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Ways to Help Underachieving Boys Succeed in School
11.02.2013 09:04
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.


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.


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

The writer is a retired public-school teacher.
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

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    Now the Islamic republic's regional rivals sent a clear message to Tehran that they are not going to step back. The traditional competition between Iran and the region's Arab states now emerges with a clearer aspect of a Shiite-Sunni confrontation, a frightening prospect that could very well drag the entire region into a major conflict.

    The borders between the Shiite and Sunni blocs are much clearer now as Turkey, Iran's western neighbor, is adopting more significant steps in support oft the Sunni bloc.

    Turkish president Recep Tayyep Erdogan has accused Iran of trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have began to annoy Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab countries. The statements came ahead of Erdogan's visit to Iran which is scheduled for early April.

    Erdogan also has expressed support for the Saudi-led military operation against Iran backed Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.

    Iran and Turkey are already clashing over a number of issues, in particular their supporting opposing sides in the Syrian civil war. Erdogan's unprecedented criticism of the Islamic Republic which unveiled previously camouflaged differences is a message that Turkey is not determined to withdraw.

    Erdogan's comments have triggered severe reactions in Iran. The country's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Erdogan saying those who have inflicted irreparable damage with their strategic mistakes and high ambitions would better adopt wise policies to use existing potentials in preserving regional peace and integrity.

    Ahmad Tavakkoli, an Iranian conservative lawmaker has asked the Foreign Ministry to postpone Erdogan's scheduled trip to Tehran. He also accused President Hassan Rouhani's administration of not taking a firmer stance against Erdogan comments.

    Another conservative MP, Mansour Haghighatpour, deputy chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said Erdogan's visit to Tehran would be fruitless if he does not withdraw his comments.

    But the harshest statements came from Hossein Shariatmadari, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's representative to hardliner newspaper Kayhan. He called Erdogan's upcoming visit to Iran a betrayal to the "Yemeni martyrs" and asked the Iranian government to cancel the visit.

    On the other hand Iran and Turkey share very close economic ties despite taking part in opposing blocs.

    Tehran and Ankara intend to increase their trade volume to $30 billion in the current year. The two states have signed a preferential trade agreement that could pave the way for a hike in bilateral trade. The two countries' trade turnover stood at $13.7 billion in 2014, according to data released by Turkish Statistical Institute.

    The trade turnover between Turkey and Iran stood at $22 billion in 2012 before dipping to $14.5 billion in the following year due to the economic sanctions imposed on Tehran by the West.

    The pragmatist administrations from both sides are determined to not allow the political tensions to affect the economic goals.

    The Iranian government has tried to decrease the tension by remaining silent. Even Zarif's statements should be considered as a routine diplomatic comment not a sign of challenge, something that left the Iranian conservatives unsatisfied.

    On the other hand, Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey's presidential spokesman said that no changes have been made to Erdogan's trip to Iran, adding that Iran is an important neighbor with strong trading ties.

    "The latest developments in Yemen show the importance of Erdogan's trip to Iran," he underlined.

    The two parties have earlier successfully overcome their differences during the civil war in Syria and it seems they will continue the same policy during the ongoing crisis.

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  • New Jersey issues resolution dedicated to Azerbaijani Genocide anniversary
    29.03.2015 17:26
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    Azerbaijani Society of America (ASA) said March 29 the General Assembly of the US State of New Jersey issued a resolution recognizing March 31, 2015 as the Azerbaijani Remembrance Day marking the solemn 97th anniversary of the Azerbaijani Genocide.

    The resolution introduced by NJ Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver was signed by the Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto with the official copy presented to ASA leadership.

    In 2012, also through ASA Pax Turcica powered awareness efforts, New York became the first state outside of Azerbaijan to legislatively acknowledge Azerbaijani Genocide as a historical fact, when NY State Senate adopted Resolution J3784. New Jersey issued a similar legislative recognition in 2013; Azerbaijani Genocide has also been recognized by individual official proclamations in the states of Texas and Nevada.

    The policy of genocide and deportation carried out by the Armenians against Azerbaijanis, eve more intensified in 1918-20.

    The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned into ruins, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed.

    More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned.

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  • Hickey claims new Glasgow and Berlin event poses no threat to European Games
    29.03.2015 17:26
    European Olympic Committees President Patrick Hickey claims he has no fear over the European Sports Championships В©Baku 2015Patrick Hickey has dismissed fears that the newly-launched European Sports Championship, to be co-hosted by Glasgow and Berlin in 2018, is a threat to the European Games.

    The event, announced earlier today, sees the European Championships of five sports come under one banner with the aim of creating a strong new brand on the world stage to grow their television audiences and sponsorship opportunities, reports.

    It is seen as a rival to the European Games, which will be held for the first time in Baku this June, with the second edition due to take place in 2019.

    But Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), does not fear the new event poses any threat, he claims.

    "As President of the EOC, I will always welcome events which support the development of European sport and help European athletes reach their full potential," he told insidethegames.

    "But this event is a completely different initiative to the European Games, with fewer sports, fewer athletes and in a different year.

    "Thanks to the Olympic Games qualification opportunities and the unique multi-sport Games experience on offer at the European Games, we will continue to attract the continent's top athletes, and with top athletes will come the commercial and broadcast partners to reach our audiences in Europe and beyond."

    The European Sports Championship will include athletics, cycling, rowing, swimming and triathlon.

    Athletics and swimming will not send its top competitors to Baku 2015, while rowing will not be represented at all after a late bid to be included failed due to the lack of suitable venue.

    Cycling, meanwhile, will not include track venues in Baku because there is no velodrome in Azerbaijan capital.

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    But Hickey remains optimistic that athletics and swimming will send its top names to the European Games in 2019, which is due to be awarded to a city in May.

    "The EOC was originally aiming for 12 sports at the European Games; at Baku 2015, we are already up to 20 with 12 of the 16 Olympic sports offering Olympic qualification," Hickey told insidethegames.

    "The EOC will be in dialogue with the European cycling, swimming and athletics Federations to ensure the participation of top-quality athletes for 2019.

    "We had strong expressions of interest in hosting the 2019 edition from six cities, and we are close to finalising the deal with the next hosts.

    "And Baku 2015 will be broadcast to 55 countries globally.

    "For me, that already makes the European Games an established brand and an event at the pinnacle of European sport, and it is only going to get better from here."
  • Who to pick up Baku 2015's torch?
    29.03.2015 17:04
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    While Azerbaijan is preparing to host the grandiose sport event, historical European Games in 75 days, the name of the next country to hand the baton is still unclear.

    So far, Azerbaijan may pass the torch of the European Games 2019 to Great Britain, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Belorussia or Turkey.

