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British sommelier breaks wine glass holding record

Philip Osenton, 43, surpassed the previous record of 39 glasses, by holding an incredible 51 wine glasses in his hand.

Insolvency process to be made easier for private persons

On Wednesday, October 31, the Saeima National Economy, Agriculture, Environment and Regional Policy Commission conceptually approved the amendments to the Insolvency Law, which provide simplified insolvency procedures for private persons.

The world's happiest man

Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin.

Riga Fashion Week gathers the best fashion artists

Riga Fashion Week will be held in Latvia from October 30 to November 17. During the week, fashion designers like Anna Led, Natalija Jansone, QooQoo, One Wolf (By Agnese Narnicka), SockBox, Gints Bude and other popular artists will present their work.

Despots and their favourite drinks

Developing a penchant for a life of luxury while many in their country starve and struggle is just one of the aspects that can be consistent through a variety of despots. The Drink Business decided to trawl through the archives and see what drinks various despots have enjoyed.

Barclays hit by fresh U.S. investigations

Barclays, already rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, unveiled two new U.S. regulatory investigations into the bank's financial probity on Wednesday, October 31.

Number of Riga airport passengers drops by 8.9%

The number of arriving and departing passengers at Riga airport has been 8.9% lower in Q3 of 2012 than it was in last year’s period.

October 31 in pictures

BNN offers to take a look at the most interesting, the most scandalous and simply the most beautiful pictures of the day.

Cargo turnover at Latvian ports up by 7.2%

In comparison with the corresponding period of the previous year, cargo turnover at Latvian ports has increased by 7.2% and comprised 17.7 million tons in Q3 of 2012. Increase was recorded in volume of both loaded and unloaded cargo, a higher rise was observed in volume of loaded cargo – 7.6%, whereas the volume of unloaded cargo was 4.3% larger than it was in the previous year.

Estonian Air CEO fired amid huge losses

Estonian Air's supervisory board has dismissed Tero Taskila as CEO, explaining the move with the shockingly poor financial performance. Taskila has been replaced with Jan Palmér.

New James Bond film gets Vatican blessing

If anyone thinks the Vatican newspaper is still a staid broadsheet that publishes only religious news and harsh papal edicts, consider this: On Tuesday it ran not one but five articles about the new James Bond film.

Latvian internet 20 years ago

It has been 20 years since Latvia acquired its own internet. But now many people know that it was the Mathematics and Information Institute of the University of Latvia that secured the line of constant internet connection for Latvia through Tallinn.

Ford posts $1.6 billion profit despite Europe

Despite fierce financial challenges in Europe, the US car maker Ford has managed to post a third-quarter net income of $1.6 billion, boosted by its best-ever quarter in North America.

Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion

Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, adding the legendary «Star Wars» franchise to the entertainment giant's stable of characters.

PM: tax progressiveness will come no sooner than 2014

There are many ways how progressiveness can be introduced to the tax system – reduction of rates for people with low income or the opposite – increase rates for people with high income. Discussions are currently under way, but not in the context of the next year’s budget, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis admits.

Ministry changes the procedure of VAT repayment for newly purchased cars

The Finance Ministry has developed a new procedure of VAT repayment for the purchase of a new car.

Israel: Foreign Minister calls to support Latvia’s joining of the OECD

During his working visit to Israel, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics will call officials of this country to develop economic and trade connection between the two countries, as well as support Latvia’s joining of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Photo: Japan invades China year-round in Shanxi

At the Eighth Route Army Culture Park in Shanxi province, named after the Communist military unit that fought behind Japanese lines in the 1940s, visitors can dress up as either Chinese or Japanese troops and pretend to blast away at each other with toy guns.

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