- 17:16 | Armenia Replacement of governors not discussed with Armenia’s new PM
“There was no such discussion,” Aragatsotn governor Sargis Sahakyan said, adding that the rumors that some governors will be relieved of their posts have nothing to do with reality.
- 15:42 | In the world Genocide issue is subject of political trade for U.S. – expert
“The adoption of an Armenian Genocide Resolution by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a semi-step whose aim is not the fair demand of the Armenian people,” Turkish studies expert Ruben Melkonyan told reporters.
- 14:58 | Armenia Armenia’s National Library collects media reports about Armenian Genocide
Next year the National Library of Armenia will host an exhibition dedicated to the centenary of Armenian Genocide, National Library director Tigran Zargaryan told a press conference.
- 14:07 | Armenia Alaverdyan: Holding captive Armenian soldiers is beneficial to Azerbaijan
“The case of Armenian captives Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan is different from that of POW Hakob Injighulyan because Injighulyan was wearing a military uniform when he crossed into Azerbaijan, while Mamikon Khojoyan and Arsen Khojoyan were civilians,” Larisa Alaverdyan told reporters.
- 12:32 | Armenia Yuri Vardanyan to resign as Minister of Sport
Former Minister of Industry and Trade Karen Chshmarityan may be appointed Economy Minister in the new government.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:27 | Armenia Date of OSCE MG Co-Chairs’ visit to Armenia not known
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group said in a statement following their meeting with Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministers in Moscow in mid-March that they plan to visit the region in April.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 10:39 | Armenia Three candidates for Deputy PM’s post
Acting Deputy Prime Minister, Territorial Administration Minister Armen Gevorgyan, who is considered as the most universal government official, is the most likely candidate for Deputy Prime Minister.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:10 | In the world Scottish city has worst life expectancy in developed world – report
New official figures released Wednesday show that Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city, continues to have lower life expectancy rates than some of the worst conflict zones in the world.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:01 | In the world Pakistan Taliban say cease-fire with government is over
In a statement released to the news media, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, alleged the Pakistani government hadn't responded positively to the cease-fire, which began as a monthlong observance on March 1 and eventually was extended to April 10.
- 08:57 | In the world MH370 families storm out of glitchy teleconference with Malaysian officials
Families of the passengers on the missing plane in attendance at the Beijing briefing Wednesday exploded in anger and stormed out.
- 08:50 | In the world India election: Voting starts on biggest polling day
The nine-phase vote began on 7 April and will conclude on 12 May; votes will be counted on 16 May.
- 08:45 | In the world Ukraine crisis: Crunch talks due in Geneva
Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine are due to meet in Geneva to try to reduce escalating tensions over eastern Ukraine.
- 08:40 | In the world S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues
Most of the passengers on board were students and teachers from the same high school on a field trip.
- 17:08 | Armenia Non-coalition forces to continue cooperation ‘to spite prophets’
It was decided to come up with the initiative to make amendments to the pension law and the proposals may be presented at an upcoming special parliament session, head of ARFD parliamentary faction Armen Rustamyan said.
- 15:53 | Armenia Armenian grandmasters in Dubai
Armenian grandmasters Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L. Petrosian scored 6.5 points each out of 9 and finished 5th and 7th respectively among 142 participants at the open chess tournament in Dubai.
- 15:14 | In the world Ethnic Armenian soldier killed in Aleppo
Soldier of Syrian army, ethnic Armenian Gogo Ashnaglian was killed this morning in Ramusie district of Aleppo.
Source: Gandzasar weekly
- 14:52 | Armenia Orinats Yerkir Party offered three portfolios – Margaryan
“Orinats Yerkir Party was offered three portfolios in the new government at the recent meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan, MP from Orinats Yerkir Party,” deputy chairman of the party Hovhannes Margaryan said in a statement.
- 14:15 | Armenia Non-coalition factions hold regular meeting
The meeting will discuss the decision to convene a special parliament session by April 28.
- 13:29 | In the world Expert welcomes President’s statement about neutrality on Syrian conflict
“We would take part in military operations and get involved in provocations,” Karen Sirunyan said.
