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FIRST BAPTISM IN AKHTAMAR IN NEARLY A CENTURY
BBC - The first christenings in nearly a century have taken place in a symbolically important Armenian church in Turkey. A crowd of more than 1,000 pilgrims gathered at the Church of the Holy Cross on Akhtamar island in eastern Turkey's Lake Van to see two adults and three children being baptised, the Armenian Weekly news website reported.
Among those taking part in the first baptisms in the church since 1915 was a woman whose family had been forcibly converted to Islam following the mass expulsions and killings of Armenians during World War I by the Ottoman authorities (see the BBC's Armenia profile timeline).
Highlighting long-standing divisions between the communities, a small crowd of Turkish protesters were kept away by a substantial police presence. One pilgrim who had travelled from Australia was in no doubt where this particular part of Turkish territory lay: "This was a dream for us. We have all been to Armenia, but not this part of Armenia."
While there are other Armenian religious buildings in Turkey, the 1,100-year-old church at Akhtamar is of particular historical and cultural significance. The Turkish government restored the building as a museum after years of vandalism and disuse, and in 2010 allowed an annual service to be held which attracts Armenian pilgrims from around the world.
 

► Golden Autumn Concert with the participation of the most famous performing Stars and Singers of Armenia.
► Excursion at the Opera Building, meeting with management, actors and dancers followed by Opera or Ballet performance.
► Theatre performance of your choice.
► Dance Performance by the National State Dance Ensemble.
► Get-together with members of Parliament for a briefing and a tour of the National Assembly building.
► Get-together with representatives of the Armenian armed forces and an on-site visit (no photos allowed).
► Visit to the Cognac factory plant with cognac tasting.
► A day trip of short destinations around Yerevan district, using the Armenian underground (METRO).
► Shooting and target practice at 10/10 Target Practice Centre.
► Five-course meal with Armenian band and Duduk soloists.
► A day at the Armenian ZOO.
► Two free days for relaxation and optional extras.

Optional Extras while in Armenia:
► Day trip with mini bus to Jermug resort, including lunch.
► Helicopter trip to remote destinations and monasteries.
► Football match of the Armenian Football Championship.
► Duck-Hunting at Nakhichevan border at an 18-lake 1,500 acre privately owned duck migration reserve.
► Horse riding in Dilijan forests.

The package includes:
► Transfer from and to Yerevan International Airport.
► Bed & breakfast at Tora Luxury Hotel www.torapalace.com ,
as well as dinner or lunch.
Two Banquets with live music and dancing.
► Transportation tickets.
► Entrance tickets to theatres, performances and guide services.
► Transportation to and from venues noted above.

Not included:
► Visa on arrival only to non-Armenian citizens or from Embassies in your country.
► Price does not include Air tickets, as ticket prices of participants from North & South America, Europe and the Middle East vary. If you desire, we can help you with air tickets as well.

ALL-INCLUSIVE price: 680 euros

 
EU "NOT ABANDONING" ARMENIA
AFTER CUSTOMS UNION DECISION
16.09.2013 - The European Union is still eager to pursue deeper ties with Armenia even if Yerevan goes ahead with plans to join a Russian-led customs union, according to EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele.
In an interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am), Fuele made clear that while the Association Agreement that was planned by the two sides is “no longer on the table” Brussels would like to continue supporting political and economic reforms in the South Caucasus country.
“We definitely have not given up on Armenia and the Armenian people. That is not going to happen,” Fuele said late on Friday, speaking after talks held with President Serzh Sargsyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
“These meetings today were about reassuring each other that despite this unexpected decision [to join the customs union] there is space for continuing and strengthening cooperation in certain areas,” he said. The EU specifically stands ready to assist in the Armenian government’s stated efforts to improve governance, boost the rule of law and combat corruption, he added.
Fuele also vowed continued EU support for Armenian civic groups campaigning for democratization and European integration. “We will be strongly represented here in Armenia and supporting civil society,” he said.
Fuele’s talks in Yerevan came ten days after Sargsyan announced his unexpected decision to seek membership of the Russian-led bloc following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Armenian officials claim that the policy U-turn was not the result of strong Russian pressure. Armenian opposition politicians and observers dismiss such assurances.
Asked whether Sargsyan’s move took the EU by surprise, Fuele said, “We have been in the same situation as the Armenian people.”
Fuele reiterated that the EU has not accepted an Armenian government proposal to initial a much shorter and watered-down version of the Association Agreement at an EU summit in Vilnius scheduled for November. He said Brussels is only open to discussing a “new legal framework for our relationship.”
The EU official all but ruled out the signing of such an alternative document at Vilnius, saying that during the summit the EU and Armenia could only “define what we actually want to achieve” in the years to come. In that context, he stressed the importance of EU trust in the Armenian leadership.
“I said [during the talks in Yerevan] that if there is trust and confidence, you could build a lot of things on it,” he said. “But if there is no trust and confidence, there is no creativity and hardly any willingness to come forward.”
EX-CONGRESSMAN IN PR ACTIVITIES FOR
TURKISH-OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS

