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 Red Bull Thre3Style's final takes place in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/136497.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:46:00 +0500 By AzerNewsThe world final of the prestigious Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championship will take place in Baku from September 1 to 6.The six-day event will bring together the best DJs from 20 countries, as well as national winners of the championship's qualifying stages, a jury consisting of international DJ stars, and special guests.Baku has hosted three national finals since 2012. DJ Twist was the absolute winner of each national final.He will represent Azerbaijan at the championship in September.Previous editions of the Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championship were held in Vancouver (2011), Chicago (2012), Toronto (2013).The jury of the championship will be presented by well-known international DJs such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Shortkut and Z Trip from the U.S., Canadian Skratch Bastid, and Krafty Kuts from Great Britain. Famous DJs Qbert, D Styles, Headspin, Four Color Zack, Karve, Shintaro will participate in the event.Red Bull Thre3Style pits the world's best DJs in a competition that values technical skill as much as the ability to thrill a dance floor.Competitors are judged on the dual platforms of technical ability and crowd reaction, and are given just 15 minutes each to prove that they're the best in the room. Judges work to a strict the criteria that also marks DJs on their originality in song choices, confidence performing and mixing prowess.Thre3Style's is rooted in Canada, but the idea behind the competition is global: get people dancing, keep the party vibes coming and up your game until you're the DJ that brings the perfect set. Azerbaijan not to allow third countries to harm its relations with neighbors http://www.today.az/news/politics/136496.html Politics Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:43:00 +0500 Azerbaijan will not allow third countries to harm its relations with neighbors, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev said at a briefing Aug. 28.He was commenting on some media outlets' information about an Israeli drone downed over Iran's territory, which supposedly was launched from the territory of Azerbaijan."While creating good relations with neighboring countries, Baku follows these principles," he said.Azerbaijani Defense Ministry dismisses some media reports that the Israeli-made Hermes-450 drone downed in Iran was allegedly launched from Azerbaijan's territory, head of the ministry's press service, Colonel Vagif Dargahli told Trend Aug. 27.He said such provocative information is aimed at spoiling Azerbaijan's relations with its neighbors.Iranian servicemen said on Aug. 23 that the Israeli spy drone "Hermes-450" was downed in the airspace of the country. They added that the drone was launched to monitor the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz.The Israeli side stressed that despite this is Israeli drone, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan are armed with it. Some foreign media outlets reported that this drone was launched from the territory of Azerbaijan./Trend/ Armenian army keeps ceasefire agression http://www.today.az/news/politics/136492.html Politics Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:35:00 +0500 Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions at the nameless heights and near the villages of Sarijali, Marzili of the Aghdam region, Tapqaraqoyunlu of the Goranboy region, Mehdili of Jabrayil region and Qarakhanbayli of the Fizuli region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 28.The opposing side was silenced with return fire.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/ Film about "Ali & Nino" love story to appear soon http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/136495.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:33:00 +0500 By AzerNewsThe production of well-known "Ali and Nino" love story by Azerbaijani author who wrote under the pen name Kurban Said is aiming for a 2015 shoot.The story tells of an Azerbaijani young man who falls in love with a Georgian princess. "Ali and Nino" was first published in 1937, by now it has been translated into 37 languages worldwide with nearly 100 reprints.Baku magazine reports the presentation of the project has been held at the Cannes Film Festival this year.Adam Bakri, an actor best known for playing the leading role in Hany Abu-Assad's film "Omar" which has been shortlisted in the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, will play a major role - Azerbaijani Alikhan Shirvanshir- the beloved of beautiful Georgian Nino.Kris Thyker's "PeaPie Films" have acquired the feature film rights of the novel.British screenwriter Christopher Hampton will adapt the script, while another British filmmaker, Asif Kapadia, will direct the film.The story sets against the historical backdrop of World War I on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. The tragic story of Ali Khan Shirvanshir, the male descendant of a royal Muslim family, and Nino Kipiani, a beautiful, Christian, Georgian princess, is described in this epic love novel.Ali and Nino live in the oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which at the beginning of the 20th century is a melting pot of different cultures. Despite differences in cultures, they have loved each other since childhood, and Ali is determined to marry Nino as soon as she leaves school.Their love undergoes family differences, religious dissimilarities and a challenging political situation as Azerbaijan fights for independence.Many studies have been conducted to find the author of the popular story; however, researchers have not yet arrived at a single conclusion.There is also a sculpture dedicated to this love story, called the Statue of Love, on the seashore boulevard of Batumi, Georgia, created by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze. It is a 7-meter steel sculpture of a man and a woman moving toward each other and merging into one piece every 10 minutes.Earlier, Hampton who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1988 for "Dangerous Liaisons" and went on to write "Atonement" and "A Dangerous Method" among other creations, said he fell in love with this beautifully written story, which is in many ways as relevant and resonant today as it was when it was first published."I am delighted to be working on this project," he said.Thyker said, "We are thrilled to have attracted one of the world's finest writers to bring this captivating novel to the screen. Ali and Nino is one of the great works of the 20th century, as evocative of the exotic desert landscape as it is the passion between two people pulled apart by culture, religion, and war." Azerbaijani music show due in Verona http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/136494.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:30:00 +0500 Cconcert of Azerbaijani music will be held at the Verona Arena amphitheatre in the Italian city of Verona in September.The concert will feature performance of Italian Orchestra Italiana del Cinema symphonic orchestra and Qarabagh mugham ensemble, as well as Azerbaijani singers Mansum Ibrahimov, Aygun Bayramova and Azer Rzazade. It will be conducted by the People's Artist of Azerbaijan Yalchin Adigozalov.Called “Along the Silk Road with music”, the concert will be organized by the Azerbaijan Culture and Tourism Ministry and the country`s Embassy in Rome./AzerTAc/ Consulate General of Azerbaijan blames California Senate for political corruption http://www.today.az/news/politics/136493.html Politics Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:27:00 +0500 The resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh passed by the California Senate is a shining example of political corruption, the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles said in connection with the resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh passed by the California Senate on Thursday."The anti-Azerbaijani resolution AJR 32 on Nagorno-Karabakh has been on the agenda of the California State Senate for some time," according to the statement. "From the very beginning, a number of serious measures were undertaken by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles to counter the resolution. These measures included, inter alia, sending letters of protest to all senators, holding numerous meetings with them, thus explaining the biasedness and flawedness of the AJR 32, its contradiction to America's stated foreign policy and national interests, as well as the fact that this racist resolution justified ethnic cleansing and illegal occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia."Moreover, the Azerbaijani community of California also got mobilized and through various means harshly protested against the resolution. As a result, despite inordinate amount of effort by the Armenian lobby in California, where around 1 million Armenians reside, despite all the efforts by the two Armenian members of the California Legislature, as well as in spite of all the pressure by this ethnic lobby on senators using threats, blackmail and other means, 17 out of 40 senators refused to vote for the resolution Aug. 27, according to the statement.At the same time, the senators who receive massive financial contributions for their election campaigns and therefore hugely depend on the Armenian lobby, voted for AJR 32, disregarding all the solid facts presented to them, according to the statement. This is a pure political corruption. It has no other name. It is also a strong indicator of a serious flaw in America's political system that needs an urgent fixing.It should also be stressed that this resolution is not the first resolution adopted by the California Legislature regarding Nagorno-Karabakh, according to the statement. In 1993, 1997 and 1999, three similar resolutions had been adopted by the Legislature at the behest of the Armenian lobby. However neither those resolutions, nor AJR 32 have any legal or political significance. The entire international community, including the United States and United Nations, recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. Therefore such meaningless pieces of paper are unable to change this position.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/ Trend News Agency applies new features on its English News Service http://www.today.az/news/society/136491.html Society Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:20:00 +0500 Trend Agency has launched a new design on its English News Service - http://en.trend.az/. The new design reflects latest Industry trends, offering users a friendlier environment. Our newly designed site is on a par with many of the top news sites in the Western media.In keeping apace with changing industry trends, the new website displays news and photos on any device, such as desktop and laptop computers, tablets, smartphones or even on television with Internet access."The newly designed English website effectively combines modernity and efficiency and placement of news on the webpage," Trend Public Relations director Jamila Mammadova said. "We aim to place the articles on the website for readers to be able to get much information on the subject of interest in as short time as possible."Trend's pay-per-view section is featured in a separate category and conveniently placed for easy access. As in the past, this service offers the convenience of paying by credit card or with a mobile phone.When you click on "Paid News" you will be given the option to register. If you are already registered then simply navigate to "My Account.""We have included a number of innovative ideas," Trend development department director Vagif Sharifov said. "Our team worked out a unique mechanism for purchase, making it easier and more intuitive, simplifying and speeding up the process."Plans are underway to update Trend's Azerbaijani and Russian languages news services in the very near future. Trend's photo-service database will also be upgraded and modernized.Trend is an independent news agency. Founded in 1995 as a private media outlet in Azerbaijan, Trend Agency is a leading news provider in the South Caucasus, Caspian and Central Asian region.Trend was admitted to the membership of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA). Trend was recognized "The Best News Company" in Azerbaijan, and received Brand Award Azerbaijan-2008. Eurasian Television and Radio Academy, jointly with RIA Novosti, recognized Trend the most dynamically developing resource in EurasiaWith permanent correspondents based in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as in several European countries, Trend produces roughly 500 articles per day in English, Russian, Azerbaijani, Farsi, and Arabic. Trend services mainly focus on business news, high-quality analytical reports highlighting political, economic, oil and gas developments in the region.The most popular information products of the agencyare full-featured Trend InfoService, daily electronic Caspian news distribution about business, politics, oil and gas - Trend Reports, a specialized report outlining oil & gas resources in the region - Caspian Oil & Gas Trends, weekly and monthly Azerbaijan Business Monitoring, quarterly Azerbaijan Energy Projects Review, as well as Azerbaijan Monthly Banking Analytics and Iran Review.Among the clients are the state organizations, the largest oil companies, commercial and financial companies of the world, as well as leading media, analytical centers, embassies, banks, insurance companies. Booking British Airways tickets becomes available for Azerbaijanis http://www.today.az/news/business/136490.html Business Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:17:00 +0500 British Airways announces the possibility to book a ticket for a flight from Azerbaijan to London, Europe or North America for up to 72 hours for just 5 pounds, or about 7 AZN on the website ba.com.The company will give customers time to make sure they are satisfied with the choice of flight before they pay for it."If you have chosen to purchase a ticket within 72 hours, the amount of booking is returned to your account, and you can make a purchase," the statement said.Booking for small distance flights from Heathrow is worth a total of 5 pounds, while passengers who wish to keep their seats on a long distance