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The EC Creates an Air Fleet to Combat Fires

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The reason is the risk of forest fires during the summer, reported NOVA TV. 

In order to prepare for forest fire risk, the Commission announced the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to deal with natural disasters in the coming summer.

So far, seven firefighters and six helicopters will be part of the rescEU fleet during the initial transition period and the Commission will interact with participating countries to add additional assets in the coming weeks, the EC press service said in Bulgaria.

Five EU Member States, often affected by forest fires in recent years, have already made available their aircraft and helicopters for the transitional fleet of the rescEU for 2019. Initial assets are: 2 Croatian airplanes, 1 French airplane, 2 Italian airplanes , 2 aircraft from Spain and 6 helicopters from Sweden.

In addition to setting up the rescEU fleet, the European Commission is strengthening its monitoring and coordination capacity to prepare for the forest fires season.

The long-term goal is to increase capacity and assets, as well as build a stronger rescEU reserve.


Experts Say the Ocean Level May Rise 2m by the End of the Century

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

They have made their predictions, based on the melting of ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, reported NOVA TV. 

Twenty-two experts published forecasts in the Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences, according to which the level of the oceans could rise by two meters by the end of the century, the French press and the BTA reported.

According to the pessimistic scenario of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the upward trend could be achieved by keeping current trends up to 2100 and global warming by 5 degrees Celsius. With this option there is a 5 percent risk that the ocean level will rise to 238 centimeters.

Even if the parameters of the Paris climate agreement are met, global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius, the ocean rise may vary in a very wide amplitude – from 36 centimeters to 126 centimeters.

The expert group has made its predictions, based on the melting of ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. It is one of the main factors for increasing ocean levels along with the thermal expansion of their volume due to climate warming.

If the scientist’s pessimistic scenario is realized, the Earth will lose 1.79 million square kilometers of drought and will result in a migration of 187 million inhabitants of the planet.


Germany Considers Bulgaria a Truly Important Partner For a Very Strong Pro-European Country.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva with commented on the highlights of the visit of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Bulgaria and the prospect of investment from Germany in the home economy.

Germany considers Bulgaria a truly important partner for a very strong pro-European country.

,,Heiko Maas’ visit, comes with a very strong message has been sent to us that these elections are really important because the problems that accumulate, the frequent play with seemingly popular solutions to difficult issues and the fact that the Eurosceptic MEPs are quite strong, show that we need a Europe of values, “Zaharieva commented.

Concerning the meeting of Chancellor Merkel and President Macron with leaders of the Western Balkans, to which Bulgaria was not invited, Zaharieva said:

Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs: The countries with which there are still problems were invited. Bulgaria has no place in the format in which you invite states that have a terribly strong problem. Germany relies on Bulgaria for its expertise in the Balkans as a country that knows the region very well and wants the countries of the Western Balkans to go along the path of European integration.

,,30 of the 100 largest investments in Bulgaria are from Germany, the German is the second most learned language. Over 90% of investors would invest in Bulgaria”, Zaharieva is categorical.

Regarding the intentions of one of the world’s largest automotive concern to build a plant in the Balkans, Zaharieva said that we have a great chance and the Bulgarian government has done our best to be elected.

,,At this stage we have to wait for the investors’ decision”, the Deputy Prime Minister is categorical.


Strike Canceled Over 300 Flights of the National Air Carrier ‘Alitalia’

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

24-hour strike of the air and ground staff of the national air carrier of Italy.

Over 300 flights, or nearly half of the planned flights, were canceled. These include regular Alitalia evening flights from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Sofia and vice versa.

The airline offers the affected passengers the opportunity to change their tickets for free in one week or to get their money back.

Aviation sector unions insist on more acceptable working conditions, and the government will finally find a buyer of Alitalia.


Grigor Dimitrov Lost in the First Round in Geneva

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Dimitrov lost to Argentine Federico Delbonis Delbonis with 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, reported NOVA TV. 

Grigor Dimitrov was eliminated in the first round of the ATP 250 series in Geneva, after losing to Argentine Federico Delbonis with 6-1, 4-6, 2-6. Bulgaria’s first rocket started the qualification race where it won two victories, but today he was stopped by the 84th in the world – Delbonis

Grigor started the game well and made two breaks in the first set, giving only one game to his opponent. This percentage, however, dropped significantly in the second part, in which Dimitrov lost his serve twice and Delbonis scored the third set, which allowed him to close the match after an hour and 38 minutes.

Thus, Dimitrov recorded a successive disappointing result in recent months, this time under the guidance of his new coach, Radek ?putanek.

The Bulgarian tennis player is scheduled to take part in the second year of the Grand Slam tournament – Roland Garros, which starts on Sunday.


By October 2020 ‘Hemus’ Highway Between Varna and Targovishte Will be Ready

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

,,By October next year Hemus highway between Varna and Targovishte will be ready”, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said today during his visit to the seaside city.

Together with the Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov and Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, he visited the newly built temple “St. Procopius of Varna”.

,,The money for the construction of Hemus is fully insured and is on a separate account”, said Borissov.

