"Where an entrepreneur wants to and can offer a service, the state should not compete," Kallas said. "Companies such as [telecommunications company] Levira, [postal service company] Omniva, [road maintenance company] Eesti Teed or [energy group] Eesti Energia's renewable energy arm [Enefit Green] should be either partially or fully privatised."According to the chairwoman, the goal of the Reform Party is to make the income of all people grow faster. "The state's task here is to make the lives of law-abiding companies as simple as possible and help them create more value added," she said. "It is also important for the state to not put too much strain on entrepreneurs. We have to critically reassess companies' reporting obligations, and the state should also not ask companies for the same data over and over again. The Reform Party's initiatives of zero bureaucracy and reducing the number of public officials, which have come to a standstill with the Centre Party's government, should … [Read more...] about Kallas: Estonian state should privatise public infrastructure companies
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Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, and the subsequent resumption of sanctions could complicate international trade with the Islamic Republic. Sputnik has surveyed 42 companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland involved in trade with Iran, asking whether they would maintain cooperation with the Islamic Republic at the expense of their business activity in the US or yield to Washington's pressure. While the answers were different, all the companies demonstrated a cautious approach. The Swiss concern ABB, headquartered in Zurich, with a total turnover of about $33 billion in 2016 responded: © AP Photo / Eric VidalCaught in the Cross-Fire: US, Iran Give EU Two UltimatumsBASF, which turnover in 2017 mounted over 64 billion euros, was similarly circumspect: "BASF will analyze the situation. Basically, … [Read more...] about US Anti-Iran Sanctions Put EU Companies at Risk: What Do They Say?
The world’s leading experts on all things volcanic have warned people not to try roasting marshmallows over lava. Responding to query from an intrepid Twitter user, the United States Geological Survey pleaded with people not to venture anywhere near molten rock in search of the perfect toasted treat. Not only is there the obvious risk of being consumed alive by the lava, but it turns out the marshmallow would also taste pretty rank – which would make your fiery demise all the more upsetting. @USGSVolcanoes Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents? Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is? Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous? @JimGriffith_SV @DrFunkySpoon— Jay Furr (@jayfurr) May 29, 2018 Erm...we're going to have to say no, that's not safe. (Please don't try!) If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you get a pretty spectacular reaction.— … [Read more...] about Can You Roast Marshmallows Over Lava? Technically Yes, But Definitely Do Not Try
0 Have your say Lancashire leaders have welcomed news of a crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT), as the Gambling Commission recommends the maximum stake is cut to prevent problem betting. When the review was first launched, we spoke to key figures in Preston about whether changes were needed on our high street... There are 24 bookmakers and 87 FOBTs in Preston and over £125m has been lost gambling across Lancashire since 2008.Terry Kilgariff, a member of Preston’s Gamblers Anonymous and a self-titled compulsive gambler for the last 40 years, said: “I was very cynical about this review at first because the government makes significant amounts from betting companies in tax revenue, but I definitely welcome the reduction in stakes down to somewhere between £2 and £50. Any reduction is a good thing as it will reduce problems.”The 60-year-old, who has tried to take his life twice in the last four years as a result of his addiction, … [Read more...] about SPECIAL REPORT: Is the game up for betting shop gaming machines?
Lidl has confirmed that it will be moving into the former Next store on Chester's Greyhound Park. We reported last week that the budget supermarket was 'likely' to be moving into the premises, having previously expressed a strong interest in opening a branch of Lidl in Chester. Now a Lidl spokesperson has announced that the chain will be opening a new store in the shopping complex in the next few months as part of a 'multi-million pound investment in the area' which will feature facilities like an in-store bakery, customer toilets and ample parking. Read More Shopping news round-up "We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to shoppers in and around Chester.” The planned store in Chester will add to Lidl’s existing 700 stores and will form part of the company’s growth plans which will see it open up to 50 new stores a year. … [Read more...] about Chester will DEFINITELY be getting its first Lidl