Sports: Italy struggles to beat 10-man Armenia in Euro qualifier

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Sept 5 2019
 
 
Italy struggles to beat 10-man Armenia in Euro qualifier
 
Injury-depleted Italy required two late goals to secure a 3-1 win over 10-man Armenia on Thursday and extend its perfect start to European Championship qualifying.
 
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YEREVAN, Armenia — Injury-depleted Italy required two late goals to secure a 3-1 win over 10-man Armenia on Thursday and extend its perfect start to European Championship qualifying.
 
Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini was enraged as his squad failed to produce any serious chances in the second half when it held a man advantage — until substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini broke the deadlock in the 77th.
 
Andrea Belotti then added another to go with his first-half equalizer.
 
Armenia took the initiative early on with Aleksandre Karapetyan finishing off a counterattack that began with an Italian defensive lapse.
 
Karapetyan was then sent off in first-half added time for picking up a second yellow card.
 
"In a way, the red card penalized us, because Armenia just focused on defending with 10 men and didn't allow any spaces. If they had had 11, they would have pushed forward more," Mancini said. "Armenia was physically superior today as they are midway through their seasons."
 
With five wins in five matches, Italy leads Group J with a full 15 points. Second-place Finland was hosting Greece later.
 
Mancini had anticipated a difficult performance, pointing out that most of Italy's players are short on physical fitness only two rounds into Serie A.
 
Making matters more complicated was the absence of injured captain Giorgio Chiellini, plus key forward Lorenzo Insigne, Bryan Cristante, Cristiano Biraghi and Mattia De Sciglio.
 
Midfielder Nicolò Barella turned the ball over to set Armenia on the counterattack that Karapetyan finished off with a shot to the far corner as Leonardo Bonucci failed to intervene.
 
Belotti's equalizer came with a volley near the far post following a cross from Emerson Palmieri.
 
A minute later, Federico Bernardeschi hit the crossbar.
 
Karapetyan's first yellow came for an argument with Marco Verratti and his second was for a raised elbow on Bonucci, although replays showed that it was a harsh decision.
 
Verratti was also booked, meaning he will miss Italy's next match in Finland on Sunday due to accumulated cards.
 
Pellegrini's goal — his first for the national team — came with a header following a cross from Bonucci as he was left unmarked 10 yards out.
 
Belotti's second came with a difficult shot through a crowd of defenders that was aided by a poor effort from the goalkeeper.
 
Belotti plays for Torino, which started its season early for Europa League qualifying, meaning his physical condition was ahead of many Italy players.
 
"It was a tough start for us, as Armenia was very aggressive and the pitch was not in great condition," Belotti said. "Their chances were all on the counterattack, but we slowly took control and could have had more goals, including one I missed badly, but fortunately we were able to turn it around."
 
Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who recently joined Roma on loan in Italy's Serie A, was a constant threat.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sports: Armenia 1-3 Italy: Report, Ratings & Reaction as the Azzurri Cruise Past Ten-Men

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General Prosecution refrains to comment Constitutional Court’s Kocharyan decision for now

General Prosecution refrains to comment Constitutional Court’s Kocharyan decision for now

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17:21, 4 September, 2019

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 4, ARMENPRESS. The General Prosecution of Armenia will express its position over the Constitutional Court’s decision on ex-President Robert Kocharyan’s motion after it receives the complete decision, General Prosecution spokesperson Arevik Khachatryan told ARMENPRESS.

“We can speak about the possible consequences of the Constitutional Court’s decision only after having the complete decision. Therefore, we can’t say anything until then,” Khachatryan said.

The Constitutional Court of Armenia issued its verdict over ex-President Robert Kocharyan’s appeal regarding his arrest.

Robert Kocharyan, currently in pre-trial detention on charges of “overthrowing constitutional order” during the 2008 Yerevan unrest, requested the Constitutional Court to determine whether or not his arrest is constitutional, i.e. whether paragraph 2 of Article 135 and Article 35 of the Criminal Procedures Code are in conformity with the Constitution.

On September 4, the Constitutional Court delivered a verdict, partly approving Kocharyan’s motion.

The Constitutional Court ruled that Article 35 of the Criminal Procedures Code contradicts respective articles of the Constitution and is invalid in terms of not envisaging official immunity among the circumstances which exclude criminal prosecution.

The Constitutional Court, however, ruled that paragraph 2 of Article 135 is constitutional.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 04-09-19

Central Bank of Armenia: exchange rates and prices of precious metals – 04-09-19

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17:30, 4 September, 2019

YEREVAN, 4 SEPTEMBER, ARMENPRESS. The Central Bank of Armenia informs “Armenpress” that today, 4 september, USD exchange rate up by 0.17 drams to 476.50 drams. EUR exchange rate up by 3.81 drams to 525.01 drams. Russian Ruble exchange rate up by 0.06 drams to 7.18 drams. GBP exchange rate up by 9.92 drams to 580.66 drams.

