There are some models that you can just spend hours looking at, Karmen Pedaru is one of them, and in light of her latest swimwear campaign for Oysho, we see no better time to highlight her as FashionTV’s Model of the Week!
Age: 24 Country: Estonia Fabulous Fact: Did you know that before modelling, Karmen was one of Estonia's top goalkeepers in soccer and played for Estonia's national team?
She’s classic, she’s elegant, and she’s high flying; Estonian beauty Karmen Pedaru is a fashion favorite with her gorgeous green eyes, million dollar smile (and ahem, super sexy husband). And this season she’s been chosen as the face (and body) of Spanish fashion brand Oysho for its summer 2014 campaign.
Karmen’s model journey began in 2005, when she was discovered at drama school and later began her full-time modelling career at the age of 18. Her first modelling job was for Teen Vogue for which she was flown to India having never before left the country! And Karmen has never looked back. She quickly became an industry favorite and has starred in advertising campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Gucci, Derek Lam, Elie Saab and many more.
She describes her style as “relaxed, clean, comfortable, and timeless” and hails Audrey Hepburn and Jane Birkin among her style pinups.
Lying between Lake Peipus and the Baltic Sea, the city of Narva appears very different than the tourist-heavy Crimea. But what it lacks in climate, it makes up for in a unique mix of history and demographics that may well make it Putin’s next target.
Now located within Estonia, Narva has historical significance to Russia. It was here that Peter the Great was defeated by the better trained and equipped Swedish forces of King Charles XII in the opening phases of the Great Northern War. Peter, however, learned from his mistake. He changed tactics, avoided open battle, and slowly wore down the Swedes over the next two decades, eventually winning the war and with it, Narva.
The legacy of Peter’s victory lives on in Narva today. More than 80 percent of Narvans are ethnic Russians, while only 46 percent hold Estonian citizenship, compared to the 36 percent who hold Russian passports. A further 16 percent, mostly ethnic Russians, hold “undefined” status, lacking citizenship within Russia, but denied Estonian citizenship through vigorous linguistic requirements. Estonian is considered one of the most complicated languages in the world to learn, and fluency is required not just for citizenship, but also to work as a teacher or bureaucrat, requirements enforced by the Language Inspectorate. No wonder Russia announced last month that it found the “mistreatment” of Russians within Estonia unacceptable.
Competitive tendering has begun for a pre-feasibility study to examine a proposal to build a tunnel, or tunnel and bridge, between Helsinki and Tallinn. The €100,000 (£83,000) pre-feasibility study, which is called Talsinkifix, will look into previous studies and propose further action.
The fixed Helsinki-Tallinn transport link would be some 50km long. The alternatives envisioned are for either a tunnel or a tunnel-bridge combination. The competitionhas been lauched by Helsinki in Finland together with the city of Tallinn and Harju County in Estonia.
The main question to be explored in the study is the financial viability of a fixed Helsinki-Tallinn transport link and its economic impact. The study should be completed in the beginning of 2015.
A fixed transport link between Helsinki and Tallinn is expected to strengthen the competitiveness of the metropolitan areas of both Helsinki and Tallinn. The Helsinki-Tallinn link is already now included in the Estonian government’s national Estonia 2013 plans, in the Harju county plan and in the municipal plan of Viimsi, which is a borough in Harju County. The Helsinki city plan does not yet include the scheme.
Statistics Estonia analysed the population forecast of 14 Estonian cities and towns till 2040.
Statistics Estonia forecasts, that aside from Tallinn, Tartu and Maardu, the population in county centres will fall. In 25 years, the population of 5 of them, Haapsalu, Jõhvi, Võru, Valga and Kuressaare, will fall below the 10,000 inhabitants level.
The share of urban population will increase and that of rural decrease. While currently 59% of Estonian population lives in the 14 biggest Estonian towns, in nearly 30 years, the share will be 61%.
The importance of Tallinn and Tartu will grow most. While currently, 31% of the Estonian population lives in the capital Tallinn, in 2040, the figure will be 35%.
In 2040, Estonia is forecast to have 1,195,000 inhabitants, by a tenth less than now. The population will be considerably older than it is now, the number of births a year will fall.
Estonian Police Board spokesman Kaarel Kuusk said that the corporate persons against which the sanctions have been implemented according to European Council decree 269/2014 are AS Tavrida Electric Export (registered in Estonia) and Tavrida Electric Holding AG (registered in Switzerland) and they are both under Chalyi's control.
"Implementing the financial sanctions means that the financial means and economic resources of the persons and persons under their control are frozen," said Kuusk.
Tavrida Electric Export is founded in 2003 and sells industrial electronics in Tallinn.
Chalyi told Wall Street Journal that according to the European Council decision, his assets were among those to be frozen, but only Estonia has made real steps in this.
Estonian Union of Ice-skating (EUI) has deprived Natalia Zabiyako of grant as she decided to represent Russia’s national team, R-Sport reports. Zabiyako changed her partner, Russian sportsman Alexander Zaboev, with whom she had represented Estonia on the team tournament. Her current partner is Yuri Larionov.
