Over the course of the past few days, weeks, months and years, we have given
you a huge amount of beautiful women in our Girl of the Day section and,
while we do try to mix it up from time to time we do tend to focus more on the foreign
models making a name for themselves on a global scale.
We have no doubt that there are plenty of you out there who have already heard
of the stunning Estonian model Carmen Kass, as she has been
in the modelling games for just under 20 years now. Carmen Kassmade the decision to move to Paris when
she was just 18 and that brave decision has paid off in a big way, as she has
worked with some of the biggest names in the business over the course of her
Carmen Kass has walked the runway for the likes of
Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors,
Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna
Karan, and Dolce &
Gabbana, as well as walking in the Victoria's
Secret Fashion Show in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2008. Carmen has also
appeared in advertisements for Calvin Klein, Chanel,
Gucci, Donna Karan, Dsquared2, Versace,
Givenchy, Fendi, Max Mara, Valentino,
Ralph Lauren, and even General Motors, as well as many
Carmen Kass may well be 35 years old now but she is still
as beautiful as she has ever been and still has a lot to offer the modelling
world. With her light brown hair and her gorgeous green eyes, it is clear to
see why we have chosen Carmen Kass as our Girl of the Day
and we look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
Marko Albert: Thank you. It was one of those days when things went to the right direction. I had the shape to take most out of the opportunity that presented itself during the race!
ST: Describe one of those opportunities.
Marko: I am an old ITU racer. I know that the value of putting everything into a break and hoping it will work. That is the only way I have had success in triathlon. Both of my ITU World Cup podiums and also the 70.3 win have been done like this. Now an Ironman as well…
ST: You looked super thrilled when you crossed the line. How sweet was that win?
Marko: Ironman win has been on my short list of things I wanted to achieve in triathlon. In the past I have had 3rd place in Austria 2011 and 2nd after Bevan Docherty in New Zealand last year. So when you have had that dream of winning and believed that one day it will come trough, all the emotions just surfaced after crossing the finish line in Taupo. I never planned this kind of finish line celebrations - it was some place where the 14 years of dreaming, spectators, music and Mike Reilly took me!
ST: Did he call you an Ironman?
Marko: Mike Reilly probably did call me an Ironman, but I was just so so happy about being an Ironman Champion that I hardly heard anything else. Then I gave an interview that I can’t remember much either.
Eesti Paevaleht has published these details from the past of the prominent political person this week.
According to the newspaper, about 20 years ago, being a President of Eesti Pank (or the Bank of Estonia), Kallas issued banking warranties worth about 100 billion euros, which is quite a big amount both for those days and for nowadays. The financial guaranties were in force until 2004; however, they were not mentioned in accounts of the central bank of Estonia. As mentioned, the warrants were transferred to a company Conor Trading International Ltd; in case of collection of those warranties the state might have been in financial troubles because Estonia's state budget was only seven billion kroons (450 million euros).
In an interview to the newspaper, Kallas admits that in nineties (of the previous century) employees of the Estonian national bank applied various financial schemes to earn money for the state budget, still the politician denies the fact of issuing warranties.
As reported, the Reform Party would like to see current European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas as the new prime minister, after the resignation of former Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.
VILNIUS — Lithuania says six U.S. fighter jets and two tanker planes have arrived in Lithuania following a U.S. decision to increase NATO's air policing mission of the three Baltic states.
The Defense Ministry in Vilnius said Thursday that the F-15C Eagles were deployed from the RAF Lakenheath air base in Britain, and will join four other fighters in patrolling the air space of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday that the United States was stepping up the defense of its allies in Europe in response to Russia's military move into Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
NATO's Baltic air patrols are carried out from the northwestern base of Zokniai in Lithuania.
TALLINN - Estonian Prosecutor General Norman Aas submitted applications to the Chancellor of Justice to make a proposal to the Riigikogu to agree to withdraw immunity from three MPs and on compiling statements of charges regarding them, reports Public Broadcasting.
Aas submitted the application regarding MPs Priit Toobal and Lauri Laasi on Feb. 21, and Urbo Vaarmann on Feb. 26. The State Prosecutor’s Office wants to indict Riigikogu Center Party MPs Toobal and Laasi for abetting to commit private surveillance activities and violation of privacy of messages, i.e. for them asking Ivor Onksion to illegally enter the e-mail account of Hannes Rumm and bring e-mails he found there to them. The case first came to light at the beginning of 2012. The State Prosecutor’s Office also wants to indict Toobal for forging five cash reception orders that concerned cash donations to the party that didn’t take place.
