NOVOSIBIRSK. July 10 (Interfax-Siberia) - One hundred and
twenty-two people were killed in Sunday's plane crash in Irkutsk.
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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year dear friends from Eugene!!!
Eugene saw the new 2006 year in 16 hours later than Irkutsk did. The New Year night was very warm here (relatively, of course) and snowy. Fireworks… many people outside… laughter… Champaign… and, of course, a lot of wishes and presents. Irkutsk said Good Bye to the year 2005 and with new hopes and dreams entered the New Year.
On behalf of all citizens of Irkutsk I’d like to congratulate our sister-city Eugene with this magic holiday!!! May the New Year 2006 bring you lots of joy, good luck, and prosperity! Wishing you happiness, love and peace!!!
In our russian version of Irkutsk you can listen to the interview on the Voice of America given by the member of EISCC, Yuri Pantioukhin and the head of International Relations and Tourism Department of the Irkutsk City Duma, Ludmila Kurbatova. For those who do not know Russian and don't have a personal interpreter there is a translation of the interview right here.
Voice of America.
I.D. - Inna Dubinskaya is speaking in a live broadcast on the Voice of America. Last Wednesday the annual Sister Cities International Conference was opened in Spokane, Washington. How does the cooperation of the USA on the municipal level with the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including Russia influence their economy, social sphere, education and culture?
EISCC and the City Hall have always cooperated. Several delegations visited Irkutsk for the last years, and some Irkutsk officials including the mayor Yakubovsky came to Eugene.
Jim Torrey, the former mayor of Eugene, was very enthusiastic about the Committee and helped a lot.
In the year 2005 Kitty Piercy was elected the mayor of Eugene. By this publication we want to introduce the new mayor to Irkutsk citizens and get the idea of her plans for the future regarding Irkutsk.
We hope to cooperate more with the mayor's office and to have the Mayor's support. In the year 2006 we expect to welcome Kitty Piercy forming delegation to Irkutsk.
Here you are offered to see the greeting of Kitty Piercy to Irkutsk people.
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Mayor of Eugene
Term: January 2005 - January 2009
Lynda L. Rose is the Council Coordinator in the City Manager's Office.
Last year Lynda visited Irkutsk, and she is eager to come one more time and see all her friends there.
Greeting from Lynda is here.
Mary F. Walston works in the City Manager's Office of Eugene City Hall. She deals with Council, Public, and Government Affairs.
In the year 2002 Mary visited Irkutsk, and, it seems, she really liked it.
Here is the greeting from Mary.
Free Sunday School "Sunny Land" was opened by Olga Vinyarskaya in January,2005 (Irkutsk Region Administration grant (2004) for orphans, kids from poor and having many kids families. Secondary school education is not enough in Russia to enter the University free and gifted kids from poor families have no chance to get additional classes as their parents have no money to pay. Than's why they practically have no chance to get University education or to participate in various contests.
Second War Veterans’ Committee gave us an opportunity to use their rooms free and all the classes in English, Russian. Literature and Maths, parties and contests were held there.
High-school and University students, retired teachers work as trainers. Olga Vinyarskaya prepares programs and plans of the lessons and explains volunteers what and how to do.
Kids of five Irkutsk schools are "Sunny Land" students.
Now the situation can be a little bit difficult as we have to pay rent for the room and the grant money was enouhj to support our project only for one school year.
We’ll be grateful for any kind of help to support kids from poor families in their education and socializing.
30 student from 5 Irkutsk schools ( 2 orphans, 5 from poor families, 23 from having many kids families)
7 volunteers-teachers (high school & University students, 2 retired teachers)
Subjects: English (3 groups), Russian & Literature, Maths, Computing, History
Supplies: Irkutsk Region Administration grant, Gordon & Juanita Quick – text-books, printed teaching materials, 4,000 roubles to buy a video; Australian Rotarians – 4 books about Australia.
Olga Vinyarskaya – home library, video & CD collection.
· 50 students
· Free Resource Centre for EL Teachers (library, video, CD – methods of teaching English & USA study)
· Saturday video party (video in English + discussion)
· International projects (if possible – exchange)
· Native speakers as teachers
· Social projects
We need to provide classes:
We need to provide classes:
1. Computer to provide computer-based learning.
2. Second-hand EL teaching materials (text books, any printed or electronic resource of the USA)
A great festival of beauty and gracefulness that had attracted a lot of foreign guests from different parts of the world was held in Irkutsk last week. It was an annual International tournament of rhythmic gymnastics in memory of a great Siberian sportswoman, the sevenfold world and European champion, Oksana Kostina. She was the best gymnast of her times but one day she died in an awful car accident in the age of only 19 years. She was a very talented and friendly girl that’s why after her death all the sportsmen, referees and spectators of the next championship were standing silently during some minutes and crying.
Irkutsk is a tourist city and of course there are a lot of historical monuments, different museums, interesting galleries and many other places of interes. But if you want to see the soul of the real Siberian man there is only one place you need to go. That place is Taltsy the open-air museum of wooden architecture .The museum built in 1980 represents a true life of Old Russian settlement. 78 monuments of architecture dating back to the 17-19th century constitute four historical-cultural zones of the Baikal region. They are zones of Russians, Buryats, Evenks and Tofalars.
Dolphinaria and seaquaria are quite common. You can find them in many parts of the world, but you won’t meet a nerpinarium in any other place but
There are two permanent actors in the nerpinarium – Nessy and Tito. Two months ago the artistic talent was opened in Tito. Some of his pictures can be seen on the walls of the nerpinarium. People identify dolphins and fish on them. The staff members plan to hold an exhibit of his works, one picture has been already bought at the auction and now it adorns the walls of some flat.
Recently two young seals, Kaplya (drop) and Winnie, joined the cast. They are just one year old. The staff workers of the nerpinarium took Kaplya and Winnie from hunters. Their parents had been killed, so small nerpas wouldn’t have survived. Despite the fact that Kaplya and Winnie are just beginners, they already take part in performances with pleasure.
They are so charming that you just fall in love with these plumpy softlings.