Posts tagged as government

India aborts moon mission launch, citing technical glitch

Monday, July 15, 2019

India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a “technical snag” was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research Organization spokesman B.R. Guruprasad said. The countdown abruptly stopped at T-56 minutes, 24 seconds, and Guruprasad said that the agency would announce a revised…

Trump to hold news conference on census citizenship question

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Donald Trump said he’ll hold a news conference Thursday to talk about the 2020 census and his push to include a question on citizenship. A Supreme Court ruling has temporarily barred the question , but Trump has said he may issue an executive order or memorandum to try to force the issue. The government has already begun the process of printing the census survey without that question . The…

Government nominates Simson candidate for European Commissioner

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Estonian government sent a formal letter to the European Commission on Monday in which it nominated MP Kadri Simson (Centre) as Estonia’s candidate for European Commissioner. Simson’s candidacy was made possible by a decision made by the Council of the European Union on Monday to support so-called temporary commissioners. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had been against this move. Juncker stated early on that he believed that new commissioners…

Christian family details crackdown on church in China

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. He and his 23-year-old daughter, Ren Ruiting, described living under constant surveillance for the past seven months after…

New Greek government faces swift test from creditors

Monday, July 8, 2019

Conservative party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister Monday, a day after his resounding win over left-wing Alexis Tsipras, who led the country through the tumultuous final years of its international bailouts. Mitsotakis, 51, was elected on a pledge to cut bailout-era taxes and ease draconian budget targets set by Greece’s creditors during the years of financial rescue — commitments that could be put to…

Estonia would back US leaving Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

Friday, June 28, 2019

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa) has confirmed that the allies in NATO will back the United States’ leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty should Russia not change its course before Aug. 2. The United States find that Russia has violated the INF treaty by introducing an updated version of its RK-55 missile, given the NATO reporting name SSC-8. This missile, according to NATO, violates range restrictions set out…

Finance minister backs Estonian funding of Nolan movie shot in Tallinn

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

According to Finance Minister Martin Helme (EKRE), the shoot in Tallinn for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie “Tenet” will have a broader positive impact on the local economy. For this reason, Helme has now said he is in favor of covering part of the production company’s costs out of Film Estonia’s funds. “Estonia stands to win a lot. On one hand, part of the support paid out will make it back…

Plaster to education: Latvian teachers’ pay increased for 2019 alone

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Latvian government has approved the rise of the lowest pay rate of teachers, but funds for this purpose have been earmarked only for the second half of 2019. The Latvian Cabinet of Ministers passed on Tuesday, June 18, amendments to the Rules of Teacher Salary, setting forth the increase from September 1 of the lowest rate of teacher salary from 710 to 750 euros. The funds would come from…

Lithuania plans to build education, cultural center in Poland’s Suwalki on its own

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Lithuanian government plans to build an education and cultural center in the Polish town of Suwalki, having a large Lithuanian community, as the premises proposed by Poland have been deemed unsuitable for this purpose. “Following the inspections of all buildings, it’s clear that the most logic solution would be to follow the case of the Ziburys Gymnasium in Sejny where a land lot was acquired and a school was…

EU Barley Production to Increase

Saturday, June 15, 2019

EU Barley Production To Increase 15% YoY After 2018 Drought Europe is facing a strong rise in its 2019 winter barley harvest following massive drought damage a year before, bringing improved supplies for farmers. European agri-consultants, Strategie Grains, is estimating that EU winter barley production will increase 15% YoY to 30.86 MMT. French barley production is estimated to rise 4% YoY while German production is forecasted at 35.5% YoY increase.…