Posts published in Day: April 25, 2019

Incoming ministers to be replaced by nine alternates in Riigikogu

Thursday, April 25, 2019

A total of nine alternate members will be sworn in as MPs on Monday to replace the new ministers of Jüri Ratas’ (Centre) second government. According to a decision by the Board of the Riigikogu, Urmas Espenberg, Kai Rimmel and Arno Sild will be sworn in as MPs in the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) parliamentary group. Andrei Korobeinik, Oudekki Loone, Natalia Malleus and Peeter Rahnel will step in…

Putin endorses annual Victory Day payout to veterans in Russia, Baltics

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a regulation under which a payout of 10,000 rubles (EUR 138) will be made to veterans of World War II living in Russia and the three Baltic countries prior to the Victory Day of May 9 every year starting from 2019, writes LETA. The payout will be made annually before May 9 to participants in the Great Patriotic War who permanently live in Russia,…

Vejonis to meet with Pope Francis today

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Continuing his visit to Italy, Latvian President, as well as First Lady Iveta Vejone, will meet with Pope Francis in the Vatican today, LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery. While in the Vatican, Vejonis will meet with the State Secretary of the Holy See – Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The president will also give an interview to the Vatican’s official radio station.

Climate protesters target London Stock Exchange and Canary Wharf

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Environmental activists glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange and climbed onto the roof of a train at Canary Wharf on the final day of protests aimed at forcing Britain to take action to avert what they cast as a global climate cataclysm. The Extinction Rebellion group has caused mass disruption in recent weeks across London, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell…

Putin speeds up Russia passport process for Ukraine’s breakaway region

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order easing the path to Russian citizenship for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, fueling tensions with Kiev. Under the new regulation, residents from eastern Ukraine will get passports within three months. Until now, they were required to have lived in Russia for five years before applying and undergo citizenship tests. Russia’s move comes as an early test for the Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy.…

Kontaveit through to Stuttgart second round

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Anett Kontaveit is through to the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, after beating French player Caroline Garcia in straight sets on Wednesday afternoon. Kontaveit, 23, who has risen up the WTA rankings in recent weeks to 15th following a series of successful competition runs, most notably in the Miami Open in late March, overcame Garcia 6:4, 6:3, and now faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) in…

Weird secret ‘safe words’ Hollywood actresses like to use when sex scenes get too much

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sex scenes may be titillating for the audience, but in front of the cameras, it’s a different story . When describing the work that goes into a raunchy scene, one word which actors bring up a LOT is “awkward”. One scene may have to be acted over and over again with a crew watching you do your thing while wearing a “nude patch” – plus there’s nowhere hide from the lighting. According…

Jennifer Garner covers People Magazine’s Beautiful issue

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Jennifer Garner graces the front of this year’s “Beautiful Issue” of People magazine with a cover story that cheers the way she balances Hollywood, business and motherhood. The magazine revealed the cover Tuesday of the annual issue that hits newsstands Friday. On the cover, the Texas-born, West Virginia-raised Garner, 47, is shown sitting on the hood of a car with grassy hills in the background along with the quote, “I’m grateful every day.” The “Alias” actress is co-founder of a baby…

Spurned by Washington, North Korea’s Kim seeks a friend in Putin

Thursday, April 25, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at a summit on Thursday intended to show Washington is not the only power with enough clout to engage with Pyongyang on its nuclear program. The two men were holding a day of talks on an island off the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok two months after Kim’s summit with U.S. President Donald Trump ended in disagreement, cooling…

Center-right candidate for EU commission chief Weber visits Lithuania

Thursday, April 25, 2019

German politician Manfred Weber, the center-right’s candidate to be the next European Commission president, is coming to Lithuania on Thursday. Weber is scheduled to meet with President Dalia Grybauskaite, leaders of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, and business and media representatives to discuss issues on the EU agenda. The European People’s Party has nominated Weber as its candidate to head the new European Commission that will be formed after the May 23-26 elections.