Armenia Sports News Digest for Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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This is the Daily Digest of sports news for Armenia for Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The notable posts are (we hope you enjoy them):

Wrestler Gevorg Gharibyan Wins Gold at European Championships

Gevorg Gharibyan

Armenia’s Gevorg Gharibyan (center left) defeated his Turkish rival, winning gold

Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Gevorg Gharibyan (132 lbs) defeated Turkey’s Kerim Kamal 5 to 5, clinching the gold medal at the 2020 European Championships underway in Rome, Italy.

A four-point takedown in a dramatic final bout helped the Armenian secure the champion’s European Champion title. The Turkish wrestler managed to level on points, but, in the case of a draw, preference is given to the individual who performs a more complex trick.

Armenia’s Karen Aslanyan won a bronze medal in the 147 lbs division.

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Armenia’s Artur Aleksanyan clinches gold at European Championship

Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Artur Aleksanyan (97 kg) defeated Italy’s Nikoloz Kakhelashvili to win gold at the European Championships under way in Rome, Italy.

In total, the Armenian athletes won two gold and two bronze medals at the Championships.

Artur Aleksanyan and Gevorg Gharibyan claimed gold medals, while Karen Aslanyan and Karapet Chalyan won the bronze.

Nicknamed the “White Bear,” Aleksanyan is now a five-time European Champion.

He won a bronze medal at 2012 Olympics and was crowned Olympic Champion in 2016.

In November 2019 he was named UNICEF National Ambassador for Armenia.

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Karen Aslanyan won bronze of the European championship against

YEREVAN, 12 Feb — Sputnik. Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Karen Aslanyan in the match for third place defeated the Christian Hungarian Istvan Vancou with the score 7:5 and became the bronze medalist of the European championship in Rome.

Losing with the score 0:3, Aslanian (weight category to 67 kg) was able to make the throw, scored 4 points and won bronze.


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Wrestlers Karen Aslanyan and Christian Istvan at the end of the match for the bronze medal at the European championship in Greco-Roman wrestling (12 February 2020). Rome

The Armenian wrestler won the bronze medal in a hard and bitter struggle, although it is, by all indicators, could become the European champion.

In his first match Aslanian defeated the Swede Oscar Erlandson with the score 3:1. In the 1/8 finals Karen left no chances for victory to an opponent from Georgia George Shotadze. In this game he scored 9 points and won an early victory.


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The referee announces the winner of the match for the bronze medal between Karen Aslanyan and Cristiano Istvan CHE in Greco-Roman wrestling (12 February 2020). Rome

In the quarterfinals, the Armenian wrestler defeated the athlete from Serbia Mate Nemeth. But in the semifinal he lost to Russian wrestler Nazir Abdulayev with the score 3:4.

We will remind, another representative of Armenia – Gevorg Gharibyan, 12 Feb won the final match of the rival from Turkey Kerem Kamal and became the champion of Europe.

  • Медалисты Чемпионата Европы по греко-римской борьбе (67 кг) на пьедистале почета (12 февраля 2020). Рим
    Medalists of the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling (67 kg) at pedistal of honor (12 February 2020). Rome

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  • Медалисты Чемпионата Европы по греко-римской борьбе (67 кг) на пьедистале почета (12 февраля 2020). Рим
    Medalists of the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling (67 kg) at pedistal of honor (12 February 2020). Rome

    © Sputnik / Hasmik Grigoryan

© Sputnik / Hasmik Grigoryan
Medalists of the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling (67 kg) at pedistal of honor (12 February 2020). Rome

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Wrestling: Armenia’s Gevorg Gharibyan crowned European Champion

Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Gevorg Gharibyan (60kg) defeated Turkey’s Kerim Kamal 5-5 to clinch gold at the European Championships under way in Rome, Italy.

A four-point takedown in a dramatic final bout helped the Armenian secure the champion’s title. The Turkish wrestler managed to level on points, but in case of a draw preference is given to the author of a more complex trick.

Karen Aslanyan claimed a bronze medal in the 67 kg division.

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Amid the resignation of Hasmonean: coaches of the national team of Armenia has changed and football is no

The first chief coach of the Armenian football was Eduard Markarov. He took office in 1992. Under your guidance the team played 6 matches, registering one win, two draws and three defeats. The odds to 1-5, the odds of winning are 16.7%. Markarov remained the chief coach of the national team until the end of 1994.


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Eduard Markarov

In 1995 the head coach of the Armenian team was assigned Samvel Darbinian, who had stayed in this post until 1996. The team chaired by Darbinian’s a total of 9 games: won one victory and seven defeats, one game ended in a draw. The advantage amounted to 5-21, the odds of victory is 11.1%.

Since 1996 the national team of Armenia was headed by the legendary football player Khoren Hovhannisyan. He was destined to prepare his team to the first for us the world Cup, where the team set a record (not broken to this day), finishing in qualifying subgroup in fourth place among six teams. Hovhannisyan was in charge of the team until the end of 1997. The team spent with him 16 games, registering two wins and nine defeats, five games ended in a draw. The ratio of goals 10-41, the odds of winning is 12.5%.


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Khoren Hovhannisyan

As the chief coach of the national team of Armenia Khoren Hovhannisyan was replaced by Suren Barseghyan. He and previous colleagues, has been a mentor for a year — until the end of 1999. Our team spent under his guidance 14 matches. Total result — four wins, two draws and eight defeats. The goals margin was 12.5%, the ratio of wins — 28.6%.

The next coach of the national team of Armenia was Varuzhan Sukiasyan, who has worked for 2000 and 2001. The team under his leadership, has spent 17 matches, registering three wins, seven losses, seven games ended in a draw. The advantage amounted to 17-27, the odds of victory is 17.6%.


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Varuzhan Sukiasyan

His coaching career has been marred by controversial match against Greece, when during the press conference discussed the issue of Treaty games. Sukiasyan again led the team in 2015-2016. Then the team under his leadership appeared in seven tournaments, winning twice, losing four times and finished one game in a draw. The ratio of heads to 12-12, the ratio of wins to 20%.

Remarkable trace in the history of the Armenian team left Andranik Adamyan, who has been the head coach in 2002 and 2003. He played one match a year after winning one and securing the defeat of the other.

The first foreign coach of the national team became the Argentine Oscar lópez, who has led the national team in 2002 and managed to hold two meetings. The result is one draw and one defeat. Lopez resigned because of disagreements with the then President of the football Federation of Armenia (FFA) Ruben Hayrapetyan.

The second foreign coach was Mihai Stoichita, who headed the team of Armenia in 2003-2004. He also had no special achievements. Under the leadership of Stoikitsa our team held 10 matches after four wins, registering one draw and five defeats. The preponderance of heads amounted to 11-17, the ratio of victories to 40%.


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The coach of FC Steaua Bucharest Mihai Stoichita watching his players at the stadium “Ghencea stadium” (9 November 2009). Bucharest

In 2004-2005, the chief coach of the Armenian team became the French Bernard Casoni. Team performed under his leadership in seven tournaments, having achieved only one victory. One match ended in a draw, six with the defeat. The advantage amounted to 5-18, the ratio of wins to 12.5%.

Then “the command” series our team went to Ian (Ian) to Porterfield, who was distinguished for unique coaching methodology. However, he had to end his career for health reasons. He died in 2007. Over the years of his coaching career (2006-2007), the Armenian team held 10 matches. The net result was two wins, four defeats and four draws. The ratio of goals made up of 5-9, the ratio of wins to 20%.


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The coach of Armenian team Ian Porterfield celebrates his team’s victory over team Poland in the qualifying match of group A of Euro 2008 (June 6, 2007). Yerevan

In 2007, the Armenian national team had briefly led by Vardan Simonyan and Englishman Tom Jones. During this time the team has won just one match out of six, one game ended in a draw and four defeat. The ratio of the balls amounted to 2-8, the ratio of wins — 16.6%.

In 2008-2009, Armenian national team headed by Danish Jan Poulsen. He spent with the team 12 games in which our boys celebrated three wins, suffered five defeats and four draws. The ratio of the balls amounted to 9-19, the ratio of wins — 25%.


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Head coach of Armenian football Jan Poulsen (2nd left) at a press conference on the eve of a football match against the national team of Turkey (5 September 2008). Yerevan

“Longevity” in the history of the Armenia national team on football became a coach Vardan Minasyan, and at the second attempt he succeeded much better. Minasian spent on a post of the instructor from 2009 to 2014, and then returned to their wards in 2018. During this time our team had under his leadership, the mast 42. The result — 15 wins and 21 defeat to six matches with a draw. The ratio of balls made 959-60, the ratio of wins — 30%. Vardan Minasyan managed to achieve so far the best what to result in the European championship. The team under his leadership in 2012, took second place in the qualifying group.


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Head coach of FC “Ararat Armenia” Vardan Minasyan is watching my players during a football match of the 15th round of the Highest League of the Armenian championship against FC “Urartu” (December 1, 2019). Yerevan

In 2014-2015, the head coach of the Armenian team was appointed Swiss Bernard Challandes. Team played in eight tournaments, winning one victory. One match ended in a draw, six with the defeat. The ratio of balls made from 9 to 20, the ratio of wins — 0.44%.

Bernard Challandes

We can say that in 2015 in the team’s history began a new era, as the team was headed by two former players. In 2015, the Armenian national team, headed by Sargis Hovsepian played five matches, but no wins could not achieve (one draw and four defeats). The ratio of the balls amounted to 2-12, the ratio of wins — 0.20%.


