Thursday, 14 September 2017

Armenian News... A Topalian... It appears: No Armenians were touched by Irma!!!

Panorama, Armenia
Sept 13 2017
No Armenians suffered in Florida by Hurricane Irma 

Hurricane Irma has caused large-scale devastations in Florida, uprooting trees, damaging cars and houses, however the members of the local Armenian community are safe and the Armenian Church is not damaged, Pastor of St. Mary Armenian Church Vartan Joulfayan has told the Voice of America Armenian service in a skype interview. 

According to initial data, the number of deaths in Florida from Hurricane Irma has raised to 12 from the previous seven. “Thanks God, people are safe and we continue praying for everyone’s safety and the soon recovery of those suffered,” the pastor said. 

Vartan Joulfayan next informed the members of the community will gather at the Church of the Holy Virgin on Sunday to celebrate the Feast of the Cross and to restore the territory of the Church. 

MediaMax, Armenia
Sept 12 2017
Program on improving Armenia’s demographic situation being elaborated
Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan was introduced today to the draft of “Program on Improvement of Armenia’s Demographic Situation”, as well as targeted implementation measures. 

The draft was elaborated by Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia, based on the government’s new program. 

The speakers introduced Karen Karapetyan to the measures and tools to be applied for providing sustainable development of Armenia’s demographic situation. 

Prime Minister Karapetyan found it necessary to assess the efficiency of each measure for the overall demographic situation. He instructed to review and amend the draft, taking into consideration the international experience. 

PanArmenian, Armenia
Sept 12 2017
Israeli lawmakers visit Armenian Genocide memorial 

A delegation of Israeli lawmakers headed by vice speaker of Knesset Tali Ploskov visited the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan. 

Accompanying the guests were head of Israel-Armenia friendship group Gagik Minasyan, as well as MPs Mikayel Melkumyan, Gagik Melikyan, Gevorg Gorgisyan, and deputy director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Suren Manukyan. 

The members of the delegation laid a wreath at the memorial to pay tribute to the memory of the 1.5 million innocent victims of the Genocide, perpetrated at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. 

Also, the guests visited the Museum-Institute and left notes in the book of memories. 

Some three dozen countries, as well as hundreds of local government bodies and international organizations have so far recognized the Armenian Genocide. Israel and Turkey deny to this day. 

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
September 11, 2017 Monday
"Manchester United is older than Azerbaijan", Vice Speaker Sharmazanov
responds to Aliyev's "historic territory" statement

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 11, ARMENPRESS. After the recent corruption
scandals, the Azerbaijani ruling powers, led by their president, are
spasmodic and are attempting to find new platforms to spread their
lies, Vice-Speaker of Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov told a press
briefing, commenting on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s statement
at the Islamic Cooperation Conference, where he said that “Nagorno
Karabakh is a territory of historical Azerbaijan”.

“One must first of all have a history prior to having historic
territories. Azerbaijan has only a 99 year old history. Let me say for
comparison, the famous Manchester United [football club] is 40 years
older than Azerbaijan”, Sharmazanov said.

Commenting on Aliyev’s accusations that Armenians have allegedly
destroyed Islamic monuments and are Islamophobic , Sharmazanov
stressed that from this perspective, any democratic nation can take
Armenia’s experience. Only 2500 Kurdish Muslims live in Armenia, while
under the new Constitution the country has enables that small
community to have a lawmaker in the Parliament.

“This is yet another ridiculous statement, which stem from the fact
that the Azerbaijani leadership is facing a force majeure. Reports
have emerged that Azerbaijan has financed terrorism, Western media
presented facts about Azerbaijani corruption scandals, therefore the
Azerbaijani ruling power is trying to deviate the arrows, but they are
failing”, he said.

Commenting on Aliyev’s statement that Armenians are destroying Islamic
monuments, Sharmazanov reminded that the Blue Mosque is operating in
downtown Yerevan, which is a symbol of Yerevan.

“Prior to speaking about destruction of monuments, it would be better
if they’d refreshed their memory, they have destroyed tens of
thousands of Armenian cross-stones in Nakhijevan”, he said. 

Trend, Azerbaijan
Sept 13 2017
Lapshin: “Now I have irrefutable facts that Karabakh is and will continue to be an ancient Azerbaijani land”
[this is the 'get out of jail' letter written by the Azeri authorities that gives a presidential pardon]
The Israeli citizen Alexander Lapshin, who was pardoned by the decree of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, dated September 11, 2017, has sent a letter of gratitude to the head of state. 

