ORIGINAL EUROCUP BALL OF PENALTY FAILED BY BECKHAM
The Official Match Ball used on the game against Portugal, that left UK out of the Europe Cup, the same ball of the penalty, that David Beckham miss, will be auctioned on eBay.
Pablo Carral, a fan, catched the ball and he took it out from the stadium.
Estonia's defence policy aims to guarantee:
1) the independence and sovereignty of the state, the integrity of its land area, territorial waters and airspace and its constitutional order;
2) the development of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) in a way that ensures their interoperability with the armed forces of NATO and EU member states and their capacity to participate in the full range of Alliance missions.
According to Article 126 of the Estonian Constitution (1992), the organisation of national defence is defined by the Peacetime National Defence Act and the Wartime National Defence Act. The organisation of the EDF and the national defence organisations are determined by law.
The Supreme Commander of national defence is the President of the Republic.
He is advised on national defence matters by the National Defence Council, composed of the President of the Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Commander of the Defence Forces, the Defence Minister, the Interior Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Chairman of the Parliamentary National Defence Committee.
Estonia has been populated by the native Finno-Ugric Estonians since prehistory. They were organised into economically self-sufficient clans with few differences in wealth or social power. By the early Middle Ages most Estonians were small landholders. Estonian government was decentralised, with local political and administrative subdivisions emerging only during the 13th century A.D, which was also the period of Estonia's Christianisation.
Although the Estonians' resistance to the Teutonic Knights lasted some twenty years, the lack of a centralised political organisation as well as inferior weaponry brought down the Estonians in 1227. The people were Christianised, colonised and reduced to serfdom. Despite attempts to restore independence, Estonia was divided among three domains, and small states were formed. The 14th century in Estonian history was a period of tension between local landlords. It was marked chiefly by the struggle between the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Order and the bishops for lands and spheres of influence. Despite successful Russian raids and invasions in the 15th century, the local German barons continued to rule Estonia and preserved Estonia's commitment to the Lutheran Church.
In the 16th century, while northern and western Estonia was submitted to Swedish control during the Livonian Wars, southern Estonia was incorporated into the Polish-Lithuanian Union. The name of Livonia, formerly denoting all of present-day Estonia and Latvia, was now applied to Polish-controlled South Estonia and Latvia; while `Estonia' began to denote the Swedish controlled areas of North and West Estonia. This division of Estonian lands would last until 1917. Until the early 20th century, the term `Estonia' designated the northern part of present-day Estonia. Under Swedish rule, Estonia was united for the first time in history within its present borders by a central authority. In Estonian oral tradition this period is called `the good old Swedish time'.
Name Markko Märtin
Date of birth November 10, 1975
Birthplace / Hometown : Tartu
First World Rally 1997
Markko Märtin is truly a rising star in the world of rally racing. His intelligence and discipline make him a formidable threat.
Competitors have to deal with a man who not only has ambitions to be the best but also truly loves to drive. Markko has been driving cars since he was a little boy, at ages when most of us were on bikes with training wheels. Granted, not many of us had fathers who were well known rally racers. Racing and cars were always around Markko when he was small and as he grew older he became more and more impatient to begin a racing career of his own. Everything had to be put on hold until he turned 18 and was legally allowed to drive the cars. Markko was not to be deterred and the during the time leading up to his birthday he secured a car to drive, a Lada Samara he bought from his uncle, and almost immediately after his birthday he was in the rally business. Markko was a natural and quickly completed a stellar season and made a name for himself in the Estonian rally circuit.
After an impressive start to his career, Markko began to acquire sponsors and attention from the world rally circuit. In 2000 Markko started his partnership with his current co-driver Michael “Beef” Park. Together these two completed nine world rallies and won an international championship at Azores. Soon after, Markko and Michael were ushered into the Subaru team where they continued to perform very well. This season Markko is the team leader at Ford Rally Sport and his comfort in his new Ford Focus is resulting in an increased amount of confidence in Markko and fear in his opponents!
A test of Markko’s discipline and faith in his team came 2003’s Acropolis Rally. This rally is touted to be one of the toughest of the year and is complicated by car smashing gravel and grueling temperatures. Markko was making it look easy when the hood of his car opened during a stage and glued itself to his windshield. Markko completed the stage driving blind with only the precise pace notes of co-driver Michael Park to guide him. Markko did not even think of braking even though the conditions in the car were sweltering due to a blocked air vent. Any driver who can confidently drive flat out with his eyes closed is a force to be reckoned with (although, he should always have Beef along while attempting that feat.) Markko went onto conquer the rally, driving beautifully throughout and remaining humble and calm even as it became apparent that his first WRC win had finally come to fruition. Markko and Beef are a team to keep an eye on and as the season continues we expect marvelous results from the pair.
Outside of the car Markko is described as being quiet and hard to get to know but very charming. He has a dry wit and a quiet manner that is often overcome by an enormous grin. He uses mountain biking as a way to relax and train for races and also enjoys playing basketball in his few free moments of time. Most racers spend a lot of time either in the car (as much as 16 hours day) or traveling to and from races. It doesn’t leave a lot of free time for relaxing or even adjusting to time changes and new sleep schedules but Markko overcomes it enough to perform at his best in races. People who have met Markko say that even though he is a dedicated driver he realizes that there is life outside of the WRC.
