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Save More With a Kitchen Garden

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

A kitchen garden can offer you are welcome reprieve from the rising cost of living that stretches your budget to the limit. With a small kitchen garden, you can supply your family’s needs for fresh vegetables and save a lot of money that would have otherwise been spent on grocery shopping.

Starting a kitchen garden is easy as long as you have some space in your backyard but you will need to gather some knowledge on gardening practices if you are to expect a bumper harvest from it.

Here are the Preparedness Mama Gardening Tips you need to have a successful garden.

Choose a suitable location

While you can theoretically garden anywhere, various plants have to different requirements for growth. Generally, plants need fertile soil and adequate sunlight to thrive.

The location of your garden should allow for maximum exposure to direct sunlight since most vegetables require between 6-8 hours of sunlight to remain healthy and give some meaningful produce come harvest time. Your garden shouldn’t be on the blind side of your house where the shadow falls.

Soil fertility

The soil in your kitchen garden should be well-drained and have sufficient nutrients to support plant growth. This knocks out clay and sand on the grounds that they hold onto water for far too long or doesn’t hold water at all respectively.

You can improve your soil fertility by adding compost manure to your garden and tilling it so that they mix properly to enable the roots of your plants to absorb the nutrients.

Choosing the crops

The choice of crops to plant in your garden depends on your family needs but gardening is easier if you plant crops that are native to your region.

Native plants have adapted to the prevailing conditions in your locality and can therefore grow with minimal input from you. They are also more resistant to common pests and diseases that could affect exotic plants in your garden.

The other advantage of having native plants in your garden is that you can readily get help from other gardeners in your neighbourhood.

Planting tips

Start with a small portion as you get the hang of gardening before venturing to a much bigger space. You can start big and get overwhelmed in maintaining the garden or have so much produce that most of it goes to waste.

You have a single crop in your garden or have a variety but if you mix crops, ensure that they are complementary of each so that one doesn’t kill the other.

More importantly, the spacing between your plants should be good so they don’t compete for nutrients which will lower your yields.

Garden care

Your job doesn’t end at planting. You need to tend to your garden until harvesting season. Depending on the crops you plant, you will to water your plants daily although you must know the specific water requirements of your plant. Overwatering is just as detrimental as insufficient watering.

You will also need to weed your garden regularly so foreign plants don’t choke your vegetables.


Donald Trump Cancels Meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

CNBC – President Donald Trump canceled his historic nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un on Thursday, accusing North Korea of “tremendous anger and open hostility.”

The meeting, which would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, was set for June 12 in Singapore.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim, which was released Thursday morning.

Stocks fell and gold rose after news of the cancellation broke.

Much of the letter was written in seemingly friendly terms, including praise for North Korea’s recent release of three American prisoners. In contrast, Trump also appeared to issue a threat that conjured memories of his war of words with Kim last year.

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” Trump wrote.

The cancellation appeared to take South Korea’s government by surprise. The nation’s president, Moon Jae-in, had played a pivotal role in setting up recent diplomatic developments.

A representative of Moon’s office said the South Korean administration was “trying to figure out what President Trump’s intention is and the exact meaning of it,” according to the country’s Yonhap News Agency. Moon and his aides convened emergency meetings to address the shock announcement, which broke shortly before midnight in Seoul.

The news came as North Korea made a show of dismantling a nuclear test site, but also on the heels of some sharp words from the North Korean government about America denuclearization demands. Trump’s decision also comes more than two weeks after he withdrew the U.S. from the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal, which had lifted sanctions on the Middle Eastern country as long as it limited its nuclear program.

Doubts had grown in recent days about whether Trump’s summit with Kim would actually happen. North Korea abruptly canceled talks with South Korea last week out of anger over joint military tests with the U.S. in the Korean peninsula. While Trump had repeatedly played up the historic significance of his planned meeting, he also often leavened his optimism with a cautious “we’ll see.”

On Tuesday, Trump said there was a “substantial” chance that the meeting might not take place at the planned time and location.

