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Ways to Help Underachieving Boys Succeed in School
11.02.2013 09:04
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Re "The Boys at the Back," by Christina Hoff Sommers ("The Great Divide" series, Sunday Review, Feb. 3):

The way to deal with boys' underachievement in school is not through "boy friendly" policies like more recess, single-sex classrooms and male teachers but through strong academic climates and clear, consistent information about occupations and the educational pathways that lead to them.

After years of research for our forthcoming book, "The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools," Thomas A. DiPrete and I found that in schools where academic effort is expected and valued, boys compete for high grades and more often achieve them. Such schools reduce gender gaps and promote healthy, multifaceted gender identities for both boys and girls.

Boys also perform better when teachers and parents help them understand how their future success is linked to their efforts in middle and high school.

Rather than remaking schools in ways that reinforce gender stereotypes, we need schools that set high expectations for student achievement and treat students as individuals.

CLAUDIA BUCHMANN

Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at Ohio State University.

To the Editor:

Even in the late 1950s, educators sensed that girls had advantages over boys. They're verbal, orderly, quiet, submissive and cooperative.

Boys? Polar opposites: outgoing, active, loud and unable to sit still. More boys in detention, in special education and suspended. And of course, all the teachers were women!

As a fifth-grade teacher, I found that one solution was a brisk, vigorous outdoor activity session right before lunch. If someone got restless or acted out, all I said was "save that for outside."

The results were amazing. Three boys who had suffered stomach cramps and needed medical attention refused to go to school. Their mothers fought with them every day. But in my class they raced to school. Couldn't wait to get there.

Girls benefited, too. Two who had no friends suddenly bonded with each other, then with classmates. For the first time, girls invited them to birthdays and sleepovers. One had been receiving psychiatric help and medication. Her mother later told me that she no longer needed either.

There are certainly solutions to "boys at the back." Letting boys be boys is one of them.

WALT LIDMAN

Hazlet, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a retired public-school teacher.
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    20.10.2014 18:34
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Weather forecasts have good news for guests and residents of Azerbaijan. The unexpected weather is now supposed to give its place to a normal weather soon.

    The weather will stabilize on October 22-23, the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources said.

    The sky over Baku and Absheron Peninsula will be filled with rainy clouds and the southwest wind will blow on October 21. The temperature is expected to be 7-10 degrees C at night and 15-19 degrees C during the day.

    In Azerbaijani regions, the weather will be rainy and the west wind will to blow. In low-lying areas, the temperature will be from three degrees C below zero to two degrees C above zero at night and 5-10 degrees C during the day.

    Recently, the weather in the territory of Azerbaijan has sharply deteriorated with gusty southwest wind blowing all time. As a result of rainfalls, the water level in the rivers has risen.

    In the morning, the temperature in Baku was above the normal level by two degrees, but in the evening it sharply fell.

    The bad weather brought adversities to Baku residents. As a result of strong wind the roof of a residential building was demolished. The roof of school ?225 was also damage during the terrible weather.

    Heavy rains were observed in Lankaran-Astara regions. Most precipitations (70 mm, 26 per cent of the monthly norm) fell in Astara, while less precipitations - in low-lying areas (1-5 mm).

    The sleet was seen in some regions. So, Guba and Gusar regions were hit by sleet, the thickness of which was 16cm.
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  • James Warlick explains reason of not coming to Baku
    20.10.2014 18:33
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    The family of an American diplomat suffered a heavy loss.

    The meeting of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov (Russia), Pierre Andreacute; (France), the personal representative of the OSCE chairman Andrzej Kasprzyk and American co-assistant, David Salvo was held on october 15.

    The American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick, could not attend the meeting for personal reasons, as reported by the American Embassy in our country.

    The reason for the absence of James Warlick at this meeting has just become known, the mother of an American diplomat died.

    Oxu.Az reports that James Warlick wrote in his Twitter account:

    "I appreciate the condolences and sympathy from so many on the death of my mother. Thank you from my heart."
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  • Caspian countries to define all regional cooperation areas
    20.10.2014 18:19
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    By Nigar Orujova

    The fundamental principles of defining the Caspian Sea's legal status, developed at the Caspian summit in Astrakhan, will be a basis for a convention to be signed at the next summit of Caspian states.

    The statement came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia24 TV channel reported.

    "The declaration will now be used to saturate the convention with specific agreements, and articles. And the main approved principle is that the Caspian countries will themselves define all cooperation areas in the region," he stressed.

    Lavrov said this primarily applies to security, as there will be no armed forces of other countries in the Caspian Sea.

    He noted that the Caspian countries agreed upon a very important issue on the width of state zones, including the zone the sovereignty and fishing zones.

    "This is one of the key issues that must be reflected in the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea," the minister added.

    Lavrov admitted that there are still several unresolved issues, citing the thorny issue of construction of trans-Caspian pipelines as an example.

    "We believe that the Caspian states should take decision on this issue together," he said, emphasizing the need to ensure the environmental safety of the sea.

    Russian city of Astrakhan hosted the fourth Caspian Summit in late September, attended by the heads of all the Caspian littoral states - Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    The summit participants inked several important agreements on the joint use of the Caspian Sea.

    The list of agreements included an agreement on cooperation in hydrometeorology of the Caspian Sea, an agreement on cooperation in warning and liquidating emergencies in the Caspian Sea and an agreement on the preservation and rational use of water biological resources in the Caspian Sea.

    Leaders of the Caspian states also agreed on the principles of national sovereignty of each country over the coastal maritime space in the range of 15 miles and 10 "fishing" miles.

    The participants also agreed on the principles of the right for free access from the Caspian Sea to other seas and back on the basis of international law, taking into account the interests of the transit parties.

    Caspian Sea is one of the world's largest oil and gas-bearing regions in the world after the Persian Gulf. The issue of the shelf's division will eventually determine the share of hydrocarbon reserves.

    The legal status of the Caspian Sea has been a subject of discussion among the littoral states for over 12 years. The uncertain position of the sea hinders the implementation of oil and gas projects of billions dollars.

    The positions of Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan coincide on this issue as each country can receive over 20 percent on the Caspian seabed. However, the other littoral states -Turkmenistan and Iran- have not reached a consensus yet.
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  • Iran ready to coop. with UN in fighting terrorism: Official
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    A high-ranking Iranian official has voiced the Islamic Republicв's readiness to cooperate with the United Nations in the fight against terrorist groups operating in the region, including Syria.

    "The Islamic Republic of Iran, under its humanitarian and principled policies for the provision of security in the region, will continue confrontation with the terrorist groups and is ready to cooperate with the United Nations as the only legitimate source in this regard," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Monday, Press TV reports.

    Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura in Tehran, where both officials discussed the latest political and security developments in Syria.

    Pointing to the failed international conferences aimed at ending the Syrian crisis and the boomerang effect of the creation of terrorist groups to fight the elected Syrian government, Shamkhani underlined the necessity to reconsider wrong policies adopted by certain states, support the real demand of the Syrian people and help the establishment of security and stability in the country.

