Posts published in January 2019

Exclusive: Sri Lanka halts imports of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder pending asbestos tests

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sri Lanka has halted imports of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder until the company proves its product is free from cancer-causing asbestos, two government officials and the product’s local distributor told Reuters. Stocks of the product already in Sri Lanka can still be sold, but there will be no new imports of the talc, a popular healthcare product across Sri Lanka and much of Asia, until J&J India, from where…

Samsung quarterly operating profit fell on slower demand

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Samsung Electronics Co. has posted a near-30 percent drop in operating profit for the last quarter after seeing slowing global demand for its memory chips and smartphones. It still finished the year with record highs, but expects a decline in earnings this year. The South Korean technology giant on Thursday said its operating profit during the October-December quarter declined 28.7 percent at an annual pace to 10.8 trillion won ($9.7…

Puce calls on Usakovs to step down and not exaggerate his ”place in history”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) has called on Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) to step down in wake of the search carried out at his offices and residence yesterday by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB). ”By continuing to hold onto his seat, Usakovs is causing considerable problems for Riga. I call on Usakovs not to exaggerate his place in history – the Riga City Council…

Chinese manufacturing improves but activity sluggish

Thursday, January 31, 2019

China’s manufacturing improved in January but activity was sluggish, a survey showed Thursday, as U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrangled in Washington over a tariff war. A measure of factory activity issued by the government statistics agency and an industry group rose 0.1 points on a 100-point scale but stayed below a level that shows activity expanding. Measures for employment and domestic demand weakened. China’s economic growth sank to a three-decade…

Mr. Trump – the master of the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, January 31, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that US President Donald Trump’s regular complaints about the alliance had not undermined it – adding that his criticism on defense spending was having a positive impact. Trump has frequently blasted members of the 29-nation western security partnership for not paying more into their national defense budgets, the AFP news agency reports. He has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more.…

Lithuania will celebrate the anniversary of its occupation in February

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

As we know, NATO member states decided to enhance the Alliance’s presence in the Baltic states and Poland with four multinational battalion-size groups in July 2016. This move was intended to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture. By the way, the Baltic region has turned into a huge warehouse of weapons and military equipment. NATO’s military infrastructure is moving closer and closer to the Russian borders in order to protect…

Baltic PMs to meet in Riga next week

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Prime Ministers of the three Baltic states will meet in Riga next Monday, LETA was told at the State Chancellery. The meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers will bring together Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity), Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The meeting of the Baltic premiers is expected to focus on the European Union’s (EU) current agenda, including the bloc’s…

Patients suffering from rare diseases will require EUR 30 million this year

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Treatment of patients suffering from rare diseases will require and additional amount of funding equal to EUR 30 million in Latvia this year, according to the head of Rare Diseases Coordination Centre Ieva Mālniece. When compared to the general population, rare diseases only affect a small number of people. In Europe and USA a disease is considered rare if it affects no more than one out of 2,000 people. Last…

NATO soldiers may face obesity

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Servicemen of the national armed forces of the Baltic states constantly report the poorer quality of nutrition at mess-halls compared with that of US soldiers. Representatives of the defence ministries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in their turn are confident that the diet of our soldiers is balanced and does not harm their health. According to a new health report, however, the military experienced a 12-fold increase in the number…

Russia’s nuclear arsenal should be more transparent, U.S. insists

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Washington urged Russia and China to ensure more transparency in their nuclear programmes, as the U.S. has warned it could leave a significant arms control agreement. French news agency AFP reports that on Wednesday, January 30, a senior US official said during ameeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in Beijing that there were “uneven results” in efforts to advance transparency under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.…