Posts published in Day: February 2, 2019

Rush to stockpile sweeps UK factories ahead of Brexit: PMI

Saturday, February 2, 2019

British factories stockpiled goods in January at the fastest rate since records began in the early 1990s as they braced for a potentially chaotic Brexit in less than two months’ time. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) also showed deepening pessimism across the sector which saw output grow by the smallest amount since July 2016. Sterling slipped against the dollar after the PMI fell to 52.8 from…

Turnover of Pindstrup Latvia peat company grows 3.1% in FY

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The company’s management noted that last year, Pindstrup Latvia lost 71,000 cubic meters of peat as a result of a major fire that broke out at the company’s largest peat field Lielsalu Purvs on July 17, 2018. The company’s insurer has confirmed that the losses from the fire would be compensated. Last financial year, Pindstrup Latvia invested EUR 2.3 mln in real estate, production equipment and other long-term assets.Commenting on the company’s future perspectives, Pindstrup…

Replacement ID-card PIN codes only issued at PPA service points from March

Saturday, February 2, 2019

As Estonian ID-cards are now produced by a different manufacturer, replacement PIN codes necessary for digital identification will only be issued at the Police and Border Guard Board’s (PPA) service points starting from March, new PIN codes will no longer be provided by bank branches. Until the end of February, new PIN codes are issued to those who have forgotten or lost their original ones at Swedbank’s and SEB’s branches. Starting from March, those seeking to…

Latvian Border Guard apprehends 29 border jumpers

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Latvia’s State Border Guard officers apprehended a total of 29 perpetrators on the country’s external borders and internal territories. 17 perpetrators were caught attempting to cross the country’s border. Two of them had forged documents. «One person from Belarus was detained for using a forged driver’s licence at Terehova border checkpoint. A criminal process has been initiated. One Russian citizen was apprehended at Riga International Airport checkpoint. Her passport had…

US-Russia Cold War missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The INF accord, signed by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres and ended a dangerous build-up of warheads. Berlin: Germany said on Friday that Russia had “de facto invalidated” a landmark Cold War missile reduction treaty which the US is poised to abandon, with Europe anxious at the prospect of a new arms race. A US deadline…

Resilience of Necessity in the Baltics

By Ojars Eriks Kalnins on Saturday, February 2, 2019

The fact that the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia managed to establish, lose, and restore their sovereign statehood during the 20th Century is no guarantee they will be able to preserve it in the 21st. But it gives them a heads up when facing the multiple hybrid security threats that they and other European states must contend with these days. After two world wars and 50 years…