- MosJan, Vanetsi, Yervant1 and 1 other like this
- → Most Liked Content
Most Liked Content
Posted by gamavor on 25 January 2017 - 09:53 AM
Posted by gamavor on 05 October 2017 - 01:12 PM
A little bit crazy in my view but commendable. I did something similar but not that extreme.
- MosJan, Vanetsi and onjig like this
Posted by onjig on 05 October 2017 - 10:13 AM
YEREVAN—An Armenian-made electric car debuted at the 13th annual DigiTec tech expo, which opened in Yerevan earlier today. The electric-powered, self-driving car, which was assembled in Armenia by National Instruments, was unveiled at the “Engineering City” pavilion of the three-day exhibition.
An Armenian-made electric car debuted at the 13th annual DigiTec tech expo (Photo: Mediamax)
“The whole world is working on [electric cars] and we should do the same in Armenia,” National Instruments’ Ruben Simonyan told Yerevan-based Itel.am. “We need to increase the number of electric cars and the percentage of self-driving or driver assistance systems. We’re exhibiting the electric car we assembled in Armenia. Essentially, it’s a continuation of our engineering culture. This isn’t a novelty. The first electric car was assembled in Armenia back in 1975. Now we should extend that culture,” said Simonyan.
The car is equipped with several driver-assist devices, such as radars, a camera, and laser equipment. Though the sensors and equipment were not produced in Armenia, National Instruments worked on the design and testing of the entire system.
“To make sure that the car will operate smoothly in different situations, you need to drive millions of kilometers. Producers used to do exactly that and some of them still do,” Simonyan explained. “But that requires too much time and expense, which affects the car’s price. Our testing doesn’t require driving millions of kilometers in specialized areas. We can simulate the same scenario for several times to make sure the system is working fine.”
A team of around 20 engineers and designers worked on designing and testing the car, collaborating with several foreign companies.
DigiTec is the largest technological exhibition of the region and runs Sep. 29-Oct. 1 at the Yerevan Expo Center.
- MosJan, gamavor and Yervant1 like this
Posted by gamavor on 06 September 2017 - 08:10 AM
For Christ sake, on top of everything she gave UNESCO's Mozart prize to Mehriban Alieva. The later I'm sure did not know how to hold a violin.
- MosJan, Yervant1 and onjig like this
Posted by gamavor on 05 September 2017 - 06:35 AM
What a world we live in!
- MosJan, Vanetsi and onjig like this
Posted by MosJan on 15 July 2017 - 11:29 AM
Learn about the Armenian silversmiths of Kayseri who created beautiful silver covers for Armenian manuscripts. Three of these covers are in the collection of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
- gamavor, Yervant1 and onjig like this
Posted by gamavor on 11 April 2017 - 02:24 AM
- MosJan, Yervant1 and onjig like this
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.
- MosJan, Vanetsi and onjig like this
Posted by onjig on 13 October 2016 - 11:57 AM
- gamavor, Vanetsi and Yervant1 like this
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.
- MosJan, Yervant1 and onjig like this
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.
- MosJan, gamavor and onjig like this
Posted by Yervant1 on 19 December 2014 - 10:42 AM
A CHRISTMAS CARD TO ONE AND ALL
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
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
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.
- MosJan, Anoushik and onjig like this
Posted by Nané on 28 January 2013 - 12:35 PM
- MosJan, ED and Yervant1 like this
Posted by man on 19 December 2012 - 03:24 AM
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.
- MosJan, Yervant1 and Ashot like this
Posted by Yervant1 on 11 November 2015 - 10:32 AM
ROXIE MORADIAN STILL A BRIGHT LIGHT FOR FRESNO AT 102
The Fresno Bee
Nov 10 2015
-Generous benefactor to many local groups turns 102 on Nov. 12 -Her
interesting life includes a friendship with writer William Saroyan
-'Help things in Fresno,' she says
by Carmen George
Roxie Moradian was born 11/12/13.
1913. That's before the start of World War I.
This generous benefactor of Fresno was friends with writer William
Saroyan, danced with actor Charlie Chaplin, knew President Ronald
Reagan and bought a dress from designer Coco Chanel during a
three-month vacation in Paris.
