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 Azerbaijani athletes: Great responsibility to perform at home http://www.today.az/news/sports/152840.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:51:00 +0400 Azerbaijani gymnasts say they were pleased to perform at home, in Baku.“Azerbaijani gymnasts could have performed better at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics,” Diana Doman, one of the gymnasts, told Trend July 23.“It is a great responsibility to perform at home, in Baku, but the spectators’ support helped us greatly,” Doman added.“We will try to get the best results,” another gymnast Siana Vasileva said.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ FIG World Cup Final winners awarded http://www.today.az/news/sports/152841.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:42:00 +0400 A ceremony to award the winners of the all-around individual and group competitions of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics was held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku July 23.Vice-president of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) Altay Hasanov, Vice-president of the Technical Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Noha Abou Shabana, FIG Secretary General André Gueisbuhler, international category rhythmic gymnastics judge Natalya Bulanova, Azerbaijani MP Fuad Muradov, FIG technical delegate Daniela Delle Chiaie and the National Gymnastics Arena’s Director Magsud Farzullayev attended the ceremony.AGF’s special prize – the AGF Trophy – was also awarded for the best performance and the highest score.Among the gymnasts participating in individual competitions, Russian athlete Yana Kudryavtseva was awarded this prize. Among the group teams, this prize went to the Russian national team.Moreover, FIG cups were awarded on four best results at nine stages of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics.Among the gymnasts participating in individual competitions, Russian athlete Margarita Mamun was awarded the FIG cup.Among the group teams, the FIG cup went to the Russian national team.André Gueisbuhler and Mariana Vasileva, head coach of Azerbaijani national team, presented the awards./By Trend/ Fan: Great pleasure to watch FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152842.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:20:00 +0400 Lebanese national Abdulhamid Bazi, who is a fan of gymnastics, says it is interesting for his family to watch the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku.He told Trend July 23 that the competition is organized at a very high level and all conditions have been created for spectators and athletes.“We are grateful to Azerbaijan for organizing such interesting competitions,” Bazi said.He said Azerbaijan pays great attention to the development of the sport.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ FIG World Cup Final: Russian gymnasts win all-round competition http://www.today.az/news/sports/152843.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:11:00 +0400 Russian group team has won all-round competition at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku.The Russian gymnasts had a score of 37.650 following two exercises.Israeli gymnasts, who scored 36.800, won silver medal by ranking second.Italian gymnasts won bronze medal scoring 36.700.Azerbaijani group team scored 34.150 and ranked seventh in the all-round competition.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics. Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Azerbaijani gymnasts advance to finals at FIG event in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152844.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0400 The Azerbaijani group team consisting of Siyana Vasileva, Alexandra Platonova, Diana Doman, Elif Zeynep Celep and Ayshan Bayramova has advanced to the finals in the hoop and club exercises at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku July 23.They scored 17.650 to advance to the finals.The teams from Russia, Israel, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Japan and the US also advanced to the finals.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics. Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Group performances at FIG World Cup Final in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152845.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:57:00 +0400 Group performances were held at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku July 23.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics. Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku.Below are the photos from the group performances at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ US gymnast: Fans excellent in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152839.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:10:00 +0400 Excellent fans gathered at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, US gymnast Camilla Feeley, participating in FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics, told reporters in Baku July 23.The gymnast says she really liked to perform in Baku.Feeley also said she was a little nervous at first, but thinks she had performed well.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Israeli gymnast: Spectators in Baku support all athletes http://www.today.az/news/regions/152838.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0400 It is very pleasant that spectators in Baku support not only Azerbaijani gymnasts, but also athletes from other countries at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Israeli gymnast Neta Rivkin told reports in Baku July 23.Commenting on her performances within two days, she pointed to some mistakes.“I hope to perform perfectly in the finals,” Rivkin added.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ US delegation praises organization of FIG World Cup Final in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152837.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:40:00 +0400 The US gymnasts and coaches are pleased with organization of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku, US gymnast Laura Zeng told Trend July 23.She added that she liked to perform in Baku.“I am in Baku for the first time, but I really like the city,” she said.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Gunmen who seized police station in Yerevan release last 2 hostages http://www.today.az/news/regions/152827.