Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Have a bachelor's degree in English, history, geography or math? Are you open, tolerant, and a team player? There might be a job for you at Hobby School, a bi-lingual primary and secondary school in Mongolia. The salary is $700/mo. after taxes, but the school provides your accommodations, as well as paid vacations and a travel allowance at the end of the school year.
Getting high on Mongolian run by -- MONGOLIA'S snow-capped mountains and ancient horse trails are spectacular to look at - so why would you want to run up them? But that's what a group of ultra marathon fanatics are about to do, writes Sam Riley
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The city of Ulaanbaatar has set aside 12 hectares for the construction of 4,000 new apartments by a South Korean firm.
The death toll in the spring snowstorm has risen to 29, and at least 100 Mongolians are missing.
Mongolia is considering eliminating gold from the 68% windfall tax. Since enactment of the tax, mining activity has not decreased, but the amount of gold being reported and paid to the national bank has slipped.
There are now more than 1700 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease in Mongolia.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Russian Rosatom and Mongolia to discuss joint uranium prospecting and production
Anzo-Borrego State Park in California now a "sister park" to Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve in Mongolia
Mongolia to host Asian bodybuilding contest
Mongolia passes higher taxes on strategic mineral deposits but reclassifies some deposits as non-strategic
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
On another note, UB is experiencing unprecedented growth due to the fact that nomadic life is becoming untenable. Mongolia has seen a temperature rise of nearly two degrees Celsius in the past sixty years, causing sand storms, droughts and dzuds, winter storms characterized by temperatures as low as -40, heavy snow and strong winds. This situation is devastating to livestock herds (25% of livestock died between 1999 and 2003), and many nomadic herdsmen are being forced to relocate to the capital to earn a livelihood. They are part of a new demographic, the "environmental refugees."
Mongolia's social services have recently been ranked among the top four in Asia. Asia Development Bank says that Mongolia excels in providing its citizens with welfare, employment, social security, health insurance, micro-credit, child protection, education and health support programs. I was surprised to see that they exceeded the Philippines in this respect, but that may reflect the somewhat easier task of providing for three million citizens as compared the the ninety million of the Philippines.