© Sputnik / Asatur Yesayants
Sargis Hovsepyan

Over the years of coaching Arthur Petrosyan (2016-2018гг.), friend Hovsepian team, Armenian national football team have played 12 games, registering in a total of five wins, two draws and five defeats. The ratio of the balls amounted to 21-22, the ratio of wins — 80%.


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Friendly match. Armenia – Lithuania. Coach Artur Petrosyan (27.03.2018)

The penultimate coach of the national team of Armenia was Armen Gyulbudagyantswho has been in office from 2018 to 2019. The team under his leadership has played nine games, registering four wins, four defeats and one draw. The ratio of balls made up 20-14, the ratio of wins — 44.4%.


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Head coach of Armenian football Armen Gyulbudagyants before the match Armenia – Bosnia and Herzegovina

On the coaching post Gyulbudagyants was replaced by Abraham khashmanyan, who has only played one game, and this game marked the defeat with the biggest in the entire history of the national team by the score difference. The Armenian team lost to Palermo in the Italy team with a score of 1-9.


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Defender of Armenia Hovhannes Hambardzumyan and Coach of Armenia’s national football team Abraham Khashmanyan during a football match of the qualifying round of Euro 2020 qualifier between Armenia and Greece (15 November 2019). Yerevan

After that, the national team of Armenia has not conducted matches, even friendlies… in Front of us waiting for the next passion with the appointment of a new coach.

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Golden throw: Gevorg Gharibyan beat the rival from Turkey and took the gold at the European championship in wrestling

YEREVAN, 12 Feb — Sputnik. Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Gevorg Gharibyan won gold at the European Championships in Rome.

In the final, in persistent struggle, he defeated opponents from Turkey Kerem Kamal.

On the way to the final Gharibyan in the weight category up to 60 kg defeated the Bulgarian Augustine Spasova, Azerbaijani Murad Bazarov and the Estonian Hilary Magical.


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Gevorg Gharibyan celebrates victory in the final over wrestler Ceremon Kemal at the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling (12 February 2020). Rome

At the beginning of the final battle of the Turkish fighter was constantly trying to grab the opponent from below, to throw him through. But Gharibyan successfully defended. Impenetrable and he was in the pit when I had to lie down on the carpet. Kamal tried to lift him into the air for a throw, but achieved nothing.

The turning point came in the middle of the fight, when Gharibyan suddenly sent the opponent through itself. Account 0:1 became 5:1.

Thereafter Kamal went on the attack to regain lost. For fifteen minutes before the end of the match he pushed Caribana outside of the carpet, and in eight seconds the score was equal – 5:5. With the score tied, additional performance, the judges awarded the victory to Gariban, which carried through the hall of the Armenian flag.

Note that in the sports arena in Rome gathered a lot of Armenians who actively supported Gevorg. And one of the stands of the Armenian and Turkish fans have been there, and their flags a few inches apart.

The whole fight the Armenians were chanting “Hayastan”, and foreign commentators already know what it means.

  • Геворг Гарибян празднует победу в финальном поединке над борцом Керемом Кемалем на Чемпионате Европы по греко-римской борьбе (12 февраля 2020). Рим
    Gevorg Gharibyan celebrates victory in the final over wrestler Ceremon Kemal at the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling (12 February 2020). Rome

    © Sputnik / Hasmik Grigoryan
  • Золотой медалист Чемпионата Европы по греко-римской борьбе Геворг Гарибян на пьедистале почета (12 февраля 2020). Рим
    Gold medalist of the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling Gevorg Gharibyan on pedistal of honor (12 February 2020). Rome

    © Sputnik / Hasmik Grigoryan
  • Медалисты Чемпионата Европы по греко-римской борьбе Геворг Гарибян на пьедистале почета (12 февраля 2020). Рим
    Medalists of the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling Gevorg Gharibyan on pedistal of honor (12 February 2020). Rome

    © Sputnik / Hasmik Grigoryan
  • Золотой медалист Чемпионата Европы по греко-римской борьбе Геворг Гарибян на пьедистале почета (12 февраля 2020). Рим
    Gold medalist of the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling Gevorg Gharibyan on pedistal of honor (12 February 2020). Rome

    © Sputnik / Hasmik Grigoryan

© Sputnik / Hasmik Grigoryan
Gevorg Gharibyan celebrates victory in the final over wrestler Ceremon Kemal at the European Championship on Greco-Roman wrestling (12 February 2020). Rome

“In the stands a lot of Armenians. Hear how the Armenians chanting “Armenia“, “- said one of them.

We will remind, in one of today’s final (in the weight category up to 97 kg) Olympic champion Artur Aleksanyan will meet with Nikoloz Khelashvili, in favour of Italy.

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Report: Former Real Madrid boss Solari could head the Armenian national team

Real Madrid’s former head coach Santiago Solari, 43, could take charge of the Armenian national team, Armsport.am quotes sources as saying.

The news outlet says the Football Federation of Armenia is holding negotiations with Armenian and foreign specialists, and claims the former Real Madrid boss is among the most likely candidates on the list.

Earlier today the former Armenia head coach and the Federation reached agreement to terminate his contract.

Armenia
is expected to face Uzbekistan an Kazakhstan in friendlies on March 26 and 30 respectively,
and a new manager is expected to be appointed by then.

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Armenia football team remains coachless again

Armenia football team remains coachless again

February 12, 2020 – 14:54 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetAbraham Khashmanyan is leaving the post of the chief coach of Armenia’s national football team, the country’s Football Federation revealed on Wednesday, February 12.

The sides agreed to terminate the contract after Khashmanyan and the President of the Federation, Armen Melikbekyan, held several meetings on the matter.

A new coach will be appointed in the near future, the federation said on Wednesday.

Khashmanyan offered “to resign tomorrow” after a 9-1 defeat to Italy November 2019. The notoriously fiery tactician was the third coach on the Armenia bench during the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

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Armenian Ivan finally found a football club and went to the Aland Islands

YEREVAN, 12 Feb — Sputnik. Player Ivan Yagan last week, remaining without a team, signed a contract with the Finnish club “Marian”. Now Yagan will play in the highest League of the championship of Finland. It is reported by Belgian publication Walfoot.

We will note, Ivan Yagan was a cousin of AGANA rook, who now plays for Swiss club Servette. Both brothers were born in Belgium, they have Armenian roots. Both played a few games for the national team of ArmeniaHrach – two, and John three, scoring one goal.

Ivan Yagan has played in several Belgian clubs. The best results he achieved in the first League of the championship of Belgium — with the command “Cercle-Brugge” and “LIRs”. After that he moved to the Premier League team “KAS Eupen”, but for the 2018-19 season, played just seven games in which he scored one goal. In the 2019-20 season, was left without a team. He will now be playing in the highest League of the championship of Finland – for the team, “Mariehamn”. He’s already played his first game for the team, in the Cup of Finland.

Brother Diego Rossi, a Uruguayan soccer player Nicolas Marashlyan wants to play for the national team of Armenia>>

Note, the club is located on the Aland Islands , populated by Swedes.

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Armenia head coach, Football Federation agree to terminate contract

The
Armenian Football Federation and the head coach of the Armenian national team
Abraham Khashmanyan have reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract.

The
decision was made as a result of several meetings between Football Federation
President Armen Melikbekyan and head coach Abraham Khashmanyan.

Armen
Melikbekyan thanked Abraham Khashmanyan for taking the helm of the team in a
difficult situation and wished him success in his future coaching career.

The
name of the new head coach of the Armenian national team will be announced in
the near future.

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After Beating Turkish Rival, Aleksanyan Moves on to Finals

Artur Aleksanyan celebrates his win after defeating Cenk Ildem

Artur Aleksanyan celebrates his win after defeating Cenk Ildem

Armenia’s Olympic gold medalist and reigning world champion Artur Aleksanyan, a Greco-Roman wrestler, lived up to his reputation at the 2020 European Wrestling Championships, where he was once again victorious.

In the 1/8 final of the 214 lbs category, the Olympic champion beat Turkish wrestler Cenk Ildem 7 to 1. During the match, Ilden was seen, more than once, provoking Aleksanyan by hitting him with his head. The Turkish wrestler’s provocations caused a frenzy, leading to an intervention by a referee. As a result of his actions, Ildem was reprimanded for being rude and two points were added to Aleksanyan’s score.

In the quarter final, Aleksanyan beat world and European vice-champion, Bulgarian wrestler Kiril Milov 9 to 0.

In the semi-final for the 214 lbs category, Aleksanyan beat European bronze medalist, Finland’s representative Mati Elias Kuosmanen 8 to 1.

Artur Aleksanyan beat Mati Elias Kuosmanen in the 2020 European Wrestling Championships semi-finals

Artur Aleksanyan beat Mati Elias Kuosmanen in the 2020 European Wrestling Championships semi-finals

On February 12, the Olympic champion will attempt to gain the 5th European gold medal in his career. During the final, Aleksanyan’s opponent will be Italy’s representative Nikolos Kakhelashvili.

Armenia’s representative in the 132 lbs category, Gevorg Gharibyan, has also made it to the final of the European Wrestling Championships. During the semi-final, he beat Estonian wrestler Hillary Maygisalu 8 to 0 and will be competing for gold with Turkish wrestler Kerem Kamal.

The finals of the first day of the competitions will take place on February 11. Vice-champion of the European Games, European bronze medalist Karapet Chalyan will compete for the bronze medal in the 170 lbs category. On February 10, the Armenian wrestler was defeated by Azerbaijani wrestler Sanan Suleymanov 0 to 3 during the semi-final. In the fight for the bronze medal, Chalyan will compete with two-time Olympic champion Armen Nazaryan’s student, Bulgaria’s representative Hayk Mnatsakanyan.

