UNESCO Register’s Armenia entries
'SANDCASTLE GIRLS' INVADES BEST-SELLER LISTS NATIONWIDE;
UK EDITION RELEASED
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Cover of the UK edition of the "The Sandcastle Girls" NEW YORK-Chris
Bohjalian's The Sandcastle Girls continued to dominate many regional
and national best-seller lists on the second week of its release in the
U.S., while the book's UK edition hit the shelves in Europe on Aug. 2.
In the Aug. 5 print edition of the New York Times (Book Review, p.
26), the novel is anchored at number 7 on the nation's preeminent
The Sandcastle Girls was number 3 on its second week on the New
England Indie Bestseller List (for the week ended July 29). The list
is compiled based on reporting from the independent booksellers of
the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that the novel was
the fourth best-selling book in the nation's capital.
The novel, which has sold tens of thousands of copies nationwide
within the first two weeks of its release, also figured prominently
on best-seller lists of individual bookstores. It was number one,
for example, on Harvard Bookstore's July 30 best-seller list.
UK edition The UK edition of The Sandcastle Girls, released on Aug. 2,
was published by Simon and Schuster with a different front and back
cover (see photo). On the back cover, the following passage from
novel is highlighted: "How do a million and a half people die with
nobody knowing? You kill them in the middle of nowhere."
For more information on the UK edition, click here.
ARMENIANS TOP THE LIST OF THE RELIGIOUS NATIONS. GALLUP INTERNATIONAL
9 August, 2012
YEREVAN, AUGUST 9, ARMENPRESS: A new survey conducted by the Gallup
International Association has ranked citizens of 57 countries by
As Armenpress reports citing CatholicCulture.org, overall, 59% of
those surveyed described themselves as religious, 23% said they are
not religious, and 13% said they are convinced atheists.
The nations with the highest percentages of self-described religious
persons are Ghana, Nigeria, Armenia, Fiji, Macedonia, Romania, Iraq,
Kenya, Peru, and Brazil.
The nations with the highest percentages of self-described "convinced
atheists" are China, Japan, the Czech Republic, France, South Korea,
Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Iceland, Australia, and Ireland.
MONEY TO CHOOSE
Aug 9 2012
Yugeny Krishtalyov. Exclusively to VK
Armenian President Serge Sergsyan's working visit to Moscow caused
many versions of true aims of the conversation between him and Russian
President Vladimir Putin. The agenda of interests and sharp themes
is too wide to choose the most acute and important: gas prices,
elections in Armenia, Russia's initiative on the Eurasian Union,
settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and even prospects of
the Armenian-Turkish dialogue.
The front theme of the Russian-Armenian dialogue is the election
campaign started in Armenia. Actually in a half of a year Armenian
electorate will choose a new president. Who will be the next leader of
the country? Serge Sargsyan is ready for the second term; the former
president Robert Kocheryan is considered to have political ambitions.
Probably new politicians will appear, for example, the leader of the
party Prosperous Armenia, Gagik Tsarukyan.
Anyway the candidate for presidency of the Armenian state should find
support of Moscow as soon as possible and define political and economic
outlines of the cooperation. And Serge Sargsyan is dealing with it.
One of the main priorities placed at the focus of the media attention
is gas negotiations. Ahead of the elections increase of Russian gas
prices is undesirable for Armenian authorities, but it is avoidable
just like the date of voting. In the end Sargsyan stated that the sides
reached mutual agreement on principles of Russian gas prices forming.
"It should correlate with reality of the market gas price multiplied
or divided into demand of Armenia in natural gas, considering tariffs
which are close to regional prices and under effectiveness of its
(Armenian) economy," Sargsyan told journalists.
During recent times the Armenian and Russian mass media actively
discussed rumors on the fact that the Russian company Gazprom and
the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia conduct
negotiations on increase of the price of Russian gas exported to
Armenia. According to the information, Gazprom intends to set new
tariffs on gas since October 1. 1000 cubic meters of gas will cost
$280 instead of current $180. However, it is not a final price -
since January 1, 2013, 1 thousand cubic meters of gas would cost $320.
The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia, Armen
Movsisyan, confirmed the fact of negotiations, but he refused to give
information on details. He assured journalists that there could be
no any secret prices' increase.
