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Rovnag Abdullayev: Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors
28.06.2013 15:48
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By selecting TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), Azerbaijan has taken its important steps to become European energy supplier, said the President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev.

Abdullayev noted that the idea on delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe will not be limited only with Shahdeniz project: "Azerbaijan has gas reserves approved in the 2 trillion cm. TAP project will change European energy map."

He stressed that Azerbaijan will participate in other energy projects of Europe: "Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors."

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    By Nigar Orujova

    The central banks of developing countries including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia increased their gold reserves in September, a report by Dow Jones shows said citing data from the International Monetary Fund.Azerbaijan increased its official gold reserves for the second consecutive month, the report noted. The Central Bank of Azerbaijan increased its reserves by 17.4 percent, bringing them up to 868.321 ounces."The central banks of developing countries have increased their gold reserves over the past few years amid uncertain prospects of the reserve currencies such as the dollar and the euro," the report said.Russia, which is one of the largest holders of precious metals in the world, increased its reserves by 1.2 million ounces, according to the IMF. The Central Bank of Russia, which buys gold from the domestic gold producing industry, currently has reserves of 37 million ounces of gold.Kazakhstan, adding 68,000 ounces to its reserves in September, brought them up to the amount of 5.9 million ounces."At the same time, countries like the Czech Republic and Mexico reduced their reserves," the report said.

    Earlier, Anglo Asian Mining plc, a company involved in the extraction of precious metals in Azerbaijan, revealed plans to become the most leading precious metals and copper producer in the Caucasus.

    AAM has 75 tons of dry copper concentrate and 550 tons of wet copper concentrate stockpiles to sell.

    The company has the right to develop six deposits in the south-west of Azerbaijan - Gadabay, Ordubad, Gosha Bulag, Gyzyl Bulag, Vezhnali, and Soyutlu- under a production sharing agreement signed in August 1997 with Azerbaijan's government.

    The resource base of the company exceeds 36 tons of gold, 292 tons of silver and 94.000 tons of copper.

    The gold produced at the mines is sent for treatment to Switzerland. The ingots are brought to Azerbaijan and stored on the government's account.Overall, Anglo Asian's production in the nine months of the year reached 43,232 ounces of gold, 27,419 ounces of silver and 580 tons of copper.
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    The countries may begin the cooperation.

    Chairman of the State Committee for City Building and Architecture Abbas Alasgarov adopted on the basis of the presentation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan the delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Development of Poland Marcin Kubyakin.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Comittee that Abbas Alasgarov presented guests with detailed information about the functions of the State Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning and the work done, and also clarified their questions.

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  • Azerbaijani Ambassador and Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy join forces in Central London
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    London, October 30, AzerTAc

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    The relevance of Azerbaijan to the UK and across Europe has increased considerably since the signing of a $45bn agreement in 2013 between the Azerbaijani government and the BP-led Shah Deniz Consortium. From 2018, this will see Caspian gas from the Shah Deniz II development being transported to an interconnector in Italy.

    Charles Hendry MP, Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, commented: "An excellent state of relations exists between the countries, and it is imperative for British businesses to see where the opportunities lie and understand how UK and Azerbaijani governments and partner organisations can collaborate to help UK businesses optimise their revenues.

    "The relationship is currently overwhelmingly centred around oil and gas, and BP was significantly the first international investor in the country, following the regaining of independence. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has spoken of BP as being the partner of choice for another 20-30 years. The final investment decision (FID) between the Azerbaijani government and the BP-led Shah Deniz Consortium, signed in December 2013 in the presence of the Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, former UK Foreign Secretary, can be seen as the next stage of this relationship. This marks the first step in the Southern Gas Corridor, which will bring Azerbaijani Caspian Gas to Southern Europe and ensure European energy security and energy supply diversification.

    "Around 500 UK companies and 5000 UK citizens are working in Azerbaijan, most of which are related to BP and its partners. We now need to take this relationship beyond energy, and help build the skills base amongst local people in Azerbaijan. The Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park is currently under construction, and British investment and the skills that British companies can bring are a necessity. The White City Project has transformed an area of heavily contaminated land into a world-class location for top-quality hotels. British companies can certainly contribute in terms of design, architecture and project management. There is also collaboration in the information technology sector, and more students are being sent to the UK on Presidential scholarships than any other country. There are also great opportunities in the financial services sector, which remains underdeveloped.

    "Baku is preparing to host the inaugural European Games and many companies and specialists who were involved in the London 2012 Olympics are working in Baku. Azerbaijan will be on the World Stage for the first time, and Formula 1 will be hosted in 2016. I am certain that Baku will rise to the occasion due to the drive and determination of the Azerbaijani government. Azerbaijani Ministers are pro-British, keen to see engagement and want British business in their country."

    Tahir Taghizadeh, recently-appointed Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK, stated: "Our Ministers are pro-British and are also pro-Azerbaijani, and our economic, political and security interests almost coincide. We want our relationship with the UK to outlast our hydrocarbon resources. Since 2003, due to political stability and sound macroeconomic policies, the country transformed and the economy grew 3.2 times by 2013. Last year, AzerSpace-1, the first Azerbaijani satellite was launched, and will soon be followed by the second satellite. There are also many projects aimed at developing the tourist industry.

    "Azerbaijan accounts for 70 per cent of the South Caucasus GDP, and trades with around 150 countries. Azerbaijan was ranked in 38th position in the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15, published by the World Economic Forum. Azerbaijan applies the same principles as the UK in terms of economic development and political ideals. Economic issues will remain at the top of my Ambassadorial agenda. I am committed to bringing easy access to the Azerbaijani economy for UK businesses, whether in the energy or non-energy sector."

    Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS, said: "As you will be aware, Azerbaijan is a very prosperous and stable country, but it has a long-running conflict with neighbouring Armenia and has to look after around 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). This is a considerable financial burden, even for a wealthy country such as Azerbaijan. It is our job to remind people that the conflict is ongoing and that these people are unable to return to their rightful homes."

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  • Synergy Baku Cyclists to join Tour of Taihu Lake
    30.10.2014 16:22
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    By Amina Nazarli

    The Tour of Taihu Lake will be held in China from November 1 to 9.

    The Synergy Baku Cycling' riders will continue their racing schedule in China to build on their impressive performance in the just-ended Tour of Hainan.

    Team captain Maxim Averin will attend the competition along with national champions Elchin Asadov, Enver Asanov, Ismail Ilyasov, Samir Jabrayilov and Alex Surutkovych. Only Christoph Schweizer will not take part at the race in eastern China.

    The nine-stage race is mostly flat, offering bunch sprint finishes. The weather for the first few days is expected to be about 20 degrees C with light rain.

    The squad recently competed successfully in the Tour of Hainan, where it took the fifth place among 20 teams, standing above such strong teams as Holland Belkin-Pro Cycling Team, Australian Drapac Professional Cycling and Team Novo Nordisk of the U.S.

    Team manager David McQuaid praised the Azeri riders for their unity and strong performance.

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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gay
    30.10.2014 16:22
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    Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly confirmed he is gay in an opinion piece published Thursday advocating for human rights and equality.

    In the essay published by Businessweek, Cook says he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, citing the quote "Life's most persistent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

    "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now," writes Cook. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

    Cook says he's been privately open with others about being gay, but felt compelled to come out to help others. "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others," writes Cook. "So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

    Cook's piece published days after the Apple CEO criticized his home state of Alabama over gay rights. "We can't change the past, but we can learn from it, and we can create a different future," said Cook.

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    Cook says the decision to reveal his sexuality was difficult, and hopes people focus more on his efforts running the tech giant. "Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one's sexuality, race, or gender. I'm an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I'm best suited for and the work that brings me joy."
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  • Former member of "NIDA" joins "Yeni Azerbaijan" party
    30.10.2014 16:15
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    "Henceforth, I will direct all my forces to promote Azerbaijan."

    Pardoned by presidential decree, the former member of the revolutionary youth organization "NД°DA" Elsever Mursalli applied for membership in the "Yeni Azerbaijan" party (NAP).

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    The Emperor's daughter-in-law Princess Masako, wife of his son Crown Prince Naruhito, had paid their guests the ultimate compliment by wearing orange '" the Dutch national colour. Her suit echoed Maxima's own elegant choice of a Fifties-style day dress in burnt orange, with a bandeau head dress.