By Kevin McCauley - Former Brooklyn/Staten Island Congressman Mike McMahon is handling public affairs/government relations duties for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the occupied section of Cyprus.
The Democrat is working as lead on a $200K, one-year contract won by Herrick Feinstein in New York.
According to HF's contract, Team McMahon is to arrange Congressional visits to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a state recognized only by Turkey, and promote a positive image for it in the media.
Tea Party-backed Republican Michael Grimm defeated McMahon, a former member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, in 2010.
McMahon also handled the development, and construction of Turkey’s expanded consulate in New York, across from the United Nations’ General Assembly building. (OD)

EGYPT ARRESTS TURKISH CITIZEN FOR SPYING

Egypt has arrested a Turkish citizen on suspicion of spying, according to security officials in Cairo.
The man was named as Rasit Oguz, a 46-year-old Turk, the state news agency MENA reported.
He was arrested taking photographs of military facilities in the city of Ismailia northeast of Cairo on 28 August, security sources said.
Oguz was also accused of collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood, according to security sources.
Turkish consular officials had visited him in custody, MENA reported.
The arrest will heighten tensions between Ankara and Cairo, which have been in crisis since July when Egypt's military stepped in to depose the president, Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has close ideological ties with Turkey's ruling AK Party.

3,000 YEAR OLD BRONZE RING HAS BEEN UNEARTHED IN ARTSAKH

STEPANAKERT - A 3,000 year old bronze ring, in the shape of a heart, has been unearthed in Karabakh, reports Russian blogger Mazzoni Guide, who visited Artsakh this summer.
Describing the heart-shaped ornament – which appears to have been worn as a necklace – the blogger says, “This is a three thousand year old piece of jewelry. Today, the heart shape is ubiquitous, used as a symbol of love: on clothing, in pictures, and text messaging. But people have been using this symbol for ages. Looking at this ring, one must imagine that this is the first heart-shaped ornament on the planet; and it’s probable that even then, this ornament symbolized love.”

NOBLE ENERGY RELEASE FIRST
VIDEO FOOTAGE OF PLOT 12
OFF THE SOUTH CYPRUS SEA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHTEuvCByzU
 
 
Link here: http://www.repatarmenia.org
 
GLAMOROUS HELICOPTER TOURS ACROSS ARMENIA & ARTSAKH by PRANA TOURS
A unique experience across the Armenian skies by helicopter, to Artsakh, and to remote destinations and Monasteries.
VOYAGE 1: ARAGADZ – Khash Brunch, Hiking (optional but free), Visit to Alikhanyan Observatory, Kebab lunch and Rest House siesta on the four-hilled mountain lake - $ 270
VOYAGE 2: ARTSAKH (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) Yerevan - Tatev Monastery Syunik - Shushi (Artsakh), Gandzasar (Artsakh) - Dadivank - Yerevan $ 570 (includes Artsakh Republic visa and lunch/picnic)
VOYAGE 3: NORTH ARMENIA & LAKE SEVAN - Yerevan - Ambert Castle – Haghbad, Sanahin and Odzoun Monastery - Lunch and swimming (optional) in Lake Sevan - Yerevan - $ 470.

Trips conducted by experienced and licensed Armenian veteran pilots.
Departures: Beginning from 30 July.
Tailor-made Charter trips to destinations of your choice can also be organised.
For further information:
Armenia Tel: 010271666 - 055250013
Email: pranatour@mail.ru
Web: www.pranatour.am
AZERBAIJAN INVOLVED IN EUROVISION BRIBE SCANDAL
September 16, 2013 - The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is investigating corruption scandal involving Azerbaijan. Officials from EBU are investigating claims that jury got bribes to vote for a certain contestant, The Independent writes. The sources claim Azerbaijan offered bribes to get high scores.
The event executive for EBU confirmed that Azerbaijan is under investigation. Farid Mammadov came second behind Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest.
Earlier Azerbaijan was accused of offering bribes to Lithuanian students who were offered money to vote for Azerbaijan.
59 'ARMENIAN POWER' GANG MEMBERS BEHIND BARS

59 members of the “Armenian Power” group active in the US have pleaded guilty to charges such as robbery, murder, kidnapping, extortion, fraud, drug smuggling and illegal weapons trafficking.
In 2011, the US law enforcement authorities conducted a large-scale operation, which resulted in the arrests of dozens of people.
All in all, 70 people found themselves in the dock, RIA Novosti reports.
The "Armenian Power" gang included mainly immigrants from Armenia and other Republics of the former USSR. It was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The gang allegedly consisted of up to 250 people.

