Vegitation in Yerevan's most modern street watered manually

Yerevan - The irrigation system in Northern Avenue © Artur Papyan |
Yerevan - The irrigation system in Northern Avenue © Artur Papyan |

Passing by Yerevan’s newly built Northern Avenue I couldn’t help but notice today this man watering the rare green areas with a hose.
You’d expect a major architectural project like this to have some sort of proper irrigation system. But no.  I looked around and saw no traces of hidden tubes in the grass – maybe I wasn’t looking properly? Maybe it’s there but is malfunctioning so they have to water it like this?
At any rate – this doesn’t look like a proper way to handle the watering issue in such an important location in the heart of Yerevan.
The avenue was built from scratch and only opened a couple of years ago. It is supposed to be offering the best in Armenian architecture.  So, while watering the green areas and trees in Yerevan is generally a problematic issue, at least here, in this most modern and newly built street, it should have some sort of a proper solution.
Here’s something for the ‘To Do” list of Yerevan’s  ‘democratically’ elected mayor – Gagik Beglarian.

Podcast: Post-Election comments from bloggers

Podcast Yerevan municipal elections took place on May 31st. The preliminary results were published next morning. President Serzh Sargsian’s ruling Republican party received 47.37 percent of the vote. “Bargavach Armenia” (Prosperous Armenia) party and Armenian National Congress received enough votes to secure their place in city’s elderly council, but Armenian National Congress said they’ll boycott the Elderly council in sign of protest against vote irragularities.
You can download the short, 5 minute mp3 version of the radio program/podcast from here or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below. A full Armenian language text-version of the podcast is available at E-channel.


Republicans score a landslide win, Beglaryan "elected" mayor of Yerevan

Gagik Beglaryan answers journalist's questions after casting his ballot. Photolur Photo
Gagik Beglaryan answers journalists' questions after casting his ballot. Photolur Photo

Central Electoral Commission publicised the preliminary results of Yerevan’s municipal elections. Accordingly, the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has received 47,39 percent of the vote, which gives the party more than 50 percent of the sits in the elderly council, which, according to the law, automatically makes the acting mayor of Yerevan Gagik Beglaryan, the candidate occupying the 1st slot on Party’s proportional list,  an elected mayor of Yerevan.
“Prosperous Armenia” party comes a distant second with 22,71% of the vote, while the main opposition – Armenian National Congress pre-election block finishes third with 17,41%.  Republican party, “Prosperous Armenia” party and Armenian National Congress are the only three political forces able to pass the minimum threshhold defined for entry into the elderly council, which is 7% for political forces and 9% for pre-election blocks.
The opposition claimed widespread violations of law and electoral process, while the police and General Prosecutor issued multiple statements refuting most of those claims.
Spokesperson for Armenian National Congress Levon Zurabian invited a press conference on Sunday, 1 hour after the polling stations closed, in which he described the elections as “criminal”.
It seems, that we’re in for a rough ride for the next couple of days, if not for weeks or months, with opposition protesting the election results and the authorities rigorously rejecting cases of fraud, even as a wealth of photo and video evidence emerges.

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