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:38:00 +0400 The armed group, which seized a police station in Armenia’s Yerevan, has released the last two hostages, RIA Novosti reports.The armed group seized the headquarters of the police and interior troops in Erebuni, Yerevan, July 17, demanding the release of the participant of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, coordinator of the oppositional Armenian civil initiative ‘Founding Parliament’ Zhirayr Sefilyan.He was arrested for illegally purchasing and storing weapons.The armed group killed a police officer and wounded two others, Reuters reported.They released two hostages on July 17 and three more on July 18.Police clashed on July 20 with hundreds of demonstrators showing support for the gunmen, firing tear gas and detonating smoke grenades after protesters pelted them with stones.About 140 people were detained and 51 were injured, including 29 policemen./By Trend/ President Aliyev offers condolences to German president http://www.today.az/news/politics/152836.html Politics Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:24:00 +0400 Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev extended condolences to German President Joachim Gauck over the shooting in Munich July 23.“I was deeply saddened by the news of casualties and injuries as a result of an armed attack at a shopping mall in Munich,” President Aliyev said in a letter of condolences.“On behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to you, the families and loved ones of those who were killed and the whole people of Germany, and wish the injured the swiftest possible recovery,” said President Aliyev./By Trend/ Azerbaijani gymnast advances to finals at FIG event in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152835.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:12:00 +0400 Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Durunda has advanced to the finals in the ribbon exercises at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku.Durunda scored 18.500, ranking fifth during the qualification event, and advanced to the finals.Thus, she will take part in two finals performing with ball and ribbon July 24.Durunda scored 17.000 points and ranked 13th in club exercises.Another Azerbaijani athlete Zhala Piriyeva scored 17.350 in ribbon exercises, ranking 14th, and 16.750 points in club exercises, ranking 18th during the qualification event.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ French athlete: National Gymnastics Arena in Baku – a lucky place http://www.today.az/news/sports/152834.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:05:00 +0400 French gymnast Ksenia Mustafayeva says the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku is a lucky place for her.Mustafayeva told Trend July 23 she was pleased with her performances at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku."I planned to advance to the finals in all four kinds of competitions,” she said. “I was able to perform my programs well."She added that the support from spectators in Baku helped her greatly."I have performed in Baku for the third time,” she said. “I successfully performed at the Baku 2015 First European Games and I hope to perform well in the finals on July 24.”The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Russian gymnast wins gold medal at FIG World Cup Final in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152833.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:01:00 +0400 Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun won the gold medal in all-round competitions at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku July 23.She scored 77.150 points in all four exercises.Russian gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva won the silver medal scoring 77.050 points, while Alexandra Soldatova won the bronze medal scoring 75.850 points.Azerbaijani gymnasts Marina Durunda and Zhala Piriyeva scored 70,500 and 68.850, respectively, and ranked tenth and fourteenth.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24, as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Mediator: 2 Yerevan police hostages released http://www.today.az/news/regions/152826.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:41:00 +0400 A mediator in the police hostage standoff in the Armenian capital is telling local media that two hostages have been released and that a tentative agreement on freeing the other two has been reached AP reported.The standoff began July 17 when armed men stormed a police station, killing one officer and taking others hostage. They are demanding the release of an opposition figure who was arrested last month.The Armenpress news agency says Vitaly Balasanian, a parliament member who has been a go-between between authorities and the gunmen, said that two of the hostages were released Saturday. He also said the other two, who include Armenia's deputy police chief, would be released if an agreement to establish a media center near the standoff site was fulfilled./By Trend/ Bavarian PM calls for clarifying Munich shooting motives http://www.today.az/news/regions/152831.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:23:00 +0400 Horst Seehofer, prime minister of Germany’s Bavaria, called for clarifying motives behind the shooting in Munich as soon as possible, RIA Novosti reported July 23.“We share our grief in these hard times with the bereaved families,” he said in a statement posted on the official website of the Bavarian government. “We are grateful for the solidarity and sympathy expressed all over the world.”A gunman opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald’s killing nine people and wounding 16 others on July 22.Reportedly, the attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man, who after the shootings killed himself./By Trend/ Azerbaijani gymnast: Main goal – to further train, develop http://www.today.az/news/sports/152830.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0400 Azerbaijani gymnast Zhala Piriyeva believes she has performed well, excluding clubs exercises, at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku.“I could have performed better in clubs exercises, but I think that I performed well,” Piriyeva, representing Azerbaijan at the event, told Trend July 23.She said her main goal now is to further train and develop.“I don’t know whether I will finalize the gymnastics program or start a new one, this depends on the coach’s decision,” she added.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Azerbaijani president extends condolences to German chancellor http://www.today.az/news/politics/152832.html Politics Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:45:00 +0400 Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev extended condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over shooting in Munich July 23.“We were deeply saddened by the news of a heavy loss of life and injuries as a result of shooting in Munich shopping mall,” President Aliyev said in his letter of condolences.“Sharing your grief in these hard times, on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my deep condolences to you, the bereaved families, the loved ones of those who died and the whole people of Germany, and wish the injured the swiftest possible recovery,” said President Aliyev./By Trend/ Finnish rhythmic gymnast: FIG World Cup Final in Baku organized at high level http://www.today.az/news/sports/152829.