In the context of coming price increase and the election campaign the
government of Armenia needs resources. The problem appeared after the
Conference of the EU countries-donors postponed the issue on providing
Armenia with financial support. It seems Yerevan addressed to Moscow
for financial help. The Armenian authorities are thought to hold secret
talks with Russia on a large credit. The sum is from $800 million
to $1 billion. That is the cost of election promises by Armenian
President to people to maintain his position for next five years.
ARMENIAN MUSICIANS TO PERFORM CONCERT IN BAKU
Aug 9 2012
Ten musicians of Armenian State Youth Orchestra to arrive in Baku
within "I, Culture Orchestra"
Baku - APA. Ten musicians of Armenian State Youth Orchestra will
perform a concert in Baku within "I, Culture Orchestra" project. APA
reports quoting "Armenpress" that the Armenian musicians will have
concerts in Ljubljana, Warsaw, Minsk, Kiev, Chisinau, Tbilisi and Baku
within the project. The concerts will be held from August 24 till
"I, Culture Orchestra" is a unique and innovative project of the Adam
Mickiewicz Institute, as well as one of the most important elements in
the cultural programme of the Polish Presidency of the European Union
Council. The Orchestra follows the example of such renowned ensembles
as the European Union Youth Orchestra and the West-Eastern Divan
Orchestra. Its members are young people from Poland and other European
countries to the east of the European Union: Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine.
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK FINANCES ARMENIA WATER, BORDER
Aug 9 2012
The European Investment Bank is lending Armenia almost 37 million euros
($45 million) to help upgrade municipal water and sewage facilities
and construct three crossing points on the border with Georgia.
The bulk of the financing will be to develop border crossings and
improve access roads at Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan, the European
Union's bank said. Loans to improve the drinking water supply and
wastewater treatment will aid about 300,000 residents of 17 towns in
Armenia, the EIB said in a website statement.
VICE PREMIER OF TURKEY CALLS GENOCIDE OF ARMENIANS OF 1915
'COMMON TRAGEDY' OF ARMENIANS AND TURKS
Wednesday, August 8, 15:21
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Bulent Arinc and representatives of
the national minorities of Turkey have discussed the Armenian Genocide
in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 among other issues.
Turkish media reports that Bulent Arinc called the Armenian Genocide
"a common tragedy" also during the meeting with the leadership of
the Armenian community fund.
"Our peoples became witnesses of hard times, collapse of the empire,
world wars, incidents in Trabzon and Malatia, assassination of Hrant
Dink. The tragedy of 1915 is our common tragedy that affected both
the Armenians and the Turks. We do not want to experience such times
again," Bulent Arinc said. Representatives of the Armenian, Greek
and Jewish communities of Turkey were present at the meeting.
(but who initiated and implemented the genocide of the Armenians?
Were the Turk’s “tragedy” not self-made?)
MOUNTAINOUS KARABAKH: NEW OPTIONS
Aug 9 2012
The conflict in the mountainous Karabakh region is frozen, but it
remains a concern for international organizations and of course for the
conflicting sides of Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is a matter of concern
of the entire Caucasus region as well, and it seriously undermines
regional security and hinders full range development of the economy
in the region. A new option was initiated by the Azeri side recently:
this is to grant mountainous Karabakh a status similar to South Tirol.
(but they know this falls short of the population’ s already achieved objectives)
ARMENIA: HUGE GROWTH IN APRICOT EXPORTS
Aug 9 2012
According to the results from the first half of 2012 Armenia has
already exported 12, 130 tons of apricots against 7,300 tons exported
during the whole of 2011, Mr. Sergo Karapetyan, the Minister of
Agriculture stated at a press-conference last Thursday.
"We got a good crop of apricots this year. You can see that production
volumes for apricots in the first half of the year were very high,"
- Mr. Karapetyan said, according to the information received from
"ARKA", an Armenian agency of economic information.
He also emphasized, that in the period from January to June 2012
fruit processing companies have already bought 6,150 tons of apricots,
while in 2011 only 2,800 tons were bought during the whole year.
"Harvesting is still in progress in high-mountain areas, and the
final results will be higher," - the Minister remarked.
He also added that Armenia expects a very good crop of peaches
and apples. The processes of purchase and export will be also