Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az Baku continues to be city of winds Society Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:22:00 +0500 On September 2, the weather will be changeable cloudy and mainly rainless in Baku and Absheron peninsula.Senior hydrologist of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Asif Verdiyev told APA that the north wind will strengthen at night and in the evening. The temperature will be 20…25 C at night, 29…34 C in the daytime.The weather will be mainly rainless in the regions tomorrow. Lightning and intermittent rain are expected in some regions. The west wind will blow and occasionally strengthen. The temperature will be 19…24 C at night, 32…37 C in the daytime, in mountains 12…17 C at night, 22…27 C in the daytime.According to medical-meteorological forecast, in Absheron peninsula temperature will be close to normal in coming three days and it is favorable for weather-sensitive people.  Current oil prices in world markets Business Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:10:00 +0500 The price of oil has continued to rise in the world markets.On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX cost of the US Light crude oil raised $1.41 to trade at $ 95.96.Price of the British Brent oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has increased $0.73 to stand at $103.19.The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan informed that, a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil increased 0.09 to stand at $103.32./AzerTAc/ Abenomics, European-Style Analytics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:55:00 +0500 By Nouriel RoubiniChairman of Roubini Global Economics and a professor at NYU's Stern School of Business.Two years ago, Shinzo Abe's election as Japan's prime minister led to the advent of "Abenomics," a three-part plan to rescue the economy from a treadmill of stagnation and deflation. Abenomics' three components - or "arrows" - comprise massive monetary stimulus in the form of quantitative and qualitative easing (QQE), including more credit for the private sector; a short-term fiscal stimulus, followed by consolidation to reduce deficits and make public debt sustainable; and structural reforms to strengthen the supply side and potential growth.It now appears - based on European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's recent Jackson Hole speech - that the ECB has a similar plan in store for the eurozone. The first element of "Draghinomics" is an acceleration of the structural reforms needed to boost the eurozone's potential output growth. Progress on such vital reforms has been disappointing, with more effort made in some countries (Spain and Ireland, for example) and less in others (Italy and France, to cite just two).But Draghi now recognizes that the eurozone's slow, uneven, and anemic recovery reflects not only structural problems, but also cyclical factors that depend more on aggregate demand than on aggregate supply constraints. Thus, measures to increase demand are also necessary.Here, then, is Draghinomics' second arrow: to reduce the drag on growth from fiscal consolidation while maintaining lower deficits and greater debt sustainability. There is some flexibility in how fast the fiscal target can be achieved, especially now that a lot of front-loaded austerity has occurred and markets are less nervous about the sustainability of public debt. Moreover, while the eurozone periphery may need more consolidation, parts of the core - say, Germany - could pursue a temporary fiscal expansion (lower taxes and more public investment) to stimulate domestic demand and growth. And a eurozone-wide infrastructure-investment program could boost demand while reducing supply-side bottlenecks.The third element of Draghinomics - similar to the QQE of Abenomics - will be quantitative and credit easing in the form of purchases of public bonds and measures to boost private-sector credit growth. Credit easing will start soon with targeted long-term refinancing operations (which provide subsidized liquidity to eurozone banks in exchange for faster growth in lending to the private sector). When regulatory constraints are overcome, the ECB will also begin purchasing private assets (essentially securitized bundles of banks' new loans).Now Draghi has signaled that, with the eurozone one or two shocks away from deflation, the inflation outlook may soon justify quantitative easing (QE) like that conducted by the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan, and the Bank of England: outright large-scale purchases of eurozone members' sovereign bonds. Indeed, it is likely that QE will begin by early 2015.Quantitative and credit easing could affect the outlook for eurozone inflation and growth through several transmission channels. Shorter- and longer-term bond yields in core and periphery countries - and spreads in the periphery - may decline further, lowering the cost of capital for the public and private sectors. The value of the euro may fall, boosting competitiveness and net exports. Eurozone stock markets could rise, leading to positive wealth effects. Indeed, as the likelihood of QE has increased over this year, asset prices have already moved upward, as predicted.These changes in asset prices - together with measures that increase private-sector credit growth - can boost aggregate demand and increase inflation expectations. One should also not discount the effect on "animal spirits" - consumer, business, and investor confidence - that a credible commitment by the ECB to deal with slow growth and low inflation may trigger.Some more hawkish ECB officials worry that QE will lead to moral hazard by weakening governments' commitment to austerity and structural reforms. But in a situation of near-deflation and near-recession, the ECB should do whatever is necessary, regardless of these risks.Moreover, QE may actually reduce moral hazard. If QE and looser short-term fiscal policies boost demand, growth, and employment, governments may be more likely to implement politically painful structural reforms and long-term fiscal consolidation. Indeed, the social and political backlash against austerity and reform is stronger when there is no income or job growth.Draghi correctly points out that QE would be ineffective unless governments implement faster supply side structural reforms and the right balance of short-term fiscal flexibility and medium-term austerity. In Japan, though QQE and short-term fiscal stimulus boosted growth and inflation in the short run, slow progress on the third arrow of structural reforms, along with the effects of the current fiscal consolidation, are now taking a toll on growth.As in Japan, all three arrows of Draghinomics must be launched to ensure that the eurozone gradually returns to competitiveness, growth, job creation, and medium-term debt sustainability in the private and public sectors. By the end of this year, it is to be hoped, the ECB will start to do its part by implementing quantitative and credit easing.Copyright: Project Syndicate, 2014./AzerNews/ Half-century mystery solved at last Weird / Interesting Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:42:00 +0500 Ending a half-century of geological speculation, scientists have finally seen the process that causes rocks to move atop Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above Death Valley, California. Half-century mystery solved at lastResearchers watched a pond freeze atop the playa, then break apart into sheets of ice that — blown by wind — shoved rocks across the lake bed.Until now, no one has been able to explain why hundreds of rocks scoot unseen across the playa surface, creating trails behind them like children dragging sticks through the mud.“It’s a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of public mystery,” says Richard Norris, an oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, who led the research with his cousin James Norris, an engineer at Interwoof in Santa Barbara, California. The work was published on August 27 in PLoS ONE.Geologists previously speculated that some combination of wind, rain and ice would have a role. But few expected that the answer would involve ice as thin as windowpanes, pushed by light breezes rather than strong gales.Visitors to Death Valley have to go out of their way to visit Racetrack Playa, which sits 1,130 meters above sea level and is a bumpy three-hour drive from the nearest town. The researchers began studying the region in 2011, setting up a weather station and time-lapse cameras and dropping off rocks loaded with Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers. The rocks were designed to start recording their position and speed as soon as something made them move.Racetrack Playa rocks move rarely — “maybe a few minutes out of a million,” Lorenz says. And the two events the scientists saw, with thin ice panes shoving the stones across a wet playa, do not necessarily explain every instance of rocks moving there. “But this breaks the back of the problem scientifically,” Lorenz says. “It is ice shove.”Solving the Racetrack Playa mystery is not exactly a major scientific breakthrough, Lorenz says, but the work does show the rare combination of conditions that allow rocks to move seemingly on their own. And ice shove can have notable effects — in 1952, it uprooted enough telephone poles at a lake in Nevada to break a transcontinental telephone line./AzerTAc/ Real Madrid close to sign Mexican striker Sports Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:29:00 +0500 Chicharito Hernández is the nº9 that Real have been looking for as a finishing touch to the team before the summer market comes to a close tomorrow. 'Los Blancos' are at present deep in negotiations with Manchester United to get the deal done in time.Real have been combing the market for a striker able to replace Benzema. This has been Ancelotti's wish ever since the sale of Morata to Juventus, and the suits at the Bernabéu want to keep the manager happy.Real have all their faith in Jesé, despite still not having fully recovered from his injury. For this reason, the club is only looking for a loan-deal with a player who is well aware that his role will not be that of the starting striker, but more that of a super-sub. Real, waiting for Jesé to get back on form, will not accept anyone with pretentions to be the star of the show.Chicharito is one of the names on the table. The Mexican is surplus to requirements for Van Gaal, scores well and should be happy to take more of a back seat at Real./Marca/ Security measures tightened in Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan Politics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:14:00 +0500 Azerbaijani Embassy in Pakistan has strengthened security measures in connection with the confrontation between the opposition and the authorities, the embassy told Trend Sept.1.Last night Pakistani police used tear gas and rubber bullets against demonstrators who attempted to break through to the Prime Minister's residence and the parliament building. Some four demonstrators became victims of clashes with the guards. More than 500 people including women and children have been hospitalized. Clashes of protesters with police continue."The Government of Pakistan stepped up security in the area where the embassy of Azerbaijan is located," the embassy said. "Currently, the Azerbaijani embassy in Pakistan operates under high security, clashes between police and the opposition continue, protesters have already occupied the building of Pakistan Television," the embassy noted./Trend/ Baku 2015 European Games announces international broadcast agreement with major Turkish channel Sports Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0500 Baku 2015 European Games is today delighted to announce its first international broadcast agreement, with leading Turkish sports channel NTV Spor.The agreement will see NTV Spor broadcast the inaugural European Games across the whole of Turkey, enabling sports fans to enjoy live coverage of all 17 days of competition next summer.NTV Spor will provide seven hours of Games coverage per day across television, internet and mobile platforms, with the majority being broadcast live. Live coverage of the Opening and Closing ceremonies will also be shown, in addition to making highlight packages available.Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: “I am very pleased to announce our first international broadcast agreement, which will offer millions of Turkish fans the opportunity to enjoy live coverage of the inaugural European Games.“Working alongside International Sports Broadcasting, our host broadcaster, NTV Spor will ensure comprehensive broadcasting across a range of media platforms that will be of huge benefit to viewers.” NTV Spor, broadcaster of many major sports events in Turkey, are dedicated to providing high quality coverage of every sport at the European Games.Mr Fuat Akda?, Sports Group President at Do?us Media Group, said: “We are looking forward to working with International Sports Broadcasting and Baku 2015 to provide sports fans across Turkey with a dedicated broadcast service for the European Games.“This deal reflects not only the continued interest in multi-sport events in Turkey, but also shows that they remain a strong product for international broadcasters.”Ms Ne?e Gündo?an, Secretary General of the Turkish Olympic Committee, added: “This agreement will unite supporters across Turkey and enable the whole nation to support our athletes selected to compete at the first European Games.“We have always had a strong and friendly relationship with our close neighbour Azerbaijan, and this deal will reinforce this historic relationship.”NTV Spor is owned by Do?us Media Group, a part of one of the biggest media conglomerates of Turkey. International Sports Broadcasting (ISB) will provide more than 800 hours of live, state-of-the-art production for the duration of the Games. China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe Business Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0500 A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company.The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President David Chen and gave the company a deadline to make an explanation, the agency said in a short statement on its website.SAIC also repeated that it suspected the company has not fully disclosed issues relating to the compatability of the software and the operating system."