Monitoring system of Estonia's eastern border has seen 5 failures in 6 months
According to the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) the monitoring systems on Estonia's eastern border have partially stopped working on several occasions in the past six months, which directly points to the need to find additional funding for the maintenance of PPA's IT systems.
Tõll has trouble docking
The ferry Tõll arrived at Virtsu port yesterday afternoon, after leaving the Remontowa shipyard in Poland on Sunday, where it ran into trouble when docking due to hummocked ice.
10.01.2017, Mirjam MäekiviPM
Punishment register full of mistakes
The punishment register, launched almost five years ago, could include thousands of mistakes that are only seldom rectified. A massive effort to correct the data is needed instead of sporadic needlework.
21.11.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Center, IRL, SDE: Estonia needs fresh ideas
Estonia's Center Party, Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) said on Wednesday evening after launching coalition consultations that the new government plans to be open to and consider everybody's good ideas.
Administration discovers 21 faults with ferry
A recent inspection of the ferry Leiger, currently being built in Turkey, by the Maritime Administration (VA) came across numerous shortcomings. The ferry's owner TS Laevad rejoiced two weeks ago, on October 19, how the vessel would begin its journey to Estonia in the next two or three weeks, and that major faults and systems had been fixed. The company's press representative said back then that “less important faults” will be addressed simultaneously with other work.
02.11.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Small farmers scraping off ministerial rot aka Hay or Urmas
Next to the field one detects these steaming freshly pressed rolls of smouldering, smelling and mouldy matter. Just some few years ago, farmers were spared the toil of scraping off hay spoiled by rain on the fields. Now, that's the rules.
15.08.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Tere reorganisation plan denounced by experts
In addition to creditors, experts appointed by court are totally dissatisfied with reorganisation plans at the dairy industry Tere, saying the plot as envisioned by owner Oliver Kruuda will probably fail to succeed. Mr Kruuda has decided to contest the expert opinion.
12.07.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
Editorial: European unity needed to solve migration crisis
At the moment, the European Union is faced with largest migration of nations since end of WW2. People are coming from various parts of the world and for various reasons.
Erring doctors deprived of right to work in Finland
During the past three years in Finland, 21 doctors from territory of former Soviet Union have been deprived of right to practice as physicians or subjected to restrictions. Of these, lion's share have passed their medical exams in Estonia.
25.04.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Clients complain over flights in clunkers
To summarise the opening month of new national airline Nordic Aviation Group, an Estonian aviation specialist said it best: he'd not sit in these clunkers. The passengers are grumpy but the staff of Nordic seeks to soothe – come January, being constantly late and having hair stand on end in air will be history.
03.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: such times sift out the statesmen
Keep Europe in one piece, unite and quiet Estonia, move ahead with strategic problems. A general recipe for the Riigikogu, this fall.
Prime Minister: Dividing refugees proportionally in EU is important step
According to Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the deal according to which refugees will be divided between European Union member states proportionally is an important step forward.
Editorial: ministers on summer tour
So we have two elected politicians on summer tour. In a way, not wrong for social protection and interior ministers Margus Tsahkna and Hanno Pevkur to travel the nation telling local leaders about all things refugee. Explaining practicalities, as the numbers now known seem insignificant.
Editorial: the prophetically emptying island
The last gynaecologist of Hiiumaa, Estonia’s second largest island, retires. Prematurely. Hers is the job that makes birthing babies possible.
Family fooled by broker
«In my desperation, I hope you will help us find out the truth in this matter,» wrote Kärol Kõu, a mother of three, after a tussle with a real estate company. With her husband Mario, Kärol had spent ages to find a little house on the complex Tallinn real estate market as a home to replace current tiny apartment. At long last, one was located – a house, a bit tired and discoloured, at Vuti Street. Little did the family know what was in store.
20.04.2015, Jonatan KarjusPM
Pilots sue Avies to get paid
Two dozen pilots fired by the airline Avies at end of last year have had recourse to Tallinn court to demand payment by former employer of several months’ back wages.
08.04.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Estonians are still physically inactive, overweight - study
According to the results of a study of Estonians' health behavior carried out by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) and published on Friday the number of everyday smokers is declining in Estonia but problems with physical activity and being overweight remain on the same level.
Editorial: always ask about the medicine
In Postimees, today, Tallinn University professor Airi Värnik laid out main problems related to side effects and combined effects of medicines. A needed step towards mapping the issue.
Power talks break down
With no real results to show, coalition talks have grinded to a halt. With Reform Party left rather alone, the deepening human mistrust between parties is foreboding.
19.03.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: dagger at oil industry throat
Yesterday, we saw crude hitting record lows again, the Brent benchmark doing a below $52 plunge. Top to bottom, this makes for roughly half price oil. The impact reaches farther than Russia’s budget or employment at Norwegian rigs. While, broadly speaking, the cheaper fuels are a blessing for Estonian and European economies, Ida-Viru County oil industry and oil shale mining face prompt problems.
«Nigerian scam» strikes car biz in Estonia
Estonia has contracted a modern version of Nigerian scam – a middle aged man paid €2,000 for a car that to this day fails to materialise.
19.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Vaida bridge to be torn down?
Road Administration says they have €0.5m out of 2015 budget to reconstruct Vaida viaduct in Harju County. However, building a new bridge may prove cheaper than reconstructing a viaduct built mere six years ago.
12.12.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
The diligent student with a dark troubled soul
While people close to Vahur (15) who shot his teacher say he was a good student and ready to relate, in social media the lad left an impression rather different and dark.
28.10.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: fix your own mess
Remember «Chief Crossing of Central Estonia», festively finalised four years at Mäo with $30m spent? Five-year warranty time ticking, holes abound...
