Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Hungarian gymnasts win gold medal in mixed pairs program at European Championships in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182948.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 17:48:00 +0400 By TrendThe Hungarian team showed the best result in the mixed pair competitions within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships, Trend reports.Hungarian gymnasts ranked first scoring 22.300 points.Turkish team ranked second scoring 21.900 points, while team from Bulgaria ranked third scoring 21.750 points.The finals are being held within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 26. The winners among juniors were named in the first half of the day.Senior gymnasts are performing in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step”.Among senior gymnasts the Azerbaijani team will perform in aerobic dance program and as part of groups.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Roman Semenov grabs gold in men individual program at European Championships http://www.today.az/news/sports/182947.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendRussian gymnast Roman Semenov ranked first scoring 22.150 points in the Men Individual program among senior gymnasts at the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in Baku, Trend reports.Other Russian gymnast Tumir Kulayev ranked second scoring 21.650 points, while Bulgarian gymnast Antonio Papazov ranked third scoring 21.300 points.The finals are being held within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 26. The winners among juniors were named in the first half of the day.Senior gymnasts are performing in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step”.Among senior gymnasts the Azerbaijani team will perform in aerobic dance program and as part of groups.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Official rate: Prices of foreign currencies remain unchanged in Iran http://www.today.az/news/regions/182946.html World news Sun, 26 May 2019 17:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe prices of foreign currencies remained unchanged in Iran, Trend reports referring to the website of the Central Bank of Iran.The prices of foreign currencies decreased in Iran’s black market.According to the Central Bank of Iran, $1 equals 42,000 Iranian rials and 1 euro equals 47,063 rials.Foreign currencyIranian rialUSD42,000GBP53,393CHF41,924SEK4,402NOK4,836DKK6,302INR606AED11,437KWD138,092PKR27,659JPY38,428HKD5,351OMR109,233CAD31,255NZD27,521ZAR2,914TRY6,903RUB652QAR11,539IQD3,528SYP82AUD29,088SAR11,201BHD111,704SGD30,539BDT49,696LKR2,381MMK28NPR37,660LYD29,949CNY6,088MYR10,026THB131,991KRW35,446JOD59,239EUR47,063KZT11,072GEL15,102IDR2,919AFN521BYN20,242AZN24,707PHP80,574TJS4,450VEF4,206TMT11,966In Iran, the official exchange rate is used for the import of some essential products.The SANA system is a system announced by the Central Bank of Iran to the currency exchange offices, where the price of 1 euro is 158,894 rials, and the price of $1 is 140,242 rials.NIMA is a system intended for the sale of a certain percentage of the foreign currency gained from the sale non-essential goods and export. The price of 1 euro in this system is 121,307 rials, and the price of $1 is 109,153 rials.In the black market, $1 is worth about 137,000-140,000 rials, while 1 euro is worth about 156,000-159,000 rials. Slovenian ambassador talks on INSTEX financial mechanism http://www.today.az/news/regions/182945.html World news Sun, 26 May 2019 16:00:00 +0400 By TrendINSTEX, the financial mechanism created between European members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and Iran, may start working in two months, Slovenian ambassador to Iran Kristina Radej said.This mechanism is not working yet, Radej added, Trendreports referring to Iran's Shargh newspaper.The Slovenian ambassador said that medicines and necessary products will be first exchanged via this financial mechanism.Radej added that Slovenia has intensified trade relations with Iran and intends to use this financial mechanism for trade development.The JCPOA, signed between Iran and the P5+1 group (US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany), was put in force in January 2016. The US announced its withdrawal from the deal in May 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran in November of the same year. In late January 2019, the European signatories of the JCPOA (namely the UK, France and Germany) officially announced the establishment of INSTEX, a special financial mechanism formed with Iran for backing the said agreement. Russian gymnasts rank first in aerobic step competitions within European Championships http://www.today.az/news/sports/182944.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 15:47:00 +0400 By TrendThe Russian team showed the best result in the aerobic step competitions within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships, Trend reports.Russian gymnasts ranked first scoring 17.700 points. Ukrainian gymnasts ranked second scoring 16,400 points.Only two teams were competing in these competitions.The finals are being held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is being represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Azerbaijani president congratulates Georgian counterpart http://www.today.az/news/politics/182943.html Politics Sun, 26 May 2019 15:34:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili.“On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I extend my cordial congratulations to you and all the people of your country on the occasion of the national holiday of Georgia, the Independence Day,” President Aliyev said.“Relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia stem from the will of our two peoples who have historically lived in an atmosphere of friendship and good neighbourliness,” he said.“We are satisfied with the high level of interstate relations based on such solid foundations,” the president stressed. “I believe that our cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats, and based on mutual trust and support our strategic partnership will continue developing and expanding to the benefit of our nations.”“On this remarkable day, I wish you the best of health, success in your endeavours, and the friendly people of Georgia peace and prosperity,” he added. Russian gold medalist talks on positive atmosphere at European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships http://www.today.az/news/sports/182942.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 15:15:00 +0400 By TrendRussian gymnast Anton Kolobov is very glad and happy that he has won the gold medal at the European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in Baku."It was difficult both physically and morally, but I managed,” Kolobov, who ranked first in the men's individual program among juniors, told Trend. “The atmosphere is positive during the competitions. The audience greatly supports."The gymnast also stressed that during the visit he managed to walk around Baku."I really liked Baku, Old City and Seaside Boulevard," he added.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Winners among junior trios, groups within European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships awarded in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182941.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 14:58:00 +0400 By TrendThe winners among junior trios, junior groups and juniors in aerobic dance within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships were awarded in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 26, Trend reports.Russian gymnasts ranked first (second team scoring 20.100 points), Romanian gymnasts ranked second (19.950 points), Russian gymnasts ranked third (first team scoring 19.950) among junior trios.President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) Farid Gaibov, member of the UEG Technical Committee for Aerobic Gymnastics Vladislav Oskner, coach of the Azerbaijani national aerobic gymnastics team Jamila Ismailova presented awards.Russian gymnasts ranked first scoring 20.050 points, Italian gymnasts ranked second scoring 19.600 points, while Hungarian gymnasts ranked third scoring 19.600 points among junior groups.Member of the UEG Executive Committee Andrei Rodionenko, member of the UEG Technical Committee for Aerobic Gymnastics Lefki Ferentinou, member of the Executive Committee of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Rafig Beybutov presented awards.Russian gymnasts ranked first scoring 17.700 points, Romanian gymnasts ranked second scoring 17.350 points, while Hungarian gymnasts ranked third scoring 17.200 points among juniors in aerobic dance.UEG Vice-President Michel Boutard, member of the UEG Technical Committee for Aerobic Gymnastics Alina Dragan, technical director of the competitions Natalia Bulanova presented awards.