- 12:00 | Armenia Tickets of Yerevan-Moscow flights to cost 49 euros
On April 21, Russia’s Utair airline will start operating Yerevan-Moscow-Yerevan flights with Boeing 737-500 planes.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:32 | Armenia Samvel Farmanyan to become Diaspora Minister
MP from Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Samvel Farmanyan will replace Hranush Hakobyan as Diaspora Minister in the new government.
- 10:47 | Armenia Which Ministers will be relieved of their posts?
According to discussions inside the government circles, Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan, Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan, Culture Minister Hasmik Poghosyan and Social Affairs Minister Artem Asatryan may be relieved of their posts.
- 09:05 | Armenia Non-coalition factions to specify future plans
So far, only the Armenian National Congress (ANC) has expressed a clear position on the necessity to carry out change of power.
- 09:02 | In the world 4 protesters killed in army attack on airfield in eastern Ukraine
At least four protesters were killed and two other wounded on Tuesday as the Ukrainian troops stormed an airfield in Ukraine's eastern city of Kramatorsk.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:57 | In the world India recognizes 3rd gender rights
In a ruling that human rights groups are calling historic, India's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the country's transsexual and transgender individuals the right to self-identify their gender.
- 08:51 | In the world 48 die in Togo bus crash, 15 injured
The accident happened before dawn 108 miles (175 kilometers) north of Lome as a bus carrying passengers to Lome collided with a truck.
- 08:46 | In the world Malaysia missing plane: Robotic sub resumes search
The mini-sub was deployed late on Tuesday after data analysis from its first aborted mission drew a blank.
- 08:41 | In the world South Korea ferry rescue under way
A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and then sank off South Korea.
- 08:35 | In the world Ukraine says Donetsk 'anti-terror operation' under way
Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov has announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists.
- 17:04 | Armenia Armenian grandmasters in Dubai
Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L. Petrosian have scored 5.5 points each out of 8 before the last round of the open chess tournament in Dubai.
- 12:22 | Armenia Azerbaijan opens fire at Armenian border villages
Gas pipelines, windows and roofs were damaged in the three-hour shootout.
- 12:02 | Armenia David Harutyunyan may become Chief of Government Staff
Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) parliamentary faction secretary Hovhannes Sahakyan will replace Harutyunyan in parliament.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:45 | Armenia Who will be new speaker of Armenian parliament?
President Serzh Sargsyan has named Karen Karapetyan and Galust Sahakyan as likely candidates for speaker of Armenian National Assembly.
- 11:45 | Armenia Deputy FM Zohrap Mnatsakanyan to become Ambassador to UN
Some changes will take place in Armenia’s diplomatic corps after the appointment of the new Prime Minister.
- 11:02 | Armenia Vardan Ayvazyan seeks reappointment as Nature Protection Minister
Ayvazyan spoke about it with Hovik Abrahamyan, who said that President Serzh Sargsyan opposes his appointment.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:01 | Armenia Tigran Sargsyan to be Armenia’s Ambassador to U.S.?
Other rumors say Tigran Sargsyan will be appointed Ambassador of Armenia to Belgium.
- 09:02 | Armenia Beglaryan likely to stay in office
Gagik Beglaryan is on good terms with newly appointed Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and is considered to be among those who will retain their office in the new government.
Source: 168 Hours
- 09:01 | In the world Russia tests-fires Yars ballistic missile
The Russian Strategic Missile Forces test-fired on Monday an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from a launch site in northwest Russia, the Defense Ministry said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:55 | In the world Holding Geneva talks depends on Kiev, Russia ready to participate – Foreign Ministry
The talks, scheduled for Thursday, are to be attended by top officials from the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine and are part of the diplomatic effort to resolve the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:50 | In the world Arrest over Jewish center shootings
A man with a history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric is suspected of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City, Kansas, and then a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility.
- 08:45 | In the world NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize
The Guardian and Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for a series of stories on US electronic spying.
- 08:39 | In the world Missing flight MH370: Robotic sub first mission cut short
The Bluefin-21 was sent to search the sea floor for wreckage after signals believed to be consistent with "black box" flight recorders were detected.
