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First Eco Riksha In Armenia

August 21, 2008

                                               

Dear nature lovers,

A group of young environmentalist, who are worried about the ecological situation of Yerevan, wants to promote an ecologically clean transportation mean that is new for Armenia – Riksha.
Riksha, that cyclist Samvel Hovhannisyan has made, is very popular in foreign countries, thus can have its positive impact on the ecological situation of our city.
Riksha might be also an attraction for tourists and guests of the capital.

Riksha can transport two passengers at a time.

Height 1.73m
Width 1.10m
Length 2.70m
Mean speed at flat area 20-22 km/h
Capacity – two passengers
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Please join us with your bicycles, as we are going to have a bike-tour with the Riksha in the city center on August 22, at 19:00, near Moskva cinema.

Source – http://bnamard.blogspot.com/

I’ll tell you secretly, that I’ve already had the pleasure of having a joy ride in this Riksha when it was being tested yet 😉 … And that was great!!!!! Join the presentation of Riksha!!!!

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Dustiness

June 2, 2008

The dust in the city is unbearable anymore. It is everywhere, a mild wind is able to raise it and bestrew you with a thick layer of dust. I tried to have a walk in parks, hoping for some green, but the dust caused of the constructions on the streets along the parks cover all the adjacent areas. I have allergy on dust, so I hold breathing whenever I have to pass those areas, alas, I can’t not breath for hours. I start itching, I take shower several times a day when I come home, and the water is slightly black as it flows down my body. Will this dust disappear some day from this city???? Sick!!

I need to escape, but have to breath this air for one more month or so. Can’t wait for the day to leave.

… սովորական …

April 2, 2008

Շաբաթ` առավոտ.
գիշերը կարծես հանգիստ եմ քնել,
ու արթնացել եմ ոչ թե զարթուցիչիս ելևէջներից,
որն ամեն առավոտ ինձ համար “Ով սիրու~ն, սիրու~ն” է երգում,
այլ` արևաշողի…ա~խ… ջերմ հպումից,
ու երգում եմ կրկին`
“Առավոտ լուսո, արեգակն արդար”…

Երկար քնելու մեջ մեկ լավ և մեկ վատ բան կա.
մեկ` որ երկար ես քնում,
մեկ էլ` երկար քնելդ նշանակում է, որ այսօր աշխատանքդ ոչ թե կանուխ է ու դրսում,
այլ` մի քիչ ուշոտ, բայց ներսում.

Նորից խոհանոց, գազօջախ,
փոշեկուլ, բաղնիք-զուգարան,
պոլի շոր, փոշիներ, նորից արդուկ…
Ու այդ ամենից հետո` բաղձանք դեպի մաքուր ջուր, բազկաթոռ
 ու քեզ նախկինում նողկալի, իսկ այժմ շատ-շատ հարազատ հեռուստացույց: (more…)

!%^&&@#^%$&$@!^%$

March 12, 2008

…A real need –
A torch –
No torch –
Just broken ones,
And dime a dozen…
… no real one…

but just a limbo.

Why luxury of cars and mobiles!

December 6, 2007

Always thought that mobile phones are just a means of communication, while cars being that of transportation and not luxury. However, with the current crappy telecommunication provider Armentel disfunctioning for most of the time (still fixing something) and traffic jams caused not that much because of the construction going on in Yerevan, but because of abundance of cars, I’m happy I purchased my new mobile, which now is mainly used as mp3 player, and just on that especially when I get stuck in a traffic jam every day on my way home.

So now I change my opinion – mobile phones must have as much functions and be as entertaining as possible in order to have something to busy yourself when you are stuck in a van with dumb faces looking at each other and shoutings, signals and noises outside, while you can put on your headphones and enjoy the mess outside listening to your favorite music, unless something more interesting is happening inside the “marshrutka” ;).
And just on that, cars must also be very comfortable with all the necessary equipments inside, so that you do not have to get frozen and nervous when waiting in a jam and giving way to stubborn drivers who think they’ll run their turn to break the congestion. (more…)

“Culture belongs to everyone” and a bike tour

October 30, 2007

On November 2, at 1p.m., in front of Moscow cinema, “Unison” NGO organizes an undertaking titled “Culture belongs to everyone”, targeted to directing the attention of the society towards the problem of cultural integration of the disabled.