FUNERAL: HOVSEP KAROGHLANIAN
A much loved member of the Gibrahay community Hovsep Karoghlanian has passed away on Saturday 14 September. The funeral will take place on Wednesday 18 September at 3:00 pm at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Nicosia.
Our condolences to Elouiza and Vahe Zadoyian and the grandchildren.
It is the wish of the family that contributions in lieu of wreaths are given to
Homenetmen - AYMA.

 
 
Donations:
We thank all those who shared our sorrow on the death of our beloved father and grandfather Hovsep Karoghlanian, who passed away on Saturday 14 September.
Elouiza and Vahe Zadoyian contribute 50 euros to Gibrahayer e-magazine.
Hokehankisd:
A Memorial Service for the late TAKOUHI DEVLEDIAN will be held on Sunday, 22 September at the Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church in Nicosia. After the church service, a coffee reception will be held at the A.G.B.U. Club, Nicosia.
Thanks:

We express our sincere thanks to all those by means of donations, flowers, attending the funeral or by any other means shared our sorrow on the death of our beloved mother and grandmother HAYGOUHI TAMIZIAN who passed away on the 17th August 2013. The funeral took place on the 21st August 2013.
Serpouhi & Guy Hony
Benjamin & Karin Tamizian
Peggy & Alex Alexandrou

Gibrahayer Calendar

- Wednesday 25 September at 8:00 at Homenetmen AYMA - Hamazakayin Cyprus welcomes you to this year's first literary evening dedicated to Hagop Baronian. Small sketches of his most famous works will be performed during the evening. Wine and nibbles will be served.
- Saturday 9 November at 7:00 pm - Armenian MP's Vartkes Mahdessian's Office is organising a Cultural evening with the participation of singers from Armenia as well as Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble. (see leaflet below). Tickets 10 euros which you can acquire by calling 22454540.
- Sunday 8 December - Armenian Relief Society's (HOM) Cyprus Sosse Chapter's Christmas Bazaar.

HAMAZKAYIN PARTICIPATES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
ANNOUNEMENT: Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Society of Cyprus "Oshagan" chapter is proud to announce that the new season for "Sipan Dance Ensemble" will commence on Thursday September 19, 2013 under the artistic direction of Director/Choreographer Bedros Gharibian.
All interested may contact Shoushig Bakalian on 99667828.
SAFARYAN IS CROWNED WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPION
IN HUNGARY AFTER DEFEATING CUBA'S LIVAN LOPEZ

At the world Freestyle Wrestling championship being held in Budapest, 24-year-old Davit Safaryan (66kg) of Armenia, was named the world champion after defeating Cuba’s Livan Lopez, who was Bronze medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics and world champion in 2011.
watch the video of the title fight here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=enXzurxbfLo
 
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN SCORES FOR DORTMUND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uHB8erIy2FE
 
The logic behind bombing Syria
TENNIS ZONE'S SECOND YEAR
Press release 4 September 2013 - The Tennis Zone Academy opened its doors on Monday 9 September 2013 for the second year running. This year the crew of coaches comprise of Petr Zika, Nadia Bratanova and Stefanos Charalambous, who will be in charge of groups and classes for adults and children, while our Elite Team will continue its daily practices from 3:00 - 6:00 pm under the experienced guidance of our Head Coach Akis Asproftas. Sessions for the Elite team began three days earlier, on Friday 5 September.
Having completed a four-week trip to international tournaments abroad in August, the team will travel to at least two more ITF tournaments abroad between now and November, as well as participate in all tournaments in Cyprus.
Two new groups will also be introduced for parents of playing children and Physical Education teachers of elementary and secondary schools as well as universities.
Stefanos Charalambous will also be in charge of the classes for the pupils of the Junior and Senior School, which will now be taught on a daily basis.
The Academy has decided to extend its cooperation with Mavros Ltd and Wilson rackets and would like to thank Director Othon Kyriakides for his continued support. We would also like to thank Photos Photiades Ltd, Prana Tours (Armenia) for their generous assistance during our team's stay in Yerevan in order to take part in four tournaments in August, as well as fitness trainer Panayiotis Papadopoulos of Olympus Gym and Costas Tsouloupas, for his help through sessions on mental toughness.
Tennis Zone's Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cyprustenniszone now has more 400 Fans, while the Tennis Zone website will go live in October 2013 with all the activity of our first year, a video and image gallery, games, info and tennis tutorials.
Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with our activities by sending an email to cyprustenniszone@gmail.com.
Finally, we would like to wish everyone involved in the promotion of tennis in Cyprus, all the best for a successful year and good luck to all players involved in international tournaments.
For more information contact Simon Aynedjian on 99437073 - simon@cytanet.com.cy
 
 
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