Sunday, 4 December 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian... A community without a Church, maybe lost!!!...

A new Armenian organisation in London
with an event at the Gulbenkian Hall
after church on Sunday 4 December
Diaspora Armenians face the threat of assimilation
December 2,2016 

The number of Armenian communities in the Middle East has been declining in the last 30 years. 

President of Armenian Benevolent General Union (ABGU) Perch Sedrakyan says 80 percent of them have either dispersed or become estranged from their Armenian roots. 

“The new generation walks away from their identity and roots. This is a serious concern. New emigrants preserve their national identity for at least 1-2 generations whereas those who settle in the United States, Europe and Russia lose their identity altogether,” Perch Sedrakyan said during a press conference organized within the framework of AGBU 110th anniversary celebrations. 

He stressed that if the Diaspora weakens it will lose its importance and cannot support the homeland. 

“If we do not take measures in the next 5-10 years and bring part of them closer to their roots, they will coalesce with other nations,” Perch Sedrakyan stressed. 

The ABGU President says the strongest anchor is having a powerful country. 

“Our main concern is to strengthen the economic situation in Armenia. We need to have a powerful country to instill pride in the coming generations. Our efforts in the next years should be directed towards our homeland,” he added. 

I disagree, The Strong anchor is to have a Church within the community helping those who have become lost to that community!!! Further more, external forces may have a lot to do with their plight!
Newspaper: Natural gas pipeline reaching Armenia to be sold to Azerbaijan company? 

YEREVAN. – Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, announced that 25 percent of the shares of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation could be sold on the stock exchange. The danger here is that the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) has already voiced about its plan to completely purchase the natural gas pipeline reaching Armenia, reported Zhoghovurd newspaper of Armenia.

“That is, the gas pipeline, which is of strategic, vital importance for our country, might soon become a property of the Azerbaijanis, who, due to a fallen mood, could close the gas valve from time to time, and we [Armenia] will be deprived of gas supply.

“Zhoghovurd daily managed to talk on this matter with MP of the Parliament of Georgia, David Chichinadze. The latter explained that the sales process itself has not started.

‘“The Azerbaijani company does not have any gas, transport corridor at us [i.e. in Georgia], and therefore I believe that there is little such likelihood,’ the Georgian MP gave hope,” wrote Zhoghovurd.
Armenian Genocide recognition supporter Sebahat Tuncel 
indicted in Turkey, prosecutors seek 135-year imprisonment
3 December, 2016 

A Diyarbakir court indicted Sebahat Tuncel, co-chair of Turkey’s Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP), for 135 year imprisonment – a sentence sought by the republican prosecution of Diyarbakir.

Tuncel, who was detained on November 6, is charged with “being a member of a criminal organization” and “propaganda for criminal organization”, based on her announcements during 16 previous events throughout 2012-2016.

Sebahat Tuncel has numerously made statements in favor of recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Back in 2014, being a lawmaker, Tuncel presented a bill to the Turkish Parliament which suggested President Erdogan to apologize to the Armenian people for the Armenian Genocide. The bill suggested announcing April 24 a mourning day, as well as make material and moral compensations.

[despite all thei oil & gas derived wealth, read this surprising article] 
Turan Information Agency, Azerbaijani Opposition Paper
December 1, 2016 Thursday
In terms of average salary Azerbaijan is behind Georgia 
and Armenia - ILO
Baku / 01.12.16 / Turan: According to the International Labor
Organization, the average salary in Azerbaijan is one of the lowest
among the 71 countries for which data are available.

According to material published on the website, the
highest average wage in Luxembourg is 3,722 dollars a month.

Azerbaijan ranks one of the last on the average salary of $303, and is
behind poor Georgia and Armenia, which rank 55th and 57th respectively
with the index and $430and $404.

Azerbaijan's index was below of many African and Asian countries, not
to mention the poor European countries - Bulgaria, Bosnia and others.
The worst situation is in the Republic of Moldova, Mongolia,
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Syria. 
Oganesson: Element named after Armenian scientist added to periodic table
01 Dec 2016 

Oganesson (Og) – the element named after Russian Armenian scholar Yuri Oganessian has been added to Mendeleev’s periodical table.

On 28 November 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118.

