FIFA calls boycott of sports events ineffective means to solve political problems
A boycott of sports competitions is not an effective way of solving political problems, the press service of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) told TASS on Monday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poroshenko earlier on Monday called on his country's allies to consider boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia over the crisis in Ukraine’s south-east. "History has often proved that a boycott of political competitions or politics of isolation are not an effec...Distinguished musician Richard Clayderman is in Armenia
Distinguished musician Richard Clayderman is in Armenia. On March 13 and 14 he is giving concert in Al. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre. Speaking to reporters today, the musician said that it is his first visit to Yerevan. “I am in Armenia for the first time. It is always interesting to reveal new country. I hope this first visit will not be the last one,” he said, adding that he is surrounded with great Armenian musicians with who he is going to perform during the con...Sam Simon, co-creator of 'The Simpsons' dies at 59
The co-creator of the the hit animated show, The Simpsons, has died at age 59. Sam Simon had been battling colon cancer, his agent said on Monday. Simon won seven Emmy awards for his work as a writer, director and executive producer for the longest-running sitcom on American television. The Simpsons, which chronicles the life of a clumsy father and his dysfunctional family, first aired in 1989. Simon led the show's writing staff and is credited with developing the characters that featu...Exhibition about Armenia to be conducted at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
Since September 22, 2014 until January 4, 2015 Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age exhibition opened at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition traced through some 260 works of art on loan from major collections in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States—the deep roots of interaction between the ancient Near East and the lands along the shores of the Mediterranean and their impact on the artistic traditions that develop...Philharmonic building to be constructed in Gyumri
My Eternal Gyumri benevolent initiative is planning to build philharmonic building in Armenia’s second largest city, director of philharmonic producer center Nelly Movsisyan told the reporters today. The first charity concert was held in 2014 in Aram Khachaturyan concert hall which was provided for free. The next concert is scheduled in Gyumri Vardan Atchemyan theatre on March 1. Soon a concert will be conducted in Rostov-on-Don. The site for the construction of the new building has no...Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Mr Spock, dies at 83
US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family has said. His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning. Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director. However he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and series of films. Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering chronic lung di...Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered
A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story has been rediscovered more than a hundred years after it was first published. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story, titled Sherlock Homes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar, in 1904 to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland. It was unearthed by town resident Walter Elliot, 80, who discovered it under a pile of books in his attic. He believes it may have lain there for almost 50 years. The 1,300-word tale was prin...Attitude of people toward book has changed due to social problems
February 19, the birthday of Armenian distinguished poet Hovhannes Tumanyan, is being celebrated as Day of Presenting Book. On that occasion Nyut.am conducted interview with deputy director of Avetik Isahakyan Central Library Ruzanna Barseghyan to find out how much our public is tied to books. - Mrs Barseghyan, how the idea of declaring book gifting day has come up, how many years it is being marked in Armenia? - On 2008 the Armenian Writers Union decided to declare a book gifting day on F...French actor Louis Jourdan, star of 'Gigi' dies aged 93
The French actor Louis Jourdan, best known for his role in the multi-Oscar winning 1958 musical Gigi, has died in California aged 93. Born in Marseilles, he began his career acting in French films before being lured to the US. Often seen in roles that capitalised on his Gallic charm, he described himself as Hollywood's "French cliche". His later years saw him play evil villains, including in the 1983 Bond film Octopussy. Jourdan died at his home in Los Angeles, his official biographe...Picasso's handyman accused of stealing £50m art hoarde
Pablo Picasso's former electrician and his wife go on trial today in Paris, accused of having stolen 271 pieces of the artist's work, BBC reports. The cache includes lithographs, portraits, a watercolour and sketches created between 1900 and 1932. Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec say they were given the art, worth 80m euro (£50m) by Picasso's second wife. The Picasso estate says their account is "ridiculous" and is suing them for illegal possession of the works Picasso's son Claude has i...Bronze sculptures 'may be by Michelangelo'
Two obscure bronze sculptures may actually be by Michelangelo, a team of international researchers believes, BBC reports. If the attribution is correct, the works will be the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world. The sculptures, of naked, muscular men riding on panthers, had been attributed to Michelangelo in the 19th Century but that theory had long been dismissed. Cambridge University experts led the team and the sculptures will go on show at the city's Fitzwilliam Museum. ...Actress Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82
Actress Geraldine McEwan, known for playing Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple on ITV, has died aged 82, her family have said. She died on 30 January following a stroke at the end of October, her family said. The Bafta award winner had a long and successful career in theatre, television and films. She appeared as Miss Marple from 2004 until 2009. In 1991 she took the Bafta TV award for best actress for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68
Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68 the Hygeia Hospital in Athens has confirmed to the BBC. He was best known for his solo hits in the 1970s and 80s, including Forever and Ever, Goodbye and Quand je t'aime. He was also a member of progressive rock group Aphrodite's Child. Roussos was renowned for his off-screen role in Mike Leigh's 1977 TV play Abigail's party, having provided the party's soundtrack. He had been in the private ...Untouched and unbound 200-year-old first edition of Jane Austen's Emma set to se...
An untouched and unbound rare first edition of Jane Austen's Emma is on sale at a collectors bookshop for almost £100,000, The Daily Mail reports. The book is unique because it is in almost pristine condition and was found with the paper boards it would have had before being sent to the binder to bound in leather. However the novel, which comes in three volumes, escaped the binder and is in almost mint condition. It is priced at £97,500 and is being sold at Lucius Books in Fossgate i...
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