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Invention of ‘pizza cake’ signals new dawn for mankind

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A North American pizza chain has asked its customers to vote for their favorite from a catalogue of wacky pizza innovations, the Metro reported.The long list of entries includes a pizza-shaped shirt pocket, a pneumatic pizza cutter and of course the aforementioned seven-layered phenomenon of bread, tomato and melted cheese.But as much as we’d all love to see this fantastical pizza of wonder take shape, there do seem to be a few practical issues.See more here. 

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Armenia to make political statements on Turkey protocols – official

April 19, 2014 Armenia, Turkey No Comments
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A spokesperson for Armenia’s president says the country is expected make political statements on the Armenia-Turkey protocols in the run-up to the Genocide centennial.
“In just a couple of days, on April 24, we are entering the year ofevents dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the ArmenianGenocide. Remembrance events are going to be organized to unite people around the world against that evil. There will also be politicastatements which will be in harmony with the spirit of the year,” Arman Saghatelyan told the state news agency Armenpress.
The spokesperson said said that President Serzh Sargsyan referred to the Armenian-Turkish deal at his Friday meeting with Defense Ministry officials, adding that he made no mention as to the protocols’ future.

We need to be better organized ahead of Genocide centennial – Armenian journalist

April 19, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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Armenia’s preparations for the 2015 Genocide centennial look more like an obligation than serious efforts towards drawing the world’s attention to the issue, says a former journalist of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos.
“We have a problem in terms of being organized. We have different institutions – the Genocide Museum, the Yerevan State University and the National Academy of Sciences – which all carry out work in this direction, but there is no coordinating body. Government officials have neither a clear understanding nor policies. We have had three presidents, and all the three expressed different positions on the Genocide issue. But that isn’t the case with the Turks,” Tiran Lokmagyozyan told a news conference in Yerevan.
He stressed the importance of probing into the archives in most different states to find more evidence.
“There are foreign archives around the world, which haven’t been studied; so it is important to research them to find valuable facts. But we haven’t fully studied our national archive. A couple of books on several studies were published recently, but that’s very little,” he added,
Khachatur Marozyan, the president of the International Association of Lawyers and Psychologists, said it is now time for Armenia to appeal to international criminal courts in search of a fair settlement.
“We call for having new conceptual approaches on the table. Appealing to the states to recognize the Armenian Genocide does not offer a solution to the problem, as any country guides itself by its own interest. Any crime receives a punishment in court,” he added.
Marozyan stressed the need of turning to the international community – international genocide experts and lawyers – in the efforts towards seeking an international recognition and condemnation of the big tragedy.

Rule of Law party’s decision was a surprise move, says Republican MP

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Every  party decides itself what policy line to adopt, a lawmaker of Armenia’s ruling political force has said, commenting on the Rule of Law party’s decision to quit the coalition government.
“For me personally, the Rule of Law’s decision was not expected at all,” Lernik Alexanyan, a member of the ruling Republican faction in parliament, told reporters on Saturday, describing the move as a well-arranged political technology.
Alexanyan said he doesn’t think the politically motivated conduct is likely to be crowned with success. “They are not only preparing for the next elections, but also trying to create an image,” the Republican MP said, adding that he thinks the population is now mature enough to understand who does what and why 

Ukraine crisis: US raises pressure on Russia

April 19, 2014 Armenia, Europe No Comments
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The US has threatened tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international agreement to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, BBC News reported.
The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a “guilty schoolboy” over the deal.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s foreign minister said “anti-terrorist” operations in the east would be put on hold over Easter.
Pro-Russian separatists in several cities are refusing to leave buildings, defying a key term of the accord.
Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US had agreed during talks in Geneva that illegal military groups in Ukraine must be dissolved, and that those occupying government premises must be disarmed and leave.
The sides also decided there would be an amnesty for all anti-government protesters.
But the separatists’ spokesman in the city of Donetsk said that the Kiev government was “illegal”, and vowed they would not go until it stepped down.
The protesters also insisted that pro-European Union demonstrators in Kiev’s Maidan Square – the vanguard of the protest movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych, an ally of Moscow – had to pack up their camp first. See more here.