    For many years Masako has suffered from a stress-induced nervous condition. So her high-profile participation in the welcome is a sign both of her improving health and her closeness to the Dutch royals.

    In 2006, two years after Masako's diagnosis, Willem-Alexander's mother, formerly Queen Beatrix, invited the Japanese princess and her husband for a two-week holiday at her private estate, Het Loo Palace, in Apeldoorn.

    The Dutch royals are welcomed by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

    Many royal watchers said Beatrix sympathised given that her own husband, the late Prince Claus, suffered with severe depression.

    Last year Masako undertook her first overseas engagement in 11years to attend Willem-Alexander's inauguration as king at the express request of Maxima, who phoned to encourage her.

    On Tuesday, the Dutch monarch was invited to inspect an honour guard as soldiers raised the flags of both their countries.

    After a visit to a design museum and an oriental garden, the royals were guests of honour at a splendid banquet. For the stylish evening affair, Maxima was resplendent in a gold sequin-encrusted gown, with a diamond and pearl tiara, with matching drop earrings and a diamond bow-shaped brooch.
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  • Croatian Deputy PM pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    30.10.2014 15:53
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    Baku, October 30, AzerTAc

    A delegation led by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Vesna Pusic has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

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

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

    The Croatian Minister laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
    2
  • Iran petrodollars down 30% as crude prices fall: Rouhani
    30.10.2014 15:52
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    Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani says the countryв's oil revenues have plunged by 30 percent due to a recent fall in crude prices in the global market.

    Addressing a Majlis session on Wednesday, Rouhani said that the oil-rich country should be prepared to deal with "the new conditions", Press TV reports.

    President Rouhani said that economic issues have never been the only determinants of oil prices, as "politics and global plots" have often had a significant role as well.

    Oil is the main source of income for Iran.

    Brent crude, a benchmark for more than half of the world's oil, has fallen more than 20 percent since June, when its price had reached about USD 115 a barrel.

    Iran has slashed its crude price in an attempt to attract Asian customers following a recent slump in the oil prices due to market oversupply and concomitant falling demand.

    The director for international affairs of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said recently that OPEC is unlikely to reduce its production ceiling when it meets in November.

    Mohsen Qamsari also said that an emergency meeting of OPEC is unnecessary now. "Holding a meeting now is ineffective," he said.

    In May, NIOC said oil production capacity of the Islamic Republic would reach four million barrels per day by the end of the current Persian calendar year in March 2015.

    Iran will be capable of exploiting its oil reservoir for the next six decades as the country has estimated crude reserves of 157 billion barrels, the NIOC says.
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  • Emma Watson on her feminist UN speech
    30.10.2014 15:47
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    Last month Emma Watson made waves when she delivered a game-changing speech about feminism.

    The 24-year-old star, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women, was speaking at the launch of the HeForShe campaign '" a solidarity movement for gender equality that "brings together one half of humanity in support of the other".

    Opening up about that speech that went viral, Emma told Elle UK: "I was very nervous."

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    UN Ambassador Emma Watson delivered a speech on feminism last month

    "It wasn't an easy thing for me to do," she said. "It felt like: 'Am I going to have lunch with these people, or am I going to be eaten? Am I the lunch?'"

    The Harry Potter actress explained how she was using her stardom for the good of her cause.

    "Fame is not something I have always felt comfortable with," said Emma. "I have really grappled with it emotionally. And, in a funny way, doing this is my way of making sense of the fame, of using it. I have found a way to channel it towards something else, which makes it so much more manageable for me. And this is something I really believe in."

    Her attitude is something she picked up from a young age, when, sitting around the dinner table, Emma was raised to believe that her opinion was valuable. "My mum and I spoke as loudly as my brothers," she said.

    Last month, the Paris-born beauty reinforced her feminist views in a rousing speech delivered at the New York United Nations headquarters.

    "You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl?" said Emma. "And what is she doing up on stage at the UN. It's a good question and trust me I have been asking myself the same thing. I don't know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better."

    Emma warned her audience not to confuse feminism '" "an unpopular word" '" with "man-hating" and called on men to support her fight for gender equality.

    "I want men to take up this mantle," she said. "So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too '" reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves."
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  • Pomegranate tree exhibition opens in Baku
    30.10.2014 15:41
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    By Amina Nazarli

    "Pomegranate Tree" exhibition of young Azerbaijani artists was held in Shirvanshahs Palace Complex in the ancient part of Baku - Icheri Sheher on October 29.

    The exhibition is dedicated to the upcoming holiday of pomegranate, which is celebrated annually in Azerbaijan in early November.

    The event was organized by creative youth club "Constellation" at the Russian Information and Cultural Center (RICC) in Baku.

    Speaking at the event, Head of Museum-Reserve Rena Rzayeva noted that this exhibition is not the first one, which the museum is holding jointly with the creative youth club "Constellation" at the RICC.

    It was emphasized that such events attract young people to the museum promoting art and beauty among them.

    Head of Russian cooperation in Azerbaijan Valentin Denisov, Rena Rzayeva and Head of the club "Constellation" Munavvar Mukhtarova presented special diplomas to the exhibition's participants.

    Mukhtarova added that the exhibition will last for one week in Park Boulevard from November 1.

    Thirty young and talented artists displayed their works at the exhibition.

    The pomegranate is a unique fruit, and Azerbaijan is the only country in the world which grows all varieties of pomegranate. The bright juicy fruit has long been a symbol of Azerbaijan.

    Since 2006 the Pomegranate Festival being held on the harvesting time has been celebrated in Azerbaijan's Goychay region in early November.

    The varieties of pomegranates grown in different villages of Goychay and the products made of pomegranate are brought to the center of the region and shown at an exhibition in the town square.

    Young athletes' performances and concerts take place in the town's center as well.

    The main purpose of the holiday is to promote the region's culture and its economic capacities to attract more tourists.
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  • Mubariz Gurbanli sees no need to declare Ashura as non-working day in Azerbaijan
    30.10.2014 15:30
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    Mubariz Gurbanli answered those who demand to declare the Day of Ashura as a non-working day in Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    Azerbaijan is a secular country and all the momentous days, including Ramadan and Eid al-Adha in Islamic world as holidays are marked in the country where 96 percent of its population is Muslim.

    The Chairman of the Committee said that if Azerbaijan includes the Day of Ashura in this list, it will cause some kind of discrimination against other religious sects in the country.

    "Fore example, Iran is a country where Shiites live in. However, 60 percent of Azerbaijan's population is Shiites. The government doesn't want to demonstrate discrimination in this matter. Anyway, people visit mosques and celebrate the Day of Ashura. The Caucasian Muslims Office also issues fatwa. There is no need for the government's any intervention in this matter.
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  • 24hr mine rescue ongoing in Ermenek
    30.10.2014 15:15
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    A twenty four-hour nonstop rescue missionto recover 18 miners trapped in a flooded coalmine is ongoing in the Karaman provincein central Turkey,Turkey's Energy Minister said Thursday.

    Energyand Natural ResourcesMinisterTaner Yildizsaid that theongoing rescue in the town of Ermenek,in the Karaman provincearound 400 KMs south of Ankarawillcontinue with all security measures in place to ensure the trappedworkers' and rescue team'ssafety.

    The water inside a collapsedcoalminein central Turkey has begun to decrease afterteams deployed a second pump to flushout water in a raceto rescueat least 18miners who remain trapped inside, Turkeyв's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said early Wednesday.

    "There are collapsed areas in the mine and there may be more landslides. We cannot be sure about the future incidentsbut we have to share what is happening there perspicuouslywith the public," he said.

    Earlier reports suggested there were at least 40miners trapped inside, but the latest figures from the minister reveals that there were 34minersin total, out of which18 remain trapped.

    "The 34 workers becametrapped when a water pipe inside a private lignitemineexploded," the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey,AFAD,said earlier Tuesday.

    The disaster management body also said that a 225-person team was on site for the search-and-rescue mission.

    "Two aircraft, 20 ambulances and eight AFAD rescue vehicles continue their search-and-rescue efforts. One mobile-base station has been set up at the scene and adequate food packets have also been delivered," AFAD said.

    The Energy Ministerand Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan remain on the spot to monitor the situation.
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  • Geopolitical risks hampering TAPI pipeline's implementation, expert says
    30.10.2014 15:12
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Geopolitical risks are hampering the implementation process of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations and former Director of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan, Doctor of Political Sciences Elkhan Nuriyev believes.

