Archive for February, 2019

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Zaharieva Spoke in Warsaw with Polish Counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

“The Bulgarians have centuries old relationship with you Poles, whom we consider to be true and sincere friends” – with these words, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva turned to her Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz. Bulgaria’s first diplomat is in Warsaw on a one-day official visit, the MFA said.
 
“Jacek, your first foreign visit as Minister of Foreign Affairs a little over a year ago was exactly in Bulgaria. Key events occurred at that time. We held our first Presidency of the Council of the EU, and you celebrated 100 years of restoring your independence. In 1918, Bulgaria was one of the first countries in the world to recognize independent Poland and to begin its diplomatic relations with it, “Zaharieva said.” You understand that a meeting between friends with centuries-old history in their relations is on a solid basis ” she pointed out.
 
Ministers found excellent levels of trade, which reached 1.7 million euros, as well as the fact that in the European Union Poland has the leading number of students studying Bulgarian – our language is taught in seven universities.
 
In the first nine months of 2018, 396,682 Poles visited Bulgaria. This is more than Polish tourists in Bulgaria for the whole of 2017.
 
An expression of these age-old ties and upward economic trends is the fact that in 2019 Bulgaria will open its fifth honorary consulate in Poland – in Krakow. It is the city that connects Bulgaria and Poland through the name of Vladislav Varnenchik.

“Bulgaria is a friend and an important partner in the EU and NATO. We are glad that you are also part of the Berlin Process because you have great authority and influence on the Western Balkans. Congratulations on your presidency and your persuasion, I hope this year to start negotiations with Albania and the Republic of Northern Macedonia to join the EU, “said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.
 
“It is important to have concrete results with regard to the Western Balkans and I welcome that your initiatives within your household at the Berlin Summit are focused on specific topics such as youth and connectivity. Infrastructure in the region is far behind. It is also important to implement all concrete measures of the Sofia agenda adopted by the EU leaders at the end of the Bulgarian Presidency, “said Ekaterina Zaharieva.
 
The two ministers also discussed the Eastern Partnership, the current developments on Brexit and the protection of the rights of Poles and Bulgarians in the United Kingdom, the modernization of our armed forces. Poland also expressed support for Bulgaria’s bid in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Bulgarian Graphic Designer, Art Director and illustrator Retells Origin of Species by Darwin

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

“Very important project, realized in the most beautiful way. The thorough text of Sabina Radeva and her magnificent pictures together tell the story of the origin of the species and the evolution itself with clarity, humor and great charm. “

These are the words of Emma Darwin – the great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin – and refer to a children’s book with pictures published in the UK: “Darwin’s on the Origin of the Species” written and painted by Bulgarian Sabina Radeva.

Sabina is a graphic designer and illustrator, currently lives in Oxford, England. From the biographical reference on Penguin’s website, we learn that in 2008 she received a master’s degree in molecular biology at the Max Planck Institute, Germany. In 2009 she left science to focus on a creative career and studied as an illustrator. She is a mother of two little girls who are her source of daily inspiration.

With “Origin of Species,” Charles Darwin finally explained his theory 160 years ago. Today, Sabina Radeva unites her two passions to retell this original text in 64 pages. The accessibility of adaptation represents the evolution of children and adolescents through stylish illustrations and a simple, easy-to-understand text.

The idea of ??making this simple retelling – with pictures, for children, occurred to her while looking at a beautiful edition of Darwin’s work, but too long and written in outdated language.

“Evolution through natural selection is one of the best scientific ideas because it explains an extremely wide range of facts in biology. But many people do not understand Darwin’s theory, and some do not even believe in evolution, “Radeva explains in her page on the Kickstarter platform, where in 2016 she decided to look for followers to help fund the future book.

“Fight for Existence: All organisms compete with each other and with the environment.”

The result turned out to be surprisingly good – around 1,400 people decided to support the idea. The release comes in electronic form in July 2018, and earlier this month appeared with hard cover.

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The EU Provides EUR 275 Million for the Construction of a Railway Line from Istanbul to the Bulgarian Border

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The European Union will help finance the construction of a railway line linking Istanbul with the Bulgarian border with the sum of 275 million euros. This was announced by European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen at a joint press conference in Istanbul with Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeebecki, the Associated Press reported.

The two met at an annual meeting aimed at boosting economic co-operation between Turkey and the EU despite their tense relations, the agency said.

Turkey has started accession negotiations with the EU in 2005, but since then it has stalled. The European Union says Turkey is moving away from European democratic values.

Several reporters from EU member states whose journalistic accreditations were not renewed by the Turkish government were unable to attend today’s conference.

Jyrki Katainen said he “deeply regrets this.” In his words, the EU is working with the Turkish authorities to ensure that media freedom is respected.

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New Fees at the Sofia University Voted by the Academic Council

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Partial change of the annual fees in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski “for the next academic year for bachelor degree, this is what the Academic Council decided. For the study of nearly 18 majors, they are elevated, with the greatest increase for philology at the Faculty of Slavic Studies from 300 to 400 leva.
 