[A] special investigation team conducted an anti-monopoly investigation inquiry with Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi (David Chen), and required that Microsoft make a written explanation within 20 days," the SAIC said in a statement on its website.In a statement, Microsoft said it was "serious about complying with China's laws and committed to addressing SAIC's questions and concerns".Microsoft is one of at least 30 foreign companies that have come under scrutiny by China's anti-monopoly regulators, as the government seeks to enforce its six-year old antitrust law. Critics say the law is being used to unfairly target overseas businesses, a charge the regulators deny.Last month, a delegation from chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O), led by company President Derek Aberle, met officials at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) as part of that regulator's investigation of the San Diego-based firm.NDRC said earlier this year that the U.S. chipmaker is suspected of overcharging and abusing its market position in wireless communication standards.Microsoft's Satya Nadella is expected to make his first visit to China as chief executive later this month./Reuters/ The greater depression Analytics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:30:00 +0500 By J. Bradford DeLongformer deputy assistant secretary of the US Treasury, is Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.First it was the 2007 financial crisis. Then it became the 2008 financial crisis. Next it was the downturn of 2008-2009. Finally, in mid-2009, it was dubbed the "Great Recession." And, with the business cycle's shift onto an upward trajectory in late 2009, the world breathed a collective a sigh of relief. We would not, it was believed, have to move on to the next label, which would inevitably contain the dreaded D-word.But the sense of relief was premature. Contrary to the claims of politicians and their senior aides that the "summer of recovery" had arrived, the United States did not experience a V-shaped pattern of economic revival, as it did after the recessions of the late 1970s and early 1980s. And the US economy remained far below its previous growth trend.Indeed, from 2005 to 2007, America's real (inflation-adjusted) GDP grew at just over 3% annually. During the 2009 trough, the figure was 11% lower - and it has since dropped by an additional 5%.The situation is even worse in Europe. Instead of a weak recovery, the eurozone experienced a second-wave contraction beginning in 2010. At the trough, the eurozone's real GDP amounted to 8% less than the 1995-2007 trend; today, it is 15% lower.Cumulative output losses relative to the 1995-2007 trends now stand at 78% of annual GDP for the US, and at 60% for the eurozone. That is an extraordinarily large amount of foregone prosperity - and a far worse outcome than was expected. In 2007, nobody foresaw the decline in growth rates and potential output that statistical and policymaking agencies are now baking into their estimates.By 2011, it was clear - at least to me - that the Great Recession was no longer an accurate moniker. It was time to begin calling this episode "the Lesser Depression."But the story does not end there. Today, the North Atlantic economy faces two additional downward shocks.The first, as Lorcan Roche Kelly of Agenda Research noted, was discussed by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi while extemporizing during a recent speech. Draghi began by acknowledging that, in Europe, inflation has declined from around 2.5% in mid-2012 to 0.4% today. He then argued that we can no longer assume that the drivers of this trend - such as a drop in food and energy prices, high unemployment, and the crisis in Ukraine - are temporary in nature.In fact, inflation has been declining for so long that it is now threatening price stability - and inflation expectations continue to fall. The five-year swap rate - an indicator of medium-term inflation expectations - has fallen by 15 basis points since mid-2012, to less than 2%. Moreover, as Draghi noted, real short- and medium-term rates have increased; long-term rates have not, owing to a decline in long-term nominal rates that extends far beyond the eurozone.Draghi's subsequent declaration that the ECB Governing Council will use "all the available unconventional instruments" to safeguard price stability and anchor inflation expectations over the medium-to-long term is telling. The pretense that the eurozone is on a path toward recovery has collapsed; the only realistic way to read the financial markets is to anticipate a triple-dip recession.Meanwhile, in the US, the Federal Reserve under Janet Yellen is no longer wondering whether it is appropriate to stop purchasing long-term assets and raise interest rates until there is a significant upturn in employment. Instead, despite the absence of a significant increase in employment or a substantial increase in inflation, the Fed already is cutting its asset purchases and considering when, not whether, to raise interest rates.A year and a half ago, those who expected a return by 2017 to the path of potential output - whatever that would be - estimated that the Great Recession would ultimately cost the North Atlantic economy about 80% of one year's GDP, or $13 trillion, in lost production. If such a five-year recovery began now - a highly optimistic scenario - it would mean losses of about $20 trillion. If, as seems more likely, the economy performs over the next five years as it has for the last two, then takes another five years to recover, a massive $35 trillion worth of wealth would be lost.When do we admit that it is time to call what is happening by its true name?Copyright: Project Syndicate/AzerNews/ Nar Mobile pleases its subscribers with roaming reward program Announcements Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:15:00 +0500 Nar Mobile presents a very beneficial exclusive service for its subscribers traveling abroad - the Roaming Reward Program. According to this Program, all travelers who are the Nar Mobile subscribers will be able to accumulate flying miles points per each minute of their roaming service used. Subscribers actively using such Roaming Service of mobile operator can get many privileges at the expense of their points, e.g. free air tickets or hotel accommodation among air carriers and hotels which are partnering with Nar Mobile.The Nar Mobile subscribers wishing to obtain additional points per each minute of their roaming service can join to the Roaming Award Program for free. Thanks to the miles and points and regardless how much the phone calls, SMS or mobile internet are used, those Mobile subscriber who travels often and uses roaming service a lot, will get air tickets for free from such air companies as AZAL, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Qatar Airways and Ukraine International Airlines. They will also get a chance to stay free of charge in hotels related to the Hilton and Marriott.Azerbaijan's fastest growing mobile operator Nar Mobile serves its subscribers since 2007. Since its creation, Nar Mobile remained always committed to its policy of affordable prices providing an exceptional value for its customers via a variety of attractive tariff offerings. Beyond the convenient voice tariffs, it has also offers a great variety of choice and best value for its internet packages and a single price for each roaming zone./Trend/ Dysentery poses threat to Baku ? Society Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0500 By AzerNewsSummer is the time when dozens of bacteria and parasites awaken to attack people. Dysentery is one example of such kind of undesirable cases.Dysentery is defined as diarrhea in which there is blood, pus, mucous, usually accompanied by abdominal pain. There were twelve cases of dysentery infection during January-July on the territory of Azerbaijan.Some four cases of dysentery were registered in Baku and eight cases of the disease were registered in the regions of the country"Fatalities from dysentery were not registered," Rubaba Mansurova, the epidemiologist of the Republican Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology of Azerbaijani Ministry of Health, said.Last year there were 24 similar cases on the territory of the Republic: 12 cases in Baku, remaining - in the regions. Number of people infected with dysentery has reduced by 50 percent this year. Most infected were children. All cases of dysentery in Baku took place among children younger than 17, Mansurova informed.There are two main types of dysentery. The first type, amoebic dysentery, is caused by a single-celled, microscopic parasite living in the large bowel. The second type, bacillary dysentery, is caused by invasive bacteria. Both kinds of dysentery occur mostly in hot countries. Poor hygiene and sanitation increase the risk of dysentery by spreading the parasite or bacteria that cause it through food or water contaminated from infected human feces."Disease is caused by shigella bacteria. The point is that breakdown of microorganisms toxin is produced, which plays an important role in the development of dysentery. In favorable conditions shigella bacteria are capable to reproduce in food products. Dysentery may develop as a result of eating products that were not thermally treated (cheese, sour cream, milk) and contaminated fruit, vegetable. One can also catch dysentery in water medium (river, water well). For example, one could swallow water when swimming in the river," the specialist noted.When talking about the possibility of dysentery spread on the territory of the country, Mansurova stressed that comparing to previous years number of cases of dysentery noticeably reduced. "Quality of medical services improves year after year, and this has positive effect on disease incidence rate - both of dysentery and other infections."The main symptoms of dysentery include: sudden onset of high fever and chills, abdominal pain, cramps and bloating, flatulence (passing gas), urgency to pass stool, feeling of incomplete emptying, loss of appetite, weight loss, headache, fatigue, vomiting, dehydration.You may feel weak and anemic, or lose weight over a prolonged period. Mild cases of bacillary dysentery may last four to eight days, while severe cases may last three to six weeks. World’s woolliest sheep Weird / Interesting Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:47:00 +0500 A Tasmanian farmer-couple recently discovered what might just be the world’s woolliest sheep. They’ve named the super-fluffy creature ‘Shaun’, after popular cartoon character Shaun the Sheep from the British comedy series Wallace and Gromit.As it turns out, Shaun has never had his coat cut, and it is at least half-a-meter thick now. In fact he appears to have been on the run ever since he escaped the shearers at his former farm on Tasmania’s east coast, at least 25 miles away. It is estimated that Shaun has been wandering across the island for the past six years!Peter Hazel said that he and his wife Netty found Shaun wandering in scrubland on their property last Sunday. He was actually quite easy to catch, what with 20 kilograms of extra fleece weighing him down. His wool was just all over the place, even falling over his eyes and obstructing his vision.“He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed him,” said Peter. “Then Netty and I went and got the ute and put him in the back and brought him into the yard.”“It is the heaviest sheep I’ve ever lifted,” said Netty. “I just couldn’t believe it, I just could not believe a sheep could have so much wool.” They immediately knew they had to name him Shaun, after Shaun the Sheep.The couple told reporters that it was a miracle the six-year-old Merino ram survived in the wild for such a long time. Because of all that wool, he could have easily suffered a heat stroke or myiasis from fly larvae. “Because usually they get cast and can’t get up, or they get fly-struck or the hot weather gets to them,” explained Peter. “I thought it would be almost impossible for a sheep to go that long and have such good wool on him. It’s surprisingly good-quality wool.”Shaun is finally being clipped this week, and locals are excited to see if he can break the world record for fleece yield. “There’s three or four good jumpers in there,” Netty joked. She plans to enter the fleece into a few country shows.The current record for most amount of fleece belongs to a New Zealand sheep called ‘Shrek’ – he produced a whopping 27 kilograms of wool in 2004. He had become so popular that he was actually put on a nationwide tour that included a meeting with the Prime Minister./OddityCentral/ Council of Europe exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue kicks off in Baku Politics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:34:00 +0500 2014 Council of Europe exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue has today started in Azerbaijan`s capital Baku.Azerbaijan`s State Adviser on Multinational, Multicultural and Religious Affairs Kamal Abdulla has read out a message of greeting of President Ilham Aliyev to participants.Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations Mubariz Gurbanli said the meeting would contribute to the expansion of cooperation among all religions and cultures in the world. He noted that after restoring its independence Azerbaijan saw the development and strengthening of the relations among different religions and ethnic groups in the country thanks to national leader Heydar Aliyev`s statehood concept.Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazade highlighted the government policy regarding religious issues.The two-day event will hear reports on three sub-themes: “Tolerance of religion and non-religious convictions in culturally diverse societies: a social capital”, “Contribution of religions and non-religious convictions to combating all forms of discrimination, intolerance and violence”, and “The contribution of cultural heritage of a religious nature to intercultural dialogue and to the respect of the universal values defended by the Council of Europe”./AzerTAc/ Azerbaijani designer represents Azerbaijan in China Arts & Entertainment Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:20:00 +0500 By AzerNewsFamous Azerbaijani designer Gulnara Khalilova is going to represent Azerbaijan in "Silk Road".The third Eurasian International Festival will be held at the exhibition center of International clothing town Dehui in Urumqi in September 2-7.The stylish event is co-organized by People's Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR), People's Republic of China (PRC), and China's Textile Industry Association; and itsexecutives are the Commission of Economy and Informatization XUAR Women's Federation and the People's Government of Urumqi, and its assistants are the respective authorities of the PRC and the (XUAR) and the Clothes Association (haberdashery) (XUAR).Khalilova has already gone to China with her creative team, where she will demonstrate her peculiar handmade knitted dresses and national and evening dresses.The Eurasian International Festival aims to promote cooperation between Asia and European regions.The festival guests will also enjoy a series of events such as a conference devoted to Chinese clothing and textiles, Asian and European fashion week, presentation of new fashion industry cooperation exchanges, national brands, and a ceremony for awarding the best works of the festival participants.Works of Khalilova's national collection can be found in Egypt, the library of Alexandria, the Cultural Center of Istanbul, and the cultural centers of various cities in the U.S.The designer took part in preparing the classic Azerbaijani operetta "Arshin mal alan" by famous composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov staged at the 100th anniversary of the State Theatre of Musical Comedy, where she created costumes.Her works are also very popular in collections of famous Turkish public figures, representatives of culture and art Ajda Pekkan, Emrah Erdogan, Beyazit Ozturk, Soner Sarikabadayi, and others. Falcao to Man City!? Sports Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:05:00 +0500 Manchester City are working on a sensational late move for Radamel Falcao after agreeing a deal which could see Alvaro Negredo move to Valencia, Goal understands.The Primera Division side are understood to have had an offer to take Negredo on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent €28 million transfer accepted on Sunday.And Manuel Pellegrini's team are now keen to put in place a similar deal to sign Falcao from Monaco.City's rivals, Manchester United, are also rumoured to be in the running for the Colombia international but the Premier League champions are hopeful of securing a deal.Arsenal have also been linked to Falcao but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has denied interest in the 28-year-old despite remaining active in the transfer market as the deadline approaches. Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca is his top target up front.Negredo, meanwhile, is set for a swift return to Spain, having failed to displace Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko as the club's first-choice strikers.Stevan Jovetic has also made a strong start to the season, while Negredo, who scored 23 goals in all competitions, is yet to feature in the new campaign due to injury. /Goal.Com/ Iran’s runaway energy consumption Analytics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:53:00 +0500 By Dalga Khatinoglu, Trend Iran with 1,190 trillion cubic feet of gas, as well as 157 billion barrels of oil reserves ranks second and forth as primary energy holder in the world, but due to huge consumption rates, it is suffering from energy shortage. Iran's upstream and downstream energy projects have faced long delays, cancellations or slow development due to the withdrawal of giant international companies as well as the lack of technology, financial might and mismanagement during last several years, while the primary energies consumption have grown at a fast pace. For instance Iran hasn't able to full commission any new oil and gas projects since 2007 and 2009 respectively. The Middle East country faced gas shortages last winter seriously. In addition to cutting the gas supply to power plants, which led to burning $30 billion of liquid fuels, the Iranian government had to decrease gas delivery to petrochemical plants from 1,236 million to 530 million cubic feet. This caused a drop in the petrochemical production by 7.5 million tons during the last fiscal year. On the other hand, Iran cut gas supply to CNG production plants from 671 million cubic feet of gas to zero during the winter, which caused gasoline consumption to soar to about 70 million liters per day in average during last fiscal year. Iran also had to cut gas re-injection to oilfields, supplying gas to several industrial sectors like cement plants, etc. during the last winter. The country also imported 17,000 barrels of liquid fuels per day, mostly gasoline during 2013, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported on July 21. Iran's energy consumption While Iran's annual energy consumption level surpassed 1,600 million barrels of oil equivalent (OE) until March and the perspective of new upstream projects remains dim due to the sanctions imposed by the Western countries, Iran is going to commission several energy efficiency plans to impede the runaway growth in energy usage. According to the statistics released by Iran Energy Efficiency Organization (IEEO), the country's annual energy consumption growth pace was 3.9 percent from 2005 to 2012 (1). Iran's energy consumption level in 2013 was 1,600 million barrels of OE, of which 400 million barrels of OE was wasted before being consumed, the head of Iran Energy Efficiency Organization Hossein Sajjadi said in May. With a population of roughly 78 million, Iran consumes energy twice more than its Western neighbor Turkey, with approximately the same population (2). IEEO's latest annual report says that Iran's energy output in 2012 was 2,219 million barrels of OE. Crude oil, gas condensate, NGLs and other liquid hydrocarbons have a 54.5 percent, while natural gas has a 44.4 percent, water, wind, solar and nuclear energies together have a 0.5 percent and others resources have a 0.2 percent share in total energy output. Therefore, Iran relies 98.9 percent of its energy on fossil fuels. On the other hand, the natural gas shares 53.45 percent of the country's final energy consumption, while the oil products and electricity have 35.75 and 9.93 percent shares in Iran's energy consumption basket. In the power sector, 83.7 percent of total electricity output is generated in thermal power plants, fueled by gas-oil, fuel oil and natural gas. The energy consumption rate in all spheres is more than the global averages. Iran's energy consumption per capita in agriculture, housing, industry and transport sectors are 3.3, 1.9, 1.5 and 1.5 times more than global averages, IEEO says. Iranian new government's efforts Iran's new government, headed by Hassan Rouhani has announced it is attempting to optimize energy usage in several spheres. Iraj Hamedizad, the director of Iran Fuel Conservation Organization announced on July 23 that Iran plans to save 460 million cubic feet per day of natural gas by optimizing 600,000 engine rooms across the country (3) as part of a huge energy efficiency scheme which is expected to cost $100 billion (4). Fuelling Iran's power plants by natural gas increases by 40 percent from March 21 to July 22, compared to the same period of preceding year as National Iran Gas Company reported on July 29. It is vital for Iran to optimize energy consumption in all spheres, for instance, energy consumption index in the housing sector in Iran is 400 kwh per square meter. This is, for example, 8 times more than the figures in France. Iran's total electricity generation capacity currently stands at 70,000 megawatt (equals 263 billion KWh), while when the electricity consumption level reached 47,300 megawatts in July, the Iranian government warned that this is the ceiling level and in case this figure increases again, some cities will face power outages. There is a huge power loss during the transmission and distribution process, which reaches around 40 billion Kwh, or more than 14 percent of total actual power generation capacity (6), Iran's power plants mostly suffer from exhaustion, technical problems and significant reduction of water storages due to a several-year long drought led to electricity shortage this summer. For instance, the head of Tehran's regional water company told Fars News Agency on July 8 that power output of the hydroelectricity output of Tehran's dams decreased by 40 percent. On the other hand, the efficiency of the country's thermal power plants which shares 83.7 percent of total power generation is only 37 percent on average. The thermal efficiency of gas power plants is 30.6 percent, steam power plants is 36.8 percent and combined cycle power plants is about 44.5 percent (5). The country used 1,271 billion cubic feet of gas, as well as 28 billion liters of diesel and fuel oil for power generation during last fiscal year, ended on March 2014. In total, Iran's energy consumption increased by 141.1 million barrels of OE during last year, while the energy usage level in industry sector with 304 million barrels of OE remained unchanged comparing the previous year. Iran's final energy consumption and GDP (at Constant price 1997) based on the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company's (NIORDC) statistics: With regarding this fact that Iran's economy has been contracted by bout 9 percent since 2012 due to sanctions and mismanagement, alongside the current 1,200-million barrel of OE final energy consumption level, the gap between Iran's GDP and energy consumption has been more deepened in 2014 compared to 2011. According to official statistics until 2012, for every one million dollar gross revenue gain, about 600 to 800 tons of oil equivalent energy is consumed in the country. Beside optimizing the energy consumer engines, power plants and cutting the wasted electricity level in transmission and distribution process, Iran also can boost gas supply to reduce liquid fuels usage in these sectors. For instance Iran aimed to boost gas supply to power plants to 1,483 billion cubic feet this year to reduce gas-oil and fuel oil burning in this sector (7). The statistics of Iran's Energy Ministry and National Iranian Gas Company show that during the summer when the housing sector consumes less gas, the power plants are fueled by about 6,356 million cubic feet of gas per day. During the cold season, this figure drops to about 1,412 to 2472 million cubic feet. The Middle East country also can change gas with liquid fuels in the transport sector. Iran produces 870 million cubic feet of CNG per day to fuel cars. Iran can double this figure to economize about 20 million liters more gasoline per day. Iran's energy consumption during last three decades derived from the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company's (NIORDC) annual reports: Below is Iran's fossil energy carriers consumption per day according to the data derived from NIORDC's annual reports. (Iran's fiscal year begins on March 20) Fiscal year Total daily energy consumption Kbbl of OE Daily gas consumption Kbbl of OE Daily liquid fuels Kbbl of OE* 1979-80 565 63 479 1989/90 1062 248 779 1999-2000 2084 1025 995 2004-2005 2931 1689 1174 2009-2010 3918 2504 1332 2010-2011 4027 2673 1274 2011-2012 4070 2707 1290 2012-2013 4120 2688 1362 ** including gasoline, oil-gas, kerosene and fuel oil The other problem is Iran's flaring gas. Iran burns about 388 bcf of associated gas in flares annually. Iran says it has an $11 billion worth plan to stop gas flaring. The Islamic Republic also has a huge amount of gas consumption in the housing sector. During last winter, about 80 percent of the country's total gas output went to housing sector. According to IEEO, gas consumption per capita in Iran is 6 times more than global averages. Conclusion Besides wasting a 400-million barrels of OE energy before reaching any consumer, Iran should pay more attention to the optimization of energy consumption, especially in the housing sector. Iran's housing sector with 432 million barrels of OE, shares roughly 30 percent of the total final energy consumption. This figure is worth $140 billion. Beside the housing sector, the liquid fuels usage by people remains high as a result of low prices. The Iranian government has increased the energy carriers prices twice since 2010 based on implementation of a Subsidy Reform plan, but cheap energy still motivates people to consume more energy. Energy carrier USD current exchange rate: 31,700 rials Consumption Per day A cubic meter of gas for housing sector 3.2 cent 390 mcm (13,773 mcf) A liter of gasoline 32 cent 67 million liter A liter of LPG 7 cent 5,500 tons A liter of diesel 15 cent 100 to 105 million liters A liter of Kerosene 5 cent 8 million liters A cubic meters of NCG 18 cent 18 mcm Beyond liquid fuels, Iran's domestic consumption of electricity was around 200 terawatt hours in the previous year. The price of one kilowatt hours of electricity is around 1.5 cents in Iran. It is while the price of one kilowatt hours of electricity in, for instance the United States was over 12 cents in April. Realizing the energy price in Iran can harness the runaway consumption level significantly. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on June 24 that currently over $90 billon worth of liquid fuels are being consumed in Iran, while the government pays $80 billion of the mentioned figure as subsides. The mentioned huge energy costs for a country with a $366.2 billion worth GDP (at market prices) is very high. Dalga Khatinoglu is specialist on Iran's energy sector and Iran News Service head in Trend Agency Russia "eradicates" McDonald's Weird / Interesting Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:39:00 +0500  Russia's consumer watchdog agency is forcing the American fast-food chain to temporarily close eight more outlets across the country over accusations of sanitary violations, bringing the total closure count to 12. All are owned by the company.Earlier in the month, the regulator made McDonald's (MCD) close four restaurants, including its flagship outlet in Moscow that first opened to the public in 1990.It's widely suspected that the closures are politically motivated. Many American and European companies are under pressure in Russia as Cold War-style tensions make it increasingly difficult for Western brands to operate.McDonald's said it would be appealing the court decision to keep the first four restaurants closed, and was reviewing all the regulator's concerns as it tries to re-open its outlets."Our main priority is to serve our customers with top-quality menu items," said a McDonald's spokesperson. "We have extremely high standards in Russia, just like all our restaurants around the world."The Russian regulator -- Rospotrebnadzor -- will continue to conduct checks at McDonald's restaurants across the country over the next few months, said the spokesperson.This comes a week after the same Russian agency said it found sanitary issues while conducting tests on Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey whiskey. Batches of the whiskey were reportedly withdrawn from some stores.Brown-Forman (BFA) -- the maker of Jack Daniel's -- "vehemently" denied that there was anything harmful in its products and said it had not been contacted by Russian officials about any issues."At Jack Daniel's we take consumer satisfaction seriously. If Rospotrebnadzor has the same view, they will work with us to resolve this issue quickly for the benefit of Russian consumers," said Brown-Forman in a statement. /CNN/ Armenia's joining of EEU leading to hot debates World news Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:25:00 +0500 By AzerNewsArmenia's long-awaited dream to enter the Russia led-EEU promises to lead to hot debates after the date of its membership was announced.Armenia's entry to the EEU will be decided in Minsk on October 10.The official date of Armenia's membership at the organization was publicized by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on August 27; he had previously put UN principles as key condition for Armenia's entrance to the union.Nazarbayev said Armenia may officially enter the organization in October.During the session of the EEU Supreme Council on May 29, Kazakh president asked Armenian president Serj Sargsyan "to follow all UN principles, which fix official borders of Armenia."Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly one million were displaced as a result of the war.Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994, but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for its immediate and unconditional withdrawal.Peace talks mediated by Russia, France, and the U.S. have produced no results so far.While Armenia regards its desire for joining the EEU as a tool to maintain its economic stability, the state power has been strongly criticized for accepting the membership in line with UN principles.Armenia is obviously unable to overcome economic, social, and political problems due to lack of finances and government's will, and needs Russia's help.The EEU member-states still believe that Armenia's joining the organization is essentially difficult if its internal problems, along with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, are taken into account.Astana is trying to convince Armenia that a theoretical membership could bring benefit to the Caucasian state, but is also using this prospect as a tool to urge Yerevan to leave Azerbaijan's occupied territory."The Armenian president should rest assured that Armenia will enter the EEU within the framework of the UN recognized borders of Armenia," Nazarbayev said.Later on President Sargsyan made a statement saying Armenia will enter the EEU with its UN recognized borders, hereby irritating all his opponents.Furthermore, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "Armenia will join the EEU as Armenia; the Nagorno-Karabakh has absolutely nothing to do with this issue."He made the remarks after the meeting in Sochi on August 9, where Russian president Vladimir Putin, Armenian president Serj Sargsyan, and Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.The statement was followed by the harsh positions of local hardliners who regarded this move as a loss of the Armenian leader. They understand that the game is reaching its logical end and any attempt to change the political map is doomed to failure. Exchange rate of Azerbaijani manat compared to world currencies Business Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:13:00 +0500 The exchange rate of AZN compared to the world currencies and precious metals Sept. 1, according to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan. Currencies and precious metals Aug. 29, 2014 Sept. 1, 2014 1 U.S. dollar 1 USD 0.7844 0.7844 1 euro 1 EUR 1.0336 1.0293 1 Australian dollar 1 AUD 0.7333 0.7329 1 Argentinian Peso 1 ARS 0.0934 0.0934 100 Belarusian Rubles 100 BYR 0.0075 0.0075 1 Brazilian Real 1 BRL 0.3502 0.3508 1 UAE dirham 1 AED 0.2136 0.2136 1 South African Rand 1 ZAR 0.0737 0.0736 100 South Korean Won 100 KRW 0.0773 0.0774 1 Czech koruna 1 CZK 0.0371 0.0371 1 Chilean Peso 1 CLP 0.1318 0.1337 1 Chinse Yuan 1 CNY 0.1277 0.1277 1 Danish Krone 1 DKK 0.1387 0.1382 1 Georgian Lari 1 GEL 0.4531 0.4531 1 Hong Kong Dollar 1 HKD 0.1012 0.1012 1 Indian Rupee 1 INR 0.013 0.013 1 British pound sterling 1 GBP 1.3008 1.3018 100 Indonesian rupiah 100 IDR 0.0067 0.0067 100 Iranian rials 100 IRR 0.003 0.003 1 Swedish Krona 1 SEK 0.1125 0.1121 1 Swiss Franc 1 CHF 0.8566 0.8531 1 Israeli Shekel 1 ILS 0.2197 0.2195 1 Canadian Dollar 1 CAD 0.7222 0.7216 1 Kuwaiti Dinar 1 KWD 2.7565 2.7569 1 Kazakhstan Tenge 1 KZT 0.0043 0.0043 1 Kyrgyz Som 1 KGS 0.0148 0.0148 1 Lithuanian Litas 1 LTL 0.2995 0.2981 100 Lebanese pounds 100 LBP 0.0519 0.0519 1 Malaysian ringgit 1 MYR 0.2485 0.2489 1 Mexican Peso 1 MXP 0.06 0.0599 1 Moldovan Leu 1 MDL 0.0561 0.0565 1 Egyptian Pound 1 EGP 0.1097 0.1097 1 Norwegian krone 1 NOK 0.1268 0.1265 100 Uzbek soums 100 UZS 0.0334 0.0334 1 Polish Zloty 1 PLN 0.2448 0.2445 1 Russian ruble 1 RUR 0.0213 0.0212 1 Singapore Dollar 1 SGD 0.6278 0.6279 1 Saudi Riyal 1 SAR 0.2091 0.2092 1 SDR (IMF Special Drawing Rights) 1 SDR 1.1908 1.191 1 Turkish lira 1 TRY 0.363 0.363 1 Taiwanese Dollar 1 TWD 0.0262 0.0263 1 Tajik Somoni 1 TJS 0.1554 0.155 1 New Turkmen manat 1 TMM 0.2752 0.2752 1 Ukrainian hryvnia 1 UAH 0.0581 0.0594 100 Japanese yen 100 JPY 0.7557 0.753 1 New Zealand dollar 1 NZD 0.6562 0.6569 Gold (1 ounce) 1 XAU 1013.4448 1008.5423 Silver (1 ounce) 1 XAG 15.3484 15.2821 Platinum (1 ounce) 1 XPT 1120.1232 1116.9856 Palladium (1 ounce) 1 XPD 704.3912 704.3912/Trend/ Fernando Torres joins AC Milan Sports Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0500 Fernando Torres has completed his move from Chelsea to AC Milan on a two-year loan deal after passing a medical on Sunday, with the two clubs having agreed terms on Friday.The Spain international has endured a troubled career at Stamford Bridge, struggling for form following his then British record-breaking €63 million move from Liverpool, but will now stay with the Rossoneri until 2016.Goal reported the San Siro outfit's interest earlier this week, though there had been fears that the deal could collapse over the 30-year-old's €214,000-a-week wages, but the two sides have worked hard to reach an agreement./Goal.Com/ Armenians finding new ways to escape serving in the army Analytics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:45:00 +0500 By AzerNewsServing in the army does not seem honorable any further in Armenia as some conscript-age young are finding new ways to escape it.So, continuing education in the MA courses has turned into an effective way to avoid military service among Armenian youth.The issue has sparked deep concerns in political circles of Armenia. The opposition Heritage party plans to discuss the issue during a parliamentary session."During fall session of the Armenian National Assembly, opposition Heritage party will deliver 20 legislative initiatives in this regard," the party's leader, Ruben Akopyan said at a press conference on August 26.He said that a number of bills, including amendments to the law "On the postponement of compulsory military service" would be raised in the parliament."The bill would stop the children of influential parents and children of oligarchs and government officials from escaping military service," he assured.Akopyan said most of these children take MA courses and post-graduate studies through corruption."There are 80 percent of male graduate students in Armenia and only a small percentage of them are actually engaged in science," noted Akopyan. "There is no progress in the sphere of science and military in Armenia."Akopyan also did not rule out the possibility that the bill would be presented in the format of parliamentary Quartet.Men aged between 18 and 27 are conscripted to army in Armenia.The military law of the country sets postponement from the army for citizens receiving education at high education university, as well as those attending MA and post-graduate courses.Experts explain the desire of Armenian conscripts to avoid from the army with the state of war.For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict which emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor. Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions.A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 1994, but long-standing efforts by US, Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far. Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on its pullout from the neighboring country's territories.Each tension in the frontline of the troops puts in alert the parents, making them to either migrate, or find alternative ways to avoid the military service of their children. New Turkish foreing chief: I will also work as Azerbaijan's FM Politics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:33:00 +0500 “Let Azerbaijan rest assured for I will also work as its foreign minister”“We’ll fight together with fraternal Azerbaijan against the so-called Armenian Genocide”.New Foreign Minister of Turkey Mövlud Chavushoglu made the abovementioned statement during an interview with APA’s correspondent to Turkey.When asked “You know Azerbaijan too well, and so does Azerbaijan. As a minister, what a message would you like to send to Azerbaijan?”, Mövlud Chavushoglu said, “Let Azerbaijan rest assured for I will also work as its foreign minister. We’ll unite our efforts and forces in all issues”.In his response to “The year 2015 is coming. Armenians will increase the “genocide” pressure on Turkey. What actions are you going to take over this matter?”, the new minister said, “We’ll fight together with fraternal Azerbaijan against the so-called Armenian Genocide”, in the Azerbaijani accent.  President orders construction of inter-village road in Fuzuli Society Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:20:00 +0500 President Ilham Aliyev has signed an Order on the construction of a road that will link Birinci and On Birinci Qayidis villages in Fuzuli District.Under the presidential Order, 2 million manats will initially be allocated from the President`s 2014 Contingency Fund to Fuzuli District Executive Authority for the construction of the road, which will link 11 residential areas with the total population of 12,000 people./AzerTAc/ Azerbaijan-EU visa facilitation agreement comes into force today Politics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:08:00 +0500 The negotiations for both the Visa Facilitation Agreement (VFA) and Readmission Agreement (RA) between the European Union (EU) and Azerbaijan took place in 4 official rounds of negotiations held in Baku and Brussels between February 7, 2012 and July 5, 2013, the delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan said Sept. 1.On 29 November 2013 the European Union and Azerbaijan signed the visa facilitation agreement in the margins of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. On 28 February 2014 the EU and Azerbaijan signed the agreement on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation.The two parties notified each other that the internal procedures have been completed. It has to be noted that the UK, Ireland and Denmark are not bound by the agreement.So far, the EU has signed visa facilitation and readmission agreements with 12 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Cape Verde1. Around 11 of them having entered into force (Cape Verde is still pending).The agreement makes it easier and cheaper for citizens of Azerbaijan, in particular those who travel most, to acquire short-stay visas allowing them to travel to and freely throughout most EU countries. A short-stay visa is a visa for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days. Under the agreement, visa fees will be reduced from €60 to €35, and some categories of citizens are to be exempt from the fees altogether.For some categories of frequent travellers and under certain conditions, member states are supposed to issue multiple-entry visas with a validity from one to up to five years. Holders of diplomatic passports are exempted from the visa obligation. The agreement also provides that the visa handling fee will not be collected for certain categories of applicants, including members of official delegations, children below the age of 12, pensioners, researchers and students. Implementation of the provisions of the agreement is subject to application of full reciprocity by all parties of the agreements.Readmission agreements set out clear obligations and procedures for the authorities of EU member states and Azerbaijan. They regulate when and how to take back people who are illegally residing on the territories of the parties. They cover not only the illegally staying nationals of both parties but also third country nationals and stateless persons being in an irregular situation provided they have a clear link with the requested party (e.g. visa or resident permit). Full respect of Human Rights as provided by the European Convention of Human Rights is guaranteed during the application of readmission agreements./Trend/ Armenia's ceasefire agression continues Politics Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:54:00 +0500 Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions near the nameless heights of Khojavand and Jabrayil regions, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Sept. 1.