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Junior winners in aerobic dance within European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships named in Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/182940.html Society Sun, 26 May 2019 14:32:00 +0400 By TrendThe junior winners in aerobic dance within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships were named in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.Russian gymnasts ranked first scoring 17.700 points, Romanian gymnasts ranked second scoring 17.350 points, while Hungarian gymnasts ranked third scoring 17.200 points.Azerbaijani juniors, namely, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova ranked seventh scoring 16.225 points.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Junior group winners within 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships named in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182939.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 14:11:00 +0400 By TrendThe junior group winners within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships were named in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.Russian gymnasts ranked first scoring 20.050 points, Italian gymnasts ranked second scoring 19.600 points, while Hungarian gymnasts ranked third scoring 19.600 points.The finals are being held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is being represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Final competitions within 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships underway in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182938.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 13:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe final competitions within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships are underway in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports on May 26.The finals are being held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is being represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova.Trend presents the photos of the final competitions within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships. Azerbaijan reveals districts where seed processing plants will be built http://www.today.az/news/business/182937.html Business Sun, 26 May 2019 13:38:00 +0400 By TrendUntil the end of this year, 5 seed processing plants will start operating in Azerbaijan, Emin Aliyev, chairman of the State Seed Fund under the Ministry of Agriculture, told Trend.He said that in addition to the launch of 2 such plants in Khachmaz and Sheki cities this summer, it is planned to open 3 new plants until the end of the first half of the next year."The plants in Tovuz, Gobustan and Agjabadi districts are planned to be launched before the end of this year," he added. "Moreover, the creation of seed processing plants will continue in 2020 as well. In particular, the construction of new seed processing plants in the southern areas of Azerbaijan - in Jalilabad and Saatli districts - is planned in the first half next year."He also noted that the plants are set up to process seed material and implement seed dressing and packaging in order to obtain seeds.The State Seed Fund was established under the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan by order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to meet the country’s increased need for new high-yielding and drought-resistant types of seeds and, in general, to strengthen Azerbaijan’s food safety. Winners among mixed pairs within European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships awarded in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182936.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 13:27:00 +0400 By TrendThe winners among women and men in the individual program and among mixed pairs of juniors within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships were awarded in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 27, Trend reports.Russian gymnast Anastasia Dmitrieva ranked first, another Russian gymnast Daria Tikhonova ranked second, while Ukrainian gymnast Anastasii Kurashvili ranked third in the individual program among juniors.Vice-President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) Michel Boutard, member of the UEG Technical Committee for Aerobic Gymnastics Lefki Ferentinou, manager of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Arif Feyziyev presented the awards.Russian gymnast Anton Kolobov scoring 21.100 points ranked first, Spanish gymnast Miquel Gabarro Mane ranked second scoring 20.900 points, while Romanian gymnast Daniel Tavoc ranked third scoring 20.550 points in the men's individual program among juniors.Member of the executive committee of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) Andrey Rodionenko, manager and secretary of the UEG Technical Committee for Aerobic Gymnastics Olga Kyselovicova, manager of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Sarah Zeynalova presented the awards.A mixed pair from Italy (Andrea Colnago and Elisa Marras scoring 20.050 points) ranked first, a mixed pair from Russia (Damir Manafov and Kseniia Stefu scoring 20.050 points) ranked second, while a mixed pair from Romania (Darius Augustin Branda and Andreea-Selena Sotanga scoring 19.900 points) ranked third.Director General of the European Union of Gymnastics Lisa Worthmann, member of the UEG Technical Committee for Aerobic Gymnastics Monika Wiethoff, representative of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Youth and Sports Elchin Gasimov presented the awards.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Russia’s junior trio grabs gold within 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships http://www.today.az/news/sports/182935.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 13:16:00 +0400 By TrendThe winners among junior trios within the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships were named in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.Russian gymnasts ranked first (second team scoring 20.100 points), Romanian gymnasts ranked second (19.950 points), Russian gymnasts ranked third (first team scoring 19.950).The finals are being held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is being represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Winners among juniors within 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships named in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182934.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 12:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe winners of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships among mixed pairs of juniors were named in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 26, Trendreports.A mixed pair from Italy (Andrea Colnago and Elisa Marras scoring 20.050 points) ranked first, a mixed pair from Russia (Damir Manafov and Kseniia Stefu scoring 20.050 points) ranked second, while a mixed pair from Romania (Darius Augustin Branda and Andreea-Selena Sotanga scoring 19.900 points) ranked third.The finals are being held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is being represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Russian gymnast grabs gold in individual program among juniors at European Championships http://www.today.az/news/sports/182933.