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VARTKES MAHDESSIAN TO CONTEST ARMENIAN MP POST IN MAY ELECTIONS

Vartkes Mahdessian, a successful businessman, active in Armenian community
affairs, is contesting the post of representative of his community, in the
upcoming Parliamentary elections of 21 May 2006. His motto is reconciliation,
meritocracy, transparency and a meaningful working relationship between the
government, Parliament and the community.
Within these guidelines, he proposes to improve community life and serve the
needs of all Armenians in the community.
Vartkes Mahdessian was born in Nicosia in November 1950. He attended
Melikian Ouzounian Armenian elementary school and graduated from The English School
in 1970. He studied Business Administration in England and completed his post
graduate management studies in 1974.
His professional career began in 1975 with an Italian-Greek cable
manufacturer as Area Manager for Iran. In 1978 he moved to the United Arab Emirates,
first as Marketing Manager, then as Managing Director and shareholder of
International Cable Corporation, a post that he holds until today. In 1986 he
returned permanently to Cyprus and acquired ownership of Troodos Electric Cables
Ltd.
Vartkes Mahdessian has served AYMA Club as Chairman for a number of years.
He is an elected member of the Armenian Diocesan Council, and for six years
has served as a member of the Board of Management of The English School,
Nicosia.
Vartkes Mahdessian has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of
international companies.
He is married to Maggie.They have two children, Vicken aged 15 and Carla
aged 12


A BOLSAHAY ART HISTORIAN AMONG US
After completing a successful trip of seven cities in the US and Canada last
year, organised by the Tekeyan Cultural Association, art historian Mayda
Saris, art director of the bilingual Armenian-Turkish language weekly AGOS
newspaper of Turkey, has been invited to Cyprus by the Hamazkayin Cultural and
Educational Association Cyprus Oshagan Chapter, to promote her latest art book,
Armenian Paintings:From the beginning to the Present. The book presentation
and lecture will take place on Friday, 24th March, at 8:00 pm, at the Utudjian
Hall, Nicosia. A slide presentation and a book signing will follow the
lecture.
Saris was born in Constantinople and still resides there. This illustrated
book was originally published in Turkish and was widely popular there, and now
has been translated into English, published by AGOS.
The groundbreaking 262 page book with more than 400 illustrations explores
Armenian art from ancient to modern times. The author gives a comprehensive
overview of the origin of the Armenian people, their folklore, lifestyle,
culture, art and faith, which has been a source of inspiration for the Armenian
artists and architects throughout centuries.
Art critic Kaya Ozsezgin, a member of faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts of
Turkey wrote about Saris' book, ` Mayda Saris' book helps us become better
acquainted with the generations of Armenian artists, and in the meantime
fills a void in the art libraries.'
Hakan Celik, a columnist of Posta daily newspaper wrote, `Did you know that
Armenian painters who were born and raised in Turkey, but hardly known in
Turkey, have greatly contributed to the development of the Ottoman art of
painting.'
Ferit Edgu, art critic and faculty member of the Academy of Fine Arts wrote
about the book, `Mayda Saris' book is the first of its kind in Turkey and
should have been written and published a long time ago. The book brings
together numerous Armenian painters, past and present, forgotten or neglected, well
known or little known and reflects the richness of Armenian Painting Art,
while fulfilling a moral obligation.'

Saris has previously translated two books from French into Turkish, `La
Patrie,' a novel
by Jean Kehaian, and `Les Armeniens Dans l'Empire Ottoman,' a scholarly
volume by Raymond H. Kevorkian and Paul B. Paboudjian.
You can visit her site at www.maydasaris.com


ASSASSINATION OF TALAAT PASHA MARKED IN YEREVAN
The anniversary of the assassination of Armenian genocide perpetrator Talaat
Pasha was marked on Wednesday at the unveiling of a Soghomon Tehlirian
monument in Yerevan. ARF Dashnaktsoutiun representative Armen Rustamian explained
the importance of the day and underlined the efficiency of the plan
"Nemesis," named after the Greek Goddess of vengeance, meant to punish the main
organizers of the Armenian genocide. On March 15, 1921, one of the main
perpetrators of the Armenian genocide, Talaat Pasha, was gunned down in Berlin by then
24 year old student Soghomon Tehlirian. A Berlin court later acquitted
Tehlirian and posthumously convicted Talaat.
tatiana's corner by Tatiana Ferahian