Take part and contribute to the cultural integration of persons with disabilities in our country!
Via Big Family

Sireli Barekam

Noyemberi 2-in, jame 13:00, Sharl Aznavuri Hraparakum (“Moskva” Kinotathroni harevanutyamb) “Unison” hasarakakan kazmakerputyune anckacnelu e annaxadep akcia”Mshakuyte bolorin e” xoragrov: Akciayi npatakn e ` gravel akciayi ushadrutyune hashmandamneri mshakutayin integracman xndrin, vori lutsmane metsapes xochndotum e mshakutayin ojaxneri fizikakan anmatcheliutyune saylak ogtagortsogh ev ayl sakavasharj mardkanc hamar:
Ays iravitchaki patcharov bazmathiv hashmandamner (inchpes kataroghner, aynpes el arvestagetner) zrkvats en mshakutayin ancudardzin masnakcelu hnaravorutyunic: Mievnuyn jamanak, zargacats erkrenerum hashmandamutyun unecox shat arvestagetner vayelum en hamashxarhayin hambav (orinak Stivi Wonder, Andrea Bocheli ev ayln):
Akcian kbacvi hashmandamneric baxkacats “Nor dzayner” vokal xmbi katarmamb: Baci ayd hamergin kmasnakcen Hayastani estradayin ergichner Arsen Grigoryane, Leyla Saribekyane, Anna Xachatryane,Tovmas Poghosyane ev urishner:Masnakceq akciayin ev Xthaneq hashmandamneri mshakutayin integrume mer erkrum:
Lracucich teghekutyunneri hamar 52 21 70
Tsragirn irakanacvum e HH-um Britanakan Xorhrdi Ajakcutyamb…

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Double Stupidity in Yerevan

October 19, 2007

This is kind of a continuation to the post on Oneworld Multimedia blog about the construction mess in Yerevan and alleged money being spent on digging deep needless holes as if for constructing subways, although the rumor has it that “…the construction is being done now so that the authorities can spend as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time and siphon off much of it…”

However, this allegation may turn out to be true especially when the huge hole dug along Khanjyan street at Khanjyan and Tigran Mets intersection is now filled back.

What I got from talking to some people, no subway will be constructed there as one of the reasons I was told was that only after digging deep into it they found out that the metro passes under that area!

Almost funny, if it weren’t that sad. How on earth could they not take into consideration the fact that they might stumble upon the underground, especially when by simple logics one may presume that the line from Hanrapetutyan Hraparak to Zoravar Andranik stations should pass right under that area!!?? Didn’t they bother to shoot a glance at the metro map before starting their destruction??!!

If that’s not the case, then I wonder, what is a logical explanation for laying a double layered asphalt along Khanjyan street, then digging it deep, then filling it back??

Manic!!
Double stupid!!!

Corruption doesn’t exist ???

September 26, 2007

Was waiting for the English version of this article to appear, but still can’t find it. However quoting and linking to a very interesting article on ”168 zham” weekly, which perfectly reveals the corruption manifestations at educational institutions, particularly at school #68 in Erebuni district. And as someone from that district I can assure that all the allegations made against the headmistress of that school are grounded, as I have witnessed the developments of this outrage. In two words, the headmistress of that school is said to gather money from pupils and teachers to buy a car for herself, and not only, she makes them gather huge amount of money for every occasion – her birthday, March 8, New Year, etc.. So after a complaint made to “168 zham” by a parent of one of the pupils studying at that school, the dismissed teachers mustered up their courage to present the weekly with new, very serious facts about the corrupted headmistress. I’m still waiting to see what measures the Ministry of Education will take regarding this case or it will be again considered as a tiny incident. Personally, I think, that if this corrupted woman continues occupying her current post, instead of being dismissed from it, that will be the last hope for any possible justice in this country.