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 11:32:00 +0400 By TrendRussian gymnast Anton Kolobov scoring 21.100 points ranked first at the European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in the men's individual program among juniors, Trend reports.The competitions are being held in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.Spanish gymnast Mane Gabarro Miquel ranked second scoring 20.900 points while Romanian gymnast Daniel Tavoc ranked third scoring 20.550 points.The finals are being held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is being represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts - Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Russian gymnast grabs gold among junior gymnasts in program of “Women Individual” at 11th ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/182931.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 11:25:00 +0400 By TrendRussian gymnast Anastasia Dmitrieva won the gold medal scoring 20.700 points among junior gymnasts in the program of “Women Individual” at the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships, Trend reports.Another Russian Daria Tikhonova ranked second scoring 20.550, while Ukrainian gymnast Anastasia Kurashvili came in third with 20.550 points.The final competitions of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships kicked off at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 26.The finals will be held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts including Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Finals of 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships kicks off in Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/182932.html Society Sun, 26 May 2019 11:04:00 +0400 By TrendThe final competitions of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships kicked off at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 26, Trend reports.The finals will be held among senior and junior gymnasts in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).Azerbaijan is represented in the finals by the junior team in the “Aerobic Dance” program, adult gymnasts will perform in the “Aerobic Dance” program and in groups competitions.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts including Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Awarding ceremony of winners of European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in team competition ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/182930.html Politics Sun, 26 May 2019 10:42:00 +0400 By TrendAn award ceremony was held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku for the winners in the team competition among senior gymnasts in the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships, Trend reports.The winners in the team competition are determined by the five best performances.In the team competition among senior gymnasts Russian team ranked first, Romania team came in second and Hungarian team became third.The awards were presented by President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) Farid Gayibov, member of the Technical Committee on Aerobic Gymnastics Andrea Sinko and head coach of the Azerbaijani national aerobic gymnastics team Marian Kolev.Azerbaijan national team in fifth place in the team competition.The qualifications for senior gymnasts in the women's and men's individual program in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance are taking place on the second day of the European Championships on May 25. The winners in the team competition among senior gymnasts will be determined on the same day.Representatives of Azerbaijan Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva will perform in all six programs.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.During three-day championships, senior and junior gymnasts compete in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).According to the rules, a participant may compete in maximum three Aerobic categories. In the team competition, the winners will be determined for the five best performances.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.On May 24, as part of the Championships, qualifying competitions among juniors were held. The junior team of Azerbaijan consisting of Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Makhmudova and Eleonora Yusifova reached the finals of the European Championships in the aerobic dance program.Azerbaijan is represented by 17 gymnasts at the European Championships. EBRD forecasts GDP growth in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/182929.html Business Sun, 26 May 2019 10:26:00 +0400 By TrendThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects Azerbaijan’s GDP to increase by 3.5 percent in 2019, Trend reports with reference to the bank’s report.Azerbaijan’s GDP will grow by 3.3 percent in 2020, according to the report."According to preliminary estimates, GDP grew by 3 percent year-on-year in the first two months of 2019," reads the report. "The outlook in the near term is shaped by the expected increase in the output of the combined oil and gas sectors."Azerbaijan’s economy started reviving in 2018 after decline and near stagnation in the previous two years, according to the report."GDP expanded by 1.4 percent in 2018, supported by an increase in the oil price and rises in gas production and exports," reads the report. "The non-oil sector recorded 1.9 percent growth. Output in transport, real estate, non-oil industry, trade, agriculture, and information and communication services all increased.""Loan and deposit dollarisation has been declining, but remains high at 37.1 percent and 65 percent respectively, as of February 2019," the bank said. "The current account surplus widened from 4.1 percent of GDP in 2017 to 12.9 percent in 2018, as receipts from the oil and gas sectors increased by 37.3 percent. The consolidated budget moved from a deficit of 1.5 percent of GDP in 2017 to a 5.9 percent surplus in 2018."On the back of a stable exchange rate, supported by growing oil prices and tight management of manat against the US dollar, inflation declined from an average of 12.9 percent in 2017 to 2.3 percent in 2018, allowing for further monetary policy relaxation, according to the report.The EBRD is a leading investor in Azerbaijan and has so far invested about 3.3 billion euros in various sectors: energy, infrastructure, banking, industry and commerce. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 19 times http://www.today.az/news/podcasting/182928.html Podcasting Sun, 26 May 2019 10:15:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 19 times, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on May 26, Trend reports.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Group team of Azerbaijan qualify for final of 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championship http://www.today.az/news/sports/182927.html Sports Sun, 26 May 2019 10:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe finalists of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in group teams among senior gymnasts have been named at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.Group team of Azerbaijan (Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Narmina Huseynova, Imran Imranov, Madina Mustafayeva) scored 19.555 points and qualified for the finals.Group teams of Bulgaria (22.066 points), Russia (22.000 points), Romania (21.983 points), Italy (21.961 points), Hungary (21.438 points), Spain (20.472 points), Great Britain (19.172 points) also qualified for the finals.The qualifications for senior gymnasts in the women's and men's individual program in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance are taking place on the second day of the European Championships on May 25. The winners in the team competition among senior gymnasts will be determined on the same day.Representatives of Azerbaijan Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva will perform in all six programs.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.During three-day championships, senior and junior gymnasts compete in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).According to the rules, a participant may compete in maximum three Aerobic categories. In the team competition, the winners will be determined for the five best performances.