Деспина Касапиди: Елбасы – основатель и вдохновитель АНК

23 Апреля 2019 20:47 50

КАРАГАНДА. КАЗИНФОРМ – Председатель ОО «Греческое этно-культурное объединение Понтос» города Темиртау Деспина Касапиди выразила уверенность в том, что на предстоящей сессии АНК Первый Президент выступит с новыми идеями, основанными на глубоком анализе общественно-политической обстановки в стране, передает корреспондент МИА «Казинформ».

По словам Деспины Касапиди, Елбасы является основателем и вдохновителем Ассамблеи народа Казахстана.

«Его главная мысль: голос каждого этноса должен быть слышен. Роль Первого Президента страны остаётся определяющей. Именно с его именем связан высокий авторитет Ассамблеи не только в Казахстане, но и в мире. Благодаря Н.А. Назарбаеву АНК приобрела конституционный статус и сейчас развивается как главный инструмент гражданского общества», – говорит председатель ОО «Греческое ЭКО Понтос».

Также она рассказала о том, чего ожидают представители этно-культурных объединений от предстоящей очередной XXVII сессии Ассамблеи народа Казахстана. Прежде всего, они ждут ясного заявления сессии о сохранении курса на единство всех этносов, о приоритете целей прогресса и всемерного укрепления социально-экономического положения страны, о твёрдом курсе на консолидацию общества вокруг задачи вхождения в сообщество наиболее развитых государств мира, о наращивании темпов социальных преобразований в соответствии с 5 инициативами Елбасы.

«Думаю, председатель АНК Первый Президент выступит, как это не раз бывало, с новыми идеями, которые всегда основаны на глубоком анализе общественно-политической обстановки. Жду постановки задач перед Ассамблеей по интенсификации адресной работы с различными группами населения, прежде всего, социально уязвимыми, акцентирования внимания на подготовке молодежи к новым вызовам и укреплении преемственности поколений на основе положений, высказанных в статье Елбасы «Семь граней великой Степи», – сказала Деспина Касапиди.





Revolution of Choice – The Astana Times

Three decades, roughly a generation, after the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia emerged from the collapse of Communism and embarked on the path to market economy and democracy, the region is now in the middle of a new and different kind of revolution. It is what I would call a revolution of choice.

Photo credit: kazakhstan.unfpa.org.

Choice happens when people can make decisions about their lives. It begins with the most fundamental questions: Who do I want to be with? Do I want children? How many? What work do I want to do? What education do I need? What balance do I want between family and private life, and work or other aspirations?

Where people can make these decisions freely, they thrive. Choice is empowering. And we see choice blossoming everywhere in the region, as women and men, boys and girls, use the opportunities our changing world provides to shape their lives and pursue their futures.

But not everyone benefits equally. In fact, large parts of society are still excluded from the revolution of choice.

Take Maria, from Moldova. Maria was 16 when she became pregnant for the first time. She didn’t know anything about contraception or the risks of an early pregnancy.

“I had never discussed such things with my mother. I was ashamed,” Maria told us. “Our biology teacher was ashamed, too, I think, so she skipped these topics.”

Maria dropped out of school, even though she had been among the best pupils in her class. Today, at age 22, she has three daughters. The family is barely making ends meet.

Maria’s story is far from unique. Like Maria, millions of boys and girls never learn at school or within their families how to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and how to have respectful, equal relationships. They are left alone with the potentially life-shattering consequences: early child-bearing, often putting an end to their education and leading to a life in poverty and violence.

Millions of women are trapped in unequal or abusive relationships. They are not allowed to make decisions about their bodies, health or fertility, and live in constant fear of violence. Disturbingly, one in three women in our region has experienced some form of physical or sexual violence, often from a partner, a new UNFPA-supported survey found.

These are not just statistics. Every girl dropping out of school, every woman being beaten and confined to the house means another life at serious risk of not reaching its potential.