    "In spite of the Syrian government's readiness to hold political dialogue with different Syrian groups, irresponsible behavior of certain Western and regional countries as well as arming the opponents and provoking them to kill the people has been the main obstacle to the establishment of calm in Syria," said the Iranian official.

    De Mistura, for his part, underscored the need for Iran's participation in any effort aimed at settling the ongoing crisis in Syria.

    He described a political solution to the Syrian crisis as the best means to confront the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, who are currently wreaking havoc on Iraq and Syria.

    Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are reportedly supporting the militants operating in Syria. More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country.
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  • Baku to live in rhythm of jazz
    20.10.2014 17:59
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Traditional International Jazz Festival kicked off at the Mugham Center in Baku on October 19.

    The festival organized by the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Azerbaijani Culture Foundation has brought together acclaimed jazz musicians from all over the world. The music holiday will last till October 30.

    American pianist Craig Taborn together with Thomas Morgan on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums performed on the first day of the festival.Taborn is an American pianist, keyboardist and composer, who also plays organ and Moog synthesizer. He has worked mostly in jazz, although he also does dark ambient and techno music.

    Several concerts will be held during the festival at the most prominent halls of the city, including Heydar Aliyev Palace, Magomayev Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, International Mugham Center, Baku Jazz Center and Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre.

    Craig Taborn Trio, Terri Lyne Carrington quartet, Terence Blanchard quintet, Stanley Clarke from the US, Anat Cohen quartet from Israel, Michel Camilo from Dominican Republic, Trilok Gurtu from India, and Bebel Gilberto from Brazil will also thrill up Baku music fans during the festival.

    Azerbaijani musicians Salman Gambarov, Jamil Amirov, Mirjavad Jafarov, Elchin Shirinov, Zaur Mirzayev will also hold solo concerts.

    The Baku International Jazz Festival is an annual jazz event aimed at showcasing Azerbaijan's long-running attachment to the American-born art form, a connection first established in the country during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when jazz was outlawed by Soviet authorities.

    Many famous musicians from a dozen countries, including Georgia, Portugal, Italy, Israel, USA, Germany, Canada, and Russia, are participating in the festival.

    Jazz music is one of the main favorite music in Baku. Founder of Azerbaijani jazz, Vagif Mustafazadeh managed to establish Azerbaijani jazz. He created in Jazz something native and something close to Azerbaijani soul. He established a new sound - his own kind of jazz, a fusion of jazz with a form of indigenous Azerbaijani music, Mugham.
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  • Social stratification deepening in Armenia
    20.10.2014 17:49
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The deepening social stratification in Armenia has left 42 percent of the population unable to meet their basic needs. Current economic crisis in the country has a double effect on the population by simultaneously making the rich one richer and the poor one poorer.

    "About 10.2 percent of the people in Armenia are extremely poor, while roughly 32 percent are just poor. Almost 13 percent of the country's population is well off," Head of Sociometer Sociological Center, Ahraon Adibekyan, said.

    The UN criteria define poor those who live on less than two dollars a day. The people who survive on a dollar a day are the poorest or extremely poor. It reveals that almost one fifth of Armenians live an extremely poor life. Meanwhile, one third of the population lives under poverty line.

    Adibekyan added that most of the rich residents keep their wealth private so as not be bothered by needy relatives. "Only 2.2 percent of them say they are rich," he noted.

    Armenia is facing its second hardest economic trouble in recent memory after the tough economic crisis hit the ex-Soviet country in 2009. Many analysts and experts claim that the country is bearing the brunt of the present-day slump. Economic growth in Armenia is expected to be only 3.3 percent this year.

    Adibekyan said the social stratification in Armenia has been overwhelmingly deepening. "Almost 42 percent of the residents in Armenia fail to meet their food and clothing needs. It means that the social stratification in Armenia is expanding and our republic is closing to the Asian type population with a small number of extremely rich and an army of extremely poor," he noted.

    He further added that the bank deposits since early 2014 was slightly over $2 billion. That reflects the mistrust between the people and banks. Bank deposits of the Armenian population were around $2.8 billion in 2013.

    Poverty is among the key problems which the Armenian government has failed to cope with. A large number of poor people live in most of the cities and regions of the country, including the capital city Yerevan. About 7 percent of the population is beggars who have pinned their hope on the money thrown to their cans. Poverty is far more threatening in Armenia's rural regions. Gyumri is reportedly the poorest region with its large number of homeless and jobless residents. About 1,200 residents in the region don't have houses to live in.

    Skyrocketing emigration from Armenia is reportedly linked to the widespread poverty. Analysts say the absence of workplaces and permanent income sources trigger the people to earn their life abroad. For instance, nearly 49,000 residents, who left Armenia this year, refused to come back to the country as they found it easier to live beyond the borders.Adibekyan said the poverty is an evil. "We need $150 billion to get out of the poverty hole. But we managed to gain only $16 billion during the two decades of independence," he noted.

    Armenian authorities need an iron shield to protect the country from the economic crisis's continuous blows. It will otherwise destroy the country to erase it from the world's economic map. The current trend says black days are waiting for Armenia under the dead Sun to push it into the worst days in its history.
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  • Azerbaijan's Music Day held in Kyrgyzstan
    20.10.2014 17:33
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan's Music Day, organized by Azerbaijani Embassy, was held in Kyrgyzstan on October 15.

    Held in the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Abdilas Maldibayev the event was attended by state representatives, officials, foreign ambassadors, heads of international organizations and cultural figures.

    One of the pearls of Azerbaijani culture, "Arshin mal alan" operetta by great Uzeir Hajibeyli was performed during the event.

    Some 101 years ago in 1903 Azerbaijan's great composer Uzeir Hajibeyli composed "Arshin mal alan operetta. At the same year, the operetta was staged in the Theatre named after Zeynalabdin Tagiyev.Traveling around 76 countries, the composition has been staged in 187 theaters. And the film devoted to the composition, shot in 1945 has been screened in 136 countries. The operetta is very popular among young and old generations, as it was created for both of them.

    The operetta accompanied by the theatre's choir and symphony orchestra was welcomed by great applause.

    Addressing the event, Director of the theatre Timur Salamatov thanked Azerbaijani Embassy for the efforts shown in development of relations between two countries.

    Then, Kyrgyz Deputy minister for Culture, Information and Tourism Akimbek Tekeshov thanked Azerbaijani Ambassador Hidayat Orujov for development of cultural relations between two sides and presented him a honored medal.

    Hidayat Orujov, in turn, said this award was much unexpected for him and thanked for this gift.

    Noting that bilateral relations between the two countries are developed not only in political and economic fields, but also in humanitarian, the ambassador stressed that this success is one of the priorities of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev.

    "Many humanitarian events have been held both in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. Holding of these events brings closer the two countries," the ambassador said.
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  • Iranian president to visit Azerbaijan
    20.10.2014 17:33
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    The Vice-President of this country is in Baku.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will make a working visit to Azerbaijan by 2015.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Interfax-Azerbaijan that the statement came from the Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Shahindoht Movlaverdi.

    "We are currently working on a document on cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran on women's issues. We will try to make sure that this document is signed during the visit of President Rouhani in Azerbaijan," "Interfax-Azerbaijan"quoted Movlaverdi as saying

    The document will discuss, in particular, the scientific exchange program, which would involve the women of the two countries, and the interaction of non-governmental organizations in Iran and Azerbaijan.