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:45:00 +0400 Competitions as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku are organized at a very high level, Finish gymnast Ekaterina Volkova told Trend July 23.“I performed quite well today, I am satisfied,” said Volkova. “I have reached the finals with hoop, and I think that I performed well in whole.”The gymnast added that she is in Baku for the first time and liked the city very much.Volkova also praised the conditions created at the National Gymnastics Arena, where the competitions are being held.“Now I am preparing for the Rio Olympics, where I expect to perform well,” added the gymnast.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24, as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Italian gymnast shows best result at FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152828.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:41:00 +0400 Italian gymnast Veronica Bertolini showed the best result for the entire year at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku."I am very happy that I could show the best result for the entire year,” she told reporters in Baku July 23. “I scored more than 18 points, which is a very good result. I want to thank the fans for their support.""I need to be well trained on the eve of the Rio Olympics to get the pleasure of my performance," the gymnast added.Bertolini also shared her impressions of Baku."I have visited Baku for the first time,” she said. “First impressions are amazing. Baku is very beautiful and people are friendly."The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Bus accident claims 15 lives in Iran http://www.today.az/news/regions/152825.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:30:00 +0400 At least 15 passengers died and 14 were injured after a bus overturned in northern Iran.Mostafa Mortazavi, an Iranian relief and rescue official, said the accident took place at 03:25 local time (GMT+4:30) in Alborz Province, ILNA news agency reported July 23.According to the official, the bus overturned on the Karaj-Chalus road in the province./By Trend/ Head coach: Closing ceremony of FIG World Cup Final in Baku to be touching http://www.today.az/news/sports/152824.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0400 The closing ceremony of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku will be a logical continuation of the opening ceremony, Mariana Vasileva, the ceremony’s director and the head coach of the Azerbaijani national team, told Trend July 23.Vasileva said the protagonist of the closing ceremony will once again become the Little Prince, who arrived in Azerbaijan and got acquainted with its beauties.“According to the scenario, the Little Prince, who already went through all the beautiful places of Azerbaijan, on his way home from the Yanardag hill,” she said. “He will give the fire from this mountain to our best athlete Marina Durunda. She will go round the field, vineyards, and so forth, going back to the Shamakhi observatory.”The head coach also expressed her regrets in connection with the latest events in the world.These events killed a lot of innocent people, children, who would become famous athletes, said Vasileva adding that therefore, the first part of the closing ceremony is the "dance of lieutenants" dedicated to all the innocent victims.“The dance will be accompanied by the song “Janab Lieutenant,” said Vasileva. “During the last element of the ceremony, little “stars” of gymnastics will turn out the servicemen out the stage demonstrating that only sports can save the world from wars.”They are dancing and go with the Little Prince to his planet, she added.Vasileva also noted that they started to prepare this performance in just a few days before the opening of the competitions, and it coincided with the information about the death of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces’ senior lieutenant on the frontline, as well as the events in Turkey, France and Germany.“Therefore, the closing ceremony is a little sad, but eventually, life isn’t consisted of only funny moments,” she explained. “Moreover, it is connected with the end of the competition.”The head coach also added that athletes of all ages, representing artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, tumbling, acrobatics and aerobics will perform during the closing ceremony.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24, as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Azerbaijani gymnast: Moral readiness necessary for Rio Olympics http://www.today.az/news/sports/152823.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:45:00 +0400 It is already necessary to be morally ready for the Rio Olympics, says Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Durunda.“Physical readiness is at a good level,” she told Trend July 23. “It is necessary to be ready morally.”“I made mistakes in hoop and clubs exercises,” she added. “I performed better with ribbon and ball. I hope to perform even better in two finals and justify expectations of coaches and the entire Azerbaijani team.”The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24 as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Armenian soldier wounded because of army lawlessness, says Azerbaijani Defense Ministry http://www.today.az/news/politics/152822.html Politics Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:35:00 +0400 An Armenian serviceman was wounded because of lawlessness in that country’s army, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend July 23.The Armenian media reports suggesting that the serviceman was wounded in a ceasefire violation on the line of contact are untrue, said the ministry.Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces control the situation on the line of contact and observe the ceasefire, added the ministry.The Armenian media spread reports July 23 saying the country’s serviceman Mher Ziloyan was allegedly wounded in a ceasefire violation by the Azerbaijani side.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts./By Trend/ Gymnastics developing rapidly in Azerbaijan – FIG World Cup Final spectator http://www.today.az/news/sports/152821.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:26:00 +0400 Sports in Azerbaijan, including gymnastics, is developing rapidly, Rashad Babayev, a spectator of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku, told Trend July 23.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics is being held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Azerbaijan’s capital, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.“I came here with my entire family to watch the performances of gymnasts,” said Babayev. “Azerbaijan attaches special attention to sports.”“I want to express my gratitude to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva that they have created conditions in Azerbaijan for the development of gymnastics,” added Babayev.He believes that holding such international events in Azerbaijan plays an important role in promoting the country in the world.