As modern societies, we cannot afford to waste the potential and talents of millions of people facing exclusion and discrimination: women and young people, people with disabilities, migrants, minorities, older persons and other groups pushed to the margins. This is not just a moral imperative. It goes to the heart of a country’s ability to steer towards long-term stability and prosperity.

The good news is there are signs of change everywhere. Parents are beginning to see the value of giving their children what they need to make healthy and safe choices, even if this involves uncomfortable subjects like sexuality. Many young people are coming forward and actively engage in shaping their future and that of their countries. More and more men understand that traditional gender roles not only harm women, but also diminish their own experiences as partners and fathers. People recognize that differences – be it in gender, age or physical ability – do not affect the value and dignity inherent in all human life.

These transformations add up to a powerful groundswell of change. They bring us closer to realizing the vision formulated 25 years ago, at the ground-breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which firmly placed the rights and choices of the individual at the heart of the international development agenda and stressed that empowering women and girls is key for the well-being of individuals, families, nations and our world.

Today, as we mark the ICPD’s 25th anniversary and launch this year’s State of World Population report, “Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All,” we call on governments, civil society, the private sector and individuals to join the revolution of choice. We must all do our part to make choice a reality for everyone – through laws and policies, and through our own behaviours and attitudes.

A few steps can go a long way. Offering healthy lifestyle education in all schools, for example. Enacting zero-tolerance policies towards violence against women and having a system in place to support survivors. Ensuring better childcare, parental leave and flexible work arrangements so that no parent has to choose between children and career.

Investing in policies that expand people’s choices and leave no one behind strengthens what scientists call “human capital”, the combined skills, knowledge and experiences of a country’s population. This is essential for economic performance. And it puts countries in a strong position to deal with the consequences of demographic change such as low birth rates and ageing populations.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has 50 years of experience in helping countries introduce such policies and advising on what has worked elsewhere. We stand ready to assist the countries in the region to unleash the full power of choice.

Because choice is not only a right every person is entitled to. It is an essential ingredient for shaping our common future.

The author is the Director of UNFPA’s Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.



Almaty’s Esentai Mall seeks to go tax-free for tourists

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty’s Esentai Mall will be offering a system for value-added tax (VAT) refunds on purchases made by foreign citizens, said marketing director Olga Komissar at an April 15 meeting with journalists, reported Forbes.kz.

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Kazakhstan’s VAT rate is 12 percent and applies to revenues derived from the sale of goods and services within the country and the import of goods.

“Esentai Mall is in negotiations with the government to launch the pilot project this year,” she said. “By the end of the year, we hope to attract additional tourist traffic.”

Komissar previously introduced tax-free shopping at Moscow’s Tsum shopping centre, increasing the percentage of foreign shoppers at the mall to 20 percent. She intends to attract visitors to Kazakhstan from three priority areas.

“Tourists from China often seek out major fashion brands, lower prices and better deals on luxury goods. Secondly, we chose Arab states and, specifically, cities from which tourists fly directly to Kazakhstan, such as Dubai, which is close to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Some may say that Kazakh tourists fly to Dubai for their shopping, but, upon price comparison, it turned out that Dubai is more expensive. Our third market is the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Russia and Uzbekistan,” she added.

Kazakhstan’s tax rebate programme will launch on a broader scale in 2022 at airports in the capital, Almaty and Shymkent. Refunds will range from 7-22 percent of the purchase price and depend on the size of the VAT and tax-free operator fee.

Komissar also presented Esentai Mall’s new marketing strategy, in which the shopping centre, marking its seventh year, will position itself as a tourist attraction.

“What we are saying is that, upon arriving at Almaty, you can relax at Shymbulak [ski resort], reside at the Ritz-Carlton [hotel] and go shopping at Esentai Mall,” said Komissar.

A loyalty programme for clients of Esentai Mall, the Ritz-Carlton hotel and Shymbulak ski resort will start in May. The shopping centre is also testing its Personal Shopping Service programme, in which personal stylists select clothes for shoppers.

“The service will allow shoppers to not waste time on walking through all of the mall’s floors,” said Komissar. “Now, the programme is running in test mode with 10 stylists.”