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The Sun: Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return to Arsenal in summer

The Sun: Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return to Arsenal in summer

February 11, 2020 – 12:39 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will return to Arsenal this summer unless the Gunners dramatically reduce their asking price, The Sun reports.

The Armenian winger is currently on loan at Roma and keen to sign for the Italian giants on a permanent basis in the summer.

But Roma are not prepared to meet Arsenal’s £20million (approx. $26 million) valuation for the 31-year-old whose Emirates contract expires next year.

And that would leave the north Londoners scrambling to find an alternative buyer for a player who does not figure in head coach Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans.

Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal from Manchester United in a straight swap for Chilean Alexis Sanchez in January 2018 and signed a £160,000-a-week contract to 2021.

But he failed to impress Unai Emery last season and was loaned to Roma in September despite starting the season opener away to Newcastle.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan reportedly set for Arsenal return in the summer

Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces returning to Arsenal in the summer with Roma unwilling to meet the £20million price tag for the player, reports The Sun.

The Armenian midfielder is currently on a season-long loan and keen to sign for the Italian side on a permanent basis at the end of the season. 

Roma had a €10m bid rejected in January and unlikely to make a fresh move for a player in the summer with just 12 months left on his contract. 

Mkhitaryan joined Arsenal from Manchester United in a straight swap for Chilean Alexis Sanchez in January 2018 and signed a £160,000-a-week contract to 2021.

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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

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PM Nikol Pashinyan has met ambassadors of @OSCE member states. During the meeting the PM has presented in detail the current situation of the Constitutional Court.

Important conversation on #education & adolescent girls, with Bono of @U2 and @ONECampaign, Mary Robinson, Chair of @TheElders. Quality #education for all named N1 priority by @antonioguterres. Armenia🇦🇲 is committed to equal access to education #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience

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We took a decision requiring to change law & immediately stop practice when #detainees r placed in #prison #disciplinary #cells & isolated for acts of self-harm. These people should be under #psychological & #psychiatric care! The problem detected by #NPM unit. @OmbudsArmenia

Yestreday, MEP #CostasMavrides hosted a conference with the title “The forgotten #refugees: What Happened to the #Armenians of #Baku?” in the @Europarl_EN.
Keynote speakers were #BaronessCarolineCox, @AnnaATurcotte and David Babaev.
Press Release👇
https://eafjd.eu/forgottenrefugees.html

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Armenia Culture News Digest for Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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This is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The top stories are the following:

Kim Kardashian West joins SXSW 2020 speaker lineup

Kim Kardashian West joins SXSW 2020 speaker lineup

February 12, 2020 – 16:24 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetSouth By Southwest (SXSW) announced the final, jam-packed round of speakers for its annual Austin conference and festival on Tuesday, February 11, lawyer-in-training, Armenian-American reality TV star Kim Kardashian West will sound off on criminal justice reform.

South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW) is an annual conglomeration of parallel film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences organized jointly that take place in mid-March in Texas, United States.

Newly-added keynote speakers include American singer, songwriter, rapper Janelle Monáe; Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; music multi-hyphenate St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) in conversation with Sleater-Kinney founding member Carrie Brownstein about their new film collab, The Nowhere Inn; and SM Entertainment founder Soo-Man Lee in conversation with Capitol Music Group COO Michelle Jubelirer. In addition, mega film director Michael Moore has been added to a previously-announced conversation with Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters, Billboard reports.

The featured speakers list now includes Ozzy Osbourne; Stephen Colbert interviewed by Judd Apatow; electronic musician and composer Holly Herndon; music journalist Cherie Hu; Beastie Boys Story film director Spike Jonze; and Margo Price. And as for industry executives, you can count on talks from Platoon CEO/founder Denzyl Feigelson; Since the 80s co-founder Kei Henderson; 300 Entertainment founder Kevin Liles; and DropLabs founder and former Beats By Dre CEO Susan Paley.

Elsewhere, Raekwon will discuss his newest cannabusiness venture alongside The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God; and Rashida Jones will talk about her upcoming Netflix series #blackexcellence alongside co-executive producer Kenya Barris and — if you can believe it — much more.

“Today’s announcement is one of the most significant we’ve made in the 34 year history of SXSW,” said the conference’s chief programming officer, Hugh Forrest. “The Keynote and Featured Speakers added to the lineup are can’t-miss luminaries who are headed here to share the theories, strategies, and motivation behind their success. We’re honored to share the whole of this year’s stellar conference schedule with our attendees. There’s definitely something for everyone at the 2020 event.”

Previously-announced speakers include Diplo, Sonic Youth bassist-singer Kim Gordon, and Chic’s Nile Rodgers in conversation with Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis. View the schedule, in its humungous entirety, here.

SXSW hits Austin for its 34th edition March 13 through 22.

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Armenia will have its first-ever stand at Berlinale film market

Armenia will have its first-ever stand at Berlinale film market

February 12, 2020 – 15:56 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetArmenia will have its first-ever stand at the European Film Market of the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in 2020, the country’s National Cinema Center said on Tuesday, February 11.

A film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale, the EFM is the world’s third biggest industry meeting for the international film circuit.

The artistic director of the National Cinema Center, Melik Karapetyan, will also curate the Armenian stand at the event.

According to him, the booth will help Armenian producers and directors to better organize their work – meetings, presentations, events – within the film market.

The Armenian stand will be set up at Marriott Hotel.

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Armenian Athena promises mind-blowing show: Athena Manoukian seriously aimed at the “Eurovision”

YEREVAN, 12 Feb — Sputnik. Popular Greek singer, member of the British X-Factor Athena Manoukian always wanted to represent Armenia in the Eurovision song contest. About it the singer said at a press conference in Yerevan.

This year she has a real chance to perform on the big European stage from the face of Armenia.

“Always wanted to represent Armenia at the Eurovision song contest, and this year everything turned out great, and the song was ready on time. That’s why I decided to take part in the national selection competition “the Eurovision” this year”, – said the singer told reporters.

The girl considers all the participants of the national selection are very talented, and every song is unique. However, she is confident that she will represent their homeland in the best way.

“I have a big experience of participation in international competitions. In addition, we made a huge effort to organise a great show,” said Athena.

Talking about his song, the singer said that he wrote it with his producer (she is the words and he the music) in his Studio at work on a new album. The composition of this that each of us has a diamond that sometimes we want to select, but make it Shine perhaps only those who it is given from birth.

The girl is not willing to disclose the intrigue and the question of what awaits viewers on February 15 at the national qualifying competition, with a smile replied: “It’s a surprise.”

However, the plans for the pop singer not only participation in the upcoming show. She wants to stay for some time in the historic homeland, to visit iconic places and even become a part of the Armenian show business.

She first visited Armenia in 2015, where he performed a concert, visited Swan lake, went to Tsitsernakaberd (memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915), saw the IV century monastery of Geghard and tried the local cuisine.

“Now I don’t have enough time to properly explore. But I would like to stay here for some time to be creative and, why not, to cooperate with the local stars,” said Athena.

The girl added that he wants to record a song in Armenian.


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The participant of the project “Eurovision”, the singer Athena Manoukian

In addition, she is very artistic has demonstrated their knowledge of the Armenian language: “Hello! How are you doing? I am proud of Armenia. Proud that I was an Armenian.”

“We realized that we want more”: Sergey Arutyunov wants to go to Eurovision from Armenia>>

The singer admitted that the family is a little jealous, because while the chance to visit Armenia they had.

15 Feb live Public television of Armenia will host the final round of the project “Eurovision”, which will be attended by 12 candidates.

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Oscars slammed for leaving Armenian screenwriter Mardik Martin out of “In Memoriam” list

The Armenian Film Society has slammed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the failure to include the Armenian-American screenwriter Mardik Martin in the In Memoriam segment during this year’s Oscars broadcast.

The Academy has updated their website with a “full
list” and he is once again not included.

The Armenian Film Society has contacted the Academy directly in hopes that they may rectify this.

Canadian Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan said earlier that as a member of the Academy, he was disappointed not to see the passing of Mardik Martin mentioned during “In Memoriam” section of the Oscars.

“Mr. Martin was an essential collaborator on Martin Scorsese’s early work, and wrote several drafts of the masterpiece Raging Bull. In addition to continuing to write for the screen, Mr. Martin taught at USC for many years, helping to inspire and educate a new generation of writers,” Egoyan said.

Meanwhile, the Academy has responded to complaints about the exclusion of some entertainment figures from its annual In Memoriam segment on Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” the organization said in a statement.

“An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time. All of the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year,” it added.

Kobe Bryant led off the Oscar telecast’s In Memoriam segment and Kirk Douglas was the last film personality it honored.

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Mardik Martin, the co-screenwriter behind Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, New York, New York and Raging Bull, died in September 2019 at 84.

Of Armenian descent, Martin was born in Iran on Sept. 16, 1934, but raised in Iraq. He left for America at age 18 and studied at NYU in the early 1960s, when he met fellow student Scorsese.

After several projects made in college, including a documentary about Scorsese’s parents called Italianamerican, the duo’s first feature was the gritty drama Mean Streets, with Martin co-writing the screenplay based on a story by Scorsese.

Released in 1971 to critical acclaim, Mean Streets signaled Scorsese’s arrival as a filmmaking talent and launched the acting careers of stars Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.

In 2008, a documentary on Martin’s life titled Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood was released and featured contributions from Scorsese, George Lucas, Amy Heckerling and Irwin Winkler as well as author Peter Biskind.

