MS Estonia, previously Viking Sally (1980–1990), Silja Star (−1991), and Wasa King (−1993), was a cruise ferry built in 1979/80 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The ship sank in 1994 in the Baltic Sea in one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century. It is the deadliest European shipwreck disaster to have occurred in peacetime, costing 852 lives.
The ship was originally ordered from Meyer Werft by a Norwegian shipping company led by Parley Augustsen with intended traffic between Norway and Germany. At the last moment, the company withdrew their order and the contract went to Rederi Ab Sally, one of the partners in the Viking Line consortium (SF Line, another partner in Viking Line, had also been interested in the ship).
Originally the ship was conceived as a sister ship to Diana II, built in 1979 by the same shipyard for Rederi AB Slite, the third partner in Viking Line. However, when Sally took over the construction contract, the ship was lengthened from the original length of approximately 137 metres (449ft) to approximately 155 metres (509ft) and the superstructure of the ship was largely redesigned.
It is the first of three albums in three consecutive years that Marillion released on a contract with Castle Communications, after being dropped by EMI Records following the relative lack of commercial success of Afraid of Sunlight in 1995; peaking at No. 16, Afraid of Sunlight had been the band's first studio album not to reach the top ten of the UK Albums Chart. Without the promotional efforts of a major label, This Strange Engine continued Marillion's decline in mainstream success; it reached No. 27 on the UK Albums Chart and stayed there for two weeks. The album sold significantly better in the Netherlands, home of one of the band's most loyal audiences, reaching #10.
Most of the tracks are soft rock styled but relatively lengthy compositions.
The first single released from the album was "Man of a Thousand Faces". A music video was also released of this track. The second single from the album was "Eighty Days". Neither single received any mainstream radio airplay. For the first time, no singles from a Marillion album entered the UK Singles Chart.
Russians can enter without a passport or a visa ... The interior ministry of Georgia, where Russians can also enter without a visa, said 68,887 Russians had arrived from Sept ... Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland agreed to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians from Sept.
Under the new rules, the EU member states should apply “stricter assessments” and security checks when they issue visas to Russian citizens ... While the Czech Republic and Estonia have also imposed visa restrictions, Germany and France have rejected the proposed blanket ban fearing "unintended rallying-around-the-flag effects" in Russia.
"The reception of visa applications is severely restricted," it added ... While the Czech Republic and Estonia have also imposed visa restrictions, Germany and France have rejected the proposed blanket ban fearing "unintended rallying-around-the-flag effects" in Russia.
Under the new rule, Russians who hold current tourist visas will no longer be able to enter the country or make a crossing to the EU once the ban is in place. Finland has been the only EU country through which Russian tourists have reached Estonia and the rest of the Schengen region.
... regardless of whether those looking to cross carry a Schengen visa, the government said Thursday ... It is the last EU nation on the Russian border to block Russians from entering on tourist visas after Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland adopted the measure two weeks ago.
news Poland, Baltics Enact EU Visa Ban for Russians... “In this case, it was an illegal border crossing done out of fear of mobilization in the neighboring country,” said Eerik Purgel, who heads the border and migration control service in Estonia’s northeastern region bordering Russia ... Ukraine war , Estonia.
Most of them arrived in Finland and Estonia," Frontex said in a statement, referring to the week from 19 September 19 to 25 September... The majority of Russians crossing into the EU hold residence permits, visas or have dual citizenship, it said ... to receive a visa to enter the bloc.
Most of them arrived in Finland and Estonia," Frontex said in a statement, referring to the week from Sept 19 to Sept 25... The majority of Russians crossing into the EU hold residence permits, visas or have dual citizenship, it said ... travelers to receive a visa to enter the bloc.
The restriction began a week after Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland closed their land borders to Russians, barring the entry of most of them, including those with Schengen visas ... Estonia, Latvia, and Finland had originally ...