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Օրերս «168 Ժամ» թերթի խմբագրությունն ահազանգ էր ստացել այն մասին, որ Էրեբունի համայնքի թիվ 68 դպրոցում զավեշտի հասնող դրամահավաք է սկսվել: Մեզ զանգահարողը նույն դպրոցի աշակերտներից մեկի մայրն էր, ով հասկանալի պատճառներով չցանկացավ իր անունը հրապարակել, սակայն տեղեկացրեց, որ դպրոցում անհավանական իրադարձություններ են տեղի ունենում: Նրա հավաստմամբ` դպրոցի մանկավարժական կազմն ակտիվ կերպով լծվել է յուրաքանչյուր աշակերտից 6000 դրամ գումար ստիպողաբար հավաքելու գործին: Տիկնոջ խոսքերով` երեխաներից գումարը հավաքագրվում է, որպեսզի դպրոցի տնօրենն ավտոմեքենա գնի: Նա նաեւ տեղեկացրեց, որ, քանի որ ինքը չի կարողացել անհրաժեշտ գումարը տալ, ծնողական ժողովի ժամանակ դասղեկն ասել է` «Ի՞նչ եք մտածում գումարի համար, ձեր փոխարեն ես եմ տվել: Փողն անպայման պիտի տաք, որովհետեւ իմ գրպանից եմ այն դրել»: […]

[…]Մենք կապվեցինք թիվ 68 դպրոցի տնօրեն Սուսաննա Ազիզյանի հետ, ով բավականին բարեհամբույր պատասխանեց մեր հեռախոսազանգին: Սակայն, երբ հարցրեցինք, թե ինչո՞ւ են աշակերտներից փող հավաքում իր համար մեքենա գնելու նպատակով, տիկին Ազիզյանը խիստ զայրացավ: Բացի այդ, նրա վերաբերմունքից ակնհայտ էր, որ այս հարցադրումը նրա համար անակնկալ չէր: «Նախ՝ ես արդեն գնել եմ «Մերսեդես-կուպե» մեքենա: Ես ձեր հարցերին չեմ պատասխանի, մինչեւ որ գրավոր դիմում չներկայացնեք: Օդից վերցրած ահազանգերին պատասխանելը նպատակահարմար չեմ գտնում: Հրաժարվում եմ պատասխանել ձեր հարցին, որովհետեւ ամեն մի անանուն զանգերի պատասխանելու ժամանակ էլ չունեմ»,- բարկացած ասաց նա` սպառնալով, որ ահազանգի մասին հրապարակում տեսնելուն պես դատի կտա հոդվածը գրող լրագրողին: Հարկ է նշել մի կարեւոր հանգամանք՝ տիկին Ազիզյանը մեր զրույցի ընթացքում չհերքեց, որ իր տնօրինության տակ գտնվող դպրոցում դրամ է հավաքվում:[…]

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Five things about “marshutkas” – vans

September 18, 2007

Well, actually I like traveling to any place by marshutkas and I take a taxi on rare occasions and also I don’t want to drive, especially in this manic city, though had the opportunity when some years ago my dad asked to look from the window to find there a cute car he was about to buy for me. You may think it’s stupid, but I didn’t accept that present. Yeah, I know, marshutkas are not that safe, some people call them “100-dram-killers”. However, I don’t mind other people around me, I rather prefer it, especially when so funny incidents and conversations happen in them. And but for several things, marshutkas would be my adorable means of transportation.

1. After the accident when several years ago two or three marshutkas crashed and several people died, kind of a rule was set that marshutkas shouldn’t take more people than the number of sits in the vehicle. As a result the drivers rebelled and increased the charge from 50 to 100 drams. However, less than a month later marshutkas were packed again and even the operation of new buses didn’t save the situation. So up to now as they drive by, one can see some bums smashed over the door windows, while people inside resemble canned fishes, and when someone from the back sit wants to get off, half of the marshutka gets off along with him to give him way out. Oh, and I don’t talk about the smell, especially in summer and especially when Armenian men do not have the habit of using antiperspirant and think that without taking shower and simply scenting with perfume they’ll get rid of the stink. (more…)

Everlasting problem

September 10, 2007

Nice scene

Nice scene, ain’t it? That’s what I witness every day leaving home and returning. Our neighbors’ windows are right above this scene. The garbage area was being scavenged in the morning, when I was leaving. I took the picture at about 5p.m the same day, when I returned. See how much garbage they managed to pile!

Nice scene

I took this other picture the next day. The garbage will remain there and will be cumulated by our neighbors for the following 5 days, unless the garbage track arrives again and picks it up.

Imagine the stench, especially in a summer heat! (more…)