“It is our civil duty to support and encourage our teams,” added the spectator. “We should bring our children to such places in order to increase their interest in sports.”The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24.Twenty-six gymnasts and nine teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24, as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Munich shooting: Police appeal for video evidence http://www.today.az/news/regions/152820.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:10:00 +0400 Police in the German city of Munich have asked members of the public to submit any videos, photos or audio recordings from Friday's mass shooting, BBC News reported July 23.Nine people were killed and 16 wounded, three of them critically, at a shopping mall by a lone gunman who later shot himself dead nearby, police say.No motive for the German-Iranian man's actions has yet been established.The attack is the third on civilians in western Europe in eight days, following the violence in France’s Nice and Germany’s Wuerzburg.Police will give an update on their investigation later on July 23. They are asking people to upload any recordings that could help them to a special account.Special forces have reportedly searched the killer's home in the Munich district of Maxvorstadt.Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has given orders for flags to be flown at half-mast across Germany in mourning for the dead.German Chancellor Angela Merkel will chair a meeting of the national security council later on July 23.The authorities say Munich is returning to normal. Public transport services, which were closed down during the huge manhunt following the attack, resumed overnight.People could be seen laying flowers and lighting candles outside the Olympia shopping mall./By Trend/ Azerbaijan conducting talks with foreign companies on joint drug output http://www.today.az/news/business/152819.html Business Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:47:00 +0400 Azerbaijan is conducting negotiations with companies from Turkey, Ukraine, Germany and Switzerland for joint output of pharmaceutical products, Azerbaijan’s Economy Ministry said in a message.The country also has agreements with two foreign companies – Iran’s Tamin Pharmaceutical Investment Company and Russia’s R-Pharm.Tamin Pharmaceutical Investment Company is Iran’s largest pharmaceutical holding, which includes 31 companies. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with Azerbaijan’s Azersun Holding that envisages production of medicines in Azerbaijan’s Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park.According to the project, medicine production will be implemented in several phases. During the first phase, which will allow opening 60 new permanent jobs, the joint venture will produce 84 kinds of various vitamins, antihistamines, diabetic and anti-infective drugs, as well as medicines for diseases of nervous system and gastroenterological diseases.Meanwhile, Azerbaijan Investment Company and Vita-A company signed a protocol of intention with Russia’s R-Pharm company in June to produce medicines. Hayat Pharm company was established with this purpose. The joint venture, cost of which is estimated at 47 million manats, will produce antibiotics and drugs for cancer, neurological, psychiatric diseases, hepatitis and AIDS. It is expected that 200 new jobs will be created within the project. It is also planned to export drugs to Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia and Ukraine./By Trend/ Azerbaijan allocates over $600M for construction of BTK’s Georgian section http://www.today.az/news/business/152816.html Business Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:14:00 +0400 Azerbaijan has allocated $611.5 million for construction of the Georgian section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway as of July 1, 2016, since the start of financing of this project by the country’s State Oil Fund (SOFAZ), read a message posted on SOFAZ website.In accordance with the agreement signed between the Azerbaijani and Georgian governments, the funds were transferred to Marabda-Kartsakhi Railway LLC through the International Bank of Azerbaijan. Marabda-Kartsakhi Railway LLC was created for designing, construction, rehabilitation, reconstruction and operation of the Marabda-Turkish border railway section and relevant infrastructure projects.SOFAZ allocated $23.2 million for the project’s implementation in H1 2016.The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. It is planned to be commissioned by late 2016.The peak capacity of the railway will be 17 million tons of cargo per year. At the initial stage, this figure will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.Azerbaijan allocated a loan of $775 million for the construction of the railway's Georgian section. SOFAZ finances the project in accordance with the Azerbaijani president's decree 'On the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project activities', dated Feb. 21, 2007.The assets of SOFAZ have increased by 4.6 percent as of July 1, 2016 and stood at $35.1 billion as compared to $33.57 billion in early 2016.SOFAZ was established in 1999 with assets of $271 million.Based on SOFAZ's regulations, its funds may be used for construction and reconstruction of strategically important infrastructure facilities, as well as solving important national problems.The main goals of the State Oil Fund are accumulation of resources and placement of the Fund’s assets abroad in order to minimize the negative effect on the economy, prevention of "Dutch disease" to some extent, promotion of resource accumulation for future generations, and supporting current social and economic processes in Azerbaijan.Official exchange rate on July 21 is 1.5693 AZN/USD./By Trend/ Foreign Ministry: No Azerbaijanis among Munich shooting causalities http://www.today.az/news/politics/152818.html Politics Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:46:00 +0400 There are no Azerbaijani nationals among those killed and injured in shootings in Germany’s Munich, Hikmat Hajiyev, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, told Trend July 23.“We extend our condolences to the families and relatives of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” said Hajiyev.A gunman opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald’s killing nine people and wounding 16 others on July 22.Reportedly, the attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man, who after the shootings killed himself./By Trend/ Day 2 of FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics kicks off in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152817.