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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Kamchatka Volcano Spits Up Ash 5-7 Kilometres High

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On Friday, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences told us that Klyuchevskoy Volcano in Kamchatka Krai spewed ash for three days in a row, saying:

The volcano emitted ash as high as 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) [above sea level.] The volcano itself is 4,750 metres (15,600 feet) high.

The ash spread 92 kilometres (57 miles) in a northwestern direction from the volcano. This is the third time Klyuchevskoy erupted in 2018. On 3 January, it spewed ash as high as 6 kilometres (3.75 miles), and on 4 January the authorities issued an orange hazard code for aircraft after a second eruption at the same height. Klyuchevskoy is Eurasia’s highest active volcano (4,750 metres in height) and one of the most active on the peninsula. In 2016, up to ten lava flows oozed down its slope simultaneously during an eruption. The nearest community is the village of Klyuchi in Kamchatka Krai, located 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) away from the volcano base. The village frequently suffers ash showers during eruptions.

5 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/society/984044

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Donetsk Botanical Garden Hosted Large Folk Art Fair

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Today, a Folk Art Fair entitled, “Autumn’s Opening” opened at the Donetsk Botanical Garden. More than 70 enterprises, studios, and creative associations put on display handicrafts made of metal, glass, ceramics, wood, and other materials. Besides this, participants held a concert and various workshops. This fair opens “A City of Craftsmen: The Botanical Garden… A Place of Art”. Svetlana Prikhodko, the director of the Botanical Gardens, told us:

Masters and craftsmen from all over the DNR attended this event. The fair portrays all the colours of autumn… we have potters, bakers, ceramicists, embroiderers, and many more. In addition to a huge variety of crafts, fairgoers can be part of photosets or take part in workshops on knitting, decoupage, and pottery. We’ll even have yoga classes on the Garden lawn. We expect up to 6,000 visitors, and they’d be able to find a souvenir to fit their taste. In addition to the exhibition and sale area, we also have a children’s area where kids can play games with giant puppets and other entertainment. For the first time, we’ll hold a special acoustic music concert in one of the greenhouses of the garden. The fair will last two days. We’ll hold the same sort of thing in the garden on Day of the Teacher. We want to establish a permanent market-fair for folk artists here in Donetsk.

Donetsk Botanical Garden, established in 1964, is amongst the largest in Europe, it covers 202 hectares (2 square kilometres, 500 acres/0.78 square mile). The establishment has a unique collection of 8,000 species, forms, and varieties of plants. Garden staff actively develops commercial garden botany, which is especially important for this industrial region.

5 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/doneckij-botanicheskij-sad-otkryl-masshtabnuyu-yarmarku-proizvedenij-narodnogo-tvorchestva.html

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

50th Anniversary of the Donetsk Botanical Gardens… One of Largest in Europe

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Today, the Donetsk Botanical Garden (DBS)… one of the largest in Europe… celebrated its golden jubilee. The ceremony for the anniversary attracted retired staff, government officials, and Deputies of the DNR Peoples Soviet. Acting DBS Director Svetlana Prikhodko said, “This is a wonderful holiday, the 50th anniversary of our Donetsk Botanical Garden. It’s a time of attainment and at the same time a summing up. This is a time of advance and future plans. Our garden, despite the war, continues to carry on, create, and develop”.

Congratulations came in from scientists at European and SNG botanical gardens. They rated the work of their Donetsk colleagues highly, as they enriched the steppe land, developing botanical science in an industrial region. Where there were only smouldering slag heaps (waste rock extracted in coalmining), over a half-century, Donetsk botanists created greenhouses, they transforming the towns of the Donbass, and they offered new technologies to farmers. DNR Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova said, “The DBS is now a major research centre. Its staff created their own scientific schools; they amassed a rich collection of species and forms of plants and seed samples. They also have established close coöperation with universities and schools of the Republic; they became partners in the environmental education of our youth”.

The foundation of the DBS was in 1965. A Komsomol shock brigade built it in the former Bogodukhovskaya Balke. In 1977, it opened its first addition; now, it comprises 203 hectares (502 acres). Over the years, Donetsk, largely thanks to the DBS staff, became one of the greenest industrial cities in Europe. Its researchers bred 56 new plant varieties, created 8,000 new mutations and hybrids, 142,000 seed samples, and a herbarium of 140,000 leaves, and established 80 natural reserve objects. Moreover, the DBS is a popular place of recreation for residents and visitors. Every year, it has 100,000 visitors. It operates a Small Academy of Sciences for local schools, students can practise, and they can send seedlings from here out to other places in the Donbass for planting. Even today, during this anniversary celebration, having received awards and congratulations, the DBS staff welcome our visitors… we want them to return again and again, to see this true green pearl of the Donbass.

19 May 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/odin-iz-krupnejshix-v-evrope-doneckij-botanicheskij-sad-otmetil-zolotoj-yubilej.html

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Poll Shows 80 Percent of Russians Ready to Give Up Western Food

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Russia can do without Western food imports… it did for many years in the Cold War, didn’t it? Russians are TOUGH NUTS… that’s something that the West’s forgot. I seem to think that they’re going to get a reminder right smartly… 

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On Wednesday, according to an all-Russian poll presented by the RAN Sociology Institute, about 80 percent of Russians are ready to give up Western foodstuffs for the sake of strengthening the state. Meanwhile, only about 10 percent of respondents agreed to a wage and pension freeze in coming years and only 12 percent agreed to tax hikes. As many as 64 percent of those polled agreed to giving up Western manufactured goods, 55 percent said that they could give up tourist and business trips to the USA and Europe, and 51 percent said that they wouldn’t keep savings in foreign currency. Meanwhile, 37 percent of respondents said that they could give up the Internet and social networks.

The researchers said, “In assessing the direction of social changes in the country over the past year, Russians divided into two numerically comparable groups, one noting changes for the better (45 percent); another noting changes for the worse (43 percent)”. 54 percent of respondents assessed their general emotional and psychological state positively, compared with 63 percent in 2013, whilst 46 percent perceived it negatively, compared with 37 percent in 2013. The respondents also assessed different aspects of their life. Specifically, 41 percent of those polled said they had no problems with nutrition, while 5 percent assessed it as bad. About a third of the respondents said everything was fine with their clothes, housing, and work, whilst 61 percent of those polled noted good family relations. As many as 36 percent of Russians assessed their life as good and only 5 percent thought it was bad.

The poll revealed a high degree of social stratification. The poorest 10 percent of Russians have a monthly income of less than 5,000 Roubles per person (460 Renminbi. 4,500 INR. 74 USD. 92 CAD. 93 AUD. 66 Euros. 49 UK Pounds), whilst affluent Russians earn 43,500 Roubles per person (4,000 Renminbi. 39,200 INR. 640 USD. 800 CAD. 805 AUD. 565 Euros. 425 UK Pounds), excluding the wealthiest 3-5 percent, who the researchers said ignore polling. The RAN conducted the poll in November 2014, asking 4,000 adult Russians representing all economic regions in Russia, and all types of communities and demographic groups.

28 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/773896

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