4. juunil tähistame sinimustvalge lipu 136. sünnipäeva. Tänavusel lipu sünnipäeval, kui traditsiooniliste rahvakogunemiste ja lipupäeva rongkäikude korraldamine ei ole soovitatav, kutsuvad Eest Lipu Selts, Eesti Muinsuskaitse Selts, Kindral Johan Laidoneri Selts, Konstantin Pätsi Muuseum ja SA Jaan Poska Mälestusfond kõiki kaasmaalasi ja isamaalisi ühendusi heiskama lipud kodudel, ühiskondlikel hoonetel ja lipuväljakutel.
This month marks a special date for the Baltic States, the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on Unity and Co-operation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In 2018 The Baltic States celebrated one hundred years as independent states. Our birth coincided with major changes on the political map of the world. At the end of the First World War, the empires broke up and independent countries appeared, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Lõimeleer on suvelaager välismaal elavatele eesti lastele ja noortele, kus on võimalus suhelda eakaaslastega Eestist, õppida käsitööd, rahvapärast pilli-laulu-tantsu-mängu, sõita hobuse ja paadiga ja palju muud. 2020. aastal näiteks tuleb Lõimeleeri jalgpalli ja luule töötuba läbi viima ning Urvaste maanaiste valmistatud kamatoite tutvustama luuletaja ja spordimees Contra.
Laagri juhataja Tiina Tart ütleb, et laagritesse laste vastuvõtmine on taas avatud ja julgustab laagrisse registreeruma: „16. mail otsustas Eesti valitsus, et alates 12. juunist 2020 võib laagreid korraldada. Järgime hoolega ministeeriumi kehtestatud tervisenõudeid. Soome, Rootsi, Läti ja mõnede muude maade osas pole enam ka liikumispiiranguid. Kui keegi siiski ei saa reisipiirangute tõttu tänavu tulla, siis hea uudis on ka see, et meie laagripiletid kehtivad ka 2021. aastal.“
Laensõnad, mis algavad ladina keelest saadud tähendusega ambi, on mitmeti õpetlikud. Prefiks tähendab ju mõlema, mõlemi. Selgeim näide leidub ehk ambivalentsis. Mis on psühholoogiline termin, tähendab ühte ja samasse teosse (mõistesse, valikusse) vastandlike tunnetega suhtumist. Ehk siis tundmuste kaksipidisust, mis on ju meil eesti keeles selgelt olemas kui isiksuse sisekonflikti ilming. Või rahvapärasemalt - nokk kinni, saba lahti.
Written by Estonian Life No. 21 2020 - Tõnu Naelapea
Photo of Tsitsernakaberd memorial and the genocide museum - source: www.wikipedia.org Vsevolod Jürgenson is an interesting figure. The Estonian Center Party politician is on the city council of Tallinn’s Mustamäe district and a frequent Facebook poster. His name, and his chosen topics are what catch the eye. His first name is Slavic, meaning “lord-of-everything/everybody”, similar to Vladimir (we know of one such in the Kremlin) or Voldomyr. With a common Estonian last name that has Scandinavian roots it is possible, due to his given name, that his mother is Russian. His geni.com listing is, due to being a politician, private. Yet that bold first name might explain his postings.
In early May Jürgenson posted (in Estonian) on Facebook a piece marking the anniversary of the 1915-1923 genocide of Armenians. You can find it online under the title of Armeenia genotsiid puudutab ka meid – the Armenian genocide affects us as well. In brief, the two nations, decades apart, had to bear Soviet cruelty and deportations. It is an interesting historical fact that Armenia declared independence three months after Estonia, on May 28, 1918. That Republic lasted until Sovietization, meaning illegal armed occupation on December 2, 1920.
Written by Estonian Life No. 21 2020 - Laas Leivat
Deniss Metsavas In 2109, Major Deniss Metsavas, artillery officer in the Estonian Defence Forces, had confessed to charges of treason, pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to 15 and a half years of imprisonment.
An Estonian citizen, ethnically Russian, Metsavas had joined the military in 1997. He was a graduate of the military academy, assigned initially to the Presidential Guard, became an artillery specialist, received further training in Finland and had been deployed to Afghanistan, with NATO forces in Helmand province.
At the time of his arrest, Metsavas was serving as a staff officer at Military headquarters in Tallinn in the artillery inspectorate, attached to the department preparing an overall defence strategy. This position, added to other aspects of his personal history probably made him attractive as a target for recruitment.
Written by Estonian Life No. 21 2020 - Vincent Teetsov
While long-term care facilities have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 1,855 active LTC resident cases in Ontario as of May 25th, the long-term care and retirement residences at Ehatare have had no known cases of COVID-19.