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:45:00 +0400 The second day of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics has kicked off at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku July 23.During the competitions, Azerbaijan will be represented by Marina Durunda and Zhala Piriyeva, as well as by a team comprised of Siyana Vasileva, Ayshan Bayramova, Aleksandra Platonova, Diana Doman and Elif Zeynep Celep.Individual qualifications with clubs and ribbon and group qualifications with three pairs of clubs and two hoops will be held on July 23.Winners of all-around competitions will be known on July 23.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24, as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Two people arrested in Armenia for suspected links to hostage takers http://www.today.az/news/regions/152815.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:23:00 +0400 Armenia’s National Security Service said July 22 that two people were detained for suspected links to the armed group, seized the building of the police station in Yerevan, RIA Novosti reported.An armed group seized the headquarters of the police and interior troops in Erebuni, Yerevan, July 17, demanding the release of the participant of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, coordinator of the oppositional Armenian civil initiative ‘Founding Parliament’ Zhirayr Sefilyan. He was arrested for illegally purchasing and storing weapons. The government officials are holding talks with the armed group’s members.The armed group killed a police officer and wounded two others. They released two hostages on the same day and three more on July 18.Police clashed on July 20 with hundreds of demonstrators showing support for the gunmen, firing tear gas and detonating smoke grenades after protesters pelted them with stones at them.About 140 people were detained and 51 were injured, including 29 policemen./By Trend/ Oil price on world markets http://www.today.az/news/business/152814.html Business Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:13:00 +0400 The price of oil has continued to fall in the world markets.On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil decreased $0.25 to stand at $44.24. Price of the Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) dropped $0.35 to trade at $45.72./By Azertac/ Azerbaijan, Italy expand cultural ties http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152813.html Arts & Entertainment Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:53:00 +0400 Azerbaijan and Italy have explored ways of developing relations in cultural field as part of the visit of the country`s delegation to Italy.They held meetings with the several prestigious cultural institutions. The delegation met with Director of the Uffizi Gallery of Florence Eike Schmidt and director of the Tuscany Museum Network Stefano Casey. They discussed the activity of museums in Tuscany region.As part of the visit, the Azerbaijani delegation has met Director Enhancement of Cultural Heritage Manual Roberto Guido. They discussed opportunities of cooperation between both sides./By Azertac/ Turkish president lashes out at FETO, Western media http://www.today.az/news/regions/152812.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:37:00 +0400 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, as a “traitor” and “dishonest”, Anadolu reported.“FETO terror group [Fetullah Terrorist Organization], who are abusing people’s tax money to purchase the guns, tanks, warplanes, heavy weapons and use against the nation, are rascals, traitors and dishonest,” he told parliament.Erdogan urged Turks to not leave the streets until further instruction, stressing that “FETO is a virus that has metastasized.“It might proliferate some place where you would not expect. We are obligated to minimize it so that we can continue on our path safely. They know how to hide themselves very well,” he said.The president also took aim at Western media for biased coverage of the coup attempt. “If the West really advocates democracy, it shouldn’t send ambivalent, allusive condemnation massages. We will send all footages and videos to them. I hope after seeing these, they will no longer call the elected president and legal government dictators so easily,” he said.Erdogan also called on investors to alleviate their concerns on the future of the Turkish economy, noting, “All investors, do not suspend your investments, but continue with determination. As the state, we will never cease our investments on infra- and superstructure.”During the deadly overthrow attempt last Friday, the Grand National Assembly building was ripped apart by bombs and gunfire.Turkey's government said the attempted coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltrating into Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming a ‘parallel state’. ???At least 246 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were martyred when rogue elements of the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country's democratically elected government.More than 2,100 others were wounded as they protested against it./By Trend/ Armenians rally demands resign of Sargsyan http://www.today.az/news/regions/152811.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:25:00 +0400 Another rally has started in Yerevan, Armenia. Currently about 1 500 people are demanding resign of the president of Armenia, TASS reported.The rally takes place around seized police station.Speaking at the rally Armenian MP Nikol Pashinyan demanded the resignation of president Serzh Sargsyan. He criticized the policy of the authorities."One of the major goals of our activity must be the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan", Pashinayan said.An armed group seized the headquarters of the police and interior troops in Erebuni, Yerevan, July 17, demanding the release of the participant of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, coordinator of the oppositional Armenian civil initiative ‘Founding Parliament’ Zhirayr Sefilyan. He was arrested for illegally purchasing and storing weapons. The government officials are holding talks with the armed group’s members./By Trend/ European Parliament to vote against visa-free regime for Turkey – source http://www.today.az/news/regions/152805.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:05:00 +0400 The European Parliament is expected to vote against granting a visa-free regime to Turkey in September due to the reaction of the country’s authorities to the military coup attempt, a source in the European Parliament told RIA Novosti July 22.On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. More than 200 people have been killed as a result of the coup attempt.