flights will pay 10 pounds or about 13 AZN."There is nothing more frustrating than to see the best price flight and not to be able to buy it right away due to the need to obtain permission at work or to check if this date is consistent with the plans of your family or friends. And after all it turns out that the place is occupied or the price has changed," said the commercial director of British Airways Drew Crowley."Now the passengers can book their seats after they saw the prices and pay later with a term of up to three days. Customers feedback confirms our belief that this opportunity will be popular and will give them time to buy a ticket they want, as well as ensure confidence in the choice of the best offer," said Crowley.Only the name of a passenger is enough for booking of tickets. The names of all who fly can be added within 72 hours. Reservations can be carried out at least 21 days prior to departure.New reservation feature is a joint project between the airlines of British Airways and Iberia, owned by IAG. Reservation applies to all the flights undertaken by BA, including joint flights with Iberia, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum, including any combination of BA and Iberia flights as long as they are in a single ticket.This feature is the latest at the moment in a series of initiatives aimed at facilitating of the trip.British Airways offers six flights weekly from Azerbaijan to London Heathrow Airport with convenient connections to long-haul destinations for those traveling beyond London.The cost of booking for Europe and the United Kingdom on small distance flights is five euro and five pounds and 10 pounds, $10 and 10 euros respectively for flights over long distances.For all other currencies, reservation fee is converted and pound sterling is taken as the base of currency conversion.Flights to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway can not be reserved at the moment, but they will be added to this list in the near future.British Airways carries out 10 flights a week from Baku to London during the summer season and switches to a daily schedule during the winter season. British Airways is the largest international airline route network that covers 179 destinations, nine of which are in the UK, 84 in Europe and 86 in all other directions./Trend/ Baku 2015 European Games presents colorful new brand look - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/sports/136489.html Sports Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:15:00 +0500 The Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled a new look that proudly combines Azerbaijan's history, heritage and culture with European sport.Inspired by the natural beauty of Baku, the colourful and striking new images will be featured on venues, tickets, uniforms and all official merchandising of the inaugural European Games.Central to the new brand is the pomegranate tree, which symbolises unity in Azerbaijani folklore. Interwoven with the branches of the tree are historical symbols of the country's heritage and culture, along with eye-catching pictograms of the different sports and disciplines."The new brand is a dynamic and fresh new look for Baku 2015 which symbolises our pride in ancient Azerbaijani heritage, the natural beauty of the country and a desire to create an innovative sports event that will be enjoyed by whole Europe," Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) said."Over the coming weeks and months, the look will become synonymous with the European Games and provide an immediate visual link to all aspects of our identity here in Azerbaijan," he said.Incorporated in the eye-catching new designs are other symbols of Azerbaijani heritage including the colourful stained glass "shebeke", the ornamental detail of the "buta" and references to carpet design and weaving which play a significant part of the country's proud history.The tender to create the new look was won by the renowned SomeOne agency, who had previously worked on the sports brands for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games."Having visited Baku during the immersive phase of the project, we were impressed at just how lush and beautiful the city was," Gary Holt, Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of SomeOne said."This inspired the creation of a living property - the Baku 2015 pomegranate tree. Alive with athletes, Azerbaijani art and the pomegranates themselves, the tree has been designed to be adaptive, celebrating elite sport in the amazing setting of Baku," he noted.The images will also feature on everything from corporate stationery, medals and the dressing of the host city on billboards and banners in Baku as the countdown to the Games continues."We are delighted with the beautiful and intricate designs and pictograms that SomeOne have created to bring the European Games to life," Commercial Director of Baku 2015, Charlie Wijeratna said."They have designed a look which will be effective across all our anticipated uses, from medals to uniforms, and for branding of all shapes and sizes," he added.Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from June 12 until June 28, 2015.There will be a total of 19 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and three non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.Nine of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio Summer Olympic Games in 2016. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon and Volleyball.Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operation Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC. /Trend/ Banking system comes to fingertips in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/136488.html Business Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:12:00 +0500 By AzerNewsThe days of traditional banking system are expected to come to an end in Azerbaijan in the near future.Despite the fact that Azerbaijan is a country of traditional banking system, experts believe that mobile banking will rule the market by 2030.Mobile banking is rapidly developing around the world at present, which is no wonder, as the service does more good than harm.Mobile banking allows manage plastic credit card account in real time mode around the clock.Checking the balance, generating reports on the transactions, paying utility bills, phone calls, Internet services, as well as transferring money from card to card, paying for online purchases, receiving SMS notification of each transaction and blocking the card are among other services of the system.The advantages of such banking are obvious: it is much cheaper and functional, as the customer does not need to visit the bank and waste time in queue.Today, most of the major banks in Azerbaijan offer this service.Despite the fact that the service is well developed in Europe, in Azerbaijan, a country with the mobile phone penetration rate of 110 percent, it is not yet well-developed. One of the reasons for this is that at this stage, bank customers in Azerbaijan cannot still completely trust the new technology, and prefer to conduct banking operations in traditional way by going to bank.However, the service is quite safe and securely protected as banks are paying enough attention to ensure the reliability and security of their services.The Chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development, Vugar Bayramov told local press "it is expected that by 2030, no bank in Azerbaijan use traditional banking system any further."The expert at the Support for Economic Initiatives Public Union Samir Aliyev is not so optimistic. He told local press that traditional banking system continues its existence in the whole world and Azerbaijan. He noted that internet and mobile banking would keep on developing in the country."Banks will continue their activities. Taking into account development of internet banking around the world, there is no further need to the regional branches. So, their closing may be a first step," he said.However, Azerbaijan does not have many bank branches, Aliyev went on saying. In this regard, one can hardly expect their closure in the near future. "It is more likely that banks will eventually close their branches in the regions of the country and will create large regional offices."The expert believes that local banks will follow this way in the next 5-10 years. Azerbaijan claims third gold at Nanjing Olympics http://www.today.az/news/sports/136487.html Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:07:00 +0500 Azerbaijani boxer Rufat Huseynov at 49kg has claimed his country's third gold medal of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China by beating Uzbek Sulaymon Latipov 3-0.On the way to the final, Huseynov defeated Indian Kumar Shyam Kakara 2-1 and Kazakh Shalkar Aikhynbay 2-1.Azerbaijan`s medal haul includes 3 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze medals./AzerTAc/ Visiting Azerbaijan, an unforgettable experience http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/136482.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0500 By Ulisses Lisboa Gonçalves, AzerNewsWrite an article and get a passport to Azerbaijan. It is almost hard to believe that how an essay could take me so far away from my home. One day I decided to participate in an essay contest organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The prize was nothing less than a trip to the Land of Fire. You can all imagine how surprised I was when I got the news: I had actually won the contest and one of the most meaningful experiences of my life was about to begin.Extraordinarily, contemporary and classic... There is only one peculiar place in the world that unites the most diverse epochs in one single environment. It is with no doubt, one of the charms of Azerbaijan. Located near the Caspian Sea and the former Soviet republic, the diversity found in this country can be explained by its age: Azerbaijan is one of the oldest nations in the world's history. The maturity of its community is a reflection of an ancient, exotic and unique culture.In Azerbaijan, there are several mazes of streets with admirable aspects that have combined the old and new ages together. In the capital Baku, you can observe and appreciate the amazing architectural contrast. On the one hand, we can notice the historical streets at the Old City and, on the other; we can see three buildings in fully modern form: the famous Flame Towers. It is like being in Asia and Europe at the same time.Once you are there, don't lose any chance to visit a very special city called Sumqayit. And forget about fast food or western dishes, in Sumqayit there are great restaurants that serve traditional Azerbaijani food: Breads, cheeses, vegetables, roasts and lots of flavors. What makes the meals more special is the designs of the restaurants in the Land of Fire. You should also try the traditional Azerbaijani tea, considered the best hot drink around the country.You won't waste your time and energy if begin to explore the small towns of Azerbaijan. The traditional cities are attractive because of their amazing simplicity. Lahij, for example, is a village on the southern slopes of Greater Caucasus within the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan, with a population of approximately nine hundred people who speak the variation of Tati - Lahiji language. You will also be amazed by its narrow streets, wooden houses, cheerful residents and many souvenir shops.On the whole, it is worth visiting as many places as possible in Azerbaijan. Each city has its own charm distinguishing itself from other towns. At the end, all I can say is that Azerbaijan is an amazing country with a rich and fantastic culture that makes you feel at home. And if you get a chance to visit the country, I'm sure that you would like to visit it again and again. I am sure I will. See you soon, Azerbaijan.Ulisses Lisboa is a Brazilian student who studies journalism and got a chance to visit Azerbaijan this summer. You can contact him at ulisseslisboag@gmail.com. Armenian armed forces cut ceasefire again http://www.today.az/news/politics/136484.html Politics Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:47:00 +0500 Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions near the villages of Bash Gervend of the Agdam region and Tapgaragoyunlu of the Goranboy region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 27.The opposing side was silenced with return fire.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/ Turkish expert: The clock certainly ticks against the interests of Armenia http://www.today.az/news/politics/136486.html Politics Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:38:00 +0500 Interview with Ergun Kirlikovali, Past President, Assembly of Turkish-American Associations-What should we expect from Turkish policy with President Erdogan?- President Erdogan will be more determined in his policies and more forceful in implementation. He has gotten a strong mandate from the Turkish people with 52% of the votes. He said he would change, if elected, the "figure head" image of the president into one that is involved in every facet of Turkish life. Now, there is no stopping him.-Serj Sargsyan congratulated elected President Erdogan and expressed a hope that he will make effort to get Turkish-Armenian protocols get ratified. How serious may Sargsyan’s expectations could be or it is just a diplomatic gesture?- It is just a diplomatic gesture on the part of Serj Sargsyan, so that he can say to the world "Look, I congratulated Erdogan for his election victory and started a peaceful dialog with him. He is the one who rejects dialog with Armenia." Erdogan made it very clear, many times, that there would be no improvement of relations between Turkey and Armenia until and unless Armenia withdraws from Karabagh. Serj Sargsyan thinks he can use the congratulation gesture as a tool to exert international pressure on Erdogan and such cheap trciks will not work. They never did before. Now, it is nearly impossible, knowing how determined Erdogan is.-Are you sure that President Erdogan may visit Armenia in April next year to commemorate of 100-s anniversary of 1915’s events?- I do not believe that Erdogan will visit Armenia in 2015 for the anniversary. That is out of the question. Armenia must heed the U.N. resolutions first and end occupation of Western Azerbaijan before Armenia can be taken seriously.- Do you believe this information of Armenian media?- No. And I do not think Armenians believe it, either.