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James Cameron says ‘Avatar 2′ will be much cheaper than first movie

October 31, 2014 Diaspora, Film, Video No Comments
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The “Avatar” sequels aren’t going to be as insanely expensive as the first movie, which cost over $240 million, according to director James Cameron.
The three sequels – set to be released in the December’s of 2016, 2017 and 2018 – are being shot simultaneously, saving costs thanks to the “economies of scale,” Cameron said at a Wall Street Journal Conference on Wednesday, Design & Trends reports, citing the Hollywood Reporter.
“We’ll literally capture the actors all at the same time, we’ll do all the live photography all at the same time, it’s sort of like we’re shooting a miniseries,” Cameron explained. “So, theoretically, that’s a good way to damp the costs down hopefully well below what the first film cost.”
It’s easy to shoot everything at once when everything is computer generated, Cameron said, adding that their CGI system is even more advanced now than it was for the first film.
“The thing that’s still astonishing to me is how well our prototype system did work,” he said. “But it was not user-friendly at all and it was a lot of unnecessary hard work, and we just always kept consoling ourselves while we were making the film that we’ll fix it for the sequel.”
“Interestingly, the term ‘filming’ is so obsolete in almost every regard because we do some image capture where there’s actual photography, but it’s done entirely on digital cameras,” Cameron continued. “And that only represents a small part, maybe 20 to 25 percent, of the total film. The rest is completely synthetically generated.”
When asked about the new head-mounted gaming system Oculus Rift, which is being heralded as the next “big thing” in the virtual reality world, Cameron was surprisingly dismissive, saying, “There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn, frankly… What will the level of interactivity with the user be other than just ‘I can stand and look around. If you want to move through a virtual reality it’s called a video game, it’s been around forever.” 

Big Brother to launch in China

October 29, 2014 Armenia, Arts, Asia, Diaspora, Video No Comments
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China is to get its own version of Big Brother for the first time, with the housemates’ exploits to be broadcast on popular video site Youku Tudou.The reality show, in which contestants are monitored 24 hours a day, has been seen in dozens of countries since launching 15 years ago, reports BBC Entertainment & Arts.Big Brother’s creators Endemol have signed a deal with Youku Tudou, the biggest online video site in China.The site has 500 million active users, according to a statement.Big Brother China will launch in early 2015 and will last for 10 weeks.Endemol Asia chief executive Arjen van Mierlo said: “We’re thrilled to announce this landmark deal with Youku Tudou Inc, bringing a format that has changed the face of television to China for the first time.”In a market that annually generates hundreds of billions of video views, partnering with the number one digital video platform will allow us to bring Big Brother to a young audience and deliver the most immersive, interactive and unique experience to fans across the nation.”The deal comes three years after the Chinese government orderedsatellite TV channels to cut the number of reality TV, dating and talk shows because of their “vulgar tendencies”. 

Every day this nice old man is visited by a wild hummingbird

October 26, 2014 Diaspora, Film, Video No Comments
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Every day, 83-year-old Joao Silvestrini has the most unusual visitor – a hummingbird! It flies in and out of the kitchen window of his Brazil home several times a day, stopping for a chirpy chat and a drink of sugar water, odditycentral.com reports.The story of the unusual friendship between man and bird has become popular on Facebook, after Joao filmed the bird and posted the video online, last month. The footage shows the tiny bird flying around Joao’s head and waiting patiently until he offers it the daily dose of sugar sweetened water.Joao is a bachelor and a retired ornithologist; he wakes up at 5.30 every morning to open the kitchen window and wait for his little friend. Before long, the bird arrives in search of water and continues the routine several times during the day. “When he wants water, he is flying around me, he will not let me use the computer,” Joao laughed.“I like animals and always put sugar water for the hummingbirds in the backyard, but this one is shameless,” he added. “I talk to him, try to get closer, but he does not care for me. In fact, he only cares about drinking water.”Joao said that he isn’t surprised by this unusual behavior, because the bird seems to have become accustomed to human presence since it was very young. He also explained that hummingbirds are quite territorial, so if another one tries to drink from its special bird feeder, it will result in a fight.Ever since he uploaded the video, Joao has been getting several likes and friend requests on Facebook. “I cannot evaluate all the requests,” he said. “I just close my eyes and accept.” He is quite amazed at all the positive response – he explained that he only meant to share it with his friends and relatives, and he did not expect to become famous because of it.As much as he enjoys the hummingbird’s companionship, Joao knows that it will be short-lived. He realises that as the bird grows, it will become more independent and seek food from other sources. “It is already growing, it is almost an adult and will eventually leave. That’s life,” he said. 

UK: Police Intercept Stolen Cars At Ports

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17:17, October 21, 2014

In ports across the United Kingdom, shipping containers may conceal stolen vehicles destined for other countries. A recent operation by British authorities seized many of these vehicles before they could be smuggled overseas.