The shopping centre will also be opening a concept store, added Deputy General Director for Retail Development Madina Abilpanova.

“This will be a store where trends will be displayed before they reach the masses. In this way, we will cultivate a culture of fashion in our community,” she said.



Hometown love can win Kazakh schoolchildren 10-day trip across the country

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh school children aged 11 to 15 now have the opportunity to win a 10-day trip across Kazakhstan by expressing what they love about their home region.

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The Samruk Kazyna Social Development Trust recently launched a national competition asking participants to write an essay or poem or produce a film describing what they love about their home town and what they would like to change about their home region.

The contest will choose 600 winners who will be divided among three trips. The contest is open to all children, but a percentage of winners will be chosen from remote regions and socially vulnerable groups.

Among the winners will be 500 children of employees of Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund industrial enterprises and plants from remote settlements, children brought up in large, low-income or single parent families and children with good academic performance. Fifty children from across Kazakhstan will be chosen on a competitive basis as well as 50 children from among the representatives of the Kazakh diaspora from other countries, whom the fund will choose in cooperation with the Otandastar Fund.

The winners will travel by train for 10 days across Kazakhstan to visit five cities. The contest is part of the Tugan Elge Sayahat children’s excursion train project and will include three trips.

Photo credit: sk-trust.kz.

The winners will visit destinations on the Nur-Sultan – Baikonur – Taraz – Almaty – Balkhash – Nur-Sultan route.

The trips will also include visits with hobby groups and intellectual clubs, English language courses and sports games.

“The project is aimed at the comprehensive development of children, increasing interest in the outside world, studying historical and architectural monuments of the country and strengthening patriotism,” reported the fund’s website.

“Participants whose work is different in content, unique and has artistic taste and originality of presentation will have the opportunity to go on the excursion tour across Kazakhstan,” reported the website.

Entrants may submit one essay, film or poem by May 17 via e-mail to poezd2019@list.ru. Winners will be announced by May 25 while the first trip begins June 1, according to Samruk Kazyna Trust’s Corporate Communications Department Director Miras Irgebayev.

“The number of children participating in the excursion tour is growing every year. In 2016, 120 children went on a tour across Kazakhstan; in 2017, 400 and in 2017, 600 children,” said Irgebayev.




Военнослужащий РгК «Запад» стал победителем Atyrau Marathon 2019

19 Апреля 2019 21:00 15

АТЫРАУ. КАЗИНФОРМ – В Атырау завершился ежегодный благотворительный забег «Atyrau Marathon 2019», в котором приняли участие более 50 военнослужащих регионального командования «Запад». Об этом передает МИА «Казинформ» со ссылкой на пресс-службу Минобороны РК.

В этом году забег стал самым массовым и собрал почти три тысячи участников со всех регионов Казахстана и зарубежья. Участникам предстояло пробежать дистанцию в 42, 21, 10, 3 и 1,2 километра.

На дистанции в 3 км победу одержал офицер управления командующего войсками регионального командования «Запад» подполковник Т.Ахметов. В тройку призеров вошел старший сержант А.Иманов, военнослужащий отделения Военной полиции Атырауского гарнизона.

Победителям достались денежные призы и подарки. Все участники получили памятные медали.

Военнослужащий РгК «Запад» стал победителем Atyrau Marathon 2019 



Kazakh brand Shoqan produces high quality, affordable classic clothing

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty entrepreneurs Nursultan Magzumov and Ulugbek Sharipov are promoting the culture of Kazakh men wearing suits by producing a high-quality, stylish and affordable clothing line.

Nursultan Magzumov and Ulugbek Sharipov. Photo credit: Shoqan Company’s Facebook page.

The team, in conjunction with the Kazakh producer Eric Tastembekov, founded Tumar Qazaqstan in 2016. In January 2017, they registered the Tumar trademark of men’s watches and launched sales. As the product met market demands, the entrepreneurs decided to create a clothing line under the Shoqan by Shoqan Ualikhanov brand, reported forbes.kz.