-Is there a threat that Turkey will refuse from progress in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict as a precondition for Turkish-Armenia rapprochement process?- Turkey's position is clear: No progress, no rapprochement. That is, if Armenian makes no attempt that can be considered as progress in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, then Armenia should not expect any rapprochement in Turkish-Armenia relations. As strong as Erdogan is in Turkey, I do not think even he can change this policy as the Turkish people will not go for it. Turkey public wants Armenia to end military occupation, allow Azeri refugees to return to their homes and then Armenia can take about rapprochement.-By the way, Turkey was monitoring closely recent military clashes in Karabakh, representatives of the Turkish leadership have been expressing their position on this conflict. How would you comment on opinion that Turkey is amongst few states which are really interested in progress in NK and really can play a fruitful role in this process?- Turkey's interest in NK is real and sincere. Turkish public is very upset with the aggression and brutality Armenia has shown in NK during the 1992-1994 war and the ethnic cleansing the Armenian military has conducted during and after the war. Turkey is also uncomfortable with the lethargic Minsk Group where Russia does absolutely nothing and France is even worse, helping Armenians. That is no way to conduct peace talks. Russia needs to decide if Russia is Armenia's lawyer, mentor, or mouth piece on the one hand or a fair and non-partisan arbitrator and a peace negotiator. The U.S. is keeping its distance from the process, it seems, while also helping Azerbaijan. Turkey sees all this and is frustrated by this biased treatment of Azerbaijan. - Turkey knows it can play a more fruitful role in the peace process while also leveling the playing field for Azerbaijan.-Armenia is isolated by Azerbaijan and Turkey from regional infrastructural and energy projects. Do you believe that Armenia may join them if it renounces its traditional policies and what benefits it would bring to Yerevan?- Armenia may be allowed to join only if NK is returned to Azerbaijan, Azeri refugees are allowed to return to their homes, and Armenia stops defaming Turkey and demonizing Turks and Azeris as a matter of state policy. That is a tall order and I don’t think Armenian can even come halfway to these goals. Be that as it may, these are the minimum preconditions for Armenia to come out of its isolation and/or join the regional infrastructural and energy projects. - Armenia is slowly and surely missing the train. The train is about to take off and there is no stopping that train. The clock certainly ticks against the interests of Armenia. That much is crystal clear. Two earthquakes jolt Shamakhi region of Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/136483.html Society Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:52:00 +0500 Two earthquakes occurred in Shamakhi region of Azerbaijan, the Republican Seismological Service Center of the National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) said Aug. 27.The first quake was recorded at 09:26 local time on August 27, 25 kilometers west of Gobustan in Shamakhi region. Its magnitude was 3.2. The epicenter was at a depth of seven kilometers. The earthquake was not felt.The second earthquake occurred at 09:47 local time, 19 kilometers west of Gobustan, Shamakhi region.The magnitude of the earthquake, the epicenter of which was at a depth of 17 kilometers, was 3.3. Tremors were not felt, according to the message.Shamakhi city is located in the north of Azerbaijan, 118 km from Baku./Trend/ First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva celebrated her birthday together with children - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136485.html Politics Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:48:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s first lady Mehriban Aliyeva has celebrated her birthday together with children.A party for children organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation brought together more than 400 children from the Down's Syndrome Association, orphanage and boarding schools.The event was also attended by Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva.The First Lady shared her joy with the children who gathered around her and chatted with them.The children spent their time dancing, singing, and showing their abilities.First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva danced together with children.Special corners were created for children to show their abilities. Children’s favorite cartoon characters, scenes, joyful songs, dances made the event even more colorful. Children were presented gifts on behalf of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. /AzerTAc/ Mentally ill people, part of society! http://www.today.az/news/society/136481.html Society Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:40:00 +0500 By AzerNewsFor centuries, people have tried to understand the phenomenon known as mental illness. Philosophers, theologians, artists, and later psychiatrists and psychologists have described a lot of people who were considered crazy or bonkers. These people perceive the world around, not in the way we do.Often they can not distinguish reality from their dreams. Their perception of the world is severely distorted, and their mood is subjected to sharp fluctuations, transition from one extreme to another.What we can overcome with ease, may seem extremely difficult for people with mental illness.According to the World Health Organization, by 2020 mental illness will become one of the major diseases in the world.Recently there was an unpleasant incident in Shirvan region.A woman threw herself and her granddaughter off a bridge into Kura River. Fortunately, rescuers managed to save both of them in time.After the investigation, it became known that the woman is suffering from mental illness.Sometimes to have a person with a mental illness in the house is very difficult, your home and family can turn into a chaos. But do not forget, people experiencing such a difficult period in their life are in dire need of appreciation by those who sympathize with them.For centuries, the society had a collective image of the mentally ill person. Unfortunately, in the representation of many people, he or she is an unkempt, unshaven man with burning eyes and a clear or secret desire to lash out at others. Many are afraid of mentally ill person because, allegedly, "it is difficult to understand the logic of their actions.""These people are very much in need of our support," Doctor Rustam Salayev said. "Put yourself in their place. If you distinguish them from the society, that is mean that you break their rights."The law on Psychiatric Assistance, which is in force since June 12, 2001, specifies that people with mental disorders have all the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of Azerbaijan."People suffering from psychological problems prefer themselves to be treated in the clinic or stay at home. There are just a few cases in which their choice is no taken seriously: If they pose a risk for themselves and for the society or are incapable of providing the basic needs of a life or if not seen by a doctor, their states may go bad. In these cases they are placed in special clinics after a court decision," he said.One of the reasons of this illness is stress and tension. Environmental factors as well as lack of time are also among the causes. Hurry and poor sleep may also lead to mental disorders. Economically difficult situation, social upheavals and instability in family life are taking their tolls on people's minds."Talking about people with psychological problems, we do not mean a certain type of person. There are many diagnoses in psychiatry. A man suffering from depression or schizophrenia is also a person with psychological disorder and depending on the type of psychological disorders the treatment of such people is changed," Salayev said.The fact that they get up in the morning, take care of personal hygiene, self-go to the doctor and go back home should be appreciated and encouraged without any condescension. Turkish President phoned President Ilham Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/136480.html Politics Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:36:00 +0500 On August 26, President of the Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gul made a telephone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.Abdullah Gul expressed satisfaction with the successful development of friendly and fraternal relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan on all fronts during his presidential tenure, and emphasized the special role of personal friendly ties with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in the development of these bonds.President Aliyev thanked Abdullah Gul for warm words, stressed his contribution to the strengthening of friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, which were based on strategic partnership, and expressed confidence that bilateral ties between the two countries would continue to rapidly develop./Trend/ Mugham - mesmerizing everyone all over the world http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/136479.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:34:00 +0500 By AzerNewsAzerbaijan's soulful folk music, Mugham, conquers the hearts of its listeners both inside and outside of the country.This love is not surprise for Azerbaijanis, but adornment of foreigners with this authentic music draws attention.Mugham started to enter into the global culture at the beginning of the last century by attracting the attention of cultural experts and music critics around the globe.Vocal-instrumental varieties of the compositions are performed by a group of the performers, consisting of a singer - Khanende, playing on gaval (a percussion musical instrument), Tar (a stringed musical instrument) and Kamancha (a stringed musical instrument).The music of Mugham attracts young and old people by its luscious and delightful sounds, which are pleasing to ears.The origin of Mugham goes back to early centuries. During this time, the music has absorbed different cultures, turning into a unique piece of art. Study of the history of Mugham reflects the stages of progress of Azerbaijan itself.Magical Mugham has inspired many people who were not aware of Azerbaijan before listening to this music like American Jeffrey Werbock. He devoted his life to the popularizing Azerbaijani Mugham in the U.S. and even created a documentary film in this regard.Canada have celebrated the day of this folk music annually performing Mugham and music of the countries located on the Great Silk Road in Niagara city on August 26 since 2010.Azerbaijan is proud of its national music. It has been able to preserve it during the hard time of the Soviet Union, when national art forms were out of favor. However, people gave their lives to save this form of art. It was even sent into space as a worthily sample of musical creativity of the world civilization.Nowadays, Azerbaijan encourages the art of Mugham through holding international festivals and competitions. The International Center of Mugham was built in the form of tar in Baku in 2008.Baku is holding International Mugham festivals with the participation of world musical bands to popularize Azerbaijani Mugham in the modern world.As a pearl of Azerbaijani music art, Mugham, never stops developing and continues to take new forms now which make it more international with the interest from abroad. President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended opening of new school and ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/136477.html Politics Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:02:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the opening of newly-built secondary school No. 23 in Baku.The president cut the ribbon symbolizing the official opening of the facility.President Aliyev and Mehriban Aliyeva reviewed the school.At the end of the opening ceremony students staged a show.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the opening of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum.The president cut the ribbon symbolizing the official opening of the museum. Then the Head of State addressed the ceremony.Speakers at the event included academician Teymur Bunyadov, carpet weaving expert Mammadhuseyn Huseynov and director of the museum Roya Taghiyeva.Using the occasion, they also wished First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva a happy birthday. Then the president and the first lady reviewed the museum and carpets./Trend/President Ilham Aliyev and his sdpouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended opening of new school President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended opening of Carpet Museum Photos: AzerTAc Azerbaijan, Romania to discuss prospects of military-technical cooperation in Bucharest http://www.today.az/news/politics/136478.html Politics Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:51:00 +0500 The prospects of military-technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and Romania will be discussed in Bucharest.The negotiations will be held on August 27-28 as part of Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov's official visit to Romania. The visit will take place at the invitation of Romanian counterpart Mircea Dusha, according to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Aug. 26.The sides will also discuss issues of mutual interest, according to the report./Trend/ Baku offers to travel to old days by retro cars http://www.today.az/news/interesting/136476.html Weird / Interesting Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:05:00 +0500 By AzerNewsAzerbaijan offers tourism entertainments to meet all tastes. Car fans are no exception. Retro cars fans will fully enjoy while visiting Baku. For this end, we need to head for Auto Retro Club in Bilajari settlement of Binagadi district.The club has gathered a growing number of auto enthusiasts across the country. In the club, you can find such unique vehicles as Pobeda M20, GAZ-21, Moskvich 403, BMW, Opel, Buick and many other rarities from the USSR, Germany, Italy, England and France.The oldest car of the club - Ford V8 - is almost 100 years old, which is quite a few for an "iron horse".Nevertheless, all cars of the club are in their best form, as the club not only collect, but also renovate them. One of such cars is Opel Admiral that was produced in 1937. It was found in Gadabay region in a very poor condition. The car is now under restoration.The club also offers its customers the opportunity to restore their vintage cars.All cars of the club have their own captivating history. Some of them were cars of famous people, and some were brought from abroad. You can hear similar stories from owners of the retro cars.Love to antiquities, and especially vintage cars were the main idea behind ??creating the Auto Retro Club, that start operating from 2001. For this period, the club gave a second life to 27 cars, six motorcycles and many other antiquities. The club also holds a variety of car devoted to significant dates.Starting from this year, the club has turned into a museum of the retro cars, open for everyone. However, the club has not only cars but also interesting antiques, including old photos, models of cars, as well as literature. The club is open for new members, all fans of cars, both old and new.Not only retro car lovers, but ordinary people enjoy observing the rich collection. For those who get hungry during the tour, the club suggests delicious dishes of the restaurant covered by green trees.Here you can enjoy Caucasian hospitality and Azerbaijani folk music. The menu includes both local and European cuisine. In summer, there is also a possibility to eat on the open air at a huge veranda overlooking a beautiful pond and exquisite garden.Beside taking million of selfies with these magnificent cars, you can even hire a retro car here, have a ride in the city and collect admiring gazes dipping into the atmosphere of the vintage times. Murabba Festival sweetens life in Gabala http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/136475.