Archive for July, 2012

Bulgaria Bombing Catches Country Unprepared

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

from Al Jazeera

by Mariya Petkova

It has been almost two weeks since the bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, that killed five Israelis and one Bulgarian, and the investigation has still not yielded answers….

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Second major blackout hits India

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Failure of rickety distribution occurs less than 24 hours after power was restored across north India following the collapse of the northern grid

Bulgaria to Release Detailed Image of Burgas Suicide Bomber

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Forensic experts are close to producing a detailed image of the suicide bomber who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver on July 18 in Burgas, according to a Bulgarian Minister.

“The investigation into the attack is making progress and we have succeeded in recreating 96% of the face of the murderer,” Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Delyan Dobrev told Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday.

“Within a few days you will receive full pictures of the terrorist, those who sent him and his accomplices,” Dobrev stated.

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Fresnillo’s gold sales outpace silver

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

London-listed precious metals group aims to produce 65m ounces of silver and 500,000 ounces of gold by 2018, but falling prices weigh on profit

Israel Vows to Avenge Burgas Bus Bombing

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has declared that his country will seek retribution for the attack on Israelis in Bulgaria on July 18.

Barak has told CNN that Israel has no doubt about the responsibility of Hezbollah for the terror attack.

“We have direct hard evidence….

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Bulgaria to Grant 6-Year Concession for Kavarna Iztok Gas Field

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Bulgarian government will grant British Melrose Resources a 6-year concession for natural gas extraction at the Kavarna Iztok field, according to the Council Of Ministers’ press office.

The decision is to be taken at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

The gas field is located in Bulgaria’s Black Sea continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone and has a total area of 3….

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Sustainability And The Summer Olympics

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London aren’t just about badminton and beach volleyball. They’re also a chance to show the world what can be done with environmental sustainability at one monstrous event.

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Organizers of this year’s event claim it will be the “most sustainable” Olympics to date, and they’ve spent years planning how to make it so – from how Olympic Stadium was constructed to the food served at the games to the transportation options offered. These measures will also likely have a lasting effect on London, as local businesses and Olympic vendors were pushed to adopt more sustainable practices and new urban green spaces were created for visitors.

Here’s a look at some of the interesting green practices springing up at this year’s summer games:

Sustainable fish. Roughly 14 million meals are expected to be served at this year’s Olympics, and many of those will likely be fish and chips. In early 2011, London committed to being the world’s first “Sustainable Fish City.” All caterers at the Olympics were required to serve sustainably sourced fish, which often meant finding new sustainable fishery suppliers. “Sustainable seafood” is that which is harvested at a sustainable rate, as to not deplete the world’s dwindling supply.

“Zero” Waste. London has billed itself the first “zero waste” Olympics, and the organizers put out several reports explaining how they planned to make that happen. It included ambitious recycling and reusing programs, as well as reducing packaging needs and other waste. Food waste at the games will be composted. About 90% of the material waste in the construction of the Olympic stadium was recycled or reused, so it didn’t end up in a landfill.

Transportation. Organizers are encouraging visitors to walk, bike or take public transportation to get around the city and spent $15.5 million upgrading urban walkways and bike paths. An estimated 8,000 bikes are available for rent around the city through London’s Barclays Bike Hire program, which launched in summer 2010. BMW, as part of its Olympics sponsorship, is providing more than 200 electric vehicles as fleets and setting up charging points around the city.

City greening. A few years ago, London officials started beautifying their city in preparation for the games. This included adding more park space and greenery around the Olympic Stadium. In London, for instance, more than 3,000 trees were planted in preparation and more than 15 tons of waste removed from the parks and waterways.

Despite all these steps, skepticism has been growing in recent weeks over whether the 2012 Olympic Games will achieve their “zero waste” goal. Some critics point to missed opportunities and green shortcomings. A recent report by BioRegional, a group that worked with Olympic organizers on their original sustainability plan, also says London could have done more.

But even so, the London Olympics will hopefully serve as a role model for future Olympic hosts and show how large-scale events can help propel cities’ and local businesses’ green endeavors forward.

Olympic 2012 Photo via Shutterstock

From Small Business Trends

Sustainability And The Summer Olympics

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Bulgarian Citizens Clash in Sweden Street Brawl

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Two rival groups of berry pickers from Bulgaria have clashed in the Swedish town of G?vle, prompting local police to escort some 30 people out of the town.

Around 70 people were involved in the brawl that started late on Saturday. A 43-year-old Bulgarian citizen had to seek hospital care after sustaining bruising to the ribs, The Local….

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Antarctica to Host Permanent Settlements in 50 Years – Bulgarian Researcher

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Hristo Pimpirev, Director of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, has suggested that in 50 years’ time, the Antarctic will host permanent villages cooperating with scientists and the tourism industry.

Pimpirev gave an interview for the Focus news agency to comment on the latest developments in the sphere discussed at the 24th Annual General Meeting of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the 32nd Meeting of the Scientific Committee on Atlantic Research (SCAR).

The director of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute attended both conferences held in Portland, USA.

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Peres: Bulgaria, Israel to Maintain Excellent Ties

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Bulgaria and Israel will maintain their friendly ties after the Burgas bus bombing, Israeli President Shimon Peres has assured.

On Tuesday, Peres met with Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Delyan Dobrev, who is on a visit to the country.

The Israeli President thanked the Bulgarian official for the security measures the country imposed in the aftermath of the July 18 blast.

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