    "We are going to develop issues on women affairs to the level of today's widening of economic relations between our countries," the Vice-president stated.
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  • Albanian Parliament Speaker pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    An Albanian delegation led by Chairman of the Parliament Ilir Meta has today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of Azerbaijan's national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    They also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The delegation then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity.

    Ilir Meta laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Azerbaijanв's gymnasts gain successes in Aeon Cup
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Aeon Cup, one of the most important gymnastics events of the year, was held in Japan on October 17-19.

    The best 18 clubs of the world competed in Tokyo. Each team consisted of 3 gymnasts, including two senior gymnasts and a junior gymnast.

    Azerbaijan's Ocaq Sport Club composed of Marina Durunda, Gulsum Sharifzada and Jale Piriyeva took the fifth place in the competition.

    Junior gymnast Jale Piriyeva made a good performance and took the honored third place, gaining a high mark for her bright and catchy performances with ball, ribbon, clubs and hoop in individual competition.

    Russian Veronika Polakova took the first place, followed by a gymnast from Belarus Maria Trubach.

    In parallel, the 14th tournament Berlin Masters 2014 Rhythmic Gymnastics was held in Max-Schmeling-Hull in Germany.

    As many as 13 countries attended the competition, where Azerbaijani gymnast Ayshan Bayramova took the 10th place, gaining 60.400 points for her performances.

    Meanwhile, the third International tournament "Juldiz Cup 2014" wrapped up in Astana, Kazakhstan on October 17.

    Sportsmen from nine countries born in 1998 and under participated at the tournament.

    Eight Azerbaijani junior gymnasts under the direction of coach Sevil Mammadova took part in the competition. Fatima Shafizade and Kamilla Mammadov represented the country in the judiciary.

    The big surprise was the gold medal, won by one of the youngest national gymnasts of 2007 birth Fatima Mammadzada.

    Moreover, in the competition of athletes born in 2004, Azerbaijani Narmina Samadova took the silver medal with ball and rope, and another team member Alina Gozalova (2006) became the winner of the bronze medal.
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  • Leyla Aliyeva: Happy Jubilee, Mom!
    20.10.2014 17:04
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    "I've always been proud of being your doughter!"

    The current issue of the "Baku" magazine is special.

    According to Oxu.Az, this was posted on the social network page by magazine's editor, the eldest daughter of the President of Azerbaijan Leyla Aliyeva:

    "For me, this issue is the most important, enjoyable and responsible. It is dedicated to the First Lady of Azerbaijan, the most beautiful woman in the world, my mom and my friend. It's hard to express in words my very sincere feelings, my great love, respect, admiration...

    The whole world knows her as a beautiful and elegant woman. She has a unique style, created by herself, she had an enormous impact on both me and my sister, and many women who appreciate true beauty, individuality and sophistication.

    But her impeccable taste is evident not only in the ability to dress. It feels in all that she does, as well as an excellent education and true wisdom. Wisdom is impossible without sincerity and empathy. With great energy she is realizing her large-scale projects; she never ceases to feel the people and to respond to the pain of those who need her help. She makes the world beautiful.

    She is strong, fearless, tireless ... often this series continues with "courageous." But she is the personification of true femininity. Since I can remember, my mother always, in any, even the most critical situation by her very presence brings a sense of peace and order.

    She always understood her mission and agreed to fulfill it. And I believe that God sent her into this world to execute her mission - to save the good on the planet.

    Each of us loves his mother. This is a very special, incomparable feeling. This love is the source of infinite power for the child, no matter how old he may be. But sometimes a mother's love is able to transcend the boundaries of a family and to transform an entire country wih power of her life. In the flow of good deeds of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, one sees only some part, more or less. But together they transform our lives, turning Baku into one of the cultural capitals of the world.

    Today, just like childhood, she remains the most loved and the most beautiful person in the world for me. Happy Birthday, Mom."
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  • Azerbaijanв's national flag waved in U.S.
    20.10.2014 16:48
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijan`s national flag has been raised in several cities of the United States on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the country`s independence marked on October 18.

    Azerbaijani flag was raised outside San Jose City Hall, CA - the capital of Silicon Valley on October 17, Azerbaijan's Consulate General in Los Angeles said.

    The event took place on the initiative and efforts by Mehriban Mammadova, Founder and CEO of the Azerbaijani Community Center in San Jose, and supported by Azerbaijan's Consulate General in Los Angeles.

    San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen sponsored the event.

    It is the first time that the Azerbaijani flag was raised at the City Hall of California city.

    Speaking to the historic event, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev highlighted the history of Azerbaijan`s independence. He also spoke of Azerbaijan`s achievements after the country restored its independence.

    Chuck Reed described the raising of the Azerbaijani flag outside San Jose City Hall as a remarkable event. He noted the importance of developing the U.S.-Azerbaijani relations.

    Mehriban Mammadova, in turn, said the Azerbaijani flag will be raised outside San Jose City Hall every year on this day to mark Azerbaijan`s independence.

    Azerbaijan's national flag has also been raised in Bowling Green park on Wall Street in New York

    Organized by Azerbaijan New York Association, the flag raising ceremony was attended by Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the UN Yashar Aliyev, staffers of the Azerbaijani Embassy, representatives of the Azerbaijani mission to the United Nations, and members of the Azerbaijani and Turkish communities in the U.S.

    In his remarks, Ercan Yerdelenli, President of Azerbaijan New York Association, said the waving of the Azerbaijani flag in Wall Street is a great honor for as that street symbolizes the United States` economic power.

    Aliyev highlighted the history of Azerbaijan`s independence and the country`s achievements.

    Vice President of Azerbaijan New York Association Zamina Mirhadiyeva also addressed the event.

    Azerbaijan marks the Day of Independence on October 18, which was culmination of a long struggle for restoring Azerbaijan's Republic after 70-year of Soviet domination.

    October 18 was announced a holiday and the Parliament approved in May, 1992 the national anthem of Azerbaijan. Later the national flag and national emblem depicting an eight-pointed star with flames were approved.
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  • Lavrov: Caspian countries face interventions while constructing pipelines
    20.10.2014 16:47
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    Caspian countries face interventions while constructing pipelines, said the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, APA reports quoting Interfax.

    "Main supporting forces in this issue are the European officials. Caspian countries should pass decision themselves in which conditions they construct the trans-Caspian pipelines through providing ecological security. They also should do that jointly", the minister said.
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  • Azerbaijani bank increases capital over 2X
    20.10.2014 16:42
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    The State Securities Committee has registered the issue prospectus of ordinary registered shares of Dekabank, which envisages a 2.2 times increase in the par value, the committee's report said published on its website Oct.20.

    The issue of shares will be conducted through conversion of 47,970 shares at 1,100 AZN into the same amount of shares with the nominal value of 500 AZN.

    This will result in the company's authorised capital being increased from 23.985 million AZN to 52.767 million AZN.

    As of September 1 2014, total capital of the bank amounted to 17.377 million AZN, and assets '" 53.493 million AZN.

