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Lack of School and Kindergarten Town’s Main Problems, Says Mayor While Buying Loudspeakers for Town Festivities

July 28, 2014 Armenia, Culture, Sports No Comments
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13:45, July 28, 2014

The two main problems of the town of Burastan in Ararat Province, according to the mayor, are the lack of a school and a kindergarten. However, these issues not yet resolved, the mayor, AshotTarverdyan, has decided to promote the development of culture and sports. Tarverdyan already spoke with a few athletes to hold classes on Olympic sports in their town.

Though the town’s four-year development program includes constructing a new school, the mayor isn’t too hopeful. Besides, he says, children go to the school in neighboring Masis, which is fine for them.

Mediators’ Peace Plan ‘Unacceptable’ To Karabakh Armenians

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A key member of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenian-backed leadership has publicly spoken out against an Armenian-Azerbaijani peace formula that has been advanced by the United States, Russia and France for almost a decade.

Ara Harutiunian, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR), said the Basic Principles of resolving the Karabakh conflict, also known as Madrid Principles, are unacceptable because they call for significant Armenian territorial concessions to Azerbaijan.

The draft framework peace accord was first formally put forward to the conflicting parties in Madrid in 2006. U.S., Russian and French diplomats co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group have repeatedly modified the document since then. Its key elements, repeatedly articulated by the three mediating powers, are believed to have remained unchanged.

Harvesting almost over in border villages of Tavush, says regional governor

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The wheat harvesting is almost over in the border villages of Tavush despite the continuing cross-border shootings and a recent attack against an ICRC car, says the regional governor.
“There is, of course, tension in the border villages, the shootings starting mainly in the harvesting season. Our neighbors are simply more aggressive this year,” Hovik Abovyan told Tert.am.
He said their earlier agreements with the ICRC Yerevan office did not work to prevent gun attacks. “The Red Cross was in the Tavush region on July 26; it was in the vicinities of Chinari and had a preliminary with Azerbaijani counterparts, but that wasn’t of help. They started shooting Red Cross vehicles and agricultural equipment,” he said, adding that the village suffered no material or human loss as a result of the armed violence.
Abovyan said the village’s population continues harvesting the crop despite the existing danger. “We’ll collect the entire [harvest], without leaving any grain in the valley,” he added.
Speaking of government privileges, Abovyan said their residents are exempt from the property and land taxes. “Discussions for granting new tax privileges tp the entire region’s border towns and villages are now under way, so the question will be addressed at the National Assembly’s upcoming session. If businessmen work in border areas, they will be exempt from taxes; [they will pay] only the income tax, without any duty to pay value added taxes,” Abovyan added. 

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer places Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron in The Beserk

July 28, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Film No Comments
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The trailer for “Mad Max: Fury Road” had all of Comic-Con buzzing, and now the three-minute clip has the Internet buzzing. It does not disappoint the hype, The Huffington Post reports.
Switching Tom Hardy in place of Mel Gibson, director George Miller brings a “new interpretation” to his own franchise reboot. “Fury Road” picks up after the initial series opener, and is described by Miller as “almost a continuous chase.”
“Of course it’s based on the same character that they’ll play, the lone warrior in the wasteland disengaged from the rest of the world,” Miller said in a press conference. “But naturally Tom brings his Tom Hardy-ness to it, and the story is different to some degree. Thecharacter is different to some degree.”
Charlize Theron stars with Hardy in the film, along with Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

NKR president visits Kotalak village

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President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakyan visisted on Sunday the Kolatak village of the Martakert region and took part in a ceremony of founding a new dwelling district to be built for the Defense Army servicemen.
The Head of the State expressed gratitude to philanthropist Hayk Maghakelyan for sponsoring such an important program qualifying one of the best manifestations of the Motherland-Diaspora ties, which would have a positive contribution to strengthening the defense capacity of Artsakh and improving living conditions of its citizens.
Defense minister of the Republic of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan, NKR defense minister Movses Hakobyan and other officials were present at the event.