- 08:35 | In the world Ukraine crisis: EU and US mull further Russia sanctions
The EU and the US say they will impose "further costs" on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country.
- 21:00 | In the world Could period pain make you stupid? Cramps reduce attention span and make women perform less well in tests
Scientists at the University of Bath found people with period pain perform less well in computer-based tasks and that it reduces attention span.
Details: The Daily Mail
- 20:53 | In the world China cancels human rights dialogue with Britain
Beijing accuses UK of using rights issues to interfere in its internal affairs and axes dialogue that resumed after diplomatic freeze over Dalai Lama.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:45 | In the world Ukraine asks for UN peacekeepers in restive east
Ukraine's acting president urged the United Nations on Monday to send peacekeeping troops to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian gunmen kept up their rampage of storming and occupying local government offices, police stations and a small airport.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:36 | In the world Separatist unrest spreads in Ukraine; ultimatum ends with no crackdown
Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialize.
- 20:30 | In the world Nigeria violence: More than 70 killed in Abuja bus blast
The explosion happened as commuters were about to board buses and taxis to go to work in central Abuja.
- 18:35 | Armenia Arzumanyan: PM had to be sacrificed at some moment
"Hovik Abrahamyan’s appointment as Armenia’s Prime Minister was not a surprise because he was repeatedly mentioned as a likely candidate for PM following the resignation of former PM Tigran Sargsyan," MP Alexander Arzumanyan told reporters.
- 15:12 | Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan: I will cooperate with all parliamentary forces
Armenia’s new Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has told reporters he will cooperate with all parliamentary forces, NGOs and expert groups and will hear their opinions.
- 12:07 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan introduces new PM
Today Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan introduced new Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan to the government staff.
- 12:06 | Armenia President officially appoints Hovik Abrahamyan as Prime Minister
On April 13, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on the appointment of Armenia’s Prime Minister.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:48 | Armenia Sergei Movsesian beats Yuri Yakovich
Grandmaster Sergei Movsesian playing in Saint Petersburg Team beat grandmaster Yuri Yakovich in the penultimate round of the Russian Club Championship in Loo.
- 11:04 | Armenia Rain expected in coming days
Scattered showers are expected mostly in northern regions of Armenia on the night and in the afternoon of April 14-16.
Source: Armstatehydromet Service
- 10:31 | In the world Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s first financial assistance transferred to Kessab Armenians
On April 13, $63,060 was transferred to the emergency authorities of Syria’s Latakia – the first financial assistance of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund to the Armenians of Kessab.
Source: RA MFA
15:26 27/02/2013 » Sport
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I never take the praise, if I know that I played badly
The latest issue of Shakhtar magazine has appeared on newsstands. Below is an interview with one of the protagonists of the January issue - Henrikh Mkhitaryan, published by FC Shakhtar Press Office.
- Henrikh, last year, you hit nearly all football top lists one can imagine - in Ukraine, Armenia and in Europe. Aren’t you afraid that such popularity can just blow your mind?
- I am not afraid of it, because I've always dreamed of it! I had to cover a very long way. And it was hard to accomplish. The same happens in life: it’s hard to achieve something, but you can lose it in one minute, just in no time. So I know the value of what I have achieved, and I hope that I won’t ever lose it.
- So do you purposefully control yourself not to be influenced by fame?
- No, I don’t. But at times, I intentionаlly listen to what they say about me. That’s pleasing and motivational for me to perform even better.
- Whose opinion is most important to you?
- First of all, I'm self-critical. I know myself when I played well, and when not, when I managed to do something and when I didn’t. And then come Lucescu with theory sessions, plus friends and relatives.
- How do you respond to criticism?
- If criticism corresponds to reality, then I respond to it very positively, because it proves the fact that I have the potential to play even better.
- And if, say, you are severely criticized by an individual who has never played football?
- Maybe we’ll have a discussion with him or her about this. After all, not everyone can see what happens on the pitch. Watching football is much easier than playing. When you take the field – that’s a totally different world. Therefore, I usually begin to explain why it happened that way in that particular situation. But dissatisfaction is expressed by a representative of football community, it is better to listen to them than to argue. Although you can listen first and then give your opinion.
- Is it possible to infuriate you?