Thursday’s development marked yet another dramatic, sudden turnaround in the Trump-Kim saga. Without many details or diplomatic ties established, the president agreed on March 8 to the summit, when South Korean officials told Trump about the North Korean leader’s Kim’s eagerness to meet.

North Korea took offense to remarks on Tuesday by Vice President Mike Pence that the communist country could end up like Libya if it doesn’t make a nuclear deal with Washington.

Before Trump’s cancellation, a top North Korean official, Choe Son Hui, lashed out at Pence’s remarks.

“As a person involved in U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing from the mouth of the U.S. vice president,” Choe said, according to KCNA.

The vice president’s comments also echoed those of Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, who had suggested the U.S. could pursue a Libya-style denuclearization plan with North Korea. Years after that nuclear deal, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and slain, a move the U.S. supported. North Korea’s Kim is concerned about regime change.

Trump’s cancellation earned quick praise from Republican lawmakers. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a tweet that the president’s move was “100% the right decision.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan also weighed in, but in more measured tones.

“The North Korean regime has long given ample reason to question its commitment to stability,” Ryan said in a statement. “We must continue to work with our allies toward a peaceful resolution, but that will require a much greater degree of seriousness from the Kim regime.”

Trump’s critics also seized on the news, but as a way to hammer the White House.

“The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal. The reality is, is that it’s pretty amazing that the administration might be shocked that North Korea is acting as North Korea might very well normally act,” Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said in a hearing involving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While he was still CIA director, Pompeo met with Kim over Easter weekend to establish diplomatic ties and work toward setting up the summit. Pompeo had also secured the release of the three American prisoners released by North Korea earlier this month.

In his letter to Kim, Trump thanked him for the release but referred to the prisoners in non-diplomatic language.


Every Fourth Bulgarian Reads a Book every day. Every third – never

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Every third of the adults in Bulgaria (36%) state that they do not spend time reading books, and every fourth (24%) read almost daily. This shows the data from a national representative survey of public opinion conducted by the Open Society Institute – Sofia in April 2018, reports

The younger and the more educated, the higher-income people, as well as those who browse the Internet more than the country average, are more likely to spend time reading books. This is more often done by people who are more critical of media information and, to a lesser degree, are convinced that the media in the country provide accurate and verified information and do not succumb to political or economic pressures.

The survey results show that there are no significant differences between the reading habits registered in 2016 and 2018.

Young people read more than the elderly

Data show that people over the age of 60 are reading significantly less often than the younger – almost half (49%) of people over 60 say they do not spend time on books, whereas among those aged 29 and over , the ones who are not reading at all, are 2 times less (24%). Among the youngest, every third (34%) states that they read books almost every day, and as the age increases, this share drops to 22% for people over 60. For people over 30, the time spent to read is almost every day – that is the situation for just over 1 in 5 people, which is close to the country average.

Most people who read live in Sofia and the big cities

The share of people who say they spend time reading books almost every day is about 3 times bigger in the capital (33%) and in the regional cities (30%) than in the villages (12%). In municipal centers, they read 21%, which is close to the average for the country. Every second person living in a small settlement says he/she does not read books at all, while in Sofia this is true for only one in five people.

In terms of gender, there is a difference in reading habits between men and women, but it is not as big as in populated areas – among men, 41% say they never spend time reading books, and among women this percentage is 33%.

Education and income matter

Expectantly, very large differences in the interest in reading books are observed by degree of education – the more educated you are the more you read. For example, among university graduates, nearly half (43%) read almost every day, which is 20% more than the country average, and only 11% admit that they do not read books at all. The reading frequency of secondary school graduates does not differ significantly from that of the average adult citizen of the country. Three quarters of people with basic and lower education (76%) said they did not read books at all, which is over 2 times the share of the country average (36%).

In line with the dependence between the degree of education and the frequency of reading books, research data shows that the higher a person’s income, the more often he/she spends time reading books. Among those the households with the highest monthly income (over BGN 700 per household member), those who do not read at all are about 20%. Among people with a monthly income of between BGN 450 and 700, 29% say they do not read, and for those who live with between 300 and 450 BGN a month, the share of those who do not read at all reaches 47% . The highest share of people who said they did not read – 59% – refers to the poorest people with up to $ 300 a month. Those who read books almost every day in all income groups are about 20%, which is close to the country average (24%), and for those with the highest income, this percentage increases to almost 30%.

