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#340368 Sos Vilage Artsakh

Posted by gamavor on 25 January 2017 - 09:53 AM

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#340809 The World according to ancient Rome

Posted by gamavor on 11 April 2017 - 02:24 AM

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#340200 Բեխալաթ

Posted by Yervant1 on 03 January 2017 - 02:45 PM

I think, it means mistake or a flaw and the բեխալատ would be the opposite of flaw, I mean flawless. I'm just going with the sentence structure and the Arabic word Khalat means mistake or a flaw, maybe that's where the origin is.

I hope this helps.

I believe the babies flaw is not falling sleep. The last sentence which says that you have one flaw, you don't sleep and stay awake. 

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#339824 Autumn of my Homeland

Posted by onjig on 13 October 2016 - 11:57 AM

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#337201 Armenia develops water-saving innovative fertilizer

Posted by gamavor on 12 January 2016 - 10:44 AM


YEREVAN. A new fertilizer has been developed in Armenia, and to save water.

Director of Eco Technology company, Ashot Baghdasaryan, told Armenian News-NEWS.am that the granules of this fertilizer collect the water from the soil, and return it to the plant when and as needed.

And the granules of our fertilizer not only accumulate water, but also the useful nutrients, Baghdasaryan explained.

In addition, this fertilizer eliminates excess water, so that the roots of the plants do not decay.

As per the company manager, this fertilizer helps to increase crop yields by 40 to 60 percent.

Furthermore, this material biologically decomposes, and therefore it leaves no residues in the soil.

The fertilizer, which is called Aquasource, underwent several tests among volunteer farmers.

Also, it is tested with a number of international projects.

Ashot Baghdasaryan said Iran, Russia, the US, India, the United Arab Emirates, and even in distant South Africa and Namibia are interested in this new fertilizer.
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#337198 Do you trust Russia or the United States more and why?

Posted by Yervant1 on 11 January 2016 - 01:27 PM

The chances that Russia will help us to free Western Armenia is as much as the help that we will get from the rest of the world, which is zero. We should rely on ourselves only.

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Posted by Yervant1 on 19 December 2014 - 10:42 AM


The Harvell Gazette, MA
Dec 18 2014

Tom Vartabedian Haverhill Gazette

Hard to believe that I've waited until close to the last moment to
wish everyone a joyful Christmas.

It's only because I'm strapped for cash after going bonkers this year
and decided I'd use my best resources to get the word out.

Nothing easier and cheaper than to convey my intentions through
this Almanac column. It's okay. You don't have to reciprocate. I get
enough afterthoughts leading up to the New Year and beyond, if you
count Armenian Christmas on Jan. 6.

So let's begin by wishing my family the very best -- my wife, Nancy,
with whom I'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary on Feb. 19. I
chose that date because it was her birthday and I couldn't think of
a better time to exchange our vows.

Cheers go out to the other three favorite people in my life --
children Sonya, Ara and Raffi -- and the six grandchildren in our
lives. Get set for Disneyworld, guys. We've got a lot of celebrating
to do this February in the land of unbroken dreams.

Let's hit the newspaper crowd next -- editor Bill Cantwell, who
peruses my columns each week and makes them readable, along with
climbing cohorts Dave Dyer, Paul Tennant and Mike LaBella. I still
remember that time we got stranded on Mount Katahdin in Maine and
spent the night on a rock studying the stars. Turned out to be a
pretty decent Almanac, as I recall.

You'll find me three afternoons a week playing racquetball at
the Haverhill YMCA. Maybe George Yell will let me win a game this
Christmas. Welcome Clint "CJ" Clay. You're the next generation. I
marvel at the job Executive Director Tracy Fuller does in keeping
that facility intact. Kudos to you, too.

You'll also see me browsing up a storm at the library -- a true
resource for our community -- and all that it avails to me, whether
books, CDs or DVDs. I am proud to admit that both my sons secured
their Eagle Scout badges by doing community projects for the library.

Not a bad consideration for any good scout.

As the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide approaches in 2015,
the congregation at our Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is already at
work planning a milestone commemoration in the community. Watch for
details. While I'm at it, good luck to all those involved with the
church's building project in Ward Hill. It's been a long time in
the making.

