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2008-10-08 09:00:42

By Jasen Lee Deseret News The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold two meetings in northern Utah this month regarding the 680-mile Ruby Pipeline, and residents who live in the proposed path of the natural-gas pipeline will have their chance to speak out on the controversial project. The first meeting is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyrum Civic Center. The second open house is slated for Oct. 16 at the Brigham City Senior Center at 7 p.m. The commission plans to...

2008-10-07 09:00:40

The China National Petroleum Corporation has begun construction of an initial compressor station on the Central Asia gas pipeline in Kaskadarya in Uzbekistan. The compressor station is expected to function as the heart of the gas pipeline, receiving gas from upstream and conveying it downstream after compression. According to the China National Petroleum Corporation's (CNPC) construction plan, the China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation will complete roads and ground...

2008-10-06 12:00:36

Chesapeake Energy has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Chesapeake Energy Marketing, has entered into a 10-year agreement for transportation of 375 million cubic feet per day of natural gas and an option to transport an additional 125 million cubic feet per day on the Fayetteville Express Pipeline. The Fayetteville Express Pipeline is a new 42-inch, 187-mile pipeline system to be constructed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline system that will...

2008-10-06 03:00:14

Text of report by state-owned Kazakh TV on 3 October [Presenter] The problem of how to determine the legal status of the Caspian Sea will be resolved if a common agreement on the security of the littoral states is concluded. This view was expressed by specialists at an international conference in Almaty entitled "Caspian Dialogue-3". The five Caspian littoral states - Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia and Turkmenistan - have failed to come to agreement on the legal status of the sea for...

2008-10-03 15:00:14

Kazakhstan's commercial capital, Almaty, may face water and electricity shortages in the coming winter because of a sharp drop of water level in the Ili river, said a report in the Megapolis newspaper. The river, which originates in western China and ensures the work of the Almaty region's main power station, is gone so shallow that is currently passable on foot, the report carried on 29 September said. The water level has fallen because of the last severely cold winter and this year's dry...

2008-10-02 12:06:52

Excerpt from report by Uzbek privately-owned newspaper Biznes- Vestnik Vostoka on 2 October On 26 September 2008, representatives of energy companies from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed creating a regional electricity transmission model, which was developed with help from the US agency for international development (USAID). The meeting took place in Astana and was organized by the USAID Central Asia Regional Transmission Planning Project (CARTRANS), which is...

2008-10-02 12:03:53

Text of report by Uzbek privately-owned newspaper Biznes-Vestnik Vostoka on 2 October Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov has made a speech at a round table meeting dedicated to the UN millennium development goals at the UN headquarters in New York. The minister spoke about Uzbekistan's achievements in fighting poverty, improving the population's health and educational level. He stressed Uzbekistan's efforts to protect the environment and, in particular softening the consequences of the...

2008-10-02 00:00:10

By GINNY WARE Students at South Devon College will be learning extra lessons in eco-friendliness thanks to the official opening of a fourth century tent at the Paignton site. The Mongolian tent structure - known as a yurt - is the college's latest construction in the Environment and Land-Based department. It was opened by the director of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Dominic Acland, and surprise guest Teignbridge MP Richard Younger Ross. Yurts are thought to have been used...

2008-09-29 09:00:28

Uzbekistan urges reasonable use of water resources in Central Asia UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov on Saturday called for reasonable use of water resources in Central Asia so as to prevent ecological damages to the region. "... all of us are laid with responsibility for reasonable use of natural resources, including the transboundary rivers in Central Asia," Norov told world leaders attending the UN General Assembly's annual debate....

2008-09-26 00:00:18

A college has installed an eco-friendly yurt on its campus as a way to practise what it teaches. South Devon College's environment and land-based section installed the portable tent-like structure as its new classroom for students studying environmental courses. Thought to have been used by nomadic tribes as early as the fourth century BC, yurts use naturally sustainable products like wood for the frame and cotton for the canvas. In winter they are insulated with wool or animal fibre...


Latest Central Asia Reference Libraries

Mediterranean Black Widow, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of date, though it is still commonly found in the literature. Many consider this spider a Latrodectus...

Kazakh Steppe
2013-04-18 23:05:43

The Kazakh Steppe, alternatively called Kirghiz Steppe, ecoregion located in the Palearctic Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, is a wide region of open grassland in the northern part of Kazakhstan and adjacent portions of Russia, stretching eastwards to the Pontic steppe and to the west of the Emin Valley steppe, with which it creates part of the Eurasian steppe. The steppe stretches out more than 2,200 kilometers from the area east of the Caspian Depression and north of...

Pontic-Caspian Steppe
2013-04-18 22:55:55

The Pontic-Caspian Steppe is the massive steppeland that stretches from the northern shores of the Black Sea as far east as the Caspian Sea, from western Ukraine across the Southern Federal District and the Volga Federal District of Russia to western Kazakhstan, creating part of the larger Eurasian steppe, adjacent to the Kazakh steppe towards the east. It’s a portion of the Palearctic temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregion of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and...

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2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe to the Bering Sea. There are five sub-regions of the Palearctic: European-Siberian, Mediterranean...

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2009-07-01 11:16:49

The yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium punctorium) is a spider that is found from Central Asia to central Europe. The yellow sac spider can reach about 0.6 inches in length. This spider can penetrate the human skin. The bite of this spider may feel similar to a wasp sting though it may be a bit more severe, however susceptible persons may have stronger reactions such as nausea. Female yellow sac spiders build about a 4 centimeter egg-sac in tall grass. It is aggressively defended and opens...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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