The Central Bank has set the following prices for precious metals.

Gold price вup by 190.65 drams to 23559.6 drams. Silver price вup by 2.01 drams to 283.03 drams. Platinum price вup by 204.23 drams to 14415.96 drams.

Constitutional Court can make no decision over any concrete criminal case – Gor Abrahamyan

Constitutional Court can make no decision over any concrete criminal case – Gor Abrahamyan

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20:54, 4 September, 2019

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 4, ARMENPRESS. Advisor to the Prosecutor General of Armenia Gor Abrahamyan commented on the decision of the Constitutional Court over Robert Kocharyan's case.

''I read the headlines of different news outlets and there is the impression that the Constitutional Court of Armenia has made a decision over a criminal case or has expressed opinion over the defense of his rights.

And this is only when the Constitutional Court has published only the final part of the decision, which means there is no complete decision yet.

The Constitutional Court cannot make a decision over any concrete criminal case. It is authorized to make a decision only regarding the constitutionality of the legal acts and their provisions.

It will be possible to speak about the cosnequences of the decision only after getting aquainted with the complete decison. We should not get ahead of time”, reads Abrahamyan’s statement, reports ARMENPRESS.

Edited and translated by Tigran Sirekanyan




YSU History Museum named after late founding-director Ludwig Gharibjanyan

YSU History Museum named after late founding-director Ludwig Gharibjanyan

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10:34, 5 September, 2019

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 5, ARMENPRESS. The Yerevan State University’s (YSU) Academic Council has decided to name the YSU History Museum after Professor Ludwig Gharibjanyan, the late renowned historian who was the founding director of the museum.

The decision was made on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of YSU’s foundation. The university said in a news release that Gharibyanjan “had invaluable contribution in the foundation and development of the museum”.

The recommendation to make the decision was made by YSU History Museum’s Director Heghine Gasparyan earlier in August.

Gharibjanyan died in 2011 at the age of 89. He lectured at the YSU from 1945.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

A1+: Some data presented were not accurate – Erik Grigoryan (video)

September 4, 2019

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's government held a consultation today on the situation with the Amulsar project.

Minister of Nature Protesction Erik Grigoryan summarized the general situation.

There were exchanges of views on the issues related to Amulsar Project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures, legal aspects of the problem, emergence of new environmental factors, etc.

Summing up the discussion, the Prime Minister instructed all interested departments and institutions to work in a coordinated manner to provide comprehensive analysis and complete data for the investigation.e


Asbarez: Armenia’s High Court Finds Jailing Kocharian to be ‘Unconstitutional’

Former president Robert Kocharian addresses the court during the fourth day of his trial on May 16 (Photo by Armenpress)

YEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—Armenia Constitutional Court on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a legal provision that has been used by law-enforcement authorities for arresting and prosecuting former President Robert Kocharian.

Kocharian’s lawyers had challenged the legality of two articles of the Armenian Code of Procedural Justice invoked by investigators accusing him of taking bribes and overthrowing the constitutional order shortly before the end of his decade-long rule in 2008.

The court ruled that one of those articles is unconstitutional because it does not take account of current and former senior Armenian officials’ immunity from prosecution guaranteed by the Armenian constitution. But it dismissed the defense lawyers’ objections to the other clause that spells out legal grounds for arresting criminal suspects.

The ruling was signed by six of the nine Constitutional Court judges, including the court chairman, Hrayr Tovmasyan. Two other judges wrote dissenting opinions that were not immediately made public.

The ninth judge, Vahe Grigoryan, was excluded from the consideration of Kocharian’s appeal because of having previously represented relatives of the eight protesters killed in the March 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan. Kocharian and three retired Armenian generals stand accused of illegally using the armed forces against opposition supporters who demanded the rerun of a disputed presidential election. They all deny the accusation.

Speaking to reporters, one of Kocharian’s lawyers, Aram Vartevanyan, seemed satisfied with the Constitutional Court verdict read out by Tovmasyan. Vartevanyan said the ruling means that Kocharian’s arrest constituted a “violation of his constitutional rights” and that the ex-president should therefore be released from jail.

Asked whether he believes his client must also be cleared of the coup charges, Vartevanyan said: “We will be able to answer this question only after familiarizing ourselves with the full text of the court’s decision.”

Armenian prosecutors and the Special Investigative Service (SIS), which indicted Kocharian in July 2018, did not immediately react to the court ruling.

In July, Pashinian accused Tovmasyan of cutting political deals with Kocharian’s successor, Serzh Sarkisian, to “privatize” Armenia’s highest court. Tovmasyan responded by warning the government against attempting to force him and his colleagues to resign.

