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A somewhat garbled email announcing the “new state of the Kingdom of Hawaii” arrived in mailboxes from the State Capitol to the Azerbaijan mission at the United Nations yesterday. A friend at UH received a copy and forwarded ...
A somewhat garbled email announcing the “new state of the Kingdom of Hawaii” arrived in mailboxes from the State Capitol to the Azerbaijan mission at the United Nations yesterday. A friend at UH received a copy and forwarded it on to me. From: King Jahwe Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM Subject: NEW […]
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Winger Niall McGinn is a slight injury doubt for Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.
Winger Niall McGinn is a slight injury doubt for Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.
about 7 hours ago
Polls opened at 0300 GMT on Wednesday in the presidential race dominated by incumbent Ilham Aliyev, whose low-key campaign for a third term reflected his confidence that he will roll over the main opposition challenger and eight fringe c...
Polls opened at 0300 GMT on Wednesday in the presidential race dominated by incumbent Ilham Aliyev, whose low-key campaign for a third term reflected his confidence that he will roll over the main opposition challenger and eight fringe candidates.
about 12 hours ago
The people of oil-rich Azerbaijan are voting in an election in which the incumbent President, Ilham Aliyev is expected to win a third term.
The people of oil-rich Azerbaijan are voting in an election in which the incumbent President, Ilham Aliyev is expected to win a third term.
about 15 hours ago
Road? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. – Dr. Emmett Brown. Here’s a look back at the maker world and beyond! 1914 – Explorer Makes First Trip, Leaves Mother’s Womb Thor Heyerdahl, anthropologist, na...
Road? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. – Dr. Emmett Brown. Here’s a look back at the maker world and beyond! 1914 – Explorer Makes First Trip, Leaves Mother’s Womb Thor Heyerdahl, anthropologist, naturalist and adventurer was born was born 99 years ago this week, making his first of many explorations when he clamored out of his mother’s womb. He became famous in 1947 when he crossed the South Pacific aboard the Kon-tiki, setting out to prove that Easter Islanders and Polynesians were able to cross the ocean on small raft-boats that may have originated from South America. Further explorations later in life led him to Egypt, Azerbaijan, the Canary Islands and Turkey (among many other places). 1847 – Woman Discovers Comet, Shocks Public On October 1, 1847, Maria Mitchell became the first American woman to discover a comet from her observatory in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Known at the time as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” (the modern designation is C/1847 T1), her observation earned her a gold medal from King Frederick VI of Denmark, a spot as the first female member in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her Quaker upbringing had granted her an education, and it later made her an outspoken abolitionist who refused to wear cotton, and was an early supporter of the suffragist movement, cofounding the American Association for the Advancement of Women with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 1847 – Charles Cros The Man Who Almost Invented Charles Cros, an often forgotten inventor (since he’s not credited for much), contributed many important elements that led to the invention of, among other things, recorded sound/the phonograph, color photography and improvements in the telegraph. He was a well-regarded poet and writer, and astronomer. Later in life, he also attempted to convince the French government to build a giant mirror to communicate with what he believed was life on Venus and Mars from the spots of light he could see from his night observations. The mirror was never built, but he died believing that life on other planets must exist, a thoroughly radical idea at the time.
about 24 hours ago
The European Chess Club Cup is set to take place on 19-27th October at the Rodos Palace Hotel on Rhodes, Greece.The powerful team SOCAR, supported by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, is looking to defend the last year’s title in the ...
The European Chess Club Cup is set to take place on 19-27th October at the Rodos Palace Hotel on Rhodes, Greece.The powerful team SOCAR, supported by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, is looking to defend the last year’s title in the competition of 52 clubs from around Europe.The team captained by Vladimir Tukmakov will feature top international stars GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 ITA, GM Giri Anish 2749 NED, GM Kamsky Gata 2725 USA, GM Wang Hao 2733 CHN, GM Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL, and the best national players GM Radjabov Teimour 2723 AZE, GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 AZE, GM Safarli Eltaj 2651 AZE.The average elo of the players is 2753!SOCAR will be challenged by the strong Russian clubs Malachite, Saint-Petersburg and Ugra, and by the Czech G-Team Novy Bor.Full lineups on the official websiteChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
about 24 hours ago
With his political foes weakened by years of relentless government pressure and bitter infighting, Aliyev is all but certain to roll over the main opposition challenger and eight fringe candidates on Wednesday. Soon after the elder Aliy...
With his political foes weakened by years of relentless government pressure and bitter infighting, Aliyev is all but certain to roll over the main opposition challenger and eight fringe candidates on Wednesday. Soon after the elder Aliyev lost his job in a shakeup of the Communist elite launched by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Azerbaijan plunged into an armed conflict with neighboring Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Aliyev senior fully dominated the political scene, and just a few months before his death secured his son's victory in an October 2003 presidential election that drew Western observer criticism over massive violations and triggered violent clashes between protesters and police. While leaving little breathing space for his domestic foes, Aliyev has expanded energy and security ties with the West, becoming an indispensable regional partner for the United States and the European Union. An oil pipeline backed by the U.S. and the European Union to pump Azerbaijani crude via Georgia to Turkey, bypassing Russia, went into operation in 2005, a pivotal element in a Western strategy to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy resources. Last year, the Azerbaijani security agency arrested dozens of people allegedly hired by Iran to carry out terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israeli embassies as well as Western-linked groups and companies. The opposition's hopes of challenging Aliyev suffered a humiliating setback when election officials refused to register its original candidate on the grounds that he had dual Russian and Azerbaijani citizenship, something explicitly banned by the constitution.