The amount of the grant equals to 840 euros per half a year. Gunar Kuura, Secretary General of EUI, asked Estonian Ministry of Culture to deprive Zabiyako of the grant. Thus, the grant goes to Helery Hyalvin, the champion of Estonia in single skating tournament for women.
Zabiyako said that she had expected such decision, adding that this sum can hardly help both ends meet.
She also said that she was proposed to represent Russia after the World Championships 2014 in Saitama, Japan. Zabiyako and her partner Zaboev ranked 19 on these Championships.
Despite their strong Western integration, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are vulnerable to Russian destabilization tactics via energy, trade, political and cultural links. It is highly unlikely that Russia would intervene militarily in Estonia, a NATO member, to protect ethnic Russians. More concerning than a military conflict with Russia is the prospect of trade blockades, a step that could quickly damage the Baltics economically, with little Western allies could do to help. But Moscow's most likely move is to use the ethnic Russian minority living in the Baltic States - a minority that constitutes more than a quarter of the population in Estonia and Latvia and around 6 percent in Lithuania - to attempt to destabilize the three countries.
In light of Russian actions in Ukraine allegedly designed to protect ethnic Russians there and Moscow's support of ethnic Russian groups in Latvia and Estonia, the Baltic States want to see the West reinforces its commitments to protect them from Russian aggression. The West has made several gestures to signal its commitment to its Baltic NATO allies over the past weeks, such as the visits of foreign ministers and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to the countries and through dispatching additional U.S.jets to reinforce NATO's Baltic air patrol mission. But these moves do not help the Baltic States- particularly Estonia and Latvia with their sizeable Russian minorities - deal with Russia's non-military pressure.
In the first quarter of the year 2014, the Estonian state-owned port management company AS Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) handled 8.3 million tonnes of cargo, which is 7.5% more than at the same time last year while passenger number reached a record 1.8 million people, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
In the first three months of the year, Tallinna Sadam handled 8.3 mln tonnes of cargo, by 7.5% more than at the same time last year; the March cargo volume grew by 25% to 2.9 million tonnes year-on-year.
The biggest cargo group was in the first quarter liquid cargo with 6.1 million tonnes, which is by 7.5% more than in the same month last year. The volume of cargo transported in containers grew by 20.5% to 0.5 million tonnes in the first quarter and that of Ro-Ro goods by 10% to 0.9 million tonnes.
The ports administered by the company serviced 1.8 million passengers three months, which is by 4.2% more than at the same time last year. Tallinn-Helsinki route passenger number grew by 5.1% to 1.56 mln people, that on Tallinn-Stockholm route by 3.4% to 213,000.
In the first quarter, 552 cargo ships and 1,059 passenger ships used Port of Tallinn.
NARVA - Aleksandr Brokk calls himself an "Estonian patriot." His family has lived in the country for generations and he makes his living running a successful tech park.
Like the vast majority in the sleepy eastern Estonian border city of Narva, Brokk is an ethnic Russian. And while he's proud of his language and heritage, all he needs to do is look across the river at the dilapidated Russian fortress city of Ivangorod to know which side of the border he wants to live on.
"People come and go. When you cross into Ivangorod, straight away you can see the atmosphere there," Brokk says. "Who is going to want to join that?" Brokk's opinions are not an anomaly here. In Narva, Russian is the lingua franca, Russian media is the main source of news, and orange-and-black St. George ribbons symbolizing military victory adorn cars.
But the Russians of Narva, who make up 88 percent of the city's population, call the European Union and NATO their home. And while they may feel the emotional tug of Moscow and certainly have their grievances with the Estonian government in Tallinn, few say they want to follow the example of Crimea and join Russia.
Tallinn - A military airport in Amari, Estonia, will be converted into a base from which NATO will increase its surveillance of the Baltic air space, the Estonian ambassador to NATO confirmed on Thursday.
The move is a part of efforts on the part of NATO to ramp up the Baltic air policing mission it launched in 2004, Lauri Lepik told daily newspaper Postimees.
"Estonia has been saying for a long time that the Baltic air policing mission could have two bases - one in Siauliai, Lithuania, and another in Amari, Estonia," he told the newspaper.
"Several allies have offered to provide more aircraft, which makes it possible to open a second base," he said, adding that the construction of the base could be completed this year.
The news comes in response to the crisis in Ukraine and the illegal incorporation of Crimean into the Russian Federation.
Goadventure has now also canceled its package tours to Egypt, citing possible unrest and the travel warning issued by the Foreign Ministry on Monday.
GoAdventure said in a release last night that in place of the canceled tours, it would be offering packages to Turkish-occupied Cyprus and eventually, Turkey. Initially it said trips to Egypt would go on, and the latest planeload of tourists left Tallinn this week. All tourists will be brought home by April 12, the company now said.
The Foreign Ministry said this week that due to the deteriorating security situation, Egypt, including its resorts, should be avoided as a travel destination, uudised.err.ee reported Tuesday. Novatours and Tez Tours will end their travel season earlier due to the warning, the Consumer Protection Board announced.