The Prosecutor General wants to withdraw immunity from MP Urbo Vaarmann to continue court proceedings in his case of concerning giving bribes and of fraud from September 20101 to May 2013 for getting state support for renovation of buildings.
The decision of the Prosecutor General follows the decision of the Estonian Supreme Court on Feb. 17 that made the process of withdrawing immunity from MPs clearer and easier.
The European Commission is taking Estonia to the European Court of Justice over the systems it has in place for public access to environmental information. The Commission submitted a report to Estonia in April 2013 explaining what it believed to be shortcomings in the country’s legislation and procedures. The Commission believes these issues have not yet been rectified and has therefore decided to bring the matter to a higher authority.
EU laws created to achieve the standards of the Aarhus Convention state that citizens are entitled to information about the state of their environment and the holders of that information are obliged to make it available. This is a vital process in the quest for transparency on environmental issues. It is believed that these laws will engender greater public participation in the discourse on the environment by making the necessary information readily available.
Some of the information that should be made available includes that relating to the current state of the environment, information on policies that may affect the environment and data relating to health and safety when it could be affected by environmental conditions.
So he will return to his former job as prime minister, and certainly to the Reform Party he created. His move might seem a come down, but in reality it is not. Kallas is very clever is nurturing a dream of combining the office of Prime Minister and President on the grounds of cost saving, first floated by him as far back as 2003. But first he needs to be in Parliament to get the merger through.
He has a perpetual smile but this former Soviet Commissar knows how to swim in the seas of turbulence in politics and controversy, he friendship with Berlusconi being just one small example. He offered Berlusconi political exile in Estonia if things got to handle in Italy.
Ansip should have seen this all coming. When he came to power as Prime Minister he left all of Kallas’s people in charge of his office and did not remove them for reasons difficult to understand.
Retail trade turnover in Latvia increased 3.2% in January 2014, compared to January 2013, the ninth steepest increase in all European Union countries for which data are available, according to the latest data from the EU's statistical office Eurostat. Increase in Estonia made 8% and in Lithuania 4.8%, informs LETA.
The steepest year-on-year increases were recorded in Luxembourg – 12.2%, Estonia – 8%, Portugal – 6.6%, and Romania – 5.9%.
Year-on-year reductions were registered only in Denmark and Malta – 0.7% each. Retail trade turnover in Finland remained unchanged.
Retail trade turnover in Lithuania grew 4.8%, the seventh steepest increase across the EU.
In comparison with January 2013, retail trade turnover in the EU increased 1.9% in January 2014, the euro area saw a 1.3% increase.
Compared to December 2013, retail trade turnover grew 0.9% in the EU and 1.6% in the euro area in January 2014.
The steepest month-on-month increases were observed in Portugal – 6.7%, Estonia – 4.6%, and Germany – 2.5%.
Month-on-month reductions were recorded in Great Britain – 1.5%, Ireland and Malta – 1% each, Denmark – 0.9%, and Latvia – 0.6%.
Compared to December 2013, retail trade turnover in Lithuania rose 0.8% in January 2014.
The device features a 6-inch OLED HD screen, 13 megapixel main camera and 2.1 megapixel front camera. It it is powered by the tetra-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz processor and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
The regular price of the smartphone totals EUR 789,00, and the discounted rate for subscribers is EUR 699,00.
The device is available in shops of the operator in Kristiine and Rocca al Mare commercial centres in the city of Tallinn.
Suur-Karja street in Tallinn Old Town that is the town’s party area and home to several popular bars including Nimeta will be patrolled by private security guards over the weekends, reported ERR.
The initiative came from Nimeta bar in response to the city’s complaints over noise and attempts to limit the opening times of Nimeta and another bar on Suur-Karja street.
The city ordinance ordering the pubs to limit opening times effective from February was halted by the Tallinn Administrative Court after the pubs challenged the decision. The city had ordered owners of the pubs to close at midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.