    The host city for the second games will be announced at the EOC Extraordinary General Assembly this May.

    The Land of Fire prepared to the major event of the country in some two years, while the other countries have enough time to get ready. Notwithstanding the tight schedule, Azerbaijan is aimed to hold the Games at the level of the summer Olympics, thus setting the bar high for the following countries.

    An exciting and innovative new multi-sport event of the continent this year will include 20 sports, 16 of which are Olympic, during the 17 days of competition in June 12-28. 6,000 athletes will prove themselves in Baku.

    The strongest joint bid for the games, the Netherlands may hold the sport event around the country, in such major cities as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Hague and Utrecht, as well as Drenthe and Brabant. Moreover, the country plans to decrease the number of sports to 17.

    Amsterdam is also considering bidding for the Summer Olympics 2028 to celebrate the centenary of the Amsterdam Olympics 1928. Organization of such a major event could cost Netherlands 100 million euros.

    Meanwhile, Baku has started ticketing program for Baku 2015 and invites all to visit the country this June.
  • Iran's deputy FM off to Kuwait for meeting on Syria
    29.03.2015 16:58
    Iran's deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdullahian left Tehran for Kuwait City to attend a humanitarian meeting on Syria, IRNA reported.

    Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria will be hosted by Kuwait on March 31. UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon has invited foreign ministers of 80 countries to attend the meeting.

    In an attempt to help Syrians who have suffered from the war in the country, United Nations has encouraged the international community to respond with generous pledges of new humanitarian and development funding to the UN appeals for 2015.

    On the sidelines of the conference, Amir Abdullahian will confer with delegatets of the United Nations, Kuwait and other countries present in the meeting on regional developments and the need for resorting to political solution to end war in Yemen.

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  • SOCARв's subsidiary in Romania increases authorized capital
    29.03.2015 16:48
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    SOCAR Petroleum S.A., the subsidiary of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) in Romania, has increased its authorized capital by over 8 million euros, Romanian media reported on Mar.29 citing the data from the country's National Trade Register.

    The company's authorized capital was increased by 8.02 million euros in February, according to the report.

    "Theoretically, this sum is enough to construct eight new filling stations," according to Romanian media.

    Currently, 32 filling stations under the brand name of SOCAR are operating in Romania and if these funds are used for expanding their network, their number will increase to 40, according to the report.

    SOCAR brought the number of the filling stations in Romania to 32 on Jan.30 by commissioning a filling station in Romania's Sibiu city.

    It was earlier reported that SOCAR plans to commission another 10 filling stations under its own brand name in Romania in 2015.

    SOCAR is the only producer of petroleum products in Azerbaijan. It has two refineries and owns filling stations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland.

    The company exported 1.2 million metric tons of petroleum products from the country in 2014, compared to 1.05 million metric tons in 2013.

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  • Iran, China hold nuclear talks in Lausanne
    29.03.2015 16:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Iranian and Chinese diplomats held a one-hour meeting on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed ways to approach a political understanding to the case, Fars news agency reported March 29.

    The Chinese foreign minister then talked to US Secretary of State John Kerry as they walked around the campus where the negotiations are held.

    Catherine Ray, Spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the same day wrote on Twitter that High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and US Secretary of State John Kerry ended a four-sided meeting on the issue.

    Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are in intense talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

    While the six powers seek to limit Iran's nuclear activities, Tehran demands for the removal of all international sanctions before a deal is struck.

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  • Iranв's Expediency Council chairman cancels Saudi Arabia trip
    29.03.2015 16:41
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    Iran's Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has canceled his trip to Saudi Arabia.

    Rafsanjani's advisor Ghodratollah Alikhani, said that the trip has been canceled in the wake of Saudi Arabia's "invasion" to Yemen, Iran's Fars news agency reported on March 29.

    In April 2014, Saudi Arabia's ambassador renewed the Saudi king's invitation to Rafsanjani to visit the Saudi kingdom.

    The Saudi diplomat also praised the approach of president Hassan Rouhani's government, saying his government's policy has had positive results in Saudi Arabia and other Islamic states.

    In February, Rafsanjani said that to resolve many of the issues plaguing the Middle East, there needs to be cooperation between the two regional rivals, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

    Current tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran were exacerbated by the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Iran's growing regional influence. In February, Rafsanjani's website blamed former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for ruining relations with Saudi Arabia in 2008 by publishing a false report against the country that soured relations.

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  • Armenia heading toward its ruin
    29.03.2015 16:41
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia's current economic situation has draws much criticism of late as the governmentв's inactivity before the degradation of living conditions and other aspects of life in Armenia has been seen as irresponsible.

    Armenia's former Prime Minister, MP Hrant Bagratyan, has joined in the chorus of criticism as he lent his voice against the regime, slamming the government for allowing the countryв's economy to collapse.

    He called on the authorities to immediately take all the necessary steps to prevent any further economic degradation and erosion.

    "We are now heading towards our ruin. The republic is being extinguished," Bagratyan said.

    His ardent critic along with other opposition MPs came up during a debate in the light of the actions of Armenia's State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition, which the MPs blame for being an actor in today's economic hassle.

    Looking into SCPEC President, Artak Shaboyan's activity so far, Bagratyan said, ''Armenia has been sitting on a $10 billion GDP for the last ten years and that's mainly because of the incumbent regime and officers like Shaboyan.''

    The current economic atmosphere in Armenia is viewed as reminiscent of 2009 crisis as the gross domestic product in this former Soviet country grew by 3.4 percent in 2014, disproving the expected target announced by government earlier last year.

    Calling the government's forecast "unrealistic", World Bank excluded any considerable breakthrough in Armenia's economy amid the ongoing slowdown.

    Bagratyan called for punitive measures against those who are responsible for Armeniaв's dire economic situation.

    According to local experts, including Artak Manukyan, Armenia's economy is observing a free fall, characterized by year-on-year worsening life conditions. Social indicators in 2013 were more positive than in 2014. Experts believe that 2015 and 2016 will see a worsening of all social indicators.

    Armenia sits third in terms of both its GDP per capita and economic growth rates among all South Caucasus countries, explained local economist Aram Manukyan.

    He claimed that rulers in Yeravan have shown a great reluctance when it comes to taking the necessary steps to salvage Armeniaв's economy.

    Based on the current economic stagnation, Armenia got bad mark also from Fitch and Moody's, as bot downgraded their outlooks for the former Soviet nation's economic growth. The European Bank for Development and Reconstruction has even zeroed out its forecast on economy for Armenia in 2015.
  • SOCAR announces details on Eurobonds
    29.03.2015 16:34
    State Oil Company of Azerbaijan placed $750 million worth of 15-year Eurobonds.

