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MELKONIAN CYPRUS ALUMNI VOW TO FIGHT ON
=E2=80=A2 Fiery speech by guest of honour Jack Melkonian
=E2=80=A2 Melkonian students shamelessly forced indoors
=E2=80=A2 5,000 CYP pledged in a fund-raiser
(Nicosia – November 10 – Cyprus Alumni press release): More than 300
Melkoniantsis and friends turned up for the Cyprus Alumni lunch on Sunday,
November 7, also attended by a delegation from the Lebanon Alumni.
The biggest absence was that of the present-day Melkonian students who were
shamelessly forced indoors and not allowed to take part in an event that
aims to save their school.
Rev. Fr. Der Mashdotz blessed those present, after which the guest of
honour, Jack Melkonian, gave a fiery speech, condemning the actions of the
AGBU Central Board to close down the school his great uncles built 78 years
“This financial institution (the AGBU) is NOT the owner of the school — you
are, the Armenian Community and the Diaspora,” Jack said, with the crowd
roaring to applause.
He talked about his contacts with the AGBU executives and the deception
about the true plans about the Melkonian school. “Little did I know we would
come to this when I was here last for the school=E2=80=99s 75th anniversary,=
Jack Melkonian, adding that he would help in the struggle to keep the
Melkonian open, as this has tremendous potential for the future generation
The first prize was a gold ring donated by Avakian Jewelers of London and
Geneva, drawn from the entrance ticket. Some 30 other prizes, including
jewelery, airline tickets, electronic equipment and vouchers from shops and
restaura nts were drawn from the 3000 lottery tickets that were nearly
Cash donations and pledges are expected to exceed CYP 5,000.
The Alumni will be making an official announcement shortly with the full
financial details of the fundraiser.
ARMENIAN BEAUTY ANUSH GRIGORIAN 19, CROWNED QUEEN OF TOURISM 2004 IN CHINA
( )The Goris teenager (who was runner up for Miss Armenia
2003) was chosen over more than 30 other beauties in the competition that is
part of a tourism expo held for the past 11 years.
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 Since independence, Armenian girls have entered d=
ozens of pageants,
but this is the first time one has come home with the top prize.
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 =E2=80=9CAll this was so unexpected to me,=E2=80=
=9D said excited Anush upon her
return to Armenia. =E2=80=9CI took part in the contest very unexpectedly bei=
for 10 days, and my victory, just like my participation was a surprise.=E2=
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 For winning, Miss Tourism 2004 receives $10,000 a=
nd a cup made of
China porcelain. Second place went to a girl from Singapore, third to
Estonia and fourth, to Russia.
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 Anush says she was proud to be Armenia=E2=80=99s=20=
ambassador in China.
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 =E2=80=9CMy victory made many learn about Armenia=
, that it was the first to
adopt Christianity and is attractive for visiting,=E2=80=9D she says. =E2=
were representing our values. I was the face of Armenia, but even the name
of our country was unknown to many, and everybody was asking me where
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 Contestants were judged on appearance, ability to=
speaks four languages), and other merits.
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 The beauty queen, a student at Brusov State Lingu=
says pageants are just a hobby for her, and that upon her graduation she=E2=
pursue her major interest, journalism.
AZERI OFFICER KILLED IN LATEST BORDER CLASH
Associated Press Worldstream – November 8, 2004 Monday BAKU, Azerbaijan —
An Azerbaijani army officer was killed in firing along the no man’s land
separating the country’s military from ethnic Armenian forces in
Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding territory, Defense Ministry spokesman Ilgar
Verdieyv said Monday.
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 He said the officer died Sunday in the Agdam regi=
on. Agdam is a
destroyed, deserted city within territory occupied by ethnic Armenian
=C2=A0 =C2=A0 =C2=A0=C2=A0 Armenian forces drove the Azerbaijani army out of=
an ethnic Armenian enclave, in the 1990s and took control of several areas
outside the enclave as well. Since a 1994 cease-fire, the sides have been
separated by the so-called “line of control,” a demilitarized buffer zone,
but occasional shooting breaks out and each side accuses the other of
mounting small incursions.
NEWS IN BRIEF
*The trial of Azeri officer Ramil Safarov, who committed the=C2=A0 brutal mu=
of Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian, will start in Budapest on November 23
*The exodus continues. In the first eight months of 2004, 497,000 people
left the country against 450,000 who entered. Compared to 2003, the
emigration rate is up by 38% accounting for 13,000 new emigrants.
