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Estonian troops to receive 16,000 new assault rifles

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (Riigi Kaitseinvesteeringute Keskus) has announced that the U.S. arms company Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) became the winner of the contest for a contract to supply automatic assault rifles. According to a statement, announced on 4 December, at the proposal of the Tender Committee, Col. Rauno Sirk, director of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI), declared the offer submitted by LMT the most successful tender…

New EDF commander favours extending conscription for some fields

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Maj. Gen. Martin Herem, who took over as Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) this week, is in favour of extending the length of conscription service for some fields in order to increase the EDF’s combat power. Herem, who took over the position from Gen. Riho Terras, likewise finds that women’s conscription should remain voluntary, and young men should consider the completion of military service beneficial for themselves and…

PPA risk analysis: Influx of 3,000 foreigners would cause emergency

Thursday, December 6, 2018

According to the results of a risk analysis drawn up by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), the situation in Estonia would reach emergency proportions if 3,000 or more foreigners arrived in the country in groups of dozens of people. According to the PPA, an influx at such a scale could cause issues in the continuity of emergency care as a vital service. In such a situation, PPA employees’…

How much are households spending on food?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

In 2017, households in the European Union (EU) spent 12.2 % of their total consumption expenditure on ‘food and non-alcoholic beverages’, informed Eurostat. This is the third most important category of household expenditure after ‘housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’, which accounted for 24.2% of household expenditure, and ‘transport’, which accounted for 13.0% The Member States with more than 20% of their total household consumption expenditure attributed to food and…

Defence forces decline to comment on missile deliberate firing speculation

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) have declined to comment on media speculation that the missile fired in error by a Spanish fighter pilot in NATO service resulted from an interception of a French Mirage 2000-5, also in NATO service. Whilst an internal Spanish Airforce investigation after the 7 August incident reportedly concluded pilot error was to blame, a minimal penalty (alternatively 14 days’ detention or a week’s wages’ fine) was…

EU steps up fake news fight before elections

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The European Union launched on Wednesday (Dec 5) a system for member countries to alert each other to online disinformation spread by opponents such as Russia to undermine next year’s key elections. The bloc also urged Facebook and other social media platforms to follow through on pledges to ensure transparent political advertising, to close fake accounts, flag “bots” and cooperate with fact-checkers. The campaign comes amid growing fears that Russia…

Police target ‘Ndrangheta mafia in raids across Europe

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Joint investigative teams involving police in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium are targeting members of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mafia, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Agency and Italy’s Polizia di Stato confirmed after several media outlets had reported the story. Around 90 arrests were made. In Germany, the raids – which are part of Operation Pollino – are focused on the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the mafia has traditionally…

Groom cancels wedding after discovering heartless bride’s cruel reaction to sister’s miscarriage

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In the run-up to their big day, there’s always a chance that even the nicest of brides will become a bridezilla. We all understand they want everything about their wedding to be perfect, but sometimes they just take things too far. And one woman definitely went beyond the point of no return as she was planning her big day, as her wedding planner recently revealed. The problems, she claimed, all…

Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69. A Dutch court on Monday rejected Ratelband’s request to shave 20 years off his age in a case that drew worldwide attention. “Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,” Arnhem court said in a press statement . “But amending his…

Classifier of Lithuanian influencers has been created

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Growing popularity of Lithuanian opinion leaders in social networks sites (SNSs) among many others has attracted the attention of scientists. Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) together with Smart Communication Agency Idea Prima have created classifier of influencers which will be constantly updated and refined. “Inspired by the dominating role of SNSs opinion leaders in communication, we have decided to classify them into categories clearly showing who are the…