Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved Japan’s House of Representatives on Thursday, calling a general election in a bid to maintain his hold on power, while opposition parties rallied together in a major reorganization aimed at giving the administration a challenge at the polls, according to Kyodo.Abe dissolved the lower house and set an Oct. 22 election as soon as it convened at noon for an extraordinary session, without making a policy speech and without a plan to hold a press conference afterward.The timing of the election, official campaigning for which will start on Oct. 10, suggests the premier’s primary goal is to take advantage of perceived weakness and lack of preparation in the opposition.The main opposition Democratic Party has recently been in disarray, while a new party with charismatic Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike at the helm was established just this week.
IV ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival was held in Baku on September 3-7, 2021. Over 200 animated films from 40 countries were screened for children and adults during 5 days. This year the festival's theme was dedicated to people with disabilities. The festival featured a reach educational program, including Masud Panahi’s masterclass for animation students, Nancy Danny-Phelps and Nick Phelps’ seminar for composers and sound engineers; and Olivier Catherine’s workshop for film producers. The jury of IV ANIMAFILM Festival included Masud Panahi, Irada Baghirzade (Azerbaijan), Olivier Catherine (France), Nancy Danny-Phelps and Nick Phelps (Belgium), Mariam Kandelaki (Georgia), Piotr Kardas (Poland), Mehdi Khorushy and Maryam Rouhbakhsh (Iran). The head of the Jury was Nancy Danny-Phelps. Traditionally, the Children's Jury selected two winners in the categories of Best Short Animated Film for Children and Best Short Animated Film Made by Children after participating in an educational and entertaining program during the festival. The winners were announced at the closing ceremony of the ANIMAFILM festival on September 7. Director of photography Ramiz Aghayev was awarded the Golden Boat Award for his contribution to the Azerbaijani animation. The winners of International Competition Best Feature Animated Film - GRAND PRIX - The Knight and the Princess, directors Bashir Eldik and Ibrahim Musa, Saudi Arabia, Egypt. Best Short Animated Film - GRAND PRIX - Kitchen by Measure, directors Sólrún Ylfa Ingimarsdóttir and Atli Arnarsson, Iceland. Best Screenplay for a Short Animated Film - GRAND PRIX - Weird Witches and Fall, author Lana Ra, Ukraine. Best Short Animated Film Made for Children - Emsahar, director Hassan Al-Jahni, Qatar. Best Short Animated Film Made by Children - Monster, director Koosha Yusefi, Iran. Best Short Experimental or Abstract Animated Film - Rites of Spring, director Yiorgos Tsangaris, Cyprus. Best Short Student Animated Film - Three Jumps to Happiness, director Artur Hanaj. Poland. Best Animated TV series - Mitch-Match, director Géza M. Tóth, Hungary. Best Animated Music Video - Agapito, directors Rafael Vidal Altabert and Julián Gómez Caballero, Spain. The winners of Local Competition Best Azerbaijani Short Animated Film - Skullcap, director Frangiz Gurbanova. Azerbaijan. Best Azerbaijani Screenplay for a Short Animated Film - Small Red Ball, author Gunel Eminli. Azerbaijan. Special mention awards of the International Jury Head of the Jury Nancy Denney-Phelps’ award - Swipe, director Arafat Mazhar, Pakistan. Jury member Nik Phelps’ award - Navozande, the Musician, director Reza Riahi, France. Jury member Masud Pənachi’s award - Moan, director Ruslan Kerimov, Azerbaijan. Jury member Olivier Catherin’s award - The Red Pen, director Raffaele Gabrielli, United Kingdom. Jury member Piotr Kardas’ award - Sisters, director Andrea Szelesová, Czech Republic. Jury member Maryam Kandelaki’s award - Nothing is Here, director Kaiyun Yang, Taiwan. Jury member Mehdi Khorushy’s and Maryam Rouhbakhsh’s award – Tio, director Juan Medina, Mexico. Thank you! The organiser of the festival, PERI FILM LLC, would like to thank all the partners and friends who supported the IV ANIMAFILM Festival, especially the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Union of Film-makers, Creative Azerbaijan Portal, Embassy of France in Azerbaijan, French Institute in Azerbaijan, Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Salaam Cinema, Hadigro company, MR Chemical LLC, US-Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association, Embassy of the Czech Republic to Azerbaijan, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Baku, Ritual Mobil Theater Labaratory platform, Seni company, Promo Plus company and Kekalove Adaptive Fashion company.xeber100.com
President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo of a promised Democratic effort to scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia, according to Bloomberg.The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Thursday that Cohen will appear before that panel Feb. 7, a little more than a month after the Democrats took the House majority.The hearing marks the latest step in Cohen's transformation from a trusted legal adviser to the president to a public antagonist who has cooperated extensively against him. Although Democrats say the questioning will be limited to avoid interfering with open investigations, the hearing is still likely to pull back the curtain on key episodes involving Trump's personal life and business dealings, including hush-money payments to women.Cohen has pleaded guilty in both investigations and was sentenced last month to three years in prison. An adviser to Cohen, Lanny Davis, said shortly after he was sentenced that the former political fixer wanted to testify and "state publicly all he knows."In a statement released on Thursday, Cohen said he had accepted the invitation "in furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers."Trump has denied wrongdoing and sought to minimize Cohen's statements by painting him as a liar. Asked by reporters in Texas on Thursday about Cohen's appearance, Trump said he's "not worried about it at all."
Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said Wednesday it is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators as part of a multi-year industry recall campaign announced in 2016, according to Reuters.Automakers are adding about 10 million vehicle inflators in the United States to what was already the largest-ever recall campaign in history. Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators. Previously, 37 million U.S. vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.At least 23 deaths worldwide have been linked to the rupturing of faulty Takata air bag inflators, including 15 in the United States.Toyota's new recall relates to vehicles from the 2010 through 2015 model years, and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co (7267.T) vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017. In April, auto components maker Key Safety Systems completed a $1.6 billion deal to acquire Takata. The merged company, known as Joyson Safety Systems, is a subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp (600699.SS).Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 28 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement."The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages, including Aygeovit in Ijevan district, Chinari in Berd district and unnamed hills," the ministry said."The Azerbaijani army`s positions also came under fire from the Armenia-occupied districts of Azerbaijan including, Yarimja village in Tartar, Javahirli, Garagashli, Novruzlu, Yusifjanli villages in Aghdam, Garvand, Gorgan villages in Fuzuli, as well as unnamed hills in Goranboy and Tartar districts," the ministry added.
On London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) cost of the Brent crude oil decreased $0.07 to trade at $61.61, while the price of Light crude at the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) rose $0.03 to stand at $52.62 on world markets.
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) said it has chosen Jerusalem as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2019, Anadolu Agency reports.Speaking at a press conference in Morocco's capital Rabat on ISESCO’s declaration of 2019 as the Year of Heritage in the Islamic World, Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri said the organization has launched a comprehensive program to boost Islamic and international support for the preservation of cultural heritage in Jerusalem.He also urged the relevant authorities in the member states of the organization to support the initiative by organizing projects and cultural programs to increase the awareness about the heritage.Altwaijri proposed to declare other 2019 cultural capitals as brother cities to Jerusalem and urged each of these countries to allocate a week on Jerusalem within the framework of cultural capital programs.
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire from large-calibre machine guns 27 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement."The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages and unnamed hills in Noyemberyan, Ijevan district," the ministry said."The army`s positions also came under fire from the Armenia-occupied districts of Azerbaijan including, Shiklar, Kangarli, Sarijali, villages in Aghdam, Ashagi Veysalli, Gobu Dilagharda, Garvand villages in Fuzuli, Nuzgar village in Jabrayil, as well as unnamed hills in Goranboy, Tartar and Khojavand districts," the ministry added.
On London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) cost of the Brent crude oil decreased $0.19 to trade at $50.28, while the price of Light crude at the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) increased $0.13 to stand at $42.66 on world markets.
OPEC and the Joint Monitoring Committee of the OPEC + Ministerial Meeting (JMMC) will present “The 2018 OPEC World Oil Outlook (WOO)” at a press conference to be held in Algeria on September 23, according to the opec.org website.Algeria`s Minister of Energy, Mustapha Guitouni and OPEC`s Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, will provide opening remarks to the WOO launch. The Secretary General and senior members of OPEC management will then present the key messages from the publication, which provides an in-depth review and analysis of the global oil industry, and offers a thorough assessment of various sensitivity cases related to supply and demand trends in the medium- and long-term.For the first time, a Smart APP for the WOO will be made available, which will give increased access to the publication's vital analysis and energy data. And for the fourth year in a row, a comprehensive interactive version of the WOO will also be made available. More details on these will be provided when the publication is launched.First published in 2007, the WOO is one of OPEC’s flagship annual publications, providing expert analysis of the many challenges and opportunities facing the global oil industry. It serves as an important reference tool, providing insights into the upstream and downstream, as well as issues related to costs, investments, and the potential impact of policies and new technologies.
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire from large-caliber machine guns 92 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement."The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages including Dovekh, Shavarshavan, Voskevan in Noyemberyan district, Aygeovit in Ijevan district, Chinari in Berd district and unnamed hills in Krasnoselsk district," the ministry said."The army`s positions also came under fire from the Armenia-occupied districts of Azerbaijan, including Namirli, Taghibayli, Yusifjanli villages in Aghdam, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand, Ashagi Veysalli, Gobu Dilagharda, Garakhanbayli, Gorgan, Horadiz villages in Fuzuli, Nuzgar villages in Jabrayil, as well as unnamed hills in Goranboy, Tartar, Khojavand and Jabrayil districts," the ministry added.
