Posts published in Day: July 3, 2019

‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a “precipitous” fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic. The plunge in the average annual extent means Antarctica lost as much sea ice in four years as the Arctic lost in 34 years. The cause of the sharp Antarctic losses is as yet unknown and only time will tell whether…

President: We need to boost cybersecurity capabilities

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid held a meeting with the National Defence Council on Monday, to discuss the future of the e-state. One significant conclusion arose, namely that the state needs to actively seek opportunities to increase cyber security and cryptography capabilities. The council also reviewed the situation since the 2017 ID card crisis, which saw a security risk affecting as many as 800,000 Estonian ID cards late on that year. The…

NATO jets scrambled six times last week in Baltic air policing duties

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

NATO jets engaged in Baltic air policing duties had to scramble six times last week, Baltic News Service reports, in each case identifying and escorting military aircraft from the Russian Federation over Baltic Sea international airspace. According to the Lithuanian defense ministry, the assortment of Russian planes comprised an Ilyushin reconnaissance plane, an Antonov An-12 transporter (NATO reporting name: “Cub”) with two accompanying Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets (NATO reporting name:…

Missing Estonian sailor added to Interpol list

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is continuing its official search procedure for a missing Estonian man, Andreas Sipsakas, who had embarked on a sailing voyage in the Caribbean region. The 40-year-old has been missing since mid-June, since he was last heard of off the coast of Jamaica, and has now been placed on Interpol’s missing persons list, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports. Sispsakas had placed a distress…

Stock markets on a rise following USA and China agreeing to restart trade talks

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Following the agreement reached between US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit in Osaka in regards to restarting trade talks between the two countries, the world’s stock markets experienced considerable growth. Oil prices also increased because OPEC and other oil harvesting countries agreed to maintain oil harvest levels on the current level for nine more months. Euro value before US dollar reduced, British pound…

Volume of instant payments in Latvia reaches one billion euros

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Instant payment infrastructure in Latvia has been used 5.1 million times, reaching a total value of EUR 1 billion. The historical EUR 1 billion was reached on Monday, 1 July, as reported by Bank of Latvia. The bank also notes that 20 000 instant payments worth EUR 2 million were performed using Bank of Latvia infrastructure during the Summer solstice holiday (22nd – 24th June). Bank of Latvia was the…

Portal: European People’s Party could drop Weber to have its EC head

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The European People’s Party, which won the European Parliament’s elections has showed willingness to drop its Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber, if it can still secure the post of the head of the European Commission, debated currently in a Brussels summit. In the extended summit of the European Union, France and Spain are pushing for socialist Frans Timmermans to head the European Commission, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had agreed to it…

Latvia’s party financing problem may be resolved in autumn

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The topic regarding financing of political parties may receive a resolution in autumn 2019, said Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks after a meeting of the Cooperation Council on Tuesday, 2 July. Pabriks said coalition parties discussed the way the topic regarding financing of political parties should be handled. «This is a serious topic because in Latvia support for parties’ activities is minimal. We lose the democratic process because of that,»…

Russian navigation system to be used for railway fault detection in Lithuania

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lithuania’s state-run railway company Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) is buying an autonomous inspection vehicle whose technical specifications state it must be compatible with the Russian satellite navigation system Glonass, the delfi.lt news website reports, writes LETA/BNS. Experts warns about possible threat to national security, but the company says the choice was made to ensure swift and accurate identification of a fault place and that needs technology whose receivers are capable…

British PM candidate to give EU three weeks to agree change deal

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

In the UK, one of the two top candidates to become the next British Prime Minister, Jeremy Hunt, has pledged to decide by September 30, whether there is a realistic chance of reaching a new Brexit deal with the European Union. British public broadcaster BBC reports that the Conservative Party leadership hopeful on Monday, July 1, said he would deliver a provisional «no-deal Brexit budget» in early September and then…