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0500 By AzerNewsThe second sweet Murabba Festival was held in Gabala on August 24.Co-organized by the Culture and Tourism Ministry of Azerbaijan, Gabala Executive Power, the National Cuisine Center and the National Cuisine Association of Azerbaijan, the event took place in "Caucasus Karvansaray" hotel.The festival, which brought together several ambassadors accredited to Baku, more than 3,000 local people and foreign tourists will be remembered by all of them as a sweetest day.Addressing the opening ceremony Sabuhi Abdullayev, the head of Gabala Executive Power, Fikret Babayev, the head of the department of Culture and Tourism Ministry and Tahir Amraslanov, the president of the National Cuisine Center, welcomed the visitors and wished them to enjoy the traditional sweets.They noted that it is also planned to hold this festival at the international level.Participants came from Shaki, Absheron, Gobustan, Shamakhi, Balakan, Gakh, Ismailli, Agdash, Goychay, Ujar, Zardab, Zagatala, Khachmaz, Gusar, Guba, Gadabay, Goranboy, Ganja, Oguz and Gabala.Guests had a chance to taste delicious kinds of murabba, which were laid on the tables.The main innovation of the festival was tomato and eggplant murabba, which attracted the attentions of visitors, especially foreign tourists.As many as 12 juries assessed dainty murabba, which were cooked in front of the guests.Sevda Bakhshiyeva's (Ganja) strawberry murabba was recognized as the tastiest one. Fizza Mahmudova (Zagatala, apricot murabba) and Natavan Musayeva (Goranboy, rose murabba) became the second. Sayyara Guliyeva's quince murabba (Gabala), Jala Gadirova's (Ismailli) and Khayala Mikailova's (Oguz) cherry murabba took the third places.The winners were awarded with medals, money prizes and other gifts.Executive Powers of the regions also were awarded with the medals. So, Gabala Executive Power was awarded with gold medal, Khachmaz and Absheron Executive Powers with silver and bronze medals, respectively.The festival was accompanied with an interesting concert. Azerspace planning to use satellite for seismic data transmission http://www.today.az/news/business/136474.html Business Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:56:00 +0500 By AzerNewsRepublican Seismological Center is considering to use Azerspace-1 satellite for the transmission of telemetry data from seismic stations over the territory of the country, Deputy Director General of the center, Azay Rzayev said on August 25.He said that at present the center and Azerbaijan's Space Agency Azercosmos discuss the possibility of using resources of the the first national telecommunication satellite."Currently foreign satellites are used for the exchange of telemetric data resources and their rental facilities cost too much for the center," Rzayev noted.He added that thus the use of Azerbaijani satellite resources is considered."Negotiations are being conducted, and we intend to discuss the proposals of Azerbaijani satellite operator to consider the rates which will be offered to us," he concluded.The total number of seismic stations operating on the territory of Azerbaijan is 35. American "Kinemetrics" company is the supplier of seismic equipment.All stations are connected to the satellite system. The main station is located on the territory of the Academic town in Baku, where the information from the vibration sensors installed in seismically active points of the country with the help of a satellite is regularly received in real time.After processing the data, the system provides information about the exact location of the earthquake, its power and time. Corporate network of the seismological center is served by "Delta Telecom".Azerspace-1satellite covers Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa, and offers digital broadcasting services, internet access, and data transmission.It has also set up multiservice VSAT networks offering governmental communication services. Some 80 percent of the satellite's resources are available for commercial purposes. Ceasefire violation kept by Armenian armed forces http://www.today.az/news/politics/136473.html Politics Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:05:00 +0500 Armenian Armed Forces violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan yet again over the last 24 hours, having opened fire from positions near the village of Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy District, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 26.The opposing side was silenced with return fire.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/ “Mehriban Aliyeva: Dedicated to turn tears into smiles” http://www.today.az/news/politics/136470.html Politics Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0500 A number of Pakistani media, including Pakistan Observer newspaper, DNA News agency and Centreline magazine have published an article by journalist Hameed Shaheen about first lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva.The article headlined “Mehriban Aliyeva: Dedicated to turn tears into smiles” reads: “Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Good will Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO is one of those few who has dedicated herself to turn world into a better abode for humanity. Having brought up in the family of prominent intellectuals of Azerbaijan, she inherited respect to human values, love of poetry, arts and music.Mehriban Aliyeva got actively engaged in philanthropy starting from 1995, when she enlightened the world about her country’s cultural wealth through her charitable foundation “Friends of Azerbaijan Culture”. In 2004, Mehriban Aliyeva, became the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which was named in commemoration of the National Leader of Azerbaijanis. The main goal of foundation is the country’s social, economic and cultural development.Culture is one of the priority spheres of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. It was therefore, the Foundation initiated “Days of Azerbaijani Mugham” (Azerbaijani classical music) in Niagara as well as established Mugham Centre in Baku. It has also sponsored performances of Antonio Vivaldi, George Gershwin music and publication of books on culture of Azerbaijan. The annual Gabala Music Festival initiated by Mrs. Aliyeva and which is attended by prominent musicians from all around the globe became one of the major events in World’s musical life. The children’s problem is one of the main objectives of Mehriban Aliyeva’s activities. Construction of new schools, hospitals, clinics, musical lyceums, Thalassemia Centre, launching the projects of insulin and blood donation, campaign on breastfeeding, summer camp for integration of disabled children into society are the part of the charitable work in this domain. The regular moral, medical and financial support to destitute elderly is also given.Azerbaijan, where all religions live in harmony, is a striking example of the tolerant relationship between the representatives of different faiths. The Azerbaijani First Lady organized several international events on dialogue between the different faiths, striving for understanding and peaceful coexistence. A number of mosques, Catholic and the Orthodox churches were reconstructed by foundation as a part of the “Azerbaijan – Home to Tolerance” project of the organization.Mehriban Aliyeva is enormously active in preservation of the world heritage as well. Reconstruction in 14th century-Strasbourg Cathedral and renovations at Palace of Versailles, establishment of the Islamic Arts Department at Louvre Museum sponsored by Mrs. Aliyeva is a vivid manifestation of this activity. This was due to Mehriban Aliyeva’s hard efforts for protection and development of Azerbaijan’s verbal folk literature and music heritage, that she was awarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO in 2004. Also, the title of Goodwill Ambassador of ISESCO was given to her in 2006 for the wide-scale and selfless activity in different spheres of life. The sports remain in the attention center of the foundation. Due to the growing prestige of Mrs. Aliyeva, who is also a President of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, the capital city Baku hosted World Cup competitions 2003 and 2004 and the World Championship 2005 on Rhythmic Gymnastics. In 2012, Azerbaijan hosted the Eurovision Song Contest which is one of the longest running television shows in the world and the most prestigious contest in Europe. Mehriban Aliyeva lead the organizing committee of contest and within a short span of time the “Baku Cristal” concert hall on the shore of the Caspian Sea was constructed. The specific works aimed at upgrading the urban infrastructure, expansion of communication technologies and improving highways have been fulfilled too. Thus, thousands of guests of Baku witnessed warmth and hospitality of Azerbaijanis and were impressed by rapidly developing Azerbaijan.The association of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with Pakistan started soon after the devastating earthquake of 2005, when Mehriban Aliyeva had taken an initiative to construct a new school for girls in place of destroyed one in Muzaffarabad. The foundation regularly supplies the school with all necessary means and also pays monthly stipends to 5 deserving students of the school. The 36 more scholarships are paid to the best students of 12 Pakistani Universities too. It is notable that after the complete reconstruction and renovation in 2012, the school was named after the First Lady of Azerbaijan. Starting from 2012 the First Lady of Azerbaijan initiated a series of healthcare, education and humanitarian projects in all provinces of Pakistan.Within the plan of action, the hepatitis B vaccination, check up and treatment were carried out at Edhi Home, Akbar Care Institute for Cerebral Palsy in Peshewar and Women’s and Children Hospital in Lakki Marwat. The foundation also donated fully equipped ambulance and thousands of blood collection bags to Hamza Foundation, which deals with safe blood transfusion to the beneficiaries on both sides of Durand Line.In course of its activity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mrs. Aliyeva also made a financial assistance for the construction of a new block and waiting rooms of Eye Hospital of Khyber Eye Foundation. During the holy month of Ramazan in 2012- 2014, the foundation hosted iftars to beneficiaries of Pakistan Sweet Home and other orphanages in all four provinces of Pakistan.”