Archive for September, 2013

Bulgaria Welcomes UN Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Bulgaria has welcomed the decision of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the resolution of the UN Security Council for the destruction of the chemical weapons in Syria.

“Putting chemical weapons in Syria under international control, their subsequent destruction, ensuring transparency and guaranteeing their non-use in future is a significant step towards eliminating this threat to the Syrian people and to the countries from the region,” the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement.

As a member state of the OPCW, Bulgaria is ready to provide assistance for the practical implementation of the decisions taken in accordance to our abilities and in view of the specific needs of the organization, the statement says.

“We are convinced that the only way to end the crisis in Syria is the political solution with the leading role of the UN. We support the initiative for organizing a second peace conference in Geneva in the shortest possible time and we believe that this will bring us closer to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict, will prevent from taking more victims and will allow the refugees to return to their homelands.”

Bulgaria has reiterated that those who have used chemical weapons in Syria should bear the responsibility.

Resolution 2118 (2013) of the UN and the Resolution of the Executive Council of the OPCW are legally binding on the Syrian Arab Republic, as it should never again use, develop, produce, acquire , store, retain or transfer chemical weapons.


Nigerian power facilities turn private

Monday, September 30th, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan hands over 15 state-owned electricity companies to consortiums to increase generation from 3,200MW to 20,000MW by 2020

Nigeria power sector goes private

Monday, September 30th, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan hands over 15 state-owned electricity companies to consortiums to increase generation from 3,200MW to 20,000MW by 2020

34 Tons of Dairy Products Disappear from Bulgaria’s State Reserve

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Thousand of kilos of Bulgarian white and yellow cheese have disappeared from the Bulgarian state reserve, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.

Police officers discovered Monday that 24 tons of white cheese and 10 tons of yellow cheese from the state have gone missing following an inspection of a warehouse in the southern town of Haskovo.

An investigation is currently being conducted into the case.

Police authorities say that measures have been taken to prevent illegal exports of cheese from the state reserve.


EU Says Ready to Help in Elimination of Syria’s Chemical Arsenal

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The European Union has announced that it would be “happy” to provide technical and financial support for the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria if requested by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Michael Mann, a spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, has told reporters in Brussels that the bloc is yet to receive an official request from the organization.

“At the moment we are discussing these issues among ourselves,” he said.

UN chemical weapons inspectors investigating allegations of chemical and biological weapons use during Syria’s civil war left Damascus on Monday after their second mission in two months,


Pinterest Contemplates Sponsored Pins

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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If you have a business with an online presence, you may already use Pinterest to market your brand. The social site lets users “pin” images of their favorite things, but it could soon include Pinterest sponsored content too.

This is probably not surprising to anyone who’s watched the development of other significant social media properties over the years.

Facebook, Twitter and most recently LinkedIn have all moved to sponsored or promoted content models as at least one potential way to ultimately monetize their operations. But Pinterest seems especially cautious about its monetizing strategy.

In a recent post on the official Pinterest blog, company CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann tried to reassure users:

I know some of you may be thinking, ‘Oh great…here come the banner ads.’ But we’re determined to not let that happen.

The video below explains how Pinterest works:

Pinterest Sponsored Pins: Tasteful, Transparent, Relevant

Instead, Silbermann promised users of the site any advertising would be tasteful, transparent and relevant. He also said Pinterest would take users’ feedback into account to improve the promoted pins over time.

To start, Silbermann says Pinterest will likely try some test pins in the site’s current search results and category feeds. But he stressed these promoted pins will not actually be sponsored by anyone. They will simply be tests to gain some feedback from the community.

Silbermann explained one specific example of how this might work would be promoting, say, a Batman costume under a search for the term “Halloween.”

The Importance of Transparency

Pinterest is probably right to be cautious. Last year, the company’s experiments with Skimlinks, an affiliate linking service, caused a bit of a stir. Enough so that Silbermann took time to clarify the company’s position and add some new disclosure language to the Pinterest site.

