Archive for February, 2019

Europe’s utilities battle for survival

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Traditional companies face threat to business models as deals shake up sector

Europe’s utilities battle for survival amid change

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Traditional companies face threat to business models as deals shake up sector

ExxonMobil makes major gas discovery off Cyprus

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Sofia Zoo Will be With Free Entrance on March, 3

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

It was officially announced that all museums in the capital and the country will welcome their visitors free of charge on March 3rd. The zoo in Sofia also joined the initiative.

We remind you that every Sunday at the Zoo there is a demonstration feeding of the animals in the “Big cats, terrarium and aquarium” Hall.

Sofia Zoo is open every day all year round without a day off!
Winter opening hours (from October to March)
Ticket sale and entrance: 8:00–16:00 hrs
All visitors must leave the Zoo at 17:00 hrs
The Big cats enclosure, terrarium and aquarium, The Elephant House and The Monkey Houses are open from 8:30 to 16:30 hrs.

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719 Thousand Bulgarian Citizens Are Not Health-Insured, Data by the End of 2017

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

719 thousand Bulgarian citizens are are not health-insured.  This is the official data by the end of 2017 by the Bulgarian Health Ministry. 

Currently a process is underway to prepare the assessment for the health-insured Bulgarian citizens for 2018, which is not yet complete.

A full assessment was made in 2017. According to it, Bulgarian citizens, who are subject to compulsory health insurance in the country but who are not insured by the end of 2017, are about 719 thousand.

For the period 2011-2017 the number of non-health-insured Bulgarians remains stable. The highest figure was registered in 2013 when 839,000 people didn’t have health insurance.

After this peak, there was a serious decline of almost 200,000 people, with the lowest figure for the period being recorded 2 years later in 2015. 

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Bulgarian Head of State: We Can Not Allow Someone Else to Decide the Future of Bulgarian Energy Projects

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

President Rumen Radev is on a working visit to the Slovakian town of Ko?ice to participate in the B9 summit, the presidential press service announced.

Within the framework of the international forum, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland are discussing security issues within the framework of NATO’s collective approach.

“We can not allow someone else to decide the future of Bulgarian energy projects, we must materialize our interests and not become a hostage to foreign interests,” the head of state said before the summit of the B9 countries in Ko?ice.

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Тrucks Оver 12 Тonnes Will Be Banned From the Motorways and the Busiest Roads Tomorrow

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

On March 1, the last working day before the National Day of Bulgaria, trucks over 12 tonnes will be banned from the motorways and the busiest roads from 4 pm to 8 pm, the Road Infrastructure Agency said. The aim is to secure road safety and facilitate traffic.

The ban applies to:
- motorways;
- road I-1 Rebarkovo-Botevgrad, with traffic redirected to II-16 Rebarkovo-Svoge-Sofia’s ring road in the direction of Sofia;
- road I-1 between Blagoevgrad and Kulata border checkpoint;
- I-4 Koritna-Veliko Tarnovo-Shumen;
- I-5 Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo;
- I-8 Kalotina border checkpoint-Sofia;
- I-9 Varna-Burgas;
- II-18 Sofia ring road;
- II-99 Burgas-Tsarevo.

Heavy trucks will also be halted on the last holiday, March 4 (Monday), from 2 pm to 8 pm.

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Collaboration Software Meemim Shuts Down But Users Can Keep Accounts Until 2020

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Meemim Shuts Down But Users Can Keep Accounts Until 2020

In an emailed notice, Meemim said their platform will be retired at the end of February 2019. This will give existing clients a grace period of about a month to find an alternative knowledge management solution as well as migrate their data.

Meemim said customers will have to move the data between the systems manually because of the cost involved in providing data extracts. This is an important point to remember because the back-end infrastructure will be shut down at the end of the month. It means no data will be stored or made available beyond that point.

If you have been using Meemim to share and store information by your organization, make sure you download it as soon as possible. Delaying the download to the last minute may cause problems if there is increased traffic or any other technical glitch, so plan accordingly.

The decommissioning of Meemim applies to free users. The company said paying customers will be able to use the system until 2020 or longer.

Meemim

Built in 2015, Meemim was designed as a way for teams and people in an organization to share knowledge.

The company said the closure comes even though it experienced some growth, but not enough to achieve the scale needed to make it a viable enterprise. The support of Microsoft is what kept it up and running, which has now ended.

Looking for an Alternative Provider?

With collaboration now an essential part of today’s workforce, knowledge management tools are a reliable way of bringing information together under one platform and make it accessible.

Even though Meemim will no longer be available, there are many companies in the marketplace which provide similar services.

Here are some of the other options: Atlassian ConfluenceProProfs Knowledge BaseBloomfire, and Freshdesk Freshworks.

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This article, “Collaboration Software Meemim Shuts Down But Users Can Keep Accounts Until 2020” was first published on Small Business Trends

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More than 30 000 Nurses Needed in Bulgaria

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

More than 30 000 nurses are needed in our country. If in the European Union there are 740 nurses on average for every 100 000, this number is less than 490 in Bulgaria. The information is announced by BSP MP Prof. Georgi Mihaylov on the eve of the national protest of the nurses organized for tomorrow in the social networks.