“An additional proposal, which was incorporated in the price of the product, played its role. For 15,000 tenge (US$39.50), the buyer received a set of watches, a brand pen and a leather purse in a gift box. We successfully chose the moment to start sales, which was on the eve of Feb. 23 (Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia, and still traditionally celebrated in Kazakhstan as an informal Men’s Day), and the first set of 1,000 quickly sold out in six weeks,” said Magzumov.

The entrepreneurs chose to produce men’s suits due to their interest and love of fashionable classic clothing and desire to prove that high quality, stylish items can be produced in Kazakhstan.

“Talking about the Shoqan brand, the main idea is to instil the culture of wearing a suit as casual wear in Kazakhstan. We want to prove that it is fashionable, beautiful and comfortable. In the wardrobe of a modern man, there is a place for several suits. In this case, a high quality product does not necessarily have to cost unthinkable money. At the same time, it is not quite true to say that we want to conquer the mass market. The target audience of Shoqan is ambitious people who know their value and want to look stylish,” said the entrepreneurs.

The company’s name was not chosen accidentally. Shoqan Ualikhanov was a prominent 19th-century intellectual and they wanted to pay a tribute to the Kazakh scholar.

The company subsequently decided to expand production with leather shoes, shirts and other accessories creating a unique place for costumers, where they can fully create their look with professional help.

The company has 11 boutique studios, two sewing production facilities in Kazakhstan and China and 30 employees. It works in ten Kazakh cities – Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Karaganda, Oskemen, Oral, Petropavlovsk, Shymkent, Taraz and the capital – and recently opened a branch in Moscow.

Nearly 70 percent of its products, including shoes, are currently manufactured in modern factories in China, while individual tailoring and corporate orders are completed in Kazakhstan.

Shoqan has a famous clientele, including young Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen and actor Sanzhar Madi.

“Thanks to Nursultan and Ulugbek, who always supported me, Shoqan is a brand of a new generation of man’s style – elegant, self-confident, capable and stimulating,” noted Kudaibergen on the company website.

“I liked the boutique [of Shoqan]. They help you to choose a suit according to your body type, eye colour and hair. I really liked the costume that they picked for me. It is of a good quality and fits perfectly. Thanks to my friends from Shoqan suits!” added Madi.

Currently, the clothing line includes 35 suits, 11 shirts, 18 shoe styles and various accessories. One set, which includes a suit, shirt and shoes, retails for 110,000 tenge (US$290). The suit can be purchased separately for 55,000 tenge (US$145), while the most expensive, a tuxedo, is approximately 115,000 tenge (US$303). The shirt costs 12,000 tenge (US$31.60) and the leather shoes sell for approximately 40,000 tenge (US$105).

The company uses Australian wool and Caucasian merino wool for its suits and local tanning raw materials for shoes and bags.

“Tourists from Australia and the United Kingdom did not believe their eyes when they saw pure wool costumes for less than $300. They bought several sets at once and wondered if we were planning to open a store in their homeland. Well, having lived for six months in Moscow, we got an idea of what kind of clothes Russian customers would like to buy. We have created a trend and are working with an audience that understands us,” said Sharipov.

The founders have developed a partner package. When investing in construction of a Shoqan store, the company provides marketing and operational support. In the future, they plan to offer full-fledged franchises.



Atyrau authorities, investor to build waste processing plant

NUR-SULTAN – Atyrau authorities and a private investor will be constructing a waste sorting complex and plastic processing workshop. The high-tech installation is scheduled to launch in May.

Photo credit: kazpravda.kz.

“The complex was purchased at the expense of a private investor. The equipment will be delivered from Belarussian Sifaniya-Ekotekhnika company, which supplies waste processing equipment to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries and the European Union (EU). Such equipment is already operating in Aktau, Kostanai and Zhanaozen. The last fact played a major role in choosing the equipment. The Mangystau and Atyrau regions have similar climatic conditions and the same salty clay soil,” said plant head Almas Izteleuov.

