Wednesday, 24 August 2016

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Republican candidate for the US presidency, Donald Trump, 

seeks more votes for the November election by speaking in 
Man United fans' new Henrikh Mkhitaryan chant gets seal of 
from Henrikh Mkhitaryan
22 Aug 2016
By Richard Innes

Old Trafford's new Armenian midfielder has already got himself a
United chant - and it's a beauty

Say what you like about Man United fans; they know how to come up with
a good chant.

As their song for Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved, they don't hang about
when it comes to composing them, either. When a new player arrives at
their club, they very quickly get on with the business of designing a
chant for the new boy.

Hence the brilliant Henrikh Mkhitaryan ditty you can see a few
supporters belting out in the clip above.

The Armenian midfielder has had a slow start to life in England since
his £26million move from Borussia Dortmund - but that hasn't stopped
the Old Trafford faithful from getting their creative juices flowing.

Take a look at the video and you will see that they haven't just come
up with something obvious for their new playmaker. Instead, they have
done their own version of Sting's 'Englishman in New York'.

The lyrics are:

Whoa-oh… Mkhitaryan,

Henrikh Mkhitaryan,

He's our midfield Armenian.

Very simple, yet very effective when you hear it. So much so, the man
himself has liked it on Twitter:
Armenia remained at 4 medals, one gold and three silver 
at the Olympic Games Rio-2016
Krikor Amirzayan 

Armenia will remain at 4 medals, one gold and three silver at the 
31st Olympic Games. The last 4 Armenian athletes involved in 
wrestling -and they assured us that they had a real chance of 
Medals according remained empty-handed ... 

Saturday, August 20, Garnik Mnatsakanyan (57 kg) from his first 
fight in the second round and Levan Berianidze semifinals were 
eliminated. Sunday, August 21, the last day of the Olympics in Rio, 
it was the turn of the last two wrestlers wrestling Armenians to 
suffer the same fate. David Safaryan (65 kg) was eliminated in his 
first fight in the second round against the Italian Frank Chamizo 
Marquez, world champion (1-3). Then in the 97 kg, the last 
Armenian committed to the Olympics Georgi Ketoev also lost 
(1-3) against the Georgian Elizbar Odikadze. 
August 23: Armenia adopted the Declaration of Independence 
26 years ago
23 Aug 2016 

On August 23, 1990 the Supreme Council of the Soviet Socialist 
Republic of Armenia adopted Armenia’s Declaration of Independence, 
ending decades of Soviet rule and beginning a new chapter in history.

The adoption of the Declaration marked the start of the process of 
establishment of independent statehood positioning the question of 
the creation of a democratic society based on the rule of law.

The country was renamed the Republic of Armenia and a year 
later, on September 21, 1991 Armenia became an independent state.

With the purpose of guaranteeing the security of the Republic of 
Armenia and the inviolability of its borders, the Republic of Armenia 
created its own armed forces, internal troops, state bodies and 
public security under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Council.

Under the Declaration, the Republic of Armenia guaranteed the 
use of Armenian as the state language in all spheres of the 
Republic’s life, created its own system of education and of 
scientific and cultural development.

The Programme of Armenian Studies is proud to offer its fifth 
year of evening classes in Western Armenian. These courses 
equip students with the skills they need to read, write, speak 
and understand this beautiful language. The classes are taught 
by Dr Krikor Moskofian. Elementary Western Armenian

The objective of this course is to provide students with all the 
basic skills required in Western Armenian at an elementary level. 
At the end of this course, students should be able to express simple 
ideas, wishes, and thoughts on a variety of topics. They should be 
able to engage in simple conversations with native speakers, write 
simple sentences and read basic texts. Intermediate Western 

This course is designed to build on what students will have learned 
in Elementary Western Armenian. It covers many aspects of the 
grammar to take students to a reasonable level of competence in 
reading, writing and speaking. At the end of this course, students 
should be able to engage in conversation with native speakers on 
most topics relating to daily life, write sentences of reasonable 
complexity on the same themes, and the read the kinds of texts 
available in newspapers etc. Advanced Western Armenian

This course is designed to consolidate the language acquired 
through the elementary and intermediate courses. It also takes 
students to the next, more challenging level of language knowledge. 
At the end of this course students should have acquired a high level 
of sophistication in reading, writing and speaking. Students should 
be able to communicate on a variety of topics of social and cultural 
interest. Course dates

The courses consist of one two-hour lesson each week, organised 
into three terms of ten weeks each.

    • Elementary classes (Tuesdays, 6pm to 8pm) begin 
on Tuesday 11 October. 
    • Intermediate classes (Wednesdays, 6pm to 8pm) start 
on Wednesday 12 October.
    • Advanced classes (Tuesdays, 8pm to 10pm) begin 
on Tuesday 11 October.

