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A study conducted by the Baltic Research Center revealed that Estonia has failed to ensure social protection and integration for the 46 refugees residing in the country.
After eight months of waiting in the Illuka Reception Center for Asylum Seekers in Ida-Viru County, Afghanistan-born Azat was finally granted international protection by the state, ETV reported.
Nevertheless, when it came to learning Estonian, finding a job and a new home, Azat received no additional support from the government besides a friendly pat on the back.

As many as of 37 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds have tried marijuana, which is 11 percent more than the European average, a recent study conducted by the Saar Poll survey company revealed.
Young people can easily acquire marijuana (also known as cannabis), said Nelli Kalikova, project manager at the Aids Information and Support Center. "It's about the same as buying ice cream," she added.

The Thomas Keller Medal committee is delighted to announce that the 2011 Thomas Keller Medal, rowing's highest distinction, will this year be awarded to Estonian rowing legend Jueri Jaanson. The 18-carat gold medal shall be awarded on Sunday 10 July on the medal pontoon of the Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Throughout his long career Jaanson took part in no less than six Olympic Games. He holds five World Champion-ship medals, including one gold from 1990 in Lake Barrington, Australia and a silver which he won when racing in Finland in 1995. Driven by his urge to win an Olympic medal, Jaanson had to keep rowing until 2004 before reaching the Olympic podium, taking silver first in Athens in the single scull and four years later, in Beijing in 2008 in the men's double sculls.

At a service of recognition of volunteers held in Tallinn’s Dome Church (Toomkirik) on June 12, 2011, recognition was given for the project to restore St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Martna, Estonia.  Miriam Lind Lagus of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin received award for the project she started in 1998 in memory of her father, Pastor S. Eduard Lind, who served the congregation in Martna from 1937 to 1944.  Bishop Einar Soone presented the awards.

Ambassador Michael C. Polt announced on July 4 at the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day Reception the creation of a new Estonian American Innovation Award to highlight innovation in Estonia and collaboration between Estonia and America toward this end.  
The new award is being sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, the American Chamber of Commerce in Estonia (AmCham) and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF).  The three sponsors expect to make this an annual initiative.
Ambassador Polt encouraged “active participation and spirited competition.”

At his meeting in Vilnius on July 1,  with Secretary of State of the United States of America Hillary Clinton, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed his satisfaction over the mutually supportive, exceptionally friendly, and very unique relations between Estonia and the USA. “Twenty years ago, after overcoming totalitarianism, we promised both our people and our partners a democratic society and security. The United States has constantly advised and helped us is making that happen,” Paet said. “The USA has played an essential role in helping with Estonia’s international achievements,” he added.

ERR News - "World and Land," Tallinn's Nokia Concert Hall, June 30. Tengku Ahmad Irfan (piano), Arvo Leibur (violin), Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi.
Strolling through Tallin
n Thursday night on the way to Nokia Concert Hall, it seemed almost a sin to duck into a dark auditorium for a program of music. The city was abuzz, everyone was out in their shorts eating ice cream or drinking something cold; it was a perfect warm summer evening. But those who eschewed the corporeal pleasures of cool refreshments and warm air were rewarded with the ethereal joys of two and a half hours of beautifully crafted sounds.

ERR News - A last vestigial trace of the 1990s Estonian success story Hansapank is no more.
The Latvian and Lithuanian subsidiaries of Swedbank Estonia were sold to the parent Swedbank AB on June 28, in a straightforward financial transaction that had some sentimental significance because of its history. The units were established in 1993 and 1999 respectively, back when the bank was a 100 percent Estonian-owned entity called Hansapank. Hansa-pank was acquired by Swedbank in 2004.


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