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Traces of Ancient Civilization were Found in the UK

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The archaeologists of the UK have discovered previously unknown traces of ancient structures that look like markings in the fields. The find was made possible by the heat, because of which the grass above the ruins, hidden by a thin layer of soil, grew differently than in the surrounding terrain.

As the newspaper writes, the marks indicate the location of the remains of the foundation of castles, fortresses, farmhouses and mansions that belong to different periods of time, including the primitive epoch (for example, the Iron Age) or the first half of the 20th century. Some of them are known to scientists, but a prolonged summer drought, which has not been analogous since the 70s of the last century, helped to discover new archaeological sites.

There are several mechanisms for the formation of such markers. Firstly, plants because of the heat can completely dry up if they grow right above the stone walls or foundation, which prevent the accumulation of sufficient moisture in the soil. In another case, water can accumulate in artificial ditches filled with soil, and then the grass above them, on the contrary, grows better than elsewhere.

Differences become apparent with relatively long periods of drought, so under normal conditions, the ruins remain hidden for many years or decades.

The 1976 drought helped British researchers discover many new archaeological sites. Scientists believe that the year 2018 can be just as productive, especially if we take into account the development of the technology of unmanned aerial vehicles, which allow us to see the markings from a height.


Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari: Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

SOFIA, BULGARIA – The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is one of the biggest discoveries in the last 30 years in Bulgaria. Attracting many tourists from all parts of Bulgaria, the tomb has already gained popularity at the international level thanks to its presence on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

It was found in 1982 during the excavation of the Mound №7 from the Eastern Mound Necropolis of Sboryanovo (Ginina Mogila). It was built in the first quarter of the 3rd century BC and is a unique monument of Thracian cemetery architecture. It has impressive dimensions – its length is 7.5 m, the width is 6.5 m and the height of the chamber is 4.45 m.

The tomb is made of large limestone blocks. It consists of a corridor and three chamber rooms, each chamber is covered with a separate vault. The tomb has a unique architectural decor, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. The decoration of the tomb is in the spirit of the Hellenistic culture but one can see also the Getae’s views and beliefs. Very unconventional, the beautiful decoration attracts the attention of tourists as soon as they enter.

The body of the dead ruler was laid in the chamber. The unfinished decoration on the walls and the ceiling show that he died before his eternal home was finished. The ceiling of the camera is supported by statues of women with raised hands called caryatids, whose faces and hair still carry the remains of a colorful decoration. An interesting fact is that each of them has a different face. In addition, there is a fresco in the tomb representing the religious procession and the ordination of heroization – the ruler, who receives a golden wreath from the hands of a goddess dressed in a long robe.

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari is located in Northeastern Bulgaria, Razgrad district.

Source: EU Scoop


Unbelievable! Alexandra Nacheva is at the Top of the World in the Triple Jump with a Great Result

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Alexandra Nacheva became world champion in the triple jump from the athletics championship for U20 years in Tampere. Bulgaria’s  16-year-old girl competed with a personal record and best achievement in the world for the year – 14.18 meters. This is the first world title for Bulgaria in this age group since 2006, when Tezjan Naimova triumphed at 100 and 200 meters in Beijing. Nacheva surpassed 23 centimeters the second in the standings – Mirelli Santos from Brazil. Alexandra achieved the impressive result in her second attempt. The third jump was also strong – 13.62 meters.

Nacheva started the race with a foul, but in his second jump, she completely destroyed all the hopes of the rivals with a great result. The best achievement for the season by Alexandra so far – 14.00 meters. 



The New Week in Bulgaria Begins with Sun, after that there will be Rain in some Places

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

In the night it will be clear with a weak northwest wind. On Monday it will be sunny. In the afternoon, over the northeastern areas there will be temporary cloud increases and there will be occasional rainfall in some places.

It will blow to a moderate northwest wind. The maximum temperatures will be between 28 and 33 degrees, in Sofia – 27-28 degrees. The atmospheric pressure will be close to the average for the month. During the day it will stay almost unchanged.

Above the mountains will also be mostly sunny. There will be clouds in the afternoon, but only in some places will pass. It will blow moderate to strong northwest wind. The maximum temperature at a height of 1200 m will be about 22 degrees, at 2000 m – about 14 degrees.

The Black Sea will be mostly sunny. In the afternoon above the northern coast, there will be temporary clouds, but only in some places and they will pass briefly. It will blow to a moderate northwest wind. Maximum air temperatures will be 28-32 degrees. The sea water temperature is 25-26 degrees. The excitement of the sea will be 1-2 bales.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the air mass will again become unstable. Before noon it will be mostly sunny, after lunch and before midnight will develop cumulus and cumulus-rain clouds. In many places across the country there will be short rainfall and thunderstorms. In mountainous regions there are conditions for significant precipitation. Hailstorms are possible. In the middle of the week it will be windy.

Temperatures will be in broader ranges, the maximum will be from 22-25 degrees in rainfall areas, up to 30-33 degrees in more sunny areas.