“The European Parliament will likely vote against granting a visa-free regime to Turkey,” said the source.Dimitris Avramopoulos, European commissioner for migration, home affairs, and citizenship, said earlier that Turkey still should fulfill five conditions necessary for the EU to abolish the visa regime for short trips of its citizens to the Schengen countries.To cancel visas Turkey must fulfill 72 conditions for visa liberalization.The European Commission proposed the European Parliament and the EU Council to lift visa restrictions for Turkish citizens in May if Ankara fulfills the remaining conditions for the visa abolition until the end of June.Among them were the measures to prevent corruption, hold negotiations on an operating agreement with the European Police Office (Europol), judicial cooperation with all EU member-states, and the revision of legislation on the fight against terrorism./By Trend/ Debutante: “FIG World Cup Final in Baku is very important for me” http://www.today.az/news/sports/152810.html Sports Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:40:00 +0400 The Lebanese gymnast and the debutante of competitions Alice Sadek told reporters that the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics is very important for her.Sadek said the first day of competitions was not very successful for her, but she hopes that the fans enjoyed her performances.“I am the only gymnast representing Lebanon and I need to show my country and my capability,” noted Sadek.The gymnast also thanked the fans for their support, adding that she was surprised when she saw the Lebanese flag in the hall.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.A traditional Gala will be held on July 24, as part of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Armenian army breaks ceasefire, opens fire at Azerbaijani positions http://www.today.az/news/politics/152809.html Politics Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:25:00 +0400 Armenian armed forces have 14 times violated the ceasefire on the line of contact of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry July 23.Armenian army was using large-caliber machine guns.Armenian armed forces, stationed in the Azatamut village of Armenia’s Ijevan district and in the Berdavan village of the Noyemberyan district opened fire at Azerbaijani positions located in the Bala Jafarli village and on nameless heights of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district.Azerbaijani positions located in Munjuglu village of the Tovuz district were shelled from the positions located in the Chinari village of Armenia’s Berd district.Azerbaijani troops also underwent fire from the positions located near the Javahirli village of the Aghdam district, Goyarkh village of the Terter district and Ashagi Seyidahmadli village of the Fizuli district.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts./By Trend/ Kazakh Kazkommertsbank to buy Belarusian bank http://www.today.az/news/regions/152806.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:17:00 +0400 Kazakh Kazkommertsbank will purchase 50 percent of the ordinary shares in Belarusian BTA Bank.Kazakhstan’s antimonopoly committee granted its permission for the purchase deal, Kazakh Economy Ministry said July 22.The deal should be completed within one year from the date of issuance of the antimonopoly committee’s permission.Belarusian BTA Bank will transfer its shares to Kazkommertsbank as part of repayment of its debts.BTA Bank, which has offices in Belarusian cities of Minsk, Brest, Mogilev, Vitebsk and Gomel, is a subsidiary of Kazakh BTA Bank./By Trend/ 24 years without Aghdam, wonderful part of Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/152807.html Politics Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Amina NazarliAghdam, a city in Karabakh region of Azerbaijan -- once vivid and bustling, but now completely destroyed by Armenian armed forces remains under illegal occupation of Armenian army.With an amazingly attractive nature now the city attracts the photographers not for its tourist attractions, craft samples, but for ruins and debris...July 23 marks the occupation of one of the ancient and historical regions of Azerbaijan, Aghdam, by Armenian armed forces. Twenty four years have passed since the invasion in Aghdam through the brutal war fought by the two South Caucasus republics in the early 1990s.Undoubtedly, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is known as one of the bloodiest one in Eurasia.Despite the fact that the ceasefire agreement signed in May 1994 suspended the hostilities, the conflict is far from being "frozen". Periodic firefight on the frontline for the past years have claimed hundreds of lives on both sides.Aghdam is one of the ancient and richest with its history cities of Azerbaijan. Being one of the major cities of the Karabakh it was founded at the 18th century at the eastern foot of the Karabakh ridge. The city played an important role in the economic and scientific life of the republic.During the Karabakh war, Aghdam region gave the largest number of martyrs. In the fighting with the Armenians nearly 6,000 local residents were killed.U.S. diplomat Matthew Bryza, who managed to visit Aghdam after the tragedy, was shocked by what he saw. "What I saw in Aghdam put me in fear. The entire city turned into ruins. I am a Pole and the occupation of Aghdam picture reminded me of Warsaw after World War II...." the diplomat said.The occupation of Aghdam was the third painful blow to Azerbaijan after the invasion of Lachin and Kalbajar around Nagorno-Karabakh.Agdam burned like a candle and melting drop by drop and after 43 days of brave fighting, Agdam was surrendered. The enemy began to burn houses, ancient monuments, to take away the property of residents and killing those who could not leave the city. Some 1,094 square kilometers of magnificent  Agdam fell victim to political intrigue, treachery and sabotage.The Armenian armed forces attacked Aghdam, razing the city to the ground. About 130,000 displaced persons from Aghdam have been settled in 875 settlements of 59 regions across Azerbaijan.Armenians destroyed historical monuments, cemeteries, hospitals, libraries, schools, offices and facilities in the occupied territory. 122 villages, around 24,000 residential buildings, 48 industrial and construction enterprises, 160 schools, 65 health centers, 373 cultural centers, one theater, three mosques and two museums were burnt down and completely destroyed.Armenia's territorial claims in the late 1980s and the ensuing military aggression resulted in the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. Over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs in the aftermath of the ensuing war between the two South Caucasus republics.All Aghdam residents now live with an only dream of returning back to their homeland. They entrust that sooner or later they will be back to their lands and again, as always, will be proud of their city. Shooting in Munich: 10 killed, 21 injured-UPDATE http://www.today.az/news/regions/152808.html World news Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0400 Death toll after a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich has reached 10 people, 21 people have been hospitalized, RIA Novosti reported. /By Trend/ Azerbaijan organizes int’l events at high level – US diplomat http://www.today.az/news/sports/152804.html Sports Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:23:00 +0400 All international events are organized by Azerbaijan at a very high level, Derek Hogan, charge d’affaires of US embassy in Azerbaijan, told Trend July 22.Hogan said he has been working in Azerbaijan for three years and he has seen the Baku 2015 First European Games and the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe.He said this time Azerbaijan has been able to show visitors an amazing opening ceremony.He added that the opening ceremony was very creative, original and fantastic, as it was during the European Games.Hogan also said he saw the National Gymnastics Arena for the first time and pointed to the great conditions there.Hogan said he is pleased that the US gymnasts also participate in the competition and that the embassy is proud of the American gymnasts.