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.On May 24, as part of the Championships, qualifying competitions among juniors were held. The junior team of Azerbaijan consisting of Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Makhmudova and Eleonora Yusifova reached the finals of the European Championships in the aerobic dance program.Azerbaijan is represented by 17 gymnasts at the European Championships. Azerbaijani MFA: Armenia attempts to turn sport into instrument of politics http://www.today.az/news/politics/182926.html Politics Sun, 26 May 2019 09:35:00 +0400 By TrendHead of the Press Service Department of the MFA of Azerbaijan responded to CNN on the UEFA Europe League final game to be held in Baku, Trend reports.MFA spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva responded to CNN sports correspondent’s question on the non-participation of Arsenal FC midfielder player in the game and position of the Armenian MFA on that regard.Abdullayeva reminded that the relevant Azerbaijani authorities and Azerbaijan Football Association provided UEFA with full security guarantee for all players and all fans to travel to Baku for UEFA Europe League final game of 29 May 2019 and as MFA spokesperson she repeatedly stated that sports and politics are separate. She emphasized that the statement of Armenia MFA on that regard testifies to attempts of Armenia to turn sport into an instrument of politics due to its internal political problems. She called absurd the racism accusations of Armenia, a mono-ethnic country that has conducted ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, adding that the tolerance and multiculturalism environment in Azerbaijan is well known throughout the world.MFA spokesperson states that the comment of Armenian MFA is just another attempt to negatively impact the negotiations over the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement or even an effort to use any chance for postponement of substantial talks on the resolution of the conflict. Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market http://www.today.az/news/business/182925.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 17:45:00 +0400 Trend:Official exchange rate of the Azerbaijani manat against the US dollar set by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA), remained unchanged this week (May 20-May 24), Trendreports.Accordingly, at the end of the week, the average rate was 1.7 AZN/USD.Official AZN/USD exchange rateMay 131.7May 201.7May 141.7May 211.7May 151.7May 221.7May 161.7May 231.7May 171.7May 241.7Average weekly1.7Average weekly1.7By the end of the week, the official exchange rate of manat against euro set by CBA increased by 0.0046 manats or about 0.24 percent.Accordingly, the average AZN/EUR rate was 1.8971 manats.Official AZN/EUR exchange rateMay 131.9090May 201.8962May 141.9107May 211.8970May 151.9056May 221.8964May 161.9057May 231.8952May 171.9005May 241.9008Average weekly1.9063Average weekly1.8971The official exchange rate of manat to Russian ruble set by CBA, decreased by 0.0001 manats or 0.4 percent.Accordingly, the average AZN/RUB rate was 0.0263 manats.Official AZN/RUB exchange rateMay 130.0260May 200.0263May 140.0260May 210.0264May 150.0262May 220.0264May 160.0263May 230.0264May 170.0263May 240.0262Average weekly0.0262Average weekly0.0263The official exchange rate of manat to Turkish lira set by CBA, decreased by 0.0026 percent or 0.93 percent.Accordingly, the average AZN/TRY rate was 0.2796 manats.Official AZN/TRY exchange rateMay 130.2849May 200.2805May 140.2791May 210.2815May 150.2806May 220.2805May 160.2821May 230.2775May 170.2798May 240.2779Average weekly0.2813Average weekly0.2796 Finalists of 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championship among trios named in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182923.html Sports Sat, 25 May 2019 17:27:00 +0400 Trend:The finalists of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championship in Baku among seniors performing in trios have been named at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.A trio from Hungary (22.361 points), two trios from Russia (22.066 and 21.633 points), two trios from Romania (21.952 and 21.322 points) and trios representing Turkey (21.261 points), Italy ( 21.200 points), Finland (20.577 points) qualified for the finals.Azerbaijani gymnasts Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev and Elchin Mammadov, performing in trio, scored 19.150 points, and thus, did not qualify. The Azerbaijani trio ranked 11th.The qualifications for senior gymnasts in the women's and men's individual program in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance are taking place on the second day of the European Championships on May 25. The winners in the team competition among senior gymnasts will be determined on the same day.Representatives of Azerbaijan Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva will perform in all six programs.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.During three-day championships, senior and junior gymnasts compete in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).According to the rules, a participant may compete in maximum three Aerobic categories. In the team competition, the winners will be determined for the five best performances.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.On May 24, as part of the Championships, qualifying competitions among juniors were held. The junior team of Azerbaijan consisting of Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Makhmudova and Eleonora Yusifova reached the finals of the European Championships in the aerobic dance program.Azerbaijan is represented by 17 gymnasts at the European Championships. Finalists of 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championship in women's individual program named ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/182922.html Sports Sat, 25 May 2019 17:14:00 +0400 Trend:The finalists of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in the women's individual program among senior gymnasts have been named at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.Ekaterina Pykhtova (Russia, 21.300 points), Ayse Begum Onbasi (Turkey, 21.200 points), Tatyana Konakova (Russia, 21.050 points), Darina Pashova (Bulgaria, 21.000 points), Ana-Maria Stoilova (Bulgaria, 20.850 points), Belen Guillemot Esterlich (Spain, 20.650 points), Sara Silva (Portugal, 20.600 points) and Sandra Cristina Dinca (Romania, 20.450 points) qualified for the finals.Azerbaijani gymnasts Khoshgadam Guliyeva (18,400 points) and Narmina Huseynova (17,400 points) ranked 24th and 31st, respectively, and thus, did not qualify.The qualifications for senior gymnasts in the women's and men's individual program in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance are taking place on the second day of the European Championships on May 25. The winners in the team competition among senior gymnasts will be determined on the same day.Representatives of Azerbaijan Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva will perform in all six programs.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.During three-day championships, senior and junior gymnasts compete in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).According to the rules, a participant may compete in maximum three Aerobic categories. In the team competition, the winners will be determined for the five best performances.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.On May 24, as part of the Championships, qualifying competitions among juniors were held. The junior team of Azerbaijan consisting of Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Makhmudova and Eleonora Yusifova reached the finals of the European Championships in the aerobic dance program.Azerbaijan is represented by 17 gymnasts at the European Championships. TANAP wins “The International CSR Excellence Award” http://www.today.az/news/business/182913.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 16:59:00 +0400 Trend:TANAP has won “The International CSR Excellence Award” in the category of “Sustainability”, with the investment and development projects funded by the Social and Environmental Investment Program (SEIP) implemented along its route, Trend reports citing the consortium.The award has been given by an independent jury assessing the most successful and prestigious social responsibility projects in the area of public service worldwide.TANAP project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field to the western borders of Turkey.The length of TANAP is 1,850 kilometers with an initial capacity of 16 billion cubic meters of gas. Around six billion cubic meters of this gas is meant to be delivered to Turkey, with the remaining volume to be supplied to Europe.The share distribution of TANAP shareholders is as follows: Southern Gas Corridor CJSC - 51 percent, SOCAR Turkey Enerji - 7 percent, Botas - 30 percent, BP - 12 percent. Ilham Aliyev receives congratulations on occasion of Republic Day http://www.today.az/news/society/182921.html Society Sat, 25 May 2019 16:41:00 +0400 Trend:President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the Republic Day.