    According to the decision of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, the minimum requirement for the total capital of banks is 50 million AZN as of January 1, 2014.

    DekaBank was established in 1989. Its branch network includes six branches in Baku and districts.

    The official exchange rate on October 20 is 0.7843 AZN / USD.

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  • France does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh
    20.10.2014 16:03
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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country has made a statement.

    The initiatives taken by some public authorities do not change the position of France.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the European Office of APA that the statement came from the spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry in the electronic

    press -conference commenting on the visit of mayors of some cities of France to Nagorno-Karabakh.

    He said that France does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state and as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group is fully committed to the search for a political and diplomatic solution to the conflict:

    "Within the framework of the Minsk Group and in order to give new impetus to the talks, French President during his visit to Baku and Yerevan in May this year suggested the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to meet in Paris this fall to discuss ways to resolve the conflict."
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  • Flag Square to be built in Kurdamir
    20.10.2014 15:53
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    The area of the sqaure is 5 ha.

    A large Flaq Square wull be built in Kurdamir.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to APA that the square will be built in the eastern part of the district center, on the Baku-Alat-Georgian border.

    On the territory of the flag, which will cover 5 hectares, a modern fountain, summer stage for the organization of concerts outdoors, recreation areas will be created. On the Square will be a modern lighting system, flower beds with different compositions.

    Three hectares are designed for green space, and other areas - for a variety of buildings. Currently project works are under way on the site.

    The location of the Flaq Square, which also will be a park on the main road, is important in terms of recreation for people who have left for a long trip.
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  • Lavrov expects cold period in Russian-US relations to be long
    20.10.2014 15:53
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    The period of cold relations between Russia and the United States will be long, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

    "It will be long, and not just because [solving] the Ukrainian crisis will take some time and everyone will have to think about joining efforts in a constructive manner and not about unilateral sanctions," he said, according to RIA Novosti.

    The Russian top diplomat added that it will take time for the US government "to review their place in the world, to gain an insight into the events of the recent decades, to understand that there is no alternative to a polycentric world and to new centers of economic, financial and political clout."

    "But this process is already under way," he said.

    US-Russian relations have deteriorated significantly since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, as Washington repeatedly accused Moscow of meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs and aiding the independence supporters of the country's southeast. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied these claims.

    Since Crimea's reunification with Russia in March, the United States and its allies have introduced several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia.

    Moscow responded to the restrictive measures by implementing a one-year ban on certain food imports from the United States and other countries that imposed anti-Russian sanctions.
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  • Turkish citizen with suspected Ebola infection
    20.10.2014 15:28
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    A Turkish citizen, who has returned from the Hajj pilgrimage, was hospitalized in a special clinic chosen for those infected with Ebola virus, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on Oct.20.

    After returning from Saudi Arabia, the health condition of a 66-year-old Turkish citizen suddenly deteriorated. She had symptoms similar to the symptoms of the Ebola virus.

    The Ebola virus is rapidly spreading in West Africa: namely in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Congo and Senegal. The cases of Ebola infection have been registered in the U.S., Spain, Norway, Australia and other countries as well. The latest reports say that 4,447 people have died so far, with 8,914 probable or suspected cases.

    It was earlier reported that around 45 special hospitals were chosen in 36 Turkish provinces in cases revealing those infected with the Ebola virus in the country.

    The special purpose hospitals were mainly chosen in the provinces having international airports. In particular, three hospitals were chosen in Ankara, and two more in Istanbul.

    The citizens of those countries where Ebola virus was revealed will be examined at the airports.

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  • Azerbaijani flag raised in New York
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    Washington, October 20, AzerTAc

    The national flag of Azerbaijan has been raised in Bowling Green park on Wall Street in New York to mark the 23rd anniversary of Azerbaijan`s independence.

    Organized by Azerbaijan New York Association, the flag raising ceremony was attended by permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the UN Yashar Aliyev, staffers of the Azerbaijani Embassy, representatives of the Azerbaijani mission to the United Nations, and members of the Azerbaijani and Turkish communities in the U.S.

    In his remarks, Ercan Yerdelenli, President of Azerbaijan New York Association, said the waving of the Azerbaijani flag in Wall Street is "a great honor for us as this street symbolizes the United States` economic power".

    Yashar Aliyev highlighted the history of Azerbaijan`s independence and the country`s achievements.

    Vice President of Azerbaijan New York Association Zamina Mirhadiyeva also addressed the event.

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent
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  • Azerbaijan, strategic partner of Albania
    20.10.2014 15:19
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    ]By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan is the strategic partner of Albania in terms of future development of this country.

    This remark was made by Chairman of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta, who arrived in Azerbaijan with an official visit on October 19.

    Meta was welcomed by a delegation of Azerbaijani officials led by First Deputy Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ziyafet Asgarov at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

    "This is my first official visit to Azerbaijan as a parliamentary speaker. This visit illustrates the importance Albania attaches to boosting its relationship with Azerbaijan," Meta told journalists in a brief talk.

    He also stressed the significance of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), saying this is not the only project linking Albania with Azerbaijan.

    "Azerbaijani companies are investing in energy, infrastructure and tourism sectors of Albania. And this testifies the existence of big potential for expanding our economic relations," he added.

    The official further said education is also a very promising area for developing the bilateral cooperation and added that he will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Tirana Polytechnic University and Baku State University.

    It is expected that in Baku, Meta will visit the Alley of Honors and the Alley of Martyrs, and hold several meetings.

    Albania recognized Azerbaijan's independence in January 1992, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in September 1992.

    The energy dimension of bilateral economic cooperation is considered as one of the most important ones. Selection of TAP as a route to deliver Azerbaijani gas to the European countries also creates enormous opportunities for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the economic field.

    Albania looks forward to active involvement of Azerbaijan's state energy company SOCAR into the process of gas supply and development of gas infrastructure and gas markets in this country.

    Albania also attaches great importance to attraction of direct investment from Azerbaijan to energy, infrastructure, food production, tourism and other sectors of economy.
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  • Azerbaijani servicemen to attend several int'l events
    20.10.2014 15:14
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    Representatives of the Azerbaijani armed forces will participate in a number of international events, the press service of the Azerbaijani defense ministry said Oct.20.

    Azerbaijani servicemen will attend courses on shooting, which will be held October 20-21 in the Lithuanian city of Rukla.

    Also, the servicemen will participate in an event familiarize with the educational system of the Turkish navy, which will be held October 20-24 in Istanbul, as well as the courses organized in Izmir (Turkey).

    Azerbaijani servicemen will participate in the final planning conference October 21-November 13 dedicated to international exercises on fight measures against sea mines, which will be held in Manama (Bahrain)

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  • Azerbaijan, model of tolerance: HRWF
    20.10.2014 14:59
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    By Amina Nazarli

    A major new report by Human Rights Without Frontiers has hailed Azerbaijan as a "model" of tolerance and multiculturalism for neighboring countries.

    The study by HRWF, a leading Brussels-based NGO, includes interviews made with 15 ethnic minorities in the country.

    Despite the 95 percent majority of the Muslim believers in Azerbaijan, supporters of all religions enjoy the same rights and freedom in the leader country of the South Caucasus.

