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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.

Ian Thorpe: ‘I’m gay’, says former Australian Olympic swimmer

July 13, 2014 Australia, Diaspora No Comments
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Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe is set to reveal he is gay in an interview on Australian television, the BBC reports. The 31-year-old talks about his sexuality in an interview with Michael Parkinson due to be broadcast on Channel 10 on Sunday.Thorpe had previously denied he was gay and wrote in his 2012 autobiography ‘This Is Me’ that he was heterosexual.Australia’s most decorated swimmer has suffered from depression and was in rehab earlier in the year.Thorpe’s decision to come out was supported by fellow Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice who tweeted: “Thorpie is, and always will be, a superstar in my eyes.”He has spoken in the past of “crippling depression”, having suicidal thoughts, and drinking too much.In February, he was found in a state of confusion by police near his parents’ house in Sydney.Thorpe had taken anti-depressants and medication for a shoulder injury – sustained in a fall at home – but was not under the influence of alcohol.He made his Olympic Games debut in Sydney in 2000, winning three golds there and another two in Athens, but retired in 2006, before making an unsuccessful comeback bid for London in 2012. 

Australia may try to reclaim $40 mln from failed 2022 World Cup bid

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The Australian government may try to reclaim the 40 million Australian dollars (37.7 million US dollars) it spent trying to win the 2022 World Cup after allegations of bribery in Qatar’s winning campaign, a media report said Friday.Minister for Sport Peter Dutton said the government was “considering its options” to get back some of the millions Australia spent on its 2010 campaign which garnered just one vote, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.Dutton said the government would wait for the result of FIFA’s independent investigation into the corruption allegations.”I think it is one step at a time and the first step is to wait and see what the world body does. And then I think we can consider options.”Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy has demanded FIFA return the money. Lowy said in Sao Paulo that Australia’s support for Sepp Blatter to run again for the post of FIFA president will hinge on his response to the investigator’s report.David Hill, who ran the FFA forerunner Soccer Australia from 1995 to 1998, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the Australian government was “mad” to risk public funds on the 2022 bid “when everybody knew the process was crook.”

Qatar 2022: Sepp Blatter says corruption claims are racist

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter claims allegations surrounding the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid are motivated by racism, the BBC reports.
Qatar was chosen as host in December 2010 but corruption claims have prompted Fifa to begin an inquiry.
“There is a sort of storm against Fifa relating to the Qatar World Cup,” Blatter said. “Sadly there’s a great deal of discrimination and racism.”
Fifa will rule on the validity of the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in September or October.
At that point, the president of football’s world governing body said, the “matter will be closed”.
Speaking to African football officials in Sao Paulo, Blatter confirmed that the latest allegations would be discussed at the Fifa Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday.
He said Fifa needed to combat “anything that smacks of discrimination and racism”, adding: “It really makes me sad.”
At its general assembly in Sao Paulo, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) condemned “the repeated, deliberately hateful, defamatory and degrading attacks by some media, notably British, on the image and the integrity” of Caf, its members and the “entire African continent”.
Caf added that it would urge the executive committee “to file a law suit, if necessary, so that the authors of this smearing and defamatory campaign against African football leaders are brought to book”.
Qatar overcame competition from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to be named as 2022 hosts.
But the bidding process has been hit by a series of corruption claims.
American lawyer Michael Garcia is currently involved in an independent investigation into the bidding process and is due to deliver his report to Fifa in mid-July.
Blatter, 78, told delegates from the Asian Football Conference that Garcia would also speak at Fifa’s congress to update delegates on his inquiry.
Garcia is investigating everyone connected with the bidding process for both the 2018 World Cup, to be staged in Russia, and the 2022 event.
Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee continues to reject claims of wrongdoing and says it is confident the vote was won fairly.

Asian stocks rise after ECB actions

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Asian stocks rose after the European Central Bank introduced aggressive easing measures aimed at stimulating the eurozone economy, BBC News reports.
The ECB become the first major central bank to introduce negative interest rates, which will see it become cheaper for banks to lend money to businesses.
It cut the deposit rate for banks to zero to -0.1% and reduced the benchmark interest rate to 0.15% from 0.25%.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 opened 0.4% higher while Australia’s ASX 200 rose 0.3%.
This followed a rally on Wall Street on Thursday, which saw the S&P 500 and Dow close at a new record high.
European stock markets and the euro currency also logged gains after the ECB announcement.
In addition to the interest rate cuts, the ECB will offer a package of cheap long-term loans to banks which are worth up to 400bn euros (325m).
ECB President Mario Draghi also signalled there may be more easing measures to come.
“Are we finished? The answer is no,” he said in response to a question about the potential for more stimulus.
CMC Markets analyst Max Ho called the ECB’s moves “well-telegraphed” but “drastic” in nature.