Greetings and salutations go out to my doctor, Peter Rees, for keeping
me agile. He sets a fine example for health and fitness. And to my
cardiologist Salmon (Sonny) Ghiasuddin for saving me from expiration --
not once but twice. It's been 10 years since I've become "pipe free."

Same goes for Dr. Alan Gonick and his staff at Greenleaf. Be true to
your teeth -- otherwise they will become false. He makes a root canal
seem so tolerable. My sentiments also go out to Dr. Alvin Yadgood,
my oral surgeon at Northern Essex. I cannot say enough about implants.

I marvel at the work being done by cohorts Kathy Bresnahan and Rita
LaBella in organizing a myriad of activities at the Council on Aging.

There's no reason why any senior citizen in this city should be bored.

The guy behind it all is head honcho Vinny Ouellette, who seems to
have more arms than an octopus.

The ping-pong vibrations you may hear Monday nights come from West
Meadow Road, where some pretty hot table tennis activity is heard. Bob
Baillargeron and Malcolm Anderson are two fine players who don't act
their age. May their paddles always keep them young.

Special Christmas greetings go out to the sick and the infirmed of
this city, those who will spend the holiday in hospitals and nursing
homes. It's not the place you want to be. May you be joined by family
and friends.

Extended wishes are conveyed to the caregivers and medical support
staffers who must work this day to keep the health system mobilized
and in good hands. Santa applauds you.

Here's a greeting to all the police and firefighters who maintain
their constant vigil, holidays or not. And to all those who do not
celebrate Christmas. May some of you get caught up in the spirit,
whether you're a Christian or not.

For one brief day, bury all the bad news and put a moratorium on crime
and punishment. Let's finally end this terrible plight in the Middle
East and live in a world where peace and harmony work hand-in-hand.

Above all, let's put Christ back into Christmas and honor the day
for what it was intended.

If you're looking for the perfect last-minute gift, try this. Human
kindness costs nothing and goes the furthest.



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#301582 Repat Armenia

Posted by Nané on 28 January 2013 - 12:35 PM

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#299973 Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you!

Posted by man on 19 December 2012 - 03:24 AM

Post-Armenia Blues

Posted on December 15, 2012

Nathalie Kazandjian aka Nat K
(Canada, AVC ‘ 12)

The "Welcome Home Natty" poster along with friends and family were what greeted me as I made my way past the Arrival gates of the Montreal Trudeau Airport. In that instant, I felt pretty good about coming home. However, as the days went by, the post-Armenia blues violently kicked in as soon as I found myself doing the same old things I used to do. Suddenly, things that seemed so familiar felt foreign and strange. It was a whole new culture shock but it was real and unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do about it. The problem was not coming home to friends and family. The problem itself was leaving Armenia. For the little bit that I was back, I couldn’t even look at my photos nor talk about it for fear of being overcome with even more heartbreak and anguish than I already felt. I missed everything and everyone that belonged to my life in Armenia.

Before I know it, I found myself longing for Armenia. I missed waking up every morning to hearing my host mother say “ Parev parev garmir arev siroon jan”. I missed walking down 58 district to catch the marshrutka, 100 drams in hand and giving my regular Parev to the locals. I missed walking home from work and being greeted by the cutest little munchkins from my neighborhood showering me with hugs and kisses. I missed finishing the night off with a nice cup of MacCoffee alongside my host sisters while watching Armenian soap operas. I missed staying up with Nvartig, my baby host sister, till late at night drawing, coloring, playing cards, checkers, chess and teaching her English. I missed going to Ponchig Monchig and ordering a ridiculous amount of food. I missed going to the khorovadz place near the OLA center and engaging into a 45 minute conversation with the cook each and every time. I missed getting a ridiculous amount of daily texts and reminders from Allegra. I missed joining my Armenian brothers and sisters over weekend excursions. I missed running in the SAS supermarket and yelling like a crazy person “where’s the Ttvaser ?” before boarding our marshrukta to head back home. As well, as Heeng dzap, Marshrukta 9, besties crew, whatever your face, tracking down wifi, Le Cafe and Sevan’s inspirational speeches among many other things.