    SOCAR told APA-Economics that the economic development in Azerbaijan, stable economic development indicators, 100% owning of SOCAR by state, current situation of the company, as well as works related to issuance of Eurobonds are interesting for investors from different regions. Taking interests of investors into account, the interest rate of securities made 6.95%.

    Geographical division of these Eurobonds are as following:

    UK (39%)

    USA (41%)

    Other regions (2%)

    93% of Eurobonds are fund managers, 5% - banks, 2% - scholarship funds
  • Pakistan rules out diplomatic ties with Armenia until liberation of Azerbaijani lands
    29.03.2015 16:30
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    There is no point of developing any sort of relations including diplomatic relations with Armenia until and unless it pulls out its troops from the Azerbaijani territory.

    Sabah Aslam, an executive director of Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution made the remark in an interview with Day.Az website.

    She said Pakistan considers Azerbaijan as its brother country and it will continue its support to Azerbaijan untill Armenia withdraws its troops completely from the Azerbaijani lands.

    Pakistan supported Azerbaijan during and after the Nagorno-Karabakh War in early 1990s and it is one of the few countries that do not have any diplomatic relations with Armenia due to the ongoing occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized lands.

    ''Pakistan being brotherly country of Azerbaijan, has always been criticizing massacre in Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenians. Therefore, Pakistan does not recognize Armenia,'' Aslam said.

    She also recalled a resolution condemning the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and Khojaly genocide, approved by Pakistanв's senate committee on foreign relations on February 1, 2012.

    Moreover, the committee has also reaffirmed Azerbaijanв's sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders and demanded the execution of four UN Security Council resolutions on the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, Aslam said.

    She also added that Azerbaijanв's support to Pakistan on Kashmir issue and Pakistanв's support on Nagorno-Karabakh issue is unconditional. ''And it is understood that both the countries will continue its support till the issues are properly solved.''

    Speaking about the Pakistani-Azerbaijani bilateral ties, Aslam said both countries have strong background.

    ''Ties between the two countries have been established on ground of friendly and fraternal precepts. The Pakistani government is fully aware of the importance of its relations with Azerbaijan. Therefore, Pakistani leadership has been looking for ways and means to strengthen its ties and partnership with Azerbaijan by focusing on strong political, security, trade and commercial relations,'' the expert said.

    She went on to add that based on strong grounds, the bilateral ties between the two would be mutually beneficial and productive. ''I hope together both countries make a mark in the pursuance of future endeavors.''

    Azerbaijan and Pakistan are also focused on the development of economic relations. The two countries have recently agreed on boosting bilateral trade and investment cooperation.

    However, the economic ties between the two countries are not in a satisfied level as political one.

    ''Though Pakistan and Azerbaijan enjoy good strategic relations but unfortunately do not have healthy economic relations. Both countries have good economic potential but are not sufficiently exploited,'' Aslam said.

    She noted that Azerbaijanв's economy boosted a lot in recent years and there are several doors for Pakistan to get in to boost up its economies as well.

    Aslam said the main reasons for undeveloped economic relations are the lack of geographic proximity and proper transport infrastructure between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

    ''However, disregard the problems, both countries have numerous opportunities to develop economic relations in areas such as education, tourism, information technologies, banking, finance, science, agriculture, culture, and engineering, oil, gas and investment sectors. If given attention, Pakistan-Azerbaijan economic relations can be developed gradually and will turn beneficial for both the countries in future,'' she said.

    Aslam further spoke about the two countries role in strengthening solidarity and cooperation in Muslim world, adding the Pakistan and Azerbaijan can play vital role.

    ''Pakistan being second most populous Islamic nation and Azerbaijan a true democratic Islamic state has all the potentials to gather the Islamic world. Both countries by building regional and extra-regional organizations, conducting joint conferences to promote Islamic solidarity and peace messages around the world, and above all contributing goodwill among all the member states to strengthen the Islamic solidarity,'' Aslam said.
  • Azerbaijani Central Election Commissionв's Chairman visiting Uzbekistan
    29.03.2015 16:29
    The Chairman of Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) Mazahir Panahov is visiting Uzbekistan to observe the upcoming presidential elections in this country. On the sideline of his visit, Panahov held a number of meetings here.

    In the meeting with the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Sarvar Otamurodov, the sides noted expansion of relations between the two countries in all fields, including deepening of inter-parliamentary ties, close cooperation between the Central Election Commissions of both countries, exchange of experience and data and other questions, AzerTag reports.

    CEC Chairman Mazahir Panahov has also met with the head of Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis Fayzulla Abdurakhmanov.

    Azerbaijani Ambassador to Uzbekistan Huseyn Guliyev was present at the meetings.
  • Uzbekistanв's presidential election held at very high level, says Azerbaijani observer
    29.03.2015 16:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    Azerbaijani delegation observing the presidential election in Uzbekistan didn't register any violation of law during the voting, Aydin Abbasov, a member of the delegation, an Azerbaijani MP, has told Trend.

    He said that currently the Azerbaijani delegation is at the polling stations in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

    "We are continuously observing the election," said Abbasov. "I can tell in all sincerity that the election is organized at a very high level, in line with the laws."

    He said both the youth and the old come to the polling stations and freely express their opinions.

    "We haven't observed any serious violation of law so far," Abbasov added.

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  • German and Greek athletes named Baku 2015 Ambassadors
    29.03.2015 16:01
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 European Games has announced a further two international athletes who will be Ambassadors for this summerв's inaugural event.

    German table tennis player Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Greek fencer Vassiliki Vougiouka will represent their sports and feature in extensive marketing campaigns in their home countries and on social media to promote the Games.

    Ovtcharov is the current world number six and won silver as part of the German menв's table tennis team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He also won bronze in both the menв's singles and team events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Vougiouka competes in the sabre discipline, and is currently ranked sixth in the world. She won gold at the 2010 Fencing World Cup in Budapest, the first ever World Cup victory by a Greek fencer, and was a silver medallist at both the 2012 and 2013 European Championships.

    Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: ''Being able to welcome further international Athlete Ambassadors of this calibre reflects the importance of this new event on the sporting calendar. I am sure both Dimitrij and Vassiliki will very much enjoy promoting the Games and playing an important role in the development of European sport.''

    Both athletes join Irish boxer Katie Taylor, Team GBв's Taekwondo athlete Jade Jones, French rhythmic gymnast Kseniya Moustafaeva, Denmarkв's canoe sprinter RenГ© Holten Poulsen and Serbiaв's Basketball 3x3 team of DuЕЎan Domovi? Bulut, Marko Savic, Marko Zdero and Dejan Majstorovic, as Baku 2015 international Athlete Ambassadors.

