Posts tagged as family

Estonia has joined the SPIKE missile Family

Thursday, July 25, 2019

In a ceremony last week in Tallinn, Estonia, the Estonian MoD signed a 40M Euro Framework agreement with Eurospike (a European Joint Venture between Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Diehl Defence and Rheinmettal Defence) for the supply of SPIKE LR ATGM’s, launchers and associated maintenance and training.  The contract included ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Units) launchers and live SPIKE rounds. SPIKE is a cutting-edge precise, multi-platform, multi-mission and multi-range electro-optical missile Family,…

Latvian minister shocked over situation with orphans in the country

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Latvia’s Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča is unpleasantly surprised with institutions’ and municipalities’ opposition towards orphaned children ending up in a family-like environment, saying it’s an «inconceivable situation». According to the politician, during her regional visits and meetings with foster families she got the impression that the situation is only getting worse in Latvia. The minister is especially worried about this because the state invests considerable resources to make sure orphaned…

In ‘The Farewell,’ a family drama straddling East and West

By Jake Koyle on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for “The Farewell” was unconventional. She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to live. The grim diagnosis was kept from Nai Nai, a somewhat common approach to death and dying in China. Wang, whose family…

Christian family details crackdown on church in China

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. He and his 23-year-old daughter, Ren Ruiting, described living under constant surveillance for the past seven months after…

German family finds bullet from Telliskivi shooting in their luggage

Saturday, July 6, 2019

A German family who visited Tallinn in June discovered a bullet among their possessions which had been fired in the course of a shooting spree which led to the murder of a taxi driver. The family did not find the bullet until after they had returned home, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports. In the small hours of Friday, June 21, 30-year-old Raivo Jürimäe approached two taxis on Telliskivi street…

Journalists track down Slovakian property belonging to family of FSB officer with ties to Russia’s corrupt funeral industry

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The family of Russian Federal Security Service Lieutenant Colonel Marat Medoev owns villas and companies in Slovakia, according to a new investigation by Novaya Gazeta and the Investigative Center of Jan Kuciak (ICJK). Sources previously told the website Proekt that Medoev “could be a stakeholder in funeral business projects” about which Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov has reported. Journalists learned that Marat Medoev’s mother and father have owned a country…

Church criticizes Lithuania’s top court over same-sex family concept

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Lithuanian Catholic Church on Friday criticized the country’s Constitutional Court for deepening the separation of the concepts of marriage and family and taking a step toward treating homosexual relationships like family relationships. “The court maintains that marriage is gender-based, while family is gender-neutral. Thus, the court’s ruling sets these two concepts, which we view as being essentially interrelated, apart,” the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference said in a comment to BNS.   “Marriage is the foundation…

Conscript injured in grenade blast during training

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A conscript serving in the Viru Infantry Battalion was injured after making an error launching a grenade during training at the Estonian Defence Forces’ (EDF) Sirgala Training Ground in Ida-Viru County. According to initial information, the conscript was practicing throwing hand grenades when a grenade fell from their hand into the trench. Both the conscript and their instructor took cover, however the conscript sustained injureies in the blast, the Headquarters…