“On behalf of the people and government of Turkmenistan and on my own behalf, I extend my sincere congratulations and best wishes to you and through you to all brotherly people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of your country`s Republic Day,” Turkmenistan's president said in his letter.“In Turkmenistan, we highly appreciate relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan based on principles of good neighborliness, respect and mutual support. I am firmly convinced that Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan relations will continue to develop and strengthen in the spirit of mutual cooperation to the benefit of our brotherly countries and nations.”“Dear Ilham Heydar oglu, taking this pleasant opportunity, I wish you the best of health, happiness, and the brotherly people of Azerbaijan peace, prosperity and progress,” Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev has also congratulated the Azerbaijani president.“On the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Azerbaijan – the Republic Day, please accept my most cordial congratulations and sincere wishes for the prosperity of Azerbaijan and its people,” the Bulgarian president said in his letter.“I would like to take this pleasant occasion to reaffirm to you the willingness of the Republic of Bulgaria to continue developing strategic partnership relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan.”“I am convinced that the cooperation between our states will keep on its ascending development as it is based on a stable ground – the friendly ties between our peoples.Please accept, Dear Mr President, the assurances of my highest consideration,” he noted.Nicola Selva and Michele Muratori, Captains Regent of the Republic of San Marino, also congratulated President Aliyev on the occasion of the Republic Day.“On the auspicious occasion of the founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, we would like to express on behalf of the people of San Marino and on our own name cordial greetings and best wishes to Your Excellency and to the friendly people of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” they said in their letter.“Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration and sincere good wishes for your personal well-being and for the welfare, progress and prosperity of the people of the Republic of Azerbaijan.”Naruhito, Emperor of Japan, has also congratulated the Azerbaijani president."On the occasion of the Republic Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I have great pleasure in sending Your Excellency my heartfelt congratulations and sincere good wishes for your happiness and for the prosperity of the people of your country,” the Emperor of Japan said in his letter. US calls on Turkmenistan to join Southern Gas Corridor http://www.today.az/news/business/182920.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 16:23:00 +0400 Trend:The US Department of State positively assesses the signing of the Convention on the Status of the Caspian Sea last year and urges Turkmenistan to take advantage of the agreements reached by the Caspian states to join the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), which will give this country positive impetus for development, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Energy Diplomacy of the Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources Sandra Oudkirk told RIA Novosti on the sidelines of the Caspian Forum, Trendreports."We believe that the agreement on the status of the Caspian Sea is a positive step forward. We think that the export corridor with Turkmenistan is worth building. Turkmenistan exports gas to China, it has potential and it would be great if the country is connected to Europe through Azerbaijan or other countries," she said.She added that this will bring additional competition to the market."We would like Turkmenistan to be able to realize all the possible options. Turkmenistan must decide on this. As I noted earlier, Turkmenistan depends on one consumer, but its economy can get more active support," she said.The Southern Gas Corridor project envisages the creation of a pipeline infrastructure for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas, which is extracted as part of the development of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 field, to Europe via Turkey.The main components of the project are Shah Deniz Stage 2, expansion of the South Caucasus pipeline Baku-Georgia-border with Turkey, construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) from Turkey’s eastern border to the western border and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) connecting Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea in southern Italy.Supplies of Azerbaijani gas to Europe are expected in the amount of 10 billion cubic meters in early 2020. In addition, 6 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas will be supplied to the western regions of Turkey. Deliveries to Turkey began in the summer of 2018. Weekly review of Azerbaijani precious metals market http://www.today.az/news/business/182924.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 16:10:00 +0400 Trend:Over the week, the price of one ounce of gold increased by 12.5715 manats or 0.6 percent in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.Accordingly, the average price of one ounce of gold stood at 2,170.1775 manats.Change in price of one ounce of goldMay 132,183.0125May 202,169.9990May 142,209.1160May 212,168.6475May 152,201.6445May 222,165.4430May 162,204.0840May 232,164.2275May 172,187.0500May 242,182.5705Average weekly2,196.9814Average weekly2,170.1775Over the week, the price of one ounce of silver increased by 0.2286 manats or 0.9 percent in Azerbaijan.Accordingly, the average price of one ounce of silver stood at 24.5927 manats.Change in price of one ounce of silverMay 1324.9944May 2024.5466May 1425.1851May 2124.5459May 1525.1472May 2224.5601May 1625.1434May 2324.5358May 1724.7221May 2424.7752Average weekly25.0384Average weekly24.5927Over the week, the price of one ounce of platinum decreased by 35.3345 manats or 2.5 percent in Azerbaijan.Accordingly, the average price of one ounce of platinum stood at 1,379.1318 manats.Change in price of one ounce of platinumMay 131,451.4515May 201,400.0690May 141,467.7630May 211,393.9150May 151,456.4580May 221,379.2950May 161,439.5090May 231,357.6455May 171,412.2070May 241,364.7345Average weekly1,445.4777Average weekly1,379.1318Over the week, the price of one ounce of palladium decreased by 0.6545 manats or 0.03 percent in Azerbaijan.Accordingly, the average price of one ounce of palladium stood at 2,248.1038 manats.Change in price of one ounce of palladiumMay 132,273.1040May 202,244.4165May 142,262.1475May 212,276.0110May 152,277.7875May 222,245.1050May 162,272.3645May 232,231.2245May 172,262.6575May 242,243.7620Average weekly2,269.6122Average weekly2,248.1038 President Ilham Aliyev congratulates King of Jordan http://www.today.az/news/politics/182914.html Politics Sat, 25 May 2019 15:58:00 +0400 Trend:Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a congratulatory letter to Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of Jordan.“On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I heartily congratulate you and through you all your people on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Ilham Aliyev said in his letter.“On this remarkable day, I wish you the best of health, happiness and the brotherly people of Jordan lasting peace and prosperity.” Minister: Azerbaijan did everything to protect Mkhitaryan [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/society/182919.html Society Sat, 25 May 2019 15:34:00 +0400 Trend:Azerbaijan has done everything to protect Arsenal player Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who refused to participate in the UEFA Europa League final match in Baku, Azerbaijani Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov told CNN Sport, Trend reports May 25.He was answering the question whether Azerbaijan could do something more to make Mkhitaryan feel safe.