Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian... Nagorno-Karabakh 25th Anniversary- A job- ICA FILM-Kevork Malikyan

Congratulations to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh - Artsakh 

on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their Republic.

The Republic of Artsakh declared its independence on 
September 2, 1991. It has since overcome overwhelming odds 
in establishing a state, its institutions and its civil society. 

A job advert that might interest someone on the distribution list. 


ICA Film Projection with Q&A 
Film directed by Avo Kaprealian 
Street scenes in Aleppo 
18 September at 2pm 

(watch the trailer at least to understand what the Armenians
there are going through) 

Kevork Malikyan 
For those who remember Kevork in his London days 
or saw him perform at the Globe Theatre 

Berlin plans to distance itself from Armenian Genocide resolution: 
02 Sep 2016 

Germany’s government has plans to distance itself from a resolution recognizing the historic Ottoman slaughter of Armenians as genocide, a magazine report says. Berlin reportedly hopes the move might appease Ankara, Deutsche Welle reports. 

The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” reported on Friday that Berlin planned a gesture to appease Turkish government anger over the Bundestag’s Armenia resolution. 

By doing so, the report said, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government hoped to resolve a dispute that has seen German parliamentarians barred from visiting Bundeswehr troops stationed at the Incirlik airbase in eastern Turkey. 

“Der Spiegel” reported that a deal had been agreed between the German Foreign Office and Merkel’s Chancellery that would see the government directly distance itself from the Armenia resolution. 

Germany’s lower house backed a resolution in early June that explicitly declared the ethnic slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman regime during World War I to have been a genocide. 

In response, Ankara blocked German parliamentarians from visiting German troops stations at Incirlik, where the Bundeswehr is engaged in operations against “Islamic State” (IS). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogandenounced the vote, recalled his ambassador to Berlin for consultations and threatened further action. 

Germany’s Foreign Ministry has sought to resolve the dispute in recent weeks, with officials reportedly being told that Ankara wanted the German government to distance itself from the legislature’s vote. According to “Der Spiegel,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert would reiterate that the resolution had no binding legal effect on the actions of the German government. Even when it passed the Bundestag, it was clear to lawmakers that the resolution was non-binding. 

Discussions had taken place about who should make the announcement, the report said, with neither Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier nor Merkel prepared to do so personally. Both politicians are said to privately support the parliament’s position. 

Steinmeier is a member of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), which has said Germany should redeploy its troops to another support base in the Middle East, should German parliamentarians continue to be barred from visiting personnel. 

Although Germany is not directly engaged in combat operations against IS, it has deployed a number of surveillance aircraft to assist the US-led coalition. The German parliament is scheduled to decide on a mandate to extend the mission in December. 

European Court Issued 20 Verdicts Against Armenia in Last 3 Years 

In the last 3 years, the European Court of Human Rights issued 20 rulings against the Republic of Armenia and ordered the state to pay a total of 335,000 Euros to the winning applicants, minister-chief of Government staff Davit Harutyunyan said during a cabinet meeting Friday. 

In 2014, the official stated, the ECHR issued 4 verdicts against Armenia, for which the state paid 166,000 Euros, in 2015 – 8 verdicts and 86,000 Euros, and in 2016 – 8 verdicts and 83,000 Euros. 

According to statistics from the European Court, Armenian courts mostly violate the applicants' rights to property, to a fair trial, to a fair compensation, and the right to be free from torture 

Malaysia Sun
Sept 2 2016
Armenia to host IBM regional center of excellence
An IBM regional center of excellence for social services will be
established in Armenia, a corresponding decision made at the Friday,
September 2 government session.

Minister of Labor Artem Asatryan announced the country will start
employing a unified e-platform of public social services, which means
they will appear in a tech environment which will ensure their
compatibility for a single database.

For that reason, with the support of the U.S. government, Armenia has
signed a memorandum with the IBM Corporation which envisages the
creation of a regional center of excellence based on IBM Curam

Not only will the center enable creating systems for future automation
of services, but it will also help ship them abroad, the Minister

Armenia’s Lake Sevan among top five CIS tourist destinations for summer rest 
August 31

Armenia’s Lake Sevan is among top five CIS tourist destinations for summer rest, Novosti-Armenia reports with reference to RoomGuru.ru hotel search resource. 

Top five resorts for tourists from CIS countries this summer are Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), Borovoe (Kazakhstan), Naroch (Belarus), Lankaran (the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan) and Lake Sevan (Armenia). 

According to RoomGuru.ru, the number of Russian citizens’ summer trips to CJS countries rose 10% this summer, compared with the previous summer season. Tourists spent 3,600 Russian rubles ($55), on average, per day. They stayed 1.5 days, on average, on Sevan cost and 10 days in Issyk-Kul. 

Minsk was the most popular city for tourists this summer among CIS cities. 