Kocharian was set free five days after the start of his trial in May. A district court judge presiding over it, Davit Grigoryan, further angered government supporters with his decision to suspend the trial and ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the legality of the charges brought against the ex-president.

Kocharian was arrested again after Armenia’s Court of Appeals overturned Grigoryan’s decisions in late June. Law-enforcement authorities charged Grigoryan with forgery in the following weeks. The judge was suspended as a result.

The case was then assigned to another judge, Anna Danibekyan. She is due to resume Kocharian’s trial on September 12.

Asbarez: Armenia’s High Court Finds Jailing Kocharian to be ‘Unconstitutional’

Former president Robert Kocharian addresses the court during the fourth day of his trial on May 16 (Photo by Armenpress)

YEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—Armenia Constitutional Court on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a legal provision that has been used by law-enforcement authorities for arresting and prosecuting former President Robert Kocharian.

Kocharian’s lawyers had challenged the legality of two articles of the Armenian Code of Procedural Justice invoked by investigators accusing him of taking bribes and overthrowing the constitutional order shortly before the end of his decade-long rule in 2008.

The court ruled that one of those articles is unconstitutional because it does not take account of current and former senior Armenian officials’ immunity from prosecution guaranteed by the Armenian constitution. But it dismissed the defense lawyers’ objections to the other clause that spells out legal grounds for arresting criminal suspects.

The ruling was signed by six of the nine Constitutional Court judges, including the court chairman, Hrayr Tovmasyan. Two other judges wrote dissenting opinions that were not immediately made public.

The ninth judge, Vahe Grigoryan, was excluded from the consideration of Kocharian’s appeal because of having previously represented relatives of the eight protesters killed in the March 2008 post-election unrest in Yerevan. Kocharian and three retired Armenian generals stand accused of illegally using the armed forces against opposition supporters who demanded the rerun of a disputed presidential election. They all deny the accusation.

Speaking to reporters, one of Kocharian’s lawyers, Aram Vartevanyan, seemed satisfied with the Constitutional Court verdict read out by Tovmasyan. Vartevanyan said the ruling means that Kocharian’s arrest constituted a “violation of his constitutional rights” and that the ex-president should therefore be released from jail.

Asked whether he believes his client must also be cleared of the coup charges, Vartevanyan said: “We will be able to answer this question only after familiarizing ourselves with the full text of the court’s decision.”

Armenian prosecutors and the Special Investigative Service (SIS), which indicted Kocharian in July 2018, did not immediately react to the court ruling.

In July, Pashinian accused Tovmasyan of cutting political deals with Kocharian’s successor, Serzh Sarkisian, to “privatize” Armenia’s highest court. Tovmasyan responded by warning the government against attempting to force him and his colleagues to resign.

Kocharian was set free five days after the start of his trial in May. A district court judge presiding over it, Davit Grigoryan, further angered government supporters with his decision to suspend the trial and ask the Constitutional Court to rule on the legality of the charges brought against the ex-president.

Kocharian was arrested again after Armenia’s Court of Appeals overturned Grigoryan’s decisions in late June. Law-enforcement authorities charged Grigoryan with forgery in the following weeks. The judge was suspended as a result.

The case was then assigned to another judge, Anna Danibekyan. She is due to resume Kocharian’s trial on September 12.

Asbarez: Pianist Sofya Melikyan in Concert at Fresno State

Pianist Sofya Melikyan

FRESNO—Award-winning pianist Sofya Melikyan will perform a recital as part of the “Young Armenian Talent” series of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series at Fresno State. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27 in the Concert Hall on the Fresno State campus. Melikyan will be performing works by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Komitas, and Geghuni Chitchyan.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program of Fresno State and the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation.

Melikyan has recently performed in recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the American Liszt Society in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Guangzhou Opera House in China, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, Santiago de Compostela Auditorium in Spain, “Chopin+” Festival in Luxembourg, as well as debuts with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and Vancouver Symphony in the U.S.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sofya Melikyan began her musical formation at the Tchaikovsky Special School of Yerevan with Anahit Shajbazyan. She completed her further training at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano (where she graduated with Honors), Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris with Ramzi Yassa (where she, again, graduated with Honors), and the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Solomon Mikowsky.

Hailed for her “magnificent singing line and exquisite artistic sensibility,” this Armenian-born pianist is recognized as an artist with a unique voice combining “high-wire virtuosity” with “deep musical intuition and the ability to connect with the audience” (Mundoclasico).

General tickets for the Concert are available for $25 per person, $18 for seniors,, and $5 for students. Ticket reservations for the concert can be made online, or by calling 559.278.2337.

Free parking will be available in Lot P1 (Shaw and Maple entrance to campus). For more information please contact the Armenian Studies Program at 559.278.2669 or visit the website.