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Armenia Society News Digest for Sunday, February 16, 2020


This is the Daily Digest of society news for Armenia for Sunday, February 16, 2020. The top posts are (we hope you enjoy them):

Lawmakers, Chief of General Staff to meet behind closed doors Feb. 18

Lawmakers, Chief of General Staff to meet behind closed doors Feb. 18

February 15, 2020 – 15:48 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Standing Committees on Human Rights and Security of the Armenian National Assembly will hold a closed-door meeting with the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Artak Davtyan.

Lawmaker Ani Samsonyan from the Bright Armenia party said in a Facebook post that the meeting is slated for February 18.

13 soldiers have died in the Armenian and Nagorno Karabakh armies since the beginning of the year.

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Armenian chef Karen Torosyan awarded a Michelin Star

Armenian chef of the Belgian Bozar restaurant has been awarded the fourth Michelin Star.

“When we love we don’t count,” he captioned a photo on Instagram.

Bozar Restaurant is located in the heart of Brussels in Belgium is the place where Karen Torosyan shares his vision on gastronomy with the world.

Chef Karen Torosyan is one of the most remarkable chefs in Belgium – if not Europe. Karen originally hails from Armenia and arrived in Belgium at the age of 18.

He finished his hospitality studies at INFOBO and gained experience in various types of restaurants such as Michelin starred Bruneau and Chalet de la Forêt.

It was at these restaurants that Karen discovered the real French cooking and the need of structure and hard work in the kitchen. At the famous La Paix restaurant of Chef David Martin, Karen also learnt the business aspects of running a restaurant.

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It was under the wings of Chef David Martin that Karen got the opportunity to go his own way with the start of Bozar Brasserie. After a few years he became fully independent and quickly gained name and fame in the culinary world.

Michelin Guides  are a series of guide books published by the French tyre company Michelin for more than a century. The term normally refers to the annually published Michelin Red Guide, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards up to three Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments.

 The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. Michelin also publishes a series of general guides to cities, regions, and countries, the Green Guides.

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Armenia quake in focus of new study on PTSD early treatment benefits

Armenia quake in focus of new study on PTSD early treatment benefits

February 15, 2020 – 11:51 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – In 1988, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the northern Armenian city of Spitak. The temblor destroyed cities and is estimated to have killed between 25,000 and 35,000 people, many of whom were schoolchildren.

The latest findings from a long-term, UCLA-led study reveal that children who survived the quake and received psychotherapy soon after have experienced health benefits into adulthood, Medical Xpress says.

The findings are particularly relevant today, said Dr. Armen Goenjian, the study’s lead author and a researcher at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, given the increased frequency and severity of climate-related catastrophes such as hurricanes and wildfires.

This ongoing project is one of the first long-term studies to follow survivors of a natural disaster who experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, more than five years after the event. The research tracks PTSD and depression symptoms in people who received psychotherapy as children, as well as those who did not.

The latest findings, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, also identified factors that contributed to the risk for PTSD and depression among the Spitak quake survivors, including whether their homes were destroyed, the severity of adversity they faced after the earthquake and whether they had chronic medical illnesses after the quake. People who experienced strong social support were less likely to develop PTSD and depression.

The researchers evaluated 164 survivors who were 12 to 14 years old in 1990, about a year and a half year after the earthquake. Of that group, 94 lived in the city of Gyumri, which experienced substantial destruction and thousands of deaths. The other 70 lived in Spitak, where the damage was far more severe and there was a higher rate of death.

A few weeks after the initial assessment, mental health workers provided trauma- and grief-focused psychotherapy in some schools in Gyumri, but not in others because of a shortage of trained medical staff.

“We were comparing two devastated cities that had different levels of post-earthquake adversities,” Goenjian said. “People in Spitak, who experienced more destruction, earthquake-related deaths and injuries but experienced fewer post-earthquake adversities, had a better recovery from PTSD and depression than survivors in Gyumri.”

Researchers interviewed survivors five and 25 years after the earthquake. They found that people from Gyumri who received psychotherapy had significantly greater improvements in both their depression and PTSD symptoms. On the 80-point PTSD-Reaction Index, for example, PTSD scores for the Gyumri group that received psychotherapy dropped from an average of 44 a year and a half after the earthquake to 31 after 25 years.

PTSD scores for people from Gyumri who did not receive treatment declined as well, but not as much: from 43 at one-and-a-half years to 36 after 25 years.

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Today on Twitter

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No, not finished yet… Greco-Roman #wrestlers🤼‍♂️ Karen #Aslanyan (67 kg) & Karapet #Chalyan (77 kg) ensured the presence of the Armenian flag🇦🇲 on pedestal by taking the #bronze medals🥉 during #EuropeanChampionship. Congrats to our heroes! #wretslerome


Thoughtful discussion on latest regional developments with good friend FM of #Iraq @maalhakim. Emphasized importance of de-escalation exclusively through peaceful means, continues bilat coop

PR of #Armenia🇦🇲Chair of #CSW64 addressed @UN_Women ExecutiveBoard, stressing that wider political & economic participation of #women & better social protection mechanisms that would enable women & girls to realize their full potential are among the central priorities of @armgov

🇦🇲🇦🇿 #Armenian PM #Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President #Aliyev discussed the Nagorno #Karabakh conflict last night at the #Munich Security Conference. Details of the talk below:

How to solve the Karabakh conflict? Armenian PM, Azerbaijani president meet, discuss in public

Delegation led by Deputy Defense Minister of #Armenia #GabrielBalayan attends @NATO #DefMin in #RSM format. Continued contribution of Armenia🇦🇲 and other partners to peace and stability in #Afghanistan highly appreciated by #NATO Allies.

✊32 years ago, these days, the #Karabakhmovement began. With mass demonstration the people of #Artsakh demanded from the Soviet Union the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the #Azerbaijan SSR and its reunion with the Soviet #Armenia.


A productive meeting w/ #President of #Armenia, H.E. Armen Sarkissian today. We discussed our mutual cooperation as #constitutional institutions; projects of the Human Rights Defender (@OmbudsArmenia ); #humanrights issues; #reforms of the #Constitution & #judicial-#legal system.

I looked at composition of Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s first elected parliament (1991-95). Some things stood out: of 81 seats, 6 were set aside for NKR’s Azerbaijani minority (3 in Shushi, 1 in Khojali, 1 in Karadagli & 1 in Umudlu); they remained vacant.

#Artsakh Defense #Army serviceman receives fatal firearm injury
#NKpeace #conflict #peace

On March 31 #Artsakh people votes in General Elections, testament 2 #EarnedSovereignty Democratic ideals & statehood.
Thus,@mfankr launches accreditation& invites journalists 2 aid Dem processes by following events on the ground
#Karabakh #ArtsakhVotes2020

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