Martin’s final film work was co-writing the screenplay to Turkish-German director Fatih Akin’s 2014 film The Cut, which explored the legacy of the Armenian Genocide, a subject close to his heart. 

Read original article here.

Martin Scorses remembers how Armenian professor inspired him

Martin Scorses remembers how Armenian professor inspired him

February 11, 2020 – 16:53 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese has told the story of how Armenian-American professor of film Haig P. Manoogian inspired him to become a filmmaker.

“Having the asthma, I was not allowed to play sports, so everything came to me through movies on television,” Scorsese said in a video prepared by Rolex to promote excellence in filmmaking.

“I lived on Elizabeth street between Prince and Houston (in New York City – Ed.), but I never went to the West Side. And so I just went to the corner of Elizabeth and Houston, made a left and walked about six blocks and was in another universe.”

The future Oscar-winning director was accepted to the Washington Square College which was part of NYU (New York University).

“And so I attended this orientation day — this was an eye-opening situation — and this gentleman got up and spoke with such passion and such energy about cinema. I became part of the cult. His name was Haig Manoogian,” he said.

“Haig really inspired us. He pushed us and he cajoled us, he beat us down and he built us back up again. He set a fire in our hearts. It’s one of the most precious gifts I have ever received.”

Scorses said that his experience with Manoogian led him to becoming a guide for other young people coming up to him.

Manoogian is the author of the book “The Film-Maker’s Art”, published in 1966.

Scorsese’s 1980 film “Raging Bull”, a winner of two Academy Awards, was dedicated to the Armenian teacher.

Read original article here

Armenian Soprano Dazzles at Dresden Event

Soprano Ruzan Mantashyan performs at the 2020 SemperOpernball festival in Dresden, Germany

Soprano Ruzan Mantashyan performs at the 2020 SemperOpernball festival in Dresden, Germany

Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan dazzled the audience at the SemperOpernball 2020 festival in Dresden on Friday with a dramatic performance of Tatiana’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opera.

Mantashyan became a household name last month after SemperOpernball organizers reneged her invitation when a Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov said he would not perform with the Armenian soprano because of her ethnicity. After many protests and confrontation from Mantashyan’s agents, the singer was reinstated to the program

“I am happy that the performance took place and reached its logical and triumphant end,” Mantashyan told Armenpress after the event.

Yerevan Komitas State Consevatory lecturer Margarite Sargsyan shared a video of Mantashyan’s performance on Facebook, and praised the soprano. “This was truly brilliant. Well-done….This is our school,” she said.

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Other musicians who performed at the concert included violinist Pavel Milyukov, soprano Yulia Muzichenko and pianist Alexander Kashpurin, as well as the Azerbaijani Eyvazov.

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Today on Twitter

Here is a selection of some of the tweets about Armenia. Get in touch with us via Twitter if you want to be part of this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

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

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PM Nikol Pashinyan has met ambassadors of @OSCE member states. During the meeting the PM has presented in detail the current situation of the Constitutional Court.

Important conversation on #education & adolescent girls, with Bono of @U2 and @ONECampaign, Mary Robinson, Chair of @TheElders. Quality #education for all named N1 priority by @antonioguterres. Armenia🇦🇲 is committed to equal access to education #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience

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We took a decision requiring to change law & immediately stop practice when #detainees r placed in #prison #disciplinary #cells & isolated for acts of self-harm. These people should be under #psychological & #psychiatric care! The problem detected by #NPM unit. @OmbudsArmenia

Yestreday, MEP #CostasMavrides hosted a conference with the title “The forgotten #refugees: What Happened to the #Armenians of #Baku?” in the @Europarl_EN.
Keynote speakers were #BaronessCarolineCox, @AnnaATurcotte and David Babaev.
Press Release👇
https://eafjd.eu/forgottenrefugees.html

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Armenia Culture News Digest for Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Here is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Thursday, February 13, 2020. The top posts are (we hope you enjoy them):

Armenian National Gallery introducing rare Dali, Picasso exhibit

Armenian National Gallery introducing rare Dali, Picasso exhibit

February 13, 2020 – 16:58 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The exhibition “Dali and Picasso” will be coming to the National Gallery of Armenia from March 7 through April 26, a Facebook event reveals.

The two Spanish geniuses will be sharing one space when 300 exhibits from Russian collector and philanthropist Alexander Shadrin’s property are displayed in Yerevan.

The collection is the fourth largest globally and includes the world’s foremost collection of Dalí sculpture and an extensive compilation of Picasso ceramics.

The project has already traveled to 11 countries.

Salvador Dalí was a Spanish Surrealist artist, whose best-known work, “The Persistence of Memory”, is one of the most recognisable Surrealist paintings. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, at times in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright Pablo Picasso Spanish is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and is known for co-founding the Cubist movement.

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Kim Kardashian West joins SXSW 2020 speaker lineup

Kim Kardashian West joins SXSW 2020 speaker lineup

February 12, 2020 – 16:24 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetSouth By Southwest (SXSW) announced the final, jam-packed round of speakers for its annual Austin conference and festival on Tuesday, February 11, lawyer-in-training, Armenian-American reality TV star Kim Kardashian West will sound off on criminal justice reform.

South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW) is an annual conglomeration of parallel film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences organized jointly that take place in mid-March in Texas, United States.

Newly-added keynote speakers include American singer, songwriter, rapper Janelle Monáe; Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; music multi-hyphenate St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) in conversation with Sleater-Kinney founding member Carrie Brownstein about their new film collab, The Nowhere Inn; and SM Entertainment founder Soo-Man Lee in conversation with Capitol Music Group COO Michelle Jubelirer. In addition, mega film director Michael Moore has been added to a previously-announced conversation with Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters, Billboard reports.

The featured speakers list now includes Ozzy Osbourne; Stephen Colbert interviewed by Judd Apatow; electronic musician and composer Holly Herndon; music journalist Cherie Hu; Beastie Boys Story film director Spike Jonze; and Margo Price. And as for industry executives, you can count on talks from Platoon CEO/founder Denzyl Feigelson; Since the 80s co-founder Kei Henderson; 300 Entertainment founder Kevin Liles; and DropLabs founder and former Beats By Dre CEO Susan Paley.

Elsewhere, Raekwon will discuss his newest cannabusiness venture alongside The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God; and Rashida Jones will talk about her upcoming Netflix series #blackexcellence alongside co-executive producer Kenya Barris and — if you can believe it — much more.

“Today’s announcement is one of the most significant we’ve made in the 34 year history of SXSW,” said the conference’s chief programming officer, Hugh Forrest. “The Keynote and Featured Speakers added to the lineup are can’t-miss luminaries who are headed here to share the theories, strategies, and motivation behind their success. We’re honored to share the whole of this year’s stellar conference schedule with our attendees. There’s definitely something for everyone at the 2020 event.”

Previously-announced speakers include Diplo, Sonic Youth bassist-singer Kim Gordon, and Chic’s Nile Rodgers in conversation with Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis. View the schedule, in its humungous entirety, here.

SXSW hits Austin for its 34th edition March 13 through 22.

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Armenia will have its first-ever stand at Berlinale film market

Armenia will have its first-ever stand at Berlinale film market

February 12, 2020 – 15:56 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetArmenia will have its first-ever stand at the European Film Market of the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in 2020, the country’s National Cinema Center said on Tuesday, February 11.

A film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale, the EFM is the world’s third biggest industry meeting for the international film circuit.

The artistic director of the National Cinema Center, Melik Karapetyan, will also curate the Armenian stand at the event.

According to him, the booth will help Armenian producers and directors to better organize their work – meetings, presentations, events – within the film market.

The Armenian stand will be set up at Marriott Hotel.

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Oscars slammed for leaving Armenian screenwriter Mardik Martin out of “In Memoriam” list

The Armenian Film Society has slammed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the failure to include the Armenian-American screenwriter Mardik Martin in the In Memoriam segment during this year’s Oscars broadcast.

The Academy has updated their website with a “full
list” and he is once again not included.

The Armenian Film Society has contacted the Academy directly in hopes that they may rectify this.

Canadian Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan said earlier that as a member of the Academy, he was disappointed not to see the passing of Mardik Martin mentioned during “In Memoriam” section of the Oscars.

“Mr. Martin was an essential collaborator on Martin Scorsese’s early work, and wrote several drafts of the masterpiece Raging Bull. In addition to continuing to write for the screen, Mr. Martin taught at USC for many years, helping to inspire and educate a new generation of writers,” Egoyan said.

Meanwhile, the Academy has responded to complaints about the exclusion of some entertainment figures from its annual In Memoriam segment on Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” the organization said in a statement.

“An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time. All of the submissions are included on Oscar.com and will remain on the site throughout the year,” it added.

Kobe Bryant led off the Oscar telecast’s In Memoriam segment and Kirk Douglas was the last film personality it honored.

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Mardik Martin, the co-screenwriter behind Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, New York, New York and Raging Bull, died in September 2019 at 84.

Of Armenian descent, Martin was born in Iran on Sept. 16, 1934, but raised in Iraq. He left for America at age 18 and studied at NYU in the early 1960s, when he met fellow student Scorsese.

After several projects made in college, including a documentary about Scorsese’s parents called Italianamerican, the duo’s first feature was the gritty drama Mean Streets, with Martin co-writing the screenplay based on a story by Scorsese.

Released in 1971 to critical acclaim, Mean Streets signaled Scorsese’s arrival as a filmmaking talent and launched the acting careers of stars Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.