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day./By Trend/ Japanese ambassador praises FIG World Cup Final opening ceremony in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152803.html Sports Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:15:00 +0400 Opening ceremony of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku was very beautiful, Tsuguo Takahashi, Japanese ambassador to Azerbaijan, told Trend July 22.The diplomat says he has repeatedly attended sporting events in Baku.Ambassador Takahashi also said he liked the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku and wished success to the athletes.He stressed that the tournament is important for the athletes in terms of preparation for the Olympic Games.Takahashi added that he would like to see Baku host the Olympic Games in the near future.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day./By Trend/ Azerbaijan supports Russia’s stance on suspension of athletes from Rio Olympics http://www.today.az/news/sports/152802.html Sports Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:05:00 +0400 Azerbaijan fully supports Russia’s stance regarding suspension of Russian track and field athletes from the Rio Olympics, Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijani youth and sports minister, told Trend July 22.“We are worried along with Russia, because we have long-standing close and friendly relations,” he said. “We support each other and I strongly believe there must not be any collective responsibility for such issues in sports.”“Pierre de Coubertin created the Olympic Games as an individual fight of athletes, only then the idea of making team competitions appeared,” he said. “It is wrong when the athletes who have dedicated their lives to sport, made efforts to achieve results and gain success in the Olympic Games are deprived of everything because of the problem which is not associated with them.”RIA Novosti reported that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced about publication of the McLaren Investigation Report, which was released July 18 by Professor Richard H. McLaren during a press conference in Toronto, Canada.Richard McLaren’s report says “the Russian government oversaw widespread doping across a range of sports, including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.”WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee to ban Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics.The International Olympic Committee is expected to make a final decision on Russia's participation in the 2016 Rio Games on July 24./By Trend/ Top Azerbaijani official: Transnational media encourage coups, civil strives http://www.today.az/news/politics/152801.html Politics Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:46:00 +0400 Destabilization, civil strives, social disaster and other negative cases in various countries have already turned into today’s reality, Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani president’s aide for public and political affairs, said.The top official made the remarks during an event dedicated to the 141st anniversary of Azerbaijan’s National Press July 22.The tendencies of control over global information space are strengthening, said Hasanov, adding that various external circles try to instill their views to the whole world through transnational media resources, to direct people within certain interests, and regrettably, they achieve this to some extent.“Currently, we see that intolerance towards representatives of various races, peoples and religions has increased in the countries that present themselves as a sample of democracy and we see that they are drawing back from multicultural values and tolerance,” said the top official.“The transnational media support the clash of interests of various circles and encourage interference into various states’ internal affairs, coups and civil strives,” he added.“But we can say with sense of pride that the Azerbaijani society, in which tolerance has predominated for centuries, rejects these negative tendencies,” said Hasanov. “As distinct from many countries, Azerbaijan is a place where not mutual tolerance, but mutual respect for various peoples, ethnic groups and religions is protected.”By promoting the multicultural values in the world, Azerbaijan is once again showing that all people, regardless of religion and national identity, can live on the same land in a prosperous, friendly and brotherly atmosphere, Hasanov said.Naturally, here the role of Azerbaijani media, as well as its contribution to strengthening the harmony in the society should be mentioned, he said.“I believe this is the Azerbaijani media’s response to the Azerbaijani president’s call and adherence to “Ekinchi” traditions,” he added.Hasanov pointed out that currently, the success of Azerbaijani media in the global information space is also the success of Azerbaijani people.“Today, the signature of a journalist who presents Azerbaijan to the world with its entire grandiosity, modernity and tolerance atmosphere, is also the signature of Azerbaijani people,” said the top official.“Every journalist should speak conscientiously, taking into account their state, should be able to protect our national interests, promote and protect the Azerbaijani state for which we have fought for centuries and where today we live proudly,” said Hasanov.“The ‘Ekinchi’ newspaper and our subsequent media, Hasan bey Zardabi and his numerous followers lived with this purpose and dedicated their meaningful lives to Azerbaijanism, idea of independence and the well-being of their people,” said the top official. “I believe the Azerbaijani media should always follow this path and adhere to its traditions and history.”“You can be sure that the Azerbaijani state will always stand by your side and will meet your needs,” said Hasanov./By Trend/ Azerbaijani gymnasts advance to FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152800.html Sports Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:45:00 +0400 The Azerbaijani group team, consisting of Siyana Vasileva, Alexandra Platonova, Diana Doman, Zeyneb Celep and Ayshan Bayramova advanced to the finals in the ribbon exercises at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku July 22. The gymnasts scored 16.500 points, ranking eighth during the qualification event and advanced to the finals. The teams from Russia, Israel, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Japan and the US also advanced to the finals.The gymnasts will compete in clubs and ribbon exercises July 23. The finals in both disciplines will be held on July 24.