The desire to connect to people and the joy of making the connection was life affirming. The physical intensity of the excursions was invigorating. The time walking alone, listening to my own footsteps, sitting in the marshrukta watching the sunset, gazing at the stars was refreshing. Most of all, I long for the way I felt when I was in the Motherland. I felt alive, free, inspired and grateful. Man oh man does Armenia have a way with you. Each and every day there was a goal and an accomplishment that could be measured in different ways: in kilometers, in hugs, in the number of times I laughed out loud.

Although I was only gone for two months and while nothing has changed at home, everything has changed within me. Living in Armenia, gave me a deep appreciation of my life – where I live, where I work, my family and my friends. It also made me appreciate things that we too often take for granted such as the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, weeping eyes, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

To travel to Armenia is to truly take a journey within yourself. When we leave the comfort of home and everything that we have grown to be accustomed to, we often live more simply, with no more possessions than we can carry. We tend to surrender ourselves by becoming much more accepting to the twists, turns and little surprises that life has to offer. I came to Armenia searching for answers. Instead, I left in search of better questions. Sometimes, the unexpected is just what is needed to put life into perspective.

So here I am, back to my same old routine of stop and go, impatiently waiting to graduate just to start a new adventure. All the while feeling nostalgic about my time in Armenia which can feel heavier than the far too many pounds gained abroad.

When I think about it, perhaps the post-Armenia blues is something you can never truly let go of. For it that where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

To sign off, I simply cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime and never a goodbye. None of this would have been possible without Birthright Armenia & Armenian Volunteer Corps. For those of you who are thinking of joining the program, I encourage you to take a leap and go for it. Armenia 2012 always in my heart.
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#340862 You want something inspirational.....here!

Posted by gamavor on 19 April 2017 - 09:35 AM

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#339663 Vanda Miss Joaquim's namesake gets official credit as creator

Posted by Yervant1 on 09 September 2016 - 03:29 PM

The Straits Times (Singapore)
September 7, 2016 Wednesday
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Vanda Miss Joaquim At The Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Gardens' Website Currently States That Its First Scientific Director, Henry Ridley, Named The Flower After Agnes Joaquim, ''In Whose Garden The Hybrid Originated''. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Two govt bodies amend records to recognise horticulturist for cross-breeding national flower  

A debate over the origins of Singapore's national flower seems to have been resolved at long last.

For more than 30 years, there has been no consensus on whether the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid hybrid was a product of nature, or whether it was artificially cross-bred by the late Agnes Joaquim, an Armenian horticulturist born in Singapore.

But two key government bodies, the National Parks Board (NParks) and the National Heritage Board (NHB), are amending their official records to clearly credit the human hand behind this bloom.

They now acknowledge the role of Miss Joaquim in cross-pollinating the Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres to create the plant.

In contrast, over the past few decades, some had speculated that Miss Joaquim had merely stumbled upon the plant in her garden, and did not directly credit her for cross-breeding the hybrid.

Tracing the history of an orchid  
  • The orchid was taken to the Botanic Gardens' first scientific director, Henry Ridley, in early 1893 by Miss Agnes Joaquim, an Armenian horticulturist born here, or her younger brother Joe.

    A specimen sheet from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, dated April 1893, describes the plant as an artificial hybrid. This sheet was likely documented by director Ridley.

    In June 1893, Ridley announces the following in The Gardeners' Chronicle, a British horticulture periodical:

    "A few years ago Miss Joaquim, a lady residing in Singapore, well-known for her success as a horticulturist, succeeded in cross Vanda Hookeriana, Rchb. f., and V. teres, two plants cultivated in almost every garden in Singapore..."

    3 In April 1899, The Straits Times carried a report on Miss Joaquim winning the top prize for the rarest orchid at a flower show that year, noting that it had been raised by her.

    A report of the same flower show by The Singapore Free Press noted that "Miss Joaquim showed a hybrid, which has been named after her, that she has, after repeated trials, succeeded in cultivating".

    Ridley's documentation was accepted by botanical experts, including his Botanic Gardens successors Isaac Henry Burkill and Eric Holttum. The Royal Horticultural Society also recorded it as an artificial hybrid.

    5 But over the years, questions about whether the plant was a natural or artificial hybrid were raised by several individuals. They suggested that the hybrid could have been pollinated by carpenter bees.

    Melody Zaccheus

For instance, the current version of the Singapore Botanic Gardens' website merely states that its first scientific director, Sir Henry Ridley, had named the plant after Miss Joaquim, "in whose garden the hybrid originated".

