2020 July 7

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Jul/7/2020 news: (1) Yerevan lowers speed limit (2) COVID testing to 2x (3) Kalashnikov's night vision WiFi (4) BHK MP arrested (5) Kocharyan trial (6) Arm. Genocide & Kim K (7) Bears & Storks (8) Foreign investment (9) Free healthcare (10) Ex-officials' land fraud (11) Infrastructure+ (12) Bills!
by ar_david_hh


Yerevan lowers maximum speed limit

The max speed limit across the city will become 60km/h (35mp/h) beginning July 18th. This will affect 8 streets. It's done to improve safety.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191988

Kocharyan's case in Constitutional Court

the math isn't there

Today CC is supposed to decide whether Kocharyan can be charged and sent to prison for violating Law 300.1 in February-March of 2008.

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Recently 3 CC judges were fired. Another 2 are on vacation. That leaves 4 active judges, while 5 are needed to hold Kocharyan's session.

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you shall not pass

March 1st victims, who joined the prosecutors' lawsuit against Kocharyan, want even more CC judges to be excluded from the hearing.

They want the demoted CC president Hrayr Tovmasyan to recuse himself because he is the Godfather of Kocharyan's lawyer and has close ties with him (this lawyer traveled to CC frequently to meet judge Tovmasyan, causing outrage and speculations among govt members).

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Also Hrayr Tovmasyan is too friendly with co-defendant Yuri's lawyer, say March 1st victims.

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CC won't hold a hearing at all

Only 4 judges showed up today. No session was held. It could be resumed once two judges return from vacation.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191949

Meanwhile, Kocharyan trial continues in the Lower Court

While CC discusses whether Law 300.1 applies to Kocharyan, his actual trial continues in Lower Court.

Last week it was delayed because defendants insisted courtroom tables to be moved further apart to keep social distancing.

Before that, it was delayed because a co-defendant's lawyer didn't show up.

Before that, it was delayed for other reasons.

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Prosecutors got fed up with delays and asked the judge to punish defendants and to skip directly to the final stage where the prosecutors bring witnesses and other hard evidence about March 1st.

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The defense argued against moving to the evidence stage.

The judge sided with the defense and won't expedite the process.

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https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191963 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191972 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191994

Another BHK MP arrested over 2017 voter buying

Context: BHK leader Tsarukyan and 2 ex-BHK MPs are accused of bribing voters in 2017. One of the MPs decided to cooperate and spill the beans.

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Now the 3rd ex-BHK MP, Vanik Asatryan, is implicated in the case. NSS arrested him.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191998

Tag: #VoterFraud #Tsarukyan #VoterBuying

Prosecutors bust Գրքի աշխարհ fraud involving ex-officials

Prosecutors and SOC auditors say: in 2012, in honor of the 500th anniversary of Armenian typography, Yerevan Mayor and govt decided to build a "Book World" and renovate a nearby school on Yeznik Koghbatsi Street.

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They didn't want to pay $207k in cash to the construction Company, so they agreed to give a piece of land worth $207k.

The contract required the Company to finish the work in 2.5 years. The Culture Ministry was tasked with auditing the construction.

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The Company never built that sh*t, while the Ministry failed to do their auditing duties.

Meanwhile, the Company sold the land for a higher price. Today it's valued 2x at $403k.

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Moreover, the Company skimmed the taxpayer by purchasing cheaper/fewer school materials for musician kids.

The Ministry closed the eye on it.

A felony case is launched. https://factor.am/266740.html

Tags: #DefendingArmenianLanguageAndTraditionsSince2012

Katnaghbyur school director and deputy director are charged...

with embezzling taxpayer funds by registering the director's daughter as a fake worker and paying salaries between 2015-2018.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191985

COVID stats

+349 infected. +605 healed. +12 deaths.

125,088 tested. 11,711 active. 16,907 healed. 503 deaths.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191946

Gyumri nursing home...

1/3rd of the elderly and 1/6th of nurses tested positive with COVID.

A 90yo patient passed away. Another 36 were hospitalized.

The staff is baffled as to how COVID got inside. "We were getting tested before entering the shift."

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/191993

"Fake news" about Italian postal service

A Facebook user wrote that she tried to send a parcel from Italy to Armenia but it was rejected "because of COVID in Armenia".

Several outlets circulated the info without verifying.

FIP fact-checker found that the Italian post office hasn't blacklisted Armenia.

https://fip.am/12114

Daily COVID tests could soon double

Healthcare Minister Torosyan: This month we'll increase the daily tests to 3k in govt facilities, plus 1k in private. When we first began, there were only 300 daily tests, and that was considered a lot.

We're able to expand testing by training new experts and getting tools. It's a difficult task.

Last year we were doing 2k similar tests per month. Now daily 2k is considered average.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191967

Healthcare Minister briefing:

We don't have double-infections so far, but you shouldn't assume you won't get infected again. Scientists still aren't sure.

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It costs ~~$1,000 to treat and discharge a COVID patient from ICU.

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We'll have a batch of Remdesivir drug in 10 days. Japanese Favipiravir has arrived and will be used soon. We're negotiating to get Russian Avifavir.