    Azerbaijan, notes the 80-page report, is a "mosaic" of numerous ethnic, linguistic and religious groups that could be conflicting as it is the case in the North Caucasus.

    However, it says that all ethnic groups, such as Quiz, Khanbalik and Budge, live in peace despite their different languages, traditions and cultures.

    A much larger ethnic minority, the 120,000 strong Russian community is also cited in the report as an example of a tolerant society such as in education where teaching of the Russian language is now well established.

    The NRWF analysis goes on to say the Lezgis, the largest ethnic minority in Azerbaijan, face "no discrimination at the personal level" and the estimated 9,000 Jews in the country are "fully part" of Azerbaijani society.

    "Azerbaijan has put in place some mechanisms and policies that aim at bringing closer national minorities and that multi-ethnic diversity in Azerbaijan is a proof that peaceful co-existence is possible in the Caucasus," the report reads.

    A "culture of tolerance" that prevails in the country has been the catalyst for economic development, resulting in creation of 1.1m jobs since 2004, with 30,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2014.

    In the past seven years, more than 35,000 new enterprises were launched in Azerbaijan with more than 77 percent of new jobs created in the regions.

    "Violent ethnic conflicts in other parts of the Caucasus persuaded people that inter-ethnic clashes have no military solution except the gloomy prospect of destroyed settlements and the emergence of refugees.

    "There may be lessons to learn from the country's experience of ethnic and ethno-religious diversity that could be helpful for other states that are dealing with comparable diversity within their borders," the research concludes.

    With a predominantly Muslim population, Azerbaijan is regarded as one of the most tolerant nations in the world. The country made a significant progress in religious atmosphere and fighting extremism.

    Different countries such as the U.S. and Israel have highly appreciated the efforts by the Azerbaijani government to improve religious tolerance in the country.

    Last year on November 16, on the International Day of Tolerance, Azerbaijan was listed among the world's top five tolerant countries. Model of tolerance in Azerbaijan was considered a model for the Muslim world. It was underlined that Azerbaijan has succeeded to create a peaceful and friendly atmosphere for people of all faiths and nationalities living in the country.
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  • Turkish PM says Kobane offers two paths: Peace or pain
    20.10.2014 14:59
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    There are two paths standing in front of Turkeyв's region '" the integration of people or painful clashes '" Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu said on Oct. 19 during a meeting with prominent figures, the so-called Wise Persons Group, to aid the Kurdish peace process.

    President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan hailed the meeting, telling press members that "it is beneficial that the government is continuing these processes by integrating it with the representatives of the people." The Wise Persons initiative was launched by ErdoДџan during his prime ministry, with the team visiting different regions of the country to convince the public about the merits of the resolution process, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "Recent incidents have shown that it is not possible to separate Tel Abyad from Akçakale, Suruç from Kobane, Nusaybin from Qamishli and YayladaДџ from BayД±rbucak," DavutoДџlu said during the meeting.

    Clashes claimed at least 35 lives last week across Turkey during protests for Kobane, the Syrian border town that has been under siege by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants for around one month. Suruç is the Turkish border town right across Kobane.

    "This is also the same for the Balkans and Caucasus - these border lines will become meaningless and all the societies that are kin to each other will merge the pains from the conflicts," he said.

    "There are two alternatives; we will either choose a peaceful and uniting attitude in this region that is based on mutual respect, or we will remain under the effect of terror or radical groups," he added.

    The meeting came at a time when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has expressed its confidence, heralding optimistic discussions ahead of anticipated advancements in the stalled process.

    "Our government's resolve and sincerity about the resolution process is continuing in the same way. The roadmap has been drafted to a great extent," AKP Deputy Head BeЕџir Atalay, also the spokesperson for the government, said at a press conference on Oct. 16.

    The process has three characteristics, according to Prime Minister DavutoДџlu. "The resolution process is national, local and authentic," he said while addressing the group.

    Actress Lale Mansur; unionist Erol Ekici; academics BaskД±n Oran and Murat Belge; actor YД±lmaz ErdoДџan; business representative Ећemsi Bayraktar; writer KürЕџat Bumin; singer Orhan Gencebay and lawyer Yücel Sayman were notable absentees from the meeting, which was also attended by deputy prime ministers and almost all Cabinet members.

    Meanwhile, a group of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers, who recently visited Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) leaders on the government's roadmap for the peace process, are set to visit jailed outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan on Oct. 20.
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  • Dr. Warshel from UCLA suggests expanding education links between U.S. and Azerbaijan
    20.10.2014 14:34
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    Washington, October 20, AzerTAc.

    Dr. Yael Warshel, Assistant Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) gave an interview to Washington Bureau of AzerTAc following her recent visit to Azerbaijan.

    - You recently attended Baku International Humanitarian Forum. What are your general impressions about the forum itself and the capital of Azerbaijan?

    I was very impressed with the caliber of forum participants. It was a delight to learn about areas outside the scope of my own work and speak comparatively with those in related areas. In particular, I pleasantly found journalists participating in the media roundtable knowledgeable about empirical and historical evidence regarding communication processes and effects. As a result, namely from my perspective as a scholar, professional-scholarly exchange was exceptional and I learned a great deal.

    - Metaphorically speaking, what puts Azerbaijan on the map for you? What is significant about Azerbaijan that will draw the attention of an American to this country?

    As a communication scholar, it is Azerbaijan's historical location along the Silk Route that most interests me, namely the resultant formation of Azerbaijani cultural hybrid forms owed to the exchange of goods, language and culture along the route.

    - What should be done to enhance educational and cultural exchange between Azerbaijan and the United States?

    Education and cultural exchange could be enhanced between Azerbaijan and the US by establishing links between universities to increase study abroad opportunities and research collaborations. In particular, creating in-residency fellowship opportunities for American scholars, for example those modeling opportunities developed by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and/or in concert with them, might be a helpful idea to consider. Currently, CAORC offers no opportunities for scholarly exchange anywhere in the Caucuses so it might be an area worth investigating. Finally, exploring the creation of centers for the study of Azerbaijan or the Caucuses on US college campuses might be worthwhile to consider as well. A model worth exploring for comparison is that of the Confucius institute, established by China to promote Chinese language and culture. They partner Chinese and American educational institutions together.

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent
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  • Ukrainian, Swiss riders win Baku 2015 test competition
    20.10.2014 14:28
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku hosted the Mountain Bike test event on October 18 as part of preparation to host the Baku 2015 European Games.

    Cycling Mountain Bike event was one of the competition held as part of the Baku 2015, that will cover 20 games on June 12-28, 2015.

    The race, registered on the Union Cycliste Internationale calendar as class C3, was organized by the Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) in cooperation with the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation.

    Twenty-seven riders from 10 countries compete at the track of 4.1 kilometres long with several technical features, such as jumps, bridges, single-track, steep downhill and uphill sections, in the Mountain Bike Velopark.

    In the female competition, the victory was celebrated by Ukrainian Yana Belomoyna who overcame six laps in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 46 seconds. The second place was split up by Swiss Kathrin Stirnemann and Linda Indergand.

