Posts published in Day: May 25, 2019

Naked pub pops up in London

Saturday, May 25, 2019

For many, it’s a bucket-list London experience — sitting at the bar at one of the British city’s oldest and liveliest pubs, pint of beer in hand, soaking up the atmosphere. Only there’s a twist — you’re totally naked. If this image sounds like something from a fever-dream, maybe it’s not for you. But for the city’s thriving naturist community, it’s an exciting step forward. The Coach & Horses, a…

OECD chief Gurría visiting Latvia next week

Saturday, May 25, 2019

On 23 May 2019, Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, to discuss Latvia’s cooperation with the OECD. Amongst other things “The officials discussed preparations for the visit of Angel Gurría to Rīga on 29 May to present the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Latvia and the Environmental Performance Review,” a Foreign Ministry statement said. The meeting between…

Fake videos of ‘slurring’ Pelosi

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The videos come amid an escalating feud this week between Pelosi and Trump following a contentious White House meeting over infrastructure policy. The country’s social media giants are taking heat for videos circulating on their platforms that have been altered to show Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words — the latest incident in a roiling debate over what content companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should allow on their platforms.…

Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe

Saturday, May 25, 2019

President Donald Trump has ordered all major US intelligence agencies to assist Attorney General William Barr in his review of surveillance issues surrounding Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, delegating significant authority to Barr to declassify sensitive intelligence materials as the attorney general sees fit. The formal memorandum released by the White House late Thursday evening directs the heads of each agency to “promptly provide” information as Barr requests. The move represents…

Vote on May’s Brexit bill delayed until early June following outcry from MPs

Saturday, May 25, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal bill will not be published or debated until the week beginning June 3, the government has announced. Whip Mark Spencer told MPs on Thursday: “We will update the House on the publication and introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on our return from the Whitsun recess.” “We had hoped to hold second reading on Friday 7 June,” he added. “At the moment, we…

Parliamentary inquiry committee on mandatory procurement component system is set up

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saeima approved the establishment of a parliamentary inquiry committee on the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system. The parliament is yet to appoint members to the ad hoc committee that, according to today’s decision, will be working for a period of six months. As reported, signatures of 34 lawmakers, necessary to set up a parliamentary ad hoc committee tasked with probing the issues related to the MPC system, were submitted to…

Saeima endorses raising excise tax on sugary soft drinks

Saturday, May 25, 2019

On May 23 the Latvian parliament supported introducing a differentiated excise tax on soft drinks with added sugar in the second, non-final reading. 81 MPs voted ‘for’ the proposal, while 3 voted against. At the moment soft drinks with added sugar are uniformly taxed €0.074 per 100 ml. MPs now propose differentiating the tax, with the sweetest drinks taxed more than thrice the current rate in the bill under discussion. Specifically,…

Lithuanian fined RM12k for causing disturbance on flight

Saturday, May 25, 2019

A Lithuanian man was fined RM12,000 by the Magistrate’s Court here on Thursday (May 23) for causing a disturbance on a flight from Muscat, Oman to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Petronis Augustinas, 33, a construction consultant in London, pleaded guilty to threatening a cabin crew member on board Oman Air WY821 on May 19. He also pleaded guilty to the second charge of uttering harsh words and insulting cabin…