*The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Summer Studies Institute, a three-week
program with intensive lessons in Armenian language, history, and
literature, will be held from June 5-June 25, 2005, at the University of
Connecticut campus in Storrs.
*Military cooperation between the United States and Armenia will expand
regardless of the outcome of the presidential elections in America, Armenian
Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian said taking questions from journalists in
Yerevan on Wednesday.
*Chief of the state-run Russian Railway Company Gennady Fadeev said while
visiting Yerevan last month that the railway route linking Russia with
Armenia via Georgia can be put into operation within a year.
*The World Committee of the Pan-Armenian Games has requested that the
Armenian communities preparing to send teams for the 4th Pan-Armenian Games
should submit information on the sports categories in which they would like
and are able to participate. Gorik Hakopian – the former Deputy Direc tor of
Armenia’s National Security Service – has been appointed by President
Kocharian as the new chief of Armenia’s National Security Service.
This corner is reserved for local artist Tatiana Ferahian’s comic strips
which are amalgamations of Armenian-Cypriot social commentaries, painted
with her usual wry and ironic humour, to stimulate and encourage awareness
and interest toward our community’s everyday happenings.
(please visit ) to view cartoon strips
CD OF THE WEEK
Iakovos Kolanian was born in Greece in 1960, to an Armenian father and a
Greek mother. At the age of 13, influenced by the musical currents of the
time (pop, rock, as well as classical) he started his musical journey that
eventually led him to the National Conservatory of Athens. There, he studied
classical guitar with noted professors Evangelos Assimakopoulos and Lisa
Zoe, and graduated in 1985 with the top award and a special honor for
exceptional performance. Since that time, he has attended various special
seminars and master classes in Greece and abroad, broadening his knowledge
of the instrument from distinguished teachers such as Oscar Ghilia and Leo
Throughout the years he has toured in Europe, Asia and Latin America, where
he has presented to audiences a large part of the classical guitar
repertoire. He also regularly takes part in important international
festivals (Vienna, Milan, Athens, Israel, Cyprus and Yerevan) by giving
individual recitals or acting as soloist with symphonic orchestras and
ensembles of chamber music. He has performed as a soloist with Athens State
Orchestra, Thessalonica State Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Greek
Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), The Camerata Orchestra of Athens, Armenian
Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with numerous ensembles of chamber music.
He has been regularly featured in well-known television and radio programs
such as BBC, ORF, Radio France, ERT, RIK. One of these collaborations, in
1991, resulted in the recording and release of a CD of Loris Tjeknavoria n’s
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the Armenian Philharmonic
Orchestra?with the composer himself as the conductor in a production of the
Austrian Television (ORF).
Most recently, in 2003, Kolanian’s recording of the Lute Suites of J.S.Bach
was released on the Eros label to critical acclaim.
In addition to his career as a soloist and recording artist, Iakovos
Kolanian has been the head of the Classical Guitar Department at the
Contemporary Athens Conservatory since 1992, and is an honorary professor at
the Armenian Academy in Yerevan.
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Donation: To the AYMA Music Library.
g i b r a h a y=C2=A0 =C2=A0 c a l e n d a r
*AYMA Food Bazaar. Click on the following link to view images from the
event: click on Vie=
*Pre-Championship Friendly Football match between AYMA and Coopers on
November 13, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at the Grounds of the English School,
Strovolos – Nicosia
*Lecture at T he Nareg Armenian School Hall of Larnaca, organised by The
Larnaca Armenian Club on Friday 12 November at 7:00 p.m. “Acupuncture” by
Razmig Azezian (specialised in China) from Beirut – Lebanon.
*Lecture at The Armenian Prelature Vahram Utudjian Hall – Nicosia. Organised
by A.Y.M.A. on Saturday 13 November at 7:00 p.m. “Acupuncture” by Razmig
Azezian (specialised in China) from Beirut – Lebanon.
*Jashgerouyt / Khraghjank at AYMA Saturday November 13, 2004, at 8:30 p.m.
Live Armenian music. Family atmosphere. Sign up with the members of the
committee. Limited seats available as the event is indoors.
*A.G.B.U Women’s Auxiliary Body. Armenian Food Bazaar. Sunday 14 November,
2004 starting from 12:00 lunch time at AGBU club premises.
*8th Exhibition of Armenian Books, under the auspices of Archbishop Varoujan
Hergelian, organised by the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus, with the
participation of Moufflon Bookstore. Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 17
November 2004 at 8:00 p.m. at Vahram Utudjian Hall of the Armenian Prelature
in Nicosia. You can visit the Exhibition every day from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
& 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. except weekends. The exhibition will also travel to
Larnaca and Limassol.