    Ovtcharov, 26, said: ''The first European Games are a great opportunity to raise the profile of table tennis and for the sport to win new fans. Itв's also wonderful to be involved in a new major sporting event which will bring the continent together. I canв't wait for the Games to begin, and am looking forward to promoting them in the build-up to the Opening Ceremony.''

    Vougiouka, 28, said: ''Fencing is a popular European sport, so as a fencer it is a great honour to have been invited to promote the first European Games in Baku. I have been fortunate enough to compete all over the world so I know how sport brings people together, and I will do my best to spread the Baku 2015 message in the months ahead.''

    Dirk Schimmelpfennig, Germanyв's Chef de Mission for Baku 2015, said: ''Dimitrijв's participation as a Baku 2015 international Athlete Ambassador reflects his support for the European Games. Germany has a strong sporting tradition, and the Athlete Ambassador programme will help to generate interest and excitement in the country ahead of Baku 2015.''

    Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and Chair of the EOC Coordination Commission for Baku 2015, said: ''I have no doubt that Vassiliki will do a great job of promoting Baku 2015 to build support for all our Greek athletes in Baku this summer. As one of Europeв's best fencers, you couldnв't ask for a better ambassador for the first European Games.''

    Baku 2015 European Games will gather together over 6,000 sportsmen from 50 countries to compete in 20 sports. The Games will take place in 21 stadia and facilities in Baku and Mingachevir city.
  • British bank intends to leave Turkish market
    29.03.2015 15:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    British HSBC bank intends to leave the Turkish market due to economic crisis in the world, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said Mar. 29.

    "The bank intends to leave the markets of four more countries that are not announced," according to the newspaper.

    HSBC Bank appeared on the Turkish market in 1991. HSBC acquired Turkish Demirbank in 1999. At present, the bank has 298 branches in Turkey.

    HSBC offices are located in 73 countries.

    Earlier it was reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and US Citibank intend to leave the Turkish market too. It was reported that the US Citibank will sell a stake in Turkey's Akbank.

    The total value of shares for sale is $1.2 billion.

    The Turkish banking sector is one of the leading sectors of the country's economy. There are 49 banks, of which 36 are commercial and 13 are investment banks.

    There are three state banks and 12 private banks with 100 percent Turkish capital in Turkey. Around 16 banks were established with foreign capital.


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  • Ombudsman: 1918 massacres of Azerbaijanis should be recognized as genocide
    29.03.2015 15:49
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Each action specified in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis during the March 1918 events, and from the legal point of view, this should be considered as genocide, said the Azerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) Elmira Suleymanova.

    As the Ombudsman's Office told Trend March 29, Suleymanova made the remarks in her statement issued in connection with the March 31 - Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    In her statement, Suleymanova recalled that the mentioned convention was adopted by the Resolution 260 (III) of the UN General Assembly on Dec. 9, 1948.

    The ombudsman's message read that the Azerbaijani people faced severe challenges as a result of the deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing, genocide and deportation of Azerbaijanis that have been carried out in the last two centuries by the Armenian nationalists and their supporters.

    "The policy of genocide and deportation carried out by the Armenians against Azerbaijanis, eve more intensified in 1918-20," said Suleymanova.

    The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned into ruins, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed. More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned.

    The document said that since 1988, due to Armenian aggression policy against Azerbaijan, 20 percent of territories of the country, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts were occupied; hundred thousands of Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs. The occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts are the integral part of Azerbaijan.

    Although, the UN Security Council adopted four Resolutions on territorial integrity and unconditional liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Resolution titled "the Situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan" of March 14, 2008, the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a Resolution No. 1416 and a Recommendation No. 1690 confirming the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by the Armenian armed forces and governing the Nagorno-Karabakh by separatists, Armenia still refuses to fulfill the requirements of these documents.

    "Moreover, Armenia was recognized as an aggressor country in these resolutions," the statement said. "According to the resolutions, Armenia must unconditionally withdraw its armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and create the conditions for one million Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced persons to return to their native lands."

    Suleymanova said that the New York State Senate and the New Jersey General Assembly adopted the resolutions in connection with March 31 - Day of Genocide of Azerbaijani people.

    "We reiterate that human rights were grossly violated during this genocide," the statement said. "We hope that the world community, international organizations will support the just demands of Azerbaijan that this is a brutal crime committed against humanity. We hope that this genocide will receive an international legal assessment as an act of genocide and criminals will be punished."

    "We invite the international organizations to support Azerbaijan's fair position, avoiding double standards," the statement said. "We believe that justice will prevail soon, the international organizations will apply sanctions against Armenia which committed genocide. We also believe that the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan will be restored, the violated rights of refugees and internally displaced persons will be ensured and the hostages will be released. "

    "Hopefully, all influential international organizations, goodwill people will mobilize their opportunities and make great efforts to restore peace and tranquility on Azerbaijani lands," the ombudsman added.

    The appeal was sent to the UN secretary general, UN Security Council, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Human Rights Council, European Commission, OSCE, Council of Europe, international and European ombudsman institutes, Asian Ombudsman Association, International Peace Bureau, Universal Peace Federation, ombudsmen of various countries, Azerbaijan's embassies in other countries and embassies of other countries in Azerbaijan and representative offices of Azerbaijani diaspora organizations.

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  • Women freed after 2 years
    29.03.2015 15:44
    Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been released, SIA reports citing the Reuters.

    "I am glad that I can confirm that Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka have returned to the Czech Republic this morning," Bohuslav Sobotka said via his spokesman.

    He added Turkish organisation Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) took part in the negotiations that led to the release of the tourists. Its foreign relations co-ordinator, Izzet Sahin, told Turkey's state-run news agency Anatolian that the process had taken two months.

    Families of the pair approached IHH after previous attempts failed, according to Czech media.

    IHH is an Islamic charity group that was formed to provide aid to Bosnian Muslims in the mid-1990s.

    The two were hosted at the IHH's office in Van in eastern Turkey for a time and then handed over to Czech officials and sent back to their home country, the Anatolian agency said.
  • Two Turkish policemen detained over bugging ErdoДџan
    29.03.2015 15:44
    Two policemen have been detained over bugging Erdogan.

    Two Turkish police officers, including the former chief of police, have been detained in Istanbul following their extradition from Bucharest on suspicion of illegally bugging the Turkish prime minister's office in 2014, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Former police chief Sedat Zavar and police officer Ilker Usta were taken into custody after arriving at Istanbul airport late on March 28 and are expected to appear in court in the Turkish capital of Ankara in the near future.