    He toldВ TrendВ Agency that the current situation connected with the construction of the TAPI pipeline is reminiscent of renewal of the "Great Game" around the Central Asian region, involving Pakistan, Iran, Russia and Central Asian countries.

    "Currently, the prospect of increased competition is preserved, and it occurs on the background of high geopolitical risks that make the TAPI project practically impossible," he said.

    The TAPI project with the proposed capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year will extend from Galkynysh field in Turkmenistan through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar to its final point at a settlement on the Pakistani-Indian border.

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) serves as a transactional advisor on TAPI gas pipeline project. Its main task is to develop the project company TAPI Ltd., as well as to search for a leader of the consortium to implement one of the largest energy projects in the vast Asian space.

    The expert went on adding that a significant part of the gas pipeline will pass through unstable regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan and the border between India and Pakistan. This will create serious problems that will make it impossible to rely on the successful implementation of the project.

    "In addition, the complex relations between India and Pakistan threaten the stability of gas supplies from Turkmenistan," he noted.

    The expert believes the TAPI project is a costly one, and operation of the pipeline, in case of its construction, will be associated with high security costs.

    "Even if the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline begins in 2015, its fate will remain uncertain, since much of it depends on the development of domestic political processes in Afghanistan in the coming years," Nuriyev said. "Thus, lack of security is a major obstacle to real progress in the implementation of this project."

    The expert thinks the construction of the TAPI will enhance the integration of Afghanistan into the international economic system.

    "However, it is necessary that the project would contribute to strengthening the geo-economic cooperation, rather than strengthening geopolitical rivalry to achieve this goal," he added.

    TAPI is not only a regional project envisaging the transportation of Turkmen gas, but also a global one. The implementation of the project will strengthen Turkmenistan's independence, and its gas supplies to world markets will increase significantly.

    The project is an opportunity to contribute to the stability of Afghanistan, and its implementation could contribute to the rehabilitation process in the post-war country. It will also create job opportunities and provide Afghanistan with guaranteed revenue from the transit.
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  • President Ilham ALiyev receives First Deputy PM of Croatia
    30.10.2014 14:57
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia Mrs. Vesna Pusićm SIA reports

    During the meeting, the sides expressed satisfaction of rapidly developing political, economic, and other relations between Azerbaijan and Croatia. They also spoke of the existence of favorable conditions for energy cooperation, stressing the importance of the Southern Gas Corridor in the same respect.
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  • Russia may ban use of children's images in advertising
    30.10.2014 14:56
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    The Russian State Duma has proposed a bill to ban the use of childrenв's images in the advertising of goods and services which are not intended for them.

    The bill says the use of children's images reduces the critical perception of consumers, thus leading to their manipulation, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "At the moment, ads with images of children are used in banking sector, including credit services. Moreover, the advertising of financial services may be addressed to minorshellip; In theory, one can use images of children in advertising cabaret. This can rise questions of ethics", said Oleg Mikheev, the author of the bill and MP from "Fair Russia" Party.

    Mikheev noted that the existing law on advertising does not contain a list of goods and services that are mainly intended for and consumed by minors.

    According to Mikheev, the ban on the use of images of minors in advertising is not an issue about the interests of children themselves, but rather deals with the ethics of advertising.
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  • These oak sticks make your cheap whiskey taste more expensive
    30.10.2014 14:42
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    Kickstarter features the most awesome inventions! The latest one weв've found is the 'Whiskey Elementв', a simple tool that claims to make cheap whiskey taste like fine expensive liquor in just 24 hours. ''Customize your whiskey in 24 hours,'' theВ product pageВ reads. ''Itв's your whiskey, drink it the way you want.''

    The product is the brainchild of a Portland-based company called Time amp; Oak. They argue that the best and most expensive whiskeys are made after they are aged in quality oak barrels. But if you canв't afford to buy the finest whiskeys, you can probably settle for their Whiskey Elements, which are nothing more than specially designed oak sticks.

    By simply adding the stick to a bottle of cheap whiskey, they claim that you can replicate the taste of high quality liquor in no time at all. Thatв's because their 'accelerated transpiration through capillary actionв' can properly age cheap whiskey into a quality one by filtering impurities and infusing additional wood flavor in the spirit.

    ''After a year of development, 6 patents filed, hundreds of samples tested, 3 ovens destroyed and a couple of nights we donв't really remember, you can now get 3 years of aging 'effectsв' (time travel not included) in just 24 hours, and have complete control of the flavor,'' the crowd-funding campaign page states . ''This is the taste of tradition combined with the spark of innovation to create an efficient aging method for whiskey.''

    The inventors at Time amp; Oak said that they got the idea for the product when they walked into a liquor store last year and asked themselves 'whatв's the difference between top shelf and well-whiskey?в' ''And then it hit us '" if the goal is for the whiskey to filter in and out of the wood to remove toxins, get infused with flavor, and pull out those rich colors, what if the barrel isnв't the best design to achieve this process?''

    ''Wood barrels are really only good at containing the whiskey, because the wood is cut vertically so that the capillaries arenв't exposed to the liquid; otherwise the whiskey would slowly seep out the sides of the wood like a wet paper bag.'' So they designed a product that takes advantage of 'transpiration through capillary actionв' by cutting the wood horizontally. The horizontally cut 'elementв' of wood provides a shorter distance for whiskey to travel through its repetitive exposure to the capillaries, so it matures much faster and becomes of a much higher quality.В They call this 'acceleratedВ transpiration through capillary actionв'.

    To prove their point, Time amp; Oak have conducted an extensive 'beforeв' and 'afterв' chemical analysis. Their findings suggest that after being В treated with a Whiskey Element, cheapВ whiskeyВ shares a lot of chemical similarities with high-end spirits. All it takes is one stick to age a fifth and two to age a half-gallon bottle. Each stick can only be used once for maximum effectiveness.

    The company has come up with sticks of various flavors as well '" thereв's vanilla, maple, smokey and peaty. These flavors arenв't added through artificial chemicals, they insist, but are infused naturally through a proprietary curing process that adds subtle flavor differences to the wood.

    With one day to go before their project closes, the company has managed to raise over $172,000, with more than 4,500 backers. If you hurry, you could be one of the backers too, and the proud owner of a pair of their signature flavor elements for just $12 or more. Interested?

    /Odditycentral.Com/
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  • Russiaв's Taimyr air company suspends flights to Azerbaijan
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    The company does not agree with AZALв's offer.

    "Azerbaijan Airlines will implement all international flights from the Heydar Aliyev International Airport's terminal No1 from November 1. In this case, there will be lack of time in reception of aircrafts. Russia's Taimyr (NordStar Airlines) air company does not agree with the time offered by AZAL", said the AZAL spokesman Maharram Safarli.

    He added that Taimyr will be able to resume the flights if it accepts AZAL's offers.

    Russia's Taimyr Company implements Baku-Krasnoyarsk-Baku flights since March, 2012. However, it could not implement flights on October 29.

    According to Taimyr, Azerbaijani side refused to permit flight of Russian company while preparing flight schedule for 2014-2015 autumn-winter seasons.

    The flights are implemented on Monday at 06:30 and Wednesday at 16:20.
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  • Microsoft unveils $199 wearable fitness device
    30.10.2014 14:31
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    Microsoft has unveiled its first wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well as connect to a health service on smartphones.

    The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 (ВЈ125) on the company's online store.

    The device can operate for two days on a single charge and has 10 sensors that can track heart rate, calories, stress and even a person's sun exposure.

    It marks Microsoft's latest push into digital health after its medical record initiative HealthVault in 2007.

    "This is just the beginning of a multi-year vision for Microsoft in the health amp; fitness and wearables category," the company said in an emailed statement.

    "We want to enter this space in a deliberate and measured fashion and as such are launching first in the United States."

    The Microsoft Band has been compared to Samsung's Galaxy Gear Fit

    Technology giants Apple, Samsung and Google have all released health initiatives and are looking to further develop the growing demand for wearable devices.

    However, Microsoft's device is distinctive because it will work with all major mobile operating systems as well as connect to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

    "Consumers now have an overwhelming choice of health-related cloud platforms to choose from," Ben Wood from CCS Insight told the BBC.