A crackdown codenamed “Operation Toyer” recovered 44 high-end vehicles and SUVs, including BMWs, Range Rovers, Audis, and a Porsche Cayenne. The haul also included Scania trucks and a Komatsu hydraulic excavator, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Police said the vehicles were destined for Africa, Cyprus, France, the USA, Malaysia and Burma. The stolen goods, which also included a container of parts from 29 stolen BMWs, were worth nearly US$ 2 million.

Obama to discuss Islamic State with European leaders

October 15, 2014 Africa, Armenia, Arts, Turkey, Video No Comments
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US President Barack Obama is to hold a video conference with the leaders of the UK, France, Germany and Italy to discuss combating Islamic State (IS), the BBC reports.Mr Obama told foreign military chiefs on Tuesday to expect a long campaign against the jihadist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.He also expressed deep concern about the IS offensive on the town of Kobane, on Syria’s border with Turkey.The Ebola epidemic will also be discussed in the video conference.The World Health Organization (WHO) says 4,447 people have died after contracting the virus, most of them in West Africa.On Wednesday morning, the US authorities confirmed that a second health worker in the state of Texas had tested positive for Ebola.A third item on the video conference’s agenda will be efforts to encourage Russia to implement the Minsk ceasefire agreement with Ukraine.The US-led coalition against Islamic State has stepped up its air strikes on the group’s heavily-armed fighters surrounding the town of Kobane, where Kurdish militia have been holding out for almost a month.The jihadists are also said to be advancing on the Iraqi town of Amariya al-Falluja, one of the last still controlled by government forces in Anbar province and only 40km (25 miles) from the capital Baghdad.”Coalition air strikes will continue in both of these areas,” Mr Obama told a meeting of senior military commanders from more than 20 Western and Arab countries at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Tuesday.Mr Obama warned that they were facing a “long-term campaign”.”There are not quick fixes involved. We’re still at the early stages.”"As with any military effort, there will be days of progress and there are going to be periods of setback,” he added.

Hackers Using Malware To Steal Millions From ATM’s

October 11, 2014 Armenia, Asia, Business, Europe, Video No Comments
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21:59, October 11, 2014

ATM machines are being targeted by cyber-criminals using malware to steal millions of dollars around the globe.

Tyupkin, the name of the malware, enables hackers to steal cash from ATMs without using debit or credit cards, but rather with a series of codes, reportsThe International Business Times.

Kaspersky Lab, a Russian security company, detected the cyber attacks, which have thus far been found across Europe, Latin America, Asia, the US, and Israel. As of last March, when the investigation was conducted, more than 50 machines were found to be infected in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Azerbaijan Repatriates Body Of Armenian Captive

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The Azerbaijani authorities repatriated on Friday the body of a resident of an Armenian border village who died in suspicious circumstances one day after wandering into Azerbaijan in early August.

An Azerbaijani government commission dealing with prisoners of war and civilian captives and the International Committee of the Red Cross said Karen Petrosian’s body was handed over to Armenian officials at a western section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

The handover took place several dozen kilometers from Chinari, a village in Armenia’s Tavush province where Petrosian lived until crossing the border with Azerbaijan for still unknown reasons. He was first spotted by residents of Agbulaq, an Azerbaijani village close to Chinari, and handed over to the Azerbaijani military. The 33-year-old was then paraded on Azerbaijani television and accused of being part of an Armenian “sabotage group” that tried to infiltrate Azerbaijan.

Chief Prosecutor Orders Probe Of Attack On Journalist

October 8, 2014 Armenia, Europe, Top News, Video No Comments
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Prosecutor-General Gevorg Kostanian on Wednesday ordered an Armenia law-enforcement agency to launch criminal proceedings in connection with a recent assault on a journalist carried out by a senior security official.

Marine Khachatrian, a correspondent for the A1+ TV station and online news service, was attacked by the chief of the Armenian parliament’s security service, Karen Hayrapetian, as she covered a small demonstration staged outside the National Assembly building in Yerevan on September 9.

Video of the incident showed Hayrapetian slapping Khachatrian in the hand after he and other security guards tore off a big poster which a group of civic activists put on the railings of the parliament compound. The female journalist dropped her video camera as a result.  

Classic video game Tetris to turn into movie

October 3, 2014 Diaspora, Film, Video No Comments
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The classic video game Tetris, in which players slot a cascade of tumbling blocks together, is being turned into a science-fiction movie, Al Arabiya reports, citing developers.
Tetris has been a mainstay of computer gaming since it was created 30 years ago, but the shape-slotting puzzle may not seem like an obvious subject for a big-screen adaptation.
Threshold Entertainment said in a statement that it was partnering with The Tetris Company to develop the film.
“Everyone knows that Tetris is one of the best known, most beloved brands in the world,” Threshold chairman Larry Kasanoff said.
“What everyone doesn’t know yet is this epic scifi story that we’re going to tell. That’s what’s really exciting.”
Threshold has already scored some game-to-movie successes, notably two “Mortal Kombat” films.
Read more on the Al Arabiya website.

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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

Source: HetqOriginial Article

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.