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ERR News - Estonia's marathon hopeful at the London Olympics, Evelin Talts, compares her pleasure from running with addiction. ETV recently talked to Evelin Talts, who will represent Estonia in the women's marathon at the London Olympics. In about 80 days, Talts will be tackling the standard marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers in London with the aim of improving on her current personal best of 2 hours and 37 minutes. "When I started training again three years ago, I just wanted to keep fit and to participate in running events in Estonia. Since the overall level was weak, I made it to the top three and that motivated me. The idea to try for the Olympics came to me in the fall," Talts told ETV. "It is a little bit like a drug addiction. It is tough when you are making the effort, but once you have finished, the satisfaction and the feeling of pleasure can last for weeks, or even months. That feeling of pleasure helps me to continue training and running marathons again and again," explained Talts when asked about her motivation for hitting the running track.


ERR News - The Synod of Constantinople has canonized 11 clerics and lay persons who perished during the first two years of the Soviet occupation of Estonia. A decree of canonization was read on May 17, in the Church of Transfiguration of Our Lord in Tallinn that added 9 men and 2 women to the Orthodox Church's list of saints.  The Ecumenical Patriarchate canonized five priests, two deacons and four lay persons who were executed by the Soviet authorities or died in prison or in forced labor camps in 1940 to 1941. The Orthodox Church of Estonia will hold a memorial service to the martyrs on the anniversary of the June 14, 1941 deportations.                                                               


ERR News - The Estonian Chess Federation signed an agreement on May, 14, in Tallinn with former chess world champion Garry Kasparov, now president of the Kasparov Chess Foundation, to initiate a chess program in Estonian grade schools. Twelve schools have so far confirmed participation in the chess program starting next fall. The president of the Chess Federation, Andrei Korobeinik, said bringing chess to schools has been a major goal of his organization. “The popularity of chess cannot grow if there are no opportunities to learn and play the game as a child,” said Korobeinik.


This was the theme for the 2012 Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference held last weekend of April in Chicago. An interesting thought to ponder, when you consider the past twenty years. The conference had over 200 participants attending from as far as Japan and Australia. Sonoko Shima of the Showa Women’s University in Japan, discussed the state of Baltic Studies in Japan and their upcoming tour of the Baltic States.


One of Estonia's most internationally well-known politicians, Minister of Defense Mart Laar, has requested for resignation from his post as he recovers from a stroke. "I am used to doing my work with complete dedication; I am not capable of doing so right now. For that reason I have decided to leave my post," Laar said on Sunday evening. "It is now time to focus on myself, but I hope to continue to help develop the country with my advice and energy in the future."


Estonian municipal leaders were in Annapolis and met at the U.S. Naval Academy with Maryland counterparts and other friends of Estonia including the representatives of Maryland Maryland Estonian Exchange Council (MEEC) and JBANC. The Estonian delegation represented Pärnu, Haapsalu, Kuressaare, Sillamäe, and Tallinn. They were in the U.S. for a week via a program called “Waterfront Development” and visited Maryland to learn about local initiatives to rehabilitate and develop waterfront property for maximum economic and ecological gain. The delegation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the International Visitors Leadership Program which is administered by the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore.   Karl Alatu JBANC


(Nimi ei riku meest. Soeng ei riku naist.) It was no doubt in light of recent media flurry on the subject of a gender-neutral kindergarten in Stockholm that seeing this sign caught my attention and really stumped me. BBC News among others reported on the new pre-school Egalia (the Swedish word for equality) last summer, but it was on April 14 that the Estonian daily Postimees broached the subject locally under the headline "Poiss või tüdruk? (Boy or girl?) Ei, hoopis sootu. (No, genderless in fact). Sugude keelamine Rootsi moodi (Prohibiting genders the Swedish way)". 


Estonian American Fund for Economic Education, Inc. NEWS RELEASE April 23,2012 No one will be left behind whether on the battlefield or at home. Reinforcing that principle is the mission of the recently established Carolin Illenzeer Foundation in Estonia. The Foundation takes its name from the daughter of a Senior Warrant Officer Arre Illenzeer who was killed in 2004 in Iraq. The Estonian American Fund joined the initial Illenzeer fundraising effort with a $15,000 contribution. Thirty-six children are being reared by the families of the 10 soldiers killed and the 25 seriously wounded. The Foundation’s main concern is to cover the children’s educational expenses. For all of 2012, the Estonian American Fund is well underway to equal or surpass the 2011 record of $135,385 expended for charitable purposes in Estonia. For more information about the Fund, please consult our website. Contact: Telephone 301-587-9115, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , website


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