    "The track is good, and the organization has been carried out at a high level. I felt good, despite the windy weather. I will prepare even better for the European Games, as I already know the place and the climate too. Of course, the route may change slightly next year, but I'll be ready for anything," Belomoyna said.

    In the male's competition, the first place winner was Martin Fanger from Switzerland, who covered seven laps in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 52 seconds. Just 42 seconds behind Fanger finished Swiss Mark Stutzmann, ant the third place went to Dimitrios Antoniadis from Greece.

    "I am very happy to win the tournament in Baku. This event will remain in my memory with high organization and interesting routes," Fanger said.

    Azerbaijan's representatives Agshin Ismayilov, Orkhan Mammadov and Murad Sultanov finished 14, 18, and 19, respectively.

    Despite bad weather conditions, the athletes showed an interest in making the track a little harder.

    At Baku 2015, ranking points will be available in all four Cycling disciplines for qualification towards the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

    Overall, the first European games will gather more than 6,000 athletes to compete over the 17 days of competition.
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  • Berti Vogts exposes Azerbaijani footballers
    20.10.2014 14:23
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    "Sometimes I almost tried to persuade them to carry out the training."

    Former head coach of Azerbaijani football team Berti Vogts has once again criticized the Azerbaijani footballers.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Azerisport.az that he stated the following:

    "Players of Azerbaijan sometimes behaved unprofessionally. Sometimes I almost persuaded them to hold a recovery workout after the match with Italy. It was incredible. Even champion World Cup - Germany's national team - trained more than a team of Azerbaijan."
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  • Temperature to be 14-19 C in Azerbaijan tomorrow
    20.10.2014 14:18
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    In Baku and Absheron Peninsula on October 21, the weather will be changeably cloudy, occasionally gloomy.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources told APA that intermittent rain is expected in some places during the day. Southwest wind will blow. The temperature will be 7hellip;10 C at night, 15hellip;19 C in the daytime.

    In Azerbaijan's regions on October 21, fog and rain are expected in some areas. West wind will blow, occasionally intensifying mostly in mountainous areas. The temperature will be 7hellip;12 C at night, 14hellip;19 C in the daytime, in the mountains -3hellip;2 C at night, 5hellip;10 C in the day.
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  • Messi ,Cristiano Ronaldo and Suarez
    20.10.2014 14:08
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    BarcelonaВ attackerВ Luis SuarezВ has stressed that his Argentine team-mateВ Lionel MessiВ is a better player thanВ Real MadridВ starВ Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Messi and Ronaldo have won sixВ Ballons d'Or between them in the past six years - the former emerging victorious four times and the latter twice - and are widely regarded as the two best players around in the game at the moment.

    The Portugal star has already netted 15 goals in seven La Liga appearances this term against the Barca man's seven strikes, yet Suarez believes it's the Argentine who isВ the better of the two irrespective of their record in 2014-15.

    "In my opinion Leo is better [than Ronaldo]," Suarez was quoted as saying byВ Mirror.

    "I train and play with Leo every day and he surprises me every day. He is unique.В 

    "Everybody knows what he has brought to Barcelona, what kind of world-class player he is.В 

    ''For me he is the best player in the world for what he has already done, and heв's still so young."

    Messi and Ronaldo are set to lock horns on Saturday when Madrid host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    The Clasico could be Suarez's first official game in the Barca jersey after serving his four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

    The Uruguayan previously featured in the friendly win over Leon for the Joan Gamper Trophy and the Barcelona B win over Indonesia Under-19, while also gaining some match rhythm wearing the Uruguay jersey earlier this month.

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  • World's leading shooters to meet in Gabala
    20.10.2014 14:03
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Gabala, one of the popular cities in Azerbaijan, will again host the world's leading shooters at the final of the World Cup on October 22-28.

    The leading shooters in the World Ranking of the International Federation of Sport Shooting will compete at Gabala Shooting Club.

    The competition consists of seven rounds. Earlier rounds were held during the year in the U.S., Germany, Spain, Slovenia, and Kazakhstan. At these landmark events, the shooters fought for the right to participate in the final stage of the World Cup 2014 in Gabala.

    The final tournament is co-organized by Gabala Shooting Club, National Shooting Federation and supported by the National Olympic Committee, Youth and Sports Ministry and the International Shooting Sport Federation.

    About 280 of best shooters of the world will compete for the main title in the Olympic disciplines of the pistol and shotgun shooting.

    During the tournament, the shooting club will host some 500 representatives of sports delegations from 40 countries, including President of ISSF Olegario Vazquez Rana, General Secretary of ISSF Franz Schreiber, and President of the European Confederation of Vladimir Lisin.

    According to the schedule of ISSF, the finale of the World Cup 2014 is the most important sport event after the World Cup and Europe Cup.

    Azerbaijan will be represent by Nurlana Jafarova, Emin Jafarov in shotgun shooting, and Irada Ashumova, Ruslan Lunev in pistol shooting.

    The competition will be broadcasted on the official channel of the ISSF on October 23-27.

    Official partners of the tournament are Gilan Holding, Jale, Milla, LG, I'm tea, Zolotoy sad, Bagdan, Chipsim, SUIS and Adamas.

    Earlier, Gabala hosted International Grand Prix Shotgun. The shooting club will also host World Cup in 2015, where the Olympic licenses will be issued.
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  • Experts predict tenge devaluation by late 2014
    20.10.2014 14:03
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Experts in Kazakhstan's Halyk Finance Investment Bank predict that the national currency tenge would face devaluation by late 2014.

    "We are changing our forecast on the exchange rate as of late 2014 expecting a devaluation from USD / KZT = 183.2 to USD / KZT = 210,"В TrendВ Agency reported on October 17 with reference to the bank.

    The conditions in the Kazakh monetary market have sharply deteriorated and such a situation occurs on the eve of the devaluation.

    "All indices testify to demonetization, loss of market confidence in tenge and currency crisis deterioration," the bank said.

    An average daily overnight repo rate reached 24.3 percent, but in some transactions - 40 percent. One-day currency swap market closed at 26.1 percent. The non-deliverable forward (NDF) exceeded 13 percent (compared to nine percent two days earlier), while weekly reached 23 percent. However, the tenge rate to the dollar increased up to 181.50, while a trading volume tripled compared to the trend, the bank's report said.

    During the morning session on October 16 and October 17, a major participant sold nearly $620 million, despite the fact that the exchange rate ranged from 181.50-181.55 tenge per dollar. This major participant was the only seller. The total trading volume amounted to $632 million during the two sessions.

    The exchange rate on October 17 was 181.52 USD/KZT.

    "Deterioration of conditions in the money market shows that the majority of market participants have almost fully optimized liquidity in tenge and are now ready every day to keep the liquidity position at the level of 26 percent per annum in order to avoid currency risks," the report said.

    Despite the growth of rates, the volume of currency swap market has increased by around 50 percent compared to the trend.

    The forecasts of bank analysts about the possible future devaluation of the exchange rate of tenge are based on both fundamental reasons and the low credibility of the exchange rate policy.

    "Fundamentally, the reserve on the February devaluation "melted" after the wage increase in spring and decrease of the ruble in summer and fall, and after the decrease of oil prices tenge became overrated," the bank noted.