According to him, the payments of the builders are made after the completion of the individual sites. The prime minister added that the section between Targovishte and Veliko Tarnovo is currently being developed. In his words, the whole highway should be ready for up to 3 years, possibly 4 for the heaviest stretches.

,,The construction of Hemus is imperative in order to ease the business in northern Bulgaria”, the prime minister said.

He added that in this part of the country there are more and more enterprises, which work for export and need good roads.


Kottarashky are the first Bulgarians to Enter the Selection of the Francofolies international Festival

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Kottarashky are the first Bulgarian musicians to enter the selection of artists at the prestigious Francofolies de la Rochelle, France, and will be on stage on July 14 this year, a national holiday of the country.

Bulgarian musicians will have the chance to play on an open stage, in front of the many thousands of fans at the festival, which annually gathers about 150,000 people for the La Rochelle event.

Their participation is an initiative and part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris in partnership with the biggest international festival for francophone music Francofolies.

The Bulgarian edition of Francofolies in Blagoevgrad this year will be held on 21 and 22 June with concerts by Kendji Girac, one of the most recent American performers LP, the French electro-swing band Caravan Palace, Dan Balan and the Romanian stars from Morandi.

For years of its existence, Francofolies in La Rochelle, on its stage have sang the world’s biggest French stars, including Assamur, John Holiday, Patricia Kaas, Silvi Vartan, Vanessa Paradis, Reno, Buena Vista Social Club, and today’s in idols for fans ZAZ, Mika, DJ Snake, Imani, Charlotte Gainsbourg, David Guetta and others.


95% of all Car Crashes in Bulgaria are due to Human Error

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

According to a national survey, nearly 2.5 million are active drivers in Bulgaria, and human factors are among the main causes of road accidents. It is therefore very important to explore the different groups of drivers, that are the main mistakes they make on the road and what has led to them. This is what the chairman of the State Agency for Road Safety Malina Kroumova said during the official presentation of this year’s SDIndex / Safe Drive Index initiative, quoted in a news release from the agency.

The national survey, supported by several institutions, aims at introducing a national index for risk assessment in the behavior of motor vehicle drivers in Bulgaria.
In Krumova’s words, the most important thing when talking about road safety issues is to look at the subject in its entirety and analyze all elements together – drivers, vehicles, infrastructure.

She pointed out that the state agency is currently undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the state of road safety in the country.
According to the 2018 index, 95 per cent of all road accidents in Bulgaria have occurred as a result of human error.
“I am pleased that you will expand the elements of your research in 2019. But let’s also see what is behind the driver’s mistakes – what is their preparation, attention on whether they were tired, but also to report and analyze external factors – whether the environment was clear and comprehensible, what was the state of the vehicle, even the meteorological situation, “Krumova said.

She called for more action to prevent car crashes, not just follow-up sanctions for drivers, to work to raise civic awareness, but also to enable civil society to control processes by giving signals and timely response.
SDIndex is a generalized self-assessment of drivers’ behavior and reactions in routine and risky situations, representative of Bulgarian drivers between the ages of 18 and 75 at national level. This year, SDIndex also has new elements, the most important of which is a special module for risk assessment among truck and bus drivers, a need identified in last year’s study. The questionnaire addressed to light and light vehicle drivers is also updated and everyone can fill it online on the campaign site.


Bulgarian PM Borisov Attended Opening of a New Plant Creating 200 Jobs in Northeastern Bulgaria

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Good investment with 200 new jobs. This is industrialization and income growth. This was stated by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in the village of Karapelit, Dobrich district at the opening of a new production line of a plant for the production of oil. The company is processing 500 tons of sunflower per day, with 80% of the production being exported to the EU, China and the Middle East.

“We have to keep people in the region. I want to thank the investors, but also you, the workers. If it was not for you, there would be no investment. You are gold, “Prime Minister Borisov said to the employees of the plant.

The Prime Minister stressed that the government is pursuing an active investment policy. ” Tomislav Donchev, and Vladislav Goranov and all colleagues have created ideal conditions for investors,” he added Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and noted that every day new jobs are opened.


Bear Cub Visited a Private Yard of a House in Kladnitsa, Western Bulgaria (Video)

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

A four-month-old bear cub, probably separated from its mother, was found around 20.00 last night in a private yard of a house in the village of Kladnitsa, in the region of the “Vitosha-Studena” State Hunting Enterprise.

The bear cub who found shelter in the courtyard of the house climbs on the fence, then ends up on the nearby pine at an altitude of about 15 meters.

A rescue took place because it could not survive alone if it failed to find its mother.

In December, a mother with a small bear was shot in the area of ??the State Hunting Enterprise / Vitosha-Studena, near the village of Kladnitsa.

The mayor of the village of Pernik determined that the appearance of a bear for the second time within a few months in the area of ??a settlement was uncharacteristic. The animal chose a yard near the Kladnishka River, and there were other houses next door.

The region falls in the northern part of Kladnitsa and is inhabited, but the owners were not there at the moment, the mayor Vassil Mirchev explained. After the return of the bear in the forest, it has not appeared again, he says.

Perhaps the relatively cool weather confuses the bears, says the mayor.

Kladnitsa village is located at 1000 m above sea level in the southern slopes of Vitosha Mountain.