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Vaccines are the only thing that can let us safely return to our previous lives. We're negotiating to get some when they're ready.

(someone earlier claimed Moderna's upcoming vaccines are dangerous) Vaccines are safe. Don't listen to certain insane circles that try to play on emotions to advance their anti-vaccine campaign.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191953 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191960 , https://factor.am/266547.html , https://youtu.be/Ddr0vz7JAJk

"Make the COVID Go!"

Performance by Armenian Little Singers

https://youtu.be/iblYou5uEU4?t=9

How do you say Coronavirus in Western Armenian?

"պսակաձեւ ժահր"

You thought the headline implied a joke? pshhh

https://hetq.am/hy/article/119144

Trump's spokeswoman uses the term Armenian Genocide

During a press conference yesterday, President Trump's m'lady spokeslady condemned the act of vandalism against "Armenian Genocide memorial in Colorado" in light of racial justice protests which took down numerous historical monuments across America.

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Armenian groups hailed the statement, while the Turkish embassy said "it must have been a slip-up."

Trump himself uses the term "Mets Yeghern".

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https://youtu.be/b6PwbEf2UDM

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-white-house-press-secretary-invoked-the-armenian-genocide-2020-7

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191945

Kim Kardashian urged her 273 million followers

...to donate to Armenia Support Fund to support the Armenian small businesses that were devastated by COVID.

"Paros" charity foundation says they received >50 donations today instead of usual few.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191944

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/07/07/Քիմ-Քարդաշյանը-կոչ-է-արել-օգնել-հայաստանյան-փոքր-բիզնեսներին/389314

Կովկասի Գերուհին

The Daily Mail wrote about a mama bear and her kids that are kept in MJA Resort restaurant's cages in southern Sisian.

A British animal rescue organization agreed to take them but the owner changed his mind at the last minute.

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The bears were saved from drowning in a river before being caged. They're fed with restaurant food remnants, which has led to improper diet and stress. Animal groups are still negotiating.

Video: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8492027/Three-bears-face-suffering-Armenian-holiday-complex-animal-charitys-rescue-bid-fails.html

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191951

Nature Ministry found out why storks get "dirty"

Recently 60% of storks in one region were found to be submerged in dangerous dirty pollutants.

Nature Ministry tracked their flight path and learned that the storks fly down to get food in certain areas, which happen to be fish breeding facilities.

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Some of these facilities are believed to be the sources of "dirt". Nature inspectors will be dispatched.

Sources believe storks will go stonks once the problem solves.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191980

How many bills were written by each party during this session?

Government & Others: 263

QP party: 37

BHK party: 6

LHK party: 6

Bipartisan: 8

https://hetq.am/hy/article/119111

Kalashnikov factory produces many things

A joint initiative by Armenian Nitron and Russian Kalashnikov companies began producing up to 50,000 AK-103 rifles and 150,000,000 bullets a year.

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It'll be used locally and exported abroad. The agreement was signed in August-2018.

A $24mln investment agreement was signed with another Russian company to obtain factory equipment.

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They'll also produce night vision technology that you can wear on your head or attach to the rifle. Its camera records and sends the video to the nearest military station through WiFi in real-time.

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Another item is a special "hypoallergenic" fiber used in military clothes that can later be used in hospitals, construction, etc.

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They'll also repair 120 army vehicles per year.

1,200 new jobs. Many will be held by vets who participated in April 2016 battles, Afghanistan, Kosovo.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191971 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191984 , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1020891.html

Tags: #Kalashnikov

Foreign investments in 2020Q1

Gross foreign investment in the real sector: $437mln (-38.6%)

Direct foreign investments: $72mln (+1.4%)

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The largest investor was Russia. 38% of overall investments came from there, and 84% of direct investments.

The overall reduction was due to a -48% reduction of Russian investments.

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The second-largest investor was Germany with 31% of the share. Their investments grew +39% YoY for Q1.

More: https://hetq.am/hy/article/119114

Kapan road repair to significantly cut travel times

Tatev-Aghvan-Kapan's 13km road section is being renovated as part of a $2.4mln project.

Another 28km to be renovated by 2022, for the first time since the 1980s.

Video: https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191935

Nerqin Getashen...

will have 12 of its roads renovated, new LED street lights, and new irrigation system.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/192026

Vardenik infrastructure upgrades

The settlement will have new energy-efficient LED street lighting, renovated 10km roads, and a renovated musical school. The $790,000 project begins this month.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191928

Seismic retrofit in schools

3 Yerevan schools are being rebuilt with seismic strength in mind, as part of a $5mln project. They'll serve 2,000 students.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/191961

Artsakh also moves towards govt-subsidized healthcare

President Arayik said the first steps have been made towards govt-funded healthcare. 100 infertile couples will receive treatment for free.

Cardiovascular surgery will soon become free for Artsakh independence and WW2 war veterans.

Next year it'll become free for everyone.

https://factor.am/266753.html

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Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/hmzvf5/jul72020_news_1_yerevan_lowers_speed_limit_2/

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