    The pair are alleged to have fled abroad to avoid being questioned as part of an operation in Turkey against what the government labels as "the parallel structure," referring to the followers of U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen in the country's institutions, including the police.

    The pair was extradited from Romania at the request of Turkey following a court ruling on March 20.

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu announced in February that two members of the Turkish police force had been detained in Romania on suspicion of being involved in the bugging of President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan's office during his tenure as prime minister before August 2014.

    Romanian authorities had kept Zavar and Usta in detention as their legal case continued in the country.

    Dozens of police officers have been detained and hundreds of others reassigned across Turkey in an ongoing operation against the "parallel structure."
  • Japan launches rocket
    29.03.2015 15:26
    Japan successfully launched an intelligence satellite on Thursday, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reported.

    The backup optical satellite for the governmentв's intelligence gathering program was taken to orbit by the H-2A heavy launch vehicle, Kyodo news agency said.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched the H-2A rocket with an advanced ground-monitoring satellite at 10:21 a.m. from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan, the agency said.
  • Belarusian Minister to visit Azerbaijan
    29.03.2015 15:26
    A delegation headed by Minister of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus Sergei Popkov will be on a working visit to Azerbaijan from March 30 to April 2.

    During the visit, Sergei Popkov will meet with Minister of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Ali Abbasov.

    Mutual cooperation in the field of communication and information technologies will be discussed at the meeting with the participation of delegations from both countries.
  • Iran takes steps against "Dutch Disease''
    29.03.2015 15:26
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Iranian government has taken steps to protect the countryв's economy from ''the Dutch Disease'' in an attempt to cope with the effects of the sudden increase in the incomes.

    Ali Tayyeb-Nia, minister of economic affairs and finance said the country has taken required measures to deal with the impacts of an anticipated surge in revenues should the sanctions against the country are removed as a result of success in nuclear talks with P5 1 group of countries.

    He has emphasized that serious plans have been devised to cushion the economy against what is internationally known as ''the Dutch Disease''.

    ''Our biggest concern today is that once the sanctions are removed and revenues increase, we fail to properly exploit the incoming petrodollars,'' Tayyeb-Nia told the Persian-language magazine Tejarat-e Farda.

    An expected final nuclear deal that envisages lifting of sanctions on Iran is considered to boost Islamic Republicв's incomes.

    ''We are concerned that the Dutch Disease returns, what Iran has experienced for several times before,'' Tayyeb-Nia said.

    The Dutch Disease is defined as a development through which a large inflow of foreign currency into a given country makes its manufacturing sector less competitive.

    He further stressed that Iran has learned lessons from previous experiences when it saw a surge in its revenues. They, he said, include the junctures when the country sold oil at record high prices but ''failed to properly use the extra money''.

    ''We should naturally try to direct the extra revenues into the National Development Fund and thereon use them for productive projects and efficient investments by the private sector,'' Tayyeb-Nia said.

    However, the country also stands ready against the negative impacts of the nuclear negotiations. Iranian government has repeatedly stated that the country has prepared measures to struggle economic challenges in case Tehran and the world powers fail to come to an agreement.

    Tayyeb-Nia stressed that the government of President Hassan Rouhani has devised a specific scenario to deal with the economic impacts if Iran-P5 1 talks fail.

    While, he did not elaborate what specific plans the government had in mind to deal with the economic impacts of the failure of sanctions, Tayyeb-Nia emphasized that the government stands completely ready to prevent any shock to the Iranian economy no matter what the outcomes of Iran nuclear talks will be.

    ''If we proceed based on reason and our domestic capabilities, we will suffer less. A year ago, nobody may have believed that the government of President Rouhani would be able to decrease inflation. But you can see that this was materialized,'' said Tayyeb-Nia.

    Iran is currently in talks with P5 1 '" the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany '" over the removal of sanctions that have been imposed over disputes on the Iranian nuclear energy program.

    The sides have a deadline approaching within the next several months to reach a comprehensive deal that envisages curbing the nuclear program and the removal of sanctions.
  • Azerbaijan defeats Malta: Prosinecki starts with victory
    29.03.2015 15:15
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijani national football team received Maltese rivals in Baku on March 28 in the next group stage game of EURO 2016 Qualifying.

    The national team secured a brilliant victory over Malta in the clash of Group H minnows, which was the first win in the competition and also the first points after four consecutive defeats.

    Left wing midfielder Javid Huseynov scored the opening goal just 4 minutes since the start whistle by Turkish referee Halis Ozkahya at the Tofig Bahramov stadium.

    While Maltese players were seeking an equalizer, a stoppage-time goal from Dmitriy Nazarov at the 90th minute of the game clinched the Azerbaijani national team's first victory under new manager Robert Prosinecki.

    The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan appointed Croatian football specialist as the manager of the Azerbaijani national football team, in December last year on a three-year contract.

    In a post-match press conference, Prosinecki hailed the performance of his players.

    "They did their best. But our players' potential lets them do better than today's performance. Motivation of the whole team and players will be far more high in the next games," Prosinecki noted.

    Now the national team stands at the 5th place among six teams in the Group H leaving Malta behind with three points.

    The group's leader Croatia shattered the Norwegian colleagues 5-1, while Italy managed hardly to end in a draw 2-2 with the Bulgarian team in the simultaneous matches.

    The national football team will lock horns with the Norwegian team in the next group stage game at the Ullevaal stadium in Oslo on June 12, 2015.
  • Azerbaijan to reduce tariffs for international rail passenger traffic
    29.03.2015 15:14
    Azerbaijan will reduce tariffs for international rail passenger traffic 35%, APA reports.

    According to Nadir Azmammadov, spokesperson of Azerbaijan Railways OJSC, the tariffs have increased 35% since March 11.

    He noted that the growth is associated with the changed rate of the national currencies of Russia, Georgia and Ukraine versus the Swiss franc: "The tariffs increased in accordance with the regulatory tariffs for international transportation, associated with the Swiss franc".

    Azerbaijan Railways CJSC appealed to Russian Railways OJSC and Georgian Railways JSC with a proposal to reduce tariffs for international passenger traffic. As a result of negotiations between Azerbaijani and Russian railways, the tariffs in Baku-Moscow-Baku and Baku-Kharkov-Baku trains will be reduced 35% from March 30, 2015.

    At the same time, the tariffs in Baku-Tbilisi-Baku in the territory of Azerbaijan Railways have been reduced since March 15. According to negotiations between Azerbaijani and Georgian railways, the tariffs in Georgia's territory will be reduced from April 5, 2015.
  • Agricultural issues discussed in Ankara
    29.03.2015 15:09
    The Ministry issued a statement.

    The first meeting of Deputy Ministers of Agriculture of the participating countries of the "Great Twenty" (G20) took place in Ankara on March 23, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry of Agriculture.

