Estonian leaders offer condolences to Japan over knife attack ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas offered their condolences to Japan after a deadly mass stabbing incident at a disabled care home claimed at least 19 lives.

"I was saddened to learn about the attack in the care center for people with mental disabilities in the city of Sagamihara," Ilves stated in his message to Emperor Akihito. "Estonians' thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones and were injured, and with the people of Japan. We stand with you on this dark day."

Rõivas took to social media to offer sympathies to his Japanese colleague Shinzō Abe and the people of Japan. "Senseless attack against disabled people in Sagamihara care center," he wrote. "My sincere condolences to PM @AbeShinzo and the people of Japan."

At least 19 people were killed in a stabbing spree at the Tsukui Lily Garden care center in Sagamihara, west of the capital city of Tokyo, on Tuesday morning, while an another 25 people were injured, 20 of them seriously.

The suspect turned himself into police.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik

Source: BNS

Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.