Author Lilian Galstyan

23:21 21/09/2023

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14:36 Armenia
Video shows Tigran Avinyan singing

A video circulating on social media shows Yerevan Mayor Tigran Avinyan singing out load "O Sole Mio," a famous Neapolitan song, at an outdoor café in the Armenian capital.

He is singing along with Armen Lazryan, who was appointed Avinyan’s assistant on November 13.

Arman Lazryan is an opera singer who worked at the Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

The video makes it possible to assume in what issues Lazryan comes to Avinyan's assistance.

16:06 World
Bill Gates says AI can lead to 3-day work week

Technology may not replace humans, but it could make a 3-day work week possible — at least, that's what Bill Gates thinks.

The billionaire joined Trevor Noah on his "What Now?" podcast in an episode that premiered on Tuesday. When Noah asked about the threat of artificial intelligence to jobs, Gates said there could one day be a time when humans "don't have to work so hard", Business Insider reported.

"If you eventually get a society where you only have to work three days a week, that's probably OK," Gates said.

There could exist a world where "machines can make all the food and the stuff," and people don't have to work a five day-plus work week to earn a living wage.

While artificial intelligence could bring about some positive change, Gates has previously acknowledged the risks of AI if it's misused. In July, he published a 3,000-word blog post about the potential impact of AI.

"I don't think AI's impact will be as dramatic as the Industrial Revolution, but it certainly will be as big as the introduction of the PC. Word processing applications didn't do away with office work, but they changed it forever," Gates said at the time. "Employers and employees had to adapt, and they did."

Companies in the US and abroad have been testing the effectiveness of a four-day work week. Some have given positive reports of improved work-life balance and efficiency.

11:00 World
Elon Musk rejects allegations of 'being antisemitic'

Tech mogul Elon Musk on Sunday addressed public backlash to his recent post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, in which he appeared to endorse an antisemitic conspiracy theory about Jewish people espoused by another X user, The Hill reported.

“This past week, there were hundreds of bogus media stories claiming that I am antisemitic,” Musk posted Sunday afternoon.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he continued. “I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all.”

The recent wave of media backlash came after Musk replied, “You have said the actual truth,” to a post that repeated an antisemitic conspiracy theory suggesting Jews want to flood the country with minority groups from elsewhere.

The post read: “I’m deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest shit now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities that support flooding their country don’t exactly like them too much.”

Musk’s apparent endorsement of this message had immediate consequences, as Disney, Apple and other corporations pulled their advertisements from the platform.

16:06 Armenia
Baptism of Artsakh children starts in Armenian town

The baptism ceremony of children from Artsakh began in Masis, a town in Armenia's Ararat Province, on Tuesday afternoon.

A total of 140 Artsakh children were to be baptized at St. Thaddeus Church in Masis. The ceremony involved 7 godfathers and 7 priests.

One of the godfathers was Mayor of Masis David Hambardzumyan.

17:00 World
The Beatles' 'Now and Then' tops UK charts

The Beatles returned to the top of the UK music charts on Friday, with the record-breaking track "Now And Then", making history as the act with the longest gap between its first and last No. 1 single, Reuters reported.

Billed as the last Beatles song, "Now And Then" features the voice of late member John Lennon and was developed using artificial intelligence. It also features parts recorded by surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as the late George Harrison.

The group's 18th UK No. 1 hit, it brings The Beatles back to the top of the Official Singles Chart 60 years after the group's first No. 1 single "From Me to You". The feat also extends The Beatles' record as the British act with the most UK No. 1 singles in Official Charts history.

"It’s mind boggling. It’s blown my socks off," McCartney said in a statement. "It’s also a very emotional moment for me. I love it!"

The song is the fastest-selling single of the year to date in Britain with 48,600 physical and download sales based on the its first seven days, the Official Charts Company said.

It is also the fastest-selling vinyl single of the century so far in Britain with more than 19,400 copies sold on vinyl, and the most-streamed Beatles track in one week, with 5.03 million streams, it added.

The group is also the act with the longest gap between No. 1 singles - 54 years - and the oldest band to score a UK No. 1 single, the Official Charts Company said. McCartney is 81 while Starr is 83.

"Beatlemania has returned this week," Official Charts Company Chief Executive Officer Martin Talbot said.

“The return of John, Paul, George and Ringo with the last ever Beatles single... has cemented their legend by breaking a catalogue of records - and in doing so underlined the extraordinary scope of their enduring appeal, across all the generations."

16:03 Armenia
Armenia manager unveils squad for Euro 2024 qualifiers

The head coach of Armenia’s national football team, Oleksandr Petrakov, has announced the Armenian squad for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers against Wales and Croatia, the Football Federation of Armenia reported on Thursday.