In line with the tradition of honoring a scientist, the name oganesson and symbol Og for element 118 was proposed by the collaborating teams of discoverers at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russia) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA) and recognizes Professor Yuri Oganessian (born 1933) for his pioneering contributions to transactinoid elements research.

His many achievements include the discovery of superheavy elements and significant advances in the nuclear physics of superheavy nuclei including experimental evidence for the “island of stability.”

See Mkhitaryan in action from the Man United website
Man Utd beat West Ham 4-1: Mkhitaryan named Man of the Match
01 Dec 2016 

Manchester Uited set up an EFL Cup semi-final clash against Hull with a deserved 4-1 victory over West Ham.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both scored braces as United cruised into the last four at Old Trafford.

Ashley Fletcher gave the visitor’s hope 10 minutes before the break, pouncing on David De Gea’s error to make the score 1-1.

Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan was a constant menace to the West Ham defence, setting up a goal apiece for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial.

Portuguese boss was clearly pleased with his efforts against a strong West Ham side.

“I’m so happy because today was against a Premier League team with Premier League qualities with Premier League characteristics,” Mourinho said.

Manchester United, UK
Mkhitaryan at home on the biggest stage
Dec 1 2016

In a revealing interview with The Players' Tribune , Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opened up on why his late father Hamlet continues to be his inspiration.

The Armenia captain tragically lost his dad when only seven years old due to a brain tumour and it naturally had a profound effect on his childhood. By somehow summoning up the strength to follow in his father's footsteps, he has not only emulated Hamlet's achievement of representing his country but is now appearing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"When you walk onto the pitch at Old Trafford, it is not just a pitch, it is a stage," the attacking midfielder said. "If my father could see me on that stage, I think he would be very proud.

"I was always kind of chasing him and I think, even though he’s not here, he helped me to get to this place. If he was still alive, maybe I would be a lawyer or a doctor right now. Instead, I am a footballer.

"The year after my father died, I started football training," he added. "He was the drive for me, he was my idol. I said to myself, I have to run just like him. I have to shoot just like him.

"By the time I was 10 years old, my entire life was football. Training, reading, watching, even playing football on PlayStation . I was totally focused on it. I especially loved the creative players — the maestros. I always wanted to play like [Zinedine] Zidane, Kaká and Hamlet. (Pretty good company for my father)."

The decision to head to Brazil as a 13-year-old to train with Sao Paulo for four months must have been an extraordinarily difficult one to take but it helped broaden the youngster's horizons and develop his playing style.

"That was one of the most interesting times of my life, because I was a very shy kid from Armenia who didn’t speak any Portuguese," he admitted. "But I didn’t care at all because, to me, I was getting to go to football paradise.

"I dreamed of being like Kaká, and Brazil was the home of that creative style, which the Brazilians call ginga . That time was very important to me, because it shaped my style as a player. When I returned to Armenia after four months in Brazil, I was still quite skinny and weak, but I had technique and skill. I was feeling very free on the pitch. I was feeling like the Armenian Ronaldinho. (Ha ha ha ha. No, I’m joking)."

Thankfully, United's fans are now able to enjoy the 'Armenian Ronaldinho' after narrowly failing to sign the Brazilian star during Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge. The Old Trafford faithful have had to be patient but are clearly now falling in love with the summer signing from Borussia Dortmund.

"I knew it would be a challenge to leave a good situation at Dortmund and succeed at United," he said. "But I did not want to sit in my chair as an old man and have any regrets. I was ready to move.

"When the deal was done and dusted, I sat down to sign the contract with United and that’s when it hit me. That’s when I realised that this big move to the Premier League was really happening.

"I will never forget that moment, nor will I forget the time I put on the red Manchester United shirt before my first training session with the club. It made me feel so happy and proud about what I had achieved in my career.

"At the beginning of this season at United, I suffered an injury and have not had many chances to play. It would be fair to say that the start of my life in Manchester was not perfect. But there have been many other times when I’ve had setbacks, and I have never given up. I will continue working every day so that I can help the team succeed."

Having overcome incredible adversity in the past, there is every reason to expect Mkhitaryan to continue achieving his goals and become a firm favourite at United.

For the full, extensive must-read interview with Henrikh Mkhitaryan on his upbringing and football career so far, visit .

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