It is clear that problems with staff shortages and low pay for health care professionals are deepening and can not be resolved simply with wishes for negotiation, say representatives of the Bulgarian Socialist Party.
 
“We are witnessing a spontaneous protest that tomorrow is organized by the nurses in Bulgaria and the figures are very serious behind this process. A doctor, according to the European Union standard, must meet between two to four nurses in in Bulgaria they are less than one sister, that is, the deficit of nurses in recognition of Minister Ananiev is over 30 000 and in the last 10 years. 10 000 nurses have left the territory of the country and more than 15 000 are have changed their profession or have retired, “said Prof. Mihaylov.

And he added: “We are in a state of very troubling staff deficit and the salaries received by our colleagues are very low, with a collective agreement between BGN 900 and 950, the real salary, the net salary of these specialists very often it does not reach BGN 700. These are problems that deepen the chaos in health care and can not be solved only with wishes for negotiations. “

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What is a Business Continuity Plan and How Can it Benefit your Business?

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

What is a Business Continuity Plan and Do You Need One?

A big part of planning for small business success is a business continuity plan. This is the fallback position your business has when a natural disaster, power outage, or any one of a number of mishaps threatens your company’s ability to function.

Part of the initial planning for one of these important documents starts with understanding how vulnerable your small business might be if an emergency happened.

How to Get Started with a Business Continuity Plan

One of the first things that you will need to do is understand the natural disasters like floods and wildfires that can happen in your area. This is a good starting point so that you can tailor make a business continuity plan that reacts to any potential issues of this kind. Here’s a good starting point to better understand some of the risks.

Take Proactive Measure

Having one of these plans in place is a proactive measure. It is also motivational even if the disaster doesn’t strike because it shows your customers and shareholders as well as your employees that you are prepared.

Here’s some of the steps that you should work through with your small business to come up with a plan that will put everyone at ease.

Put an Emergency Team Together

Being ready for an emergency that can otherwise disrupt your business means having an emergency preparedness team in place. These are people that will be the foundation for how your business reacts and how operations will be able to continue.

Having this team in place means selecting some individuals or maybe a few managers who will be up to the task. They should have a thorough understanding of how your business works and these individuals all need to be reliable when it comes to decision-making.

If the whole idea was the brainchild of a committee in the first place, it’s a good idea to let them take charge although one person should lead the entire planning process.

Look at the Risks

Finding out where your company is vulnerable by looking at the risks and doing an assessment is the next step. One of the ways to approach this type of assessment is to take proactive steps for each disaster possibility.

In other words, it’s a good idea to be able to see any potential disruptions before they happen. There’s a National Weather Service that you can monitor and local services too. If you’re in a location where potential IT outages are an issue, assigning someone to monitor your network is a good idea.

If your business is near a body of water, making some flood preparations is a positive step.

Determine Essential Services

You’ll also need to be able to determine the essential services for your small business. Some of the things that your company does might need to satisfy regulatory requirements so they should be top priority. You might be in a business that makes goods or services that can impact the health and safety of your customers.

Your business may experience a disruption because of interruptions in power lines or communication. These are considered essential services because you need to keep them running so you will need to consider alternate sources like generators.

Indentify Major Customers

Even if your products and services don’t fit in those other categories, you’ll want to be able to earmark major customers that keep you afloat financially. Ticking off check marks next to your major clients so they are in the essential services category is a good idea.

Prepare an Action Plan

This is one of the foundations of your entire business continuity plan. It should start by describing the essential parts of your business that you identified in the previous step. The individuals that have been put in charge should be mentioned clearly here.

It’s a good idea to have backups as well. This is the meat and potatoes of all planning that you’ve done. Everything needs to be covered here. This includes how you’re going to reallocate staff to keep things moving and what plans you have for using other sectors to keep the essential parts of your business up and running.

Any changes that you need to make with delivery models and business reporting needs to be detailed here. An important part of any action plan lists contact information should you need to contract services including staffing and equipment.

Keep in mind you have a variety of software solutions that can help you by providing access to the cloud for disaster recovery.

Test and Train

Once you have a plan in place, you will need to test it and train the continuity team. By running through a few mock exercises, you will be able to see where the plan needs to be tweaked.  It’s a good idea that you continue to test even when you get the plan to where you think it needs to be. Reviewing your plan quarterly is a good idea to stay on top of any changes that need to be implemented.

Find a Business Continuity Plan Template

Putting together a business continuity plan is easy if you can find a template and just fill in the blank spaces to tailor make it to suit your business. There are a series of excellent resources to help you with a small business plan including The National Fire Protection Association’s Standard on Continuity, Emergency and Crisis Management. Here’s another version you can download and customize for your small business.

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This article, “What is a Business Continuity Plan and How Can it Benefit your Business?” was first published on Small Business Trends

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