Beyond complying with numerous government regulations, Ehatare has made significant investments in protecting Residents and Staff. For instance, a portable room sanitizer unit was recently purchased and is being used throughout the building. Eight young members of our community have been hired to assist with rigorous screening as well as frequent and diligent cleaning of all high touch surfaces.
In the early stages of the pandemic, Ehatare implemented a single home employment policy for Staff, to reduce exposure to outbreaks taking place at other facilities. This reduction of employment has been responded to with increased hours whenever possible, to protect the livelihoods of remaining Staff. Based on recent announcements from the Government of Ontario, Ehatare expects to receive temporary additional pandemic pay funding for non-management staff.
Family visits for residents of Ehatare have been eliminated, allowing for only staff and essential visitors to enter the premises. All such visitors undergo screening questions and twice-daily temperature readings. Visitors and Staff with COVID-19 symptoms or concerns are refused entry or sent home. Similarly, if Residents leave Ehatare for any reason, they must complete a 14-day quarantine in their rooms upon their return. Sometimes Staff need to restrict interactions with their own families, to mitigate any possible transfer of the virus.
Although it has not been necessary, and despite the fact that LTC homes are not always designed with isolation in mind, financial investment has also been applied to create isolation areas for Ehatare's Nursing Home. Similarly, Ehatare has introduced dual seatings for each meal served to Retirement Home Residents in order to address social distancing concerns.
So far, these protection measures have protected the Residents of Ehatare's residences, such that zero cases of the virus have been identified at Ehatare; but the restrictions have also made it socially challenging for these very same people.
With this in mind, everyone has been working together cooperatively to sustain a warm, enriching environment, and this is why extra effort has been made to provide a variety of new activities.
As much as it is possible to continue normal life under the circumstances, Residents have been enjoying various events including socializing at happy hour, time on the backyard patio, Netflix movies on the big screen, and internally organized exercise classes. One particularly memorable event was the “Day in Paris”, where all Residents enjoyed French meals, including crêpes, coq au vin, niçoise salad with tuna steak, and crème brûlée. Live piano music floated through the air. Decorations and the French tricolore adorned Ehatare, creating a lively and diversionary atmosphere.
On a day-to-day basis, activity staff have upheld camaraderie and friendship, while determining the specific emotional and physical needs of Residents through regular individual contact by Activity Staff with all Residents. This has brought to the forefront a challenge that is difficult to solve, despite the best efforts of everyone involved: ultimately, we miss our family members. Their smiles, their jokes, their touch. During the lockdown, Residents have been able to communicate with their families using Skype, Google Duo, and by phone, of course. But close time with our loved ones is precious and limited.
In speaking with Einar Medri, CEO of Ehatare, I was told that they welcome and safely coordinate care packages, photos, cards, flowers, and more for residents. While the threat of this virus is frightening, unpredictable, and even exasperating, this is a way we can make the day-to-day more joyful for our family members.
Every single one of us has been thrown for a loop with the coronavirus. It's hard to accept. It disturbs health and everything we live for. However, until we are all able to meet again in person, let's stand behind our families and the people who take good care of them. Mr. Medri noted further that this is a time that “draws us all together as never before with a common objective of being here for our Residents, their loved ones, and by extension, the larger Estonian community that Ehatare has served for many decades.”
Written by Estonian Life No. 21 2020 - Vincent Teetsov
Photo: Ohpuu At one point, home delivery of groceries seemed inconceivable. We couldn't rely on grocery stores to manage the shopping lists of thousands of customers each day, at least not with a reliable schedule. Supply chain management was difficult enough on an incoming basis, importing a wide range of food and home products from around the world and then distributing to each grocery store so that customers received those goods at peak levels of freshness.
Foto 1: Riina Kindlam FOTO 1 - Toomingat tunnevad Eestis vist kõik. Äratuntav on see suur põõsas või puu just praegu, kui õitseb ning õitseb ta Eestis metsikult kõikjal, sest on pärismaine. Pärast õitsemist kaob justkui jäljetult rohelusse. Kanadas elades ei teadnud ma, mis asi on toomingas. Ta lihtsalt ei hakka siin mandril niivõrd silma ega oma sellist kultuslikku staatust, aga olemas ta on – ning selgus, et siinsamas, Torontos, meie pere aias! Teadsin, et mingi metskirsilaadne meil siin on, ise kasvama hakanud võsudepundar. Aga nüüd, esmakordselt nähes kevadel, kuidas „ta“ (ikkagi isikupärane elusolend) pikkade, valgete õiekobaratega õitsema kukkus – täitsa eesti toomingas! Milline õnn ja rõõm! „Toomingatehullus ja pärlmuttervalgus“ kirjeldas 27. lehekuu õhtut Vääna-Jõesuu rannas üks tuttav lapsevanem Instagramis (#toomingateaeg). Meil ka! Ainult teiste helide taustal ja juba palju kuumema, niiske leitsaku sees.
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