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/ Azerbaijan has internationally recognized e-signature now Business Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:40:00 +0500 Information Technology Center (ITC) of the Communications and High Technologies Ministry of Azerbaijan has implemented information security management system (ISMS) in accordance with the requirements of ISO / IEC 27001: 2005.The center became the first state structure certified in accordance with this international information security standard.ITC is the operator of a public key infrastructure in Azerbaijan. Obtaining the certificate confirms support of the National Center certification according to international standards.The Standard takes on particular relevance as part of the Electronic Azerbaijan state program. Certification of electronic services in accordance with ISO 27001 will provide transparency and facilitate citizens' access to them.ISO 27001 specifies requirements for information security management system to demonstrate the organization's ability to protect its information resources.Currentlyy, most national legislation acts ensure the international recognition of e-signatures (and the associated keys and certificates) by the inclusion of the relevant provisions. The regulations states that an electronic signature that can be verified by the public key having a foreign certificate, is recognized if the state agency which issued the certificate has an agreement on the recognition of such certificates./AzerNews/ Welcome, September, cool and golden days! Society Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:25:00 +0500 By AzerNewsFinally we can breathe easily, as Summer is leaving, taking abnormal hot days away.Azerbaijan's National Hydrometeorology Department reported that the average monthly temperature will be close to normal in most regions in September, while exceeding the normal figure in some other regions.The monthly precipitation will be also close to normal or above the norm.The average temperature in Baku and Absheron Peninsula is expected to be 25-30 degrees above zero during the day, and 19-24 degrees C at nights. In the first part of the month the temperature may reach 33-35 degrees C, a little bit above the norm. The average monthly precipitation will also be close to normal 7-23 mm.In the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic the weather is predicted to be 21-23 degrees C. At night it will be 16-21 degrees C and during the day 25-30 degrees above zero. The average monthly precipitation will also be close to normal 7-13 mm.The temperature in Khankandi, Shusha, Khojali, Lachin, and Zangilan of the Upper Karabakh region will be slightly lower than in other regions. The average monthly temperature is expected to be 19-24 degrees C during the day, reaching 11-16 degrees C at night.In other Azerbaijani regions of Sheki, Oguz, Shamakha, Guba, Gusar, Khachmaz, Zagatala, Gakh, Siyazan, Gabala, Balakan and Ismailli the temperature will be a little bit cooler in comparison with other regions, being 20-25 degrees C during the day and 13-18 degrees C at night. However, the temperature of 28-32 degrees C will sometimes stay in the first part of September.Coming to Ganja, Gazakh, Terter, Agdam, Fuzuli and Jabrail; so here the average monthly temperature will stand at 20-22 degrees above zero, with some exceed up to 32-34 degrees C on the first days of the month. The monthly precipitation will be 17-44 mm.In September, the country's Mingachevir, Agdash, Kurdamir, Imishli, Agjabadi, Beylagan, Sabirabad, Bilasuvar, Saatli, Shirvan, Hajigabul, Salyan, and Neftchala are predicted to be 25-30 degrees above zero during the day and 18-23 degrees above zero at night. The situation with precipitations are also normal for the regions 14-38 mm.The forecast for Masalli, Yardimli, Lerik, and Astara regions is close and a little above the norm. The monthly average temperature will also be 20-23 degrees above zero. At night the weather will be cool, maybe around 15-20 degrees, and during the day it is expected to be 25-30 degrees C. What does new Turkish government promise? World news Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:10:00 +0500 Turkey's 62nd government, led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu, is set to outline its program on Sept. 1, placing strong emphasis on the "new Turkey" theme as well as boosting the Kurdish peace process, European Union accession talks, and bringing about fresh economic reforms, the Hürriyet Daily News reported.As a continuation of previous Justice and Development Party (AKP) administrations, Davuto?lu's government will also pursue its struggle against the "parallel structure," a reference to the individuals working in the state apparatus who are affiliated with Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled cleric in the United States.The General Assembly is set to convene in an extraordinary session at 2.00 p.m. on Sept. 1 so that Prime Minister Davuto?lu can read out his government's program. According to Parliament's internal regulations, a debate on the program will take place on Sept. 4 and the confidence vote will take place on Sept. 6.Before reading his program, Davuto?lu will convene his Cabinet for the first time at 10.00 a.m. At the meeting, ministers will review the government's program and will make last minute updates in any areas that they regard as necessary. After this, Davuto?lu will also convene the AKP's parliamentary group before speaking at the General Assembly.A team of advisors has long been working on the writing of the program after Davuto?lu was announced as the next chairman of the AKP and the prime minister. Although this program will be valid only for 10 months due to the upcoming parliamentary elections, many in Ankara believe that it will be substantial and assertive and in line with the reformist spirit of all AKP governments.In a long address to the AKP's extraordinary convention last week, Davuto?lu chose to focus on his views about the future of Turkey under the same title of "restoration of the country," placing the stress on the idea of the "new Turkey."Program to focus on 'new Turkey'The concept of the "new Turkey" is a continuation of previous AKP governments' well-known "2023 vision," a set of targets outlined to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic.The election of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an to the presidency as the first ever Turkish head of state to be directly elected by the votes of citizens is regarded as the first step in the formation of what AKP officials call the "new Turkey." In his program read at Parliament, Davuto?lu is sure to underline this achievement, but will also recall that the completion of the targeted process to change Turkey to a presidential system can only be possible with a new Constitution. Therefore, the program is expected to underline the need for a new charter, although there will not be enough time to push a constitutional amendment before next year's general election in June.Kurdish bid a priorityOne of the new government's priority areas will also be the continuation of the Kurdish resolution process, in line with expectations that the talks are set to enter a new stage as the government outlines a new road map on the issue.Davuto?lu has repeatedly expressed his determination to complete the process, and as a sign of the significance he attaches to the dossier, Yalç?n Akdo?an, one of his closest colleagues in the party, has been appointed as deputy prime minister responsible for the negotiations.EU 'strategic objective'The government program will also place the EU accession process among its priorities, in line with earlier promises to make 2014 Turkey's "EU year." The appointment of Volkan Bozk?r as the new EU minister is seen an important development to this end, with the government expected to once again express its determination to accelerate the negotiation process and open more chapters. In his first statement after being appointed, Bozk?r described EU accession as "Turkey's strategic objective."Key foreign policy issues will also be reviewed in the government program, as a series of burning issues build up in Turkey's immediate neighborhood.Economic boomThe economy will also be highlighted in the government program, which is expected to detail measures aimed at fostering a boom to help Turkey become one of top 10 global economies by 2023, one of the government's central targets.Fight against 'parallel state'One of the indispensable areas that Davuto?lu will cover in the government program will be the efforts to clear state institutions of the members of the "parallel state." He has repeatedly made clear that he will show zero tolerance to those loyal to the Gülen community rather than the state, referring to it as a threat to national interests./Trend/ SOCAR attaches more strength to Georgia gasification Business Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:55:00 +0500 The number of potential new customers as part of the Georgian Regions' Gasification Program, implemented by SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) will reach 210,000-215,000 by late 2014, SOCAR told Trend Aug. 28.SOCAR Georgia Gas (a subsidiary of "SOCAR Energy Georgia") must gasify at least 150,000 potential new customers and to invest at least $ 40 million in the gasification process in the country in accordance with the agreement with the Georgian government. However, the validity of the gasification program was extended because the investments exceeded the previous volumes.SOCAR and the Georgian government will sign an agreement in the next month and a half, according to the statement. The number of customers covered by the program will be increased to 250,000."This figure will be fixed in the agreement, but the actual number of customers covered by the program will reach 265,000-270,000," according to the statement.The number of new customers will be increased to 235,000 within the gasification program as of 2015.SOCAR and the Georgian government signed an agreement to transfer control of 30 gas distribution facilities and gas distribution networks covering such regions of Georgia as Kakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Shida and Kvemo Kartli, Adjara, Guria, Imereti, Samegrelo on December 26, 2008.The list of gas distribution facilities was then expanded. Earlier, all these facilities were eliminated and seven regional gas facilities were created under SOCAR./AzerTAc/ Azerbaijan buys Boeing 747-8 Freighters Business Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:40:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s national cargo carrier, Silk Way West airlines, has purchased two Boeing 747-8 Freighters.The first airplane has already been delivered to Baku. It will carry out flights to Seoul, the Republic of Korea, beginning from next month.The airlines will also increase the number of flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong to five times per week, and also launch new flights to European cities.The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics in its class while providing enhanced environmental performance. The airplane is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door.Silk Way Airlines is considered one of the leading cargo carriers in the region, providing full-fledged services to Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and the Far East.The carrier also serves international destinations through a network of alliances, operating 747-400 Freighters and 767-300 Freighters./AzerTAc/ Twenty one years pass since Azerbaijani Gubadli region's occupation by Armenia Politics Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:28:00 +0500 Today is the 21st anniversary of occupation of Azerbaijan's Gubadli region by the Armenian armed forces.The region with an area of 802 square kilometers and with population of about 30,000 people living in 94 settlements were occupied by Armenian military forces on Aug.31, 1993.Gubadli region is distinguished by its favorable geographic location, unique picturesque landscape, rocky and steep mountains, turbulent rivers - Barkushad and Akara, attaching special coloring.Some 283 volunteers heroically died when defending the region and 7 of them were awarded high title of "Azerbaijani National Hero".In fact, each family suffered from Armenian armed forces' outrage. People who survived now are accommodated in 47 regions of the republic./Trend/ Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force - report World news Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:41:00 +0500 Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday, Reuters reported.The aim is to create a division-sized joint expeditionary force for rapid deployment and regular exercises. The British-led force would include air and naval units as well as ground troops, the newspaper said.Countries involved include Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada has also expressed an interest in taking part, it said.British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce the creation of the force next week, coinciding with the Sept. 4-5 NATO summit in Wales.Since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March, NATO members have taken a number of short-term steps to reinforce the security of allies in eastern Europe that are worried by Russia's new assertiveness.At the Wales summit next week, U.S. President Barack Obama and other NATO leaders are expected to agree on a longer-term plan for boosting NATO's eastern defences.One element of the plan will be shaking up NATO's existing rapid reaction force so that some units of it are capable of responding to a crisis in a few days, NATO diplomats say./Trend/ Russia will try to lift sanctions imposed on Iran World news Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:39:00 +0500 The foreign ministers of Iran and Russia stressed on the needs to boost the two countries' bilateral relations, especially trade ties.Nuclear talks were also another main topic of the officials' discussions in the Russian capital, Moscow, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on August 29.Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Tehran's peaceful nuclear program didn't stop in the face of sanctions, and will never be halted."Tehran's negotiations with the P5+1 countries are aimed at resolving any ambiguity about the Iranian nuclear program," he said."The illegal sanctions against the country are fruitless, he said, adding that the number of Iran's centrifuges has increased from 200 to 2,000 during the past eight years.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, for his part, said that Iran has the right to peacefully develop nuclear energy."Russia will try to lift the international sanctions imposed on Iran," he added.Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) are likely to hold a new round of nuclear talks on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly Session in September.Iran and the P5+1 group of countries sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV reported.The Geneva deal took effect on January 20 and expired on July 20. However the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the US and its allies agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran./Trend/ Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire in several directions Politics Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:20:00 +0500 Over the past 24 hours Armenians opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces from the positions near the villages of Novruzlu in the Aghdam region, Qizil Oba in the Terter region and the nameless heights of the Fizuli region, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Aug. 30.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/ Fourth mobile operator to operate in Azerbaijan Business Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:17:00 +0500 By AzerNewsNakhtel, wireless CDMA operator of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, is preparing to get a license for GSM-frequencies use on 1800-2100 MHz.The news was announced by Farid Hajiyev, head of the press service of the Ministry of Communications and High Tech NAR.Nakhtel is expected to officially apply to the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan for a license for the deployment of mobile services throughout Azerbaijan in the near future.Claiming to be the fourth GSM operator in Azerbaijan, Nakhtel currently provides wireless communication services in CDMA standard by using the 800-900 MHz frequency band."The company has prepared a draft network of 4G deployment, which will initially be available on the territory of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The next stage will be the fourth generation network coverage throughout the territory of Azerbaijan. Like other mobile operators in the country, Nakhtel will provide communication services in the GSM standard," he said.The commercial deployment of the network operator is planned to be held at the end of this year, but the date may be postponed till the beginning of 2015.Commenting on Nakhtel's plans for the construction of their own base stations, he said the first phase will involve the provision of telecommunications services and the Internet over the base stations of Bakcell, Azercell, and Azerfon mobile operators. This issue will be coordinated with the assistance of the Ministry of Communications and High Tech of Azerbaijan.The company plans to construct and expand its own base stations network, the spokesman said. Azerbaijani team joins international off-road racing in Turkey Society Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:15:00 +0500 Azerbaijani drivers will on Aug. 30-31 participate in the 3rd international off-road racing in Ardesen, Rize Province, Turkey, the Azerbaijan Automobile Federation told Trend Aug. 29.During the racing the national team, with the support of the federation, will compete against rivals from various countries.Drivers from Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Armenia will also participate in the competition.In 2012, Azerbaijani crew won a silver medal in the 2nd international off-road racing in Ardesen./Trend/ SOCAR commissions new oil well in Caspian Sea Business Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:10:00 +0500 Azerbaijan's State Oil Company (SOCAR) has commissioned a new well at the "Oil Rocks" field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, according to a message from the company.The company said the well, which was drilled from the platform #2585 at a depth range of 2,457-2,449 meters, has a daily debit of 30 tons.SOCAR is currently implementing a program to stabilize and boost oil production. To this end, SOCAR is drilling both onshore and offshore fields in Azerbaijan.In January-July 2014, SOCAR produced 4.91 million tons of oil from onshore and offshore fields in Azerbaijan, versus 4.85 million tons in the same period of 2013.In 2013, SOCAR produced over 8.31 million tons of oil compared to 8.24 million tons in 2012. A total of 43.48 million tons of oil was produced in Azerbaijan in 2013, compared to 43 million tons in 2012./Trend/ Foreign ministry claims U.S. Department of State’s statements on Azerbaijan unfounded Politics Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:08:00 +0500 The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry considers the U.S Department of State's statements on human rights situation in the country unfounded.The statements made by a representative of the U.S Department of State on August 27-28 are unfounded and unacceptable, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev said Aug. 29.Such statements, which have a political implication and are aimed at interfering in Azerbaijan's internal affairs to exert political pressure on the country, do not reflect reality, according to a statement.Instead of looking for problems in other countries, the U.S. must resolve many problems in the field of human rights in their own country, the statement says."The events in Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrated once again that having turned human rights into an instrument of its foreign policy, the U.S is far from complying with the obligations on fundamental human rights and freedoms, including freedom of assembly, preventing separation by ethnic and racial factors, disproportionate use of force by law enforcement agencies and excessive violence," the document says. Sambo joins Baku 2015 European Games Sports Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:06:00 +0500 Sambo has been added to the sports program of the inaugural European Games in Baku.The announcement was made by the Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee.The announcement says: “Sambo is one of the most modern combat sports in the world, and draws on a number of different styles and techniques for inspiration.An explosive mix of judo, jujitsu and wrestling, it has also incorporated many different fighting styles from Europe and Asia and has become popular worldwide.The word ‘Sambo’ is an acronym derived from the Russian phrase Samozashchita Bez Oruzhiya - which translates as ‘self-defense without weapon’.It was developed originally by the Soviet Army in the 1920s to train soldiers in hand-to-hand combat, and has been influenced by a variety of holds from several national single combat styles.Today, it continues to develop and grow in popularity throughout the world with federations on all five continents.”Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of Baku 2015, said: “We are delighted to formally announce that Sambo will be included in the sports programme at Baku 2015 and increase the number of innovative new sports we will have on display at next year’s inaugural Games. The opportunity to include such a highly popular sport here in Azerbaijan will further increase the excitement about the event and potentially leave the European Olympic Committees with the legacy of including popular local sports within future sport programs.”Sambo’s inclusion now means a total of 20 sports will feature at Baku 2015, with 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports on display.Meanwhile, Wrestling will also be boosted at Baku 2015 next summer by the inclusion of six more weight categories.An additional 80 quota places have been granted to the sport and will be filled by the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA).In total, more than 480 wrestlers will now compete at Baku 2015 over six days of action, with 24 gold medals to be won in the men’s and women’s categories at the Heydar Aliyev Arena.Nenad Lalovic, President of FILA, said: “It is wonderful to have increased allocation for our athletes to compete at the first European Games. e are very much looking forward to Europe’s finest wrestlers battling it out for the honor of being recognized as the first ever continental champion.”The inclusion of the two disciplines further demonstrates Baku 2015’s dedication to creating a forward-thinking and innovative approach to hosting the first European Games.Mr Pierce O’Callaghan, Director of Sport at Baku 2015, added: “The fact that so many sports on our program are using Baku 2015 as a crucial event to advance the athletes’ careers shows how the European sport family is fully behind the first European Games. Having expanded the sports program, we are looking forward to high-quality competition in a range of exciting and innovative sports next year and to welcoming the elite athletes of Europe to Baku.”BEGOC can also today announce that Street Athletics, featuring High Jump and Pole Vault, will appear as a demonstration sport at next year’s event.Dr CK Wu, President of AIBA, said: “AIBA’s decision to allocate ranking points at continental Games recognizes that the best boxers in the world are now frequently competing at these events, raising the standard of competition to an extremely high level. I am very excited to see how the European Games contributes to the continued development of boxing in Europe in the future.”/AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev reviewed reconstruction work at office building of Khatai District ... Politics Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0500  President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed the reconstruction work at the office building of the Khatai District Executive Authority in Baku.The application of new methods to the public administration system has widened in the country under orders and instructions of President Ilham Aliyev in the last few years. Important measures are being taken to improve working conditions of public servants. The construction of new office buildings for executive authorities of different districts in the capital, redevelopment of the existing facilities are among top priorities. The construction and repair work at the office building of the Khatai District Executive Authority ensures both the improvement of working conditions of staff and the quality of services offered to people. Redevelopment of this office building is also a strong signal of the government`s attention to the improvement of the public administration system. Built in a modern architectural style, the building gives the district a new appearance.Head of the Khatai District Executive Authority Razim Mammadov informed the head of state of the work done.It was said that constructed in 1979, the building had never been renovated. The total area of the building was expanded from 2,500 to 2,875 square metres. The building is now fitted with the necessary equipment and systems. There is a bust of national leader Heydar Aliyev at the entrance. There is also a photo stand reflecting national leader Heydar Aliyev`s and President Ilham Aliyev`s participation in different events in Khatai District.President Ilham Aliyev reviewed a reception room. It was said that under the head of state`s instructions to create E-government, necessary work was carried out to ensure that citizens can electronically make enquiries and submit their complaints to the executive authority`s E-governance and database system. The system also gives local residents access to the website of the executive authority through the Internet. A 220-seat conference hall is well suited for holding different events. Lighting, sound and other state-of-the-art systems were installed here. All rooms are fitted with necessary equipment and aids.The interior of the building features photos of ancient Baku. There is also a small conference hall and a 50-seat auditorium. Operative control center gives access to information about all buildings and facilities in the district.The head of state reviewed the office building and then a park outside it. Special attention was paid to creating wide green areas in the park, many decorative trees were planted here. The park has all necessary conditions for people`s rest. /AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev reviewed secondary school in Baku after major repair and reconstruction ... Politics Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:01:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed secondary school No. 46 in Nasimi District, Baku after major repair and reconstruction.Purposeful measures are being taken to speed up the socioeconomic development of Baku and its settlements. Under a plan of action featured in the Special State Program, material and technical infrastructure of secondary schools and various educational facilities is being strengthened, state-of-the-art infrastructure is being created in order to improve the quality of education. Secondary schools are revamped to highest standards and supplied with necessary equipment in the capital, its suburbs and indeed the rest of the country ahead of the new academic year. The landscaping work is carried out in the areas of the educational facilities.Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov informed the head of state about the work done. It was noted that the school was built in 1969. The 4-storey facility has 65 classrooms. All classrooms and various departments of the 1560-seat school were repaired and supplied with necessary equipment and teaching aids ahead of the new academic year. Special rooms were created for holding lessons on taxes. Modern ventilation and lighting systems were installed in the school, and landscaping and redevelopment work carried out around the facility.President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the classrooms and departments. /AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev's visit to Fuzuli region - PHOTOS Politics Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:56:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed the Mil-Mughan hydrosystem as part of his visit to Fuzuli.Chairman of the Melioration and Water Management OJSC Ahmad Ahmadzade briefed President Ilham Aliyev on the Mil-Mughan hydrosystem. It was noted that the Mil-Mughan hydrosystem, built at the transboundary section of the Araz River near the city of Horadiz of Fuzuli District under an agreement on cooperation in the technical and economic sphere signed in 1963 between the former USSR and Iran, was put into operation in 1972. The construction of the hydro system was aimed at supplying 200,000hectares of land with irrigation water, including 120,000 hectares in Azerbaijan alone with the joint utilization of the regulated Araz River flow by the Azerbaijani and Iranian sides. In accordance with the agreement, 921 million cubic meters of water were to be taken from the Mil-Mughan hydro system and 1 billion cubic meters were to be released to the river for the protection of environment.It was noted that the length of the water regulating section of the dam is 136 metres. Six dam outlets with the width of 12 meters as well as 4 water intakes with the width of 5 metres and height of 3.5 metres for supplying water in both directions were designed on it. Earthen dams with the length of 1850 meters were built on the Azerbaijani section of the hydro system. The facility has the capacity of transmitting 2,700 cubic meters of water per second during torrents. Water taken from the Mil-Mughan hydro system will be released to the Upper-Mil, New Khangyzy and other canals through the Main Mil canal, thus supplying water to 120,000 hectares of irrigation lands in Fuzuli, Beylagan, Agjabadi and Imishli districts. Melioration and Water Management OJSC continued the construction of the Upper Mil canal taking water from the Main Mil canal, and an 11km section was put into operation in 2012. It allowed creating pilot grain growing farms on an area of 4,800 hectares of the Agjabadi and Beylagan districs. Another section of the canal with the length of 5 km was built last year to develop grain-growing industry with the pump station fabricated on it in Fuzuli District. It allowed supplying irrigation water to the land parcels with the total area of 4,000 hectares. Continuing construction of the canal will help provide about 20,000 hectares of land with water including 7,637 hectares in Agjabadi District. Additionally, 1,725 hectares of lands will be supplied with irrigation water this year through the second pump station built at the Upper Mil Canal.President Ilham Aliyev was also informed about water supply of irrigation lands in Fuzuli and Beylagan districts. It was noted that there are 31,305 hectares of irrigation lands in Fuzuli District. Melioration actions were put in place on 6,300 hectares of land. Water supply of irrigation lands is carried out through 1,378 km of irrigation canals, 87 subartesian wells and 56 pump stations. The collector-drainage network is 259 km long. Lands allocated for the IDP families in Gayidish and Orengala settlements of the region were provided with irrigation water. Last year saw the commissioning of 10 subartesian wells, including 7 in accordance with the respective executive order of the head of state. The drilling of 12 subartesian wells will be completed this year. Beylagan District has 50,497 hectares of irrigation lands currently. Melioration actions were put in place on 36,548 hectares. Water supply of irrigation lands is carried out through 1,268 km of irrigation canals, 88 subartesian wells and 7 pump stations. The length of the collector-drainage network makes up 1,277 km. Last year saw the drilling of 4 and this year 6 subartesian wells. ***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed a new office building of the Fuzuli District Executive Authority in the city of Horadiz.A bust of national leader Heydar Aliyev was installed in the lobby of the building. There are photo stands describing the multifaceted activities of the national leader and President Ilham Aliyev aimed at the progress of our country. The photos reflecting the participation of national leader Heydar Aliyev and President Ilham Aliyev in the events held in Fuzuli in various years cause a great interest.The head of state familiarized himself with the conditions created in the rooms. All rooms are equipped in accordance with modern requirements. They have all the technical conditions for using modern management techniques. This opens up broad opportunities for better organization of the work of the district executive authority and productive activities of its staff. All conditions were created in the conference hall for ensuring high-level organization of events. Through the operational control room citizens can establish a direct video link with officials of the executive authority regarding problems of concern without coming to the office building. All representative offices of the district executive authority are already connected to the network.The building of the executive authority also gives the district a new appearance. In the territory where the building is located, major landscaping work was carried out and a modern lighting system installed.President Ilham Aliyev gave instructions and recommendations on provision of high-quality services to the population.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of the Fuzuli district museum of history and local lore.The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the museum. President Ilham Aliyev was told that the museum, the construction of which was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, included the sections highlighting primitive period, the Bronze Age, the Middle Ages, and modern periods. Built in a unique architectural style, the museum is fitted with all necessary communications and equipment.It was said that the museum was founded in 1981. More than 7,000 exhibits of the museum were taken to the independence museum in Baku during the Karabakh war in 1993. Given the historic importance of numerous exhibits of the Fuzuli district museum of history and local lore, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism opened its branch in the village of Bala Bahmanli in 2006. The branch now houses more than 1,000 exhibits highlighting the ancient history of the Azerbaijani people and different periods of statehood. The museum also features a model of Azykh Cave, household and labor instruments which were used in the primitive epoch. All these exhibits were discovered during archaeological excavations in Fuzuli District. Major part of the exhibits displayed in the bronze and stone age sections were found in ancient burial places. The Middle Ages section features samples of weapons used by our ancestors, and household items. The museum widely highlights ethnographic features of Fuzuli District. This includes exhibits describing the lifestyle of Fuzuli people throughout history. Small models of a forge, a pottery and a carpet-weaving shop, houses reflect the lifestyle and occupation of people in ancient times. The museum also contains information about outstanding residents of Fuzuli, including those who demonstrated valour and heroism during the Karabakh war. There is a special section called “A spark of victory”, which highlights the life and military achievements of national heroes from Fuzuli, provides information about 22 villages of the district as well as the city of Horadiz which had been liberated from occupation thanks to historic services of national leader Heydar Aliyev. It also provides an insight into repair and reconstruction work in these territories.President Ilham Aliyev viewed 16 musical instruments made by Musa Yagubov from Fuzuli District.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of the Ahmadalilar – Mollamaharramli – Arayatli – Babi inter-village highway as part of his visit to Fuzuli.The road was constructed under the Order of President Ilham Aliyev signed last October. The highway, whose construction was funded from the state budget for 2013 and 2014, is more than 32 km in length. The fourth technical degree road is 8 meters in width. There are 28 aqueducts along the road. The highway links 13 residential areas.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of 227 reconstructed houses and 3 apartment buildings destroyed during the occupation of Horadiz.Much work has been done in recent years to rebuild the city of Horadiz, which was seriously damaged as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and to carry out intensive reconstruction and redevelopment. Reconstruction work is carried out in the city. The opening of 227 houses and 3 apartment buildings is evidence of this work. Such measures also testify to the fact that the policy pursued by the Azerbaijani state under President Ilham Aliyev is centered on the human factor. This is a real result of the activity of the head of state who said: “I will be a president of each Azerbaijani.”These projects are, first of all, aimed at improving social welfare and housing conditions of citizens who live on the frontline. They demonstrate the economic power and potential of Azerbaijan.Under an Order of President Ilham Aliyev to restore 227 houses and 3 apartment buildings burnt and destroyed during the Armenian occupation of Horadiz, the Fuzuli District Executive Authority received funding from the President`s Contingency Fund for 2013. The construction work was carried out at the highest level with modern construction standards taken into account. All utilities were created here.President Ilham Aliyev reviewed one of the houses.The head of state chatted over a tea table with family members of the owner of one of the houses, Vali Shamilov.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of orphanage-kindergarten No. 2 the construction of which was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the city of Horadiz.The head of state cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the kindergarten.All conditions were created in the two-storey building for bringing up and educating children.Four groups were created here, and there are ample opportunities for children`s rest. Taking into consideration that the children will spend half of the day in the kindergarten, the bringing up and education of children were taken as an important factor. Special attention is paid to ensuring intellectual, physical and mental development of children, discovering their talents and abilities, protecting their health and helping them communicate with people. For this purpose modern classrooms fitted with all the necessary equipment and teaching aids were created. Nutrition of the children is in the focus of attention. A drawing room was also established here in order to develop the children`s logical and mental abilities. The area of the kindergarten was landscaped and the green stripes laid out.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed the Flag Square in Horadiz.The head of state was informed that the square, which occupies a total area of 10 hectares, commands a view of the entire city of Horadiz. Green areas were created and landscaping work carried out here. A 287-step stairway leads up to the square. A road linked to the area was laid and a parking lot built here. The flagpole stands at 68 metres and is clearly visible from all adjacent areas. The creation of three recreation corners increases the square`s importance.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a garment factory in Horadiz. The head of state was informed that all conditions were created in the factory. The fact that the factory is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and devices paves the way for the manufacture of high quality products. School and military uniform will be produced at the facility at the initial stage. The products will be aimed at domestic market. The factory will initially have an estimated annual turnover of 2 million manats. The facility has created up to 100 jobs, and special attention will be paid to increasing the number in the near future.All this is a strong signal of the fact that pursued under President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan`s policy to develop the non-oil sector has already yielded tangible results. This also demonstrates that the dependence of Azerbaijan`s economy on oil is gradually lessening and the creation of new production areas makes the country`s economy more powerful.