    "They can be forgiven for being confused by the multitude of options. It's going to be a tough decision to choose whether to place their loyalty with Apple, Google or Microsoft given the immaturity of all three platforms.

    Furthermore, once they choose a platform they risk locking themselves into a long term commitment if they want to keep a lifetime of health-related data in one place."
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  • Iran to up medicine export to Russia
    30.10.2014 14:31
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    Iran plans to export $120 million worth of medicine to Russia over the next three years, Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Soren Sattar said during his visit to.

    Currently, the total value of medicine exports from Iran to Russia is $30 million annually. Among them are sclerosis and cancer medicines, Iribnews reported.

    Sattar said that Iran ranks seventh in nanotechnologies in the world. "Iran has achieved some success in the production of new medicines and intends to cooperate with Russia in this area," he said.

    During his Russia visit, Sattar was accompanied by the experts in the field of medicines, medical and nanotechnologies, as well as the oil and gas sector.

    During the visit, the meetings were held with Russian officials.

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  • Samsung profit falls to lowest in three years
    30.10.2014 14:31
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    Samsung Electronics has seen its quarterly operating profit fall to its lowest level in more than three years because of slowing smartphone sales.

    The South Korean company said profit fell 60% to 4.1tn won ($3.8bn; ВЈ2.5bn) in the three months to September.

    The results were in line with the firm's preliminary estimates released earlier this month. Shares of the world's biggest smartphone-maker have lost nearly 20% of their value this year.

    Samsung's mobile division, its biggest business, has been struggling to maintain its dominance against rivals such as Apple, which recently released the new iPhone 6.

    Its flagship Galaxy smartphone line has been losing market share to Chinese smartphone-makers Xiaomi and Lenovo, which sell cheaper models that also have large screens and multiple features.

    Samsung said market competition is "expected to further intensify".

    "Although the company anticipates a demand growth for the recently launched Galaxy Note 4 and new middle-end smartphone models, uncertainty remains," the firm said in a statement.

    It said the year-end surge in competitor smartphone launches "may require a potential increase in marketing expenses associated with year-end promotions".
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  • Three days to be non-working in Azerbaijan
    30.10.2014 14:26
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    Cabinet of Ministers has spread the message.

    Due to the fact that November 9, Flag Day, falls on Sunday, November 10, Monday, also was declared a non-working day.

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the head of the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers Akif Ali.

    According to him, Flag Day falls on Sunday, so the next business day - Monday (November 10) also declared non-working.

    Recall that as November 8 falls on Saturday, employees of enterprises, working 5 days a week, will be able to rest for 3 days.
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  • Paris meeting focused on issues without progress
    30.10.2014 14:21
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    By Sara Rajabova

    One of the main achievements of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents' Paris meeting was the call of French President Francois Hollande on two conflicting sides to start working on a comprehensive peace treaty.

    Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister told local media commenting on the results of the recent meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents.

    He stressed that Azerbaijan has repeatedly expressed its readiness to start the works.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan held a meeting on October 27 in Paris with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen to discuss the settlement process of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The two presidents held a face to face meeting, which was followed by another joint meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

    Afterwards, a joint meeting was held attended by President Hollande, President Aliyev, President Sargsyan and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen.

    Mammadyarov said during the Paris meeting, the negotiations were held in several stages and focused on the issues on which no progress has been achieved so far.

    "In general, each presidential meeting is positive. Such meetings allow understanding the mood of the opposing sides to promote the process of settlement of the conflict," Mammadyarov added.

    Mammadyarov said President Aliyev reiterated Azerbaijan's principal position during the meeting: First, Armenian armed forces should withdraw from Azerbaijan's occupied territories in order to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

    "As soon as this demand is met - a demand which is clearly supported by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and reflected in the resolutions of the UN Security Council- there will be great opportunities to ensure security in the region, to open borders and communications and to agree on issues related to the confidence-building measures," the minister said.

    Mammadyarov further added that if there are no Armenian troops on the Azerbaijani territories, the country will no more need snipers and the number of military incidents would decrease significantly.

    "Then we will make peace and economic development in the region," he said.

    Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.

    Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

    Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.
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  • 'Hope waning' for trapped Turkish miners
    30.10.2014 14:16
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    Hope is waning of saving 18 Turkish miners trapped by a flood in a mine in the south of the country, the energy minister acknowledged Oct. 30, as rescue efforts entered a third day.

    "Time is ticking by. I have to tell you that hope is waning concerning our 18 worker brothers," said Energy Minister Taner YД±ldД±z, who is at the scene of the disaster in the Karaman province of southern Turkey, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "It is not just because of the water. It is because of the tonnes of mud and waste that have crashed down into the pits," he added in televised comments.

    Tuesday's accident in southern Turkey was the latest to hit the country's disaster-prone mining industry after 301 workers were killed in a coal mine explosion in Soma in May.

    Some 400 workers are still at the scene in the village of Pamuklu seeking to syphon out an estimated 10 tonnes of water that burst into the shaft and broke down the its walls on Oct. 29.

    Both Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu and President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan on Wednesday visited the area in a clear bid to show that the government was on top of the rescue efforts.
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  • Azerbaijan and Turkey to increase trade turnover to $15-20 bln
    30.10.2014 14:16
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    ''Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey can increase to $15-20 bln'', said the Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Coskun at the Azerbaijan-Turkish business forum.

    Speaking about the forum, the ambassador said that significant decisions are passed in such meetings every year: "The decisions include increase of the trade turnover to $15-20 bln from $4-5 bln and mutual investing. At the same time, the issue on involvement of third countries to the projects to be implemented by Azerbaijan and Turkey is on the agenda".

    He said that Turkish businessmen will conduct bilateral negotiations with their Azerbaijani partners: "They will define how to cooperate with third countries. These are very significant initiatives. Because there are certain issues which the businessmen need. These are creation of condition for political stability and economic development and demonstration of political will by state officials of these purposes".
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  • Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva visits several orphanages and boarding school in Saint Petersburg
    30.10.2014 13:48
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    Saint Petersburg, October 30, AzerTAc

    Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva has visited several orphanages and a boarding school as part of her trip to Saint Petersburg.

    Chief doctor of the orphanage No13 Natalia Nikiforova informed Leyla Aliyeva that there are more than 60 children here.

    Natalia Nikiforova presented a book to Leyla Aliyeva.

    The Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation toured the facility.

    The Heydar Aliyev Foundation presented toys to the orphanage. The orphanage staff thanked the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, especially Leyla Aliyeva.

    Mrs. Aliyeva then visited the orphanage No31. Director of the Center Oksana Zabelina and acting head of the Administration of the Moscow district of Saint Petersburg Vladimir Ushakov informed Leyla Aliyeva about the center. It was noted that the facility was constructed in 1957. There are nearly 70 children in the orphanage.

    The Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation viewed the center. Children presented their handiwork to Leyla Aliyeva. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation presented a computer to the orphanage. Zabelina thanked Leyla Aliyeva on behalf of the center`s staff and children.

    Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva also visited the orphanage No1 and a boarding school. Director of the facility Alexey Mukhin informed Mrs. Aliyeva about the orphanage No1. There are 300 children in the orphanage.

    The Vice-President of the Foundation toured the facility and chatted with children.

    Leyla Aliyeva listened to children`s performance, and posed for photographs with them.

    The orphanage was presented with gifts on behalf of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.
    11
  • Baku 2015 hosts wrestling demonstration
    30.10.2014 13:42
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    /AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 European Games has hosted a Wrestling demonstration at the organization's headquarters with six members of Azerbaijan's national cadet team.

    The powerful athletes showed off their ability and technique to more than 500 members of staff in a series of exhibition matches.

    Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015 Simon Clegg said: "We are very grateful to everyone from the Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation for taking time out of their busy schedule to show our staff what they are capable of."

    Wrestling will be a hugely popular event at next year's inaugural European Games, so it was an honor to have some of Azerbaijan's best young athletes here in our headquarters, he added.

    The wrestlers were joined by General Secretary of the Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation Ajdar Jafarov who helped explain the demonstration.

    Jafarov said: "Our young athletes enjoyed the opportunity to show their talents to members of the Baku 2015 team. We are very much looking forward to representing our nation next year at Baku 2015 and we are all hopeful of making all of Azerbaijan proud when the Games begin."