news in brief
A conference titled `The Role of Women in the Process of Creation of Civil
Society' was held in Yerevan last week by the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun's Committee
of Armenian Women which was also attended by Marlene Haas of the Socialist
International.
Investigations by The Veterinary State Inspection on a dead dove and a dead
crow found by children in Gyumri, have showed that the birds did not carry
the bird flu virus.
The Council of Europe body Eurimages, to which Turkey contributes 1 million
euros annually, has decided to sponsor a film supporting Armenian genocide
claims, sparking anger in Ankara. The decision to fund the Italian movie "The
Farm of the Skylarks," which portrays Armenian claims of genocide, was taken
during a Eurimages general council meeting with the participation of 32
culture ministers, although Turkey voted against and Macedonia abstained.
French youths protesting against a new employment law ended up in an
unexpected clash with Turks demonstrating against an Armenian memorial when their
separate marches crossed paths in this eastern city on Saturday. Riot police
used water cannon to separate the two groups after about 2,500 Turks opposed to
the construction of a memorial in the city centre to Armenian victims of a
1915 massacre attacked the demonstrating youths, police said.


ELEMENT BAND PRESENTS ARMENIAN CD, Yev O Phe
Band incorporates sounds of Europe and the Mediterranean, while maintaining
purity of original compositions, Element Band's first Armenian CD brings a
refreshing and long-awaited sound to Armenian music by partnering distinct
vocals with colorful, warm and exotic arrangements.
While the sounds of Europe and the Mediterranean come to life through the
use of classical guitar, violin, bass, accordion, bouzouki, mandolin, and
keyboard, Yev O Phe remains free to be distinctively Armenian.
The band takes great pains to keep the Armenian songs pure, but uses bold
arrangements and genuine sounds of instruments to introduce exciting twists and
compositions of traditional songs.
Element Band members include Ara Dabandjian (arrangements, keyboards,
classical guitar, accordion, string instruments), Saro Koujakian (songwriter,
vocals and guitar), Gars Sherbetdjian (vocals), Shant Mahserejian (violin), Jeremy
Millado (bass).
Yev O Phe will be available on March 19 at www.cdrama.com, www.amazon.com,
www.cdbaby.com, [email protected] Or visit www.elementband.com
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ARMENIA'S ENTRY AT EUROVISION 2006 IN ATHENS
View the video clip by Andre "Without your love" online at
www.armtv.com/eurovision/without_your_love.wmv
It is destined to be a hit at this year's Eurovision song contest.
latest on tennis champion Zaruhi Harutyunyan
ZARUHI ON THE WAY TO THE U.K.
Gibrahayer Monday 20 March, 2006 - Armenia's tennis start Zaruhi Harutyunyan
currently practicing in Cyprus is leaving for the UK to participate in ITF
tournaments in Sutton and Nottingham. Details to follow.
HELP ZARUHI HARUTYUNYAN'S TENNIS TOUR by contributing to:
Laiki Bank Strovolos Industrial Area, Stavrou 96 I, 2034, Strovolos
Account Number 101-08-037631 for Zaruhi Harutyunyan under guardian S.
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International transfers at IBAN CY30 0030 0101 0000 0101 0803 7631
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gibrahayer calendar
BOLSAHAY ART CRITIC IN CYPRUS: Friday, 24 March 2006 - The Hamazkayin
"Oshagan" Chapter has organised a book presentation and slide show by Bolsahay art
historian/critic MAYDA SARIS who will present her monumental work - "Armenian
Painting: From the beginning to the Present". Utudjian Hall, 8 p.m. Don't
miss this opportunity to meet our Bolsahay compatriot intellectual, who is also
the art critic of AGOS newspaper. Book signing price £35.20 -
http://www.moufflon.com.cy/book_events.htm
Michink - Sunday March 26, 2006 lunch time - Organised by The Armenian
Relief Society (HOM) Sosse Cyprus Chapter at AYMA
31 March 2006 at 7.30-9.30 p.m. Utudjian Hall in Nicosia - FREE YOUTH
WORKSHOP KENTHEA - Information center for Drugs and Narcotics, Will present a free
workshop in English on "Adolescent Prevention In Drug Use" All Teenagers aged
13-18 are invited to attend. Bring your friends.
Monday April 3, 2006 - Opus 39 Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by
Tatiana Ferahian, on at 8:00 p.m. Opening by Garo Keheyan, President of the
Pharos Trust.