    However, the pressure on the rate was sensible even when tenge was still underestimated, namely in spring and summer.

    "Unwillingness to actively create rates on the money market at levels that make speculative positions unprofitable is the direct cause of low confidence for the exchange rate policy," the Halyk Finance said.

    In February, after adjusting the exchange rate of the national currency by the National Bank of Kazakhstan, the dollar exchange rate reached 185 tenge ($1=181.843 tenge). In July, Head of the National Bank Kairat Kelimbetov denied rumors of a second wave of devaluation.

    Earlier commenting on the possibility of devaluation of tenge, Kazakhstan's National Economy Minister Erbolat Dossayev said it is not worth waiting for a regular devaluation in the country.

    "Today we hold preventive measures with the government in order to understand the direction in which the Russian ruble will be weakened or consolidated," he said. "Devaluation is not likely to occur."
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  • Colombia backs activities of OSCE Minsk Group
    20.10.2014 13:42
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    Colombia recognizes the UN Security Councilв's resolutions of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Charge d'Affaires of Colombia in Azerbaijan Assad Jose Gater told Trend.

    He said Colombia follows and supports the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group in the settlement of this conflict and hopes for the peaceful solution.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    Gater said Azerbaijan and Colombia are developing their political cooperation.

    ''The cooperation between our countries in the political sphere covers the period of over 20 years. Our political views are also similar,'' he said.

    However, Gater added that the economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Colombia is not at the due level and expressed hope that the opening of the embassy and new steps taken in this sphere will allow to develop the cooperation.

    Touching upon the cooperation in the sphere of education, he said Azerbaijani and Colombian foreign ministries have already signed an agreement, in accordance with which specialists from Colombia will teach Spanish in Azerbaijan, mainly to Azerbaijani diplomats.

    Gater added that the two countries can cooperate in the oil sphere as well.

    He said the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Colombia in the sphere of culture also develops and various events are held in this field.

    The charge d'affaires of Colombia said it is planned to expand the legal framework between the two countries in the near future.

    ''Colombiaв's capital will host political consultations in November, during which the sides will exchange views on various spheres,'' he said.

    He added that the two countries also plan to cooperate in the sphere of sports and touched upon the First European Games to be held in Azerbaijan in 2015.

    ''This is a very important event. The whole Europe will again witness Azerbaijanв's development at the international level,'' he said. ''Azerbaijanв's economic development is at the high level, the infrastructure and tourism develops. The country hosts various international events.''

    Assad Jose Gater wished Azerbaijan success on behalf of the Colombian embassy.

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  • ITU Plenipotentiary Conference kicks off in Busan
    20.10.2014 13:35
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    Baku, October 20 AzerTAc

    The 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has got underway in Busan, the Republic of Korea.

    This international gathering is an important opportunity for ITU Member States to review the work of the Union and prioritize programs, improve working methods, and increase collaboration with other institutions.

    Azerbaijan`s delegation at the event is led by Minister of Information and High Technologies Ali Abbasov.

    The Plenipotentiary Conference is the key event at which ITU member states decide on the future role of the organization, thereby determining the organization's ability to influence and affect the development of information and communication technologies worldwide.

    Shahin Jafarov

    Special Correspondent
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  • Japanese Trade minister resigns
    20.10.2014 13:35
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    Tokyo, October 20, AzerTAc

    Yuko Obuchi, economy, trade and industry minister of Japan resigned on Monday to take responsibility over her political groups` funding irregularities, according to the Japan News.

    "I would like to sincerely apologize to the people of Japan, my long time supporters, people in my home prefecture of Gunma," Obuchi said at a hastily arranged press conference on Monday morning after tendering her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    This is the first time a cabinet minister has resigned from the second Abe administration since it took office in December 2012.

    "My own problem should not affect the nation`s economic and energy policies. I want to resign as minister and check into the funding issue," Obuchi added.

    The second daughter of the late Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi said she would not resign as a House of Representatives lawmaker. "As a lawmaker and politician, I would like to fulfill my accountability," she noted.
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  • YARAT holds 'Invasion. Museum 2014' exhibition
    20.10.2014 13:18
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    By Nigar Orujova

    YARAT Contemporary Art Organization has presented its final exhibition of the project called Invasion. Museum 2014.

    The exhibition runs in Baku's biggest museums the National Museum of the Arts, the State Carpet Museum, the Historical Architectural Reserve 'Icherisheher' and the Historical Architectural Reserve 'Ateshgah Temple', from October 18 to November 30.

    "We plan to open YARAT Modern Art Center and organize a series of events on Azerbaijan's modern art next year," Head of the YARAT Contemporary Art Space Aida Mahmudova said at the exhibition.

    "Today is a very remarkable day as the 3rd anniversary of YARAT establishment. The organization aims to develop modern art and support artists in Azerbaijan. We also want to open an exhibition of works by 31 young artists," she said.

    Mahmudova went on saying, for six months, the young artists made deep research into the archives and collections of the most important museums. The result of this research was various artworks with contemporary and completely unexpected views on Azerbaijani history and art.

    The project is run by YARAT within the framework of 'ARTIM', a program that supports young talent, giving opportunities to emerging artists, designers, and musicians in long term.

    This year's project is directed by the distinguished Azerbaijani artist and curator Sabina Shikhlinskaya.

    The subject of the project is the interpretation of the material and intangible cultural and historical heritage of Azerbaijan by contemporary artists. This project is sponsored by Bank Technique.

    The list of artists includes Natavan Aliyeva, Mehriban Shamsaddinskaya, Vusala Agarzayeva, Ilaha Haligova, Aysel Nagiyeva, Rufat Aliyev, Veronika Isayeva, Orhan Garayev, Nadir Babayev, Ayna Musayeva, Zokhrab Salamzadeh, Farhad Hagverdi, Nigar Alisheva, Chinara Mejidova, Fatima Hajiyeva, Rahim Chopurov, Nazrin Musayeva, Nigar Mammadli, Habib Saher, Ayten Abdullayeva, Arif Amirov, Sabina Abbasova, Elvin Adigezal, Nadir Eminov, Elvin Nabizade, Ayhan Halilov, Ruhullah Hasanzadeh, Parvana Persiani, Huseyn Hasanov, Nariman Israfilova and Fidan Hajiyeva.

    For six months, the project's participants got familiarized with the archives and collections of the most important museums of Baku, Absheron, Sheki, Ganja, Lahij and Basgal.

    The archives and collections covered different genres and trends including painting, sculpture, installation, video art and performance.

    Based in Baku, YARAT (CREATE) realizes its mission through an ongoing program of holding exhibitions, education events, and festivals. YARAT facilitates dialogue and exchange of ideas between local and international artistic networks, including foundations, galleries and museums. A series of residencies further fosters opportunities for global cultural dialogue and partnerships.

    YARAT's educational initiatives include organizing lectures, seminars, master classes, and implementing the Young Artist Project ARTIM. The project aims to encourage the next generation of Azerbaijani creative talent to seek a career in the arts and give young practitioners the opportunity to exhibit their works in a professional environment.
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  • Azerbaijan`s flag raised outside San JosГ© City Hall
    20.10.2014 13:14
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    San Jose, October 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s national flag has been raised outside San Joseacute; City Hall, the State of California, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the country`s independence .