Alexander Lapshin recalls that he was sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes on July 20, 2017. 

“I have heard today that you signed a decree to pardon me. I am very grateful to you for this. Probably, I have never been looking forward to any event in my life.” 

Saying he sincerely regrets what he did, Alexander Lapshin notes that when he went to Nagorno-Karabakh he did not have any reliable information about what happened in the region and around it. 

“Now I have irrefutable facts that Karabakh is and will continue to be an ancient Azerbaijani land.” 

He expresses his hope that the Karabakh problem will be settled by taking into account the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. 

Lapshin in his letter once again underlines his regret for his irresponsible actions and expresses his gratitude to the Azerbaijani president for his humanity. 

“Let me extend my best wishes to you, your family, and the whole people of Azerbaijan for long life, the best of health, much more prosperity, and for the soonest liberation of your occupied territories,” Alexander Lapshin concludes his letter.
Sept 12 2017
Lydian International aiming high with Amulsar in Armenia 

[ good news but nothing mentioned about polution]
Construction began in the fourth quarter of 2016 and the group expects to pour its first gold in the middle of 2018 
Lydian International aiming high with Amulsar in Armenia

Lydian's project is set to be a game-changer for Armenia 

Lydian International Inc ( TSE:LYD ) is steaming ahead in building its wholly owned giant Amulsar mine, which will be Armenia's largest gold mine. 

Construction began in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is now about half way through and the group expects to pour its first gold bar in the middle of 2018. 

"Amulsar is an opportunity for a large scale, low cost , world class operation..., said Howard Stevenson, president and chief executive, when he recently spoke to Proactive. 

In July, the firm said it had committed about 75% so far of the total capex required for the project, which is fully finaced. 

Lydian has $440mln of financing in place and the cost of the project has been estimated at US$369.9 million, so is well covered. WATCH - Lydian International full steam ahead with construction building Armenia's largest gold mine 

What is Amulsar...?

Amulsar was discovered by Lydian a decade ago on a geology road trip and lies 170km south of Armenia's capital Yerevan on the border between the provinces of Vayots Dzor and Sunnik.

The Amulsar licenses cover an area of 65 sq km.

Local infrastructure is good. There is a paved highway some 4km to the south of the project available to the town of Jermuk and high tension power lines pass along the main road and electricity is charged at $0.06/kWh

Water is available from the Vorotan River and the Spandaryan reservoir, 3km east and 8km south east respectively. Putting the pieces together....

Major engineering and procurement commitments are complete, the firm revealed last month, and initial deliveries of structural steel and other key equipment were delivered during the second quarter.

The company has taken delivery of another batch of components, including a jaw-crusher, a rock breaker, pan feeders and screen liners.

Shipments and deliveries of major mining and processing equipment are advancing as planned.

The mining fleet for Amulsar will include 19 Caterpillar 789D 180-tonne-capacity haul trucks, one 994 front-end loader and two 6040 hydraulic shovels. A training simulator has been purchased to train operators. Set to become Armenia's largest gold mine..

In February this year, the group's mineral resource and reserve was upgraded, with a 16% lift to the higher confidence measured and indicated category.

This was lifted by 19.8 million tonnes to 142.2 million tonnes - a 16% increase while notably the same gold grade was maintained.

The mineral reserve estimate was lifted by 184,000 contained gold ounces to 2.606mln contained gold ounces, which was an increase of 8%.

Lydian has said it expects mining production will reach 25mln tonnes of material during the first year of the operation.

Gold output, beginning in 2018, is targeted to average around 215,000 ounces per year over an initial 10 year mine life.

Amulsar is a large scale, low cost, technically simple open pit project, where the all-in-sustaining-costs are US$585 an ounce and the recovery on the leach pad is put at 87%. Experienced mine builder as COO..

In May, the company hired seasoned executive Andrew Kaczmarek as chief operating officer

He has spent his career building and operating mines in ten countries, the firm noted.

Most recently, he was independent technical adviser to Alacer Gold Corp and Midway Gold Corp , interim chief operating officer for Aurcana Corp and chief operating officer of Victoria Gold Corp .

At Alacer, he was responsible for building the Copler gold mine in east-central Turkey, and as vice-president of development for Kinross Gold responsible for engineering and construction for the re-opening of the Refugio mine in Chile.

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