/AzerTAc/ Considerable decline seen in car import from Goergia http://www.today.az/news/business/136472.html Business Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:47:00 +0500 About 12,860 cars worth a total of $167.1 million were exported from Georgia to Azerbaijan between January-July 2014, according to an official Georgian government report.The "Gruzstat," or National Statistical Service of Georgia carried the information on their website.The agency says that the share of this category of goods in the total Georgian export to Azerbaijan for this period amounted to 49.5 percent. The share of Azerbaijan's total export of the country in this category is 50.4 percent.Compared to the same period of last year, exports of cars in Azerbaijan decreased by 26.8 percent in terms of value, and reached 11510 units (47.2 percent) in quantitative terms. For comparison: in January-July 2013 from Georgia to Azerbaijan some 24370 cars in the amount of $228.2 million were exported.The decline in the supply of cars in the country is due to the transition of Azerbaijan on the Euro-4 environmental standard, the use of which started from the first of April this year. The introduction of Euro-4 significantly restricts the importation of used cars, which make up a large part of the import of cars from Georgia to Azerbaijan.Cars are delivered to Georgia from abroad.In January-July 2014 the share of Azerbaijan had 20.3 percent of Georgia's export. In January-July goods worth $337.63 million were exported from Georgia to Azerbaijan. Export to Azerbaijan decreased by 14.9 percent compared to the same period of 2013. For comparison: in January-July of last year Georgian goods worth $396.55 million were exported to Azerbaijan./Trend/ Azerbaijani wrestler claims gold medal in Youth Olympic Games http://www.today.az/news/sports/136471.html Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:41:00 +0500 Wrestling competitions have kicked off as part of the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Azerbaijan's Wrestling Federation said Aug. 25.Greco-Roman style wrestlers performed on the first day of competitions.Wrestling matches are round-robin. Wrestlers compete in each weight category in two subgroups. Winners in the subgroups compete in the finals, those taking the second place fight for a bronze medal.Azerbaijani wrestler Jabbar Najafov was competing in the 50-kilogram weight class in subgroup B. After defeating wrestlers from Moldova, Turkey and Iran, Najafov proceeded to the finals. In the finals, Najafov was defeated by an athlete from Uzbekistan, and won a silver medal.Another Azerbaijani wrestler - Islambek Dadov was competing in the 69-kilogram weight class in the subgroup A.He reached the finals by defeating wrestlers from Egypt, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In the finals, Dadov defeated a wrestler from the U.S. and became an Olympic champion, having won the gold medal.Azerbaijan was represented in the competition management by the international judge, Sadi Guliyev.It should be noted that during the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games, held in 2010, Azerbaijani wrestlers were competing in full force, and won four gold medals and one silver./Trend/ President Ilham Aliyev received the Polish ambassador to Azerbaijan - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136469.html Politics Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:38:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland Michal Labenda as he is completing his mission in the country.The parties expressed satisfaction with the development of Azerbaijan-Poland relations in various areas and discussed cooperation prospects. /AzerTAc/ First lady Mehriban Aliyeva celebrates her birthday today http://www.today.az/news/politics/136468.html Politics Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:34:00 +0500 Azerbaijani First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Good-Will Ambassador and Member of the Azerbaijani Parliament, Mehriban Aliyeva, is celebrating her birthday on August 26.Mehriban Aliyeva was born in Baku, in a famous family in Azerbaijan. Her father, professor Arif Pashayev, is an academic at the National Academy of Sciences and holds a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics. He is the Rector of the National Academy of Aviation in Baku. Her mother, Aida Imanguliyeva, was an orientalist, Ph.D. in philological sciences, professor, and director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences, and a specialist in Arabic literature.Mehriban Aliyeva graduated from Secondary Public School No. 23 in Baku in 1982, with a gold medal, and later entered the Nariman Narimanov Azerbaijan State Medical University, continuing her studies at the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy, from where she graduated with an honorary diploma in 1988. She worked at the Moscow Scientific Research Institute for Eye Diseases under leadership of academician Krasnov in 1988-1992.In the mid-90's, Mehriban Aliyeva established the Friends of Azerbaijani Culture Foundation, which she currently heads and which publishes the "Azerbaijan-IRS" (Azerbaijan-Heritage) magazine in three languages (Azerbaijani, English and Russian), to widely promote Azerbaijani culture. Thanks to this publication, Azerbaijan was presented on the international arena not only as a country rich in oil and gas, but also as a nation that has created masterpieces in many areas - in music, architecture, fine and applied arts.Mehriban Aliyeva heads the Heydar Aliyev Foundation since the very date of its establishment on May 10, 2004. The Foundation's goal is to study the rich heritage of the National Leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, to grow up new generations in the spirit of his ideas of national statehood. The priority directions of the Foundation are education, health, culture and social sphere. It covers assistance to children devoid of parents, recreation and improving logistics base of orphanages and boarding schools.The status of First Lady and working for the Foundation, allows Mehriban Aliyeva to regulate the work, expand the scale of projects and draw extra resources for their realization.To popularize and promote Azerbaijani culture, Azerbaijan hosted in July numerous guests from all over the world at the Sixth Gabala International Music Festival upon the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation pays special attention to the publication of music albums of prominent Azerbaijani singers. The Foundation reprinted the "Ekhlagi-Nasir" book of the world-renowned thinker, great scholar with an encyclopedic knowledge, Nasreddin Tusi. Also a photo-book "Azerbaijan" and Azerbaijani and Russian versions of the "Gabusname" publication that is popular in many Turkic countries were prepared, and a multimedia collection "Azerbaijani Mugam" and the "The World of Mugam" publication were released.Museum of Modern Art was opened in Baku upon Mehriban Aliyeva's initiative.The Foundation also successfully implements many projects outside of Azerbaijan through its representations in other countries.The Foundation participates in the restoration of universal cultural monuments. Thus, the Foundation restored two monuments included in the World Heritage List, damaged with time and by climatic conditions, in the park of Versailles Palace in Paris. The Foundation also allotted financial aid to repair stained-glass windows of the Strasbourg Cathedral. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Vatican signed a 'Bilateral agreement on restoration of Roman catacombs' in June 2012.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Vatican Apostolic Library signed on June 2, 2014 an agreement on "Restoration and the digitalization of new manuscripts in 2015-2016". The next day, two agreements were signed on the restoration of the Statue of Zeus and the restoration work in the Sistine Hall of the Vatican museum by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.Furthermore, many mosques, synagogues and churches were restored in Azerbaijan."Azerbaijan - A Land of Tolerance" photo exhibition was successfully held in September, 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The event was jointly organized the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the State Committee of the Azerbaijan Republic for Work with Religious Organizations at the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.The exhibition displayed photos by world-renowned photographer Reza Deghati reflecting religious tolerance in Azerbaijan. A similar exhibition was held in the Azerbaijan cultural center in Paris in November, 2013 and at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow in April, 2014.With an objective to promote Azerbaijan's culture in Italy's regions, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation embarked on implementation of a new project in October 2013.The first event under this project was held in the city of Florence, Italy, which is considered one of the cultural centers of the country. Masters of arts once again demonstrated the rich culture of the Land of Fire to the Italian audience.The same year, the Foundation repaired the Philosophers Room in the Rome Capitoline Museum, whose ceremonial opening was held on October 25, 2013.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation held another event within the framework of the "Promotion of Azerbaijan" project in November 2013. An Evening of Azerbaijan was organized in Stuttgart, with support from the honorary consulate of Azerbaijan in Stuttgart.An exhibition devoted to the life and creativity of great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi was held at the Rein Palace of Strasbourg in November 2013, with organizational support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and assistance by Azerbaijan's Embassy in France.A few days later, an exhibition dedicated to the 900th jubilee of Azerbaijani poetess Mahsati Ganjavi was organized in the French city of Reims, with organizational support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and assistance by the country's Embassy in France.An Evening of Azerbaijan was held in the city of Cologne, Germany on November 20, 2013, with support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The event was organized in the historical Gürzenich Culture Hall of the city and lasted more than three hours.An Evening of Azerbaijan was also held in Hamburg, one of the largest port cities of Germany, in December 2013, with support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Azerbaijan's Embassy in Germany. It was the final event in a series of events, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Germany in 2013.An exhibition "Azerbaijan: A Land of Traditions and Future" opened in the French city of Cannes on July 10, 2014. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation arranged on July 12 the Charm of Azerbaijan in Modern Fashion Show by Italian designer Renato Balestra featuring Azerbaijani national costumes as part of the days of Azerbaijani culture in Cannes.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation organized an exhibition at the headquarters of the Council of Europe on May 28 under the project "Cultural Treasures of Azerbaijan - the Pearl of the Caucasus". The event was assisted by the Permanent Representative Office of Azerbaijan under the CE.Azerbaijan's First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva is committed to use all available opportunities to enhance the efficiency of humanitarian programs, which target benefiting the Azerbaijani people.One of the priorities of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation is to inform the international community about the realities of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. With this regard, the Foundation has published a collection of "Karabakh Realities" booklets, reflecting the history of the Armenian aggression, books entitled "War and Our Cultural and Historical Monuments" and "War Against Azerbaijan: Targeting Cultural Heritage", recounting Armenian destruction. At the same time, a number of events and photo and video exhibitions were held in various countries on the Khojaly genocide.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation also supported the creation of the Guba Genocide Memorial Complex, erected in memory of tens of thousands of Azerbaijanis perished as a result of massacres committed in 1918 by Armenian-Bolshevik armed groups. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the inauguration of the Complex on September 18, 2013.Mehriban Aliyeva became in August 2004 a designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for promoting national literature and the musical heritage of Azerbaijan. Two years later, she was conferred with the title of ISESCO (Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Goodwill Ambassador for extensive and selfless activity in various fields, including inter-cultural dialogue, attention to children in need of special care and support for improving living conditions, great support for education and projects being realized in the Islamic world.To be an ambassador for such authoritative international organizations is a very honorable and responsible mission. Both UNESCO and ISESCO are non-political institutions, as is written in their charter. And at the same time, this is an international arena on which Mehriban Aliyeva represents her country. This is an opportunity to show modern Azerbaijan and its people with the most profound historical and cultural roots, and to inform the world about the achievements of national culture and literature. Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the Mozart Gold Medal by UNESCO on July 30, 2010.Mehriban Aliyeva's task as a goodwill ambassador is to show the opportunities of the Islamic world through science, culture, and education and to demonstrate how the West and the East, two very different civilizations, could be interesting and helpful to each other.On June 9, 2005, the First Lady of Azerbaijan was awarded the order of the "Ruby Cross" from the International Charitable Foundation "Maecenas of the Century" for her public support and charity activities, considerable contribution to the support of educational and cultural institutions and strengthening friendships between the peoples of Russia and Azerbaijan.The World Health Organization (WHO) awarded Mehriban Aliyeva for her exceptional services in protecting and strengthening the health of mother, child and family. This was made upon a unanimous decision of the 120th session of the WHO executive committee in Geneva on January 29, 2007.Mehriban Aliyeva was honored with "Gold Heart" International award in 2007 for her charitable activities and the outstanding achievements in services to the highest ideals of humanity.Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of "Woman of the Year" in 2005 according to the social poll held in Azerbaijan in 2005.The National Hero Chingiz Mustafayev Foundation and the ANS Group of Companies announced Mehriban Aliyeva the 'Person of the Year 2005' for her services to the development of the country's education system, protection of the national and cultural heritage, preparation and holding of the 27th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship in the country at a high level, as well as broad charitable activity.Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the golden medal of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 for her contribution to preservation of cultural and moral values.Based on a survey of "For Service to the Turkic world - 2012", held with initiative of the Turkistan newspaper and support of about 20 organizations, Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the title of "Protector of Turkic culture" for her achievements in preservation and promotion of Turkic culture in February, 2013.Mehriban Aliyeva was honored with "Martyr Benazir Bhutto Woman Perfection Prize-2013" Award on December 27, 2013. Large-scale projects were implemented at the initiative of and with support from Mehriban Aliyeva in the spheres of education, public health, as well as in the humanitarian field in provinces of Pakistan.According to the results of the survey jointly conducted by France's Arab Cultural Heritage Centre and Egypt's Nefertiti Media Productions Company, Mehriban Aliyeva was honored with the title of the most influential woman of 2014. She was chosen the winner, taking into account her special merits as UNESCO goodwill ambassador, and due to her promotion of culture and international exchange of culture, contribution to development of science, healthcare, sport, education, technology and environment.The First Lady's merits also include the establishment of the International Mugham Center in Baku, providing assistance to children deprived of parental care, numerous other charity events.Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded an honorary prize of the Turkish-German Friendship Federation on May 12, 2014 for her contributions to dialogue between civilizations, as well as for the services towards promotion of the Turkic world in Germany and development of relations between Azerbaijan and Germany.The Business Year company named Mehriban Aliyeva the "First Lady of the Year" at the ceremony of presentation of 'The Business Year: Azerbaijan-2014' magazine in Baku on May 14, 2014.Mehriban Aliyeva was named "First Lady of the Year" for her active participation in the public, social and cultural life of Azerbaijan, significant contribution to the dynamic development of society, inestimable merits in promoting Azerbaijani culture in the world, as well as all-round support for the protection and preservation of the world's cultural heritage and faithfulness to the principles of social justice and humanism.President of ELPIDA Friendship Association of Children Suffering from Cancer Marianna Vardinoyannis presented the ELPIDA Prize to Mehriban Aliyeva on June 15, 2014. ELPIDA association, which has carried out many successful projects over the past period, possesses an exemplary medical department in the field.ELPIDA achieved great progress in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, the treatment of various tumors, thalassemia and other child genetic diseases. It opened a specialized children's hospital, and more importantly, greatly contributed to resolving such an important problem as the social isolation of children with cancer.Duma (parliament) members of the Astrakhan region of Russia supported Governor Alexander Zhilkin's idea on awarding Mehriban Aliyeva with "Astrakhan Oblast Order of Merit" on August 14, 2014. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation implements a number of major social projects in the Astrakhan region under the leadership of Mehriban Aliyeva.Mehriban Aliyeva also received a high award of the State of Kuwait in August 2014 for extensive promotion of cultural heritage of Islam, noble charitable activity in Azerbaijan and abroad, as well as great contribution to education and healthcare. This comes as the first award presented to a foreign political and public figure on behalf of the women of Kuwait.Mehriban Aliyeva's broad activity is not limited with the above-mentioned. She was elected the President of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation in 2002, demonstrating herself as an excellent organizer. Her authority played a crucial role in making decisions on holding the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2003 and 2004, the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in 2005 and European Championship in 2007 and 2009.The 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championship was held at a high level in Baku on June 13-15, 2014. As many as 258 gymnasts from 33 countries participated in the prestigious tournament organized at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.The Azerbaijani national rhythmic gymnastics team has gained international recognition, and Azerbaijani gymnasts take the leading places at international events.On December 28, 2004, Mehriban Aliyeva was elected a member to the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the 4th General Assembly of the Organization.Mehriban Aliyeva was re-elected member of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan at the sixth report-election General Assembly of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan on April 3, 2013.Azerbaijan's first lady received the Olympic Excellence award of the International Olympic Academy in Athens on June 16, 2014. President of the International Olympic Academy Isidoros Kouvelos handed the award to Mehriban Aliyeva, which honors her contribution to promoting Olympic values.Further on, Mehriban Aliyeva was appointed as the chairwoman of the Organizing Committee on First European Games in Baku in 2015 under the decree undersigned by President Ilham Aliyev on January 17, 2013.Mehriban Aliyeva received a PhD in Philosophy in 2005. She was elected a member of Azerbaijani Parliament in 2005 and 2010.Mehriban Aliyeva was elected as deputy chairperson of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party at the fifth meeting of the party on June 7, 2013.The Azerbaijani president signed an order on May 5, 2009 to award Mehriban Aliyeva the Heydar Aliyev Prize for the productive activities in the country's socio-political and cultural life.Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the Grand Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland on September 14, 2009. She received this Order for her contribution to development of friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Poland.Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded with Order of Legion of Honor by French President's order dated February 10, 2010.Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the Crans Montana Forum's Gold Medal on June 24, 2011. The Medal is awarded to people who achieved great prestige in the world by their services, and have special merits. This reward is next evidence that her multilateral activities in the field of culture, science, education, health, social and other spheres, are in focus on an international scale.Mehriban Aliyeva was honored with the title of Honorary Professor of Russian Federation's I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University on February 13, 2012.The Humanitarian Cooperation Council (HCC) of CIS member states and the CIS Interstate Humanitarian Cooperation Foundation (IHCF) presented Mehriban Aliyeva the "Stars of the Commonwealth" Interstate Prize on April 13, 2012.Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the "Prix de la Fondation" Prize of the Crans Montana Forum on June 29, 2012. The forum's highest award -- "Prix de la Fondation" -- is awarded to people who distinguished themselves with their work, and earned sympathy at the international level.The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has initiated Azerbaijan's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Azerbaijan participated in the contest only five times, and the country's representatives have always been among the leaders of the competition. The young singers from Azerbaijan, Eldar and Nigar won Eurovision-2011 in May, 2011"Our greatest achievement and success is to gain the confidence of the Azerbaijani people," Mehriban Aliyeva said at the ceremony dedicated to the 91st anniversary of Azerbaijani national leader Heydar Aliyev and the 10th anniversary of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation."This is an essential award. We focused on the elimination of the unresolved problems in the country. Proceeding from the centuries-old traditions of philanthropy and charity in Azerbaijan, we tried to be next to each who needs help. As a priority, we always keep the focus on the care of children deprived of parental care, the elderly people, refugees and internally displaced persons, people suffering from various diseases. We tried to morally help them. Caring about such people and assisting these people are one of the main factors of our activity. Full reconstruction of children's homes and boarding schools in the country, forming the family atmosphere there, the creation of normal conditions for the integration of people with disabilities into the society, the construction of residential buildings for the youth leaving orphanages, residential areas for refugees and internally displaced persons confirm this."The staff of International News Agency Trend congratulates the First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva on the occasion of her birthday, wishes her health, happiness, prosperity, and further success in the multifaceted and important activity for the benefit of Azerbaijani people./Trend/ Nakhchivan hit by earthquake http://www.today.az/news/society/136467.html Society Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:45:00 +0500 The earthquake occurred in the city of Nakhchivan, the Republican Center of Seismic Service told Trend Aug. 25.The earthquake was recorded today at 03:23 local time. Tremors were not felt.The magnitude of the earthquake was 3.2. The epicenter was at a depth of ten kilometers.Nakhchivan city is located in the south-west of Azerbaijan, 616 km from Baku. Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry does not recognize "presidential elections" in Abkhazia http://www.today.az/news/politics/136466.html Politics Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:20:00 +0500 Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry does not recognize the so-called presidential election in Abkhazia, says the ministry's statement.Azerbaijan, reiterating the categorical support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, said that it does not recognize the so-called presidential election held on August 24 in the region of Abkhazia in Georgia.The "presidential election" in Abkhazia are neglecting the fundamental principles of the international law, said the statement of Georgian Foreign Ministry released on Aug. 23.The EU has also made a statement in connection with the so-called elections in Abkhazia.The European Union does not recognize the constitutional and legal framework within which the so-called presidential election in Abkhazia are taking place, said a communiqué of the Head of EU diplomacy, Catherine Ashton./Trend/ Media outlets spreading false information about Azerbaijani army may be penalized http://www.today.az/news/society/136462.html Society Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:10:00 +0500 The fines and penalties can be applied in respect of the media outlets in Azerbaijan, spreading false information about the army and the security of the country, member of the Azerbaijani parliamentary committee on national security and defense Siyavush Novruzov told Trend Aug. 23.Novruzov stressed that he will make a legislative initiative on this issue at the beginning of the autumn session.Novruzov stressed that some media outlets have been recently disseminating false information about the army and the security of Azerbaijan. He stressed that this form of disseminating the information, without checking, worries parents and misinforms the society."Generally, in the world's countries, any information about the army must be verified or one should refer to the press-service of the Defense Ministry," he added. "Otherwise, it is a severe offense. From this point of view, I believe that it is unacceptable to provide any media outlets with unverified information about the army or security as Azerbaijan is in a state of war."MP said that he will make a legislative initiative on this issue, as the liability for wrong information must be regulated by the law."The military law and the law "On mass media" may be amended and supplemented," he added. Marianna Vardinoyannis: ELPIDA Friends' Association of Children with Cancer very proud of ... http://www.today.az/news/society/136465.html Society Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0500 ELPIDA Friends' Association of Children with Cancer very much appreciates Azerbaijan's support in its efforts, which expresses the humanitarian feelings, the mutual esteem and the great friendship shared by Azerbaijan and Greece, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, ELPIDA Association President, Marianna Vardinoyannis told Trend in an interview.Mentioning Azerbaijan's Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Vardinoyannis said that the foundation stands next to ELPIDA as well as Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, and added that this year there are many cultural events in Greece with outstanding Azerbaijani performances.She said one of those events is aimed at supporting Greek schools."It will be a special performance at the historical Odeon of Herodus Atticus at the Hill of Acropolis, which will be held on September 27, 2014," Vardinoyannis said.Vardinoyannis noted that through an "Affiliations Program" the ELPIDA Association established co-operation with Azerbaijan and the Baku Thalassemia Center."Azerbaijan was one of the first countries that responded immediately to our call in 2013. We have a very high percentage of success on treatments of thalassemia," Vardinoyannis stressed, adding that some 95 percent of cases turned out to be successful, and the patients were cured.She also expressed hope for strengthening co-operation with the Baku Thalassemia Center within the framework of an alliance for the benefit of children of Azerbaijan and Greece, which will bring the two countries even closer.Vardinoyannis also said Azerbaijan's First Lady, Heydar Aliyev Foundation's President, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva was the first person from Azerbaijan to visit the ELPIDA Association."In 2009, we were honoured to welcome the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, with whom I share a very close friendship through our missions at UNESCO as Goodwill Ambassadors, to our ELPIDA Guest House. She was the first person from Azerbaijan who visited us and since then she is one of our great supporters," Vardinoyannis stressed.During a state visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Greece, on June 15, 2014, Mehriban Aliyeva once again visited the ELPIDA Friends' Association of Children with Cancer in Athens.During the visit to the association, Vardinoyannis presented the ELPIDA Prize to Azerbaijan's first lady."This year, Mrs. Aliyeva visited our hospital and we honoured her for her tremendous support. I treasure these memories in my heart and mind, especially of those most touching moments when Mrs. Aliyeva gave presents to children, brought a big smile on their faces and tried to encourage their parents," Vardinoyannis added.Touching upon the activities of the ELPIDA Friends' Association of Children with Cancer, Vardinoyannis said the association was founded in 1990."In 1993, we created the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, where about 700 children received transplantations until today. In 1999, we inaugurated the Guest House of ELPIDA where more than 