Watching Moradian on Thursday in her large, sunlit home overlooking the
San Joaquin River in northwest Fresno, I also see an extraordinarily
beautiful person, not just a woman who has lived a long and privileged
She walks in by herself pushing a walker, her joyful greeting and
bright smile filling up the room. Once a Gottschalks model, she's
still lovely like an adorable doll.
Our birthdays are two days - although a few years - apart, and we
delight in this.
"Oh, we have to celebrate!" she says. "Oh, I'll take you to the club."
"That would be fun, that would be fun," I say, all giggles. "I'd love
to go clubbing together."
I'm pretty sure "going to the club" means something else to a
102-year-old, but I indulge my imagination for a moment thinking
about how awesome that would be, clubbing like a Kardashian with
I'm captivated and fascinated by this kind, warm woman. I want to
know more about her definition of a club and everything else she can
possibly tell me about the world she has known.
Her birthday is why I'm here, but there are a lot of other reasons
to write about this patron of Fresno, as scores of other reporters
before me also saw.
To give you an idea, searching through The Fresno Bee's archive,
I found more than 50 stories with her name in it, just going back
Born in Selma, her Armenian family's rise to wealth is pure American
Dream. They had little after coming to the United States from Turkey,
and Moradian's father worked hard in agriculture, eventually inventing
a grape bleaching machine in Fowler to make the first "golden raisin,"
which earned him fame and fortune.
As a young woman, Moradian - then Roxie Mooradian, with two Os -
met her husband, Frank Moradian, while working in the office of a
She later gave him money to purchase Penny Newman Grain Company
She mentions this briefly with humility, like she had nothing to do
"I was lucky," she says. "But he was smart."
I wonder what it must have been like to be a woman in the early
Her spacious home is clean and filled with books and magazines. She
also reads the San Francisco Chronicle and The Bee (what a gal!) every
She went to Fresno State for two years and graduated from Four Cs
Business College in Fresno. She studied typing, shorthand and history.
"You've got an interesting job," she tells me at one point, and we
share a smile. I can't help but imagine this woman going to school
for journalism instead of typing had she been born a few decades later.
Our conversation is dominated by talk of Saroyan. She brings him up
again and again, repeating a few favorite memories.
"You know," she says, "my husband told Saroyan one time, 'Roxy reads
too slow. She reads every word in the book!' "
Saroyan would reply, "Don't say that! We put that in the book to
Saroyan rode his bicycle to their home every Sunday for lunch and
went running alongside the river below their house.
"You know, when Saroyan would come here, he'd say, 'Why do you want
to go on a vacation? Best view in the world is right here!' He grew
up with my husband, they were next-door neighbors, and they had
lost their fathers that died, and his mother always told my husband,
'Tell him to go to work. He thinks he's going to be a writer.'
"My husband said, 'You know, Bill, your mother told me to say that
but no, you write.' He encouraged him."
She really misses Saroyan.
"He was a character. He was an odd person, but I liked him a lot
because he liked me. He really liked me. I don't mean love, just
respect and like me."
"I can write a book on Saroyan," she says with a laugh after telling
a story about how the "richest man in Fresno" overheard Saroyan call
him a "tightwad" after the man tipped Frank Moradian 5 cents when
the boys sold newspapers together growing up.
When Frank Moradian came into money, he was no cheapskate.
"My husband, he wouldn't tell anyone, but he helped a lot of
Some of them I didn't even know. They told me later, after he died."
Roxie Moradian has helped a lot of people, too. She continues to
give generously to many local organizations - hospitals, schools and
humanitarian groups that help the poor and homeless.
She's a founding member of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture
series, and her husband had the idea to start the Fresno Philharmonic
after meeting a conductor at a luncheon. There's also a Frank and
Roxie Moradian Gallery of French Art at the Fresno Art Museum.
Of all this monetary giving, she says simply, "Why should I keep it
if I can help?"
Advice for living to 102? "I don't smoke, I've never smoked. I don't
drink. At a party, I'll take a glass of wine, and I don't finish it."
Breakfast is cereal, cantaloupe and coffee. Lunch is a little meat,
salad and a vegetable. Dinner is small and something similar to lunch.
Anais Gaspryan, her in-home caregiver for the past eight years,
handles the cooking.
When Moradian was younger, she enjoyed playing golf, tennis and bridge.
Her legs look like she's a 45-year-old girl. She's just so well-kept.