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Sandra Bullock: America’s sweetheart at 50

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If there were ever a contest for “America’s sweetheart,” Sandra Bullock would be tough to beat, according to the CNN.
The daughter of an Army employee and a German vocal coach, Bullock has continually struck a chord with fans over her nearly 30-year career. At turns charming and relatable, she comes across as extremely genuine in a field that makes its magic through pretending.
As the actress celebrates her 50th birthday on July 26, her stock as the long-standing favorite is as solid as ever.
Examine the evidence: She is firmly in the top 10 list of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses, and her films tend to make money. Her 2013 sci-fi thriller “Gravity,” which starred Bullock as an astronaut lost in space, earned $716 million worldwide.
And in her personal life, Bullock has managed to remain pretty scandal-proof. At the height of a devastating marital breakup from Jesse James in 2010, when lurid tabloid headlines appeared about his alleged affairs, Bullock shocked the world with news that she had secretly adopted an African-American son from New Orleans.
Not only was it surprising that the Oscar-winning actress had such a tight circle that she was able to conceal a monumental personal moment, but unlike some other celebs who had been criticized in the black community for transracial adoptions, Bullock and her decision were mostly embraced.
Even other celebrities adore her. “Avengers” star Chris Evans has been quoted as saying Bullock was his first celebrity crush.”I saw ‘Speed’ when I was in seventh grade, and I was like, that’s my lady,” Evans said. “I literally had a big poster (of her).”
It’s easy to see why a preteen Evans fell for Bullock. In interviews Bullock can be funny, self-deprecating and just downright cool.
During an appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” to promote her 2013 buddy cop comedy, “The Heat,” she and the host good-naturedly took verbal swipes at each other. When Ferguson mentioned the film “Dumb and Dumber” (in an apparent reference to the way their interview was going), Bullock volleyed back about that movie.
“Poop humor is fun,” she said jokingly. “If you do the toilet scenes well and commit to them they can be really, really powerful.”
Not many Academy Award winners would tackle such a subject, but it’s not surprising from Bullock, who proudly told Us Weekly that her now-3-year-old son, Louis, is fully potty-trained. While the actress has almost always been tagged as more girl next door than vixen, motherhood has clearly helped settle her even more.
She’s been very outspoken about the fact that she would give it all up, the career and the fame, if it wasn’t good for her son in any way.”I don’t want him to have pressures brought on by what I do. I will quit. I will leave,” she told Vogue last year. “If I see whatever I’m doing affecting him negatively, I will pack up and move to Alaska.”
That probably helps explain why the self-professed homebody would much rather be spending time with her kid than working the press. Eschewing the Hollywood scene, the “Blind Side” star has made paparazzi literally chase her outside the usual city limits, choosing to build her life in cities like Austin, Texas, and New Orleans.
Being on the red carpet, she told CNN at a 2013 premiere of “Gravity,” is extreme enough for her.
“Being in front of a camera, in a nice dress, getting all dressed up is extreme,” Bullock said. “There’s a lot of other extreme situations, you know, just getting out of bed sometimes is extreme — but I do it. Just got to do it, just got to get up. Put your sweatpants on, brush off the dog hair and just get out of the house!”
Part of what Bullock does when she gets “out of the house” is give back to the city of New Orleans. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Bullock “adopted” Warren Easton Charter High School, and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the institution.
In May 2014, she surprised the graduating class with a commencement speech.
“They’re infections, they inspire me,” Bullock said of the students. “They make me get off my butt and try to do better. … I’ve been taking and taking from (the city of New Orleans), and when everything happened with Katrina, that’s when you realize you have to put back.”

Luis Suarez ruling likely in August

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Barcelona recruit Luis Suarez’s appeal against his biting ban could be heard before the Spanish league season starts next month, the West Australian reports.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Friday that Suarez, the Uruguay football federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal against FIFA’s ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all football.
“It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August,” the court said in a statement.
The Spanish league season begins the weekend of August 23-24, when Barcelona host Elche.
FIFA must also agree to a fast-track procedure.
No hearing dates have yet been agreed to, the court said.
Arbitrators have also yet to be appointed to judge the case.
In typical appeals to CAS, both sides and the court each choose one lawyer on the three-member panel.
FIFA’s sanctions imposed on Suarez also included a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($A121,179) for biting the shoulder of Italydefender Giorgio Chiellini in a group match at the World Cup.
Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 with a goal scored one minute after Suarez’s bite was missed by the match officials.
The South Americans advanced to the second round, but without its star striker were easily beaten by Colombia.FIFA’s disciplinary panel imposed the ban on June 26.

