Posts published in Day: October 9, 2019

Nobel in chemistry awarded for the development of lithium-ion batteries

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

«They created a rechargeable world», sounded the appreciation of the chemistry Nobel prize 2019 laureates – Akira Yoshino, M. Stanley Whittingham and John B. Goodenough on Wednesday, October 9. Continuing the week of Nobel prize announcements, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Japanese chemist Yoshino, British-American chemist Whittingham and American solid-state physicist Goodenough would receive their prize. Read more on this: Physics Nobel awarded for crucial discoveries in…

Listeria found in sample taken from M.V.Wool products

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The fish packing and fish processing company M.V.Wool, which has been caught up in a listeria bacterium scandal, announced on Tuesday evening that the bacteria was found in one of the 40 samples taken from the company’s products. M.V.Wool AS confirmed that it received on Tuesday a request for clarification from the Veterinary and Food Board with regard to the samples taken on Oct. 1. Altogether 21 samples were taken from…

Cachet aims to solve ridesharers’ insurance problems

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A new company created by former MP Kalle Palling and startup entrepreneur Hedi Mardisoo aims to solve the problem of part-time ridesharing drivers who must currently pay taxi insurance that is several times more expensive than ordinary motor TPL insurance, irrespective of how much of their time they spend ferrying people, Postimees writes. The article reads that insurance companies currently expect drivers to pay full taxi insurance as ridesharing platforms…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal appears doomed as deadline looms

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan appeared to be all but dead on Tuesday night as the government admitted there was little prospect of a deal before 31 October, following a day of furious recriminations. The prime minister spoke to the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, on the phone after a stormy 24 hours of briefing and counter-briefing, as concerns about his tactics were even raised in Johnson’s cabinet. In Brussels, a further…

‘Protecting rioters’: China warns Apple over app that tracks Hong Kong police

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

China’s state media has accused Apple of endorsing and protecting “rioters” in Hong Kong’s increasingly violent protests by listing an app on its app store that tracks the movement of police in the city. The condemnation, by the People’s Daily, a Chinese Communist party mouthpiece, appears to be China’s latest move to pressure foreign companies to toe the line after its state TV and Chinese companies cancelled collaboration with the…

FBI asks public to help identify victims after serial killer confesses to 93 murders

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying dozens of victims of the man who has confessed to strangling 93 people, claims the agency says are credible and make him the most prolific serial killer in US history. Investigators who have interviewed Samuel Little at a Los Angeles-area prison say they have confirmed 50 of the homicides he admitted to carrying out between 1970 and 2005 and have…

Kaljulaid meets with Angela Merkel during Germany visit

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday during an official visit. The two leaders discussed the digital society and e-governance solutions. Kaljulaid introduced the Estonian e-health system to senior German officials. Digital sovereignty in Europe and cybersecurity were also discussed. The Estonian president also met with President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble.  

Swedish Parliament Speaker to make official visit to Latvia

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Andreas Norlen, is on an official visit to Latvia on October 9-12, LETA learned from the Parliament press service. Norlen is scheduled to meet with Latvian Parliament Speaker Inara Murniece (National Alliance), Deputy Speaker Dagmara Beitnere- Le Galla (New Conservative Party) and parliament lawmakers from the group for cooperation with the Swedish parliament. On October 10, Norlen will address the Latvian parliament. Also, the Swedish…

Latvia 41st in World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index Latvia has climbed to 41st place, still remaining behind Lithuania and Estonia, according to the latest published study. Lithuania and Estonia have also improved by one place each – Lithuania is the 39th most competitive country in the world, whereas Estonia is 31st. Arnis Sauka, director of Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Centre for Sustainable Business, which represents the Global Competitiveness…

North Korea and US Diplomacy: Toward a New Paradigm

By Nicolas Jouan on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To the despair of international observers and amidst overwhelming international condemnation, North Korea is making its way toward a capable nuclear deterrence. On Thursday October 3, Pyongyang announced the successful testing of a long-range ballistic missile from an underwater platform, raising the prospect of an operational sea-based component to the country’s growing nuclear capabilities (which have so far been limited to the ground leg of the traditional triad). This new…