- There is a point when I realize that we can’t continue like that any more, it just won’t help. I will still prove my point – by my performance instead of words.
- What game or maybe the missed effort do you kick yourself the most?
- There were many chances I failed to convert. But I try to work on that, because I know that in the game you can have just one chance, but a very important one. Perhaps, at 0-0 in the 90th minute, you may have that chance, and if you don’t covert it, the team will lose points. Therefore, I try to improve, especially as I had some problems in this regard.
- And yet what mistake was the most disappointing?
- I think it happened in the home game against Chelsea. I had five goal-scoring chances, but Cech just tipped the balls away.
- How do you feel about the fact that the Armenian fans, no matter how you play, still praise you?
- I never take the praise, if I know that I played badly. They're fans, this is normal. They are the people who just like you and support you throughout. I am thankful to them. By the way, the situation has changed now: when my performance is poor, my countrymen start criticising me.
- Henrikh, you just said you were mastering your finishing. But this is a common statement for players. Can you explain how you polish it in more detail?
- I can simulate the goalscoring situation in training. Yes, the goalmouth is clear, the goalie is not there. But you probably understand that I must hit the corner of the net instead of just making it on target. It is better to hit the corner three times out of ten than just fire the centre of the goal. That’s, actually, the performance.
- Do you practise free kicks?
- Yes, we stay with the mates for that after trainings.
- But in the game you never take them! Can’t dare?
- Simply enough, Mister just tells us who will do that. That's why I never step up for it.
- Are you an emotional man. What about the spot kicks, the nerves?
- I already took a penalty kick last year, in a match with Hoverla, and missed. But if I have another chance – I’ll try. Why not?
- Aren’t you afraid of getting injured on the pitch? After all, it’s always in your subconscious.
- No, I’m not. If a player takes to the pitch with such thoughts, he will surely get injured.
- Do your mother and sister often attend the games?
- The last one attended by my sister was the game with Juventus in Turin. And mom... (takes him long to recall) When Armenia played Lithuania! Speaking of Shakhtar, then at the game with Barcelona two years ago.
- But do they watch it on TV?
- Yes, always! Both on television and on the Internet they find broadcasts. They call immediately after a game, congratulating me and scolding sometimes.
- What has changed about you since your move to Shakhtar?
- I matured: I came when I was 21, and now I’m 24.
- You feel that you grew older?
- Yes, because I've got used to this team. When you join a new team, you try to adapt, and eventually you start feeling more at ease, just as an experienced man.
- Do you feel that you are gaining credibility in the team, your significance grows, you have the right to vote?
- I don’t have any voting right, because there are players who have been longer than me at Shakhtar. We have the captain and the vice-captain, who are entitled to vote. I can just do my job on the pitch - that's my right!
- How do you feel about your growing popularity among girls: many lady fans see a potential husband in you and want to meet you?
- Haven’t met anyone yet, no one came up to me. (laughs) Actually, it's nice to be the center of attention of girls.
- Nevertheless, you live at the base and don’t quite leave it...
- Why? Sometimes I go out. I just know why I train and play. I do’nt deny that it is possible to combine the two. But now, when I’ve become an idol and begun to score more, I do not want to forget about football and change my way. I have just one way, and I'm going to combine it all.
- Don’t the teammates gibe at you over the place of residence?
- At first – they did, even gave me a nickname of the President of the Base. It’s been one year now since they didn’t say anything, they just calmed down and got used to it. But... sometimes they tease me by asking whether I plan to go home or stay at the base.
- What about your private life? Honestly, if constantly staying at Kirsha, you’ ll have no chance to get acquainted with your future wife.
- Maybe, but it's fate, and there’s no escaping it.
- Are you a fatalist, you believe in fate?
- Yes, of course. The date of birth determined my fate. Just as anyone else’s, indeed. Life is a book, and we are actors who play according to what is written.
- But you yourself made that choice - to live at Kirsha instead of central Donetsk.
- Thus, the book has it so!
- Look, maybe you just save on accomodation?