The Automobile Industry in Bulgaria Needs Large Industrial Zones and 45 000 Workers

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The automotive industry is going to need large industrial zones and another 45,000 workers in the next three, four years because of the expected growth in component manufacturing. This was announced by Lyubomir Stanislavov, Executive Director of “Automotive Cluster Bulgaria” at the discussion “Yes! On the Bulgarian Automotive Industry”.

The organization has initiated the creation of three new industrial zones around Bourgas, Sofia and Vidin where there are vocational high schools with the possibility of dual training, Stanislavov said. In his words, the best examples of dual education are in the automotive industry, where there are the most students.

The automotive industry also needs a partnership with the government. Large first-tier automotive suppliers and manufacturers coming to Bulgaria will need significant incentives, sometimes those that go beyond traditional measures, Stanislavov said to the representatives of the executive power participating in the forum. According to him, the companies are interested in our country and the potential is a matter of management.

The automotive industry is developing at the fastest pace in Bulgaria, ahead of the pace of development of the IT sector, tourism and metallurgy and the measures taken in its support, Stanislavov said. Six years ago, when the cluster was set up, the sector created less than 1 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), under 9,000 employees were employed, and companies were under 30. Now the automotive industry accounts for over 5 per cent of GDP, over 47,000 people work in the sector, and the companies are already over 170. The turnover generated by them is over 2.5 billion levs, Stanislavov said.

“By the share of industry in gross value added, Bulgaria is ahead of the average European level by 5 percentage points. Bulgaria is an industrialized country.The backbone of this industry is the mechatronics – machine building, electrical engineering and electronics, employing more than 143,000 people, export sector is the number one with BGN 13 billion or 24% of all Bulgaria’s exports in 2017. If we have to identify a sector that fills the budget of the Bulgarian state and the households in Bulgaria, this is undoubtedly the mechatronics. And the biggest asset is the automotive industry. ” This was stated by the chairman of the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria, Vasil Velev.

On his part, Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Simeonov promised that the government will provide full support and assistance to the Bulgarian companies in the branch.

The lack of staff can be supported by the state through training for employees under the Investment Act, Deputy Economy Minister Lachezar Borisov said. He noted that so far, investors have used the financial incentive to ease employee benefits.

Soon, financial resources will be provided for the creation of the industrial zone in Stara Zagora. Large-area projects around Sofia and Bourgas are also being worked on, as well as attracting a high-end investor – a car maker in Bulgaria, said the Deputy Minister of Economy.

Since 2005, 21 projects with 13,000 jobs have been certified, totaling nearly BGN 1 billion, but the development of this industry has been the most dynamic in recent years, Borisov said.

Since the beginning of 2016, there have been 11 projects with over 8,200 jobs worth nearly 300 million leva. These projects are in the process of being implemented and some of the companies have not yet recruited employees. This means that in the coming years there will be a demand for personnel, added the Deputy Minister of Economy.

According to May data, at 2015, there is a 37% rise in the industrial production index and a 45% growth in turnover in the sector, Borisov said. Exports of the sector are 4% of total exports and they account for 4-5% of the value added in the industry.

Deputy Minister of Education Tanya Mihaylova reported that 10 263 young people from 9 to 12 grade are trained in the specialties related to road transport. If they all work on the profession, the problem with the staff would be solved, she added. She reminded that lists of protected professions and professions for which shortage of staff is expected to be ready.

There are 55 majors from 12 professional fields with an expected shortage, Mihailova added. The list includes 27 protected professional fields with 29 specialties, among which are those related to the automotive industry.

The proposals for changes in the Vocational Education Act regarding the dual training are ready, Mihailova said.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Education Commission Milena Damianova informed that the proposals for amendments to the Higher Education Act are already being worked out to ensure the participation of the business in the educational process. This will also be useful for the automotive industry, she said. The plans are for the changes in the Higher Education Act to be adopted by the end of September.

Proposals for amendments to the Vocational Education Act are expected to be submitted to parliament next week and the draft will go through the first reading by the end of the month, said Damyanova.


18-year-old Girl Beaten by her Boyfriend in Sofia

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

An 18-year-old girl was beaten and robbed in a park in the Reduta neighborhood on Saturday, NTV reported.

The Emergency Assistance signal arrived at 1:19 pm The responding medical team found that the victim had a back injury, hurt rib and pelvis. She was taken to Pirogov, and according to the investigators, the attacker is a 30-year-old man with whom the girl has a relationship.


UFC Boise: Junior dos Santos Rolls by Bulgarian Blagoy Ivanov by Unanimous Decision

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Junior dos Santos did everything he needed to do to procure a win after a layoff of more than a year. Then, he made a promise to fans.

“I’ll be even better for the next one,” dos Santos said.

The former UFC heavyweight champion beat Blagoy Ivanov by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) in a solid, if unspectacular performance in the UFC Boise main event Saturday night in Idaho. Dos Santos did win every round, but Ivanov showed a very good chin and rocked the Brazilian on several occasions throughout with left hands. It was the first victory for “Cigano” since April 2016 against Ben Rothwell.