    The cadet wrestlers who participated were Sabutay Amishov and Fizuli Huseynov (Freestyle), Ismayil Mammadov and Parvin Abdullayev (Greco-Roman), and female wrestlers Sahila Ocaqverdiyeva and Adelina Mirzayeva.

    Wrestling will take place over six days of competition in the Heydar Aliyev Arena at next year's European Games, with approximately 480 athletes competing for the 24 gold medals available.

    Overall, the first European games will gather more than 6,000 athletes to compete over the 17 days of competition.
    5
  • Porn star breaks both legs jumping from third floor to escape men who raped her
    30.10.2014 13:15
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    A Russian porn star broke both her legs as she escaped two thugs who brutally raped and assaulted her after luring her to their flat with a business deal.

    The 22-year-old adult actresshad entered the flat after being invited by the two men to discuss a possible new production, but was attacked and jumped out of a window to get away.

    The woman, who works under the stage name Lola Taylor, was found bleeding and with torn clothes by a man walking his dog inYasenovo, Moscow.

    Attacked: Russian porn star Lola Taylor escaped her rapists by jumping out of a window on the third floor

    'Lola Taylor' had agreed to meet the men for an interview to talk about the film, but after she arrived, the men set upon her and proceeded to rape her in an ordeal that lasted several hours.

    She eventually managed to escape by jumping from the third floor balcony where she was found by stunned neighbour, Blasius Vinogradov, 54, walking his dog.

    He told local TV: "I was just minding my own business when this blonde girl with torn clothes and bleeding mouth hit the ground.She was unconscious and it was clear she had broken both her legs.I didn't know what was going on, but I knew it wasn't good and immediately phoned the police and an ambulance."

    Disgusting: Victim was found by a dog walker with both her legs broken, covered in blood and with torn clothes

    The woman, who is a former librarian, was taken to the emergency room of a nearby hospital.

    A police spokesman said: 'She was in a bad way and had been subjected to hours of rape and abuse prior to the fall.When we arrested the men they denied it until we found evidence of the crime across the apartment.They had tried clearing up the blood but had not yet disposed of her ripped clothing."

    The two men, Dmitry Kosenkov, 30 and Maksim Pilipenko, 33, have been arrested and face up to 30 years in jail.

    The two men were ordered to be detained for three months before the trial
    9
  • Police dog to help child witnesses in sex abuse case
    30.10.2014 12:46
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    The Calgary Police Service's victim assistance dog, Hawk, will be allowed to sit with two child witnesses when they testify at an upcoming sexual assault trial.

    The request was made by Crown prosecutor Rose Greenwood in a pre-trial application Wednesday and the defence lawyer did not oppose the idea, which will see the four-year-old black Labrador comfort the children in December.

    Justice Bruce Millar granted the application and addressed Hawk directly, highlighting the potentially precedent-setting nature of the decision.

    "You might be the first dog in Canada, Hawk, to be a court-ordered comfort dog," said Millar.

    Hawk is used by policeto calm people in times of stress and trauma and first joined the force about a year ago.

    Greenwood says comfort'"or support'"dogs have been used in court in theUnited States, but he believes this isthe first time such a thingwill happen in Canada.

    "In the last few years, there's been a significant amount of cases from the U.S. where they've been using support dogs in court not only for child witnesses but vulnerable witnesses as well," said Greenwood.

    One of the child witnesses is a seven-year-old girl whose father is accused of sexually assaulting her.Her nine-year-old brother will also testify.

    The children have visited Hawk twice for "play dates" to get acquainted with him.
    7
  • OPEC signals it may not cut production to raise oil prices
    30.10.2014 12:36
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    OPEC gave the strongest signal yet that it is happy with today's lower oil prices, as its secretary general told an oil conference its production is unlikely to change much in 2015.

    There isno need to panicat the crude price drop, Abdullah al-Badri said at the Oil amp; Money conference in London.

    ''If prices stay at $85 [for Brent crude], we will see a lot of investment, a lot of oil, going out of the market,'' Badri said. ''About 65 per cent of the producers, they have high costs. NotOPEC.''

    His statement indicates the oil cartel is content to let oil prices stay at the $80 US a barrel range, as that would hurt U.S. shale producers, and Canadian oilsands producers, much more than OPEC.

    West Texas Intermediate crude was trading at $82.49 a barrel in New York on Wednesday morning, down $20 from its peak in July.
    6
  • Statoil takes loss on Canadian project
    30.10.2014 12:35
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    Some of the worldв's biggest oil companies pointed to declining earnings as a result of the falling oil prices.

    Franceв's Total SA and the U.K.в's BP Plc and BG reported a decline in earnings this week.

    On Wednesday, Norwayв's Statoil ASA reported its first quarterly loss since listing in 2001 after writing down the Corner oilsands project in Alberta.

    It reported losses of $790 million, writing down $1.3 billion after cancelling the Canadian oilsands project.
    6
  • VOA Armenian service removes biased video-interview
    30.10.2014 12:31
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    The Voice of America Armenian service has removed a biased video-interview on occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan from the website, SIA reports quoting the AzerTac.

    After a statement posted on the website in this regard the VOA has removed a biased video-interview.

    ''Recall on October 18, 2014, VOA Armenian service aired a 10-minute video-interview on Nagorno-Karabakh on its website violating balance of journalistic standards and objective review of the Voice of America. We regret for the breach of our standards and are confident that the VOA Armenian service will operate as a reliable news source,'' says the statement.
    6
  • Foreign Policy News publishes article by AzerTAc Director General
    30.10.2014 12:13
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    Washington, October 30, AzerTAc

    The US-based Foreign Policy News portal has published an article by Director General of Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) Aslan Aslanov titled "Transformation from traditional media to the worldwide information network is inevitable".

    "Social media and new technologies are virtually indivisible when it comes to production of multimedia reports. Infographics, video and audio materials, statistics tables, geo-economic maps are all important integral parts of a multimedia report," the article says.

    "Social networks have a serious impact on modern journalism all over the world. They continue to remain not only a source of exclusive information received from newsmakers and witnesses of events but also have a great leverage over forming audiences."

    The article highlights the round-table addressing the role of media in societal developments organized by AzerTAc within the framework of the Fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum in early October.

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent
    5
  • Azerbaijan allocates $1 million to fight Ebola virus
    30.10.2014 12:01
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Amidst the continued threat emanating from the deadly Ebola virus, Azerbaijan has allocated $1 million as part of an international effort to fight the outbreak of the dreaded virus.

    This amount has been transferred to the Global Fund of the United Nations, at the instruction of President Ilham Aliyev.

    In total, the European Commission has earmarked about 204 million euros in aid to the fight against Ebola virus.

    The International Monetary Fund has already allocated $130 million to fight the Ebola virus and World Bank threw in some $200 million.

    Moreover, recently the European Commission has allocated 24.4 million euros to promote investigation into the virus vaccine and method of treating diseases.

    Meanwhile, the WHO is testing a handful of experimental vaccines.

    The WHO announced plans on October 24 to produce millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines by the end of 2015.

    Hundreds of thousands of doses should be available to help affected countries before the end of June, the WHO said.

    Individual cases of infection were recorded in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe. The UN Security Council recognizes that the disease is spreading faster than physicians have time to take action.

    The world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak, widespread in West Africa in March 2014, has already killed 4,922 people so far with more than 9,000 people infected.

    There have been no reported cases of Ebola infection in Azerbaijan so far.

    "Until today, 10-12 people appealed to the State Anti-Plague Station for information about the disease," Shair Gurbanov, the Deputy Director of the Republican Anti-Plague Station of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry said.

    Earlier this month Azerbaijan has purchased special hazmat suits and equipment as part of preventive measures against the Ebola virus. One hundred sets of these suits, as well as medical examination tests have been bought by the order of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry.

    The dangerous disease spreads only via direct contact through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood, or other bodily fluids or secretions (stool, urine, saliva, semen) of infected people.

    The incubation period of Ebola is maximum 21 days. People are infectious until their blood and secretions contain viruses, which lasts up to 60 days.

    To protect yourself against the disease, it is necessary to observe personal hygiene.
    5
  • Azerbaijani Interior Minister meets Qatari Ambassador
    30.10.2014 11:57
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    Baku, October 30, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Internal Affairs Ramil Usubov has met Ambassador of the State of Qatar Mubarak bin Fahad Al-Thani.

