Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Dustiness

June 2, 2008

The dust in the city is unbearable anymore. It is everywhere, a mild wind is able to raise it and bestrew you with a thick layer of dust. I tried to have a walk in parks, hoping for some green, but the dust caused of the constructions on the streets along the parks cover all the adjacent areas. I have allergy on dust, so I hold breathing whenever I have to pass those areas, alas, I can’t not breath for hours. I start itching, I take shower several times a day when I come home, and the water is slightly black as it flows down my body. Will this dust disappear some day from this city???? Sick!!

I need to escape, but have to breath this air for one more month or so. Can’t wait for the day to leave.

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Become the voice of voiceless!!!

March 31, 2008

Environmental Exhibition

Photo by Mariam Sukhudyan

If you ever find a free time to kill till April 20, I advise you to visit the environmental exhibition titled “Become the voice of voiceless” at NPAK (Armenian center for contemporary experimental art). I blogged about this event, as well as the previous activities (Teghut Forest destruction in particular) carried out by this group of young environmental activists before.

The aim of this exhibition is to react to the urgent ecological issues through raising public awareness and developing environmental ethic through initiating various activities. Incidentally, it was the successful intervention of this young people due to which the destruction of a natural monument called Garni’s “Stone Symphony” was halted. (more…)

Environmental Exhibition

February 19, 2008

Dear photographers,
We would like to invite you to participate in the environmental exhibition “BECOME THE VOICE OF VOICELESS’ which will take place from 14 March to 5 April in NPAK.

Mostly photos will be exhibited, but there will be also paintings, sculptures, video art, etc.
The exhibited photos will present the untouched nature as well as polluted and damaged areas. The exhibition aims at arousing love and care in our society towards the nature and animals, contributing to the development of eco-consciousness and informing people about the crucial environmental problems. In the frames of the exhibition there will be also eco-seminars, films on environmental topics, rock and classical music concerts, etc.

We are open to cooperation and will be happy to get to know your ideas and suggestions.

http://www.davosstudio.com/Call%20For%20Entry.htm
environmentalexhibition@gmail.com
Thank You.

Update: Save Teghut Forest! Puppet theatre at Nubarashen special school #11

December 17, 2007

Thanks to vhovhan who informed me about their intention to take a puppet theatre to Nubarashen special school #11. This is a group of young activists whose initiative is to bring change about the everyday life of these children and not only. Incidentally, this is also exactly the group of young people who rose their concern about destruction of Teghut Forest with the purpose of exploitation of the ore mine by the Armenian Copper Program (ACP). Recently this group visited Teghut Forest to see it personally and talk to the dwellers of adjacent areas. A young activist Ovsanna posts her impressions and discoveries:

We used to think that villagers were against forest destruction because they care about their health, but in reality they were happy, because now they could have work. They didn’t know their children could develop health problems from the mine and they didn’t care about it. I didn’t even speak about the trees and animals. It would be useless to talk about animals when people don’t even care about their children. But, no, they told us, they do think about their children. The mine will give them an opportunity to earn money and send their children to Yerevan city. They were also falsely informed about the number of trees to be cut down, because when we asked them if they knew how many trees will be cut, they answered “100”. In reality, over 170.000 trees are going to disappear.
The villagers didn’t believe us when we told them we are just young activist who left our jobs to come and fight for nature. They think somebody paid us to do this.They no longer believe that humans will do something for nothing.
This is a very poor village and a cooper mine is a real “dream” for them. I want to mention the last thing they told us “They give us money, we are on their side. You give us money, we will be on yours”. MONEY…. KILLER MONEY!

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Save Teghut Forest!

November 21, 2007

Concerns over the possibility of destroying a virgin forest and posing a threat to the adjacent settlements within the next 30-40 years were confirmed several days ago as the government of the Republic of Armenia conceded to the Teghut Copper-molybdenum mine in the province of Lori for exploitation.According to the working plan by Armenian Copper Program (ACP) the exploitation of the ore mine demands logging 357.16 hectares of wood, where the volume of timber will make 57,700 cubic meters.Environmentalists say 170,833 trees will be logged for the exploitation, including rare sorts of walnut, oak, apple and pear trees. In the Teghut woods 55,000 rare and 45,000 valuable trees grow, as well as plants and animal species included in the Red Data List that will likely vanish when the mine is exploited.“Our estimates show about 2,000 hectares of forests will be destroyed for exploitation, creation of the tailing and communication infrastructure. As a result Teghut will become a landslide zone,” says economist Razmik Terteryan.The fuss kicked up by environmentalists somewhat delayed the government’s decision. However, the new Minister of Environmental Protection Aram Harutyunyan, came up with a hasty positive conclusion to the examination set for the issue, thus continuing the work his predecessor Vardan Aivazyan began, despite the minister’s statement for holding another examination within the next one month.The work by the former and the present ministers was approved by Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who visited the mine in the village of Teghut several days ago to attend the set up of the ore mine. According to the PM any kind of mine exploitation would affect the environment, but the company has taken an obligation [to minimize the negative impact]. “I think there is no need to worry, because the RA government clearly defines the rules of the game and we, as the government, will constantly be supervising the second party of the process,” Sargsyan stated.