1,600 families, coming from all over Greece and other countries, have been hosted until now, for 1 to 2 years time," she said."In 2010 we inaugurated the Oncology Children's Unit 'Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA' which was the first oncology children's hospital in Greece," Vardinoyannis said."During the past year, we organized and established the Bone Marrow Donor Bank named 'Orama Elpidas', and we launched the campaign for the bone marrow volunteer donors. It operates inside our hospital and aims at gathering samples of bone marrow transplants in order to make the procedure of finding compatible transplants easier, faster and less expensive."Vardinoyannis noted that ELPIDA's plans also include the development of a center of excellence for specialized research on childhood hematologic diseases.She said ELPIDA has no branch abroad, and the headquarters, the offices, the hospital and the guest house are located in Athens, adding that the co-ordination is more effective this way."Children and their families from all over Greece and from neighbour countries are coming to Athens, and they are supported as much as possible. They stay in our Guest House and they have access in the best possible facilities for their therapy. Wishing to achieve the most advanced conditions of treatment, we co-operate with many important hospitals from abroad."In 2013, the ELPIDA Association launched the "Affiliations' Program" aimed at this specific cause."We believe that technology and science can eliminate the borders among the countries and we must use this advantage in order to win the fight against cancer. For this reason, I am confident that fight against childhood cancer can be a platform of peace, dialogue, solidarity and co-operation among countries and peoples," she said."In this framework we created the 'Map of Peace and Hope', which is designed to be a symbolic reminder of our alliances against childhood cancer. We have envisioned filling it with flags from many countries, reflecting our joint international efforts.""The flag of Azerbaijan is already there and we feel very proud of it and of our collaboration. Also, Canada, Turkey, Egypt, Serbia and Cyprus participate in the program, while more countries follow such as the U.S., Qatar, UK, France and The Netherlands," Vardinoyannis noted.She added that in Greece, there are at least 300 new cases of childhood cancer and severe hematologic disorders are registered every year."Some 80 percent of these children are admitted to our hospital, meaning about 270 new admissions annually," Vardinoyannis stressed. "It is important to mention that 3 out of 4 children go home completely cured."Vardinoyannis went on to add that additionally, several hundred of children are admitted for follow up and receive daily treatment as the hospital's patients."At the same time, about 60 children receive transplantations at the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit every year.""It is important to mention that our hospital has been donated from ELPIDA Association to the National Health System of Greece, providing excellent facilities and medical treatment, and all expenses are covered by the Greek state," Vardinoyannis added. Azerbaijani anti-tank brigades held exercises - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136464.html Politics Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:00 +0500 The antitank brigade personnel intensively trained mainly in the training centers in accordance with the combat training plan, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend.The tactical training for combat firing from available anti-tank guided missile systems was held.Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov urged to pay special attention to combat training and the interaction of anti-tank brigade personnel, the fight against armored vehicles.The theoretical, practical and psychological training of the personnel involved in the exercises, the weak points of the enemy's armored vehicles, prompt and efficient execution of orders, the level of performance of tasks are examined. Azerbaijani climbers leave footprint at Kazbek peak http://www.today.az/news/society/136461.html Society Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0500 Azerbaijan's alpinists continue to conquer mountain peaks.Shortly after a group of climbers returned from an expedition to Mount Elbrus, another group went to conquer Kazbek. Azerbaijani alpinist, Rufat Gojayev, was leading the expedition.Mount Kazbek is one of the major mountains of the Caucasus located on the border of Kazbegi region of Georgia and North Ossetia. It is the third highest mountain in Georgia after Mount Shkhara and Janga and the seventh highest peak among the Caucasus mountains.It is noteworthy that the climbers were members of "Nikoil Bank" mountaineering group.A team of 10 alpinists left Baku for Georgia on August 16. Athletes didn't waste time: having spent the night in Kazbegi village at the foot of the mountain, they moved on to the top next day.Mount Kazbek (5,033 meters above sea level) was already subdued on August 18.On the way back (at the altitude of about 4,500-4,600 meters) the fact that the mountaineers fell changed the route. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured.The fall had made changes to the route and the climbers had to go back through the other and longer way, but the journey ended up with good results.The climbers arrived in Baku on August 20./AzerTAc/ Mechanical vehicle state registration rules amended in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/136463.html Business Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:50:00 +0500 The rules of state registration and the registration of mechanical vehicles and their trailers have been amended in Azerbaijan, the Cabinet of Ministers told Trend Aug. 23.Physical entities, owners of these vehicles during the state registration (including re-registration) are required to submit data on the place of residence, a mobile phone number, driver's license plate number and, if available, e-mail in accordance with the changes. Legal entities must submit the relevant data about the person who drives a vehicle. In case of the changed data, it is required to submit them within three days.If this data is not submitted, the vehicle can not pass the state registration. The Interior Ministry should ensure disseminating and updating the information by telephone, mail or in electronic form.According to the changes, when re-applying for state registration in other region, the state registration in the previous region is eliminated. TAP will be important for EU http://www.today.az/news/business/136460.html Business Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:35:00 +0500 The Italia-express website has posted an article about TAP project.The article says the TAP pipeline project, which is to carry gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, will be completed in 2019. This project plays a great role for the participating countries. Especially after the Ukraine crisis this project will be crucial for the European Union. European countries, including Italy, have shown great interest in the successful implementation of the TAP.The article notes that this project will strengthen Azerbaijan’s position in the international arena./AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev reviewed secondary school in Baku after major repair - PHOTOS http://www.today.az/news/politics/136459.html Politics Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:20:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed a new block of secondary school No. 121 in Bina District after major repair and reconstruction.  Work has continued this year under an action plan featured in the State program on socioeconomic development of Baku and its suburban settlements to repair and overhaul secondary schools in the capital.Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov informed President Ilham Aliyev about repair and major reconstruction work at secondary school No. 121. Built in 1934, the school received a new block in 2006-2007. As the school was unfit for use, it was knocked down and a new state-of-the-art building constructed in its place in 2012. When President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of this block last year he was told that the second block was in need of repair too. The head of state immediately gave instructions to revamp the second block of the three-storey school named after martyr Amirahmad Guliyev. The 780-seat block, which has 35 classrooms, was revamped this year under instructions of the head of state.President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the building. Classrooms and departments of the new block meet modern standards. The school is supplied with modern teaching aids and equipment. State-of-the-art heating and lighting system is available here. An area of hectare around the school was landscaped and green areas laid out. /AzerTAc/ Azerbaijan vs Bulgaria match tickets go on sale http://www.today.az/news/sports/136458.html Sports Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:20:00 +0500 Tickets for Azerbaijan vs Bulgaria friendly encounter have gone on public sale. The game will be played at Bakcell Arena in Baku on September 9.Tickets can be bought at the stadium`s ticket office, as well as 28 Mall shopping and entertainment center. Tickets cost 2, 4 and 20 manats./AzerTAc/ Azerbaijani Armed Forces representatives to participate in international events http://www.today.az/news/politics/136454.html Politics Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:45:00 +0500 Representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will participate in international events, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said on Aug. 23.Representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will participate on 25-28 August in Manama (Bahrain) in the final planning conference on "International Exercises 2014 on fight against sea mines". They will also attend the expert meeting on media relations in Strausberg (Germany) and take part in "Combined Endeavor-2014" exercises from August 26 till September 13 in Grafenver (Germany)./Trend/ Maybe the best gift for 15th birthday http://www.today.az/news/interesting/136432.html Weird / Interesting Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:30:00 +0500 Do you remember what you got for your 15th birthday? Sorry, but that Playstation definitely wasn’t as cool as this. A 15-year-old from the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung received this gleaming Pagani Huayra on his birthday. We can’t even imagine what he’ll get next year.Surely this makes him one of the youngest supercar owners in the world (if not already the youngest Pagani owner), and the newest member of the lofty 700-horsepower club.When prodded, the sculptural Huayra will unleash its twin-turbo AMG V12 to lay down 730 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque to the road, propelling the Italian supercar from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, onto a top speed of 224 mph. Happy Birthday bud, and remember – keep it between the lines./Yahoo/ Official Baku releases statement regarding stance by U.S. and France on Armenian saboteur's death http://www.today.az/news/politics/136457.html Politics Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0500 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan with regard to the statements of United States State Department and France Foreign Ministry on Karen Petrosyan, member of Armenian armed forces subversive group, states the following:As it was informed by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Karen Petrosyan, with the aim of committing acts of sabotage as part of the Armenian armed forces subversive group has entered the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan through the Armenia-Azerbaijan borderline. The attack and sabotage of the subversive group has been prevented by the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Karen Petrosyan, as a military serviceman of the subversive group has been taken captive. Furthermore, it was also stressed that the reasons for death of Karen Petrosyan, who suddenly passed away, were investigated by the medical experts in an open and transparent manner and the International Committee of Red Cross was immediately informed about his death.Unlike Azerbaijan, Armenia, occupying the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on a regular basis gravely violates the international humanitarian law, particularly the Geneva Conventions for Protection of War Victims of 1949 with respect to the citizens of Azerbaijan, who are held hostage and prisoner of war in the captivity of Armenia. The acts of mass murder, inflicting cruel torture, mental suffering, merciless and degrading treatment and bringing to suicide and executing or torturing to death were conducted by Armenia against the Azerbaijani prisoners of war and hostages.At the result of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan fate of more than 4000 Azerbaijani prisoners of war and hostages in the captivity of Armenia still remains unknown.Inflicting brutal torture and degrading treatment against Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov, who visited their native land and graveyards of their parents, murdering of Hasan Hasanov, targeting the civilians, including children by the Armenian forces through the contact line and Armenia-Azerbaijan border since the very beginning of occupation, terror-sabotage act committed in cowardice and contemptible manner on July 31- August 1 and the attempts to continue it on August 7, are the facts of Armenia’s immoral and inhuman policy detrimental to the international law.In the view of aforementioned, Armenia’s deliberate attempts to exaggerate and politicise the case of Karen Petrosyan are only aimed at concealing the atrocities committed by Armenia.While exhibiting indifferent attitude to such inhuman behaviour of Armenia, including the fate of Shahbaz Guliyev, Dilgam Asgarov and also Hasan Hasanov, as well as the terror-sabotage act of Armenia on July 31- August 1, the statement delivered by United States and France, which are also the Co-Chairs of OSCE Minsk Group, under the influence of propaganda machine of Armenia and radical Armenian diaspora is incomprehensible and unacceptable.This lop-sided and bias attitude demonstrated by OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs vis-à-vis