The lesson is a good one for all small businesses. Many comments on Silbermann’s most recent post were supportive of the site’s need to eventually advertise.

The important thing is to be transparent with customers about what you’re doing and why.

The prospect of Pinterest sponsored pins also raises important opportunities for businesses already using the site for marketing. It will be important for those businesses to keep watching as Pinterest ventures into the world of paid content.

Image: Pinterest

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Bulgarian, Serbian Energy Ministers Back South Stream Gas Pipeline

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev has insisted that the South Stream gas pipeline project will give a boost to the Bulgarian economy.

At a meeting with Serbian Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection Zorana Mihaylovic in Sofia, Stoynev noted that current government was working to overcome the delays inherited from the center-right GERB government, which had declared the South Stream gas pipeline a project of national importance to no effect.

Stoynev, as cited by the BGNES news agency, assured that Bulgaria would not take steps until the financing scheme for the pipeline project was clear, adding that the matter would be coordinated with the European Commission.

“To me and  to the government this is a huge infrastructure and investment project worth EUR 3.3 B, which will create many jobs, influence trade and services in Bulgaria, while the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) company will have concrete orders,” he explained.

Bulgaria’s Economy and Energy Minister pointed out that the country would not take any concrete steps for the implementation of the gas pipeline project unless it was certain of their beneficial impact, adding that an interest rate of 8% on the loan was an unprofitable proposal.

Mihaylovic noted that Serbia backed both the South Stream gas and the Nis-Dimitrovgrad pipeline projects.

“Serbia currently receives gas supplies from one place only and it is essential for us to secure at least one more route,” she emphasized.

The two ministers also discussed energy cooperation, gas diversification, and the construction of the Bulgaria-Serbia gas grid interconnection.

Stoynev informed his Serbian counterpart about Bulgaria’s progress in the construction of gas links with Greece and Romania, stressing that state-owned company Bulgargaz had signed an agreement with the Shah Deniz consortium on receiving around 1 billion cubic meters of gas in a bid to achieve gas supply diversification.

He added that the first part of the Bulgaria-Serbia gas grid interconnection would be financed under the ongoing operational program Competitiveness, while the second part of the pipe would be funded with EU resources allocated under the program for the 2014-2020 period.

Stoynev said that he had agreed with Mihaylovic that the implementation of the gas grid interconnection project proceeded according to plan and that it was to be wrapped up by 2017.

He informed that Serbia was more optimistic about the gas link and believed that it could be ready by end-2016.


Graphene pioneer warns of sales delay

Monday, September 30th, 2013

‘Miracle material’ specialist posts loss in first post-IPO filing as it says it is close to rolling out ‘graphene-enhanced chemicals’

Investors Disappointed with Bulgaria’s Summer Tourism Results

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Profits in Bulgaria’s coast tourism sector for summer period of 2013 are lower than expected, causing disappointment among investors in the sector, according to a report.

The decreasing rates of tourists visiting Bulgaria’s shore and the interest of mostly poor foreigners in the country have resulted in lower incomes for the tourism business, says.

The number of tourists who have visited Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast during the summer of 2013 increased by only 5% comparing it to last year’s.

The development of cultural tourism and more coordinated efforts of the over 180 non-governmental organizations in the sector are options for attracting more tourists to Bulgaria’s summer coast resorts.


Bulgaria Moves to Vaccinate Refugee Children

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Bulgaria’s Health Ministry has announced that it will vaccinate all refugee children on the country’s territory over the next two months.

The children will be vaccinated against pertussis, polio, tetanus, diphtheria and hemophilus influenza.

A month later, they will be vaccinated against morbilli, parotitis and rubella.

By the end of this week, all regional health inspectorates in Bulgaria will receive disinfectants that are to be distributed among asylum centers, the Health Ministry has also announced.

Bulgaria is undertaking measures to accommodate all potential refugees that might arrive from Syria seeking shelters from the devastating civil war conflict. Bulgarian officials have said the country may have to provide shelter for as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.