The newly-enrolled students will pay half compared to this year for three of the specialties in the Faculty of Physics – “Teacher of Natural Sciences in Basic Education”, “Physics and Informatics” and “Physics and Mathematics”, 200 instead of 400 leva. only to prospective students, not to those already accepted. The new training fees must be approved by a Council of Ministers decree, expected to be in late April.
 
The “Tourism” tax of 420 leva becomes 460, the regular education in Public Relations, Communication Management, Journalism and Book publishing increases from 560 to 600 leva, while from 300 to 350 in the cases of distance study. For the study of European Studies and Political Science the newly admitted students will pay 600 leva instead of the current 560. Regular training in philosophy and 20 – The charge for the Graphic Design and Music Media Technology and Toning classes from 730 is 780 leva.
 
In ten of the faculties – the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, the Chemistry and Pharmacy, the Theological, the Medical, the Biological, the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, the Theological, the Pedagogical, the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology and the Faculty of Economics, the fees remain the same. There is no change in pay for taking exams – it will cost 30 leva as well as the participation in the admission campaign and ranking. There is also no change in the cost of training for PhD students and specialists.
 
For the second consecutive year, the newly admitted students with the maximum competition ball at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics in bachelor degree, are exempt from paying the annual fee for the first year. The change in annual fees applies only to new students, not those already accepted. Modified training fees should be approved by a Council of Ministers decree, expected at the end of April.

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Young Bulgarian Woman was Shot in Frankfurt

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

29-year-old Bulgarian woman was found in a serious condition with a shot wound at the head of a street in Frankfurt, German newspaper Bild reports, quoted by 24 hours.

The woman worked as a prostitute and was on the street when her ex-boyfriend, a 49-year-old man from Turkish descent, appeared and the two began to quarrel.

According to information from the German tabloid, the Bulgarian woman recently split up with the man.

The argument escalated and the man shot his ex-girlfriend in his head. Then the man shot himself.

The Bulgarian woman is placed in a hospital with severe head trauma. The ex-boyfriend was arrested by the police, facing an attempt at murder trial.

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The Police Found Murdered Taxi Driver on the Road in Razgrad

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

63-year-old man was killed in the region of Razgrad – Dyankovo ??village. This was announced by the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior-Razgrad.
 
Around 21.40 yesterday, tel.112 received a signal of a traffic accident after the railway crossing of the Razgrad – Dyankovo ??village. Initially, a car patrol team arrived at the site, observing a Dacia Logan taxi-registered car that was out of the way.

In the forest, about 8 meters from the car, a man’s body was discovered. Investigation and screening of a crime scene by a Criminal Police staff and a forensic surgeon were taken. It was found to be murder.
 
The body is with two pierced knife wounds in the neck area is shown to be the taxi driver. Subsequently identified – a 63-year-old man from Razgrad who, according to the owner of the car, was driving the car as a taxi driver.

 
Pre-trial proceedings have been initiated. Investigation of the serious crime continues. The causes of the serious incident are in the process of being clarified and a possible perpetrator is sought.

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Apply These Secret Techniques to Become More Authentic in your Small Business Marketing

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Authentic Marketing is a Trend in 2019

Marketing for small businesses is becoming increasingly difficult. Customers are growing tired of traditional paid and owned advertising. We’re living in the age of the customer experience, and the same principles apply when it comes to marketing. Consumers want a brand they can trust and build a relationship with. They want to connect with brands and that means that businesses need to consider spicing up their marketing strategy this year. Customers today want authenticity.

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The ideas of authenticity and marketing may seem like polar opposites. But, in the digital age, consumers are so connected that authenticity is essential to successful marketing. Customers have the advantage. They have access to all of the information they could ever want to know about your product or service. They also have unprecedented access to a global network of reviews, both positive and negative, on which to base their opinions of not only your products and services but your brand as a whole. News spreads fast on social media, and your brand could turn from being on top of the world to a sinking ship in no time

Be Customer Conscious

Authenticity in marketing means being honest and transparent with your customers.

Make it personal- while the concept of personalization in marketing is nothing new, taking the time to let your customers know you care can really go a long way.

Own your mistakes and shortcomings- customers will be more likely to extend you some grace if you’re humble and willing to engage them if you fail to meet their expectations

Respond, don’t react- if you receive a negative comment on social media, address it quickly and with honesty. Avoid knee-jerk, emotional reactions that will perpetuate a negative image.

Face the Feedback

One way to promote authenticity this year is to ask for feedback from your customers. Traditional marketing is a one-sided conversation. It involves a business sending a message to a customer and waiting for the sales to start pouring in. However, being authentic requires participation from both sides. Call your customers on the phone, or better yet, meet with them in-person. Ask them what their perception is of your brand and company. Let them know that their opinions and stories are valued. While you might be surprised at how your brand is received in the real world, you have a tremendous opportunity to really connect with your customers in an authentic, honest way. Then, use that feedback to improve your marketing effort.

