Archive for October, 2011

Eurostat: Bulgaria’s Sept Unemployment above EU Average

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Unemployment in Bulgaria has reached 11.9% in September, according to data by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In August, it had been 11….

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Bulgarian Prosecutor Drops High-Profile ‘Impudent’ Case over Blunder

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Bulgarian Prosecutor, Biser Kirilov, withdrew Monday from the high-profile criminal case against the so-called “The Impudent” gang.

The reason for the withdrawal, announced during the session of the Sofia City Court, is the fact Kirilov exceeded his authority by making an inspection of the house of a witness, Ivan Velev, without notifying the magistrates.

The high-profile criminal case followed a special police operation entitled “The Impudent”, cracking down on the alleged gang which has terrorized Bulgaria by kidnapping important businessmen and/or their relatives….

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Rock Band Lead Singer to Set Up Civic Movement after Failed Bid for Bulgarian Presidency

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Svetoslav Vitkov, lead singer of Bulgarian punk/rock band Hipodil, has said he plans to set up a civic movement.

After presidential candidate Vitkov and his running mate Ventsislav Mitsov ranked 8th among 18 tickets at the October 23 elections, the rock star said that this was only the beginning and that he would start to participate more actively in social and political life in the country.

Vitkov-Mitsov were supported by a total of 54 125 voters at the first round of Bulgaria’s “2 in 1″ presidential and local elections.

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Postponement of Dutch PM’s Visit Has Nothing to Do with Schengen – Bulgaria

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Bulgarian visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, initially scheduled for Monday, has been postponed but not canceled, the Bulgarian foreign Ministry has informed.

Rutte’s visit has been postponed due to the Bulgarian cabinet’s “difficult debate” on the country’s draft budget for 2012, Vesela Cherneva, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, has reiterated, as cited by the local BGNES news agency.

Cherneva pointed out that the postponement has nothing to do with the Netherlands’ formal veto on the Balkan state’s Schengen accession bid….

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Bulgarian President-Elect Takes Ex Ministry Team to New Office

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Bulgaria’s President-elect, Rosen Plevneliev, announced he would take to the presidential office some key players from his ministerial cabinet.

Pevneliev, the candidate of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party (GERB), and former Regional Minister in the GERB cabinet, won the Sunday presidential runoff with 52.5% of the votes.

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Bulgaria’s President-elect Takes Ex Ministry Team to New Office

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Bulgaria’s President-elect, Rosen Plevneliev, announced he would take to the presidential office some key players from his ministerial cabinet.

Pevneliev, the candidate of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party (GERB), and former Regional Minister in the GERB cabinet, won the Sunday presidential runoff with 52.5% of the votes.

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Bulgarian Village to Hold New Mayoral Vote after Rivals Get Equal Score at Runoff

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Residents of the southwestern Bulgarian village of Koprivlen will have to go to the polls for a third time after both mayoral candidates received an equal number of votes, 486, at the October 30 runoff.

The date for the new round of voting is to be set by the end of 2011, private TV channel bTV reported on Monday.

“This was not a victory for me or my opponent, this was a loss for the village,” said Ivan Dinchev, independent candidate for mayor of Koprivlen.

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Academic Inventions Generate More Income than Government Ones

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Universities and federal laboratories often license their inventions to industry as a way to commercialize those technical advances. Which generate higher royalties?

Recently released data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) indicates that the average university invention brought in significantly more in licensing income than the average invention from a federal laboratory in 2009, the latest year for which data are available.

The chart below indicates that the average license made by an academic institution earned nearly three times the income of the average license made by a federal government laboratory, $99,385 versus $36,512.

Of course a simple comparison like this doesn’t tell us why university inventions generate more royalties. Perhaps the average university invention has been licensed for longer, allowing it to generate more income. Maybe universities license more of their inventions to companies in industries that pay higher royalties. Perhaps university technology licensing officers drive better bargains than their counterparts in federal labs. Maybe the terms of university technology licensing agreements are different from those of federal labs.

I would not be surprised if all of these factors account for some of the difference in royalties earned by university and federal laboratory inventions. But I’m curious if readers know of others.

From Small Business Trends

Academic Inventions Generate More Income than Government Ones

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Bulgarian Beauty in US Crowned Ms. Maryland Teen

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Stephanie Chervenkova, 17, had been crowned Ms. Maryland Teen, her father Stephan Chervenkov had informed.

Stephanie had won the title in a competition with 800 other girls of whom 80 reached the finals.

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Sofia Overwhelmingly Backed Ruling GERB President Bid

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The candidate of the ruling GERB party, Rosen Plevneliev, and his running mate, Justice Minister from the GERB cabinet, Margarita Popova, have received 61% of the vote in the capital Sofia.

The data was reported by the Sofia Municipal Electoral Commission (OIC) after 100% of the voting polls protocols were processed overnight.

The total number of ballots, cast in the capital’s 1 456 voting polls, for the presidential runoff Sunday was 454 750….

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