Workers read more often

If we look at the reading habits of people according to social status, we will find that two groups are formed – workers (including retired workers) and those who do not work (including unemployed and retired). The group of workers reads significantly more often than those who do not work. More specifically, two out of every three unemployed (62%) and half of the retired retirees (51%) never spend time reading books. By contrast, among those employed, the share of those who never read is one third (33%) for pensioners and 26% for working-age workers.

More internet means more books

The study also shows another dependency – people who browse the internet every day (46% of the country’s adult population) have different behaviors in reading books from the other groups of the population of the country.

Regular Internet users spend much more time reading – every third (31%) read books almost every day, while every fifth (22%) does not read books at all. Again, the ratio among the adult population – every fourth (24%) read almost every day, and roughly every third (36%) does not read books at all.

People who read more are more critical of media information

The data reveals another dependency. What kind of media do you trust mainly when you need information about the situation in the country? “, Those who point to the Internet read books more than those who trust television networks. More specifically, every third (33%) of internet users say they read books almost every day, unlike television spectators, where only 20% spend time reading almost every day. Of those who rely on information about the social life through television, 40% admit they never read books, and among those looking for information on the Internet, only four (25%) never read books, a small share of the country average (36%).

In response to the question whether they believe that the media in Bulgaria provide accurate and verified information to the public without deliberately concealing or distorting facts, and whether the media in our country is succumbing to political or economic pressure or influence, there are differences in reading habits. Of those who believe that the media provides accurate information and are independent of foreign influences, over 40% say they do not spend enough time reading, and only 30% declare the same from those who do not believe in these statements.

In the more trustworthy about the quality of information that the media poses in the public space, people who read almost every day (17-19%) are 10% less than the more critical (27-29%).


Student Donated more than 3000 Books to Community Centers and Homes for Adults

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

A student from Pazardzhik Village collected and donated over 3000 books to community centers and homes for elderly people from all over the country, bTV reports.

The good deed of Kiril Baldev began three years ago. Then he was 17 years old. The boy says that everyone keeps valuable books in their home, but they rarely read and it may be useful to other readers.

“I posted in an internet article that I collect books for the community center that was destroyed after a fire in the village of Menenkyovo. People started looking for me, asking how to donate, I told them or send them to the community center or to me, “says Kiril Baldev.

The student continues with his enthusiasm and follows a second donation – 300 books for the community center in the village where he lives. Management is happy to accept the donation, as it is increasingly difficult to spend money on books.

“There were also new children’s literature, which during the summer has done a very useful, because we do not always have a enough copies from a book and then there are more children who visit their grandperents and take books,” commented Sultana Stoycheva, secretary of the Chunchevo community center

In addition to used books, Cyril collects funds and purchases new editions. According to him, companies, businessmen and friends support the initiative.

The last donation was given to the village of Velchevo in Veliko Tarnovo – a love novel in 100 copies to be distributed to the people.

The boy admits that the feeling of unfolding a real book is incomparable and prefers to take a book from a library rather than read a book in an electronic version.

Many people support Cyril in his initiatives. He is grateful, but he says he would really be glad if other people follow his deeds.


Scientists have Revealed why Birds have no Teeth

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

It’s something you cannot stop but wonder, right? Why do birds have beaks and no teeth? Aren’t they related to dinosaurs, which also had a great set of chompers?

Actually, birds had teeth. Yes, it is quite shocking, but researchers at the University of Bonn found out years ago. But it wasn’t until this year that they found out why bird lost their teeth. So far, researchers Tzu-Ruei Yang and Martin Sander had a theory that proved to be wrong. Now, they have enough proof to back a new idea.

Yang and his colleague Sander published their study today in Biology Letters, explaining what happened to the birds’ teeth.

