I received a very interesting letter today. It said: “Effective May 1 2019, AWS will be required to collect Armenian VAT at a rate of 20% on charges incurred by non-business customers with a registered address in Armenia.”
In Armenia, 33% of adults in 2011 reported having home internet access, according to Gallup surveys conducted in 148 countries. This is by 1 percentage point more than the global average, which stands at 32% according to the same source.
When I first came across “Armenian Space Station’s” music video on Facebook this morning, I couldn’t have even imagined, that I would be glued to it for hours. Listening non-stop. Enjoying non-stop.
Los Angeles based musicians Greg Hosharian and Barrett Yeretsian never planned on forming a band.
“It just happened naturally,” says Hosharian on the group’s official website. “We were working on music for TV/Film and one of the instrumental pieces took on a life of its own.”
Yeretsian, a self-taught drummer, producer, songwriter and composer says, “…in any given song, we can go from a beautifully serene Armenian folk section to the heaviest, most progressive music we’ve ever written or performed. There is no hesitation to fully express ourselves.”
They officially ‘launched’ Armenian Space Station in Armenia in October, 2009 by performing in front of 1200 people in Moscow Cinema.
After their debut concert in Yerevan, Armenian Space Station added Clint Feddersen on bass and Phil Trujeque on guitar.
Since then, the group has released a 4-song E.P., played a U.S. debut show at the Roxy, shot a music video for “Escape Velocity” and has built a dedicated and rapidly growing fan base in the Los Angeles area.
PS: Here’s their musical playlist featuring 4 excellent pieces for your full enjoyment. Warning, take some bottled oxygen with you. Prolonged stay on-board of Armenian Space Station may take your breath away.
Internet speed in Armenia continues to grow at a mind-blowing pace. A direct indicator of this comes from the statistics provided by YouTube, according to which average download speed of videos from Armenia has reached about 3.2 mbps in March 2012.
Hovhannes Hakobian, a brilliant filmmaker judging from this YouTube video, is seeking funding (according to @khurshud) to make a series of documentaries on Armenia’s nature.
E-channel has a detailed update on yesterday’s opposition rally – Reporter_Arm stayed till the end of the rally to give you the objective picture. Bored with all the rallies of the year, I left at around 19:30, when it became evident, that the maximum number of supporters will peak at around 5-6,000 – which is the smallest rally with the participation of Levon Ter-Petrossian that I’ve seen this year yet. It is, however, too early…
In the evening of March 2, the Internet Society of Armenia (ISOC) has ILLEGALLY stopped the maintenance of several domains, including A1+ – www.a1plus.am, Haykakan Zhamanak – www.azatutyun.am, E-channel – www.echannel.am. In the database of ISOC- https://www.amnic.net/whois/ , they are registered as “on hold.” With that step, A1+ has been deprived not only of his site but also if its mail service. The domains have been “frozen” without the decision of the ISOC board –…