such sensitive issues is not perceived in an unambiguous manner by Azerbaijani society.Instead of such statements, increased and consolidated efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, who are also bearing obligations and responsibilities as UN Security Council Permanent Members, to eliminate the consequences of occupation and to ensure soonest resolution of the conflict would be more worthwhile.We call on United States and France to demonstrate principled position with regard to the resolution of the conflict and to refrain from double standards and bias attitude while expressing condolences and concerns./AzerTAc/ Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market http://www.today.az/news/business/136453.html Business Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:45:00 +0500 The official rate of AZN to the U.S. dollar set by the Azerbaijani Central Bank (CBA) cheapened by 0.0002 points (0.02 percent). The average rate was established at 0.78424 AZN to 1 U.S. dollar. Official rate of AZN to 1 U.S. dollar: August 11 0,7843 August 18 0,7842 August 12 0,7843 August 19 0,7842 August 13 0,7843 August 20 0,7842 August 14 0,7843 August 21 0,7842 August 15 0,7842 August 22 0,7844 Average weekly 0,78428 Average weekly 0,78424 As a result of last week's exchange, the stock exchange price of the Azerbaijani AZN to the U.S. dollar, established based on results from the Baku Inter-bank Currency Exchange (BICEX), remained unchanged. The average rate was set at 0.7829 AZN to 1 U.S. dollar. Deals concluded last week at BEST comprised: August 19 - $4, 563 million. No deals were concluded on August 18,20,21 and 22. Exchange rate of AZN to 1 U.S. dollar: August 11 0,7829 August 18 0,7829 August 12 0,7829 August 19 0,7829 August 13 0,7829 August 20 0,7829 August 14 0,7829 August 21 0,7829 August 15 0,7829 August 22 0,7829 Average weekly 0,7829 Average weekly 0,7829 No deal was concluded with USD/AZN T+1 and T+2 due to lack of appeals made by dealers. Appeals on EUR/AZN and RUB/AZN were not made by banks in BEST./Trend/ Bakcell increases number of its sales and service centers http://www.today.az/news/business/136436.html Business Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:30:00 +0500 Bakcell - the First Mobile Operator and Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan is constantly expanding its customer service and sales centers network in order to provide the best possible service for its customers. The Company announces the opening of its new "BakcellIM" store at the address of Baku, Shikhali Qurbanov str., 7A.The new Sales and Service Center of Bakcell, located nearby the Fizuli circle ("Beshmertebe") offers the latest models of phones, tablets and accessories to subscribers along with full range of products and services for Cin, Klass and Gold subscribers."Our goal is to provide highest quality service to "Bakcell" subscribers, and to make the centers providing these services even closer and more accessible to our customers. To this end, we are constantly expanding our network of sales and service centers across the country", says Mr. Richard Shearer, CEO of Bakcell.With more than 300 retail outlets as well as 26 Customer Service Centers operating in the capital and regions, Bakcell provides the best customer services to its subscribers.Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the Sür@ brand name.As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.Bakcell's network covers more than 99% of the population and 93% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its Sür@ services. Bakcell was announced "The Mobile Internet Provider of the Year" by the famous international The Business Year publication.With more than 1000 3G base stations Bakcell 3G service is available in all regions and covers 80% of population and 55% of the territory of the country (excluding occupied territories).For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit www.bakcell.com or call 555.For press releases please see www.bakcell.com/az/news (or www.bakcell.com/en/news for press releases in English).If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55. Azerbaijan plans huge investment in Turkey http://www.today.az/news/business/136456.html Business Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0500 By AzerNewsAzerbaijan will invest about $20 billion in the Turkish economy over the next eight years, Azerbaijan's ambassador to Turkey said.Faig Baghirov made the remark at the Anatolian presentation meeting held by Council of Foreign Trade Relations and Turkish-Azerbaijani Business Council under the Industry Chamber of the Aegeus region.Speaking at the event, Baghirov noted Turkey ranks first in foreign economic relations of Azerbaijan.During the meeting, the participants were discussing the investment opportunities of the two countries.Baghirov said the trade turnover between the two neighboring countries stood at $3.3 billion. He stressed the importance of bringing this figure to $15 billion."Azerbaijan will invest $20 billion in Turkey in the next eight years. This will become Azerbaijan's largest investment abroad. The majority of this investment will be made in the Izmir region," he said.Noting that currently the investment is mainly made in the energy sector, Baghirov stressed the importance of diversifying investment in the non-oil sector as well."Joint work in areas such as agriculture, chemical and manufacturing industries, tourism, alternative energy, transportation, logistics, and information technology will facilitate the development of the economies of the two countries," he added.Azerbaijan and Turkey's relations have always been strong due to their common culture and history and the mutual intelligibility of Turkish and Azerbaijani languages.Turkey was the first country in the world to recognize Azerbaijan's independence in 1991 and has been a staunch supporter of Azerbaijan in its efforts to consolidate its independence, preserve its territorial integrity, and realize its economic potential that arises from the rich natural resources of the Caspian Sea.The countries share a short 8 kilometer-border, with the Aras River separating Turkey from the Nakhchivan exclave.Economic projects, jointly implemented by Azerbaijan and Turkey, are bringing these countries together and strengthening their cooperation. These two countries are connected by several important regional projects, including the Baku-Supsa, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipelines, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas line, and TANAP.Azerbaijan and Turkey's economies and cooperation have reached a high level. SOCAR is one of the world's most well-established oil companies, active in Turkey since May 30, 2008. SOCAR is involved in a number of major investment projects in Turkey, including the construction of TANAP, Star refinery, and others. The volume of investment of SOCAR in Turkey's economy will reach $5 billion by late 2014. Azerbaijan important country to the whole Arabic world http://www.today.az/news/politics/136451.html Politics Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:45:00 +0500 AzerTAc interviewed ambassador of Kuwait to Azerbaijan Saud Abdulaziz Mohammad al-Shamlan al-Roumi.- Mr. Ambassador, How do you find the present state of and prospects for the Azerbaijan-Kuwait relations?- First of all, I would like to note that Azerbaijan is an important country not only to Kuwait but also to the whole Arabic world. There is political and economic stability in Azerbaijan. Not every country enjoys this stability.Kuwait-Azerbaijan relations are well developed. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev`s official visit to Kuwait in 2009 gave an impetus to our relations. The Prime Minister of Kuwait is scheduled to visit Azerbaijan shortly.Although, political ties between our countries are well, the economic cooperation has not developed that much and trade turnover falls short of expectations. We have to develop our cooperation in this field. I have met a few top officials and Azerbaijan`s Minister of Economy and Industry was among them. The meeting discussed prospects for development of economic relations between Kuwait and Azerbaijan. I am planning to meet some responsible people to discuss investments.Reciprocal visits are very important in terms of the development of relations. We have achieved some progress in this direction. Some exhibitions are held in Kuwait. Kuwait conducts a number of exhibitions. Azerbaijani delegations are invited to these exhibitions in which they showcase their products. Kuwaiti delegates, in particular representatives of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce, come to Azerbaijan to meet their counterparts. Reciprocal visits will play an important role in the development of bilateral ties.- What sectors in Azerbaijan are more attractive for Kuwait?- We can note a number of sectors. The tourism sector is very attractive. I was in the region of Gabala. Gabala is a beautiful tourism region and is very interesting for us. We are seeking to open a direct flight to Gabala. The talks are underway to open the tourism bureau in Kuwait. The main aim is to attract tourists to Gabala and other regions of Azerbaijan. The talks are underway to open the direct flight. We keep this matter in the center of attention. At the same time, there are opportunities for oil and petrochemical cooperation.- What kind of work is being done to reciprocally popularize culture of our countries?- Our cultures and traditions are similar. In general, Islamic nations have similar culture and customs. We are working to popularize our countries` culture on a mutual basis. We are conducting talks to hold the culture week of Azerbaijan in Kuwait. The Kuwait national folklore ensemble is scheduled to come to Azerbaijan.- Mr. Ambassador, we would like to know your opinion on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?- Kuwait has always favored justice. For this reason, we back the UN Security Council`s resolutions on the dispute.  Date of president Erdogan's Azerbaijan visit announced http://www.today.az/news/politics/136455.html Politics Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:30:00 +0500 The date of the visit of Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Baku has been made public.APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency that Erdogan will visit the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on September 1 and Azerbaijan on September 3.Erdogan will attend NATO's summit meeting in Wales on September 4-5.  “The Oil and Gas Year-2014” to be dedicated to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/136450.html Business Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:25:00 +0500 “The Oil & Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014” will be dedicated to Azerbaijan`s achievements in the oil and gas industry.The Oil & Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014 has started the production of its second edition in the country after securing partnerships with key local institutions. The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) has renewed its partnership with The Oil & Gas Year following a successful collaboration in 2013. The Oil & Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014 will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Contract of the Century and developments in the oil and gas market such as Shah Deniz Stage 2 and the Southern Gas Corridor, the development of large indigenous petrochemical projects like the Oil and Gas Processing Complex, and SOCAR’s international expansion. The Oil & Gas Year has selected the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment from the ADA University as a Content Partner. Thanks to its unique knowledge on the dynamics of the local and regional energy market, the CCEE will assist in the production of editorial content for the book. Finally, AzerTac and The Oil & Gas Year have become Media Partners by which both parties will cooperate in the production of news and editorial content.The Oil & Gas Year is one of the leading publications in the oil and gas industry, a reason why SOCAR itself will utilize The Oil & Gas Year Azerbaijan 2014 as one of its main promotional tools at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos in 2015.The project has already begun research for this edition. The Oil & Gas Year’s team consisting of Country Director Ms. Asl? Ucher and Country Editor Tomas Gerbasio have already met with key members of the local oil and gas industry such as Mr. Will Grace, General Manager of Schlumberger, Mr. Steve Thorley, Rig Manager for Maersk Drilling, Mr. Eric Walker, Country Manager for Chevron Khazar, and Mr. Alistair Macleod, Country Manager for ExxonMobil, among many others.The Oil & Gas Year is a series of annual, country-specific books, covering 35 of the world’s established and emerging petroleum and gas markets, producing business intelligence resources from primary research on the field. Audited by BPA Worldwide, its readership consists of 69,000 chief executives, ministers, ministry officials and financial officers in Azerbaijan and internationally./AzerTAc/ UN Security Council discusses Nagorno-Karabakh conflict http://www.today.az/news/politics/136445.html Politics Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:20:00 +0500 The UN Security Council held an open debate on the theme "Conflict Prevention", a statement posted on its website said.The report notes that the Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan in the UN Yashar Aliyev spoke in the public debate.In his speech Aliyev said that Armenia's unconstructiveness in the negotiations, its interest inmaintaining the status quo, its evasion of the Madrid peace plan, its refusal to comply with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, its policy of ruthless ethnic cleansing and its latest provocative actions aimed at undermining the peace process - all these provide the strongest grounds to impose substantial sanctions against Armenia by the international community.The continued presence of Armenia's armed forces on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan remains the biggest threat to the peace process.Therefore, first and foremost, the armed forces of Armenia must withdraw from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.The earlier Armenia realizes this; the sooner peace, stability, and predictability can be restored in the region.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions./Trend/