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Schumacher ‘may take months to emerge from coma’, say doctors

February 2, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Sports No Comments
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Michael Schumacher may take weeks or months to come out fully from the artificial coma he has been in for five weeks following his skiing accident, The Daily Mail reports, quoting experts.There are still no guarantees the seven-times Formula 1 champion will recover his health completely.As the anaesthetic keeping him under is slowly reduced, doctors treating him will expand the tests on his reflexes.‘These are to ascertain if the nerves leading to the brain and back to the muscles are functioning,’ said Professor Heinzpeter Moecke, head of the Institute for Emergency Medicine in Hamburg.Schumacher, who spent his 45th birthday in the medically induced coma at Grenoble Hospital, is having his joints and limbs massaged daily to prevent muscles atrophying.Earlier this week he was said to be ‘responding to instructions’ as doctors gradually bring him out of his coma.The seven-time Formula 1 world champion is also reported to have blinked during brain tests.He has undergone a number of neurological exams since Monday and has responded ‘positively’, according to L’Equipe newspaper which cited ‘very reliable sources’.After gradually reducing the sedation of the patient, the team of head doctor Emmanuel Gay have been testing his neurological reflexes since Monday.’During the early stages the patient blinked,’ the leading sports newspaper reported. 

Companies Linked to Armenia’s Top Tax Collector are Paying Less in Taxes

February 1, 2014 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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17:32, January 31, 2014

There are several companies linked to Gagik Khachatryan, president of Armenia’s State Revenue Committee (SRC).

Their owners are either Khachatryan family members or close relatives.

Since the SRC has just published the list of the largest taxpayers in Armenia for 2013, let’s see how much companies linked to the country’s top tax collector are actually paying.

One of the larger taxpayers on the list is the telecommunications company Ucom. 41% is owned by Aram Khachatryan, nephew of Gagik Khachatryan. In 2013, Ucom paid 1.35 billion AMD in taxes and came in 89th on the list of largest taxpayers.

In 2012, Ucom paid much less in taxes – around 200 million AMD. While VAT taxes decreased, profit and income taxes rose.

Armenians in Syria Have Enough Sugar and Rice; Need Diplomatic Support from Yerevan

January 22, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora, Sports No Comments
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22:18, January 21, 2014

Former Official Proposes Relocation of Armenians to Kessab

Seated in a noisy Yerevan cafe, I was intently listening to an Armenian from Aleppo and a former official tell me about the plight of Armenians still residing in Syria.

I wanted to get a few facts straight and this guy knew what was going on regionally and within the Armenian community. He only had one condition – that he remain anonymous.

“Do you understand?  The life of every Armenian is precious for me. The situation is very delicate,” he said, claiming that both the government and opposition are following the movements of Armenians and the Armenian press. Every word is translated, he said, and thus his wish to remain anonymous.

Municipality: Works on improving Yerevan’s yards will continue

January 21, 2014 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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Over the past few years the work on the beautification of Yerevan’s yards has reached an unprecedented level, says the Yerevan Municipality’s press service.

The work was carried out in all administrative centers of Yerevan, and included cleaning, asphalting, renovation and lighting.

In 2013 more than 400 yards were improved; built or installed were 380 children’s swings, 700 units of sports exercises equipments, 1,700 benches, 200 arbors, and 19 football courts. The work on the decoration of a total of 11,190 square meters was done in 240 yards; in some yards installed were fountains with drinking water.

Another 400 yards are expected to be renovated and beautified in 2014. The work will start in spring, and will be conducted with the same approaches and standards, says the mayor’s office.

Weekend Update: Seventh anniversary of Hrant Dink assassination; Russians form squadron of helicopters at Erebuni military airfield

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January 19 marked the 7th anniversary of the assassination of Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian editor of the Istanbul-based “Agos” newspaper. Oral Chalyshar, the Turkish journalist from Turkish Radical newspaper wrote: “”It has been seven years, our hearts are wounded, and there is still nothing in our hands. We all feel guilty before Hrant Dink”.

Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Sunday to mark the anniversary and demand justice for the prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist.

Unexpected Welcome: Young Man Is Homeless after Finally Returning to Armenia

January 19, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Georgia, Sports No Comments
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11:46, January 18, 2014

Tevos Ghandilyan, 34, has been living in a homeless shelter since November. His troubles began once he attempted to return to Armenia after living abroad. 

Born in Etchmiadzin,Tevos grew up in Yerevan. He studied obstetrics and gynecology at the medical university, but never graduated. He was called to compulsory military service, and when he returned, he was unable to continue to studies as he needed to earn a living.

After working in Armenia for some time, he moved to Russia, where he also married. He has a son. Later, he divorced from his wife and decided to return to Armenia. His troubles began the day he attempted to return to Armenia from the Russia-Abkhazia border.

‘Shirak Province One of the Most Complicated’: Provincial Governor

January 11, 2014 Armenia, Georgia, Sports No Comments
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Though at the start of his meeting with journalists today, Shirak Provincial Governor Felix Tsolakyan, said that he wants to wish journalists a happy new year and success in their endeavors, he was obliged to respond to a few questions.

But before he did, he made a request and provided a few words of advice: “I’m not a journalist, but I know that every Armenian from birth has either a little bit of a journalist or a little bit of a politician [in them]. What I want to say, or rather, ask, is for people who work professionally in the media to be fair and report honestly.”

Russia’s Kirov welcomes Olympic Flame relay

January 6, 2014 Diaspora, Music, Sports No Comments
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The 2014 Winter Olympics torch relay came to Kirov on Sunday, the Voice of Russia reports.After speedskaters carried the Olympic Flame along the ice lanes of the Rodina stadium, a spectacular sports and music festival began.Athletes from the local Bystritsa aquatics center and the Palace of Fighting Sports and from the Olymp-Arena sports palace in Kirov-Chepetsk demonstrated their skills.The Olympic Flame arrived in Kirov from Perm on a special train at 10:20 am Moscow Time. Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh was the first to lit a torch and take it down a snow-covered street.The Kirov stretch of the Olympic torch relay was extended by 3 km to 32.5 km and the number of torchbearers grew from 160 to 184.Figure skater Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva, sports acrobats Yelizaveta Dubrovina and Alyona Ivanova, runner and participant in 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics Lyubov Gurina, snowshoe racer Inna Ivannikova, 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in boxing Kamil Dzhamalutdinov, and figure skaters Yevgenia Shakhtarina and Denis Kozlov were among the torchbearers. 

Australian sportsman to join Ararat FC

January 3, 2014 Australia, Diaspora, Sports No Comments
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Australian midfielder Robert Stambolziev is joining Ararat Football Club in January, Armsport.am reported, citing Andranik Mnatsakanyan, a football agent.
The sportsman, who formerly represented Australia’s U-20 team, played in Greek and Cypriot teams in the recent years. He now plays for AEK Kouklia.
Stambolziev is expected to sign his contract with Ararat after January 10, before a training session set to take place in Montenegro later this month. 

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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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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.

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10:24, March 14, 2014

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Write to me with your ideas and story suggestions.

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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.