Iraqi Kurds Vote to Split From Baghdad in Landmark Independence Referendum
Iraq is teetering on the brink of a political crisis as the country’s northern Kurdish region announced on Wednesday that an overwhelming majority of voters cast ballots in favor of independence from Baghdad. More than 92 percent voted “yes” in the landmark referendum on Monday in which more than three million votes were cast, according to the electoral commission of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the city of Erbil. The vote gave voice to decades of aspirations for self determination among Kurds, an ethnic group of nearly 30 million people scattered across Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. The president...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jared Malsin Tags: Uncategorized onetime World Source Type: news
The Iraqi City Set to Implode if the Kurds Vote for Independence
For decades, even a census has been considered too risky in the hotly contested northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, claimed by Kurds, Arabs and the Turkmen ethnic group. But on Monday, the city’s residents will join people across northern Iraq in a vote on Kurdish independence. Kirkuk is the most significant of Iraq’s disputed territories under de facto Kurdish control that will vote in the controversial referendum Sept. 25. After a century of Kurds pushing for independence, Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurds’ semi-autonomous region has promised his people the chance to vote on their future. The governmen...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Collard / Kirkuk, Iraq Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan
(Pensoft Publishers) A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to science. This new troglodyte is the first of its order from Central Asia and the first strictly subterranean terrestrial creature recorded in the country. The study is published in the open-access journal Subterranean Biology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 21, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Turkmenistan bans cars for a day to promote bikes, health
The Central Asian country of Turkmenistan has banned most locals in its major cities from using their cars for a day in a bid to promote cycling and healthy lifestyles (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
Nigeria: Furore Over Efforts to Eliminate Malaria
[Guardian] As Nigeria joins the rest of the globe to celebrate the World Malaria Day (WMD), today, April 25, seven countries have been certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as having eliminated malaria: United Arab Emirates (2007), Morocco (2010), Turkmenistan (2010), Armenia (2011), Maldives (2015), Sri Lanka (2016) and Kyrgyzstan (2016). This certification is granted by WHO when countries achieve at least three consecutive years of zero locally-acquired cases of malaria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
President aims for tobacco-free Turkmenistan by 2025
Turkmenistan's president has signed a program aimed at pushing forward his goal of making the Central Asian country tobacco-free by 2025 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
To Russia, with love
Hi! My name’s Nathan and I spent 28 days driving a 15-year old Nissan Micra from London to Ulan-Ude in eastern Russia with my friend Richard this summer as part of The Mongol Rally. The first thing people ask us (after they’ve said we’re bonkers) is why on earth we decided to do this. Richard has wanted to compete in the Mongol rally since around 2005, and being a caring friend I managed to convince my manager to let me have the time off in order to escort him one-third of the way across the globe. As a condition of entry, each team must raise a minimum of £1,000 for charity – £5...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 7, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Blogs charity Members Source Type: news
Watch One Of The World's Largest Lakes Shrink Before Your Eyes
The Aral Sea used to be the world’s fourth-largest lake, but it has been reduced to two relative puddles. NASA shared a time-lapse video on Thursday that shows the original Aral Sea shrinking, starting in the year 2000. It has become two separate, much smaller bodies of water: the North and South Aral Seas. The lake has suffered since the 1960s, when the Soviet Union diverted two major rivers that supported the lake — the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya — to irrigate agricultural fields in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The aftermath, as described by NASA, was nothing short of devastating:&...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Introducing the Iron Sisters Campaign: Women Empowering Women Through STEM and Business
History teaches us that beneath every glass ceiling is an iron woman, and iron is stronger than glass, especially when one iron woman joins forces with many. I am proud to announce the Iron Sisters Campaign, a movement that will bring together women from around the world who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and business to support each other --- learn from each other, encourage each other, and celebrate each other's success to pave the way for future generations of women to succeed in these fields. Working together -- Iron Sisters -- we can eliminate the stereotypes and remove ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 14, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Fear of falling in elderly people living in a nursing home - perspective from Manisa - Tavsanli NG, Turkmen SN.
Our study aimed to determine the level of fear of falling in elderly nursing home residents. The research population consisted of all the elderly residents of Manisa Municipal Nursing Home between November 2011 and February 2012. The 76 elderly people who ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying Turkmenistan's first communications satellite – video
A unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from Florida on Monday to put a communications satellite into orbit for Turkmenistan, a first for the central Asian nation. Once in orbit, the 4,500-kg (five-ton) satellite will relay television broadcasts and other services to more than 1.2bn people in central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and north Africa Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 28, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Space Elon Musk The space shuttle Turkmenistan Florida World news Science Source Type: news
Collapse contagion? Former Soviet Republic devalues currency by 18% as currency wars ignite
(NaturalNews) Most Americans could never find the tiny former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan on a map, but the energy-rich nation recently something that could certainly have global implications.As reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) and financial analysis website Zero Hedge... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
See How a Siberian Lake Has Almost Disappeared
NASA; Gif by Joseph C. Lin for TIME New photos from NASA show that a lake in Siberia has almost disappeared since 2000, thanks to a Soviet water diversion program from the 1960s. The Aral Sea, in Uzbekistan, was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Now it’s now a fraction of the size it was in 1960, according to the photographs. Even since 2000, the lake has shrunk dramatically, and seems poised to disappear altogether. The lake was fed by the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers before the Soviet Union diverted them in the 1960s in order to irrigate the arid deserts in Kazhakstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Since...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - September 30, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Charlotte Alter Tags: Uncategorized Environment Source Type: news
Making family planning a priority in Eastern Europe and Central Asia - 01 August 2014
ASHGABAT/DUSHANBE – Aygul, 23, nearly lost her life when she developed complications during labour due to a heart condition. Fortunately, she was rushed from her home in rural Turkmenistan to the capital Ashgabat, where, under the care of a cardiologist, she successfully gave birth to a baby girl. Now, modern contraceptives are helping to keep her healthy while she recovers and receives treatment for her condition. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 19, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
NASA data find some hope for water in Aral Sea basin
A new study using data from NASA satellite missions finds that, although the long-term water picture for the Aral Sea watershed in Central Asia remains bleak, short-term prospects are better than previously thought. Once the fourth largest inland sea in the world, the Aral Sea has lost 90 percent of its water volume over the last 50 years. Its watershed -- the enormous closed basin around the sea -- encompasses Uzbekistan and parts of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 14, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news
David Harris obituary
Academic whose worldwide studies shed new light on the complexity and origins of farmingThe beginnings of farming, 10,000 or more years ago, have often been discussed in relation to a few discrete "centres of origin", for example the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, and Central America. That we are now aware of a far richer, deeper, more diverse history of plant and animal exploitation right across the globe is thanks, in large part, to the contribution of David Harris, who has died aged 83.Five decades of academic life took David through departments of geography, anthropology, botany and archaeology, and his...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 17, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Martin Jones Tags: The Guardian Farming Evolution Obituaries Biology Archaeology Higher education Anthropology Geography UK news Environment Science Source Type: news
Policy makers and advocates appeal for European governments to adopt a national focus on stroke prevention
Coinciding with the World Health Organization (WHO) European Ministerial Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in Turkmenistan, MEPs, patient and physician representatives are today (December 3rd) meeting at the European Parliament to highlight that urgent national action is required to prevent stroke. "Stroke is a growing burden on our healthcare services but more importantly has a devastating impact on survivors and their families," said MEP Nessa Childers. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news