In 2008, a documentary on Martin’s life titled Mardik: Baghdad to Hollywood was released and featured contributions from Scorsese, George Lucas, Amy Heckerling and Irwin Winkler as well as author Peter Biskind.

Martin’s final film work was co-writing the screenplay to Turkish-German director Fatih Akin’s 2014 film The Cut, which explored the legacy of the Armenian Genocide, a subject close to his heart. 

Read original article here.

Today on Twitter

Here are a few tweets about Armenia. Contact us via Twitter if you want to be included in this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

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

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Useful dialogue w/ @GhadaFathiWaly of @UNODC. Discussed broad national reforms in anti-corruption, law enforcement & judicial systems. Reaffirmed that transnational level of crime and illicit trafficking requires robust intl coop, as no single nation can address challenges alone.

At the #UNSC open debate, PR of #Armenia🇦🇲stresses the importance of transitional justice for strengthening #RuleOfLaw, highlights the role of @theICTJ and legal analysis on #ArmenianGenocide. Condemnation of past atrocities is vital for upholding #HumanRights & #sustainablepeace

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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.
#selfdetermination

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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.

‼On Feb 13, 1988 tens of thousands of people participated in first major demonstration in #Stepanakert, demanding reunification with #Armenia. Since then mass demonstrations were held in #Stepanakert, #Hadrut, #Martuni, #Askeran & #Yerevan.
#Karabakh
📎http://www.nkr.am/en/karabakh-national-liberation-movement

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Armenia Culture News Digest for Monday, February 17, 2020

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This is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Monday, February 17, 2020. The notable articles are the following:

Elton John cuts concert short due to walking pneumonia

Sir Elton John has been forced to cut short a concert in New Zealand after falling ill with walking pneumonia, the BBC reports.

The musician, 72, lost his voice mid-way through his set at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday.

“I’ve just completely lost my voice. I can’t sing,” Sir Elton told the crowd. “I’ve got to go. I’m sorry.”

Sir Elton appeared to break down in tears as he leaned on his piano and shook his head.

The audience gave the English singer a rapturous ovation as he walked gingerly off stage, helped by several assistants.

Earlier in his set, Sir Elton told the sold-out crowd he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia on Sunday.

The concert was one of a number of New Zealand shows on Sir Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

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Iranian, Armenian artists display works in Tehran

The Mehrsun Art Gallery in Tehran is showcasing a collection of works by a group of prominent Iranian Armenian artists in an exhibition entitled “Iranahayer,” Tehran Times reports.

Armenian Ambassador Artashes Tumanyan, Music Museum of Iran Managing Director Ali Moradkhani and Iranian Artists Forum director Majid Rajabi-Memar attended the opening ceremony of the exhibit.

Speaking at the ceremony, Tumanyan said that the exhibit features the deep relations between the two nations of Iran and Armenia. 

Armenian Archbishop of Tehran Sebouh Sarkissian, also attending the ceremony, said that the exhibit shows that people of Iran and Armenia have long been friends, and added that the exhibit is a dialogue of the two nations through art.

Setrak Nazarian, Sirak Melkounian, Vahik Hartounian Levon Haftvan and Loris Tjeknavorian are among the artists whose works have been put on display at the exhibit.

The exhibit will be running until April 5.

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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

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We congratulate our colleagues and the friendly Lithuanian people on the Day of the Restoration of the State of #Lithuania🇱🇹. @Armenia 🇦🇲 highly values its relations with Lithuania🇱🇹 & hopes to maintain and strengthen political dialogue for the benefit of our countries.

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

The #Abkhaz Ombudswoman says the hospital has not been given funds allocated to it by the state budget in months:

https://jam-news.net/abkhazias-only-psychiatric-hospital-has-nothing-to-treat-or-feed-patients/

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.
#selfdetermination

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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. https://twitter.com/ArmenianStudies/status/1227282593516621824

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
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

Armenia Politics News Digest for Monday, February 17, 2020

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This is the Daily Digest of political news for Armenia for Monday, February 17, 2020. The notable stories are the following:

Prime Minister chairs consultations on recent death cases reported in the Army

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan chaired consultations
on the recent death cases reported in the Armed Forces.

Participating in the meeting were Secretary of the
Security Council Armen Grigoryan, Minister of Defense David Tonoyan, Acting
Director of the National Security Service Eduard Martirosyan, Chief of the
General Staff of the Armed Forces Artak Davtyan, Prosecutor General Artur
Davtyan, other senior representatives of the Armed Forces and law-enforcement
agencies.

The circumstances and causes of recent deaths in the
Armed Forces were discussed. Those in charge of relevant agencies presented
reports on the criminal cases initiated.

Prime Minister Pashinyan prioritized the solution of
the issues related to the criminal subculture and discipline in the Armed
Forces and emphasized the necessity of taking consistent measures to
significantly increase the level of discipline, giving appropriate instructions
to those responsible.

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Heritage expects “partial, illegitimate results” from Armenia referendum

Heritage expects “partial, illegitimate results” from Armenia referendum

February 17, 2020 – 16:23 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetHeritage party has issued a statement ahead of a referendum on constitutional amendments, noting that any outcome will bring about “partial and illegitimate results” for the country.

If the constitutional amendments are approved by the public on April 5, the powers of seven out of nine judges of the country’s top court will be suspended.

“Armenia is not a testing ground for foreign influences or interpersonal conflicts,” the party said in the statement.

“No political power has the right to become a self-proclaimed judge of loyalty to the Armenian citizens, dividing the country into sections between the anti-state and the devoted.”

While Heritage says the country needs a new top court, the party believes “the road to the Constitutional Court of our dreams cannot be built on either a rigged constitution or a partial proofreading and an attempt to legitimize it (the Constitution -Ed.) through referendum.”

The first day of the campaign of a referendum for constitutional amendments kicked off in Armenia on Monday, February 17.

The “Yes” campaign is led by Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Development Suren Papikyan, who is also the Chairman of the Board of the ruling Civil Contract party.

The “Yes” campaign is led by Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Development Suren Papikyan, who is also the Chairman of the Board of the ruling Civil Contract party.

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Constitutional referendum campaign kicks off in Armenia

Constitutional referendum campaign kicks off in Armenia

February 17, 2020 – 14:29 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The first day of the campaign of a referendum for constitutional amendments kicked off in Armenia on Monday, February 17.

The “Yes” campaign is led by Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Development Suren Papikyan, who is also the Chairman of the Board of the ruling Civil Contract party.

No “No” campaign has been started as both parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition parties have announced they will not participate in the campaign.

Should lawmakers who voted in favor or against the referendum fail to start a “No” campaign by February 17, any group of 50 citizens is eligible to do so within a day.

The referendum campaign will conclude on April 3.

Armenia will be holding a referendum on constitutional amendments on April 5. If the constitutional amendments are approved by the public, the powers of seven out of nine judges of the country’s top court will be suspended.

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Campaign for Constitutional amendments kicks off in Armenia

The
campaign for the referendum on Constitutional amendments kicks off in Armenia
today and will continue through April 3.

The changes seek to amend
Article 213 of the Constitution related to the appointment of the president and
members of the Constitutional Court.

The proposed amendments are intended to suspend the term of the Constitutional Court President and members elected until April 9, 2018.

The referendum will take
place on April 5, 2020.

The issue put on a referendum
will be considered acceptable if at least one-quarter of the 650,000 voters
cast their ballot in favor of it.

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14 candidates running for President in Artsakh elections

14 candidates running for President in Artsakh elections

February 17, 2020 – 11:49 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – 14 candidates are running for President in the upcoming general elections in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) this spring.

Both the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on March 31, with 2 alliances and 10 parties having submitted electoral lists.

Under the country’s electoral code, registration of electoral lists of parties and alliances by 6:00pm, February 25, 18:00.

Incumbent President Bako Sahakyan has declared that he will not be seeking a fourth term in office in 2020.

Sahakyan assumed office for his third term in September 2017 after he was re-elected the president of Artsakh in July 2017.

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Yerevan to host first Armenia-Greece-Cyprus trilateral summit in April

On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan met with the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides.

The interlocutors touched upon a number of issues on the Armenian-Cypriot agenda, emphasizing the high level of interstate relations based on the centuries-old friendship of the two peoples.

Ministers Mnatsakanyan and Christodoulides discussed in detail the prospects of development of the Armenia-Greece-Cyprus trilateral mechanism established in 2019 and preparations for first trilateral summit in Yerevan in April.

The interlocutors also touched upon the issues of partnership between Armenia and the European Union, highlighting in this context the Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement, which is the new legal basis for cooperation with EU and EU member states.

The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Cyprus exchanged views on urgent issues on the regional and international agenda. The parties underlined the importance of international cooperation in the maintenance and strengthening of regional security and stability.

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Today on Twitter

Here are several tweets about Armenia. Contact us via Twitter if you want to be included in this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

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

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We congratulate our colleagues and the friendly Lithuanian people on the Day of the Restoration of the State of #Lithuania🇱🇹. @Armenia 🇦🇲 highly values its relations with Lithuania🇱🇹 & hopes to maintain and strengthen political dialogue for the benefit of our countries.

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

The #Abkhaz Ombudswoman says the hospital has not been given funds allocated to it by the state budget in months:

https://jam-news.net/abkhazias-only-psychiatric-hospital-has-nothing-to-treat-or-feed-patients/

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.
#selfdetermination

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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. https://twitter.com/ArmenianStudies/status/1227282593516621824

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
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

Armenia Sports News Digest for Monday, February 17, 2020

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Here is the Daily Digest of sports news for Armenia for Monday, February 17, 2020. The important stories are:

Armenian women’s national team to face Lithuania in a friendly

The Armenian women’s national team will hold a training
session at the Football Academy from February 28 to March 6, the Football
Federation of Armenia informs.

