Eesti in brief - 2008-08-20

  • 2008-08-20
The Tallinn City Council has put forward a concept of the city's own television station on Tuesday. If everything goes as planned, the television station will go on air January 1, 2011, at the latest. The television station would be run by a foundation employing up to 35 people. It will offer public service programs, Residence TV and teleservices, Vice-Mayor Jaanus Mutli said. There will be broadcasts dealing with education, health, culture, home and kitchen and traffic. Separate broadcasts will be available for Russian speakers. Residence TV will provide a forum for NGOs, associations and national minorities to deliver their message. "News from Tallinn and the metropolitan area will have a central place in the program. There's going to be debate on daily topics and direct coverage from places where things happen. A separate section will deal with the topic of Tallinn as the European capital of Culture in 2011," Mutli said. If the concept is approved by the council, the enterprise board of the Tallinn City Council will draw up a project for the establishment of the foundation and submit it to the council by of the first of September or next year at the latest.

Tallinn, Aug. 19, BNS 's President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves was taken to the Regional Hospital of Northern Estonia for medical checks in the early hours of Tuesday after feeling unwell. He was discharged later the same day after the doctors found him to be in good health overall. The president's complaints resulted from a viral infection, spokesperson Kristel Peterson told.
Ilves's health was found to be in good order and he is expected to give with a speech in the all-night song festival on Tuesday evening.

Tallinn, Aug. 19, BNS 's The Estonian Ministry of Defense is buying a combat simulation system from Saab Training Systems of Sweden that allows to imitate all direct-fire weapons used by an infantry platoon in tactical training. The system will allow Estonian defense forces to arrange more realistic training programs than ever before, spokespeople said.
The set includes weapons-mounted laser transmitters that issue a laser pulse that is recorded by devices attached to a special vest and the helmet of "enemy" personnel. The equipment allows participants of the training to get information about their status immediately after each "hit." In accordance with that information, medics equipped with their own devices can render treatment to affected personnel more effectively.
The equipment will mainly be used by the Peace Operations Centre for the training of mission units, but it can also be used in conscript training.

Tallinn, Aug. 19, BNS 's in its latest report, a security policy workgroup in the Finnish parliament does not rule out an increase in military pressure in Finland's immediate neighborhood. The report in June, released by a group led by Centrist MP Juha Korkeoja, says that no military threat on Finland is imminent from Russia, but the development of Russia in the medium and long term is difficult to predict, said the STT news agency. The report said that the tensions in relation to the condition of the Russian-speaking population of the Baltic states, or so called frozen conflicts, may increase tensions in the international situation.
The deputies concluded that the mainstays of Finland's national security policy were sound and needed no substantial adjustment.