Cassilas and Messi in new Lay’s ad (video)

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The Queen’s new palace on wheels unveiled for opening of Parliament today

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With the latest in 21st-century technology — plus quite a bit from the 19th — it is unique.
And despite having travelled by Concorde, Royal Yacht, elephant and South Sea canoe, the Queen has never been carried in anything quite like the transport which will take her to today’s State Opening of Parliament, reports the Daily Mail.
Unveiled for the first time, the new Diamond Jubilee State Coach is only the second royal carriage to be built in a century and joins the unrivalled royal collection of coaches, phaetons, landaus, broughams and barouches. 

Gunman in central Yerevan shooting charged with attempted murder

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New government’s program not one of former ‘financier’s’ – Hrant Bagratyan

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People in Turkey ‘prefer tomfoolery during inspections’

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Dutch send envoy ‘to avert Saudi sanctions’

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‘Both…and’ policy welcome – Gagik Makaryan

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Iran ‘releases’ dancers from Pharrell Happy tribute video

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Police disperse Soma, Berkin Elvan protesters marching to Justice Ministry

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Opposition Armenian MP urges government to ‘create equal conditions for everyone’

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Government’s program meets rich class’ interests – opposition MP

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Gunman in central Yerevan shooting charged with attempted murder

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Electronic implants could cure diseases – study

Australian woman gives birth to conjoined twin girls who share a body but have two brains

May 12, 2014 Armenia, Australia No Comments
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An Australian woman has miraculously given birth to conjoined twins with one body and two heads despite doctors initially telling them to terminate the pregnancy, the Daily Mail reports. Renee Young and her partner Simon Howie, of Tregear in Sydney’s west, welcomed their daughters on Thursday six weeks before they were due.The couple, who found out via an ultrasound that the twins they were expecting was in fact one child with two symmetrical faces and two brains connected by the one brain stem, said doctors were shocked by the girls’ exceptional progress.’They are breathing perfectly on their own and feeding,’ Mr Howie told Woman’s Day.Ms Young gave birth to the girls, named Faith and Hope, via an emergency caesarean at Blacktown Hospital last Thursday.The girls were born with a rare condition called diprosopus, which means they share the same body and vital organs but have their own faces and brains which are connected by only one brain stem.’Even though there is only one body, we call them our twins. To us, they are our girls and we love them,’ Mr Howie said.They were transferred to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead shortly after they were born.’We have no idea how long they will be in hospital. We just want to bring them home, happy and healthy to make our family a little bit bigger and a bit more chaotic,’ Mr Howie said.The condition is so rare that only 35 cases have ever been recorded and none have survived.Due to the incredibly complex nature of their condition, doctors are so unsure about what to expect from the twin’s condition that they are being forced to make their prognoses day by day.Mr Howie confirmed that specialists are being called in to decipher a range of problems and assess the twins in great depth, from the functioning of their lungs and blood vessels to decisions about how best to proceed with feeding.But despite all the forewarned medial problems likely to come their way, Ms Young and Mr Howie are just happy their girls are alive and well.’I think they’re beautiful and Simon thinks they’re beautiful so really that’s all that matters,’ Ms Young told A Current Affair.From as early as 28 weeks into Ms Young’s pregnancy, specialists were concerned about grave developmental issues.One of the biggest predicted survival risks from their doctor Greg Kesby, was that the babies would be unable to breathe on their own.The couple, who are parents to seven other children, were also told early on in the pregnancy not to keep the child ‘because it would be looked upon by the public as a freak’.They defied the doctors because Ms Young had never terminated a pregnancy and because they had a family ‘that gives us a lot of support’.At first, things certainly looked to be taking a turn for the worst as Ms Young unexpectedly went into labour at only 32 weeks last Thursday, and was forced to have an emergency caesarean.But despite problems from the first moments of their birth, in which Faith and Hope were not heard to be breathing despite having a clear singular heartbeat, the girls have now defied all odds and are currently in a stable state and breathing without any assistance.Although the couple were aware from the early stages of pregnancy that their children would have great developmental problems, they explained that while the girls continued to grow healthily, they couldn’t come to terms with letting their unborn twins go.’We sort of looked at it as; it’d be the same as being a child with autism or Down syndrome. I sort of don’t believe in terminating the baby if it’s healthy and growing fine and everything is going to plan,’ Mr Howie said.The proud parents of the small survivors have braced themselves for a difficult path ahead and refuse to say goodbye prematurely.’I would say, if I only get two days with the baby, I only get two days with the baby – at least I have some time with it,’ Ms Young said. 

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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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“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


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


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.