    Speaking to the flag raising ceremony, Nasimi Aghayev, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, highlighted the history of Azerbaijan`s independence. He also spoke of Azerbaijan`s achievements after the country restored its independence.

    San Joseacute; Mayor Chuck Reed described the raising of the Azerbaijani flag outside San Joseacute; City Hall as a remarkable event. He noted the importance of developing U.S.-Azerbaijani relations.

    Head of San Joseacute;-based Azerbaijani Community Center Mehriban Mammadova said the Azerbaijani flag will be raised outside San Joseacute; City Hall every year on this day to mark Azerbaijan`s independence.

    Yusif BabanlД±

    Special Correspondent
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  • Four prisoners executed in Iran
    20.10.2014 13:13
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    Four men were hanged in Iranв's northern Rasht city on Oct. 19, due to drug related charges, the official IRIB news agency reported.One of the hanged men was previously arrested for heroin possession, while another 46-year old man was arrested and charged for carrying and selling opium.The other two hanged men were hanged upon charges for buying methamphetamine and heroin.Drug trafficking as well as murder, rape and armed robbery are among the crimes that are punishable by death in Iran.Iran ranks second, after China, in terms of the number of executions in the world.At least 852 people were executed in Iran from July 2013 to June 2014, according to the latest report of the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.Iran exists on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Persian Gulf states. The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometers of a common border with Afghanistan, through which about 74 percent of opium is smuggled.According to official estimates, fight against drugs annually cost Iran about $1 billion. The statistics also say that there are about 2 million of drug users in Iran.

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  • EU special representative to arrive in Baku today
    20.10.2014 13:03
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    EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Herbert Salber will arrive in Baku today.

    Salber will hold meetings with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov during the visit, it was posted on official Facebook account of the EU, APA reports.

    Salber will also visit hostels for IDPs in the suburbs of Baku.
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  • 2 blasts kill 3, wound 8 in Afghanistan
    20.10.2014 12:50
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    Baku-APA. Three people, including a suicide bomber, have lost their lives and eight others sustained injuries as two blasts rattled Afghan provinces on Saturday, officials said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

    The blasts, in the shape of suicide car bomb and sticky bomb, respectively, occurred in a span of 25 minutes and the first one took place in Taliban former stronghold the southern Helmand province with Lashkar Gah as its capital 555 km south of national capital Kabul city.

    The first attack, which targeted a joint convoy of police and army outside Helmand provincial capital Lashkar Gah, left two security personnel dead and injured five others.

    The attacker was also killed in the blast, the official asserted.

    "A suicide car bomb organized by militants went off against a joint convoy of army and police outside Lashkar Gah city at 01: 05 p.m. local time today, killing two police personnel and injuring five soldiers," spokesman for provincial government, Omar Zawak told Xinhua.

    Although no group or individual has claimed of responsibility, Zawak put the attack on Taliban militants.

    In the second blast which shocked the northern Kunduz provincial capital the Kunduz city 250 km north of Kabul at 01:30 p.m. local time, three civilians sustained injuries, police said. "It was a sticky bomb planted on a vehicle and exploded in front of a mosque in Kunduz city injuring three passersby," police spokesman in the province, Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told Xinhua.
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  • Azerbaijan declares British businessman internationally wanted
    20.10.2014 12:43
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    Azerbaijan law-enforcement bodies have declared a British businessman internationally wanted, says a notice posted on Interpolв's website, APA reports.

    The notice says that British citizen James Alexander Ferguson, 50, is charged with tax evasion and was declared internationally wanted, because he fled the country.

    According to information obtained by APA, James Alexander Ferguson had business in Azerbaijan.
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  • Foreign investments in Azerbaijan's economy grow
    20.10.2014 12:42
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    The Asian Development Bank has invested AZN 51 194 700.

    Investment by foreign companies and international financial institutions in the economy of Azerbaijan in January-September 2014 increased compared to the same period in 2013 by 4.3%, which constitute AZN 3 517 003.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to "Interfax-Azerbaijan" that according to the State Statistics Committee, the companies from the UK during the reporting period were the leaders in investments in Azerbaijan's economy, which amounted to AZN 1 131 872 400 or 32.2% of total investment (up 3.7%).

    The investment of companies from Norway amounted to AZN 640 190 200 (an increase by 78.9%).

    In addition, in January-September, the investments in the economy of Azerbaijan were made by the companies from Turkey - AZN 309 609 900 (an increase by 66.2%), United States - AZN 294 480 500 (a decline of 16.1% ), France - AZN 225 593 000 (an increase by 2.06 times).

    Among international organizations during the reporting period the World Bank has invested 102 million 840.8 thousand. Manat (decline of 13.2%), Asian Development Bank - AZN 51 194 700 (an increase by 36.8%).

    The rest of the investments were made by the companies from other countries.
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  • Baku International Jazz Festival-2014 kicks off
    20.10.2014 12:39
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    Baku International Jazz Festival-2014 has got underway at the International Mugham Center.

    The festival is organized by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Azerbaijani Culture Foundation.

    The concerts of the festival will be held at the Heydar Aliyev Palace, Magomayev Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, International Mugham Center, Baku Jazz Center and Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre.

    The festival will feature performance by acclaimed jazz bands and musicians including Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Anat Cohen Quartet, Michel Camilo trio, Stanley Clarke, Craig Taborn Trio, and Trilok Gurtu band. Azerbaijani musicians Salman Gambarov, Jamil Amirov, Mirjavad Jafarov, Elchin Shirinov, Zaur Mirzayev will hold solo concerts.

    Craig Taborn (piano), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums) performed on the first day of the festival.

    Craig Marvin Taborn is an American pianist, keyboardist and composer. Also playing organ and Moog synthesizer, Taborn has worked mostly in jazz, although he also does dark ambient and techno music.
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  • Armenian Armed Forces continue violating ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    20.10.2014 12:38
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 13 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry said.

    The ceasefire was violated in Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of Fuzuli region and nameless hills of Gazakh, Goranboy and Khojavand regions on October 19 and on the night of October 20.

    The Armenians were silenced with a retail fire.
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  • 5th Ministerial Conference on Role of Women in Development of OIC Member States kicks off in Baku
    20.10.2014 12:35
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    Baku, October 20, AzerTAc

    The 5th Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of the OIC Member States has started in Baku.

    It is attended by more than 220 delegates from nearly 60 countries.

    The conference kicked off with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

    Head of the Humanitarian Policy Department at the Azerbaijani President`s Administration Fatma Abdullazade read out President Ilham Aliyev`s message of greetings to the participants of the conference.

    Chair of the 4th Conference, Indonesian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Raden Prayono Atiyanto addressed the event.

    Chairperson of State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Hijran Huseynova highlighted the agenda of the conference.

    Organized by Azerbaijan State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, the conference is aimed at reviewing the progress made in promoting the status of women and strengthening their role in the OIC Member States.

    The conference will end with the adoption of Baku Declaration.
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