Prioritizing Hatching

This study is quite a challenge towards the long known views of scientists on the evolution of birds. Yang and Sander argue that birds gave up their teeth to speed up the hatching of their eggs.

The incubation of dinosaur eggs would last for a few months, while birds can nowadays hatch after a few days or weeks. The speeding process is because the embryo inside the egg doesn’t need to develop teeth. So, the bird will hatch 60% faster, as it has no teeth, said the researchers.


This theory suggests that the bird hatches faster to be less vulnerable to predators or natural factors, increasing the survival rate. It’s a way of adapting to the situation, and a major concern among all dinosaurs or animals that lay eggs. The researchers explain:

“We suggest that (evolutionary) selection for tooth loss (in birds) was a side effect of selection for fast embryo growth and thus shorter incubation.”

Theories Varied Along the Years

Others studies argued that birds lost their teeth to improve their flight, as they descended from avian dinosaurs. However, studies and proof showed that, in the Mesozoic era, non-avian dinosaurs also had toothless beaks.

Then, other scientists theorized that beaks were better for eating bird food. On the other hand, they also discovered that dinosaurs with a different diet also lost their teeth and grew a pointed beak.

After finding out that eggs of dinosaurs that couldn’t fly hatched longer than it was previously thought, Yang and Sander wrote a study last year that led them to a breakthrough. In this year’s study, they explain how faster incubation aided ancient birds and dinosaurs in hatching their eggs and eventually losing their teeth for faster hatching.


Two People were Killed and 18 were Injured in a Crash between a Truck and a Train in Italy

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Two people were killed and 18 were injured tonight in derailment of a train in northern Italy, near Turin.
The train derailed at 11:20 local time after crashing into a railroad stop.

One of the victims is the train driver. Later, one of two passengers transported via helicopter to a hospital died. The truck driver is not injured. The truck has a Lithuanian registration and has traveled near the crash site.

The regional railway administration said the barrier was properly lowered before the train approached, but for unknown reasons the truck crashed into it and stopped on the rails, added bTV.


"Levski" Marks 104 years since the Founding of the Football Club

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Sofia football club “Levski” will celebrate today its 104th birthday. The team was founded on May 24, 1914 in Sofia by a group of students in Second Male High School and the founding act was held at the mound at today’s 22nd Sofia School “Georgi S. Rakovski”.

It is the traditional ceremony of wreaths and flowers that will be held today at 10.30 am. It is expected to include players and coaches from the first team, as well as youths and veterans of the “blue”.

Later today Levski will meet Cherno More in a barrage for participating in the qualifiers of the Europa League. The meeting is attended by Georgi Asparuhov St. at 20.30.


The French President Macron is on an Official Visit to Russia

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

A year after French and Russian presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin met in Versailles in Paris, today the Russian head of state will meet his French counterpart in the Constantinian Palace near St. Petersburg.

The two leaders will discuss the Iranian nuclear program, the crisis in Syria and Ukraine. The positions of Moscow and Paris on Iran’s nuclear program are different. Russia is for maintaining the current agreement, while France is pushing for it to be extended.


At least Four Victims of a Suicide Bombing in Baghdad

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

At least four people were killed this night in a suicide attack in Baghdad, the BNR reported.

“Suicide bomber exploded after being surrounded by policemen near a park in the Shaalah district,” in the north of the Iraqi capital, a communique of the security command said.

Authorities report nearly a dozen injured. No one has taken responsibility for the attack.


The Court Banned Trump from Blocking his Followers on Twitter

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

US President Donald Trump has no right to block his Twitter followers who criticize him on the social network. This decision was ruled by the court in New York, NBC reported, transmits “Darik”.

The lawsuit was filed in July 2017 by seven Twitter users by Trump, along with the Knight First Amendment Institute, a human rights organization at Columbia University.

The court’s motives say that blocking users on the page violates the first amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and the right to protest.

According to the complainants, as Trump uses Twitter for political statements, the microblog is a platform for public discussion, and for that reason the authorities can not forbid people’s access to it on the basis of their personal views.