    Mr. Usubov praised Azerbaijani-Qatari relations, saying they were rapidly developing on all fronts.

    "My official visit to Qatar earlier this Month on the invitation of Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani is a vivid evidence of this."

    He also hailed the signing of a security agreement between the governments of Azerbaijan and Qatar.

    The Minister said reciprocal visits and bilateral meetings contribute to the expansion of the relations between the two countries` law-enforcement authorities.

    Mr. Usubov said Azerbaijan is interested in deepening the bilateral relations with Qatar.

    Ambassador Fahad Al-Thani hailed cooperation between Qatar and Azerbaijan. The Ambassador thanked the Azerbaijani government for "safe and favorable conditions" created for Qatar`s diplomatic mission in Baku.
    5
  • President Ilham Aliyev hold meetings
    30.10.2014 11:40
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received head of the United Nations Department of Public Information Maher Nasser, United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, Director General for Democracy of the Council of Europe Snejana Samardzic-Markovic and UNESCO Assistant Director-General Lalla AГЇcha Ben Barka.Head of the United Nations Department of Public Information Maher Nasser thanked the head of state for excellent organization of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, and congratulated the President on Azerbaijan`s great achievements. He noted that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon showed great interest in the event, and noted the significance of a video address by the Secretary-General to the forum participants. Maher Nasser stressed the importance of holding the Global Forum on Youth Policies in Baku for the first time in terms of the expansion of international cooperation in the field of youth policy.United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi underlined the importance of the fact that the event was the first global forum of the UN on youth policies. He noted that the forum was the largest event on youth policies so far, adding it brought together the greatest number of countries and delegates. Ahmad Alhendawi thanked the head of state for supporting the organization of the forum at a high level.President Ilham Aliyev emphasized the significance of holding the First Global Forum on Youth Policies in Azerbaijan. Describing the video address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the forum as an expression of the importance attached to the event at the international level, the head of state said that Azerbaijan had already become a venue for holding the most prestigious international events. President Ilham Aliyev noted that this would contribute to a further expansion of cooperation among countries and nations.

    ***

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Minister of State for Youth Affairs of Kuwait Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah.The Minister conveyed greetings and best wishes on behalf of Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister to the head of state.He congratulated President Ilham Aliyev and all Azerbaijani people on the opening of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies in Baku. Expressing satisfaction with his visit to Azerbaijan, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs thanked for the invitation and hospitality.President Ilham Aliyev recalled his visit to Kuwait and his meetings with the Kuwaiti leadership. Noting that the existing ties between the two countries are a good example of bilateral cooperation, the head of state stressed the importance of the fact that Azerbaijan and Kuwait have always supported each other and protected interests of each other within international organizations. President Ilham Aliyev noted the significance of the expansion of relations between the two countries in the field of youth policy.President Ilham Aliyev expressed his gratitude for the greetings of the Emir of the State of Kuwait, the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister and asked Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah to communicate his greetings to the Emir of the State of Kuwait, the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister.

    10
  • Ilham Aliyev about ASAN service
    30.10.2014 11:40
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    ''This tendency will further grow in the coming years".

    Less than two years ago we started application of the new system of state services, called ASAN. It means lsquo;easy' in English.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that the statement came from President Ilham Aliyev who spoke in Baku at the first Global forum on youth policy.

    The president said that nearly 30 kinds of services are offered by the lsquo;one window' principle':

    "The majority of employees and volunteers in the ASAN system are representatives of the young generation. Therefore, today most spheres of business activity hire competent, patriotic young specialists who are committed to development of Azerbaijan. I am sure that this tendency will further grow in the coming years. In short, these are the most important spheres for us".
    4
  • Famous opera singer to give concert in Baku
    30.10.2014 11:20
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    /AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    France's famous opera singer Laurent Naouri will give a concert at UNS Creative Scene Theatre in Baku at 19:00 on October 31.

    The outstanding and one of the most popular baritones of our time, Naouri will perform for the first time in Baku and this will allow the city residents to closely get acquainted with his talent.

    Naouri has already given concerts on many influential stages such as Opera Bastille, Theatre on Champs Elysees, Opera Theatres, of Lyon, Strasbourg, Geneva, as well as in the festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Glayborn and Baden-Baden.

    In his repertoire, Nouri combines seemingly popular destinations such as Baroque opera and Mahler songs, operetta and opuses of academic composers of the twentieth century.

    His repertoire includes some of the most popular works of the opera world - "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart, "Carmen" by Bizet, "La Traviata" by Verdi and many other masterpieces of world classics.

    The tickets of this amazing show are available in the box offices of the city. The ticket prices are 10-30 manats.

    The UNS Theatre is located at Neftchiler avenue, 69 in Baku.
    6
  • N-deal with Iran to benefit international community: UN official
    30.10.2014 11:10
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    The deputy secretary-general of the United Nations says a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5 1 group of world powers will serve the interests of the international community.

    During a ceremony in Tehran marking the 69th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson on Wednesday expressed hope that talks between Iran and the P5 1 group would be productive, Press TV reports.

    Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, France, Britain, China, and Russia -- plus Germany are in talks to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program as a November 24 deadline approaches.

    Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the Islamic Republic and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

    Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.

    Elsewhere in his speech, Eliasson noted that national and international issues are nowadays tightly interwoven and no country can deal with all the issues on its own.

    The UN official pointed to his three-day meetings with high-ranking Iranian officials, which will continue until Thursday, saying various regional issues, including the ISIL Takfiri threat and the war in Syria will be on the agenda of the talks.

    He also expressed concern over the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, saying that each and every country should play an active role in the containment of the deadly disease.
    4
  • The emblem of the 2018 World Cup unveiled in Moscow
    30.10.2014 11:01
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    The presentation of the Official Emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held on Russiaв's TV Chanel One on Wednesday. The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) helped to present the emblem. The World Cup symbols were also demonstrated on the Bolshoi Theatre building in Moscow, Russia-2018 Organising Committee said in a release, SIA reports quoting the ITAR-TASS.

    The emblem presentation was held by Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro.

    ''The emblem shows Russiaв's soul and heart and reflects Russian culture,'' Blatter told TASS on Tuesday.

    The lots drawing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches will be held in St. Petersburg on July 25, 2015 and the tournamentв's mascot will be presented in 2016.

    The World Cup matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities - in Moscow (Luzhniki and Otkrytie-Arena stadiums), in St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.
    5
  • Mum and two daughters died from stab wounds
    30.10.2014 10:51
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    Three women found dead in their beds in a house in Bradford died from stab wounds, police have revealed.

    Duksha Lad, 44, and her daughters Trisha, 19, and 16-year-old Nisha were discovered in their home in Blackberry Way, Clayton, on Monday.

    Police believe they died at the weekend.

    Mrs Lad's husband Jitendrawas also found in the property. He died from hanging, a post-mortem examination found. Trisha, 19, and Nisha, 16, pictured together

    Officers think the 49-year-old died on Monday and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder investigation.

    Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police, said: "I have spoken to the family members this evening and updated them on the results of the post mortem examinations.

    "They are continuing to come to terms with what took place at Blackberry Way, which has robbed a family of two generations, and specially trained officers are supporting them at this very difficult time.
    4
  • Pope Francis is my hero, Elton John says
    30.10.2014 10:35
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    Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his push to accept gays in the Catholic church. Sir Elton made the remarks as he hosted his annual AIDS benefit on Tuesday night in New York.

    He said Francis is pushing boundaries inside the church.

    Pope Francis is a highly popular Pontiff

    "He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God. It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today."Sir Elton said of the Pope.

    Francis has sought to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families and a more welcoming approach to gays.

    In July 2013, shortly after he was elected to the pontificate, Francis made headlines when, in response to a question, he said: "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?"

    A synod on families held at the Vatican this month failed to reach consensus on welcoming gays, but the issue remains up for discussion ahead of another meeting of bishops next year.

    Attendees at Sir Elton's benefit in New York included his husband, David Furnish, Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, Matt Lauer and host Anderson Cooper.
    5
  • Turkish diaspora fighting so-called "Armenian genocide" claims
    30.10.2014 10:31
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    /AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The Turkish diaspora is entrusted with great tasks to combat the claims about the so-called "Armenian genocide", Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Coshkun said.