Road Administration calls builders on carpet
This year, Road Administration took samples of several sections of roads breaking up ere the five years warranty is up. Yesterday, audit results were published – to builders and public alike.
09.10.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: peepshow stars against own will
Easy to label stuff... the police set up security cameras and we pour forth phrases like Surveillance Society, Big Brother, Police State. In some ways that may be – the police knows information is an advantage and we do want them to do well protecting us.
Road Administration buckles up for court action
To find out why new sections of roads start to crumble ere the 5-years warranty us up, Road Administration drilled holes and took samples out of 11 sections where warranty end nears.
26.09.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Minors torching ghost schools
The former schoolhouse at Õismäe Road 130, Tallinn is surrounded by large blocks of flats, a kindergarten and a sports ground where children are playing a good game of football.
19.08.2014, Meribel SinikaldaPM
Estonian Air plane luckily lands on flat tyre
At 8:24 pm yesterday, Estonian Air flight OV473 featuring a torn tyre performed precautionary landing in Tallinn.
15.08.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Firms hard pressed to find specialists
Skilled workers are of short supply for almost all industrial undertakings, and it’s getting worse. Several specific specialties just aren’t taught in Estonia’s vocational schools and the enterprises have to do the training on the spot. But even to find a man fit to train is hard.
14.08.2014, Liina LaanemetsPM
Minister calls on bankers and traders to help producers
Banks and retail chains ready to extend helping hands towards Estonian farmers and food producers plagued by Russian sanctions.
13.08.2014, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Entrepreneurs esteem the loyalty of disabled staff
By the current salary system, the disabled aren’t motivated to work, says Mare Enniste, personnel manager in building company Seve – one to hire the deaf.
06.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Editorial: don’t look down on the disabled worker
On economy pages of Postimees today, hope-inspiring examples are provided of people with special needs coping in real life as hired by cleaning company ISS Eesti and Seve the builder.
Tallinn sweats, jolts and groans in traffic havoc
Job neglected by builder makes Tallinn city centre traffic worse than feared.
05.08.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
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.
Wells not well, water-wise
Due to the winter with little snow and a summer rather dry, dug wells in various parts of Estonia have run dry – a problem last faced ten years ago.
23.07.2014, Andres EinmannPM
High risk families entered into police register
Neighbours, relatives and teachers alike have become better at letting the police and child welfare know of kids in trouble.
16.07.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Beaches bemoan tippler takeover
With mere two weeks gone by after entry into force of the public-drinking-allowed amendment, beach security says: at water’s edge, consumption of alcohol and the related problems are decidedly on the rise.
15.07.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Maritime reforms run aground
In 1993, close to 70 cargo ships sailed under Estonian flag. Since April, the number is zero. In cooperation with economy ministry, maritime council (Merendusnõukoda) has worked for reforms for years. They have come up with a 94-page base document, and its application plan. By some, tax policy by Reform Party is seen as headwind.
09.06.2014, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Where have all the soldiers gone?
An exhaustive report due in 2015 heralds reform in health requirements of servicemen, and in what and how they’ll have to do while in the army. To boost motivation, next spring will see certificates awarded to draftees, regarding levels of special skills acquired.
09.06.2014, Oliver KundPM
Eutrophication: ugly word, awful effect
The word is enough to scare away a most dedicated reader. But hey, wait! The term does relate to our diet.
03.06.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Elections watch: campaigns short of substance
EU elections watchmen say the main breach of good practice was emptiness and brinkmanship of campaigns – especially so by single candidate Indrek Tarand, IRL, and Reform Party.
Editorial: how to break into bank vault?
Today’s the day that EU e-elections begin. Just two days ago, and international group of activists came out with an announcement that e-elections are not secure. The repercussions have split people into two fronts. A smaller part (mainly the long-term e-elections critics) thinks it was high time for someone to point out the weaknesses in e-elections. The rest have formed a defence, standing for the reputation of e-elections (and, more widely, of Estonia as an e-state), viewing the experts as an attempt by Centre Party to sway the elections.
Non-drinkers expected to explain why
In Estonia, booze is so prevalent that it’s quite a surprise to others if some decline a drink, says the experience of those who opted – out of their own free will – to cut consumption of alcohol.
14.05.2014, Marina LohkPM
Good kids abound, few stand out
As revealed by PISA problem solving test results, yesterday, 85 percent of Estonian students aged 15 will get along fine, in life – an excellent achievement to the OECD backdrop. Even so, we’re average when it comes to amount of top doers.
02.04.2014, Marian MänniPM
Economy minister: let Elron roll up its sleeves
As acknowledged by Minister of Economic Affairs Juhan Parts, mistakes were made while launching the new trains; instead of demanding that somebody step down, however, they ought to be granted time to correct these.
08.01.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: the carrot conundrum
The new diesel trains, entered into Estonian folklore as «carrots», keep getting initial feedback not too nice: ticket sellers aren’t reaching everyone; no place to stick one’s luggage; not enough seats – and nowhere to stand, either.
Trains twice as stuffed while 2014 gets rolling
Elron chairman Toivo Promm, which long-distance lines surprised you by cars getting crowded? What are the direst of straits?
07.01.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Elron chiefs admit: trains destined to lack space
At yesterday’s press conference, heads of Elron owned up to the fact that the trains will continue to lack seats. In the future, the problem with bicycles looms.
07.01.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
EU hits budget problems – again
Turns out, counterparties got it confused regarding agreement supposedly reached over budget this summer. The European Parliament may not ratify it in October, the entire process thus again delayed for months.
03.10.2013, Liina ValdrePM
Natl Audit Office finds many problems in governance of public companies
The National Audit Office finds in a fresh report that the management of the operations of Estonia's public undertakings and owner's supervision over them has basically not improved at all in five years, as often the state does not know why it maintains a certain undertaking and what it expects from it.