Coached by Manuk Sargsyan, the women’s team will
face Lithuania twice in friendlies.

The matches will take plane on March 4 and 6.

Read original article here.

Armenian divers win synchro silver at FINA Grand Prix

Armenian divers win synchro silver at FINA Grand Prix

February 17, 2020 – 12:43 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian divers Vladimir Harutyunyan and Vartan Bayanduryan took silver in the men’s 10-metre synchro of the FINA Grand Prix on Sunday, February 16.

FINA is the international swimming federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for administering international competition in water sports

The Armenian duo scored 332.76 points in the competition, CBC reports.

Laurent Gosselin-Paradis of Montreal and Ethan Pitman of Edmonton won the gold medal, while Maicol Verzotto and Julian Verzotto of Italy took bronze.

The first leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix began on February 14 in Madrid, Spain, the first of eight stops in total. The series will visit five continents and will conclude in Australia in November.

The next leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix will take place in Rostock in Germany on February 20.

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Armenian freestyle wrestler claims bronze at European Championships

Armenian freestyle wrestler claims bronze at European Championships

February 17, 2020 – 11:02 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Freestyle wrestler Arsen Harutyunyan of Armenia won bronze at the European Wrestling Championships in Rome on Sunday, February 16.

Harutyunyan defeated the Greek wrestler Georgios Pilidis in the 61 kilograms event to secure the third spot.

Towards the end of the bout, Pilidis suffered a knee injury which Harutyunyan couldn’t help but notice.

Keeping to the rules of fair competition, the Armenian stopped putting pressure on his opponent and offered his help instead.

Earlier, Armenian Greco-Roman wrestlers Gevorg Gharibyan and Artur Aleksanyan had claimed the 60 and 98 kilograms titles, respectively, while Karen Aslanyan (67 kg) and Karapet Chalyan (77 lg) had won bronze medals.

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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

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We congratulate our colleagues and the friendly Lithuanian people on the Day of the Restoration of the State of #Lithuania🇱🇹. @Armenia 🇦🇲 highly values its relations with Lithuania🇱🇹 & hopes to maintain and strengthen political dialogue for the benefit of our countries.

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

The #Abkhaz Ombudswoman says the hospital has not been given funds allocated to it by the state budget in months:

https://jam-news.net/abkhazias-only-psychiatric-hospital-has-nothing-to-treat-or-feed-patients/

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.
#selfdetermination

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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. https://twitter.com/ArmenianStudies/status/1227282593516621824

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
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

Armenia Culture News Digest for Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Here is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The important stories are the following:

Martin Scorses remembers how Armenian professor inspired him

Martin Scorses remembers how Armenian professor inspired him

February 11, 2020 – 16:53 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese has told the story of how Armenian-American professor of film Haig P. Manoogian inspired him to become a filmmaker.

“Having the asthma, I was not allowed to play sports, so everything came to me through movies on television,” Scorsese said in a video prepared by Rolex to promote excellence in filmmaking.

“I lived on Elizabeth street between Prince and Houston (in New York City – Ed.), but I never went to the West Side. And so I just went to the corner of Elizabeth and Houston, made a left and walked about six blocks and was in another universe.”

The future Oscar-winning director was accepted to the Washington Square College which was part of NYU (New York University).

“And so I attended this orientation day — this was an eye-opening situation — and this gentleman got up and spoke with such passion and such energy about cinema. I became part of the cult. His name was Haig Manoogian,” he said.

“Haig really inspired us. He pushed us and he cajoled us, he beat us down and he built us back up again. He set a fire in our hearts. It’s one of the most precious gifts I have ever received.”

Scorses said that his experience with Manoogian led him to becoming a guide for other young people coming up to him.

Manoogian is the author of the book “The Film-Maker’s Art”, published in 1966.

Scorsese’s 1980 film “Raging Bull”, a winner of two Academy Awards, was dedicated to the Armenian teacher.

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Armenian Soprano Dazzles at Dresden Event

Soprano Ruzan Mantashyan performs at the 2020 SemperOpernball festival in Dresden, Germany

Soprano Ruzan Mantashyan performs at the 2020 SemperOpernball festival in Dresden, Germany

Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan dazzled the audience at the SemperOpernball 2020 festival in Dresden on Friday with a dramatic performance of Tatiana’s aria from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opera.

Mantashyan became a household name last month after SemperOpernball organizers reneged her invitation when a Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov said he would not perform with the Armenian soprano because of her ethnicity. After many protests and confrontation from Mantashyan’s agents, the singer was reinstated to the program

“I am happy that the performance took place and reached its logical and triumphant end,” Mantashyan told Armenpress after the event.

Yerevan Komitas State Consevatory lecturer Margarite Sargsyan shared a video of Mantashyan’s performance on Facebook, and praised the soprano. “This was truly brilliant. Well-done….This is our school,” she said.

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Other musicians who performed at the concert included violinist Pavel Milyukov, soprano Yulia Muzichenko and pianist Alexander Kashpurin, as well as the Azerbaijani Eyvazov.

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11th Armenian Composition Art Festival kicks off in Yerevan

The 11th Armenian Composition Art Festival kicked off in Yerevan with the joint concert of the State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia and the National Academic Choir of Armenia.

The festival is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of composer Alexander Arutiunian.  The opening concert  featured the composer’s vocal-symphonic poem A Legend about the Armenian People  (soloists: Berj Karazian – tenor, Hovsep Nshanyan – baritone and Samvel Topalyan – reciting) and Cantata about the Motherland.

 The concert was conducted by Hovhannes Chekijyan.

The next concerts will feature works of various genres from Alexander Arutiunian
‘s rich heritage. The festival will also feature works by contemporary Armenian
composers.

The State Symphony Orchestra of Armenia is the organizer of the Armenian Composition Art Festival. It is held with the support of the Armenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport. The artistic director of the festival is conductor Sergey Smbatyan.

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"Parasite" becomes first non-English language film to win best picture

February 10, 2020 – 10:44 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The film “Parasite”, director Bong Joon-ho and his team walked away from the Academy Awards with a number of major awards, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.

Bong used his time on stage to praise his fellow director nominees, including Martin Scorsese, who received a standing ovation during Bong’s speech, The Verge says.

Brad Pitt, Taika Waititi, Renee Zellweger, and Laura Dern continued their season of award winnings, taking home respective prizes for Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. “1917” and “Ford v Ferrari” both took home multiple awards for achieving excellence in technical categories like Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Elton John won the prize for Best Original Song for his work on “Rocketman”.

“Joker”, which earned the most nominations for any individual movie, only secured two awards — Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir.

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Parasite makes Oscars history as first foreign language film to win best picture

South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize.

Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker.

Brad Pitt and Laura Dern won the supporting acting awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.

Parasite won four awards in total, while Sir Sam Mendes’s 1917 took three.

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Today on Twitter

Here are several tweets about Armenia. Contact us via Twitter if you want to be included in this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

Karina Movsesyan 🇦🇲🇪🇺– became the winner of the 29th #EuropeanUnion Contest for Young Scientists #EUCYS and received the title of the “Youngest Scientist of European Union.” She discovered a mechanism which prevents the development of #cancer tumors. #WomenInScience

#ECHR ruling once again demonstrates that #Azerbaijan is overtly violating its intl #humanrights obligations. It also indicates that every #Armenia’n who would fall under AZE authorities control, regardless of status, is subjected to life threat https://bit.ly/2SCh946 @ECHR_CEDH

Important conversation on #education & adolescent girls, with Bono of @U2 and @ONECampaign, Mary Robinson, Chair of @TheElders. Quality #education for all named N1 priority by @antonioguterres. Armenia🇦🇲 is committed to equal access to education #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience

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🇦🇲 Only 50 farmers have signed up for a new agricultural insurance scheme despite the fact the government has promised to pay half the costs. #armenia #agriculture

https://jam-news.net/armenian-farmers-balking-at-insuring-crops-why/

FROM THE #ARCHIVES: students of the #Yerevan State Conservatory on a strike in support of the #KarabakhMovement. Protest signs including “Artsakh – the Conservatory is with you” visible on the building. 1988.

Yestreday, MEP #CostasMavrides hosted a conference with the title “The forgotten #refugees: What Happened to the #Armenians of #Baku?” in the @Europarl_EN.
Keynote speakers were #BaronessCarolineCox, @AnnaATurcotte and David Babaev.
Press Release👇
https://eafjd.eu/forgottenrefugees.html

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Armenia Politics News Digest for Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Here is the Daily Digest of political news for Armenia for Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The notable stories are (we hope you like them):

King of Jordan says proud to be responsible for holy sites of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On an official visit to Armenia, His Royal Majesty Abdullah II Al Hussein All Hashimi sent his massage of “Religion and Tolerance.”

Speaking at the Presidential Palace, the King said “being
one of the world’s oldest cities, Yerevan is the capital of a young a vibrant
country. It reminds me very much of my beloved Jordan. Our two countries and
peoples have carved a niche for themselves in the contemporary world.”

“Jordan, much like Armenia has made its human capital the main driving force in its journey towards development. Our countries have much to gain from cooperating, to capitalize on this promising potential,” he added.