- No! (laughs) No! I never had problems with money, and for me it’s in the last place. If you work, you have to earn. I chose Kirsha because I had to concentrate more on training and matches than on living in Donetsk. Knowing how gorgeous the local girls are, I chose to live at the base, while in my spare time I can go out socializing with my friends. I'm not a recluse! When there is a desire, I travel to the city to relax, get distracted from football and start the next day with a clear head.
- That is, you don’t experience any lack of communication?
- I don’t lack anything. Except for increadibly missing my friends and relatives in Armenia.
- Okay, let's dream a little. How do you see your future wife?
- Beautiful, intelligent.
- They all say so. There is no man who would say: I want an ugly and stupid one.
- Oh! There are some! For me it does not matter whether she will be blonde, brunette or redhead. It is important that she will be well educated, because if we have children, we must also must take care of them. She will sit at home, and I will earn a living.
- And what if she doesn’t wish just to sit in a golden cage, willing to make her own career or develop own business instead?
- Why? I will make a living.
- Well, she also might want to fulfill as a personality, she might need communication.
- Let her bring her girlfriends to our home.
- Why, then, do your mother and sister work?
- (Pause.) I asked my mom to quit her job, but she says she can’t do without it. She will just feel uncomfortable, because she was always busy doing something. Whilst modern young girls do not work. (laughing)
- Is your sister old or something?
- Not in this case. My sister doesn’t live in Armenia. She works at UEFA and wants to earn a living herself. I sometimes help her, but she doesn’t like it. Saying: “What you earn is yours.” But I tell her that there isn’t such thing as “yours and mine.” We are a family, and that’s ours.
- Have any curious or funny things happen to you since your move to Shakhtar? Maybe some unusual calls and stuff?
- I receive a lot of calls... from strangers.
- And what do they want?
- What do you tell them?
- Of course, I refuse them. How can I give money to strangers or just borrow? I will never get it back.
- I can hardly imagine you at a nightclub. Perhaps, some stories happen at cafes?
- Sometimes. We call in at a restaurant or a café, people recognize us, ask for an autograph or a photo. For me, this is normal and nice, I never hide from the people, from fans. I do not feel like a star or kind of cool. I am a normal man.
- What do you order in a café? You have lots of delicious ethnic food, and our people often choose your meals. What do you prefer?
- Borshch and salo! (laughs) We have, by the way, almost the same - basturma.
- And you know how to cook?
- I can make spaghetti and semi-finished burgers. Well, scrambled eggs, of course.
- They propose different clubs to you, but you say that you think only of Shakhtar. In the future, would you like to develop here, together with the club, or to go to Europe?
- To be honest, I feel good at Shakhtar. But there comes a time when you want to change the setting. Not because it's bad here, just to test your strength in a different league.
- And if you fail?
- It means then that the book read it like that!
- But there are players like Darijo and Tomas, who spent almost their entire careers in Donetsk. How do you like this option?
- If possible, why not? I am also ready to spend my entire career at Shakhtar.
- Did you think of what would you do after quitting football?
- I had some thoughts. I won’t be coaching, that’s just not my cup of tea. I can try myself in this role, but don’t want to. That’s all about nerves, but I wouldn’t want my hair to get grey early. If everything goes well, I can see myself doing business. Still do not know the line, but in this particular area.
- Business in Donetsk?
- No, probably in Armenia. I plan so far to get back there when I retire.
- Don’t you want to live in Europe? You know so many languages!
- I don’t want to move there so far. And languages... We talk French only with our physiotherapist Clement Hazard. Oh, and with Mister! But with him, you can also speak English, Russian and Portuguese. Except Armenian. To be honest, I would like to have a good command of English, I always liked it.
- Have you got a higher education?
- Yes, I graduated from the Institute of Physical Culture in Armenia. Currently, I study economics at the Yerevan branch of the St. Petersburg Institute. I entered it because their degree is valid in almost sixty countries. When I graduate, I want to study there as a lawyer. And at the same time, I will master my English.
- By the way, usually Armenians speak with an accent. You don’t have it at all. How come?
- My grandmother is from Moscow. I spoke a lot of Russian with her at home. She still lives in Armenia - for almost 50 years now. Probably it’s by virtue of my grandmother’s assistance that I don’t have that accent any longer. And that's good!
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