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Automobile magazine´s December 2011 issue published a sidebar by Jamie Kitman to the story Writer´s Blog about Margus H. Kuuse of Estonia (page 88). Margus-Hans Kuuse (Tallinn, Estonia) is the oldest (68) automobile journalist, historian and author on a huge territory which until 1991 was known as the USSR. He was called by his Western colleagues the auto missionary of the USSR, which he was. In sense he is a world record holder in automotive journalism. A bold statement? Please read on.

 

March 9 marks the day when, sixty eight years ago, Tallinn was caught in the crosshairs of Soviet long-range bombers.   In remembrance of victims of the attacks, Ambassador and Mrs. Polt attended a memorial candle-lighting at St. Nicholas Church, one of the thousands of buildings destroyed in the 1944 raid. By tradition, the city’s church bells will start tolling exactly at 19:15, marking the moment when the first wave of bombers arrived, and candles will be lit along Harju Street in the Old City. The attack is tragic both in its devastating loss of life and its military inefficacy.  As many as 300 Soviet bombers dropped a total of more than 3,000 explosive and incendiary bombs on Tallinn, leveling one-third of the city and devastating the citizenry and culture of Tallinn. More than 400 people—the vast majority of whom were non-combatants—were killed, and another 650 were injured. As many as 20,000 were left without shelter in the midst of Estonian winter. In addition to St. Nicholas Church, the Estonia Theater, the city’s synagogue, and the Tallinn City Archives, which housed a collection of medieval documents, were all destroyed in the bombing and ensuing inferno. Far from breaking the spirit of the Estonian people, however, the attack strengthened the already steely resolve of the populace to struggle against foreign occupation.  Today, Estonia is a strong, peaceful, and sovereign nation that remembers the past, while living for the future. US Embassy in Tallinn

 

Every language is beautiful, if it's special to you. And an avenue into a culture in which you feel good. It could be the language of your childhood, the language of those dear to you and/or the language(s) that you associate with something intrinsically yours. A language that speaks to you, works for you and fits you, IS (at least a part of) you. Or something you want to be closer to. What makes this attachment hard, is if you can't speak a language you enjoy as much or as often as you'd like. And it loses its ease. Like when you haven't skied in a really long time or even stretched. And you have to work on it. 
As of February 24, 2012, Professor Helmi L. Lutsep, M.D. is a member of the board, the Estonian American Fund announced.  Dr. Lutsep is presently Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University and Associate Director of the Oregon Stroke Center. She is on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology stroke section and on the board of the Western States Stroke Consortium. Dr. Lutsep is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.

 

16.07 – 03.08.2012 European Innovation Academy = Creativity + New Start-ups + High League Professionals. Fun? Adventure? Future Success? Yes!!! European Innovation Academy 2012 brings together famous motivational guest speakers. Guest lecturers are innovation experts from world-famous and successful companies MICROSOFT and SAMSUNG. The Key Lecturer of European Innovation Academy 2012 Prof. Dr. Mark Harris (former head of INTEL Higher Education & Research Programmes) is going to talk about Global Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Smart Business Models. 

 

Anyone who has ever attempted to learn Estonian knows what a beautiful, but extremely challenging, language it is. Estonians too deeply value their mother tongue, and mark March 14th, the birthday of Kristjan Jaak Peterson, as Emakeelepäev, or Estonian Language Day.  Although he died in 1822 at the very young age of 21, Peterson is considered the father of Estonian literature and poetry. His embracing of his Estonian ethnicity and heritage during his time at Tartu University, then a German-speaking institution, is considered by many to have been the spark that ignited the Estonian National Awakening. 

 

The Baltic Institute has a Board of Directors to develop the framework for this organization and its objectives. A number of prominent people from the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian communities have assembled to provide the policies and principles for the Institute to function. One Estonian has recently become politically active in local politics in NJ, and has failed to attend the last several sessions. The Board is seeking a replacement Estonian from an academic, research or legal background that would be able to participate fully in the meetings, which have been convened in Rockville, Maryland at the Latvian Church and Retirement Home. So, the candidate should be able to travel to that location for the meetings, which have been occurring every other month or so, depending on the completion of ongoing developments to work with the other Board members. Interested persons may respond with a copy of their curriculum vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

ERR News - Following up on its pledge to find funding alternatives for the new National Museum building in Tartu, the state real estate management company Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) has sketched out a plan to back the project from a number of sources. The 78.5 million euros needed for the museum's construction and furnishing will come from the state budget, the Cultural Endowment and RKASs own funds, with any shortfalls to be covered by a loan that the Cultural Endowment can pay off over several years, RKAS said in a March 8 statement. 

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