“Although this is our first official visit to your beautiful country, we feel like we are a family, and, in fact, we are a family. These bonds are dating back hundreds of years. My grand grandfather, as you mentioned, Mr. President, commanded to love God and love our neighbor and gave refuge to the Armenian Christian families. My grand grandfather, my grandfather, my father and me, helping those, who are desperately in need understood that it is the only option. It is a duty that Jordan continues to live by. Thousands of Jordanian trace their roots back to Armenia. They are an honor to both our countries and play a vital role in the arts, education, public service, business and much, much more. And they form the solid bedrock on which our friendship continues,” he added.

King Abdullah said that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was preparing to celebrate its first centennial, “We look back fondly and proudly on the role that the Jordanians of the Armenian descent and all Jordanians have played working for progress and prosperity of our homeland,” he said.

 “But our joint history extends far beyond that. Armenians in the Middle East are part of the oldest Christian community of the world. They are an inextricable part of our past, and we look forward to working with you to make sure they continue to play such a role in shaping the present and the future,” King Abdullah said.

According to him, Saint Karapet Armenian Apostolic Church in Jordan that stands at the christening site of Jesus Christ on the banks of Jordan River is a testament to the enduring Armenian history in the country.

“The Armenian quarter in Jerusalem has been part of the city for centuries, and the Armenian Patriarchate along with other churches has been under Omar’s protection. A tradition of Christian and Muslim coexistence dates back over thirteen hundred years. This heritage continues today at the Islamic and Christian holy sites. This is a duty I am carrying proudly. And I am especially proud to be responsible for the holy sites of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem,” he stated.

“Jerusalem holds great historic significance not only
to me and my family; the city is holy to the three monotheistic faiths, and
they all have a stake in safeguarding the spiritual, peace and co-existence
that it symbolizes. We cannot let the Holy City turning into a city for
violence and division. So preserving the city’s identity, its legal status as
well as historic status quo in relations to holy sites, Islamic and Christian
alike, is of critical importance. We look to Christian leaders and friends like
you all over the world in safeguarding Jerusalem as a unifying city of peace. I
have spoken today of our old friendship which has rich history,” the King
continued.

He added that for the past 100 years Jordanians of Armenian descent have been
creating an exemplary story of friendship and proved that friendship and,
certainly, brotherhood always win.

“So, I hope that days and months ahead we can write a new chapter together, a
chapter that builds upon friendship that began so long ago, new partnership and
promise for all our people,” King Abdullah concluded.

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Armenia: President not ruling out discussions with Constitutional Court

Armenia: President not ruling out discussions with Constitutional Court

February 11, 2020 – 15:48 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – By appointing a referendum on constitutional amendments in Armenia on April 5, President Armen Sarkissian does not rule out the possibility of further discussions, including with the Constitutional Court, his office said in a statement on Tuesday, February 11.

The President could also hold consultations with international organizations and experts, the statement said.

“Prioritizing the constitutional amendments, as well as the need to maintain the rule of law and Armenia’s international reputation, the President does not rule out further discussions and consultations with public and political groups, professional community members, state authorities like the National Assembly, the government, the Constitutional Court, and relevant international institutions and experts,” Sarkissian’s office said.

“The President has repeatedly expressed his principled position on the expediency and necessity of making decisions on public life by referendum.”

The country will hold a referendum on suspending the powers of seven out of nine judges of its Constitutional Court on April 5, according to a decision signed by Sarkissian.

If the constitutional amendments are approved by the public, the two other judges, who were appointed after the peaceful revolution against corruption and former authorities, will maintain their powers.

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European Court ruling in Saribekyan and Balayan vs Azerbaijan case “unprecedented” – Armenian MFA

The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described the European Court in the case of Saribekyan and Balayan vs Azerbaijan as “unprecedented.”

On January 30 the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case of Saribekyan and Balayan vs Azerbaijan. It is related to the death circumstances of Armenian national Manvel Saribekyan at the Military Police Department of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.

On September 11, 2010, Manvel Saribekyan due to bad weather conditions lost his way in the borderline of Tavush region of Armenia and found himself on the Azerbaijani side. A month later Saribekyan’s body was returned to the Armenian side. Azerbaijan claimed the Armenian shepherd had committed suicide.

The Azerbaijani side had initiated criminal proceedings against Manvel Saribekyan on obviously false charges and forced him to appear on the Azerbaijani TV by means of torture.

The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the fundamental human rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter: the Convention) of the citizen of the Republic of Armenia were breached, particularly substantive and procedural aspects of the Right to Life (Article 2 of the Convention), as well as breach of Article 3 of the Convention prohibiting torture, as the European Court of Human Rights undoubtedly ruled that Saribekyan was subjected to very serious and cruel suffering and that it was carried out intentionally on a detained person under the exclusive control of the Azerbaijani authorities.

“The ruling is unprecedented: for the first time the European Court of Human Rights has found  Azerbaijan responsible for depriving an Armenian national of life and established that the citizen of the Republic of Armenia  died as a result of violent actions of others, notably personnel at the Military Police Department of Azerbaijan,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“This ruling once again demonstrates that Azerbaijan is overtly violating its international human rights obligations. It also indicates that every Armenian who would fall under the control of the Azerbaijani authorities, regardless of his or her status, is subjected to a life threat,” the statement reads.

The Ministry said the Republic of Armenia will continue its consistent efforts to ensure security of the citizens of Armenia and the Armenian people and achieve justice. 

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Armenia, Jordan discuss perspectives of visa-free travel

President Armen Sarkissian received today the King of Jordan Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein Al Hashimi at the Presidential Palace.

President Sarkissian welcomed the high guest and said in particular that the visit of the King of Jordan is historic and significant. He expressed hope that there would be many occasions to host His Majesty in Armenia. “Our two nations are ancient. Your nation represents the essence and axis of Islam; You, Your Majesty, as well as Your family, are descendants of Prophet Muhammad. As a country which was the first to adopt Christianity, PA WIRE not only has good relations with Jordan but we two have a lot to tell each other,” the President of Armenia underscored.

President Sarkissian expressed confidence that potential, which the two countries could reach in the future, would be much more that it is today.

The King of Jordan Abdullah II said that the two countries are linked by good friendship and history. “We have great reverence towards the oldest Christian Church which is represented not only in Jerusalem but in our country too. It represents part of our past and is a beautiful element not only of our present but also of our future,” he underscored.

At the meeting, the President of Armenia raised the issues of a visa free regime for the citizens of Armenia travelling to Jordan and signing the agreement on the avoidance of double taxation. The interlocutors noted that great opportunities exist for cooperation in the areas of high-tech, education, science, and healthcare. Stressed was the necessity of expanding the already existing student exchange program, as well as the establishment of a direct air link between the capitals of the two countries – Yerevan and Amman.

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EPP alarmed by "rushed procedure" to change Armenian Constitution

EPP alarmed by

February 11, 2020 – 13:53 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The European People’s Party (EPP) has expressed concern over “the rushed procedure” to initiate changes to the Armenian Constitution.

“We call on the authorities of Armenia to request and consider the opinion of the Venice Commission as soon as possible,” the EPP said in a tweet.

The country will hold a referendum on suspending the powers of seven out of nine judges of its Constitutional Court on April 5, according to a decision signed by President Armen Sarkissian.

If the constitutional amendments are approved by the public, the two other judges, who were appointed after the peaceful revolution against corruption and former authorities, will maintain their powers.

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Yerevan dismisses Baku’s “nuclear terrorism” remarks as “flimsy”

Yerevan dismisses Baku’s “nuclear terrorism” remarks as “flimsy”

February 11, 2020 – 11:36 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on Monday, February 10 blasted Azerbaijan’s “non-existent” and “flimsy” allegations concerning Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh).

Mnatsakanyan made the comments at the at the International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts after Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that because of the “occupation of 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory”, the country “is unable to control the territory, which creates favorable conditions for illegal activities, including nuclear terrorism.”

“Flimsy and unjustified charges were made against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh by the speaker from Azerbaijan. Those are totally rejected. The territory of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh is under full and legitimate control of NK authorities and nothing indicates to the contrary. NK authorities are open for international cooperation and at any time the Azeri allegations can be easily verified and proven as non-existent,” said Mnatsakanyan.

“I would like to reiterate Armenia’s strong commitment to our shared goals of nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy and wish every success to the conference.”

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Armenian President congratulates Iran’s Rouhani on anniversary of Islamic Revolution

President Armen Sarkissian has congratulated Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei on the 41st anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

“Due to the deep-rooted good-neighborly traditions
between Armenia and Iran, close political and economic cooperation continues
today,” President Sarkissian said in a message to Rouhani.

He voiced confidence that the m confident that the
Armenian-Iranian relations would strengthen and develop steadily.  

“Today, as the world faces many challenges, it is
important to maintain and develop a stable and mutually beneficial relationship
between Armenia and Iran,” he added.

In a separate message to Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali
Khamenei, the President said, “respect for one another’s religion and culture,
coupled with political dialogue, contributes to the establishment of peace and
stability in the region.”

The President hailed the “successfully developing cooperation”
between Armenia and Iran in various fields.

The President of Armenia wished the spiritual leader
of Iran good health and success, as well as peace and prosperity to the friendly
people of Iran.

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King of Jordan arrives in Armenia for official visit

The King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, His Majesty Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein Al Hashimi has arrived in Armenia on an official visit at the invitation of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian.

Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan welcomed the high-ranking guest at Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport.

Abdullah II Ibn al-Hussein al-Hashimi enjoys great authority in the Islamic world. He is a representative of the Hashimian dynasty, the 41st generation of the Prophet Muhammad, and ascended the throne on February 7, 1999.

Abdullah II is the guardian of the Christian and Islamic shrines in Jerusalem.