*Shnorahantes of the book “The Armenian Church in Cyprus”, during the
opening ceremony of the Armenian Book Exhibition. The book will be presented
by Vartan Tashdjian.
*Holy Mass and Madaghornhnoutiun on Sunday 21 November 2004 on the
celebration day of Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Nicosia.
*Aghorhnek at 4:00 p.m. and Hsgoum at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday 20 November
*Traditional Preparation of Madagh on Saturday 20 November, 2004 starting
from 4:00 p.m. at Nare g School’s Canteen. Hyourasiroutiun to follow. Open
for all. On the occasion of Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church Day, you can make your
donations by calling the Armenian Prelature on 22 493560 or emailing
*Armenian Relief Society “Sosse” Chapter Fund Raising Tea for the ARS
Armenia Projects on Sunday 28 November, 2004 at The Holiday Inn Hotel at
4:00 p.m. Our children will participate in a Fashion Show by GRANT. There
will be Handicraft, Lebanese cookies and home-made delicacies on sale.
Proceeds to the “Sosse” Kindergarten of Stepanakert – Republic of Karabagh.
*Annual General Meeting of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) on Sunday 21
November 2004 at 6:30 p.m. at AYMA.
*AYF Badanegan Miaoutian get-togethers have begun and will continue every
Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at AYMA. Contact Vartoog Karageulian on 24-659245.
*AYMA Chicco Football practices – now in their fifth week – have begun and
are taking place every Friday from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m children starting from
the age of 7. Contact Krikor Mahdessian on 99650897.AYMA Table Tennis
practices have also begun and will continue every Saturday from 6:00 – 9:00
p.m under the expert guidance of ex-Cyprus Champion Sirvart Costanian.
Classes and practice session for all ages.
*AYMA Football team practices are taking place every Tuesday and Thursday at
9:00 p.m. A.Y.M.A. will be participating in the Second Division Amateur
Football League and will be bidding for the Championship Title and
subsequent promotion to Division One. The Championship begins on Saturday
November 27, 2004.
*Marie Louise Kouyoumdjian sings @ Champs every Friday at at 9:30 p.m. For
reservations call 22873888.
*Bible Study Group organised by The Armenian Prelature of Cyprus. The Group
meets at the Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church on Armenia street, Nicosia. To
receive further details please call Father Momik Habeshian on 99 307966 or
at the Prelature office on 22 493560 email [email protected]
*AYMA Annual Ball at Hilton Park on January 8, 2004 featuring ANDRE.
Reservations a MUST! Book early.
*If you happen to be in London on Friday, 12th November don’t miss this Back
to Hye Skool Party. Time: 8pm-1am. Venue: The ultra-hip & funky Babushka 41
Tavistock Crescent, Notting Hill, W11 1AD. Tix:=C2=A35 before 10:30pm, =C2=
Age: Strictly 18+ (No ID? No H YE party) Tube:Westbourne Park (Hammersmith &
City) – 1 min walk Notting Hill Gate (Central, District & Circle) – 5 min
ride (#27, 28 & 328 buses on Pembridge Road opposite WHSmith outside
station). Music:DJ Josey Kray & FBI Squad playing old skool tunes, as well
as the freshest tracks, Armenian and more. Xtra: Quality prize s for the
best dressed skool boy and skool girl. New surprises in store for all.
Contact: Raffi 07958 137 702, John 07961 166 969 [email protected]
*Armenian Radio Hour on The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation can be heard via
real audio on . Broadcast times 17:00-18:00 local Cyprus
time (14:00-15:00 GMT) New s bulletins at 17:15 local time on Sundays,
Tuesdays, Fridays. Armenian Cypriots can also tune in on the following radio
frequencies 91.1 FM (Mount Olympus – for Nicosia listeners) 94.2 FM
(Paralimni/Protaras/Agia Napa) 92.4 FM (Larnaca) 96.5 FM (Paphos).
*The Armenian Prelature announces that the next permit for the Armenian
Cemetery visitation at Ayios Dhometios on the Green line, is scheduled for
Sunday 14 November, 2004.
*Every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. (Cyprus time +2 GMT) on CyBC’s Trito, Puzant
Nadjarian presents the “History of the Blues”. You can also hear it on Real
Audio from the Internet edition of CyBC on A repeat program
can also be heard seven hours later at 2:00 a.m. local time.
*Listen to Hairenik Associati on’s online Armenian Radio Station. A variety
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