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Air Pollution in 25 Cities in Bulgaria is Above Permissible Norms

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Air quality is improving, but Sofia is still the most polluted city.These were conclusions from a conference held in Sofia on 24th of November.

The European Commission has already sentenced Bulgaria for the poor air quality in almost the whole country. The government is seeking an extension to take measures to address the problem.

In search of a solution, ministers attended a conference organized by the Ministyer of Environment and Water, Neno Dimov.

He is firm the only specific air pollutant in Bulgaria are the fine particles.

If we do not take into account the other pollutants, which levels do not exceed the permissible norms, the fine parlicles air pollution is in practice everywhere. In 25 cities, there are constantly levels that are above the limits allowed by the law, the minister explained.

Latest data from this week shows that the highest levels of air pollution are in Vidin, Montana and Gorna Oryahovitsa. And in the capital, only in Boyana district were found higher levels of fine particles.

Minister Dimov explained that the causes are household heating, road transport, industry and energy.

Valeri Simeonov, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy has said that all institutions will work together to solve the problem and criminal procedure should not be in any way allowed. Therefore, we have no choice but to take preventive, urgent measures, Simeonov added.

Although the air in Sofia is getting cleaner, the ministers will unite around more proposals to reduce the levels of fine particulate matter.



Bulgarian National Television


Death Toll Rises to 184 in Attack on Mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Militants killed 184 people at a mosque in Egypt’s north Sinai region on Friday, detonating a bomb and shooting at fleeing worshippers and ambulances, state media and witnesses said.

It was one of the deadliest attacks in the region’s Islamist insurgency. No group claimed immediate responsibility, but since 2014 Egyptian security forces have battled a stubborn Islamic State affiliate in the north of the mainly desert Sinai, where militants have killed hundreds of police and soldiers.

State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of the city of El Arish.

State television and the official news agency MENA reported that 184 people had been killed. Another 125 were wounded, according to state media.

“They were shooting at people as they left the mosque,” a local resident whose relatives were at the scene told Reuters. “They were shooting at the ambulances too.”

Arabiya news channel and some local sources said some of the worshippers were sufis who hardliners such as Islamic State regard as apostates because they revere saints and shrines, which for Islamists is tantamount to idolatry.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former armed forces commander who presents himself as a bulwark against Islamist militants, convened an emergency meeting with his defence and interior ministers and intelligence chief soon after the attack, the presidency’s Facebook page and state television said.

The government also declared three days of mourning.

Militants have mostly targeted security forces in their attacks since bloodshed in the Sinai worsened after 2013 when Sisi, then an armed forces commander, led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

But jihadists have also targeted local Sinai tribes that are working with the armed forces, branding them traitors for cooperating with the army and police.


German President to Meet Party Leaders on Thursday

Friday, November 24th, 2017

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the head of Bavaria’s conservatives, and the leader of the center Social Democrats (SPD) on Thursday, his office said on Friday, quoted by Reuters. 

Steinmeier played a central role in encouraging the SPD to reverse its pledge to go into opposition. Thursday’s meeting will include Merkel, SPD leader Martin Schulz and Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

Schulz on Friday announced his center party would help form a new government led by Merkel to avert a disruptive repeat election in Europe’s economic and political powerhouse, but said party members would have the final say on any deal.


Number of Students in Bulgaria Decreased by 17% Due to the Low Birth rates and Migration

Friday, November 24th, 2017

The number of students in Bulgaria in 2016 decreased by 17% compared to 2002 and by 11% since 2006 due to low birth rates and emigration, a monitoring report, quoted by bTV. 

The report was presented today by Stefan Hermann, Director of the Political Strategy and Analysis Directorate of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, in the presence of Deputy Minister of Education and Science Denitsa Sacheva.

The report says that the number of students in our higher education has increased until 2009, but since this period, began to decline. For the period 2012-2016 the total number of students in Bulgaria is decreasing at all levels, except for the initial stage of primary education.

According to the data in Bulgaria, the teaching staff is among the fastest aging in the EU. In 2015, nearly 50% of our teachers were over 50 and 28 per cent were 55 or older, which means they will retire over the next few years.

The report also points out that Bulgarians with higher education are increasing, but graduate profiles show sectoral imbalances. With the current 33.8%, Bulgaria is on track to achieve its national target of 36% for higher education graduates. This is below the EU average of 39.1%.

Segregated by sector, 50% of university graduates have studied social sciences, business management and law (EU average 33%) and only 7% health science (13% in the EU), the monitoring further says.

