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Armenian wrestler declared winner of Andiev prize

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A representative of Armenia’s wrestling team, participating in the 36th traditional tournament dedicated to double world champion Soslan Andiev, earned the winner’s title on the first day of the competitions.
Gagik Barseghyan (w/c 57 kg), who had won a bronze medal in the European Championship earlier this year, was declared a winner of Andiev Prize after gaining advantage over Artak Hovhannisyan in the same weight class.
Narek Sanoyan, another representative of Armenia, came in the fifth after losing to the rival in a fight for a bronze medal.
The tournament kicked off in Vladikavkaz, Russia on Friday. It has brought together over 250 wrestlers from Russia, United States, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Apart from the legendary champion, participants, coaches and the crowd of fans, yesterday’s opening event was also attended by Rustem Kelekhsaev, the vice president of North Ossetia’s government.
Armenia’s delegation, headed by coach Arayik Baghdadyan, includes eight sportsmen.

European Boxing Championship: Two Armenians named winners

October 22, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Europe, Sports No Comments
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Two of the four Armenian sportsmen participating in the 2014 European Boxing Championship in Zagreb (Croatia) celebrated a victory in the Tuesday duels.
Ararat Gyulbangyan (64kg) gained advantage over Serbia’s Florian Sabo; heavyweight Gnel Muradyan beat Poland’s Milos Wodeski.
The two other Armenian representatives, Spartak Tamaryan (56 kg) and Tigran Melkonyan (69 kg) lost the battle to rivals. 

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Armenian team to join 2014 Youth World Boxing Championship

October 16, 2014 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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Nine Armenian sportsmen will represent the country at the Youth World Boxing Championship set to take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 17 to 26 October.
The team, led by chief coach Vazgen Badalyan, will include Alen Danielyan (w/c 49), David Asatryan (52 kg), Spartak Tamaryan (56 kg), Zhora Hamazaryan (60 kg), Ararat Gyulbazyan (64kg), Tigran Melkonyan (69 kg), Armen Minasyan, Armen Minasyan (75 kg), Seryozha Hakobyan (91 kg) and Gnel Muradyan (superweight), the Boxing Federation of Armenia says in a press release.
The team’s coaches and the Federation’s leadership have this time decided to grant a rest period the youth and junior bronze medal winner, Narek Manasyan (81 kg). 

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All-Armenian Fund to Construct a New School Campus in Artsakh’s Sos Village

October 13, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Sports No Comments
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15:17, October 13, 2014

After years of making do with a dilapidated school, the village of Sos, in Artsakh’s Martouni Region, is set to have a new, modern campus, to be built by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund.

The construction of the new facility is co-sponsored by the Armenia Fund US Western Region (through the financial support of benefactor Jerry Turpanjian) and the government of Artsakh. 

The planned two-story campus, with a total area of 830 square meters, is designed to accommodate up to 200 students. It will feature spacious classrooms, a library, an infirmary, and a teachers’ room. Also to be built are an adjacent gym and an outdoor sports field and playground. Currently earthwork is being performed on the site. 

Tesla unveils ‘the D’: Smart dual-motor Model S can be ‘summoned’ remotely – and goes from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds

October 10, 2014 Diaspora, Europe, Sports No Comments
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After a week of speculation, Tesla Motors boss Elon Musk has taken the cover off the firm’s mysterious ‘D’ car, the Daily Mail reports.During an event at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles, Mr Musk took to the stage to announce that the ‘D’ stands for ‘dual motor.’The current Model S is a rear-wheel-drive car with one motor. The ‘D’ will have two motors – one powering the front wheels and one powering the rear wheels.More than 1,000 Tesla fans attended the unveiling.Mr Musk said unlike all-wheel-drive systems on gas-powered cars, which tend to be heavy and make the cars less efficient, Tesla’s system ‘improves the speed, acceleration and mileage by optimizing which motor is used’.The dual motor version of the P85 performance sedan will have a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h), compared with the current 130 mph (209 km/h).It will accelerate from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 3.2 seconds, akin to sports cars.’This car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck,’ Musk said at the airport, where the Mr Musk’s rocket firm SpaceX is based.After Musk left the stage, the audience was shown demonstrations of the car’s acceleration and safety features.The all-wheel-drive system helps grip slippery roads, and analysts have said Tesla needed it to boost sales in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as Europe.The company sold 13,850 cars in the U.S. this year through September, down three per cent from a year ago, according to Autodata.Tesla is also significantly upgrading its safety features. 

IOC Chief Discusses Armenian Participation In Baku Games

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Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), met with President Serzh Sarkisian on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of Armenia’s participation in the first-ever European Games that will be hosted by Azerbaijan next year.

Bach arrived in Yerevan with a delegation that included Patrick Hickey, the president of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) which has decided to hold Europe’s biggest-ever multi-sport event in Baku in June 2015. The main official purpose of their two-day trip is to discuss ways of boosting the IOC’s ties with the Armenian National Olympic Committee.

