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Paul Allen dead at 65: Microsoft co-founder dies from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The billionaire died on Monday afternoon from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his family announced. The 65-year-old, believed to be the 46th richest person in the world, had revealed his cancer had returned in an emotional announcement earlier this month. A post on the tech tycoon’s blog said: “I learned recently that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that I was treated for in 2009 has returned. My team of doctors has begun treatment…

Ryanair cabin crew ‘forced to sleep on airport floor’

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ryanair has hit back at a ‘staged’ photo circulating on social media of cabin crew employees ‘sleeping’ on the floor of an airport office. Around 24 Ryanair staff are said to have spent the night on the floor of Malaga Airport on Saturday without food or drink, according to a cabin crew union. The picture shows six members of staff curled up and lying on the carpet next to printers, some…

Rinkevics: Eastern Partnership should be maintained as a priority in the EU’s foreign policy

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On October 15, 2018, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the meeting of the European Union’s (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, at which EU foreign ministers discussed preparations for the European Council of October 18, as well as developments in Venezuela, with the focus on the humanitarian situation in the country, the migration crisis and its impact on the neighboring countries. Views were also shared on the…

Lithuania’s 2019 budget to help improve people’s quality of life

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lithuania’s budget for 2019 will be socially responsible and will help improve the quality of life for a large part of the population, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. “Most importantly, the budget provides for the structural reforms approved by the government and the Seimas. These are education, social protection, health and innovation reforms and other important things aimed at achieving an improvement in the quality of life and…

Estonian prosecutors say nothing criminal in ‘roof money’

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Office of the Prosecutor General has said that there is nothing criminal in the allocation of specific amounts of money under the Estonian state budget at the discretion of the government, dubbed ‘roof money,’ and will not open a criminal investigation based on an application filed by the political movement Estonia 200. Estonia 200 said in its request to the chief prosecutor’s office that it suspects the government to have…

Latvian government supports 2019 budget project

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On Monday, 15 October, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported Finance Ministry’s prepared 2019 budget plan project. State budget revenue in 2019 is planned at EUR 9.178 billion, which is EUR 217 million more when compared to 2018, whereas state budget expenditures are planned at EUR 9.205 billion, which is EUR 96 million more when compared to 2018. The budget plan’s resources for defence are planned at 2% of GDP. A…

Latvian president announces law on publication of KGB files

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On Tuesday, 16 October, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis announced the law on publication of Latvian KGB files, as confirmed by the entry in Latvian Herald. The president had previously said that Latvia’s centenary would be the time to put this matter to rest. At the same time, he said that in accordance with Saeima’s decision, the information to be published this year will be incomplete. Names will not tell anything…

German soldier farewelled in Rukla after dying in training accident in Lithuania

Monday, October 15, 2018

A German soldier who died during a training accident last weekend has been farewelled at a ceremony in Rukla, a town in central Lithuania where the German-led NATO battalion is based, the military said. The battalion’s troops lined up on both sides of the road to pay their final respects to the dead soldier as his body was transported in a German armored personnel carrier to Kaunas Airport to be…

Any speculations about next PM would be premature at the moment – Kucinskis

Monday, October 15, 2018

Although the New Conservative Party has already started discussions about distribution of ministers’ portfolios in the next government, outgoing Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) believes that any speculations about the next prime minister would be premature. Speaking on LNT television, Kucinskis declined to say whether Janis Bordans from the New Conservative Party and Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV were suited for the prime minister’s job. Coalition talks have only just…

‘Orgasm faces’ are different around the world: Western cultures favor wide-eyed expressions while Eastern cultures keep their eyes closed

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A person’s idea of what an orgasm looks like may depend on where they live. Researchers have found Western and Eastern cultures generally agree on what our face looks like when we’re in pain. But when it comes to what our faces look like during an orgasm, that’s where the two cultures differ. For the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers modeled…