), who is running for the post of Riga mayor, can count on 35 votes, including 11 from his GKR party, 17 from Harmony, four from the Group of Independent Councilmen and three from…

Trump confirms he is considering attempt to buy Greenland

Monday, August 19, 2019

Donald Trump has confirmed he is considering an attempt to buy Greenland for strategic reasons, though he said the idea is “not No1 on the burner”. The US president’s interest, reported earlier this week, was greeted internationally with widespread hilarity but with indignation in Greenland and Denmark. The government of the semi-autonomous Danish territory insisted it was not for sale. The Danish prime minister called any discussion of a sale…

British Gibraltar releases seized Iran oil tanker

Monday, August 19, 2019

An Iranian oil tanker detained by Gibraltar, part of the United Kingdom, has sailed away from port after being allowed to do so despite Washington’s call to detain it again. British public broadcaster BBC reports that Gibraltar rejected on Sunday, August 18, a request by the U.S. to again seize the ship, which has changed its name from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya-1. On Thursday, August 15, Gibraltar lifted its…

Kabul wedding terror attack committed by Islamic State

Monday, August 19, 2019

Responsibility for the terror attack in Afghanistan, where explosives killed 63 people. has been claimed by the Afghan branch of the Islamic State terrorist group. The local Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the capital Kabul in 2019, with 63 killed and 182 wounded. The blast was committed on Saturday, August 17. It took place during a wedding, at which more than 1,200 people had been…

A week of warm, but changing weather forecast for Latvia

Monday, August 19, 2019

Weather in Latvia this week is expected to be summer-like and warm, with rain expected on Thursday and Friday, according to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. Monday is expected to be hot with temperatures reaching 27 to 29 degrees Celsius. Yet the air is predicted to turn cooler on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it could only reach between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius. In the end of the working…

Estonian president, PM to meet Monday evening

Monday, August 19, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will meet with Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Monday evening to discuss the political situation that has emerged following the attempt to dismiss the head of the Police and Border Guard Board as well as a broader circle of topics, the news portal of ERR reported. “The head of state and the prime minister will meet this evening,” the president’s PR adviser Taavi Linnamae said. He said that…

123 properties to be compulsorily acquired for Rail Baltica railroad at Riga Airport and Central Station

Monday, August 19, 2019

123 properties will be compulsorily acquired for the Rail Baltica railroad sections at the Riga Airport and Central Station, Rita Voronkokva from Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas, the company implementing the Rail Baltica project in Latvia. 86 of these properties are located at the Rail Baltica station and related infrastructure at the Riga International Airport, with a total area of 21.84 hectares, while 37 properties are located at the Riga Central Station,…