    "The initial draft communiqueacute;, which includes the main priorities of the G20 towards sustainable food systems was discussed at the meeting.

    There was an exchange of views on the content of the draft document, and the proposals were voiced. At the event, it was decided to continue work on improving the draft document to the ministerial meeting," the Ministry said.

    The meeting was attended by a delegation composed of the chief of the State Service for the management of agricultural projects and credits under the Ministry of Agriculture Rufat Rustamzade and Deputy Head of International Cooperation Department of the Ministry Zaur Aliyev.

    The meeting was held to prepare for the meeting of agriculture ministers G20 in May, 2015 under the Turkey's chairmanship in "Great Twenty" (G20).
  • Libya Close to Agreement on National Unity Government Formation
    29.03.2015 15:06
    Baku-APA. The UN's envoy to Libya said that Libya is "getting very close" to an agreement on the formation of a national unity government, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

    Libya is "getting very close" to an agreement on the formation of a national unity government, the UN News Centre cited Bernardino Leon, the organization's envoy to Libya, as saying on Friday.

    The latest round of UN-brokered peace talks aiming to resolve the political turmoil in Libya concluded on Thursday in Morocco's capital Rabat.

    Leon said that the peace talks went "well beyond what we expected," because the scope of issues on the agenda was reduced, adding the all sides feel they are "really getting very close to the agreement."

    Leon added that the rival Libyan political factions (the UN-recognized government in Tobruk and Tripoli-based General National Congress) reached consensus on the need to put an end to the arms escalation and to search for political solutions to the crisis.

    The peace talks which began on March 6, 2015 were on the verge of collapse on Saturday as the government in Tobruk conducted air strikes against airports and a military base in Libya's capital Tripoli, controlled by the General National Congress (GNS). It was reported that a senior commander loyal to the GNS was killed during the airstrikes.

    The next rounds of the peace talks will take place in Algeria and Brussels in the next few weeks.

    Libya has been plagued by violence since 2011 when a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.
  • Iranian MPs pursue to cancel Erdogan's visit to Tehran
    29.03.2015 14:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    The upcoming trip of Turkey's President Recep Tayyep Erdogan to Iran should be cancelled due to his recent anti-Iran remarks, Iranian MP Esmaeel Kowsari said.

    Kowsari, who is a member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Erdogan should be notified that if he talks nonsense about Iran, he will be dealt with, Iran's Fars news agency reported on March 29.

    "Even if the foreign affairs ministry takes no step in this regard, we will oblige them to do it," Kowsari said.

    Erdogan is due to visit Tehran in early April.

    The Turkish president earlier accused Iran of trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun to annoy Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.

    Prior to that, Turkey said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi forces (a Shia group) in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.

    "Iran is trying to dominate the region," Erdogan said at a press conference. "This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this."

    Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif severely criticized Erdogan over the latter's recent remarks against the Islamic Republic.

    "Those who have inflicted irreparable damage with their strategic mistakes and high ambitions would better adopt wise policies to use existing potentials in preserving regional peace and integrity," Zarif said.

    Zarif said that Iran highly regards its strategic relations with Turkey in different spheres, adding that under the current circumstances all countries must work toward establishing peace and preventing insecurity in the region.

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  • First baby born from IVF
    29.03.2015 14:55
    The first baby has been born in Europe from a new IVF procedure that checks embryos for devastating genetic disorders.

    Lucas Meagu was at high risk of inheriting a rare form of muscular dystrophy which would have left him with weak muscles making walking and everyday tasks difficult.

    However, a ground-breaking technique which is being pioneered by fertility doctors in London has allowed Lucas to be born fit, healthy and free of disease.

    Traditional embryo testing procedures require months of laboratory work but the latest technique, known as karyomapping, takes less than a fortnight and can pick up a range of diseases.

    Lucasв' mother Carmen, 26, who works in recruitment, inherited Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease from her father who suffered with the illness all his life.
  • Azerbaijani, Turkish diasporas to protest ''Armenian genocide'' in US
    29.03.2015 14:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29


    The diaspora organizations of Azerbaijan and Turkey will hold a protest action in Washington on April 24 in connection with the Armenians' propaganda of the 1915 events as the so-called genocide, the Turkish newspaper Aksam reported March 29.

    The representatives of 124 NGOs will attend the rally.

    The action of protest will be held under the motto "Devote one day to Turkey".

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place.

    While strengthening the efforts to promote the "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

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  • Iran says no change in Erdogan visit to Tehran
    29.03.2015 14:43
    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in Consular Affairs Hassan Qashqawi said there has been no change in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's planned visit to Tehran.

    Speaking to reporters in Tehran and to a question about the visit taking place in April, Qashqawi said according to what he knows, there was no change in the schedule, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported March 29.

    The Turkish president earlier accused Iran o try to dominate the region. Turkey has supported Saudi Arabia's military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    In an implicit criticism of Erdogan's comments, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that, 'Those who have caused irreparable damage with their strategic blunders and ambitious policies had better adopt responsible policies aimed at using the existing capacities for establishing peace and convergence in the region.'

    Meanwhile, in related news, Turkish President Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on March 26 there has been no change in the president's planned visit to Iran.

    Speaking to reporters, Kalin made the remarks to a question raised over the impact of Saudi Arabia's military operation in Yemen on relations between Iran and Turkey.

    Kalin underscored that Iran is an important neighboring country and remains an essential trade partner of Turkey, adding that recent developments in Yemen make Erdogan's visit to Iran in April even more topical.

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  • Ziya Mammadov to receive citizens in Shamakhi
    29.03.2015 14:43
    The registration of citizens is conducted.

    Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov will consider complaints of citizens about the existing traffic problems.

    The reception of the citizens residing in Gobustan and Shamakhi region will be held on 30 March in Shamakhi.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry that the citizens wishing to make an appointment, can be registered on March 29 from 09:00 to 18:00 at the following addresses:

    - 9th road operation unit of Shamakhi (Shamakhi region, Sabir village, Pirsaat river basin, 115th km).

    - 8th road operation unit of Gobustan (Gobustan region, the Khilmilli road)
  • 41 killed by Boko Haram
    29.03.2015 14:38
    Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

    In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in political thuggery in southern Rivers state, and two car bombs exploded at polling stations in the southeast but no one was injured, according to police.

    All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers, including the headquarters of their so-called Islamic caliphate.
  • SOCAR, KBR to set up engineering JV in Azerbaijan
    29.03.2015 14:29
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    KBR, a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company has signed a joint venture agreement with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to set up a new engineering and support services company in Azerbaijan, reported.