The National Library-operated Infopedia page on the flower does not offer an official account of its origins but notes the controversy and the two contradicting perspectives.

The page states: "One argument is that the plant is a natural hybrid and was discovered by Agnes Joaquim, who spotted it in her garden at 2 Narcis Street, Tanjong Pagar, in 1893."

The move to update the official records was started by Miss Joaquim's great-great-grand niece, Ms Linda Locke, a 63-year-old Singaporean, in March.

Ms Locke contacted the authorities with a large body of research that she had dug up over the past six months to refute naysayers, some of whom have argued that the hybrid could have occurred naturally, such as a result of being pollinated by carpenter bees.

Ms Locke wanted public agencies here to present consistent accounts of her ancestor's achievement and reduce confusion among Singaporeans over the history of their own national flower.

She noted that the plant was officially recorded with the Singapore Botanic Gardens on a specimen sheet dated April 1893, where it was described as an artificial hybrid.

She also cited Sir Ridley's announcement of her ancestor's discovery and work in the June 24, 1893 issue of The Gardeners' Chronicle, a former British horticulture periodical.

He had written: "A few years ago Miss Joaquim, a lady residing in Singapore, well-known for her success as a horticulturist, succeeded in crossing Vanda Hookeriana, Rchb.f., and V.teres."

He repeated this in a 1894 speech given to the Linnean Society of London in England, the world's oldest active biological society.

Award-winning horticulturist  
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    Apart from cross-breeding Singapore's national flower, the late Agnes Joaquim (above) was a decorated horticulturist with about 70 top awards in the field.

    These were for cultivating varied specimens such as radishes, custard apples, dahlias and begonias in Singapore between 1881 and 1899.

    According to Singapore's National Flower And The Legacy Of Agnes And Ridley, a book by Harold Johnson and Nadia Wright, the family had a strong interest in plants.

    The late Miss Joaquim's father, Parsick Joaquim, served on the committee of the Agri-Horticultural Gardens and the board of the Botanic Gardens.

    Her mother, Urelia Zechariah, won prizes during annual flower shows in the 1880s and 1890s.

    The family lived on a 2.4ha plot of land, home to ponds and sprawling gardens, on Narcis Street in Tanjong Pagar.

    Miss Joaquim, who also did church work with the Armenian Church here, was skilled in needlework.

    She was single and died of cancer on July 2, 1899 at age 45.

    Melody Zaccheus

Ms Locke, who works in marketing and advertising, had been preparing a citation for her ancestor for her induction into the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations' hall of fame last year, when she discovered widespread discrepancies in public agencies' accounts of her work.

Ms Locke said she resolved to correct the mistruths following a trip to the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Heritage Museum in March, with relatives visiting from England.

There, the family were shocked to find that the display text merely stated that the plant originated in Miss Joaquim's garden.

"It's not right that the one place the plant was taken to was not upholding her," said Ms Locke.

She added: "For over 80 years, scientists believed and upheld her achievement. Now, revisionist scientists who have no proof, and just a point of view, are writing away her achievement. This is tragic. She was a woman who dedicated her life to her family, church and garden."

Having verified Ms Locke's research with NParks, NHB updated its Roots.sg heritage portal and its official website last month, changing the word "discovered" to "bred" on its websites.

A spokesman said the changes were made to "better reflect Ms Agnes Joaquim's contributions, as stated in H.N. Ridley's account".

Dr Nigel Taylor, group director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, said NParks adopts the account by Sir Ridley, who credited Miss Joaquim for successfully breeding the hybrid.

Dr Taylor added that in response to recent feedback, NParks will now be "presenting this position more clearly by incorporating Ridley's account from The Gardeners' Chronicle in our interpretive boards and webpages".

Miss Joaquim had likely been encouraged by her brother Joe Joaquim - a prominent lawyer, horticulturist and member of the Botanic Gardens Committee - to bring the plant to Sir Ridley.

Miss Joaquim died of cancer at the age of 45 in 1899.

Ms Locke and her relatives hope her achievement in creating the flower will be formally recognised "across all relevant government bodies and their media portals".

Noting that the write-ups on NHB and NParks' platforms have since been standardised, she said she hopes those of the rest, including the Ministry of Education, will follow suit.