The following players have been called up to the national team:

Ognjen Cancarevic – FC Alashkert
Arsen Beglaryan – FC Ararat-Armenia
Stanislav Buchnev – FC Pyunik

Varazdat Haroyan – FC Astana (Kazakhstan)
Kamo Hovhannisyan - FC Astana (Kazakhstan)
Georgi Harutyunyan – FC Krasnodar (Russia)
Nair Tiknizyan – FC Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)
Andre Calisir – IF Brommapojkarna (Sweden)
Styopa Mkrtchyan – NK Osijek (Croatia)
Taron Voskanyan – FC Alashkert
Zhirayr Margaryan – FC Urartu
Erik Piloyan – FC Urartu
Albert Khachumyan - BKMA

Eduard Spertsyan – FC Krasnodar (Russia)
Vahan Bichakhchyan – Pogon Szczecin (Poland)
Lucas Zelarayan – Al-Fateh SC (Saudi Arabia)
Ugochukwu Iwu – FC Rubin (Russia)
Edgar Sevikyan – FC Pari (Nizhny Novgorod)
Narek Aghasaryan – FC Urartu
Artak Dashyan – FC Pyunik
Hovhannes Harutyunyan - FC Pyunik
Artur Serobyan – Casa Pia (Portugal)
Artur Miranyan – Noah
Zhirayr Shaghoyan – CSKA (Bulgaria)
Grant-Leon Ranos – Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

The Armenian national team will start the training camp at the FFA Technical Center/Football Academy on 13 November.

15:06 World
Mkhitaryan thanks Lucescu for trust

Inter Milan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed gratitude to Mircea Lucescu for his trust.

“Learning about your retirement, I’d like to express my gratitude to you Mister for your belief in my talent,” he said in a social media post on Sunday.

“Thank you for your trust, for inspiring me and for the profound impact you had on my career. You have been more than a coach to me and your mentorship contributed to shape the athlete I am today,” Mkhitaryan wrote.

He wished the coach “more than all the best”.

Mircea Lucescu has resigned as Dynamo Kyiv's head coach the Ukrainian club announced on Saturday, the day after a 1-0 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Dynamo announced that goalkeeping coach and former Dynamo player Oleksandr Shovkovskiy would take over.

Mkhitaryan spent three seasons with Shakhtar Donetsk under Lucescu’s management before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2013.

12:45 World
Mark Zuckerberg tears ACL while training for MMA bout

Mark Zuckerberg suffered a torn ACL while training for an upcoming mixed martial arts competition, revealing Friday he’s undergone surgery and is on the road to recovery, the New York Post reported.

“Tore my ACL sparring and just got out of surgery to replace it,” the Meta CEO shared on Instagram, along with a slew of photos from his hospital bed. “Grateful for the doctors and team taking care of me. I was training for a competitive MMA fight early next year, but now that’s delayed a bit.

In the photos, Zuckerberg, 39, is seen with his left leg bandaged and in a supportive leg brace.

“Still looking forward to doing it after I recover. Thanks to everyone for the love and support.”

The father of Facebook also shared a picture of his wife, Priscilla Chan, wiping his forehead and putting on a pair of slides to the foot on his injured leg.

Zuckerberg started training in Brazilian jiujitsu (BJJ) just a few years ago during the coronavirus pandemic, but his late start to the sport is no side workout to stay in shape.

The social network mogul declared that he had to be willing “to get beaten up a lot” and that BJJ comes with a learning curve when he first started training.

16:36 Armenia
Chief editor reports 'brutal attack' on Hraparak website

The Hraparak daily’s website came under a “brutal” cyber-attack on Tuesday, its editor-in-chief Armine Ohanyan warned.

"Dear readership, it's been more than an hour since the Hraparak website has been under a brutal attack. There have been more than 26 million hacking attempts, several hundred per second, so the website is down currently,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Our technicians are working to restore it, but the servers are not responding.... hopefully we will overcome this ordeal and the website will be restored," Ohanyan added.

14:45 World
Meryl Streep, husband Don Gummer separated for 'more than 6 years'

Meryl Streep and her husband of 45 years, Don Gummer, are living separate lives, sources confirmed to Page Six Friday.

The Oscar-winning icon, 74, and the feted sculptor, 76, have been separated for more than six years.

In an exclusive statement, a spokesperson for the beloved star told us, “Don Gummer and Meryl Streep have been separated for more than 6 years, and while they will always care for each other, they have chosen lives apart.”

The news may come as a shock as the actress was seen today at the Princesa de Asturias Awards 2023 rocking her wedding band. However, they were last seen together at the 2018 Oscars.

The couple shares four children: singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe, 43, and actresses Mamie Gummer, 40, Grace Gummer, 37, and Louisa Jacobson, 30, whom they raised at their Connecticut compound in the quiet, historic town of Salisbury.

They also have five grandchildren. Their son, Henry, has two children with his wife, Tamryn Storm Hawker. Mamie has two children with husband Mehar Sethi.

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