Posts published in Day: July 8, 2019

Heather Mills gets UK phone hacking apology, payout

Monday, July 8, 2019

Heather Mills, the former wife of Paul McCartney, and her sister have received an apology and a settlement from Britain’s defunct News of the World tabloid over the hacking of their phones. Heather Mills and her sister Fiona Mills both received a formal apology in Britain’s High Court on Monday. In a statement read outside the court, she said she felt “joy and vindication” at the settlement. “My motivation to…

First African swine fever case of 2019 registered in Latvia

Monday, July 8, 2019

This year’s first African swine fever (ASF) infection for domestic pigs has been registered in Latvia. The illness was uncovered in an enclosure in Durbe Parish, Vecpils County. A total of 49 pigs have been terminated to halt the spread of the disease, as reported by Food and Veterinary Service (FVS). The affected farm has been put under quarantine – a protection zone in a three kilometre radius and an…

Global stocks steady after big Asia falls post US payrolls

Monday, July 8, 2019

Global stock markets recovered their poise Monday after a big sell-off in Asia in the wake of unexpectedly strong U.S. employment data tempered hopes the Federal Reserve will aggressively cut interest rates. Fed leaders have indicated they are ready to cut rates to support economic growth amid signs of a slowdown in the U.S. economy in the wake of the tariff war with China. However, the 224,000 increase in U.S.…

Latvia has a new culture minister – Saeima approves Nauris Puntulis for the job

Monday, July 8, 2019

Latvia’s parliament has appointed ex-Riga City Council deputy, opera singer Nauris Puntulis for the post of culture minister of Latvia with 63 votes in favour and 20 votes against. It is worth mentioning that only Harmony’s members and non-faction deputy Jūlija Stepaņenko, who was originally a member of Harmony, voted against Puntulis as a culture minister candidate. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš reminded in his speech addressed to the Saeima that…

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…

Bill lifting election campaigning restrictions ready for cabinet discussion

Monday, July 8, 2019

A bill aimed at removing the ban on outdoor pre-election political campaign advertising has been drafted by the justice ministry, Baltic News Service reports. Proponents of the bill say it more accurately reflects the present-day realities of elections in Estonia, compared with the existing legislation, which predates social media and some other developments. The bill, which would also lift restrictions on active election campaigning on polling day, is to be…

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…

Colonna purchased the Luminor bank office building in Riga

Monday, July 8, 2019

Colonna, an investment company specializing in commercial real estate, has purchased the Luminor bank office building at 12 Skanste Street in Riga, which is well-known for its outstanding architecture. The main building of the Luminor bank in Riga is considered one of the best-looking modern building in Skanste district. It was built in 2009 and was previously the home for DNB Bank offices. This business building with class A quality…

Iran enriching uranium to 4.5%, breaking deal limit

Monday, July 8, 2019

Iran began enriching uranium Monday to 4.5%, breaking the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, semi-official news agencies in the country reported. The acknowledgement by the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran comes a day after Iran pledged to break the deal’s limit of 3.67%. The decision to ramp up uranium enrichment came less than a week after Iran acknowledged breaking the 300-kilogram (661-pound)…

LFGU needs change or he won’t represent it during parlt election

Monday, July 8, 2019

The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union needs to change if it wants to see him as its candidate in the upcoming general election, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says. “I would like that political power (…) to be more democratic, a political force based on values, principles and discussions,” the prime minister told the Lietuvos Rytas TV’s 24/7 program on Sunday. He added that “it would be difficult for me…