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Wind energy lowering electricity price to near-zero in Estonia

Friday, September 21, 2018

The electricity price in price area Estonia of the Nordic electricity exchange Nord Pool Spot will in great probability drop to 2.4 euros per megawatt-hour on the night between Friday and Saturday as a result of high output of wind energy, informs LETA/BNS. Where the average price of electricity has been in the region of 50 euros per megawatt-hour in recent months, the price has dropped close to zero for…

Woman slammed for staging ‘ridiculous’ business class photo on plane to get Instagram likes

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Instagram influencer Harimao Lee has been called out over a photo she shared from a recent trip to Rome. While many may grimace at the term ‘influencer’ , there’s no doubt that people will go to extraordinary lengths to get the perfect pic for social media. From buying props to travelling across the world, those who want to increase their following will do just about anything for the ‘gram. Recently…

Three customs officials detained for abetting in contraband activities

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Three customs officials have been detained at the Paternieki border crossing on suspicion of abetting in contraband activities, State Revenue Service Internal Security Department director Natalija Dolgova informed members of the press on Wednesday. On August 30, the SRS’s Internal Security Department, in cooperation with the Tax and Customs Police, seized a cargo of approximately 10 million illegal cigarettes. The calculated loss to the national budget was approximately EUR 1.4…

James Bond: Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct next Bond film

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The man behind Netflix series Maniac has been named as the director of the next James Bond film. Cary Joji Fukunaga replaces Danny Boyle, who dropped out last month blaming “creative differences”. Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli praised Fukunaga’s “versatility and innovation”. He recently directed Netflix’s dark comedy Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, and directed season one of True Detective. Fukunaga’s work on the HBO crime…

As Pope heads to Baltics, more attention to Catholic sex abuse

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The time, when Roman Catholic Pope Francis is set to visit the Baltics, greatly differs from the visit by Saint John Paul II in 1993. There is public resentment over the countries spending several million euros to host the trip of the pontiff and the Catholic sex abuse scandals are topic of discussion. French news agency AFP reports on Friday, September 20, that the Catholic Church is under increasing scrutiny…

Woman stabbed to death in Dundalk named as Lithuanian national Ingrida Maciokaite

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

She was just 31 years old. The young woman stabbed to death in Dundalk on Tuesday afternoon has been named as Ingrida Maciokaite.Ingrida, 31, originally from Lithuania, was killed in a brutal attack at around 2.45pm at the Bridgewater Mews apartment complex on Linenhall Street in the town.A source said: “It is believed an argument broke out and the woman suffered serious stab wounds. “Medics and gardai rushed to the…

Vejonis praises Latvian language courses at Beijing International Studies University

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

President Raimonds Vejonis said during a meeting with Latvian language students at the Beijing International Studies University that he was very pleased with Latvian courses offered by the university, the President’s Chancery informed LETA. Knowledge is the greatest value in the modern-day world, and students of the Latvian language will not only have opportunity to learn about Latvian culture but also contribute to enhancing Latvian-Chinese bilateral cooperation in the long…

Share of internet users in Estonia reaches 89%

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

According to information released by Statistics Estonia on Wednesday, in 2018, the share of internet users among people between the ages of 16-74 reached 89%, up one percent on year. 91% of households had an internet connection at home, which is 2% more than in 2017. Almost all households with children (99%) and 87% households without children had internet at home. Fixed broadband connection (wired or wireless) was used at…

Over 10,000 registered for Papal Mass in Tallinn next week

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pope Francis is paying a one-day visit to Estonia next week, and interest in his visit is high — more than 10,000 people have registered to attend the Holy Mass to be celebrated at Tallinn’s Freedom Square on Tuesday. Last-minute preparations are underway in the courtyard of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral to ensure that everything is ready and safe ahead of the Pope’s arrival, reported ETV news broadcast “Aktuaalne…

Over 90,000 invitations to meeting with pope in Kaunas issued

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Authorities have issued over 90,000 invitations to attend a meeting with Pope Francis in a park in Kaunas next Sunday. “We expect large numbers of people. Over 90,000 invitations to Kaunas’ Santaka Park have been issued to date,” Vaida Spangelevičiūtė-Kneižienė, coordinator of the papal visit at the Archdiocese of Kaunas, said on Monday. She would not disclose the maximum number of people who will be allowed to attend the event…