Minsk is followed by Almaty, Baku, Astana, Yerevan, Kyiv, Bishkek, Vitebsk, Kishinev and Tashkent. 
The cheapest city was Bishkek and the most expensive Astana in this summer ranking. 

The most popular tourist destination in Russia was Sochi and Anapa among resorts this summer. 
Moscow and St Petersburg are topping the cities’ ranking. 

Lake Sevan is one of the largest alpine lakes in Europe and Asia, located in the heart of the Armenian plateau at an altitude of 1914 meters. It is 70 kilometer-long and the area of its water surface is nearly 1,500 square kilometers. The lake is a major source of fresh water in the region. 

RoomGuru.ru was named the best hotel search engine by World Travel Awards 

(wonder what is behind the positive UK balance capital flow?)

Outflow of capital recorded in Armenia in Jan-June 2016 
September 1.

Outflow of capital is recorded in Armenia in the first half of this year, the National Statistical Service reports. 

In particular, the negative balance of the net flow of aggregate foreign investments into the real sector of the Armenian economy amounted to AMD 16.9 billion in Jan-June 2016 against the positive balance amounting to AMD 81.8 billion at the same period a year before. 

Net flow is the difference between inflow and investment maturity at a period under review. 

Despite negative balances of net flows of foreign investments were recorded in Jan-June 2016, direct foreign investments were positive – they amounted to AMD 16.5 billion against AMD 30.7 billion in Jan-June 2015. 

The largest negative balance was recorded on Russia – AMD 27.8 billion. Russia’s direct investments in Armenia showed negative balance as well – AMD 5.6 billion. 

The same was going on with the following countries: Armenian-Dutch cash flows showed a AMD 4.3 billion negative balance in Jan-June 2016, Luxemburg AMD 2.9 billion, Cyprus AMD 2.4 billion, Argentina AMD 1.2 billion, France AMD 1 billion, Lebanon AMD 879.1 million and the United States AMD 564.2 million. 

The United Kingdom accounted for the biggest positive balance – AMD 11.8 billion. It is followed by Canada – AMD 5.2 billion, Germany – AMD 1.9 billion and Virgin Islands – AMD 1.2 billion. 

According to the statistical report, the negative balance in foreign investments was seen especially in industry and energy segments of the Armenian economy. 

The negative balance in the electric energy, gas and steam supply amounted to AMD 24.3 billion, the production of basic metals to AMD 10.15 billion, the extraction of metallic ores to AMD 5.5 billion and other 

Armenian team loses to Czechs, Henrikh Mkhitaryan gets injury
August 31, 2016

The Armenian National Team lost to the Czechs in the friendly held in
Mlad√° Boleslav city by a score 0-3.

The host team scored two goals in the first half, during which
Armenian team captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan got injury and was
During the second half, the Armenian team coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan
changed almost the entire line-up of the team.
By the end of the match, the Czech Republic team, whose head coach
made 11 substitutions during the break, netted the third goal.

On September 4, the Armenian team will play against the Denmark team
in Copenhagen in the framework of the first tournament of the 2018
World Cup qualifier. 

the guardian.com 
Proms 2016 
Ulster Orchestra/Payare 
– reminds us what a valuable cultural asset this orchestra is 
4 / 5 stars 

Royal Albert Hall, London 

Narek Hakhnazaryan displayed his outstanding musicianship with a 
technically impeccable and distinctive account of Haydn’s First Cello 

Monday 22 August 2016 13.26 BST 

For its visit to this year’s Proms, the Ulster Orchestra and its chief conductor, Rafael Payare , brought a new work by the English-born, Belfast-based Piers Hellawell , who turns 60 this year. At 20 minutes long, Wild Flow consists of five pieces with faster outer sections framing a central slow movement. 

Hellawell suggests that rather than developing organically, the result “offers a zigzag progression of mood and event”; he’s also distrustful of the notion of music being “about” something beyond its musical meaning. So if the piece itself registered as bitty – a sequence of diverse individual episodes without much sense of a larger picture – that was presumably deliberate, though there were certainly moments of striking character, colour and texture along the way, with sudden bursts of manic activity offset by moments of uneasy stasis – though rarely of calm. This premiere performance felt entirely assured. 

The big work in the second half was Tchaikovsky’s popular Fifth Symphony. Though the quality of playing was high throughout, reminding listeners what a valuable cultural asset to Northern Ireland this orchestra is, the performance could have done with a stronger sense of the music’s immediate and long-term goals. 

The concert’s highlights came in the shape of Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan ’s technically impeccable and distinctively personal account of Haydn’s First Cello Concerto, and with his encore – Lamentatio by the contemporary Sicilian composer Giovanni Sollima – in which his singing along to his own playing was just one remarkable feature of an outstanding display of musicianship.

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