    "One of the main reasons behind the historical misinterpretation of both Turkey and Azerbaijan is the power of diasporas acting against Azerbaijan and the Turkic world mainly in the Western countries," he noted.

    Coshkun said the claims about the so-called "genocide" enounced by Armenia and the Armenian lobby against Turkey were not something new. The Armenian lobby plans to work efficiently to attract more supporters for the "genocide" in 2015.

    "The campaign on demonizing Turkey and its history will not end in 2015," he said. "Armenians will not stop to come up with their claims."

    Coshkun added that Armenia and the Armenian lobby are on the wrong way. "They are trying to convince the entire world of the real events of 1915," he said. "This is not corresponding to reality and prevents the creation of a common future in the region."

    The ambassador noted that the Armenian government and the Armenian lobby use the so-called "genocide" issue to defend themselves. "The Armenian government is trying to focus on the centenary of the so-called "Armenian genocide", instead of providing its population with jobs," he noted.

    The diplomat added that despite Armenia's attempts, there are no events in the history of Turkey and Azerbaijan that may defile the countries' past and cast a shadow on their future.

    The ambassador urged Armenians to read Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement on the events of 1915 he made during his rule as prime minister.

    "Turkey will not allow falsification of any historical fact. Our archives are open for the investigation of the events of 1915. There are people who are influenced by the parliaments of several countries. They have never been to Turkey. They do not know our history. However, they are ready to support Armenia's claims linked to the so-called "genocide". We will expand the joint work with Azerbaijan to investigate the historical facts," he added.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire has allegedly carried out a "genocide" against Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Armenia could achieve its recognition by the parliaments of some countries simultaneously with strengthening its efforts to promote the so-called "genocide" worldwide.
    8
  • Armenian armed units continue firing on Azerbaijani positions
    30.10.2014 10:20
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    The ceasefire was violated 17 times in various directions of the frontline throughout the day.

    The Defense Ministry told APA that Armenian armed units fired on the Azerbaijani positions from their posts near Sarijali, Shuraabad villages of Aghdam region, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region, Ashaghi Veysalli, Horadiz villages of Fuzuli region as well as nameless uplands in Khojavand and Fuzuli regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
    5
  • Financial institutions interested in Azerbaijan's economy
    30.10.2014 10:15
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    /AzerNews/

    By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan's economy is the most interesting economy across the globe from the standpoint of the development dynamics. That's why it is now at the center of attention of many financial institutions.

    This was announced by Head of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) Elman Rustamov at a business forum held with the participation of members of the Caspian European Club (CEIBC) in Baku on October 28.

    "They [international finance institutions] show interest in the Azerbaijani phenomenon and the reasons behind its sustainable economic development," he said.

    During the forum, the participants discussed the prospects of sustainable development of the financial-banking sector of Azerbaijan, major trends at global markets and their influence on the development of the banking system of the country.

    Rustamov spoke in details about the work of CBA, major aspects of the state policy in the finance-banking field, the development of the banking system, as well as prospects of further development of this sector.

    "The state thoroughly monitors the economic policy which is being implemented in the country, in particular in the non-oil sector," he said.

    Rustamov also disclosed major indicators of development in the banking sector.

    "The state policy is based on capitalization of oil revenues within the non-oil sector of the economy in the most efficient manner," he said.

    Rustamov went on adding that the falling oil prices in the world markets and sanctions against Russia do not pose a serious threat to the economy of Azerbaijan as the country's economy is sufficiently resistant to external factors.

    "At present, there is an ongoing trend of declining in oil prices," Rustamov said. "However, the impact of this factor on the economy of the countries is minimal due to the fact that the average price was $103-104 in 2014. Macroeconomic stability in the country, strategic currency reserves in the amount of 74 percent of GDP and the minimum level of public debt create possibilities for maneuvering in such conditions."

    The CBA head also noted the average oil price in 2015 will amount to $99.5, while the price would stand at $90 per barrel in the draft state budget of Azerbaijan for 2015. Fiscal projections for 2014 are formed at a price of $100 per barrel of oil.

    Rustamov also said that the impact of Russian sanctions on Azerbaijan is very low.

    "Azerbaijan is among the countries which will experience the smallest impact of these sanctions, since the country's dependence on Russia's economy is less than 3 percent," he said.

    Later, Rustamov told journalists that the Azerbaijani banks which control about 99 percent of the assets of the banking system will fulfill the requirements of CBA to increase the total capital to 50 million manats by the end of 2014.

    "According to forecasts, five or six banks will not be able to fulfill the requirements for capitalization, but the proportion of their assets in the total assets of the banking sector of the country is about one percent, which will not have a strong impact on the banking system of Azerbaijan," he added.

    Touching on the mortgage lending, Rustamov said the issue of adoption of a new strategy to develop the mortgage lending in Azerbaijan needs to be mulled over for a long time.

    "The mortgage strategy was presented to the government; it contains a lot of interesting points and developments, and currently, active multilateral discussions are underway," Rustamov added.
    4
  • Baku celebrates Day of Turkish Republic
    30.10.2014 10:14
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    The event was attended by Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Joshgun.

    The Turkish Embassy organized a reception on the occasion of the 91 anniversary of the Turkish Republic in Baku.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Anadolu Agency that the event was attended by Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Joshgun, the vice-president of Azerbaijan Abid Sharifov, the head of presidential administration, senior officials, MPs and others.

    The event was started with the hymns of the two countries, after which Joshgun read the letter sent by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in connection with the significant day.

    "I congratulate all Turkish citizens living in Azerbaijan, the Republic Day and wish to 91st anniversary brings good luck to our country, our people, the friendly and brotherly countries.

    Turkey pursues a foreign policy stands for peace, solidarity, justice and prosperity throughout the world, respecting the internal affairs and territorial integrity of each country and is considering international law, human values'‹'‹, human rights and freedom above all else.

    All of these values, which we have preserved and defended for 91 years, will remain the main principles of the foreign policy of Turkey," the letter of the president reads.

    In turn, Abid Sharifov congratulated the Turkish people on his behalf and on behalf of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and wished peace, stability and progress to Turkey.
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  • Russia puts Meridian Communications Satellite into orbit: Defense Ministry
    30.10.2014 10:05
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    A Meridian communications satellite has been put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket, launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center, the Defense Ministry's spokesperson told RIA Novosti Thursday.

    "The Soyuz-2.1a carrier-rocket, launched Thursday, has successfully put the Meridian satellite into orbit," Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesperson for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces said, according to RIA Novosti.

    This is the seventh Meridian satellite put into orbit. Two of the previous six launches were unsuccessful, while one was declared partially successful.

    The last successful launch of a dual-purpose Meridian-series telecoms satellite took place on November 14, 2012. The satellite was put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia.

    Meridian-series communication satellites are used for both civilian and military purposes. They are designed to provide communication between vessels, airplanes and coastal stations on the ground, as well as to expand a network of satellite communications in the northern regions of Siberia and the Russian Far East. These satellites are designed to replace the older Molniya series.
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  • Malala to donate prize for Gaza schools
    30.10.2014 09:55
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    Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai is to donate $50,000 towards rebuilding schools in Gaza, she announced Wednesday.

    Malala was speaking in Stockholm where she received the World's Children's Prize.She announced that she would donate all the prize money to the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA.

    In her speech, Malala said: ''I am honored to announce all my Worldв's Childrenв's prize money will go to help students and schools in an especially difficult place -- in Gaza.''

    She said the UN agency was ''performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances.''

    ''The needs are overwhelming -- more than half of Gazaв's population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future,'' she added.

    The money will help rebuild 65 schools that were damaged in the recent Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

    ''Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful,'' said Malala.

    Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre Krahenbuhl, said in a statement Wednesday that they were ''deeply touched'' by the donation of the prize money.

    Krahenbuhl said that the donation ''will lift the spirits of a quarter of a million UNRWA students in Gaza and boost the morale of our more than 9,000 teaching staff.''

    ''Their suffering during the fighting was devastating and your kindness will do much to ease the pain of recent months.''

    Malala has become a ''symbol of the boundless potential that lies within each and every child on earth,'' Krahenbuhl said.

    ''You are an aspirational figure to the next generation in Palestine and beyond. You are an inspiration to all of us,'' he told Malala.