***President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has arrived in Fuzuli District on a visit.The head of state visited a statue of national leader Heydar Aliyev in Horadiz.Head of Fuzuli District Executive Authority Ali Aliyev informed President Ilham Aliyev about the work carried out in the district recently.It was noted that the expansion and reconstruction work in the Heydar Aliyev Park, where the statue of the national leader is located, was successfully completed. The area of the park was expanded to 2.5 hectares. The green areas were laid out and entertainment corners installed to ensure effective organization of people`s rest in the park.The President then met with representatives of the local public in the Heydar Aliyev Center located in the park.On behalf of the local public, Majnun Namazaliyev thanked the head of state for his care and attention to Fuzuli residents.President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the Mil-Mughan hydrosystem in Fuzuli President Ilham Aliyev reviewed a new office building of the Fuzuli District Executive Authority President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the Fuzuli district museum of history and local lore President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the Ahmadal?lar – Mollamaharramli – Arayatl? – Babi inter-village highway in Fuzuli President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of rebuilt houses and apartment buildings destroyed during the occupation of Horadiz President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of orphanage-kindergarten No. 2 in Horadiz m President Ilham Aliyev reviewed the Flag Square in Horadiz President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of a garment factory in Horadiz President Ilham Aliyev visited a statue to national leader Heydar Aliyev in Horadiz /AzerTAc/ President Ilham Aliyev congratulates Ahmet Davutoglu Politics Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:00 +0500 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a telephone call to Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu.The head of state congratulated Ahmet Davutoglu on his appointment as Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and wished him success in his activities.Ahmet Davutoglu expressed gratitude to the Azerbaijani President for his attention and congratulations.During the phone conversation, President Ilham Aliyev and PM Ahmet Davutoglu expressed confidence that friendly and fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey would continue to successfully develop on all fronts./AzerTAc/ Qarabag learns rivals in Europa League group stage Sports Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:35:00 +0500 Azerbaijan`s football champion Qarabag Agdam have learned rivals for the UEFA Europa League group stage.The draw, held in Monaco, placed Qarabag in the Group F with Italian Inter Milan, Ukrainian Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and French Saint-Etienne.The matches will be held on 18 September, 2 and 23 October, 6 and 27 November and 11 December./AzerTAc/ Over 360,000 Russian tourists visit Azerbaijan in H1 Business Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0500 Some 361,000 Russian citizens visited Azerbaijan in the first half of 2014, states the statistics published on the official website of the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia (Rosturizm).The number of tourist trips abroad taken by citizens of Russia in the first half of 2014 decreased by 3 percent to 20,139 million compared to the same period of last year, Rosturizm saysCompared to the same period of last year, the number of Russians visiting Azerbaijan decreased by 13 percent; some 415,000 Russian citizens visited Azerbaijan in the first half of 2013.The number of countries in the first half of 2014 visited by the greatest number of tourists from Russia, comprised: Finland (2,195 million), Turkey (1,794 million) and Ukraine (1,593 million). Azerbaijan held 17th place on this list, according to Rosturizm.During this period, Russia was visited by 347,000 tourists from Azerbaijan.Rosturizm statistics take into account the individual travelers as well as those who go abroad on business trips for a few days./Trend/ “Nagorno-Karabakh: history read through sources” book published in Moscow Politics Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:45:00 +0500 “Nagorno-Karabakh: history read through sources” book narrating on the history of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute by full member of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Ramiz Mehdiyev has been published in Moscow. The book digs into historical sources from the antique period up until present day, causes of the conflict. It clearly indicates to Nagorno-Karabakh’s belonging to the Azerbaijani states throughout the history.The study spans the period since establishment of first states in the South Caucasus and narrates on the history of the region until the present day.The book looks into the real history of the South Caucasus referring to the ancient, medieval sources. It proves that the Armenian ethnos emerged in the present form only in the early 19th century.The author says that the occupation of the Azerbaijani lands in Nagorno-Karabakh reveals the problem of co-existence of the two states – Armenia and Azerbaijan – who live in different social and economic conditions.In conclusion, Ramiz Mehdiyev expresses hope that “the Armenian national elite, as the most educated group of the nation, will take liberty to set not barbarian goals but aims bringing benefit, good, light and hope for the better future of the people since Azerbaijan will never recognize as the interstate border the dividing line, which emerged after the signing of a ceasefire agreement between Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan in 1994”./AzerTAc/ Technology changes our life, what is next? Weird / Interesting Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:42:00 +0500 By AzerNewsThroughout the recent decades, we have been experiencing a dramatic change in the world of technology.IPhone's, Blackberries and laptops are becoming an important part of our daily lives. We are all so dependent on these devices that sometimes we treat them as if it is part of our family.Technology has become a priority for many people. It makes life easier to live on and less time-consuming. Hence, people do not have to do all the hard labor anymore.Although technology has made life more convenient, there is certain amount of drawbacks in which it has damaged the quality of our life. It separates individuals from reality. The IPod is one example; by putting into earbuds and immersing yourself in music while in public, you are disconnecting yourself from the real world.The Internet detracts from the communication abilities of society, especially the young. In formative teen years, lack of personal communication due to excessive Internet usage can have an overall negative effect on mental and physical health. Social networking inflicts damage on children and pushes them into leading isolated, antisocial individuals, while living in a virtual world away from real life.Overuse may ultimately lead to Internet addiction, which negatively affects a child's scholastic performance, relationship with the family and psychological health. Children can also access information that is unsuitable and communicate with people they shouldn't come in contact with.Protecting children should be a parent's primary concern and they must talk to their kids about Internet safety and spend more time with them. In turn, children should attend sporting sections, various educational courses, theatres etc. Otherwise, they will degrade if spending almost all day near laptops and other devices.Technology hinders personal communication. Nowadays, people are starting to become emotionally attached to technological devices. It is becoming very difficult to spend a few hours, or even minutes without the usage of computers, mobile phones etc.Some experts believe that Internet users will lose the savvy, patience to conduct social relations in the corporeal world. They stress a serious concern involving proliferation of inappropriate content, such as violence, bias, hate speech, profanity and pornography. The Internet gives people an easy way to find unnecessary information.These sorts of desperations changed people's social lives. Networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. appear as ineffective way to communicate with people, simply because conversations are very vague.As a reminder, Twitter has 271 million monthly active users, 78 percent of Twitter active users are on mobile. As of the first quarter 2014, social network Facebook had 1.28 billion monthly active users and 654 million people use Facebook on mobile on a daily basis. That being said, people cannot imagine their lives without technology. It seems that human beings will become too computerized one day.Society must be able to utilize technology while not allowing it to impede social interactions, particularly for those who are easily influenced.Online communication is now in fashion, putting a thick wall between you and reality. Modern technologies could replace live talking with texting to your friends. What is the next to change our life? Online copyright protection system starts in Azerbaijan Business Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:15:00 +0500 Work on the launch of online copyright protection system in Azerbaijan is in its final stage, the Copyright Agency of Azerbaijan told Trend Aug. 27."The matter rests in an application of digital monitoring and licensing," the agency said. "Online copyright protection is quite a complicated process, and work on this project are being conducted intensively and will be completed in the near future," the agency added.Center for intellectual property rights will deal with the copyright protection online, and regulation will be provided by law and governance arrangements in this area.According to the source, Azerbaijan prefers using one of the online copyrighting methods, which is paying a certain fee to the author for using content or resources (in full, or partially). Erdogan's presidential reign starts in Turkey World news Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:10:00 +0500 By AzerNewsThe election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey's 12th president will further enhance the strong relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey.Erdogan officially took the office after a swearing in ceremony held in Turkey's Grand National Assembly on August 28, The inauguration ceremony was attended by numerous heads of states and governments, as well as foreign ministers.Prime Minister Artur Rasizade represented Azerbaijan at the event."The two countries have deep historical, cultural and economic relations and share common values," Erdogan believes. He is scheduled to pay his first official visit in this top position to Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan is one of the most important countries for Turkey and the two countries have repeatedly stated their readiness to deepen friendly and fraternal ties. The forthcoming visit will reassert this aspiration.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was the first head of state to congratulate Erdogan on his victory in the presidential election,Erdogan took a decisive victory at the recent Turkish presidential race on August 10 with 51.8 percent of the vote.Turkey was the first country 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.Turkey remains as one of the main supporters of Azerbaijan in the international arena and always gave its support in issues of great importance to Baku acting under the slogan "one nation two states"Azerbaijani-Turkish relations are items of top importance on Erdogan's political agenda.Turkey holds a decisive position in favor of Azerbaijan in the long-lasting Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which appeared as a result of Armenia's territorial claims towards its South Caucasus neighbor. Turkey severed diplomatic ties with Yerevan and closed its border with Armenia following Armenia's invasion of Azerbaijan's territory.Turkey sets Armenia's withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan as a precondition for restoring diplomatic relations.The two countries enjoy fruitful economic cooperation, which have dramatically boosted in the recent years with realization of major regional projects.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.Also, Azerbaijani companies have actively taken part in various projects in different parts of Turkey. 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 Azerbaijan-Turkey relations have always been strong due to a common culture and history and the mutual intelligibility of Turkish and Azerbaijani languages.Azerbaijan and Turkey are the two countries that play a role of locomotive in the Turkish world and have its word in the international arena. Ancient articles found in Sheki Society Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:08:00 +0500 By AzerNewsSheki is one of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan. It was one of the biggest towns in the Caucasian Albania in the 1st century. The name of a north-western Albanian province comprising 11 districts was Sheki.It is mentioned as "Sheke", "Shaka", "Shakki" and others in a number of medieval sources. There are many surviving histo­rical and cultural monuments attributed to that period. In general, this region is rich in historical monuments attributed to the Caucasian Albania.As a result of recent archeological excavations carried out in Yonjali, located in Fazil village in Sheki, a great number of ancient articles were found, including granary and kitchen items, brown ware of Scythians and Sakas, animal horns and sword with brass knifes, relating to the middle of I millennium BC.Interestingly enough, patterns can be noticed on some articles and they relate to the middle of the first millennium BC. The necropolis was also found there and it is related to that period as well.The Head of the Archeological Expedition Gah-Oguz under the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, Nasib Mukhatarov, said that the finds discovered in Yonjali link middle period of Khojaly-Gadabay culture with antique period of Caucasus Albania.There are many interesting historical monuments in Sheki. To the north of the city, there are the ruins of the once impregnable fortress "Gelersan-gerarsan" ("Come and see") dated by the 15-18 centuries. There were many caravanserais in Sheki. Two of them are still here today: the Upper and the Lower Caravanserais, both built in the 18th century. Not to mention the Albanian temple in the village of Kish (1-2 centuries), where the famous Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl has repeatedly researched.One of the main tourist attractions of the world is the Palace of Sheki Khans, erected in the 18th century.