Nimeta, open till 6 a.m. on weekends and almost as late on other days, has long been a favorite drinking hole and sports pub. It was one of many foreign-owned pubs that opened in the 1990s and one of the only ones to survive until now under its original name.
Brooklyn - Jaan Tallinn has been named to the Advisory Board for Nanotronics Imaging. Tallinn is widely recognized as one of the foremost innovators in information technology for his work as a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa.
Tallinn is also the co-founder of MetaMed, a personalized medical research company, and a partner at Ambient Sound Investments. In addition, he is one of the founders for the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge and was an advisor and member of the board of Deepmind acquired by Google this year.
Nanotronics Imaging, a cutting-edge developer of optical microscopy tools for health and medical care, biotechnology, and life sciences research, recently completed a $7 million Series B financing round from Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based technology investment firm that has backed successful companies including Palantir, MetaMed, SpaceX, Facebook, ZocDoc and The Climate Corporation.
Nanotronics Imaging combines state-of-the-art optical microscopy with patented image processing and machine intelligence algorithms to allow for the imaging of a very large area of a specimen with nanoscale resolution.
Margus Kastein, CEO of Saku Brewery, writes that the big question facing today’s Estonia is how in the ever-globalising world to keep Estonia’s key to success – the national stubbornness - while remaining open and gaining experience.
Below are abstracts from his opinion article published in Äripäev.
During Sochi Olympics I talked to two Latvian businessmen. Latvia had just won its first Olympic medal in Sochi and our talk soon became all about sports. At one point the Latvian asked me, which country Estonians were most rooting for: Latvians or Finns?
The question surprised me and all I could say was “It depends.” We then started on to discuss how Estonians perceive Latvians and vice versa. Naturally, we got through all the mandatory clichés like Estonians’ slowness, saldejumps, herring thieves, etc. Suddenly my Latvian conversation partner said something that I will probably never forget.
He said: “You, Estonians, often seem cold, slow and soulless people because you are so damned self-conscious. Your self-consciousness is really disturbing and it angers all your neighbours in a way. And this is a quality that has helped you go a long way.”
These words made me think. Is it really this self-consciousness or, in other words, our stubbornness, that has taken us where we are today and hopefully continues to drive us forward also in the future. I have to agree.
In February, the airline carried 32,152 passengers, down from 32,613 a year before.
"Last year we had ten aircraft in our fleet and we were operating 20 percent more flights. Now we are operating regular flights with five and charter flights with two aircraft. At the same time the overall passenger level for two months is only 8 percent lower and on top of it, on a par with last February, which speaks of much improved efficiency of our operations," CEO Jan Palmer said in a comment.
Moscow — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday last called for an OSCE investigation into who was behind the deaths of dozens of people in Kiev last month in attacks by snipers, saying the truth could no longer be "covered up".
Lavrov's comments came after Estonia's top diplomat told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a phone call leaked this weak that the then-Ukrainian opposition to president Viktor Yanukovych may have been involved in the attacks.
"The latest information about the so-called snipers case can no longer be covered up," Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow with his Tajik counterpart.
"We have proposed that the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) takes up an objective investigation of this and we will ensure there is justice. There have been too many lies, and this lie has been used too long to push European public opinion in the wrong direction, contrary to the objective facts."
Western states have blamed Yanukovych's now disbanded elite riot police force for much of the killing that rocked in Kiev in February. However Russia has strongly emphasised the leaked phone call between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Ashton as evidence for its argument that the new post-Yanukovych government in Kiev is made up of dangerous extremists.
Lavrov's call for a full probe indicates that this is an issue Russia will not allow to drop, risking new tensions with the West. In the audio of the February 26 call, whose authenticity was confirmed by Estonia, Paet told Ashton he was informed in Kiev that "they were the same snipers killing people from both sides."
Dozens of protesters and around 15 police officers were killed in the attacks. Paet, who had held talks with Ukraine's new leaders on February 25, added: "It's really disturbing that now the new coalition, they don't want to investigate what exactly happened."
Bronzed Spring – Top model Karmen Pedaru turns up the glam for the spring-summer 2014 campaign from Ipekyol. The Estonian model poses for Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in fringe embellishments, eclectic prints and mini skirts styled by Semra Russell. Karmen’s bronzed skin and windswept tresses complete the fierce look. Also, make sure to see Karmen in Michael Kor’s spring advertisements.