For five academic years the number of students in Bulgaria has decreased by 12% to 250,000, the report notes, adding that this fact reflects both demographic factors and the increasing preference for Bulgarians to study abroad. In 2014 the number of Bulgarians studying abroad was around 8% of all students, and the share of foreign students was 2.5%.



Around 1,500 Migrants have been Rescued in the Last Three Days in the Mediterranean

Friday, November 24th, 2017

A woman was found dead on a deserted vessel during a rescue operation by sea, east of Libya, the organization SOS Meditation reported.

A total of about 1,500 migrants have been rescued in a dozen operations conducted in the last three days in international waters, not far from Libya.

The woman’s body was found in an inflatable boat with 108 passengers, including 16 women and 34 minors, mostly from Eritrea. They are uploaded aboard the Aquarium rescue ship, hired by SOS Meditation. According to the boatman, the woman died because of complications after childbirth, as she had given birth to a dead baby a few days before departure. Approximately 114,600 migrants have reached the coast of Italy since January 1, down 32 percent from the same period last year, according to data from the authorities.


Ministry of Defence: No Bulgarian Мedics were Injured in the Mali Тerrorist Аttack

Friday, November 24th, 2017

 No Bulgarian medics were injured in today’s terrorist attack in Mali, the press office of the Ministry of Defence said. The attack took place far from the base of the Bulgarian medics.

There is no direct threat to the area.

The team of four Bulgarian medics is in good health and performs its duties.


An Increase in Prices of Commercial Eggs in Pazardzhik

Friday, November 24th, 2017

There is an increase in prices of commercial eggs in Pazardzhik, reported

Until now, this product was traded at a price between BGN 0.20 and BGN 0.23. The price has risen to BGN 0.35 in recent days, and today some of the smaller shops in the region offer eggs for BGN 0.40.

According to traders, the rapid rise is due to the increase in the price they are offered by the producers. According to buyers, the price is rising consciously due to the upcoming holidays and the expectations for higher turnover in the egg, as they are the main product for the preparation of most of the sweets.


EU Pushes Reforms as Ukraine Seeks Membership Promise

Friday, November 24th, 2017

EU leaders pressed Ukraine on Friday to speed up reforms that Europe and the United States hope will bring the country closer to the West but Kiev responded that it needed a promise it could join the bloc, reported Reuters. 

As fighting escalated in Ukraine’s industrial east, EU leaders held a summit with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and five other former Soviet republics to also send the message that economic cooperation need not antagonize Moscow.

“A promise of EU membership is important, it’s symbolic,” said Ukraine’s Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk on the margins of the biennial summit with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus.

“No other country was willing to pay such a high price as we did,” he told Reuters, referring to Ukraine’s 2014 pro-European uprising.

Kiev sees a promise of membership as a next step after agreeing a free-trade agreement with the bloc and winning visa-free travel to the EU for its citizens.

But the European Union has warned Ukraine not to push too hard when governments are seeking to curb immigration and face down far-right political parties at home.

“Stubbornness is good, but the most important thing is not guarantees on entering (the EU), but to be stubborn about reforms,” Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters.

“Any membership is only as valuable as it is beneficial for Ukraine,” she said, referring to the country’s need to reform to meet EU business, health and other trade standards.

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel echoed that position, saying it was “not the right moment” to be discussing any future Ukrainian membership of the European Union.


Eight North Koreans were Found off the Coast of Japan

Friday, November 24th, 2017

The Japanese police have found 8 North Koreans in a yacht port in the northwest of Honshu Island. They explained they were fishermen and their wooden vessel was thrown out on the shore after it broke down, reports 

However, the suspicions are that they are fugitives of the Pyongyang regime.

The incident is on the backdrop of the growing tension on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea often threatens Japan and launches missiles that fall very close to the archipelago or pass over it.


South Korean Scientists have Found an Effective Cure Against Baldness

Friday, November 24th, 2017

South Korean scientists have found an effective cure against baldness in tests with mice, which will give hope to millions of people suffering from hair loss, according to Metro.

The team of Professor Choi Kang Yel of Yonsei University in Seoul found the ingredient CXXC, a zinc protein that controls the development of hair follicles. In mouse tests lasting 4 weeks, the protein in question caused the growth of new follicles. The emergence of new hair was also observed when treating bald place with valproic acid.

According to the South Korean team, thanks to the new discovery, a drug can be developed soon, not only to cure the baldness but also to regenerate the damaged skin tissue.