Ms Locke said: "(This is) so the history and heritage of Agnes' achievement and the prestige and wealth it has brought Singapore is preserved for posterity, as befits a national icon."



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#337844 Two Spanish cities recognize the Armenian Genocide

Posted by Yervant1 on 06 April 2016 - 08:37 AM

Two Spanish cities recognize the Armenian Genocide

Two Spanish cities – Puente Genil and La Roda de Andalucía – have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide.

Corresponding resolutions have been unanimously adopted by the City Councils of the two countries.

The bills condemn the Turkish policy of denial and urge other Spanish cities and the authorities of Spain to follow their example and address a call to Turkey.

The Mayors of both countries have noted the preventive nature of the resolutions, stressing that the crime has no statute of limitations and emphasizing the importance of its condemnation.



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#336634 The Armenian Jerusalem heritage preservation website has gone live onl

Posted by Yervant1 on 09 November 2015 - 12:29 PM

The Armenian Jerusalem heritage preservation website has gone live
online at http://armenian-jerusalem.org

The site has been revamped and upgraded in line with new web design

The project is an ongoing labor of love, and new material will be
added as it becomes available.

You are invited to visit and enjoy, and relive the grandeur of the
Armenian contribution to our immortal Jerusalem, seat of the Armenian
Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the second most profoundly signifcant fount
of spiritual rejuvenation for Armenians after Holy Etchmiadzin.

Your interest support will help us progress this project and preserve
the history, culture and traditions of the Armenians of Jerusalem who
have helped give this hallowed and cherished city its unique place on
the map of the world.

Please feel free to contact the project administrator and co-ordinator
at admin@armenian-jerusalem.org

Arthur Hagopian


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#333290 Flashmob Armenia

Posted by gamavor on 07 July 2015 - 03:20 AM

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Posted by Yervant1 on 21 April 2015 - 10:06 AM


14:27 * 21.04.15

The Austrian Parliament's lower chamber has adopted a declaration
condemning the Armenian Genocide committed in the Ottoman Empire 100
years ago.

The measure received backing by all the six groups represented in
the National Council, diepresse.com reports

The website refers to Austria's historical responsibility for the
tragic events, noting that the Ottoman Empire was the Austria-Hungary's
ally during World War I.

The National Council, which is often described as the lower house of
Austria's legislature, is said to practically enjoy more power than
the Federal Council, the second chamber.



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#323972 New Factory in Armenia

Posted by onjig on 20 October 2014 - 12:25 PM

From the Armenian Weekly Oxfam Launches Worker-Owned Factory in Armenia

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Oxfam in Armenia Country Director Margarita Hakobyan (center) visits workers at the Ayrum fruits factory prior to its grand opening.

On Fri., Oct. 3, the northern Armenian town of Ayrum celebrated the opening of a brand new, 1,200-square meter fruit processing plant. With the support of Oxfam in Armenia, the factory is providing thousands of local producers not only with much-needed income, but a sense of solidarity and empowerment.

“For the first time ever, we are instituting a social enterprise business that will create jobs and address challenges facing our remote border communities,” said Margarita Hakobyan, the country director for Oxfam in Armenia. “In addition to fighting poverty through this enterprise, we hope to put forward a practical model that can be duplicated throughout the country.”

Members of the co-op democratically decide the direction of the enterprise through an annual general meeting, while an elected executive runs daily affairs. Workers also share in the profit accordingly, giving them an incentive to work harder to make the business thrive. For Armenia, this is an unprecedented level of employee voice and ownership that is helping foster a greater sense of community and participation.

During the Soviet years, Ayrum was famous for its canned food factory, which employed over 1,800 workers and supplied countless cities with quality jams and preserves. But production at the factory stopped after the collapse of the Soviet Union, taking with it the region’s economic lifeline

Local residents essentially had two options left: either look for work abroad or sell seasonal crops along the roadside.

Things began to change in 2011 when a group of agricultural producers in Ayrum and Lchkadzor established an Oxfam-sponsored cooperative. They began pooling their resources and working together to restore the town’s legacy of canned food production.


A mostly female workforce is already busy making organic, high-quality processed fruit at the newly opened Ayrum fruits co-op.

In addition to helping with start-up capital for the plant—which stands directly across from the old Soviet factory—Oxfam provided the co-op everything from training and technical assistance, to guidance on marketing and developing a sound business model.