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day./By Trend/ FIG official: Azerbaijani gymnasts trained well enough to vie for medals at Rio Olympics http://www.today.az/news/sports/152799.html Sports Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:34:00 +0400 Azerbaijani gymnasts are trained well enough to compete for medals at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, André Gueisbuhler, secretary general of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), told Trend July 22.“I have just arrived in Baku, but first impressions are good,” he said. “I am pleased with the gymnastics hall. I immediately hailed the organizers of the event.”Gueisbuhler pointed to the high level of development of gymnastics in Azerbaijan.“Rhythmic gymnastics is traditionally strong in Azerbaijan, but I also see great progress in artistic and trampoline gymnastics,” he said. “If other sports federations in the country also develop their kinds of sports like gymnastics, they will also achieve very good results.”“In general, I think that gymnastics is at a very high level in Azerbaijan and this will allow the athletes to compete for medals at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. There are all the opportunities for that.”The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day./By Trend/ Baku hosts opening ceremony for FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics http://www.today.az/news/sports/152798.html Sports Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:29:00 +0400 Opening ceremony for the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics was held at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku July 22.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day.Below are the photos from the opening ceremony of the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku./By Trend/ Top official: Azerbaijani journalism supports President Aliyev’s calls-UPDATE http://www.today.az/news/politics/152796.html Politics Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:20:00 +0400 Azerbaijani journalism praises President Ilham Aliyev’s merits and supports his calls in practice, Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani president’s aide for public and political affairs, said July 22.The top official made the remarks during an event dedicated to the 141st anniversary of Azerbaijan’s National Press July 22.Hasanov congratulated all media representatives and journalists on the 141st anniversary of Azerbaijan’s national press and noted that the important role of the national press, which has come a difficult, but an honorable development path, in enlightening the people, popularizing the national values, its irreplaceable contribution to the development of Azerbaijani statehood, gives grounds to talk about its glorious history with a sense of pride.After returning to power, Azerbaijan’s National Leader Heydar Aliyev was constantly giving consideration to the development of media, said Hasanov, adding that namely Heydar Aliyev declared July 22, the date of the start of ‘Ekinchi’ newspaper’s publishing, the National Press Day in Azerbaijan.“Heydar Aliyev turned the freedom of expression and press, as well as the pluralism of opinions into a constitution norm in Azerbaijan. In 1998, he cancelled the censorship which was established in 1992 and was a serious obstacle to the development of the national press,” said Hasanov.“The Ministry of Press and Information was liquidated in 2000 and Azerbaijan abandoned the state control over media,” he added. “Thanks to the political will of the national leader and his great efforts, a democratic legislative framework regulating the activities of media outlets was created in Azerbaijan and there was established a basis of progressive traditions in relations between the state and media.”Hasanov pointed out that currently, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev successfully continues the media policy and traditions, the foundation of which was laid by Heydar Aliyev.Creating and developing independent, powerful media outlets which provide objective information and adhere to the principles of statehood and national interests and are able to protect Azerbaijan’s fair position in the global information space, is the philosophy of President Aliyev’s media policy, according to the top official.“It should be taken into account that under the conditions of expanding global network, disappearing borders of national information spaces, strengthening monopoly of transnational resources over the flow of information, the fulfillment of these tasks is essential for every state and people who try to preserve their independence, identity, national and spiritual values and historical traditions,” he added.Hasanov pointed out that Azerbaijani journalism praises President Ilham Aliyev’s merits and supports his actions.“It is not accidental that the country’s journalists named Ilham Aliyev “The Friend of Journalists” in 2010 and 2013,” said the top official./By Trend/ Azerbaijani gymnast advances to FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/152795.html Sports Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:45:00 +0400 Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Durunda has advanced to the finals in the ball exercises at the FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku July 22.Durunda scored 18.450 points, ranking fifth during the qualification event.She scored 16.550 points in hoop exercises.Another Azerbaijani athlete Zhala Piriyeva scored 17.200 points in ball exercises, ranking 13th during the qualification event.She scored 17.550 points in hoop exercises and became the reserve gymnast for the final.Thus, Durunda ranks tenth in the all-around competitions following the performances with two items, while Piriyeva shares the eleventh-twelfth places with the US gymnast Camilla Feeley.Russian gymnasts Margarita Mamun (38.400 points), Yana Kudryavtseva (38.300 points) and Alexandra Soldatova (37.950 points) are in the lead in all-round competitions, followed by the gymnasts from France, Italy, Israel, Bulgaria and Finland.The gymnasts will compete in clubs and ribbon exercises July 23. The medalists in all-round competitions will be named following the exercises.The FIG World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics will last until July 24, giving a unique opportunity to watch the performances of eminent gymnasts from 17 countries two weeks prior to the Rio Olympics.Twenty-six gymnasts and 9 teams will compete for medals in the all-around on the first two days of competitions. Apparatus finals will be held on the event’s last day./By Trend/