This bizarre capsule is a bicycle – and it could be fastest in history, reaching 90mph by pedal-power alone

April 18, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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It’s 40 times more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron, has a top speed of 90mph (145kph), and generates enough power to light the average home, the Daily Mail reports.
And while it might not look anything like it, this strange design is in fact a pedal-powered bike enclosed in an aerodynamic carbon fibre shell.
Dubbed the Arion1 Velocipede, the bike is being designed by a team of UK engineering students who believe it will become the fastest human-powered vehicle in history.
The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULVT) are hoping their design will break the 83.13 mph (133.7kph) record set in September 2013 by TU Delft and VU Amsterdam universities.
Arion1 will be designed, manufactured and ready to race by May 2015, and will attempt the record in September 2015 at the World Human Power Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada.
‘This is no ordinary bicycle you would see cycling up and down the high street,’ team Leader Ben Hogan, 22, told MailOnline.
‘The rider is positioned almost lying down, as close to the ground as possible. This style of cycling is known as “recumbent” cycling.
‘The whole bicycle is enclosed in a lightweight carbon fibre shell, giving the vehicle a streamlined shape which allows it to cut through the air more easily.’
The unusual shape of the Arion1’s exterior shell improves the aerodynamic behaviour of the vehicle as air resistance is the biggest challenge to maintaining speed.
The design uses the same concept as aircraft wings adopting an inverted ‘teardrop’ shape to cut through the air as easily as possible.
‘The frontal area of the vehicle is as as small as possible, seating the rider in a l position as low to the ground as possible ensures that air resistance is further minimised,’ said Mr Hogan.
The rider will be just five inches (13 cm) from the floor and will need to generate over 700 watts of pure human power to get to top speed.
Arion1 emits zero carbon emissions, weighs less than 55lbs (25kg), is 98.4 per cent efficient and will travel at almost double the current sprint cycling record.

Armenia not to sign Customs Union accession agreement on April 29, says acting minister

April 18, 2014 Armenia, Asia No Comments
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Armenia will not sign the agreement on joining the Customs Union (CU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on April 29, acting Economy Minister Vahram Avanesyan told reporters on Friday.

Thus, he denied the information about the tentative date of the signing spread by media the previous day.

According to Avanesyan, the last meeting of the working group set up for the implementation of the roadmap on Armenia’s accession to the CU is scheduled for April 25. The working group is to sum up the results of the work done.

“Depending on the results of this meeting the working group will present its position at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on April 29,” said the official, adding that the meeting to be attended by the heads of state of Armenia, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will make a decision regarding Armenia’s membership.

Sarkisian Again Defends Turkish-Armenian Accords

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Armenia – President Serzh Sarkisian examines an Armenian-made rifle during a visit to the Defense Ministry in Yerevan, 18Apr2014.

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President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday again defended his administration’s 2009 normalization agreements with Turkey against strong criticism voiced in Armenia and especially its worldwide Diaspora.

Yerevan Silent After Russian ‘Threat’

April 18, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Europe, Top News No Comments
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Armenia – Russian Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin.

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The Armenian government has pointedly refused to add its voice to domestic concerns about Russia’s recent pledge to counter any “aggressive” foreign interference in Armenia’s internal affairs.

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

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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.

Heritage reshuffle: Postanjyan becomes new leader of parliamentary faction

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Zaruhi Postanjyan has been elected new head of the opposition Heritage faction in parliament. The change comes after Ruben Hakobyan announced his decision to resign as faction leader earlier today.

Talking to media in parliament Hakobyan said Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian had been notified about his move well in advance. He left questions about reasons for his step without commentary, only saying that he had decided to step down as faction leader before the recent scandal around Postanjyan in the wake of her controversial question to President Serzh Sargsyan about his gambling habit at the PACE plenary session in Strasbourg on October 2.