“More…What do you mean when you say more?” Rahimov said. “We did everything. What could we do more? We can send a private jet for him accompanied by two F16 fighting falcons and let’s say, heavy machine guns. I do not know what we can do more. UEFA and Arsenal club received all possible and impossible documentation. From my personal side, I sent a letter and signed it with the guarantees from the government, from Azerbaijan Football Federation, and also from all the government agencies in charge for security. We are not hosting Armenian football team in Azerbaijan, we are hosting the UK football club.”Answering the question about whether he called Mkhitaryan, the minister replied that he does not know his telephone number.“But he has the direct contact that the club has with our embassy in London,” Rahimov noted. “The ambassador in his interview openly suggested him to contact the embassy, to contact the ambassador himself, but there was not any response for that.”The minister also answered the question whether people of Armenian nationality will be able to visit Baku next year, when Azerbaijan will host four Euro 2020 matches.“We never ever announced, or put any limitations, for the people coming to the sport events,” he said. ‘That's why we just kindly ask any Armenian nationality person coming to our country to send his or her request for visa in advance. That’s the only thing, maybe it is a little bit more than in relation to other tourists coming to my country. In all the rest, there are no limitations.”The UEFA Europa League final match between the English clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will take place May 29 at the 68,000-seat Baku Olympic Stadium.The match will start at 23:00 (GMT+4). Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia may create united electric power ring http://www.today.az/news/business/182918.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 15:12:00 +0400 Trend:Energy operators of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia held a working meeting in Tbilisi, Trend reports referring to Sputnik Georgia.Technical details of the power systems of the three countries were considered during the working meeting at the head office of the Georgian State Electrosystem JSC. Representatives of Azerenergy and the Unified Energy System of Russia took part in the meeting.The parties reviewed mechanisms for regulating the electricity flow and agreed to discuss the details associated with the creation of the United Electric Power Ring, which will significantly improve the stability of the electrical systems of the three countries and increase the possibilities of electricity export and import.Azerenergy OJSC supplies electricity to Iran, Russia, Turkey and Georgia. In early May 2019, the company also established exports to Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.The volume of electricity exported in 2018 amounted to 1.41 billion kilowatt/hour. In January-April 2019, Azerenergy's electricity exports amounted to 1.05 billion kilowatt/hour. Azerbaijan's defense minister holds official meeting on results of large-scale exercises http://www.today.az/news/politics/182907.html Politics Sat, 25 May 2019 14:47:00 +0400 Trend:An official meeting on the results of large-scale operational-tactical exercises was held under the leadership of the Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, Trend reports referring to the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan.After analyzing the results of large-scale exercises held according to the plan approved by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, which were held at night, the defense minister noted that the tasks were successfully completed.The minister, emphasizing the significance of the exercises, brought to the commanding staff the relevant tasks assigned by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev to the Azerbaijan Army.Colonel General Zakir Hasanov referring to the current military-political situation in the region emphasized that the internal political confrontations taking place in Armenia may cause an aggravation of the situation on the line of contact of troops. Competitions as part of Day 2 of European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in Baku continue [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/sports/182917.html Sports Sat, 25 May 2019 14:25:00 +0400 Trend:Competitions as part of the second day of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships continue in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.The qualifications for senior gymnasts in the women's and men's individual program in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance are taking place on the second day of the European Championships on May 25. The winners in the team competition among senior gymnasts will be determined on the same day.Representatives of Azerbaijan Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva will perform in all six programs.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.During three-day championships, senior and junior gymnasts will compete in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).According to the rules, a participant may compete in maximum three Aerobic categories. In the team competition, the winners will be determined for the five best performances.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.On May 24, as part of the Championships, qualifying competitions among juniors were held. The junior team of Azerbaijan consisting of Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Makhmudova and Eleonora Yusifova reached the finals of the European Championships in the aerobic dance program.Azerbaijan is represented by 17 gymnasts at the European Championships. Azerbaijani team reaches finals of European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in aerobic dance ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/182916.html Sports Sat, 25 May 2019 14:04:00 +0400 Trend:Finalists of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in the aerobic dance program among senior athletes have been determined at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.The Azerbaijani team consisting of Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva performed in the aerobic dance program. The Azerbaijani team ranked second among the finalists with a score of 17.350 points.The leading position was taken by the Russian team (17.400 points). Other teams that reached the finals represented Romania (17.250 points), Italy (17.100 points), Hungary (16.875 points), Ukraine (15.850 points), and Germany (14.750 points).The qualifications for senior gymnasts in the women's and men's individual program in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance are taking place on the second day of the European Championships on May 25. The winners in the team competition among senior gymnasts will be determined on the same day.Representatives of Azerbaijan Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva will perform in all six programs.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.During three-day championships, senior and junior gymnasts will compete in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).According to the rules, a participant may compete in maximum three Aerobic categories. In the team competition, the winners will be defined for the five best performances.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.On May 24, as part of the Championships, qualifying competitions among juniors were held. The junior team of Azerbaijan consisting of Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Makhmudova and Eleonora Yusifova reached the finals of the European Championships in the aerobic dance program.Azerbaijan is represented by 17 gymnasts at the European Championships. 