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Enticed by the action and higher salaries offered by private security contractors, dozens of professional Navy officers are quitting the national force, leaving at least one ship unmanned.
"One of the main reasons that people leave is money," said a Navy officer, who wished to remain anonymous, to ETV. "Maybe also the monotony of it. For example, people from the Scouts Batallion, who go on missions, come back and again start learning how to pull a weapon apart and put it back together - that's not suitable for them."

I recall attending a Latvian Independence Day celebration in Los Angeles.  As Estonia’s honorary consul in California I had a front row seat, visible to everyone in attendance.  The program lasted longer than expected – almost three hours.  Except for our introduction by the emcee, my brief remarks and the remarks of the Lithuanian honorary consul general, the entire program was in Latvian.  The principal speaker was from the Latvian Foreign Ministry.  He delivered what perhaps was an interesting speech – at least I think it may have been interesting based on intermittent translations whispered by the Latvian sitting next to me.

ERR News - American mining company Molycorp has bought up a 90.023 percent share in Estonia's rare earth metals producer AS Silmet, taking control of one of very few sources of the much-sought materials outside China.

The Colorado-based firm paid approximately 62 million euros for its shares, buying 80 percent of the company from former majority holder Silmet Grupp, owned by former prime minister Tiit Vähi, and the remainder of its shares from Austrian firm Treibacher Industrie AG. The deal leaves Silmet Grupp with just under 10 percent ownership, according to a release from Molycorp.

ERR News - At a press conference on April 7, the Estonian ski association announced that the level of growth hormone in Andrus Veerpalu's body was indeed found to be higher than permitted before the athlete decided to skip the Oslo world championships and end his career.
On February 23, Veerpalu announced he would end his skiing career and not compete in Holmenkollen because of a cold. The ski association announced today that the International Anti-Doping Agency had established a higher-than-permitted level of growth hormone in Veerpalu's body on February 14, and that the positive test results were confirmed by the German la-boratory on April 6 in a B-sample.

The event, the "Ehe Eesti Disainilaat" (design fair) was held in the month of veebruar. EHE is a beautiful, albeit slightly elusive word. Most people would say it means jewel. And they're right. Jewellery is usually spoken of in the plural (ehted). But in this case we're not talking about bling. If the ad reads "Eesti ehe", it would mean Estonian jewel(s), but ehe Eesti = genuine(ly) Estonia(n). Describing gems or jewels as pure or genuine (EHEDAD), is how they got their name. Ehe kuld = real gold; ehedad ehted = genuine jewels. The word for a gemstone, the ultimate ehe is kalliskivi, vääriskivi (precious stone) or briljant.


This title is from a New York Times feature story about junior tennis player Ingrid Neel on their sport’s page March 7, 2011. Ingrid is of Estonian descent, the granddaughter of Ingrid Vaga Neel, MD of Rochester, Minnesota, whose brother, Pastor Thomas Vaga of Lakewood, NJ is well known to Estonians. Tennis legend John McEnroe has offered Ingrid an opportunity to train at his new tennis academy, Sportstime club on Randalls Island, New York City.


I came across this on the internet: On 8 April, 2010, five high-tech companies signed EU grant agreements with the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Lithuania at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Vilnius University in Visoriai.  Together with foreign investors, these companies are setting up research and development centers for medicine, biopharmaceuticals and solar energy technologies. This is exactly what we at Energy Smart, Estonia have been lobbying our Estonian government to do for the past two years.  No one has yet put up a solar park in the Baltics. We still have the opportunity to be the first, but our government seems to be locked into supporting oil shale or nuclear as the only viable solutions to Estonia’s energy needs. Even with what is happening in Japan, our government thinks nuclear and oil shale is still the way to go.

Without Western broadcasting, totalitarian regimes would have survived much longer.  When it came to radio waves, the iron curtain was helpless. Nothing could stop the news from coming through.  The frontiers could be closed, the words could not.  From these broadcasting stations we gleaned our lessons of independent thinking and solidarity action.  The bloodless war on air ended with the defeat of the regimes that tried so hard to suppress the truth.

                                                           -- Lech Walesa

The VOA and the Cold War

            THE VOICE OF AMERICA was born in the midst of World War Two as a U.S. Government agency to inform the world about the war and American life and policies.  Its motto from its start in 1942 to today is embodied in the first words uttered in its very first broadcast, which was in German: "The news may be good or bad.  We will tell you the truth."


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