Artsakh Soldier Killed Repelling Azerbaijani Incursion

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14:29, July 26, 2014

The Artsakh Defense Army (ADA) reports that one of its soldiers was killed when Armenian forces thwarted an attempt by Azerbaijan to infiltrate the line of contact along the northeastern border today.

 

The ADA identified the dead soldier as Khachadour Badasyan.

 

The ADA says its forces repulsed the Azerbaijani unit, causing a number of injuries.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Picasso daughter to donate father’s works to Paris museum

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Picasso’s eldest daughter has promised to donate one of her father’s drawings and a notebook of sketches to the newly renovated Paris museum dedicated to his life’s work, The Guardian reports.Maya Widmaier Picasso said the works would be handed over for the reopening of the museum on 25 October, the 133rd anniversary of the artist’s birth in Spain.The renovation of the museum in the Marais district, which has taken five years, has been mired in controversy and crisis, and the reopening date has been postponed several times.The work has run over budget and schedule, staff have issued complaints and the culture minister, Aurélie Filippetti, fired the director in charge of the project.The museum already has 5,000 works by Picasso, often regarded as the 21st century’s greatest artist, including 300 paintings and a similar number of sculptures.Enlarging the museum, which opened in 1985, included the purchase of a neighbouring building to create offices, and will more than double the exhibition space from 1,600 sq metres to 3,800 sq metres.
Until now, lack of space has meant only a fraction of the Picasso works held by the museum could be displayed and many were held in storage.Widmaier Picasso, 78, appears in several of her father’s works, including the celebrated series Maya with her Doll. She is the painter’s daughter with Marie-Thérèse Walter, his companion from 1927 to the mid-1930s, who hanged herself in 1977 four years after his death.
She announced her donation through her lawyer.The drawing, completed in 1908 during Picasso’s cubist period, shows a woman’s face. The bottom half of the face of the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is drawn on the back. The drawing of the top half of Apollinaire’s face is already in the museum. The notebook contains 38 pencil studies of nudes completed in April 1960.The museum’s sacked director, Anne Baldassari, 58, has spent 23 years at the 17th century baroque Hôtel Salé where the collection is held, nine of them in charge. She is a renowned Picasso expert and had made the renovation the pinnacle of her career. Despite its running three years over schedule and €22m (£17.5m) over its €30m budget, much of which Baldassari raised by organising exhibitions of the collection abroad, she was optimistic the final result would be worth it.

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John Balian’s “Novel Approach” Brings the Armenian Saga to the Masses – An interview with John Balian by Lucine Kasbarian

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Armenians often wish for a tale about the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath that would make a blockbuster film and draw attention to their cause. John Balian’s new book, Gray Wolves and White Doves (CreateSpace/Amazon.com), may be that tale.

 Largely autobiographical, this atmospheric novel is presented through the eyes of an innocent young boy trying to make sense of the world as he grows up amid repressive conditions in Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey during the 1960s and 70s.

 This fast-paced, multi-layered narrative takes readers from Hanna Ibelin’s (a.k.a. Jonah Ibelinian’s) close-knit family life in the perilous Asia Minor region of Palu to terror and tragedy while en route to Syria’s Kamishli, to a bleak existence on the mean streets of Istanbul.

New Children’s Picture Book From Armenian Folklore

Teaneck, N.J. and Belmont, Mass. –  An Armenian folktale retold by Armenian-American writer Lucine Kasbarian and illustrated by Moscow-based artist Maria Zaikina debuts with Marshall Cavendish Children’s Publishers in April 2011.