2nd day of 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships kicks off in Baku [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/sports/182915.html Sports Sat, 25 May 2019 13:41:00 +0400 Trend:The second day of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships kicked off at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku on May 25, Trend reports.The qualifications for senior gymnasts in the women's and men's individual program in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aero-dance will be held on the second day of the European Championships on May 25. The winners in the team competition among seniors will be determined on the same day.Representatives of Azerbaijan Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva will perform in all six programs.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.During three-day championships, senior and junior gymnasts will compete in the programs of “Women Individual”, “Men's Individual”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups”, “Aerobic Dance” and “Aerobic Step” (only seniors).According to the rules, a participant may compete in maximum three Aerobic categories. In the team competition, the winners will be defined for the five best performances.The athletes from 22 countries are performing at the Championships.During the European Championships, Azerbaijan is being represented by 17 gymnasts including Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov, Madina Mustafayeva, Aysel Aslanzade, Khadija Guliyeva, Lala Guliyeva, Fatima Gurbanova, Emiliya Mahmudova, Eleonora Yusifova. Afghanistan interested in increasing imports of oil products from Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/182912.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 13:19:00 +0400 Trend:Afghanistan is interested in increasing imports and expanding the range of oil products from Azerbaijan, Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Ajmal Ahmadi said at the meeting with President of Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev as part of his visit to Azerbaijan, Trend reports.Ahmadi noted that Afghanistan is interested in bringing cooperation with SOCAR to a new level to diversify fuel supplies.SOCAR is already supplying diesel fuel, kerosene and liquid butane to Afghanistan.SOCAR is the sole producer of petroleum products in Azerbaijan owning over 370 filling stations in Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland. It is also a co-owner of the largest Turkish petrochemical complex Petkim and other assets in Turkey. Most of daily turnover of Baku Stock Exchange accounts for bonds in secondary market http://www.today.az/news/business/182911.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 12:56:00 +0400 Trend:Daily turnover of securities at the Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) amounted to 259,200 manats on May 24, Trendreports referring to BSE.Most of the transactions accounted for the bonds in the secondary market.The daily volume of transactions on bonds on the stock exchange amounted to 258,800 million manats.During the day, deals were concluded on manat bonds of the Azerbaijani Finance Ministry (250,100 manats) and dollar bonds of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR ($5,100 – 8,700 manats).The volume of transactions amounted to 404 manats on the secondary market of shares at BSE. During the day, 202 transactions on shares were concluded.(1.7 AZN = 1 USD on May 24) Over 70 young fans from London to come to Baku for UEFA Europa League final http://www.today.az/news/sports/182910.html Sports Sat, 25 May 2019 12:35:00 +0400 Trend:Two Wandsworth twins, Arsenal fans Freddie and Jamie Villiers aged 21, have chartered a flight along with more than 70 friends to travel to the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea in Azerbaijan on May 29, Trend reports with reference to swlondoner.co.uk.“Before the second leg of the semi when it looked likely Arsenal and Chelsea would be in the final, a friend booked a chartered flight,” Jamie Villiers said.“It is fair not only to give fans the possibility of a unique live experience, but also to stage events which boost the promotion of football in an entire region," UEFA said, defending their decision to host the final in Baku.The UEFA Europa League final match between the English clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will take place at the 68,000-seat Baku Olympic Stadium.The match will start at 23:00 (GMT+4). UEFA president Ceferin defends Baku final http://www.today.az/news/society/182908.html Society Sat, 25 May 2019 12:13:00 +0400 Trend:UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku in an interview with German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, Trend reports.The controversy over Baku increased this week, when Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided not play in the final amid “concerns for his safety”.The UEFA president said that the decision was Mkhitaryan’s to make, and drew a parallel with the decision to host Euro 2016 in France.“We managed to organize a safe European Championships in France when the country was a target of terrorist attacks,” Ceferin said.The UEFA Europa League final match between the English clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will take place on May 29 at the 68,000-seat Baku Olympic Stadium.The match will start at 23:00 (GMT+4). Minister: Over 30,000 foreign fans to come to UEFA Europa League match in Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/182909.html Society Sat, 25 May 2019 11:51:00 +0400 Trend:Baku is fully ready for the UEFA Europa League final match, Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Rahimov said, Trend reports.He reminded that earlier Baku hosted the first European Games, the Islamic Solidarity Games and other competitions of international importance. The Minister noted that over 30,000 foreign fans will attend the UEFA Europa League final match in Baku.He said that UEFA officials rated the Baku Olympic Stadium 4.5 points on a 5-point scale. “Azerbaijani fans are looking forward to this match,” the Minister said.The UEFA Europa League final match between the English clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will take place May 29 at the 68,000-seat Baku Olympic Stadium.The match will start at 23:00 (GMT+4). Azerbaijani oil prices decline http://www.today.az/news/business/182906.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 11:27:00 +0400 Trend:The price of the AZERI LT CIF oil produced at Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli block of oil and gas fields amounted to $70.9 per barrel at Italian port of Augusta on May 23, which is $3.3 less than on May 22, a source representing Azerbaijan's oil and gas market told Trend.On May 23, the AZERI Light FOB Ceyhan oil price was $70.07 per barrel, or $3.3 less than the previous price.Azerbaijan has been producing AZERI LT since 1997 and exports it via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Supsa pipelines and by rail to the Georgian port of Batumi. Azerbaijan also exports URALS oil from Russia’s Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. The oil is delivered there via the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.The price for URALS-NOVO with shipment from port was $67.14 per barrel on May 23, or $3.34 less than the previous price.The price for a barrel of Brent Dated, produced from the North Sea, stood at $68.49 on May 23, or $3.34 less than the previous price. Azerbaijan's First VP Mehriban Aliyeva attends iftar ceremony [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/society/182905.html Society Sat, 25 May 2019 11:08:00 +0400 Trend:First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva have attended the iftar ceremony in Pir Hasan sanctuary, Mardakan settlement, Khazar district, Baku.First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva were invited to the iftar party during their recent visit to the sanctuary.The event participants thanked for social and economic development and tranquility in Azerbaijan. They hailed the work done by President Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva to develop the country, and expressed their confidence that such ceremonies will soon be held in Karabakh.First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva said she is happy to meet with the residents of Khazar district.The ceremony featured the recitation of verses from the holy Quran and a Ramadan prayer. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 20 times http://www.today.az/news/politics/182903.html Politics Sat, 25 May 2019 10:45:00 +0400 Trend:Over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 20 times, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on May 25, Trend reports.