    With support from KBR and SOCAR, the new company will provide design, engineering, technical, procurement, construction supervision and project management service for projects across the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors, primarily in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    The JV company, which will come up in Baku city, will also prepare technical requirements for all stages of a project, including project management, contract supervision, planning and cost control.

    Additionally, it will train and develop the local workforce and supervise contractors throughout all stages of a project -- from startup through construction and into performance testing.

    Commenting on the deal, Stuart Bradie, the president and CEO, said KBR was proud to continue its successful history in Azerbaijan.

    KBR, he stated, has been working on various projects in Azerbaijan since 1994, achieving more than 17 million man-hours.

    "This joint agreement represents KBR's ability to bring consistent and valuable training and educational programs to the region. We look forward to mobilizing our expertise, systems and procedures to support SOCAR's success with these new projects," he stated.

    "We are confident that this strong JV will help to realize our ambition to create a world class

    Azerbaijan-based engineering company," SOCAR president Rovnag Abdullayev said.

    KBR, Inc. is one of the leading suppliers of the US Army and the Department of Defense. Is a subsidiary of Halliburton. A controlling stake was acquired in 1962. The company's headquarters is located in Houston.


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  • Azerbaijani servicement to leave for Ankara
    29.03.2015 14:00
    The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey will hold a joint defense planning course.

    The defense planning will be held in Ankara from March 30 to April 3.

    Oxu.Az reports citing the website of the Ministry of Defense that in addition to this course the sixth meeting of the working group of Azerbaijan, Pakistan will be held in Baku from March 30 to April 2, and a seminar on the development and planning ofstrategicconcept - in Baku from March 31 to April 3.

    The event will be attended by the representatives of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • Azerbaijani Parliament to hear 2014 report on fight against human trafficking
    29.03.2015 14:00
    Azerbaijan's National Coordinator for Combating Human Trafficking has submitted the report for 2014 to the Azerbaijani Parliament.

    The Parliament told APA that the report will be heard on April 3.

    The report will be read out by Azerbaijan's Deputy Interior Minister, National Coordinator for Combating Human Trafficking Vilayat Eyvazov.
  • Seattle Artist Creates Invisible Street Art That Only Appears When It Rains
    29.03.2015 13:27
    A heavy downpour can spoil the best of plans, but who says you canв't have fun with a bit of rain? Proving the fact is Seattle-based magician and artist Peregrine Church, with his rain-activated street art, called 'rainworksв'. These paintings are invisible to the naked eye when dry, only making an appearanceВ when it rains!

    Church said that heв's passionate about making things that make the world a more interesting place. ''Rainworks are pieces of street art that only appear when theyв're wet,'' he explained, ''and theyв're messages or images designed to make peopleв's rainy day a little bit better.'' He calls it the ''ideal Seattle art'' because of the constant rains in the city.

    Using stencils and super hydrophobic coating, heВ paints positive messages and familiar games such as hopscotch on various streets around Seattle. The protective coating forms a waterproof layer that is invisible to the naked eye. When it rains, the droplets of water roll off the painted surface, revealing the hidden message or drawing.

    Interestingly, superhydrophobic coatings have other uses as well '" theВ spray-on coating can be used on clothesВ to make them completely liquid-proof. Weв've also written about how it was used to createВ urine-deflecting wallsВ to discourage public urination. In fact, thatв's how Church got the idea for rainworks. As he watched videos of several people using the spray for various fun projects, he wondered what would happen if he sprayed through a stencil. He then discovered that it would be invisible if sprayed on to concrete. When the concrete gets wet it becomes dark, except for the waterproofed parts that repel water and stay light-colored.

    Church recently revealed that he uses 'Always Dry Wood amp; Stoneв' '" a product by waterproof coating technology company Nanex. The product is supposed to be completely non-toxic, environmentally safe, and biodegradable. The paintings are temporary '" lasting up to four months, and slowly fading away with time '" so they donв't cause any permanent damage to property.

    When Nanex realised how Church was putting their product to creative use, the company quickly caught on with the trend. They are now using the clever technique as a part of their marketing strategy. ''Always Dry nano-coating solvent can be used by parents or event coordinators for playing different games,'' they said.

    ''With the help of it, they can hide various messages and artworks that can only be revealed through water. You can just create different messages on footpaths, trees or walls spraying Always Dry over them. Then, using water guns, your children, friends or colleagues will spray these parts and find out those messages that will lead them to the next clue.''

    Meanwhile, Church has created 25 to 30 'rainworksв' all over Seattle. Some of his quirky messages include: ''Stay Dry Out There,'' ''Error 404: Sun Not Found,'' and ''Proud to be Rainy.''

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  • New subway cars shipped to Baku
    29.03.2015 13:04
    Under the contract, the capital will receive 3 of 5 cars.

    "Metrovagonmash" JSC, part of the "Transmashholding" ZAO, commenced deliveries of a new type model cars 81-760B / 761B / 763B to Baku Metro.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the that the first two convoys were sent to Azerbaijan in late March, the delivery of another is scheduled for April.

    New convoys are intended for the third line of Baku Metro.

    Under the contract, Baku will receive 3 of 5 cars. Each train has 2 head motor car model 81-760B, 2 intermediate motor car model 81-761B and 1 non-motorized intermediate car model 81-763B. Upon request, the cars have a pass-through, but differ from cars 81-760A / 761A / 763A with modified front mask, interior of cabin and another color.
  • Baku 2015 introduces Spectator Information Center
    29.03.2015 12:59
    /By Azernews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 has unveiled their Spectator Information Center which will provide up to date and invaluable information to the hundreds of thousands of people who want to be a part of the inaugural European Games.

    Around 20 operators will be on hand to help both in Azerbaijani and in English '" providing generic Baku 2015 information, venues, sports, the competition schedule, ticketing (prices, how to buy tickets, sales locations and opening hours, Lucky Winner campaign), accessibility, merchandise, ceremonies and transport.

    Callers to the line will be welcomed by Baku 2015 Celebrity Ambassador Murad Dadashov, who is a comedian, actor and presenter. He also as hosts several well-known TV shows.

    European Games Spectator Information Center is accessible by dialing 2015 from Azercell, Bakcell and Azerfon gsm operators and Btrib (Baku) and Aztelekom (regional) landline operators, who cover more than 90 percent of subscribers in Azerbaijan.

    For international visitors wishing to gather information prior to travelling the number is 994 77 2015 000 but will be subject to the international charges of the dialing country.

    Through 17 days of competition, over 6,000 sportsmen will represent 50 countries in 20 sports. The Games will take place in 21 stadia and facilities in Baku and Mingachevir city.
  • Blackberry posts profit
    29.03.2015 12:58
    Blackberry has posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings, but its revenues showed a larger-than-expected drop, SIA informs citing the BBC.

