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Baku, August 27, AZERTAC

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in Carlo Ancelotti’s first league match in charge as Bayern Munich thrashed Werder Bremen in the opening game of the Bundesliga season, according to BBC.

The champions went ahead through a stunning Xabi Alonso volley before Lewandowski struck twice.

Captain Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribery also netted, and Lewandowski converted a penalty after Thiago was fouled.

Thomas Muller assisted with three of the six goals at the Allianz Arena.

Defender Mats Hummels, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, played the full 90 minutes, while 19-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches, a £27.5m signing from Benfica, was an unused substitute.

Ancelotti, who took charge following Pep Guardiola’s summer departure for Manchester City, won the German Super Cup this month.

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Baku, August 27, AZERTAC

Research published in Nature Communications, and supported through the Australian Antarctic Program, has used elephant seals to demonstrate that fresh water from Antarctic’s melting ice shelves slows the processes responsible for the formation of deep-water ocean currents that regulate global temperatures, according to antarctica.gov.au.

The research paper, led by Dr Guy Williams from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, said the findings were significant for the global climate.

“Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are like a beating heart, producing deep and powerful currents of cold water that drive global ocean mixing and regulate atmospheric temperatures,” Dr Williams said.

“These currents begin with intense sea ice formation around the Antarctic continent in winter, which creates cold, salty and dense water that sinks and flows away from the continent in large volumes.

“If this production of Antarctic bottom water weakens, it leads to changes in global ocean circulation patterns that can, in turn, lead to changes in the global climate.”

In 2011, researchers discovered a fourth source of Antarctic bottom water off Cape Darnley in East Antarctica. The latest research includes an additional two years of data and shows that Prydz Bay makes a secondary contribution to Cape Darnley Bottom Water.

An additional two years of data from the biotagged seals provided comprehensive spatial and seasonal oceanographic coverage of the region.

“However we found that the contribution from Prydz Bay is less salty and dense due to the influence of fresh water by nearby ice shelves,” Dr Williams said.

“We can easily imagine that the production of these global ocean currents will slow as the rate of ice shelf melting all around Antarctica continues to increase.”

As part of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) elephant seals carried small oceanographic instruments on their heads while foraging to depths up to 1800m.

When the seals surface, their sensors relay information back to land via satellite, and the near real-time data is made available via the Global Telecommunication System of the World Meteorological Organization for immediate use. IMOS also makes the data available via their data portal. The oceanographic data collected by the seals is also used for ecological research into their behaviour and aids in conservation

“This study would have been virtually impossible without help from the seals, who can gather oceanographic data from areas that tend to be very difficult to access in research ships,” Dr Williams said.

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Baku, August 27, AZERTAC

Queensland teenager Lachlan Smart has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single aircraft, according to The Guardian.

He touched down on the Sunshine Coast at Maroochydore on Saturday, having departed the same airstrip on July 4.

Smart, who is 18 years, seven months and 21 days, stopped in 24 locations and 15 countries on his way to taking the Guinness world record from American Matt Guthmiller, who completed his circumnavigation when he was 19 years, seven months and 15 days.

Smart started his last leg from Bundaberg, where he had completed much of his flight training since the dream of taking on the record breaking flight began two-and-a-half years ago.

Smart was considerably less complimentary about Indonesia’s traffic control, however, saying he would have been scraped off the side of an Indonesian mountain had he obeyed local traffic controllers.

The Sunshine Coast teenager said he ignored regional traffic controllers in Indonesia and chose his own route as he navigated the country because of misguided instructions. He said poor radio reception and a “blase’” attitude was also an issue passing through the south-east Asian country.

Smart travelled more than 24,000 nautical miles (44,000km) on his epic journey, which included more than a week’s break visiting family and sightseeing in London.

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Baku, August 27, AZERTAC

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a project for the construction of the future Ionian-Adriatic gas pipeline (IAP) with Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. According to aboutcroatia.net, the signing ceremony was held as part of the Dubrovnik Forum.

After the ceremony, Croatia’s Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said that the future pipeline would provide gas supplies for southeastern Europe.

“We have defined our joint initiative for the development of the Adriatic-Ionian gas pipeline as a route that will make sure that these markets are provided with gas. We hope that this route will be a connection between the north and the south and that this may pave the way for a full liberalisation of the gas supplies market in Europe,” the Croatian minister added.

Montenegrin Economy Minister Vladimir Kavaric said that the signatories to the agreement were partners rather than competitors in the implementation of this important project.

In 2007, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania signed a declaration on the IAP, which is supposed to be connected to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). The 870-kilometre-long TAP should transport gas from Shah Deniz II, Azerbaijan, via Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, to Italy.

The length of the IAP gas pipeline from Split, Croatia to Fier, Albania is 516 kilometres, and the capacity of this pipeline is set at five billion cubic metres annually.

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Fitch Ratings has affirmed Azerbaijan’s Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at ‘BB+’. The issue rating on Azerbaijan’s senior unsecured Foreign-Currency bond has also been affirmed at ‘BB+’. The Country Ceiling has been af…

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“An Armenian drone has been taken down,” Azerbaijans defense ministry said in a statement.”The Armenian drone was shot down as it attempted to violate the air space in the direction of Nakchivan Autonomous Republic and fly over the positions of the Aze…

admin August 26, 2016

Minsk, August 26, AZERTAC

A meeting of the Coordinating Council of Prosecutors General of CIS member states will be held in Minsk on September 6, prosecutor general of Belarus Alexander Konyuk told media. “The meeting will feature discussions on the payment of foreign debts. Russia and Kazakhstan are our main partners, and most of the contractors of our business are in these countries,” said Konyuk.

Zeinal Aghazade

Special Correspondent