Archive for December, 2011

Iran Puts Off Wide-Range Missile Launch in Hormuz Strait

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

A high-ranking Iranian Navy official has denied the reports test-launched a wide-range missile during naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz.

Earlier on Saturday, the semi-official Fars news agency in Iran reported the Navy had launched a live missile in a zone of some 2,000 square kilometers in international waters between the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

“A rocket launch will be held in the next few days,” Rear Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi told the Iranian Press TV channel.

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4 More Cars Torched in Bulgaria Overnight

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Four automobiles were set on fire in Bulgaria Friday into Saturday – two in the central town of Nova Zagora and two in the town of Aksakovo, near the Black Sea city of Varna.

The police precinct in the city of Sliven received a call around 8:45 pm Friday that two cars were seen burning on “Tsar Ivan Asen II” street. Police established that both were set on fire by one individual, who remains unknown and at large….

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Bulgarian PM: Environmentalists Are Ranting

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, believes that warnings from environmentalists NGOs that the amendments to the Forestry Act would facilitate the construction of ski tracks in natural parks are “speculations with people’s fears.”

His statement was made during the last meeting of the cabinet for 2011 and can be found in the shorthand notes, along with the approved new texts of the Act, the Bulgarian “Trud” (Labor) daily writes.

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Sailor Crew to Be First Bulgarians to Hail 2012

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The crew of the newest ship of Bulgaria’s Navigation Maritime Bulgare, NAVIBULGAR, the 30 700-ton “Belasitza,” will be the first Bulgarians to great the new 2012.

The sailors, led by their captain Nikolay Nikolov, will celebrate the arrival of the New Year on the boundary between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans, Darik radio informs Saturday, citing the company’s press center.

The ship, which was added to NAVIBULGAR’s fleet on December 15, will continue then its route in the Indian Ocean

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National Stats Release Key Indicators for Bulgaria

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

By preliminary operative data, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the third quarter of 2011 amounted to BGN 21 016 M at current prices and GDP per capita was BGN 2 832.8.

The report on key indicators of Bulgarian economy was published by the National Statistics Institute, NSI.

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Safety Violations Sunk Russian Oil Platform

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The towing operation of the oil platform “Kolskaya,” which capsized on December 18 in the sea of Okhotsk, had been carried out with large-scale safety violations, which caused the fatal sinking.

These are the conclusions from the probe of Russia’s Far East Transport Prosecutor’s Office, cited by bTV.

According to the license, issued by the Russian Federation Naval Registry, the platform could not be transported in winter conditions – a special permit was needed for that and it had never been obtained.

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Bulgarian Agriculture CEO Attacked for ‘Economic’ Reasons

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The most likely motive for the physical assault on Rumen Porozhanov, the CEO of Bulgaria’s State Agriculture Fund, was economic.

This is Porozhanov’s own explanation, which he offered after being released from the hospital Friday evening.

The CEO told the largest private TV channel bTV that he had reached the “stupid” conclusion that “the harder one works, the more vulnerable he or she becomes….

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Bulgaria Greats New Year with Downtown Parties

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Most cities and towns across Bulgaria will meet the New Year with fireworks and open air concerts.

Local municipalities have prepared festive programs where popular musicians and celebrities will great residents and visitors. Some will offer the traditional Bulgarian filo dough pastry – banitsa, roasted pork and sweets for those celebrating on cities’ and towns’ squares….

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2 Bulgarians, 5 Romanians Rescued from Mountain Snow

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Two Bulgarian and five Romanian tourists have been rescued from the Varbishki mountain pass in eastern Bulgaria near the village of Beronovo in the Burgas Region.

The news was reported by the local fire rescue services.

The road was closed and the travelers failed to obey the directions.

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Bulgaria Under Code Yellow over Snow

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Code yellow has been declared for almost all Bulgarian regions (26 out of 28) Saturday over the forecast for snow and icy roads.

The forecast has been issued by the Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS.

Code yellow means potentially dangerous weather, where the forecast is not for unusual meteorological events, but requires people to exercise caution.

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