    UNRWA is a United Nations agency which helps about five million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Its services include education, health care, relief and social services.

    The Pakistani Taliban shot Yousafzai in the head in 2012 for campaigning for girlsв' education in Pakistan. She miraculously survived the attack and was given treatment at a leading hospital in the U.K., where she now lives.

    Earlier this month, the 17-year-old became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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  • Ilham Aliyev congratulates Evo Morales
    30.10.2014 09:49
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    "I wish you success in your activities for the benefit of the friendly people of Bolivia."

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated Evo Morales Aima on the re-election as President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that the congratulatory letter of the President follows:

    "Dear Mr. President, I heartily congratulate you on your re-election as President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. I hope that we will continue to make concerted efforts for the development of friendly relations and cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bolivia. I send you my best wishes, I wish you success in your activities for the benefit of the friendly people of Bolivia."
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  • "National Geographic AzЙ™rbaycan" launches presentations at universities
    30.10.2014 09:39
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    The first presentation was held at the Azerbaijan Tourism Institute.

    The "National Geographic AzЙ™rbaycan" magazine started its presentations at higher education institutions in order to inform students and staff. The first presentation was organized at one of the prestigious universities of our country - the Azerbaijan Tourism Institute.

    Oxu.Az reports that editor-in-chief Seymur Teymurov provided the students and the teachers with detailed information about the US National Geographic Society and its official edition - the "National Geographic" magazine. He informed about the local edition of the magazine, briefed the participants of presentations about the first two issues.

    According to the editor, from the date of publication of the first issue, the "National Geographic AzЙ™rbaycan" magazine has won a special sympathy of readers:

    "Despite the global mission of the magazine and the fact that its purpose is to provide information about the world to the local readers, we will periodically publish articles and photos about our country."

    At the end of the presentation the teachers and the students asked questions and discussed the upcoming plans.

    The "National Geographic AzЙ™rbaycan" magazine is published by Garant Media Holding. For subscription, please, call: 012 563 56 25.
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  • Azerbaijani policemen study English
    30.10.2014 09:34
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    Azerbaijan is on the list of the developed countries of Europe.

    Regular international events, conferences have a positive impact on the development of our country. Azerbaijan is preparing seriously for the European Games of 2015 which will be held in Azerbaijan. Certainly, the representatives of different countries of the country come to Azerbaijan during such international events. Communication with foreigners is usually built in English. In addition, special importance is attached to protection of order, free movement of transport means on the road. Greater work in creation of such conditions is held by the law enforcement bodies, especially the police. Meanwhile, communication with foreigners requires at least the knowledge of English.

    "Azerbaijani policemen study the international language".

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Modern.az that the statement came from deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry Ehsan Zahidov, who clarified the issue of studying foreign languages by the police.

    He said all students who are educated at the Police Academy study the foreign language from the first course:

    "Free courses are organized at the academy for them. Those who work in the sphere of services attend the foreign language courses".

    Ehsan Zahidov noted that Azerbaijani police develop their knowledge and skills in this sphere:

    "I cannot specify the number of police officers who speak English fluently. But most of them attend the English-language courses. Those who contact public mostly attend the courses. They complete the courses successfully and demonstrate a great interest to this".

    He said attention was paid to these issues over the past years.
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  • New disaster sparks debate on mining security in Turkey
    30.10.2014 09:14
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    A mining accident in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman that left 18 workers 375 meters below the ground on Oct. 28 has sparked a fresh debate on mining safety, less than six months after Turkeyв's largest ever industrial disaster.

    Hopes were fading even as the water level started to decrease in the mine after a flood that caused the accident, with experts beginning to discuss the reasons for Turkey's latest mining catastrophe, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Survivors told reporters that the galleries of the coal mine in Karaman's Ermenek district were suddenly flooded after a "blast of water" while they were having lunch inside. Some of them also said they smelled gas.

    The water levels quickly rose above the level where the miners were working. Only after 15 hours did the 11,000 tons of water start to recede thanks to additional pumps brought to the entrance of the mine.

    Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu said in Ermenek on Oct. 29 that the cause of the accident would be "comprehensively investigated," but experts have suggested that the flood stemmed from poor production planning.

    The Chamber of Mining Engineers (MMO), which is a part of the Turkish Union of Engineers' and Architects' Chambers (TMMOB), released a statement regarding the incident, concluding that the conditions in Ermenek that resulted in the disaster were similar to the deadliest-ever mining accident in Turkey, which occurred in Soma in May, claiming 301 lives.

    As in Soma, three companies were mining separately in Ermenek without notifying each other of their production and planning, the MMO said. The lack of "basin mining" cooperation, it added, may have led any company to approach too closely to another one's old mine full of water.

    The statement also stressed that the responsibility for enforcing the necessary cooperation between private firms lies with the Energy Ministry's General Directorate of Mining (MД°GEM), which officially collects all information regarding mining facilities.

    "MД°GEM doesn't take basin mining into consideration when issuing production licenses. It creates a fragmented process for planning and operation. Gas and flooding risks regarding companies working in the same field cannot be known and prevented because of this system," the MMO statement added.

    Mehmet Torun, the former chair of MMO, separately said that MД°GEM had failed to mark an old mine in the area after it was closed down in the 2000s. "When the new mine expanded toward this old mine, where lots of water was accumulated over the years, the walls collapsed and the flood occurred," Torun said.

    Others allege that the mining company in Ermenek "failed to provide the ministry with the full map of its galleries to evade tax."

    Д°brahim Atalay, a world-renowned geography professor who has studied the Karaman region, said the massive amount of water that quickly filled the galleries might have come from an underground river.

    "If necessary studies were conducted before production, the disaster could have been averted," Atalay told Hürriyet.

    Rescue teams and ambulances were dispatched to the area soon after the incident.

    "Over 40 workers were in the mine at the time of the incident, when there was a problem in one gallery. The other workers left the mine but 20 miners were left working in the flooded gallery," Karaman Governor Murat Koca told Anadolu Agency.

    Energy Minister Taner YД±ldД±z, Labor Minister Faruk Çelik and Treansport Minister Lütfi Elvan arrived in Ermenek to observe the rescue operations at the mine. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) also sent representatives to the site, headed by the party's general secretary, Gürsel Tekin.

    "Only one pump is working to discharge the water, but it is not enough. A second pump has just been assembled," YД±ldД±z told reporters in front of the mine on the evening of Oct. 28. "The water level in the flooded mine is continuing to rise and it is increasing a meter every two hours."

    YД±ldД±z released another statement at 3 a.m. on Oct. 29, noting that the water level in the mine had started to decrease almost 15 hours after the incident. "Approximately, 11,000 cubic meters of water flooded the mine," he said.

    Çelik said eight errors were determined during June inspections at the mine. "None of them required a shut-down," he said, stressing that the source of the water that flooded the mine had not yet been discovered. "The owner of the business is responsible here," he added.

    "This is the third flood at the mine," a miner who survived told Anadolu Agency, also blaming the company. "That wouldn't happen if the necessary precautions were taken."
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  • Azerbaijani FM unveils details of Paris meeting
    30.10.2014 08:50
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    ''As one of the crucial results of the meeting, I would remark Hollandeв's call on the importance of beginning to work on the project of a great peace treaty''

    "In general, every meeting at the level of presidents is positive. This kind of meetings helps understand the opposite side's approach aimed at advancing the process of settling the conflict. The Paris meeting focused on underdeveloped issues, holding the talks in several stages throughout the day. President Ilham Aliyev once again voiced Azerbaijan's principal position, noting that what is first to be achieved to settle the conflict by peaceful means is the Armenian Armed Forces' withdrawal from Azerbaijan's occupied territories", Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in his statement to APA commenting on Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian's statement on the results of the Paris meeting.

    The minister said if this demand of Azerbaijan, which is overtly supported by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and set forth by the UN Security Council's particular resolutions, is fulfilled, it will pave the way for security in the region, opening borders and communications, and arranging issues of confidence building measures.

    "That is, if there are no Armenian troops in Azerbaijani territories, snipers won't be needed and military incidents will significantly decrease. We'll restore peace and help the region develop. As one of the crucial results of the meeting, I would remark Hollande's call to Armenia and Azerbaijan as the conflict sides about the importance of beginning to work on the project of a great peace treaty. Azerbaijan has always stated it's ready for it".
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