President Armen Sarkissian and King of Jordan meet in 2019 during a working visit by the Armenian President to Jordan in April.

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Armenia attaches great importance to reinforcing nuclear security – FM

Armenia attaches great
importance to reinforcing nuclear security both at national and international
levels, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said in an address to the International
Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts.

“As a strong supporter of
the non-proliferation policies, Armenia reiterates its full compliance with the
non-proliferation treaty and other relevant treaties, as well as IAEA
safeguards agreements and additional protocol,” he stated.

“Recognizing that the responsibility for nuclear
security within the Member state rests entirely with that State, we have always
strongly supported the essential and leading role of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) in the international nuclear security framework and
non-proliferation regime. The peaceful use of nuclear energy is of vital
importance for my Government in terms of economic development and energy
security,” the Foreign Minister added.

He noted that Armenia attaches great importance to
reinforcing nuclear security both at national and international levels through
the ratification and implementation of international legal instruments as well
as the establishment of robust national legislation related to physical
protection and security of Armenian NPP and nuclear materials and rules on
physical protection of nuclear installations and nuclear materials.

“Armenia closely cooperates
on a regular basis with the international partners with regard to all nuclear
energy issues. Armenia is undertaking necessary measures to enhance and
maintain nuclear and radiation safety. We greatly value the role of the IAEA
and ongoing support to Armenia in ensuring the highest standards Security of
the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant,” Mnatsakanyan stated.  

In particular, he said, numerous IAEA’s on-site
inspections and assessment missions have reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment in
implementing its international obligations and the highest level of openness
and transparency. “No any non-compliance or deviation from the requirements of
international treaties has ever been recorded,” he noted.

“Armenia fully implements its international
obligations under the UN Security Council Resolution 1540. The National Action
Plan of Armenia for 2015-2020 outlines series of concrete steps ranging from
reviewing already implemented national measures to the coordination of ongoing
and anticipated activities,” Minister Mnatsakanyan added.

According to him, the Government of Armenia is
continuously working with its international partners at bilateral and
multilateral levels to further enhance its national capabilities in countering
nuclear smuggling.

“We follow with deep concern the developments in our
region, and, in particular, the situation with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Actions on Iran’s nuclear program). The conclusion of JCPOA – a real
achievement of multilateral diplomacy – provided world with a critical tool in
reducing the risk of nuclear proliferation and we call upon all partners to
honor their obligations under the JCPOA, to avoid taking steps that could lead
to escalating tensions and do the utmost to preserve the agreement. Armenia
welcomes all diplomatic and multilateral efforts to re-start the inclusive and
open dialogue on the matter,” the Foreign Minister stated.

Responding to a speaker from Azerbaijan, Minister
Mnatsakanyan said “flimsy and unjustified charges were made against Armenia and
Nagorno-Karabakh.”

“The territory of the
Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh is under full and legitimate control of the
Nagorno Karabakh authorities and nothing indicates to the contrary. NK
authorities are open for international cooperation and at any time the Azeri
allegations can be easily verified and proven as non-existent,” he stated.

The Foreign Minister reiterated Armenia’s strong
commitment to our shared goals of nuclear disarmament, nuclear
non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy and wish every success to
the conference.

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Yerevan preparing to host trilateral Armenia-Greece-Cyprus Summit

On February 8, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan had a phone conversation with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.

During the phone conversation, the Foreign Ministers touched upon a wide range of issues on bilateral Armenian-Greek agenda.

Underscoring the importance of Armenia-Greece-Cyprus trilateral platform in strengthening the established partnership and regional cooperation between the countries, the Foreign Ministers touched upon the preparations of Armenia-Greece-Cyprus Summit to be held in Yerevan.

The counterparts exchanged views on international and regional urgent issues.

In June 2014 the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Armenia agreed that their respective heads of state would meet at a trilateral summit in Armenia, adding that the purpose for the cooperation is to promote peace, stability and prosperity through enhanced political dialogue.

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Armenian Justice Minister, Venice Commission chief discuss referendum

Armenian Justice Minister, Venice Commission chief discuss referendum

February 10, 2020 – 16:11 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian Justice Minister Rustam Badasyan has discussed issues concerning an upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments with the president of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio.

“I also expressed the readiness of the Armenian side to continue close cooperation with the Council of Europe and the Commission in the field of judicial reform,” Badasyan said in a Facebook post.

Armenia will hold a referendum on suspending the powers of seven out of nine judges of its Constitutional Court on April 5, according to a decision signed by President Armen Sarkissian.

If the constitutional amendments are approved by the public, the two other judges, who were appointed after the peaceful revolution against corruption and former authorities, will maintain their powers.

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Tigran Avinyan Receives Council of Europe Armenia Office Head

Monday, 10 February 2020

Tigran Avinyan Receives Council of Europe Armenia Office Head

On February 10, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan received Council of Europe (CoE) Armenia Office Head Natalia Voutova.

Tigran Avinyan stressed that the CoE is among Armenia’s key partners in promoting democratic values, human rights, and the rule of law. He referred to the 2019-2022 CoE-Armenia Action Plan, which was launched last year and is seen as an important milestone on the way to developing relations.

Natalia Voutova briefed the Deputy Prime Minister on the main areas of CoE Office’s activities in Armenia.

The parties discussed opportunities for cooperation in the fields of digitization, e-justice and cyber security, as well as artificial intelligence in the context of human rights. Tigran Avinyan advised that the digitization process is in full-swing. He appreciated the ongoing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
 

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Armenia will hold referendum on constitutional amendments on Apr. 5

Armenia will hold referendum on constitutional amendments on Apr. 5

February 10, 2020 – 10:45 AMT

PanARMENIAN.NetArmenia will hold a referendum on suspending the powers of the President and seven out of nine judges of its Constitutional Court on April 5, according to a decision signed by President Armen Sarkissian.

If the constitutional amendments are approved by the public, the two other judges, who were appointed after the peaceful revolution against corruption and former authorities, will maintain their powers.

In September 2019, the Constitutional Court ruled that a criminal case against Armenia’s former president Robert Kocharyan was partly unconstitutional.

The ex-President has been charged with breaching the constitutional order by introducing a state of emergency in March 2008. 10 people were killed in protests that erupted shortly after the disputed election.

In December, Hrayr Tovmasyan, the President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, was charged with abuse of power while he was the country’s Justice Minister. He has denied the charges.

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Mher Grigoryan Welcomes King of Jordan

Monday, 10 February 2020

Mher Grigoryan Welcomes King of Jordan


Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan went to Zvartnots International Airport to meet King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, His Majesty Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, who has arrived in Armenia on an official visit at the invitation of RA President Armen Sarkissian. 

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Today on Twitter

Here is a selection of several tweets about Armenia from some of the Twitter accounts we follow. Contact us via Twitter if you want to be part of this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

Karina Movsesyan 🇦🇲🇪🇺– became the winner of the 29th #EuropeanUnion Contest for Young Scientists #EUCYS and received the title of the “Youngest Scientist of European Union.” She discovered a mechanism which prevents the development of #cancer tumors. #WomenInScience

#ECHR ruling once again demonstrates that #Azerbaijan is overtly violating its intl #humanrights obligations. It also indicates that every #Armenia’n who would fall under AZE authorities control, regardless of status, is subjected to life threat https://bit.ly/2SCh946 @ECHR_CEDH

Important conversation on #education & adolescent girls, with Bono of @U2 and @ONECampaign, Mary Robinson, Chair of @TheElders. Quality #education for all named N1 priority by @antonioguterres. Armenia🇦🇲 is committed to equal access to education #InternationalDayOfWomenInScience

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🇦🇲 Only 50 farmers have signed up for a new agricultural insurance scheme despite the fact the government has promised to pay half the costs. #armenia #agriculture

https://jam-news.net/armenian-farmers-balking-at-insuring-crops-why/

FROM THE #ARCHIVES: students of the #Yerevan State Conservatory on a strike in support of the #KarabakhMovement. Protest signs including “Artsakh – the Conservatory is with you” visible on the building. 1988.

Yestreday, MEP #CostasMavrides hosted a conference with the title “The forgotten #refugees: What Happened to the #Armenians of #Baku?” in the @Europarl_EN.
Keynote speakers were #BaronessCarolineCox, @AnnaATurcotte and David Babaev.
Press Release👇
https://eafjd.eu/forgottenrefugees.html

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Today on Facebook

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Armenia Society News Digest for Sunday, February 16, 2020

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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

These are some of the tweets about Armenia. Get in touch with us via Twitter if you want to be part of this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

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

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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.
#selfdetermination

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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. https://twitter.com/ArmenianStudies/status/1227282593516621824

#Artsakh Defense #Army serviceman receives fatal firearm injury
https://artsakhpress.am/eng/news/121216/artsakh-defense-army-serviceman-receives-fatal-firearm-injury.html
#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
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

Armenia Technology News Digest for Sunday, February 16, 2020

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Here is the Daily Digest of technology and science news for Armenia for Sunday, February 16, 2020. The important articles are the following (we hope you like them):

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Today on Twitter

Here are some of the tweets about Armenia from some of the Twitter accounts we follow. Get in touch with us via Twitter if you want to be included in this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

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

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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.
#selfdetermination

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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. https://twitter.com/ArmenianStudies/status/1227282593516621824

#Artsakh Defense #Army serviceman receives fatal firearm injury
https://artsakhpress.am/eng/news/121216/artsakh-defense-army-serviceman-receives-fatal-firearm-injury.html
#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
http://www.nkr.am/en/media-accreditation

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