    It reported net profit of $28m (ВЈ18.8m), against a loss of $148m a year earlier.

    It was the second quarter running the company had posted a surprise profit.

    However, revenue slid to $660m from $793m, below analysts' expectations. For the year, Blackberry reported that its loss had narrowed to $304m.
  • Turkmenistan to create unified state register of roads
    29.03.2015 12:41
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 29

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    A report about the ongoing work on the preparation of the unified state register of roads, as well as the rules of their numbering by digital signs was submitted at a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, the country's government said March 28.

    "This document will contain the necessary information about the location, name, category, length of roads and technical specifications," the statement said.

    It was reported in late December 2014 that an interactive map of the country's roads was created on the basis of the Geographic Information Systems under the Academy of Sciences

    of Turkmenistan.

    "The program envisages systematization, keeping and constant updating the information," the statement said. "It will help engineers in the construction and operation services," the statement said.

    It was reported in September that the Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the Euro-Asian road transport links across the territory of Turkmenistan was signed between the government of Turkmenistan and International Road Transport Union (IRU) in Ashgabat.

    IRU represents the interests of motor carriers of Europe, America, Asia, Africa. The organization consists of over 180 members from 74 countries.

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  • SOCAR Romanian representation increases authorized capital
    29.03.2015 12:29
    SOCARв's daughter company in Romania SOCAR Petroleum SA increased authorized capital €8 mln in February.

    APA-Economics reports that SOCAR Petroleum SA increases authorized capital euro;8,020,000 last month. The company can construct 8 filling stations with this money.

    Today, SOCAR operates 32 filling stations in Romania.
  • "Earth Hour" held in Baku
    29.03.2015 12:24
    The candles were lit.

    The"Earth Hour" action was held in Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, on March 28 in the framework of the international campaign "Earth Hour 2015" more than 1 billion people living in different parts of the world came together to show solidarity against climate change.

    This year Azerbaijani participants in the global campaign conducted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) gathered at 19:30 on Azadlig Square in Baku, taking the flashlights and lighters.

    Then the candles were lit. Within an hour (from 20:30 to 21:30) the backlight of the Heydar Aliyev Center, SOCAR, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the "Yeni Azerbaijan" party, the Maiden Tower and Palace of the Shirvan Shahs, ADA University, the Government House and the facade of the hotel Marriott Absheron" hotel was off.

    In addition, the bike tour was conducted by the "Critical Mass Baku", as well as representatives of the event participated in various mobs.

    The project was completed at 22:00.

    This year the residents of 172 countries joined the "Earth Hour".

    On March 26, 2011 at the Maiden Tower, the symbol of Baku and at the territory of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve "Old City", the lighting was turned off for an hour, and thus, Azerbaijan was among the countries that supported this global campaign.
  • Turkmen President instructed to accelerate work on the TAPI gas pipeline project
    29.03.2015 11:56
    President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has instructed the relevant oil and gas leaders of the country a number of specific guidance to accelerate work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, Altyn Asir TV channel reported on Saturday.

    This issue was discussed at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    President "emphasized gathered on priorities related to the creation of multi-variant system of transportation of Turkmen energy resources to world markets, as well as the further promotion of Turkmenistan's international initiatives in the field of formation of a new architecture of global energy security", said in statement.

    Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted a specific role in this context is implementation of large-scale project on construction of the transnational gas pipeline TAPI.

    According to a preliminary feasibility study, the cost of the Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) pipeline project is estimated to be around $7.6 billion, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India said referring to the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum amp; Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.

    TAPI will be 1,814 kilometers long, the statement said.

    Earlier, it was reported that the total length of TAPI will reach 1,735 kilometers. Some 200 kilometers of the pipeline will run through Turkmenistan, 735 kilometers - through Afghanistan, 800 kilometers - through Pakistan to the settlement of Fazilka, located on the border with India.

    The meeting of the TAPI steering committee was held in Ashgabat in late 2014. A decision was made to announce an international tender to choose a TAPI Ltd. consortium leader in early 2015.

    Turkmengaz State Concern, Afghan Gas Corporation, Pakistanв's "Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited" and Indian "GAIL (India) Limited" with equal shares have recently established "TAPI Ltd." operating company. It will own the pipeline in the future. The project implementation can begin in 2015.

    The basic document for its implementation is Ashgabatв's interstate agreement signed among the participating countries in 2010.

    The design capacity of the TAPI will be up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year, while the expected lifetime is 30 years.

  • Georgia doesn't forecast building Khudoni Hydro Power Plant in 2015
    29.03.2015 11:39
    Georgia doesn't forecast the start of building of the Khudoni Hydro Power Plant, said the country's Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze, Georgia-Online reported.Kaladze told journalists that following the governmental meeting, first the preparatory work must be carried out."This is a very big project and some time is needed to prepare the Environmental Impact Assessment, as the normal countries do," he said. "This process will be very transparent. There will be meetings in the ministry of Environmental Protection, with experts and population."Regarding the construction itself, Kaladze said it is hard to say if it will begin this year, most likely after the preparatory work is done.Khudoni HPP is a projected power plant on Inguri River, in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia that has 3 turbines with a nominal capacity of 233.3 MW each having a total capacity of 700 MW.The power plant is associated with a planned 200.5-metre (658 ft) tall concrete double-arch-gravity dam. According to the Georgian government-commissioned and the World Bank-supported study the construction of Namakhvani, Paravani and Khudoni hydro power plants are the most attractive scenarios for the development of Georgia's energy sector.

  • New agreement between AZAL and Turkish Airlines enters into force
    29.03.2015 11:38
    From today.

    The code-sharing agreement signed between CJSC "Azerbaijan Airlines" (AZAL) and Turkish Airlines (THY) entered into force on March 29.

    According to Oxu.Az, the agreement signed between AZAL and Turkish Airlines allows passengers to take advantage of great opportunities for better connections and increased flexibility of travel between the two countries.

    As part of the code-sharing agreement Turkish Airlines will indicate its marketing code on flights of AZAL by route Baku-Istanbul Ataturk-Sabiha Gokcen-Ankara.

    AZAL, in turn, will indicate its marketing code on flights of Turkish Airlines by route Istanbul-Baku-Nakhchivan-Ganja and Sabiha Gokcen-Baku.

    In addition, in sectors outside of Istanbul and Baku, both airlines will offer an expanded network for its passengers.

    On March 15 the code-sharing agreement on routes between Azerbaijan and Turkey was signed between JSC "Azerbaijan Airlines" (AZAL) and Turkish Airlines (THY).
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