Editorial: let's bring violent deaths down by half
Regarding deaths by violence and accidents, Estonian statistics tell two tales. First, the shrinking numbers over these past decades are impressive. Secondly, we are still lagging behind the nations safest in Europe.
Three young lives lost in car wreck
Saturday night saw a severe traffic accident in Ida-Viru County with three young people perished. On basis of immediate information available, the police suspects risky driving.
01.08.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonia ranks 10th in EU in terms of road safety
Estonia ranks 10th among 28 European Union countries in terms of road safety, it appears from statistics published by the European Commission on Thursday.
Estonian state to make waves by training every child into swimmer
International fame of Estonia may not remain limited to teaching programming in preschool if four ministries manage to pull off the following: by age of ten, teaching all children to swim decently. At that, the measurements would be among Europe's meanest.
02.03.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: the Estonian arms countdown
Interior ministry is circulating a Weapons Act amendment among other things intended to limit self protection guns owned by individuals.
Editorial: at rest. At home
«My father’s land, my dearest love, I’ll never thee forsake, And should I die a thousand deaths, That penalty I’ll take! Let jealous strangers say their part, They’ll never tear thee from my heart, My father’s land!» as goes a best known poem known and sung in Estonia, by Lydia Koidula, to then state the solemn desire to «lay to rest here in thy bosom, my sacred land Estonia!»
Producers boil over at alcohol policy «favouring Finland»
The government's ever toughening alcohol policy not limited to excise rises but curbing ads and rearranging shelves at stores seems random and based on outdated research and unrelated data, possibly undermining Estonian exports.
26.10.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Ministry makes ready for climate to change
In a few decades, climate change may plague Estonia with increased amounts of floods and storms, as well as hundreds of unnecessary deaths a year. The first step to adjust is to become aware.
22.09.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Estonia – the leading drug death land
In Lisbon, Portugal yesterday, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) disclosed its European drug report revealing Estonia still sadly leading the way as «state where largest numbers of people die due to drug overdose».
05.06.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: rarely, but happen it does
In Europe at least, flying has felt like a super safe thing to do for a long while. Occasionally, we do read the news about accidents with casualties, but usually «where we are not» or where we travel seldom – Asia, Africa, or Russia, to look closer. In European Union, we have flight safety rules in place, the surveillance does function, and moving about the continent by plane has long ceased to seem like an adventure.
Grim Reaper kept busy by ignorance and negligence
As compared to rest of Europe, Estonia loses way too many lives due to injuries. Having studied the causes, Government Office strategy bureau adviser Maris Leimann says the state should deal with changing people’s attitudes – thus, many deaths would not be.
26.02.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Snowtubing claims life in South-Estonia
At Ansomäe ski centre near Otepää, a day of winter fun for company staff finished in tragedy as two «train» tubes broke off and flung into tall pines lining a steep slalom slope.
28.01.2015, Jaan OlmaruPM
Rescue Board head: leaving Laekvere family without electricity was irresponsible
Rescue Board director-general Kuno Tammearu deems it irresponsible that electricity had been switched off in the house at Rohu village, Laekvere, Lääne-Viru County where a mother (33) perished in fire with two young children – boys aged five and two – on January 1st.
12.01.2015, Andres EinmannPM
Editorial: the depressing data on deaths by injury
In order to coordinate policy on prevention of injuries and deaths by these, a working group was instituted. Yet another legalese-sounding committee? Not this time. In reality, this is an extremely serious set of problems that the society will need to tackle if – as a nation – we wish to live a live healthier and happier.
Number of drowning deaths in Estonia moved up in 2014
The number of human lives lost as a result of drowning in Estonia jumped to 69 in 2014 from 56 in 2013.
Number of fire deaths jumps by 7 to 54
In all 54 people lost their lives in fires in Estonia during 2014, seven more than in the year before, tentative figures available from the Rescue Board show.
Life in hell on earth
To be born in Gaza, in 21st century, is to be unlucky. For years dubbed «world’s largest open-air prison», the phrase probably isn’t too wide of the mark.
Saving the fellow drug addict
On Monday, a man stepped in the Erika St syringe exchange station, in Kopli, Tallinn – announcing he saved his fourth person dying from fentanyl overdose. Not a record-breaker, though.
01.08.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: let’s tackle the accidental deaths
How safe is everyday life in Estonia? Answers might be sought from various sources, but accidental deaths are a solid figure and, as divided into categories, will show the overall mental and physical situation.
Paet: Israel and Palestine must avoid further brutality
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the tense situation between Israel and Palestine is very worrisome and the parties must find a peaceful solution to the tensions which have arisen.
In 2013 gone by, accidents claimed 186 lives
The number of people perished in fire, water, and traffic was the smallest in decades; even so, accidents claimed 186 lives. The largest improvement – seven deaths less, over a year – came in the area of fires: first time for Estonia, the figure remained under 50. According to Rescue Board preventive department head Indrek Ints, last year brought less fires in buildings than before.
02.01.2014, Karin KangroPM
Onto the road. The end
The lad that drove himself and three companions to death, early Saturday morning, was under steadfast police scrutiny due to a string of traffic infringements.
11.11.2013, Nils NiitraPM
Traffic deaths down by third
Over first nine months of 2013, 49 people perished in Estonian traffic – a third less, year-on-year.