The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale is from the ancient Armenian oral tradition and culture, which was nearly obliterated during the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in 1915. The author learned the tale from her father, editor and columnist C.K. Garabed, who would recite it to her at bedtime. He had learned it from his own grandmother, a celebrated storyteller from the Old Country.  The tale was first put to paper by Armenian poet Hovhannes Toumanian at the turn of the 20th century.

“We Need To Lift The Armenian Taboo”

Turkish writer and publicist Ahmet Insel labels the initiative of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party to pray namaz on the ruins of Ani as provocation.

In an interview with “A1+,” the publicist said the initiative was supported only by a small percentage of Turks.

“They offered namaz in Ani in protest against Christian rites carried out in Trabzon and Akhtamar. The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahceli said if Christians are allowed to pray inside museums, similarly he can pray namaz in Armenian churches,” said Ahmet Insel.

The Turkish writer arrived in Armenia to participate in a book festival. Presentation of Armenian version of Dialogue sur le tabou arménien (Dialogue about the Armenian Tabou) co-authored by Ahmet Insel and Michel Marian was held during the festival.

US Media Discusses The Armenian Genocide

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA –  KFI 640, a popular news/talk radio station hosted by Bill Handel on September 23 aired a live interview with Michael Bobelian, the writer of a new book titled  Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

The book chronicles the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and recounts a people’s struggle for justice in the face of a century of silence and denial.

During the interview, which was aired during the prime morning time slot, Bill Handel addressed both the efforts within the United States to ensure that the US government appropriately acknowledges the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s ongoing denial.

Handel, a well known and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, has discussed the Armenian Genocide during past shows.

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Armenian Gangs: Caught between an Archetype and a Cliché

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19:15, July 12, 2014

By Marineh Khachadour

“The whole thing started with a scene straight out of a mobster movie. It was around 6 p.m. when more than a dozen men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a North Hollywood parking lot. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Whitsett Avenue traffic.”

Stories such as this are not unique to Armenians in the American press, but this investigative report recently published in the LA Weekly is about Armenian Power, the Los Angeles based Armenian gang that operates in the heavily Armenian populated communities of Glendale, Burbank, and North Hollywood.

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For Better or For Worse: Nature Protection Ministry Proposes Amendments to Water Use Laws

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16:44, February 14, 2014

With the goal of providing a systematic solution to issues of effective use of water resources in Ararat valley, the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia (RA) is proposing amendments and additions to the RA Water Code, and the RA laws on the Republic of Armenia’s National Water Program, on Licensing, and on State Tax.

The proposed legislative package has been sent to the relevant state agencies for their input.

Head of the Ministry of Nature Protection’s Water Resources Management Agency Volodya Narimanyan told Hetq, said that with this amendment package his ministry is attempting to clarify the ideas and the ambiguous commentary, as well as introduce new requirements. For example, one of the main points of the proposed amendments is if water use permit conditions are not met, the water use permit might be annulled.

2013 in Civil Society: Protests and more protests

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The struggle of civil movements this year has been comprehensive and diverse with limited success in certain fields due to unified efforts and active involvement of the civil society.

Despite the rather passive start of the year in terms of civil movements, the second half of 2013 turned out to be tense with active developments.

Some analysts believe that especially after the February 18 presidential ballot, when current president Serzh Sargsyan won a decisive victory over his opponents and was re-elected for a second term, despite the widespread poverty and atmosphere of injustice in the country, people became even more aware of the fact that is it impossible to achieve changes via elections and started practicing their constitutional rights to civil protest and disobedience more frequently.

Armenian Foreign Policies 2013: Customs Union, U-turn on EU accord, Karabakh, Turkey, regional developments

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2013 became a milestone year for Armenia not only in its foreign, but also domestic politics. After nearly four years of negotiations with the European Union over the signing of an association agreement on September 3 Armenia unexpectedly announced its intention to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

This decision has had its influence not only on Armenia proper, but also on the processes elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Inspired by Armenia’s decision, Russia stepped up its pressure on Ukraine, which suspended the process of signing of the Association Agreement with the EU one week before the Vilnius summit of Eastern Partnership. As a result, on November 29 such agreements were initialed only by Moldova and Georgia.