Since Jan. 1, Kazakhstan has banned dumping plastic, glass, waste paper and cardboard into landfills. As a result, the Ministry of Energy and regional akimats (city administrations) have developed a set of measures for the timely disposal and recycling of solid household waste with wide involvement of small and medium-sized businesses.

The complex will be located on 1,000 square meters adjacent to a landfill. The equipment is being supplied on schedule based on an agreement with the manufacturer, according to authorities, which will install the apparatus and put it into operation. A trial launch is scheduled for early summer.

Some of the plastic waste recycling equipment has been received and the hangar mounted.

Approximately 250-300 tonnes of solid waste are taken each day from Atyrau to the garbage landfill. The new equipment is designed to sort up to 100,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year and the plant will create 70 new jobs.



Astana Opera presents “La Bohème,” series of chamber orchestra concerts

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Opera House will present Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” staged by Andrea Bernard April 19 and 20, reported the theatre’s press service.

Mariya Mudryak and Maira Mukhamedkyzy will perform Mimi, and Medet Chotabayev and Zhan Tapin will play Rodolfo. The orchestra will perform under the leadership of Italian music director Giuseppe Acquaviva.

“La Bohème is a lyrical opera, one of the most frequently performed in opera houses, and I put all my passion into this production. I believe that this is a successful production for our opera house,” said set designer Ezio Frigerio.

The opera is based on “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème,” the popular novel by French author Henri Murger. It was conducted by 28-year-old Arturo Toscanini in its 1896 premiere in Turin.

Andrea Bernard. Photo credit: Anna Cerrato

“This is my first time staging ‘La Bohème’ and it is also my debut with Puccini’s music. I will try to show my own vision of this wonderful opera. Ideas come to mind when I listen to the music and read the libretto. I always strive to understand the psychology of the characters in order to show them onstage in the best possible way. I am trying to create poetical images and stories that can excite the audience. For me, it is important to tell the audience something new and to give them the opportunity to leave the theatre with an experience that has enriched them,” said Bernard.

The director decided to set the story in the early 1900s, when Paris was a cultural, industrial and architectural centre of the world.

“These were the years right after the world exhibition that put Paris at the centre of international attention. At this time, cinema was born and photography and impressionist art were developed. I thought that it might be the right context to tell the story of these young people,” he said.

Astana Opera Chamber Hall will also present a diverse concert programme. Young musicians and 100 New Faces of Kazakhstan winners Batyrzhan Smakov (countertenor) and Saida Kalykova (piano) will perform Gioachino Rossini’s “La Regata Veneziana” on April 21. The programme also includes works by composers from the 16th-19th centuries including Luigi Boccherini, Christoph Gluck, George Frideric Handel, Nicola Porpora, Giuseppe Valentini, Tomaso Antonio Vitali and Antonio Vivaldi.

“Songs without Words,” a musical evening dedicated to the 210th anniversary of German romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, will be held April 25.

Opera and orchestra soloists will perform the “Spring Waltz” concert April 28. The evening will feature chamber and vocal music works by Yevgeny Brusilovsky, Shamshi Kaldayakov, Latif Khamidi, Nagim Mendygaliyev Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov, Kapan Mussin, Yerkegali Rakhmadiyev, Nurgisa Tlendiyev, Mukan Tulebayev, Gaziza Zhubanova and other Kazakh composers.

“Musical Offering to Maestro” is scheduled April 30 as part of the promotion campaign for the fifth Astana Piano Passion International Festival of Classical Music and Competition for Young Pianists. International competition laureate Daniyar Yessimkhanov will play Bach’s English Suite in A minor, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Liszt’s Ballade No. 2 in B minor and Rachmaninoff’s Five Preludes.



Kazakhstan’s presidential hospital performs robot-aided surgery

NUR-SULTAN – Surgeons at the capital’s Presidential Hospital are expanding their capabilities in robot-assisted surgery. Using equipment which reduces blood loss and operation time, they have begun doing new procedures to remove kidney tumours and uteruses. The training centre opened in November.

