Posts published in Day: January 3, 2019

No successful offers in tender for refitting fighting vehicles for Estonian defense forces

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Estonian Center for Defense Investment (ECDI) did not deem successful any offers made in the procurement for a contract to rebuild the bodies of 37 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) bought from Norway and the ECDI thus concluded the tender. Four bidders qualified and three of them made an offer, including BAE Systems, Bristol Trust, and a joint offer by Uhinenud Depood and Scania Eesti, spokespeople for the ECDI told BNS.…

Michael Schumacher: Tributes paid to F1 legend on 50th birthday

Thursday, January 3, 2019

F1 legend Michael Schumacher “shaped and changed the sport forever” says Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, as tributes are paid to the seven-time world champion on his 50th birthday. The German is the most successful F1 driver and won a record 91 Grands Prix. In 2013 he suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident and has not been seen in public since. “We are doing everything humanly possible to help…

Infant found alive in rubble after Russian gas blast

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A baby boy has been found alive after 35 hours spent in the freezing cold in the rubble of a Russian apartment block that partially collapsed in an explosion, emergency officials reported, calling it a miracle. The blast, thought to have been caused by a gas leak on New Year’s Eve, damaged 48 apartments in a 10-storey building in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk on Monday, killing at least seven…

Pope’s New Year’s resolution to join a circus?

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Pope Francis impressed everyone on Wednesday (January 2) with his football twirling skills, helped by a group of Cuban circus performers who joined him at his weekly general audience in the Vatican. It is not clear whether the ability to rotate a ball at the end of his finger had been on the Pope’s New Year resolution list but he certainly entered into the spirit of things with gusto. Some…

The British army wants to recruit ‘snowflakes, binge gamers, phone zombies’

Thursday, January 3, 2019

“Snowflakes,” “phone zombies,” “binge gamers” and “me me me millennials” are the focus of the British army’s latest recruitment campaign. Posters reminiscent of World War I recruitment “Your Country Needs You” ads have been given a 21st-century twist, sending the message: “The army spots potential. Even if others don’t.” The U.K. has struggled to maintain its target of 82,000 troops in recent years due to a declining number of recruits.…

Lithuanian President’s New Year’s greeting draws ire

By Linas Jegelevičius on Thursday, January 3, 2019

In her New Year’s Eve speech Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid highlighted the importance of preserving the Estonian language, in his congratulatory address to the nation her Latvian counterpart Raimonds Vejonis emphasised the significance of the state’s 100th anniversary. Meanwhile, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has seemingly struck the most bellicose pose among the three, underscoring that, in 2019, there are many challenges ahead and they can be overcome if her fellow Lithuanians…

Estonians spend most on alcohol per household in EU

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Estonians spend a higher proportion of household outgoings on alcohol than anywhere else in the EU, according to Eurostat data, although the figure has dropped slightly. In 2017, 5.2% of household expenditure went on alcohol, according to the data, compared with an average of 1.6% across the EU In absolute terms, household expenditure on alcohol was €622.3 million. This figure does not include spend in hotels and restaurants, however. Across…

Soldier charged with murder after wife’s body found in trash

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Authorities say a 21-year-old soldier who flew from Colorado to Indiana and allegedly killed his wife, then fled to Thailand, is now wanted for military desertion. Prosecutors in Indiana filed murder charges Wednesday against Peter Van Bawi Lian for the death of Khuang Par, whose body was found in an Indianapolis trash bin on Dec. 23. Indianapolis police say Lian is on active duty with the U.S. Army. Police say…

Early January storm disrupts travel, causes power outages

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Estonian Weather Service on Wednesday issued a Level 2 storm warning for the the country’s western and island counties which by afternoon spread to include its northern coastal counties as well. High winds and near whiteout conditions resulted in disruptions to ferry and even air travel and left thousands of households without power. As of 9:20 EET on Thursday, a total of over 1,380 households were still without power,…