Adm. reform to turn Pärnu into Estonia’s biggest cityLocal News
- No one is using too much poisonLocal NewsAlthough the use of plant protection chemicals in Estonia's fields has increased by a fifth within five years, according to figures, the farmers assure that no one is going to use more toxic chemicals on their fields voluntarily, since the chemicals already amount to a large share of their budget. Yet the use of poisons is inevitable in the current economic circumstances and weather conditions.
- World rally championship can come suddenly like the World Cup skiingSportIf the impossible dream should come true and Rally Estonia is included in the 2018 rally world championship calendar, the organizers of Estonia’s most prominent racing event must be able to draw up the high-ranking competition’s program at a moment’s notice. There is a precedent: this is precisely the way the World Cup stage in skiing came to Otepää back in 1999.
- Migration quota troubles politiciansLocal NewsEveryone admits that the quota system established back in the 1990s, according to which aliens are allowed to enter the country, is outdated. Officials of the Ministry of the Interior have offered solutions but since the subject is uncomfortable to politicians, Estonia is now facing a situation where the immigration quota has been met in the first half-year and nothing can be done to change it.
- Dangerous shortage of rescue helicoptersLocal NewsThis Tuesday and Wednesday there were no helicopters in readiness in Estonia to rescue people in peril at sea or to fly critically ill patients to hospital. The Police and Border Guard Board, which is constantly maneuvering between technical maintenance periods with its three helicopters, believe that the purchase of yet another aircraft would help avoiding such situations.
- EU presidency does not come cheapEconomyOrganizing the EU presidency in the old Tallinn power station called Kultuurikatel has required the investment of much effort and a lot of money. Numerous enterprises are cooperating in order to make everything run smoothly and pleasantly for the European political elite and spend the months of presidency without troubles. The Estonian state expends nearly four million euros on holding the EU presidency in the former boiler house.
- Chechen Salauddin protected the Estonian ambassadorEstonian newsA debt of honor has been pursuing me for years: to write about Salauddin Islamov, whose name is quite unknown in Estonia. Yet this man pays an important role in the history of Estonia’s diplomacy, since he was the sole citizen of Russia, who physically protected Estonia’s Ambassador Marina Kaljurand during the siege of the embassy ten years ago.
- Domestic tourism may face problemsLocal NewsEstonia’s domestic tourism is likely to continue its rapid growth this year, yet obstacles are appearing in the path of the success story: ever more people vote against bad weather by buying budget air tickets and money travels across the border, while only a few days are allocated for vacationing in Estonia.