Second cousin Sandy Lynch
Moradian never had children, but at 102, she still seems amazingly
busy with her own affairs. When I called to schedule the interview
for this column, she checked, double-checked and triple-checked her
calendar to make sure she could fit me in.
She loves Fresno, particularly the weather and the people. She's not
worried about its future: "Oh, no, no, no. I'm not, no."
It seems she has great faith in the people she believes will care
for the place long after she's gone.
"Take interest in a lot of things here, you know," she says as
encouragement. "Help things in Fresno."
We talk for a long while. I can tell she's getting tired, but I keep
asking questions, hungry for this nugget of inspirational wisdom to
emerge. Then I realize I'm witnessing it.
She's tired but she keeps answering my questions with patience
and kindness. She keeps smiling that beautiful, warm smile. She's
I've never seen a stronger human being.
Second cousin Sandy Lynch
I ask her how people should be treated.
"Well, I think they should respect each other. Respect, respect."
When I get back to the office, I start reading Saroyan, and I come
upon something I imagine was inspired by the smile of the wonderful
woman I just met:
"In the time of your life, live - so that in that wondrous time you
shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile
to the infinite delight and mystery of it."
- MosJan and onjig like this
Posted by Yervant1 on 01 August 2015 - 12:04 PM
Latin American Parliament Recognizes Armenian Genocide
Agencia Prensa Armenia
The Latin American Parliament
Parlatino ( Link -> http://www.parlatino.org/ ) ) approved on Friday
June 31 a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The
Panama-based body that was created in 1964 with the Declaration of
Lima, and is composed by the National Congresses and Legislative
Assemblies of all Iberoamerica.
This new recognition of the crime against humanity perpetrated by the
Turkish state, adds to the resolutions adopted by Parliaments in South
America this year, as was the case of the Chamber of Deputies of
Chile, the Federal Senate of Brazil and the State Legislature of Rio
"Among many other topics covered by Executive Board of the Latin
American Parliament and the Caribbean Declaration, the recognition of
the Armenian Genocide was supported almost unanimously (with one
abstention)," wrote National Deputy of Montevideo Alfredo Asti a few
minutes later. "Uruguay was a pioneer in the world in this recognition
50 years ago and today we strongly supported this position."
( Link -> http://www.prensaarmenia.com.ar/ )
Agencia de Noticias Prensa Armenia
Armenia 1366, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel. (5411) 4775-7595
- MosJan and onjig like this
Posted by Yervant1 on 23 April 2015 - 07:28 AM
SYRIA RECOGNIZES THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMITTED BY THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, PARLIAMENT SPEAKER SAYS
18:57, 22 Apr 2015
On the sidelines of the social and political global forum "Against
the Crime of Genocide" that has started today in Yerevan, President
Serzh Sargsyan held a meeting with Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, Speaker
of the People's Council of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Serzh Sargsyan welcomed the dignitary to our country and thanked
for his participation in the forum, which, according to the Armenian
President, once again speaks of the sincere respect of the friendly
Syrian people for the Armenian people. Serzh Sargsyan expressed
his gratitude to the People's Council of Syria for its steps aimed
at the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The President praised
the special session of the People's Council of Syria held this March
in connection with the Armenian Genocide and the influential speech
delivered by Mr. Jihad al-Laham.
Mr. Jihad al-Laham conveyed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's warm
regards and best wishes to President Serzh Sargsyan and stressed that
Syrians have a special attitude towards Armenia and the Armenian
people. He noted that the participation of his delegation in the
Yerevan forum bears witness to the fact that Syria recognizes the
Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire. The Speaker of
the People's Council of Syria said that the global forum "Against the
Crime of Genocide" is a good opportunity to mobilize the efforts of
the international community and prevent the repetition of such crimes
in the future.
At the meeting, the interlocutors touched upon the relationship
between Armenia and Syria that has been developing dynamically since
the establishment of diplomatic relations in which the parties agreed
the Syrian-Armenian community has played a major role. President
Serzh Sargsyan was sorry to mention the internal political situation
prevailing in Syria for more than four years now and expressed the hope
that the friendly country of Syria will grow stronger as a result of
this hardship and will manage to ensure domestic peace and stability.
At the meeting, the parties also attached value to the strengthening
of inter-parliamentary ties which lie at the core of the friendship
between Armenia and Syria.
- MosJan and onjig like this