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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. 

Artsakh President Meets with Head of Armenia’s Athletic Federation

September 11, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Sports No Comments
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12:25, September 11, 2014

Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan today hosted Robert Emmayan, President of Armenia’s Athletic Federation, anda prominent athlete in his own right.

Also present at the meeting, where matters pertaining to sports in Armenia were discussed, was Artsakh National Assembly Vice President Artur Tovmasyan, who also heads the Artsakh Athletic Federation.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

International Young Painters’ Symposium Once Again Held in Armenia’s Shirak Province

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11:38, August 29, 2014

An international art symposium dedicated to famous Armenian artist Minas Avetisyan has been taking place for 3 years in Armenia’s northern province of Shirak.

An initiative of the NGO Art for Peace and with the support of the Armenian Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, the International Symposium of Young Painters was held this year under the rubric “With Minas’s Colors” fromAugust 25–30. Though in previous years, the number of participants fluctuated from 40–50, this year 60 participants from all of Armenia’s provinces, as well as from Artsakh, Javakhq, Russia, Belarus, and Georgia, gathered in Shirak Province.

Armenia, Georgia To Build New Border Bridge

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Armenia and Georgia will build a new bridge at their main crossing to facilitate bilateral commerce and travel, the prime ministers of the two states announced after talks in Yerevan on Thursday.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili met his Armenian counterpart Hovik Abrahamian on the first day of his official visit to Armenia. “We agreed to further deepen close cooperation between Georgia and Armenia and my visit will serve this purpose,” he told reporters afterwards.

“I also want to point out that we agreed that Armenia and Georgia will jointly build a bridge,” added Gharibashvili. “We heard today about an interesting proposal to name it Friendship Bridge and we gladly accepted that proposal.”

Key Yerevan Arena Renationalized

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Armenia’s largest sports and concert arena was formally renationalized on Thursday in payment for its Russian-based owner’s debts to the Armenian government exceeding 10.4 billion drams ($25 million).

The government also announced that the sprawling property located in Yerevan will now be managed by the Armenian Defense Ministry.

The Sport and Cultural Complex, commonly known as Hamalir (Complex), was built in 1983 and became one of the modest modern Soviet facilities of its kind. It was subsequently named after Karen Demirchian, a late Soviet Armenian leader who initiated its expensive construction.

The complex comprising two large halls was sold in 2005 to the Moscow-based construction firm BAMO belonging to an Armenian-born Russian businessman, Murad Muradian. The company paid $5.5 million and pledged to spend over $40 million on its renovation.

Yerevan Moves To Facilitate Iraqi Armenian Immigration

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The government approved on Thursday measures designed to make it easier for Iraqi Armenians to take refuge in Armenia or become its dual citizens following the rise of Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

In particular, the government simplified procedures for processing their requests for Armenian citizenship.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian, Iraqi nationals of Armenian descent will now be able to receive their new passports at Armenia’s diplomatic missions in Iraq and neighboring states. They had to travel to Yerevan for that purpose until now.

Speaking at a weekly cabinet meeting in Yerevan, Kocharian said ethnic Armenians fleeing violence in Iraq will also be exempted from Armenian visa, residency permit and passport fees.

Armenia to Allocate US$100,000 in Charitable Aid to Iraqi Yezidis

August 21, 2014 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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14:45, August 21, 2014

At a cabinet session today, the government of Armenia resolved to allocate US$100,000 in charitable aid to the Yezidi community in Iraq.

The funds will be transferred to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

The government also decided to include Iraq in a list of countries whose citizens can be issued Armenian passports via Republic of Armenia diplomatic missions in their country of residence.

Source: HetqOriginial Article

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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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Capitalism Run Amok Is Just Plain Capitalism

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16:37, January 17, 2015

By Markar Melkonian

The source of Armenia’s misery and humiliation, we often hear, is not capitalism per se, but rather “gangster capitalism,” “a broken system,” “capitalism run amok.”

The goal for the future, then, is to “fix the system,” to reform capitalism, to make it more like regular, pure, genuine Free Enterprise, the kind of capitalism that works. But what if Armenia’s actually existing capitalism already is genuine capitalism?

An economist once observed that the only existential meaning of “enterprise” in the term free enterprise is “whatever capitalists happen to be doing at the time”–and “free” is the accompanying demand that they be allowed to do it.

Ukraine: Cops Go After Casinos, Suggest Yanukovych Connection

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21:45, December 15, 2014

Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs has launched a campaign against illegal casinos amid fears that a large network of underground gambling dens could be providing an income source for the son of the country’s disgraced former president Viktor Yanukovych.

The new crackdown on unlawful casinos – an ongoing scourge for law enforcement agencies in Ukraine since regulation was made stiffer with a 2009 law – was launched on Dec. 8 after an announcement on Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov’s official Facebook page.

Avakov, who keeps a lively and occasionally angry Facebook commentary on current affairs, pledged to put a complete stop to the establishments within ten days; first in the capital of Kyiv, then the rest of the nation.

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.