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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog, It takes a lot of courage to go against the crowd. Whether in investing, or acknowledging that your country is heading towards an epic fiscal crisis, it isn’t easy to stand alone&hell...
Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog, It takes a lot of courage to go against the crowd. Whether in investing, or acknowledging that your country is heading towards an epic fiscal crisis, it isn’t easy to stand alone… especially when everyone else is betting the other way. Have you ever noticed, for example, that investors are often only interested in buying some stock or asset when its price is going up? It’s as if a rising stock price is somehow validation that everyone else thinks it’s a good investment too. Of course, these types of situations often make the worst investments. If you buy when everyone else is piling in, you could very well be the last sucker to enter a crowded room before the music stops. The opposite is also true. When an investment has cratered and the price has fallen through the floor, nobody really wants to buy. Realistically, the opposite should be true. And gold is an interesting example of this. After more than a decade of positive returns, many investors have abandoned their precious metals positions. The conventional wisdom says that gold is ‘finished’. After all, the dollar price is falling… so it must be a bad ‘investment’. Others, however, are looking at where gold is right now, where it probably will be a few years from now, and thinking that it’s a hell of a bargain. Azerbaijan’s State Oil Fund (SOFAZ) is in this group. The fund recently announced that they were increasing their gold holdings by 33% over the next year. This is a big move for the $35 billion fund, and they join other sovereign wealth funds from Qatar to China, plus central banks in places like Turkey, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, who are increasing their gold holdings. This is a significant trend that is unfolding. Right now, the United States is in a privileged position because of the dollar’s status as the primary reserve currency. Mr. Bernanke can print trillions of dollars, then export much of that new money overseas. Few other nations would be able to get away with this. In Argentina, for example, the government has engaged in similar wanton monetary inflation. But Argentine pesos are not accepted anywhere else in the world. All of those pesos remain at home… and this has created debilitating inflation bordering on a currency crisis. The US gets to spread its dollars all over the world, thus pushing the negative inflationary effects onto foreign nations. From Sri Lanka to Botswana to Ukraine to Cambodia, I’ve seen it first hand with my own eyes. Foreign nations have long trusted the United States to maintain a sound dollar. But for decades, and especially over the last several years, America has abused this privileged trust. That’s why it’s coming to an end. It’s absurd to think that the rest of the world will just lay down and suffer, indefinitely, so that Americans can keep buying McMansions, flat screen TVs, and cruise missiles. Everywhere you look there are signs of this happening. Russia has recently agreed to sell oil to the Chinese, accepting renminbi as payment. Fortune 500 companies from McDonalds to Morgan Stanley have issued bonds denominated in Chinese renminbi. Even the London Stock Exchange now has a thriving renminbi bond business. The gold story in Azerbaijan is just one more brick in the wall. But it underscores this growing theme of the end of the US dollar’s dominance– one of the most critical trends in the world today.
3 days ago
Andy Little is drafted into the Northern Ireland squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Israel.
Andy Little is drafted into the Northern Ireland squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Israel.
3 days ago
Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan qualified for the next year’s Candidates Tournament after the conclusion of FIDE Grand Prix series in Paris.Mamedyarov finished second in the overall Grand Prix standings with 390 points....
Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan qualified for the next year’s Candidates Tournament after the conclusion of FIDE Grand Prix series in Paris.Mamedyarov finished second in the overall Grand Prix standings with 390 points. Veselin Topalov qualified earlier with 410 points.The Azeri had to wait with celebration until the end of the Paris tournament, as Alexander Grischuk and Fabiano Caruana still had a mathematical chance of passing him on the standings.For this to happen, Grischuk or Caruana would have to be outright winner of the tournament.Grischuk lost his chances earlier in the middle of the competition, but Caruana was fighting until the very end. The Italian star entered the final round on equal points with former World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand.Caruana, who played black against Leinier Dominguez, had to do better than Gelfand who had white against Ruslan Ponomariov.However, Dominguez didn’t have a great ambition to mess up with the standings and he sacrificed a piece early in the game to force the moves repetition. Continuing the play was too risky and Caruana reluctantly agreed to split the point.At that moment the position in the game Gelfand-Ponomariov was still very complicated, but this didn’t last long as the two soon repeated moves.Mamedyarov was in excellent form this summer, clinching the titles in World Rapid Championship, Geneva Masters and Beijing Grand Prix.So far six players have qualified for the Candidates Tournament: Vladimir Kramnik and Dmitry Andreikin from the World Chess Cup 2013, Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from the FIDE Grand Prix, Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin on average rating.The player who loses in the 2013 World Chess Championship Match also qualifies (either Carlsen or Anand). The final spot goes to the player nominated by the Organiser (rated at least 2725 in July 2013).At the present there are two bids for the Candidates Tournament – from Khanty-Mansiysk and Kozloduy.Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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