Archive for February, 2019

Australia seeks to play down Chinese restrictions on coal imports

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Prime minister Scott Morrison says ‘people should be careful about leaping to conclusions’

The Venezuelan President Closes Borders to Stop Humanitarian Aid

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Nicolas Maduro defines help as “American provocation”, reported NOVA TV. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that he is closing the border with Brazil. He intends to prevent the acceptance of humanitarian aid planned by opposition leaders.

Maduro also said he is considering closing the border with Colombia.

He denies the deepening crisis in the country and defines foreign aid plans as “American provocation.” The Brazilian authorities have announced they plan to deliver humanitarian aid, despite closing the border.


Pope Francis Presented a Plan to Combat Sexual Abuse Against Children

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

A 21-point plan presented Pope Francis, reported the Bulgarian National Television.

The measures are aimed at combating sexual assaults against children in the Catholic Church.

These include simplified procedures for victims to report offenses and the involvement of external experts in church investigations.

There is a crisis summit in the Vatican with the participation of bishops from all over the world.

The meeting will continue until 24 February.


Petar Stoychev Was Awarded For Honorary Ambassador of For 2018

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

After weeks of research and careful selection for the most esteemed personalities of the last year, the editorial team at Novinite voted for the first time for Honorary Ambassador of 2018.

We believe while the final result could not encompass the vast amount of people we covered during the passed year, the selection is representative for some of the most crucial events and achievements that signify 2018.

The winner this year is Petar Stoychev - for becoming champion of swimming in icy waters of Antarctica and his overall promotion of Bulgarian sports achievements globally. 

He is one of the greatest marathon swimmers of all time and an honor swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. 

CEO of Novinite Group Daniela Ketenlieva awarded Petar Stoychev during a lovely ceremony  at the M3 Communications headquarters, an established leader in public relations in Eastern Europe and an associate of Novinite Group.



More photos from the event you can see below. 



Personality in the News Awards 2018 (PHOTOS)

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

After weeks of research and careful selection for the most esteemed personalities of the last year, the editorial team at Novinite voted for the Personality in the News 2018.

The awards happened during a cheerful reception at the M3 Communications headquarters, an established leader in public relations in Eastern Europe and an associate of Novinite Group.

CEO of Novinite Group Daniela Ketenlieva awarded Stefan Dimitrov, who is responsible for the creation of the project and provoking action both among the citizens and institutions of Sofia and the country for the protection of air and environmental cleanliness.


It is a topic that concerns us all and a platform like is a significant step towards a healthier environment, as their goal is to cover all of the populated areas with measuring stations. This will enable us all to know the levels of particulate matter in the air at all times. (Sofia News Agency), part of Novinite Media Group, is the largest Bulgarian English-language media, which offers real-time news, reviews, interviews and analysis of events in Bulgaria, aimed at the international readership. (Sofia News Agency) is founded in 2001 by the Bulgarian journalist, businessman and PR expert Maxim Behar.


Transport Unions in Bulgaria Come Up with Proposals For the Metropolitan Public Transport

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

The union of trade unions with CITUB will come up with proposals for reorganization of the work in the public transport in Sofia, reported the BNT. 

The main problems in the sector are working time, overtime, pay in companies, and staff shortages.

The Federation of Transport Workers part of the Podkrepa Trade Union in Bulgaria have called for stopping night-time public transport  buses in Sofia, the Bulgarian National Radio also reported. They have sent a declaration with their demands to Sofia mayor Yordanka Fandakova. The letter claims night public transport bus shifts additionally burdened drivers, for whom the main problem was actually overtime work . Unionists also insist on wage increases.

Night-time public transport in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia was introduced in 2018.


Bulgarian Head of State: My Decisions For the Electoral Code Will be in Favour of the Public Interest

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

President Rumen Radev assured that the decision he will take for the Electoral Code will be in  favour of the public interest.

He said his team is working hard and in days it will become clear whether he will veto the amendments to the election law.

The head of state made this comment during a meeting with the Bulgarian community in Bern. Rumen Radev is on an official visit to Switzerland at the invitation of Federal President Ueli Maurer. The ceremony will be today at the Meiringen Air Force Base.

”The Election Code is an extremely important law. It depends on the foundations of democracy”, said President Radev. So the decision he will take will be well thought out. He said it is extremely important for him to ensure democratic, transparent and fair elections.



Bulgarian PM: Bulgaria Will Enter ERM2 in July, 2019

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Bulgaria’s Premier Boyko Borissov forecasted that Bulgaria would enter ERM2, also known as the Eurozone’s waiting room, in July this year, reported the Bulgarian National Radio. 

Huge investments are expected to be made in Bulgaria.

Unemployment and contraband levels will fall below 5% and Bulgaria’s foreign debt will amount to 17.5% of the gross domestic product (EUR 61 billion) at the end of 2019, Premier Borissov further forecasted.

Bulgaria began preparations for ERM2 in July 2018. According to Bulgaria’s Minister of Finance, this country can adopt the Euro no earlier than in 2022, but entering the Eurozone in 2023 is a more realistic scenario.


Turkey’s Erdogan and Donald Trump Will Discuss Syria, Economic Ties Over Phone

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Washington’s planned troop withdrawal from Syria in a phone call late Thursday.

The two leaders agreed that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria should be carried out in line with common interests, stressing the need to support the political process in the war-torn country, according to Turkish presidential sources.

They also reiterated their countries’ determination to fight all forms of terrorism.

They also agreed to further enhance economic relations, setting a goal of $75 billion in bilateral trade. 

The White House said separately in a statement that Erdogan and Trump agreed to continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone in northern Syria.

It also noted that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford would host their Turkish counterparts within the week for further talks.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

Last December, Trump made a surprise announcement that the U.S. would be withdrawing all of its troops from Syria and said Daesh had been defeated in the country.


Rain Toward Noon, Snowfall in the Mountains

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Today cloud is set to increase from northwest, rain will start at about noon, in the mountains – snowfall. This is the weather forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology told Focus News Agency.

By the evening, precipitation will spread across the country. Light to moderate wind from northwest until noon, in the afternoon from northeast, much stronger in the evening with cold air feeding in.

Maximum temperatures between 6°C and 11°C, about 6°C in Sofia, further dropping in the evening. With plunging temperatures, the rain will turn to snow, first in the northeastern regions this evening and overnight across the whole country. Snowfall will intensify and by the next morning most regions of the country will have snow cover of 5-10 cm. There will be snow blizzards.