The factory is now in full swing with a core, mostly female, workforce of nearly two-dozen employees from the surrounding 10 communities involved as fruit pickers.

“This is a very big achievement,” said factory technologist Sveta Aghayan. “We had a lot of unemployed people who needed a place to work and now they have that.”

Aghayan is one of two remaining experts from the Soviet canning factory working at the new plant. At 75 years old, she came out of retirement specifically to help the co-op succeed in its endeavor.

“I don’t need to work here,” she explained. “I’m merely here to pass on my knowledge to the next generation.”

Several potential buyers have already been identified along with plans for getting the goods to market quickly. The co-op has its sights set on selling consumer-ready jams and juices both locally and to countries such as Georgia (whose border is only one mile away) and Russia. Additional financial supporters have also come on board alongside Oxfam.


Sveta Aghayan, 75, came out of retirement to share her Soviet-era experience with the younger women at the plant. She oversees all steps of the production process to ensure quality control.

By the time the factory reaches capacity, it is projected to employ 60 workers and provide a regular source of income to nearly 2,000 people in the area.


Perhaps just as important as the economic activity, however, is the immeasurable social value being generated.

Members of the co-op democratically decide the direction of the enterprise through an annual general meeting, while an elected executive runs daily affairs. Workers also share

Perhaps just as important as the economic activity, however, is the immeasurable social value being generated.

Members of the co-op democratically decide the direction of the enterprise through an annual general meeting, while an elected executive runs daily affairs. Workers also share in the profit accordingly, giving them an incentive to work harder to make the business thrive. For Armenia, this is an unprecedented level of employee voice and ownership that is helping foster a greater sense of community and participation.

From the onset, the co-op has also highlighted the essential role of women in local agricultural life. Special effort has been made to strengthen their voices, provide them with leadership skills, and involve them in all aspects of the production process.


Of course, the whole concept of the cooperative is rooted in people coming together to find their way out of poverty. Rather than struggling in isolation, participants have realized that they can accomplish a great deal more when they join forces and assist one another.

“I want the concept and culture of teamwork to be established in Armenia,” said Ruslan Antonyan, co-founder of the Lchkadzor co-op and director of operations at the factory. “There is a very important psychological and educational factor at play here.”


In this way, the Ayrum fruit-processing plant is an important development for those seeking a new economic model in Armenia—one that is based on values of participation, empowerment, andsolidarity.

Over the last decade we have seen how growth alone is not enough to tackle the fundamental challenges affecting the country. The GDP can reach double-digit figures, yet only benefit a small segment of the elite. Problems such as the lack of a stable middle class, unequal distribution of power, and extreme individualism can only be tackled by a new notion of development that places as much value on the quality of economic growth as on the quantity.


Workers at the Ayrum factory hope to be the harbingers of this alternative vision. They are determined to make their business a success so that others will emulate their example throughout Armenia. In fact, another Oxfam-supported cooperative factory is already scheduled to open next month in the Tavush village of Sevkar.

There are countless challenges yet to be overcome—not the least of which are securing financial support, overcoming the legacy of Soviet top-down structures, and competing viably in the marketplace—but there is no doubt that such people-centered solutions are essential for a more democratic and durable form of development in Armenia.

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#320644 Plant a Tree, Plant Hope

Posted by gamavor on 27 June 2014 - 02:54 AM

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#319325 Genocide Monument to Be Built on Fresno State Campus