Armenia has yet to decide whether or not to send its athletes to the Baku games given its unresolved bitter conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani government publicly pledged to guarantee their safety late last month.

Indonesia Workshop Creates mind-blowing life-size replicas of popular sports cars exclusively out of wood

October 7, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Sports No Comments
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This group of highly skilled Indonesian woodworkers caters exclusively to people who love collecting sports cars – both real and wooden, reports the Oddity Central.They carve impressive life-size replicas of popular sports car models, and their creations are routinely exported to buyers in the US, England, Germany, and other European countries.Their latest handiwork is a model of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, made entirely out of teak – it doesn’t work of course, but it’s a stunning copy of the real thing. And let’s not forget – cheaper by several thousands of dollars.What’s really fascinating about these replicas is the incredible attention to detail. While the wooden Bugatti may not have the real car’s powerful 1,200 bhp engine or a top speed of 258mph, you can see that it’s perfect in every other way. Right from the sculpted front grille to the detailed ‘alloy’ wheels, and the perfect interior complete with a wooden steering wheel, everything has been carved with painstaking effort by these talented craftsmen.

French Gymnast Arthur Magakian Dies at 89

October 4, 2014 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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23:38, October 4, 2014

By Jean Eckian 

PARIS – Dubbed King Arthur by the French press, legendary gymnast Arthur Magakian   died Thursday at age 89 from a brain tumor.

Magakian became champion of France in junior decathlon gymnastics in 1945. 

In 1952, an injury   prevented him from participating in the Olympic Games in Helsinki and his career came to an end.

Magakian then became one of the leading coaches and leaders of the French Gymnastics Federation and was its first national technical director from 1963 to 1986.   

His remarkable career was rewarded with the Legion of Honor, the National Order of Merit and the Gold Medal of Youth and Sports. 

Arthur Abraham beats Paul Smith to retain WBO title

September 28, 2014 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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Liverpool boxer Paul Smith put in the performance of his career but lost out on points to Germany’s Arthur Abraham in their WBO super-middleweight bout.The 31-year-old caused the defending champion all sorts of trouble throughout the fight in Germany.Smith, the British champion, worked hard throughout, setting the tempo from the start.But Abraham put in a strong last round and two judges gave it 117-111 and the third 119-109.Afterwards Smith described the scoring as ‘disgusting’.”That’s twice I have been on the end of a wrong decision and it has shattered my world,” he told Sky Sports.”I knew I had the beating of him but I did a lot right and was outworking him in every round.”I believed I had done enough and won the fight but the judges didn’t. I feel robbed.”The Liverpudlian, who was stopped by James DeGale and George Groves in 2010 and 2011 respectively, needed to make a solid start and he started at a fast pace, putting in a good effort in the opening couple of rounds but without seriously troubling his opponent.Abraham gradually came more into the fight and, with some solid defence, he started to pile on the pressure by the midway point of the fight.Smith tried to force the issue in the seventh round and began to land the bigger punches and, with Abraham showing signs of vulnerability, he was rocked by a left hook from Smith in the ninth round.Abraham regrouped and started to look more dangerous by the 10th round but he was also looking more tired and Smith dug deep for one last effort but it was not enough. 

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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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Yerevan Calling: A Weekly Roundup of Random Musings from Armenia

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13:05, October 3, 2014

Here it is dear readers, the debut of a weekly column I hope to maintain on a regular basis.

It’s sort of a catch-all of news snippets, irreverent commentary, and personal observations on what’s happened during the week here in Yerevan, and throughout Armenia.. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting, if not slightly diverting.

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Regards – Hrant

Oct. 2 – Protests Throughout Armenia: A Game of Numbers & Solidarity

Three separate protest rallies took place in Armenia today.

As Hetq reported earlier, business owners in the town of Sevan kept their stores and factories shut to protest changes to the so-called volume (sales) tax. Local residents flocked to the bread factory to wait on line for a loaf or two.

China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

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21:31, July 30, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful former leaders, is under investigation in the highest-level corruption inquiry since the Communist Party came into power in 1949.

Under current president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is investigating Zhou for “serious disciplinary violations,” as the officialXinhua news agency reports. Media has not yet, however, specified the allegations against him.

The probe is an attempt to show the length to which Xi and the party will go in order to combat abuse of power reportsThe Wall Street Journal. 

A commentary published in the officialPeoples Daily makes the point that regardless of  an official’s rank or supporters, punishment will result for violating laws or the party’s discipline. 

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.

Want to Write for Hetq?

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10:24, March 14, 2014

I’m looking for freelancers who can broaden the scope of Hetq’s English edition

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Politics, Civil Society, Interviews…

Anything interesting happening in your local community you’d like to share?

Write to me with your ideas and story suggestions.

Hrant at hg.hetq@gmail.com

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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.