Read the rest of ArmeniaNow article. (more…)

Some things…

November 20, 2007

I have a bit free time, so decided to post something, though don’t know what to talk about. At the moment everyone and everything is engaged in politics and elections, and I bet mostl of them are fed up with it from the moment they start thinking about it. I belong to that group as well.

Yesterday our entire block didn’t have electricity and everything was dark around. My brother kind of kiddingly said: “Hehe… I see Levon is back”. Now everyone are intrigued by the ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s return into the political arena and his efforts to become President of the Republic of Armenia once more. Years of his presidency are remembered by people as “dark years”, to which I referred in this blog long before his “Second Advent”. However, whatever happens and whoever wins the upcoming presidential elections, “dark years” will always serve as metonymy to Mr. Ter-Petrosyan.

On a different note, finally I grew my hair long enough to cut it equally in a line, so that they be of one length. Actually I managed to withstand everyone’s’ persuasions to cut my hair into layers and dye it, something that is done by almost all young girls, whereas I don’t like artificially looking hair. I always wonder why right after finishing schools young girls hurry to look older through dying their hair, making up as much as possible preferring an artificial look, or jumping into high heels for “visiting” the universities they will study at. (more…)

Suggestibility

October 3, 2007

Funny thing. You are not sure whether you are ill or not unless say you see a doctor, or say in case of doubting about having temperature you take your temperature. When you are not sure, you still behave like a healthy person, but when say you find out that you have temperature, you already feel sick. At least that’s the case with me.

I caught a cold and it is already the third day that I feel like having temperature as I’m burning inside, but as far as I have lost the thermometer and my folks forget to buy a new one, I’m a bit unsure about my current condition, so I keep on sitting in front of my computer, like doing it now, and working as if nothing is happening. But I know if I took my temperature and it appeared to be high, I’d get into my bed immediately drinking many cups of tea and trying to perspire to lower it, as far as usually when I feel kind of weak, I keep on taking my temperature like every 30 minutes. However, I’m not grouchy at all when I’m ill (probably that’s the case when I feel ok 😉 )

Now I think that probably it’d be better if I never took my temperature and thought that I’m fine. Suggestibility, or what they call it, is a great power!

P.S. Because of my flu, I can’t get injected against the outbreak of German measles and rubella in Armenia, as the consequences will be disastrous. And though some people say they won’t go for any injection, I think they should. It shouldn’t do any harm, should it? Then why not?
Don’t think suggestibility will help here when red spots appear on your body 😉

More bread, please…

September 10, 2007

It is late now and as far as we didn’t have bread at home and the nearest kiosk was closed, I had to have my dinner without bread. That was a nightmare, in fact, I am still hungry! Everything seems tasteless to me without bread. And I swear I cannot understand people who do not use bread while eating!!! Though I admit that the dough used for baking bread is not healthy at all. However, I even remember how in Slovakia the waitress got surprised when I asked for a loaf of bread and I had to wait for some 20 minutes before she brought it, by the time when my other colleagues mostly from European countries finished their lunch doing well without bread.

They say bread is fattening, then how come that I’m the slimmest person in this world??!! Whereas bread and cheese with tomatoes is my favorite food for the whole day. No, I can’t do without bread, guess that’s an Armenian thing. Gotto get one now from some bakery 😉

Watermelon advice

August 18, 2007

Watermelon

Everyone kept asking me how I cut watermelon this way. So I decided to share it with you as well. Actually that’s the most easy way, really, because I feel kind of reluctant to cut it some other way.

No secret at all. You just cut the whole watermelon into 4 equal parts, then chop each part into these small equal slices. The only problem here is that everyone has to get rid of their own peels 😉

And one more thing regarding watermelon. As you know, the real watermelon season is in autumn and for them to grow faster huge amount of niter (селитра) is being injected. When you feel dryness in the mouth right after eating watermelon, be sure that you are tasting niter 😉

My nose and smoke

July 31, 2007

Finally, the fact that I cannot stand anything connected with cigarettes and smoke is grounded and does not seem like a whim anymore.

First of all, it’s interesting that my dislike to smoking was since childhood for no one smokes in my family and my organism was not intoxicated with nicotine, unlike that of other children’s whose fathers blow the smoke right on the face of their new born children, thus expressing their love and joy. Not mentioning about their mothers, who express their care by smoking whether before or during pregnancy and later wonder why their children are somewhat retarded.And it’s also funny that later those fathers get exasperated when they find out that their 11 years old boys are smoking. What did they expect? Are the others to be blamed for making their children’s organism used to nicotine?

Many things are irritating me, but smoking is the strongest one. Probably that’s why I got enrolled in an NGO which was carrying out lectures at schools about smoking, drugs, etc. etc. to tell the children (and not only them) about diseases, damages and other consequences caused by smoking. (more…)