Posted by MosJan on 15 May 2014 - 10:53 PM



Genocide Monument to Be Built on Fresno State Campus






FRESNO, Calif.—Fresno’s Armenian-American community has come together to form the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee, an umbrella association established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide throughout this year and 2015. Working under the theme “Commemoration, Education, Inspiration,” the committee is made-up of representatives from the community’s religious, educational, social, and political organizations.
“The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is clearly a significant moment for Armenians all around the world,” said AGCC Chairman and California State University, Fresno, Professor of Armenian Studies Sergio La Porta. “As Fresno is one of the largest and most active Armenian communities in the Western Hemisphere, I think it resonates particularly strongly here. It is home to a proud and resilient Armenian community and is an especially poignant place to commemorate those who died in the Genocide and those who toiled afterwards to insure that we would have a much better world to live in.”
The centerpiece of the AGCC’s efforts will be the monument that will be constructed on the Fresno State campus. Designed by Fresno architect Paul Halajian, the structure will embody symbols of cultural meaning to the Armenian people. Built from béton brut and tufa stones, its principal components will be nine columns arranged in a circular pattern and angled inwards, reminiscent of the Tzitzernagapert monument in Armenia. The nine pillars represent the six provinces of historic Armenia, Cilicia, the Diaspora, and the Republic of Armenia. The columns will gradually descend in height around the circle, with the first measuring 19 feet high and the last 15 to underscore the significance of the year 1915. An incomplete halo will be set above the columns, symbolizing both the fracture left by the Genocide and the unity of the Armenian people.
In keeping with the group’s mission to educate, the AGCC plans several endeavors to reach out to the broader Central Valley to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide. A San Joaquin Town Hall event entitled Man’s Inhumanity To Man—The Last Hundred Years will be held on March 18, 2015 at the Saroyan Theatre, and a dramatic play about the Genocide is in the works, scheduled to open at Fresno State on May 1, 2015.
The committee also plans to offer workshops for secondary teachers of the Fresno and Clovis Unified School districts as well as other area districts to inform them how best to educate their students about the Armenian Genocide. The proposed lesson plans not only address the Armenian Genocide in particular, but also place Armenia’s tragedy within the larger historical context of Man’s Inhumanity to Man, including the treatment of Native Americans, the Holocaust, and the more recent state-sponsored ethnic cleansings in Rwanda and the Balkans. The committee stresses that though the Genocide occurred a century ago, the crime is still very much a modern human rights issue—especially in light of the maneuverings of the Republic of Turkey to deny or revise this historical fact.
In conjunction with the Fresno Philharmonic, the committee will host a concert to be held on April 25th at the Saroyan Theatre. The AGCC hopes that the evening’s program—which will include scared, classical, and new pieces—will celebrate the spirit of the Armenian people even in the wake of the Genocide. Also as part of the centennial’s musical events will be a performance by the Khachaturian Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano at Fresno State on November 14, 2014.
These and other events and activities will supplement the Fresno Community’s traditional roster of commemorative gatherings, including the religious ceremony of the local churches, the Raising of US and Armenian flags on the steps of Fresno City Hall, the commemoration at the Ararat Cemetery, and the Fresno State remembrance in the university’s Free Speech Area.
The following organizations comprise Fresno’s AGCC: First Armenian Presbyterian Church,
Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church, St. Gregory Armenian Church, St. Mary’s Armenian Church, St. Paul Armenian Church, St. Sahag Mesrob Armenian Church, Ani Guild, Ararat Armenian Cemetery Association, Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Museum of Fresno, Armenian National committee—Central California, Armenian Relief Society—Mother Chapter, Armenian Relief Society—Sophia Chapter, Fresno State Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State Armenian Students Organization, Armenian Technology Group, Inc., Armenian Youth Federation—Kevork Chavush Chapter, California Armenian Home, Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School, Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Association, Homenetmen Scouts, Knights and Daughters of Vartan, Tekeyan Cultural Association, Triple X Fraternity—Fresno Chapter, and Triple X Fraternity—Selma Chapter.
For more information about the group and news of its upcoming events, check out the AGCC website at agcfresno.org, follow on Facebook, or e-mail agcfresno@g-mail.com.



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#305491 GOOD NEWS

Posted by Yervant1 on 13 May 2013 - 09:09 AM

09:30 13/05/2013 » Sport
Alik Tikranian becomes champion of Netherlands

Armenian chess player Alik Tikranian won the title of the U16 champion of Netherlands. He scored 6.5 points out of 9 to solely take first prize at the championship held in Sneek, armchess.am reported.

Source: Panorama.am
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#304446 Armenia can produce SAFFRON and make good money

Posted by man on 11 April 2013 - 07:23 AM

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I say Armenia can, if not already doing, because 90% of world's Saffron used to come from Iran. If it grows in Iran then most likely will do in Armenia.
That two red strings are the saffron, they are known as delicate stigmas of the Saffron crocus, or crocus sativus: a crocus plant with bluish purple flowers in the iris family, they grow from bulbs, few bulbs can mutlipy into many in time. A kilo of those best Krokus saffrons from Greece sells for $2600 a kilo. To produce one kilogram of saffron, about 150,000 crocus flowers have to be picked by hand and the precious stigmas carefully plucked from the flowers.