Photo credit: tengrinews.kz.

“The main advantage of the robot is higher accuracy and better magnification, which leads to less blood loss and faster recovery. The robot is completely under the control of the surgeon. It is an effective tool that in the hands of an experienced doctor leads to a better result and saves lives,” said David Samadhi, an American urologist who advises surgeons on robot-assisted technology.

An ultrasound device, the world’s first working with a Senhance surgical robotic system, was applied during urological surgery to remove a kidney tumour.

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“This is really a very difficult operation and it was successful. It was easier, of course, to remove the kidney, but we did an operation to preserve the organ. The so-called partial nephrectomy of the left kidney, that is, its partial removal, was carried out. The kidneys and the functions of the organs are preserved and she will continue to live as an ordinary, healthy person,” said surgeon Yerlan Yensebayev referring to a recent patient.

Hospital gynaecologists have already begun laparoscopic robot-assisted surgery by using the Senhance installation to remove an ovarian cyst and completely remove a uterus and uterine tube. Gulbaram Basharova performed a total hysterectomy using the robot.


“A total hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and adjacent organs. The patient had a pathology of the cervix and fibroids. Today, for the first time in our hospital, we used the radio tool to perform such an operation. It allows surgeons to perform internal manipulations much more accurately and efficiently,” he said.

Fifty-five complex operations have been performed at the hospital using robot-assisted technology. The robotic operating room is a modern, effective method of surgical treatment in urology, gynaecology and general surgery (when internal organs are operated through small openings on the patient’s body). Additional benefits for surgeons using robots are multiple image magnification, completely eliminating shaking hands and protecting against errors. The advantages for the patient are no large incisions, minimal blood loss and fast recovery.



Kazakhstan’s Bublik wins Monterrey Challenger, enters ATP’s top 100

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh tennis player Alexander Bublik won the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, entering ATP’s top 100 ranking.

Alexander Bublik. Photo credit: olympic.kz.

Bublik defeated Serb Pedja Krstin and American Mitchell Krueger in the second and third rounds, respectively, then beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals, 7-6 (5), 6-3. In the semi-finals, he topped American Tennys Sandgren in three sets, 2-6, 6-2 and 7-6 (5). Bublik then defeated Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez in the final match, 6-3, 6-2, to win his third tournament of the year, reported sports.kz.

Bublik (99th) advanced 21 positions to enter ATP’s recently-updated top 100. Fellow countryperson Mikhail Kukushkin stands at 44th, the highest position among Kazakh tennis players.

Serb Novak Djokovic, Spaniard Rafael Nadal and German Alexander Zverev are ranked number one, two and three, respectively.

Bublik was born June 17, 1997, in Gatchina, Saint Petersburg, according to his website. His father and coach, Stanislav Bublik, introduced him to tennis at age two.

“A former junior top 20, Alex is from the same generation of highly talented players such as Zverev, [Taylor] Fritz and his co-nationals [Karen] Khachanov, [Andrey] Rublev and [Roman] Saffiulin. A bit crazy, aggressive and highly competitive player on court, Alex is recognised by his peers to be a fun, smiling and warm character off the court,” it notes.

Bublik turned pro in 2014. Two years later, he played his first ATP tournament in Saint Petersburg, moving more than 700 positions in the ATP ranking (from 964 to 205) and drawing the attention of the sports community. In November 2016, he announced he would represent Kazakhstan.

He entered the top 100 in 2017 after winning the Cuernavaca and Aptos ATP Challengers and reaching the quarterfinals in the ATP 250 tournament in Moscow. He also reached the draws at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. A foot injury at Indian Wells, California (U.S.) in 2018 dropped him to 250th, but he managed to close the year ranked 170th.

The ATP Challenger Tour is a series of professional tennis competitions. In recent years, more than 150 competitions per year (178 in 2008) have been held in more than 40 countries, including those where tennis is a new sport. Players who succeed on the international men’s ATP Challenger Tour earn ranking points to become eligible for the main draw or qualifying draw entry at ATP World Tour tournaments.