You can track down nearly everything your heart desires these days in hip, cutting-edge Tallinn, from posh nightclubs to yachting centers to computerized bowling alleys. But, especially if you’re a first-time visitor, there’s one thing you may search far and wide for in vain : a bank.
That’s because banks or, to be more precise, bank buildings, have closed by the hundreds because of an explosion in Internet banking. At least here, physical branches have become increasingly obsolete. The number of regular Internet bank clients has skyrocketed from zero in 1997 to half the 1.4 million population today.
Nearly all businesses, from one-man shops to utilities, also carry out virtually all their transactions exclusively through cyberspace. Ask Estonians under 30 to compare Internet banking with traditional methods and most would be at a loss—having only ever known the former.
But the embrace of online banking is just one example of the Internet prowess of Estonia, widely regarded as having the most advanced IT infrastructure of any former communist state. Estonia ranked No. 8 out of 82 countries in putting the Net to practical use in a recent report by the World Economic Forum, outdone only by tech heavies like Finland and Sweden. In Internet banking and e-government, it rated No. 2 and 3.
Baltic economies continue to rocket ahead, still registering the highest growth rates anywhere in Europe. In the latest statistics to be released, Estonia reported a 6.8 percent growth rate for the first quarter of 2004, a higher-than-expected figure.
Last month, Latvia weighed in with the highest first-quarter growth among the Baltics—a whopping 8.8 percent rate.
Lithuania notched up numbers that were nearly as impressive, announcing 7.7 percent quarterly growth.
Lithuania's economy boomed by 9 percent for the whole of 2003; Latvia's grew by 7.1 and Estonia's by 5.1 percent.
KB Piano Review KBPiano will turn your computer into a piano. Just press the keyboard's keys and you'll hear sounds coming out your speaker. You can configure the program to play chords by pressing just a key (configured automatically when you create a new file). Supports 15 channels, and realtime mixing, so you can create professional quality midi files. It is very easy to learn and use. If you want to record your own songs, give KBPiano a try !
System Requirements : DirectX 7 - Microsoft operating system: Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Size : 1.13 MB
Don't have disco lights at home ?
This program will make your monitor a fantastic disco light. It will start blinking in different colors with different effects. Great while your friends and you are listening to music.
System Requirements: VB 6 Runtime - Microsoft operating system: Windows 9x/ME/NT 3.x/NT/XP/2000/ CE. Size: 0.05 MB
What's new: New effect added - slow movement blinking
Is there a doctor in the house? If so, they may appreciate this and if not, you can still enjoy browsing a comprehensive dictionary of medical terms. It’s all presented in a handy, easy to use application that includes a search engine with wildcard and incorrect spelling searches.
The database of medical terms is updated weekly on the publisher’s Web site and the software features a function to easily download and add these updates.
System Requirements: Win95, 1.8 Mb space on HDD, 16bit color display - Microsoft operating system: Windows 9x/ME/XP/2000. Size: 1.44 MB
What's new: fixed bugs, improve update feature, more headers in database.
1re étape : Liège - Charleroi
17h20 Le podium du jour
1. Jaan Kirsipuu (AG2R) 2. Robbie Mc Ewen (LOT) 3. Hushovd (CA)
17h17 Victoire de Kirsipuu au sprint
Jaan Kirsipuu (AG2R), le LOUP Estonien de Chambéry, s'impose à Charleroi au terme d'un sprint massif. L'Estonien a devancé d'extrême justesse l'Australien McEwen (Lotto) et le Norvégien Hushovd (Crédit Agricole). Kirsipuu, 34 ans, s'est adjugé la 4e victoire d'étape de sa carrière sur la Grande Boucle.
Kirsipuu wins opening stage
Full stage 1 results
Estonia's Jaan Kirsipuu took the opening stage of the Tour de France by the narrowest of margins in a sprint finish at Charleroi.
Australia's Robbie McEwen and Norway's Thor Hushovd took second and third respectively after a photo finish.
The 202.5km stage, starting in Liege, witnessed several crashes including Mario Cipollini and Bernhard Eisel.
Fabian Cancellara retained the yellow jersey after finishing as part of a crowded peloton.
Race favourite Lance Armstrong finished safely in 48th position to record the same time as Kirsipuu, dropping back to third place overall.
Hushovd moved to second overall, four seconds behind Cancellara.
"The sprint was incredible for me," said Kirsipuu after his fourth stage win on the Tour de France.
"I am really, really happy."
Australia's Bradley McGee, last year's prologue winner, suffered with back problems and finished more than six minutes behind the leaders.
In addition to Cipollini and Eisel, there were accidents for Spain's Oscar Sevilla and France's Guillaume Auger and Nicolas Jalabert.
The Estonian National Song and Dance Festival and a million new trees will introduce Estonia to the European Union.
Estonia with the help of volunteers will plant a million trees and will introduce its 135-year-old Song Festival tradition to celebrate accession to the European Union. The participants of this year's song and dance festival along with the help of 10 000 volunteers will begin a massive tree planting project on 1 May. The tree planting will culminate with the XXIV National Song Festival and the XIV National Dance Festival, which will take place from 2-4 July in Tallinn.