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire from large-caliber machine guns 95 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement."The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages, including Dovekh village and unnamed hills, Aygeovit village in Ijevan district and Chinari village in Berd district," the ministry said."The army`s positions also came under fire from the Armenia-occupied districts of Azerbaijan, including Yarimja village in Tartar, Namirli, Bash Garvand, Sarijali, Novruzlu, Yusifjanli, Marzili villages in Aghdam, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand, Ashagi Veysalli, Garvand, Garakhanli, Gorgan, Kurdlar villages in Fuzuli, Nuzgar village in Jabrayil, as well as unnamed hills in Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavand and Fuzuli districts," the ministry added.
Milli Majlis is holding a special session to mark the 100th anniversary of the 31 March – the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.Parliamentarians will adopt a draft resolution and also appeal to the world community in connection with the March genocide.
Price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $0.83 to trade at $70.03.On London ICE (Intercontinental Exchange Futures) cost of the Brent crude oil increased $0.58 to trade at $71.61 while the price of the Light crude oil at the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) rose $0.53 to stand at $66.84.
The works on the first phase of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) to Eskisehir in Turkey were completed by 99%. The announcement was made during the general meeting of TANAP Board of Directors in Ankara, said a message from Azerbaijan`s State Oil Company SOCAR.During the meeting, the Board members were informed about the works done on the first phase of TANAP.“About 80% of works up to Europe were completed. In general, TANAP was completed by over 93%. Currently, all the work is carried out in accordance with the schedule with high accuracy and quality,” said the message.“Starting the second half of the current year, TANAP will transport 6 bcm of gas to Turkey as planned. All sides must fulfil their duties for completion of project timely”, said SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev in his speech.TANAP project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijan`s Shah Deniz field to the western borders of Turkey. The gas will be delivered to Turkey in 2018 and after completion of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline`s construction the gas will be delivered to Europe in early 2020.The length of TANAP is 1,850 kilometers with an initial capacity of 16 billion cubic meters of gas. Around six billion cubic meters of this gas is meant to be delivered to Turkey, with the remaining volume to be supplied to Europe.
“Genocide-100” exhibition will be held in Baku to commemorate the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis on March 29.The six-day exhibition will be co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Azerbaijan State Art Gallery.It will feature selected works from Azerbaijan State Art Gallery and personal collections of artists.
An unknown gunman has reportedly injured four people on Saturday evening at a basketball court in Chester, Pennsylvania, US, according to RT.The attacker opened fire from an elevated position at a 'good distance' from the court, the local branch of CBS reports, citing police. Assault rifle and handgun rounds were found at the spot where the shots were fired from. Police are currently looking for the shooter.
Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry has said the Armenian armed forces continue to violate the ceasefire regime. "The Azerbaijani armed forces came under fire 132 times throughout the day," the ministry said in a statement."The Azerbaijani army`s positions came under fire from Armenian villages, including Shavarshavan in Noyemberyan district, Paravakar and unnamed hills in Ijevan, Mosesgekh, Chinari and Aygedzor in Berd district, and unnamed hills in Krasnoselsk districts," the ministry said."The army`s positions also came under fire from the Armenia-occupied districts of Azerbaijan, including Goyarkh, Chilaburt villages in Tartar, Taghibayli, Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Javahirli, Abdinli, Garagashli, Ajarli, Yusifjanli and Marzili villages in Aghdam, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand, Ashaghi Veysalli, Gobu Dilagharda, Garvand, Garakhanbayli, Gorgan and Kurdlar villages in Fuzuli, Mehdili village in Jabrayil, as well as unnamed hills in Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavand and Fuzuli," the ministry added.
Slovenian President Borut Pahor has won his second five-year mandate by a wide margin as he secured about 56.2 percent of the vote, beating his closest opponent by more than 23 percent, TV Slovenia reported, citing exit poll results, according to RT.Pahor’s closest rival, the mayor of the city of Kamnik, Marjan Sarec, gained 22.5 percent in the presidential elections, in which a total of nine candidates took part.
On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange), the cost of the US Light crude oil increased $ 0.26 to stand at $52.10. The price of Brent crude rose $0.14 to trade at $57.89 at the London ICE (Intercontinental Exchange Futures).
Five people died and four remain missing in the city of Ankang in northwest China's Shaanxi Province after heavy rain hit the city starting Tuesday, local authorities said Thursday, according to Xinhua.Around 150,000 people suffered losses, and the local government has evacuated more than 27,000 residents, according to the city's flood control headquarters.The rain also damaged at least 2,000 houses and more than 12,000 hectares of crops. The direct economic losses surpassed 540 million yuan (around 81 million U.S. dollars), it said.On Thursday, the provincial weather bureau has lifted a blue alert for heavy rain, but warned the city to take precautions against geological disasters including floods and mudslides.China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
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