Here is an article that gives the reader an idea of what the beef is about:
Red Gold: Saffron Cooperative Thrives amid Greek Crisis

By Manfred Ertel

As the economic crisis ravages their country, a community of Greek farmers is prospering. Their cooperative specializes in saffron, the world's most expensive spice, which is keeping the community afloat and attracting global attention.

In these hard times, it's hard to find a place in Greece where people still look forward to the future, except perhaps in the country's far north, in Krokos on the Macedonian plain.
Nikolaos Patsiouras is one of the satisfied residents in the town of about 5,000 people, which is surrounded by rocky fields. "We have no debt, our exports are doing well and we are healthy," he says proudly. "We are pioneers for Europe."
They used to call him "little German boy" when he was a child, because of his blonde hair and blue eyes. His hair is now silver-gray, and the 57-year-old is the president of the local cooperative of about 1,000 saffron producers, the only one of its kind in the country. The area around Krokos is world-famous for its red saffron, known as "red gold," the rarest and most precious spice on earth.
Krokos produces 1.5 to 2 tons of saffron a year, which sells for up to €2,000 ($2,600) a kilo. The farmers export the highly delicate stigmas of the saffron crocus to the United States, France, Germany, Canada and Australia. With world production at about 200 tons, Greece's share is relatively small. But about 90 percent of total production comes from Iran, which is having export difficulties because of its nuclear policy and Western sanctions.
Besides, the red saffron from Krokos is prized among top chefs. "We are the best," says Patsiouras, a stout, amiable man with rimless glasses. Medals from international awards are stacked on the cabinet behind him, and certificates hang on the walls. "Why else does our saffron fetch up to €500 more per kilo than saffron from Iran?" he asks.

Hard Work
Patsiouras' job is an unpaid position. He has no privileges and plays no special role. The cooperative pays 90 percent of its proceeds directly to the farmers. This is rare in a country where nepotism and corruption plunged an entire nation into crisis.
To become president of the cooperative, one must be a saffron producer. Patsiouras grows crocus sativus, a crocus plant with bluish purple flowers in the iris family, on about a hectare (2.47 acres) of land.
He used to be one of 2,500 spice farmers in the region, but many young people moved to the city over the years. There was a huge exodus around the 2004 Summer Olympics, when the entire country was experiencing an economic boom. Three years ago, there were only 580 saffron producers left in Krokos.
Part of the reason is that it's very hard work. To produce one kilogram of saffron, about 150,000 crocus flowers have to be picked by hand and the precious stigmas carefully plucked from the flowers. The harvest is concentrated in a two-week period in late October and early November. "Each time you ask yourself: Why am I doing this?" says the cooperative's president.
But he also delights in the harvest every year. "There is something magical about saffron," he says. His family has been growing crocuses for at least four generations. The plant was considered extinct in Greece until a few bulbs were brought to the area from Vienna about 300 years ago. There has been documented cultivation on the Macedonian plain since then.

Farmers Return to amid Crisis
Why the precious flower with expensive stigmas does so well in the region is a mystery. Is it the climate, with the Vourinos Mountains providing protection from the wind, the persistent fog and the unique, sandy soil? "To this day, we still don't know what is so special about our location," says Patsiouras.

Now that the debt crisis and austerity measures have forced the entire country to its knees, young people and former farmers are returning to Krokos. There are now as many saffron farmers as there were 10 years ago, when the Krokos region produced six tons a year, making it the world's second-largest producer. Thefarmers hope to regain that position in the next two years by doubling the amount of land devoted to the crocuses and tripling production.
In Germany, red saffron from northern Greece sells for up to €13 per gram. Chefs are scrambling to get it, especially now that British food inspectors concluded that saffron from Spain was of lesser quality, in terms of color, aroma and taste. It was also the British media that exposed Spanish exporters who had been repackaging and relabeling cheaper Iranian saffron.
Europe still works in Krokos, and Patsiouras believes in a common future. With bulbs from Austria, praise from London and the usual agricultural subsidies from Brussels, he says, "we are a European project; we are nothing without Europe."

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