All of our evening courses take place at Hye Doon (Armenian House) 
in South London.

Course fees
All courses are only £185 per term, payable at the start of term. 
Private tuition is also available.

Please email Leon Aslanov at 
for any questions or queries you may have about the evening 
courses. Supported by: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Around 600 tourists visited Lake Arpi National Park

Issues related to ecotourism were discussed during the working consultation held in Shirak region, Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection reports, adding that around 600 tourists have visited Lake Arpi National Park this year.

Tourism development will not only create additional measures to ensure the preservation of the national park with proper quality, but will solve the social problems of the residents in the nearby communities. Furthermore, it will encourage tourism development in Shirak region.

The Lake Arpi is the second largest lake in Armenia and is found in north-western corner of Armenia on the border with Georgia and Turkey. The lake's water surface is about 3,139 ha, and it is found at 2020 m a.s.l. Lake Arpi is designated as a Ramsar wetland in 1993.

According to the release, Minister Aramayis Grigoryan gave instructions to actively cooperate with organizations specialized in tourism sector to develop ecotourism, offer quality service to tourists “strictly in line with requirements and criteria set by the RA legislation sand other legal norms.”

Lake Arpi is the second largest lake in Armenia located in northwestern of Armenia near the border with Georgia and Turkey. The lake's water surface is about 3,139 ha. The lake has rich flora and fauna. It is a Ramsar Convention protected site, and a national park was established around the lake in 2009
81.9% of Armenian Territory Exposed to Different Degrees of 
August 15, 2016 

24,353 square km or 81.9% of the territory in Armenia (omitting Lake
Sevan and the mirror surface of reservoirs) is exposed to different
degrees of desertification. The areas exposed to heavy impact make up
26.8% of the total area of Armenia, strong impact – 26.4%, moderate –
19.8% and weak – 8.8%.Only 13.5% (4006 square km) of the territory in
Armenia is not exposed to desertification, as “Raising Awareness of
Citizens on Desertification, Soil Degradation and Drought in the
Republic of Armenia” report says.
Sassna Dzrer Divide the Armenian Apostolic Church
21 August 2016

The armed takeover of the Erebuni Police Patrol Station by the Sassna Dzrer group in July countered civil society-government, Armenia-diaspora relations and even affected the Armenian Apostolic Church. Father Armen Melkonian was relieved of his duties as visiting preacher to Europe following his open support to the Sassna Dzrer group at a rally outside the Armenian Embassy in Amsterdam. 

An article on Bedros Sevadjian.
Below is a short account pf Rubina Sevadjian Kingwell's visit 
to see the gold tray presented to Queen Elizabeth by Haile 
Selassie made by Bedros Sevadjian, jeweller to the Emperor. 

Exciting visit to Buckingham Palace
August 20 2016 

On Monday 15th August , Jeanine, Anaïs and I went to Buckingham Palace. For several months I had been corresponding with the Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Sally Goodsir, about an object in the Royal Collection. I asked her if she knew the whereabouts of the gold tray which H. I . M. Haile Sellassie I presented to H. M. Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Ethiopia in 1965. I told her the tray was made by B A Sevadjian and explained my special interest in it. 

I was really happy and gratified when she said ‘Yes, the tray is well-known to us.’ and invited me to view it. I had to take Jeanine & Anaïs with me for this likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the tray. And so, after all the required security checks etc, we went and were met so kindly by Sally who led us though a maze of corridors in the bowels of the Palace, to a small conference room. And there was the tray. 

I quite understand now the love that King Midas felt for gold. None of us could take our eyes away from that object. It just held our gaze—almost magnetically. None of us in that room, including Sally who works with great artefacts everyday, had ever seen that quantity of gold before. Ethiopian gold, a beautiful dark buttery yellow and at 22kt glowing like the sun . 

I had only ever seen a picture of the tray, taken soon after it was made. Although it is a colour photograph, it hardly gives an idea of the size and depth of colour and sheer opulence of the real thing. First off, it is 80 cm x 51½ cm. About ½ cm thick. It is a very ornate, two handled tray, the whole of the centre being engraved in a stylised flowers and leaves motif. The inscription in the centre reads: 

The tray is edged with leaves and scallops. Of course the most important thing for me was to see the signature, so the tray had to be turned over. Sally was unable to do so herself and Anaïs helped. It does weigh 14 kg after all! And there it was: B A Sevadjian Addis Ababa. 

We stood looking at this beautiful tray for a good three quarters of an hour. Sally told us that most of the artefacts in the palace are gilt and that she had not seen many solid gold objects before. She was very happy to have shown it to us, and let us look for as long as we liked. It was a wonderful way to spend a Monday afternoon. We left the Palace, feeling proud and emotional.

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