Credibility is Key to Authenticity

Get familiar with earned media. Earned media is a relatively overlooked marketing tool. According to business.com, earned media is when “a business or business leader is written about, quoted in or contributes to a publication or website.” So, basically, the more credibility you have across your industry, the more likely your customers are to trust you and your brand.

Raising the Bar

It’s no longer enough to market and sell a product or service well.

Customers want to know what you’re doing with their hard-earned cash when they hand it over to you. They want to know your brand’s purpose and place in the bigger picture.

Are you giving back to the greater good? Are you trying to find eco-conscious sourcing or manufacturing? They want to be proud that what they are purchasing and they want to know that you’re committed to making the world a better place.

Hold onto Your Values

Stay true to your brand. This may seem obvious if you’re aiming for authenticity, but don’t feel like you have to reinvent your brand to remain relevant. Brands that try to reinvent themselves end up straying from their original core values. Customers can practically sniff out when you’re trying to be something you’re not. You created your company with a vision and values in mind, be yourself and stick to them.

Republished by permission. Original here.

Image: Depositphotos.com

This article, “Apply These Secret Techniques to Become More Authentic in your Small Business Marketing” was first published on Small Business Trends

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Hollywood Actress Nina Dobrev Promotes Bulg-Air-Ia (VIDEO)

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

First, see it before you find out more about the new video with Nina Dobrev:

“Many of you may have known me from sitcom Fam or the Vampire Diaries series, but until recently I did not realize that I was not made to play in prestigious teenage drama or in studio films, no, I have to make videos about the safety of Bulgarian airlines. “

With these words, the American actress of Bulgarian origin, Nina Dobrev, made the introduction in a video of a new humorous series of “Vanity Fair”. In it, she was filming a video on safety during a flight of the fictional “leading airline of Bulgaria” named Bulg-Air-Ia and commented on her participation in the project with obvious irony.

In the comedy clip, Dobrev explains how she had to prepare for the role for three months, but that she feels how she seems to have been preparing for this role throughout her life. Then she speaks in Bulgarian: “It is time to prepare for your departure, we are happy that you have chosen Bulg-Air-Ia airline.”

There are more lines of almost perfect Bulgarian like: “To put pre-belts, insert the metal nozzle into the buckle and pull the end of the belt to tighten it.”

Dobrev also explains that it is a great luck to be directed by Kazimir Slavinski – an obviously fictional name of a director.

This is not the first case in which Nina Dobrev demonstrates knowledge of her mother tongue in front of Vinity Fair. She has done it before for the media in a video where she teaches jargon in her native language. The Vanity Fair comedy series previously included Antonio Banderas, Gerard Butler, Alicia Vikander and Salma Hayek.

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BDZ Will Provide Over 8000 Additional Seats For National Holiday of Bulgaria – March 3

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

BDZ will provide over 8 000 additional seats in the trains of some trains traveling on the main routes in the country. This is made for the convenience of the passengers during the weekend for the national holiday of Bulgaria – March 3rd, the company said.

From March 1st to March 4th, including, trains will travel on the following routes:

Sofia-Varna-Sofia;
Sofia-Burgas-Sofia;
Sofia-Plovdiv-Sofia;
Sofia-Svilengrad-Sofia;
Sofia-Stara Zagora-Sofia;
Sofia-Gorna Oryahovitsa-Sofia;
Sofia-Lom-Sofia;
Sofia-Vidin-Sofia;
Sofia-Blagoevgrad-Sofia;
Sofia-Kyustendil-Sofia;
Sofia-Petrich-Sofia;
Varna-Plovdiv-Varna.

Due to the expected high interest in traveling with the light rail on 3 March, additional wagons will be provided for the Rodopi train in the direction of Septemvri-Dobrinishte-Septemvri.

When purchasing return tickets, passengers can benefit from a 10% to 30% discount on the regular ticket price depending on the different merchant offers.

Customers of the national railway operator can obtain detailed information on vacancies on trains at weekends by staff at Information Boards and ticket offices in the railway stations and offices in the country or on the national telephone number 0700 10 200.

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Reuters: Bulgaria Resumes EUR 1.4 bln Gas Pipeline Tender

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Bulgaria’s gas network operator Bulgartransgaz has resumed a 1.4 billion euro ($1.6 billion) tender to build a gas pipeline expected to transport mainly Russian gas from Bulgaria’s border with Turkey to Serbia, it said Thursday, quoted by Reuters. 

Bulgartransgaz said it was seeking offers by March 6.

Russian oil and gas pipe maker TMK has said it is interested in bidding for the construction of the 484 km gas pipeline, as Sofia looks to secure a link with the Moscow-designed TurkStream gas pipeline.

The tender was suspended earlier this month following a request for clarification by a Bulgarian company, which has since withdrawn it.

 

 

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