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Argentina happy with level of bilateral relations with Azerbaijan - ambassador http://www.today.az/news/politics/182904.html Politics Sat, 25 May 2019 10:22:00 +0400 Trend:Argentina is happy with the level of bilateral relations with Azerbaijan, Ambassador of Argentina to Azerbaijan Sergio Osvaldo Perez Gunella said in Baku at an event dedicated to the anniversary of Argentina’s independence, Trend reports.“Although, we strongly believe there is still a huge potential that needs to be developed between the two countries,” he noted.“We commemorate today the 209th anniversary of the Revolution of May of 1810, when Argentina installed its first independent government and started a process that ended in the declaration of independence in 1816,” he said. “That was the day that our country told the world that we were ready to start walking a new path of sovereignty, development and active participation in the international arena as a new nation.“Few years ago, we decided to implement a new approach to the rest of the world by integrating our country in a more decisive way in all international fields, with an open and transparent agenda which reflects the pacific, democratic and plural character of Argentina,” he added.“A very proactive diplomatic agenda allowed us to build confidence within the international community, with concrete results in new cooperation initiatives; dynamization of international trade; modernization of regional integration structures and the opening new markets,” the ambassador said.“We were also committed to the idea of Argentina as a protagonist, hosting the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO); a very successful first G20 Leaders Summit in South America; the Youth Olympic Games and the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation,” he added.“Two high level political meetings have taken place recently,” he said. “In March, [Azerbaijani Foreign] Minister [Elmar] Mammadyarov visited Argentina and three weeks ago the President of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies visited Baku.”“Bilateral agreements that provide a better basis for the deepening of the relationship have been signed in the last years; we held several activities in the cultural field that were able to bring closer our nations trough music, literature, dance, plastic arts and sports,” he noted.“But we believe that in the trade and economic fields, we still have big opportunities ahead of us,” the ambassador said. “Traditional Argentinean products such as meat and wine are well known internationally and we are working to make them more available to the Azerbaijani public. We are also developing a series of cooperation projects, mainly in the agriculture sector, that could be soon implemented in order to strengthen Argentinean-Azerbaijani relations.”“It has been only two and a half months since I arrived in Baku,” he added. “But the efficiency of the team of the embassy, the warm welcome of my colleagues, the hospitality of the Azerbaijani authorities and above all the kindness, openness and respect of the Azerbaijani people had made me feel already at home.” Car production grows in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/182901.html Business Sat, 25 May 2019 10:04:00 +0400 Trend:In January-April 2019, 436 cars were manufactured in Azerbaijan, which is 3.4 times more compared to the same period last year, Trend reports referring to the country's State Statistical Committee.The total output of cars, trailers and semi-trailers in the country amounted to 28.6 million manats (an increase of 8.6 percent over a year).A total of 7,250 cars were imported to the country for 92.4 million manats. Azerbaijan also imported 643 trucks worth 10.1 million manats (an increase of 2.03 and 2.5 times, respectively) and 44 buses for 1.6 million manats (an increase of 2.3 and a decrease of 7.4 percent, respectively) .A new automobile plant began operating in Azerbaijan since last year, producing cars under the "Khazar" brand. This contributed to a significant increase in the production of passenger cars in the country. Previously, only the Nakhchivan Automobile Plant operated in Azerbaijan, where "Lifan" cars were assembled.There is also the Ganja Automobile Plant, where a number of trucks of Belarusian and Russian companies are manufactured. Another automobile plant of the Russian "GAZ Group" is planned to be built in late 2019 in the Hajigabul industrial zone.According to government forecasts, in 2019, car production in the country in terms of value will reach 31.7 million manats, in 2020 - 56 million manats, in 2021 - 85.3 million manats, and in 2022 it will reach 113.3 million manats.In quantitative terms, it is planned to gradually increase the volume of production of passenger cars to 7,000 units per year. For now, their number is projected at 600 units in 2019. But their volumes will significantly increase to 2,000 units starting from 2020, to 3,500 units in 2021, 5,300 in 2022, and finally reach 7,000 units in 2023.The production of trucks is also set to expand - 55 vehicles in 2019, 843 in 2020, 752 in 2020, 721 in 2021 and 782 in 2022. Urban Ecology Project continues successfully in Baku [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/society/182902.html Society Sat, 25 May 2019 09:43:00 +0400 Trend:Some 25 squirrels have been released into a green area in a campus of ADA University as part of IDEA Public Union`s Urban Ecology Project. The Urban Ecology project is aimed at protecting and restoring urban ecosystems and preserving the fauna species once widespread in the past.Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Founder and Head of IDEA Public Union Leyla Aliyeva attended the event. Awarding ceremony of winners of European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in junior team ... http://www.today.az/news/sports/182900.html Sports Fri, 24 May 2019 20:55:00 +0400 Trend:An awards ceremony was held in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku for the winners in the junior team competition in the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships, Trend reports.The winners in the team competition are determined by the top 5 performances.The junior national team of Russia took the top level of the podium, second came the national team of Romania, with the national team of Hungary coming in third.Awards to the winners and prize winners were presented by president of the Aerobic Gymnastics Technical Committee of the UEG Maria Cristina Casentini, member of the Aerobic Gymnastics Technical Committee of the UEG Alina Dragan, and manager of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Mehman Aliyev.The first day of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships was held on May 24 in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.Qualifications were held among juniors in individual programs among women and men in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26. Finalists of European Aerobic Gymnastics Championship among groups named in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/182899.html Sports Fri, 24 May 2019 20:39:00 +0400 Trend:The finalists of the 11th European Championship in Aerobic Gymnastics among juniors performing in groups have been named in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trendreports.Group teams of Russia (19.550 points), Hungary (19.300 points), Romania (19.100 points), Italy (18.950 points), Great Britain (18.000 points), Bulgaria (17.900 points), Portugal (17.750 points) and Germany (16.850 points) qualified for the final.The competitions are underway on the first day of the 11th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.The qualifications among juniors in individual programs among women and men in trios, mixed pairs, groups and aerobic dance are being held on May 24 as part on the first day of the European Championships. The winners in the team competition among juniors will be determined on the same day.According to the qualification results, the Azerbaijani team has reached the finals of the in the aerobic dance among juniors.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships is being held in Baku for the first time and will last till May 26.