Dos Santos opened up a cut on Ivanov’s left eye early in the fight and clearly took the first two rounds. Ivanov rallied in the third with big blows, but that was only after dos Santos did damage to that eye with a right hand, forcing Ivanov to act almost as if he was poked in it. The fourth and fifth rounds were low on activity. But dos Santos did enough with his jab keeping Ivanov honest to win them.

Dos Santos (19-5) has not fought since a title loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 211 in May 2017. In the latter part of the last year and the beginning of 2018, he was dealing with a failed drug test that he was later cleared for by USADA after an investigation. Dos Santos, 34, said Saturday that he’d like a trilogy matchup with Miocic next, since they are 1-1 against one another.

Ivanov (16-2, 1 NC) had won five straight coming in and was coming off a run as the World Series of Fighting heavyweight champion. The Bulgaria native is known as one of the toughest, most durable fighters in the division. Ivanov, 31, has a combat sambo victory over Fedor Emelianenkoon his r?sum?. This was his UFC debut.

Source: MMA Fighting


Milky Way Still Bears the 10-billion-year-old Scars of a Galactic Collision

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Galaxies collide with each other on a pretty regular basis. Our own Milky Way, for instance, has gobbled up dozens of smaller galaxies in the past, and Andromeda is currently hurtling towards us at 109 km (68 mi) per second. An international team of astronomers has now found evidence of a celestial smash-up between the Milky Way and an unknown dwarf galaxy that took place around eight to 10 billion years ago, and forever changed the face of our home galaxy.

According to the researchers, the evidence for this cosmic collision is all around us, from the bulge at the center of the Milky Way to the spread-out halo at the very fringes. The now-defunct dwarf galaxy has been dubbed the “Gaia Sausage,” after the ESA’s Gaia satellite used to plot out the trajectories of its stars, and the apparent shape those measurements revealed.

“We plotted the velocities of the stars, and the sausage shape just jumped out at us,” says Wyn Evans, co-author of the study. “As the smaller galaxy broke up, its stars were thrown out on very radial orbits. These Sausage stars are what’s left of the last major merger of the Milky Way.”

Minor mergers happen all the time, but the researchers say the Sausage galaxy would have been the largest to ever hit the Milky Way, containing the mass of about 10 billion Suns. According to simulations, the impact would have caused the Milky Way’s galactic disk to puff up or even fracture, sending Sausage stars piling into the center – which we now see as the bulge – and flicking others out into the spherical halo, on very stretched orbits.

“The collision ripped the dwarf to shreds, leaving its stars moving on very radial orbits, like needles,” says Vasily Belokurov, co-author of the study. “These stars’ paths take them very close to the center of our galaxy. This is a tell-tale sign that the dwarf galaxy came in on a really eccentric orbit and its fate was sealed.”

The team also noticed that the Sausage galaxy seems to have brought in at least eight globular clusters with it – another clue that the extinct dwarf was much larger than others.

The research was published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as four related papers in other journals.

Source: University of Cambridge


FIFA World Cup 2018, Final Preview: A Look at What to Expect in the Title Showdown between France and Croatia

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

France are the established powerhouse with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia have the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out.

The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final, with France going for their second title in their third final in 20 years. Croatia, a country that only gained independence in 1991, will be playing in their first.

Most consider France to be the favorites for the match at the Luzhniki Stadium, just like two years ago when the country’s national team faced Portugal in the European Championship final at home.

But perhaps feeling complacent after beating Germany in the semi-finals, France flopped.

Lloris was the goalkeeper in that 1-0 loss in Paris, facing a Portugal team that had reached the final after some extra-time victories.

Croatia have done the same this year, needing penalties to beat Denmark and hosts Russia before defeating England in extra-time in the semi-finals.

France coach Didier Deschamps has made some changes to his team, however. Fourteen, to be exact, from the 23 players who made up the squad two years ago.

Another factor in France’s favour is rest. The French had only two days of rest between the Euro 2016 semi-finals and the final. This time, they have four full days to recover, one more than Croatia.

Croatia have also played a lot more football in their six matches in Russia. With their last three matches going to extra-time, the team has played a full 90 minutes more than France. There was also the added stress of two penalty shootouts.

That’s all behind them.

Here’s a look at what you can expect on Sunday at the World Cup in Russia:

Final at Luzhniki Stadium: France vs Croatia, 8.30 pm IST

Putin reappears

The Russian president has kept a fairly low profile at the World Cup considering he’s more or less the man behind the tournament. Vladimir Putin attended the opening match a month ago in Moscow, a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia that kicked off a surprising quarter-final run for the home team. That’s evidently the only football he’s seen in person, though he has hosted a handful of events involving FIFA officials in and around Red Square, including a Saturday evening concert at the Bolshoi Theater.

Putin was to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Sunday ahead of the final, then attend the match at Luzhniki Stadium a short drive from the Kremlin before heading off to meet US President Donald Trump in Finland on Monday.

Who will take home the hardware

England’s Harry Kane has six goals to his credit, making him a near lock to win the Golden Boot, awarded to the tournament’s top scorer. The awards based on judgment calls are more up in the air. Croatia midfielder Luka Modric is a good bet to be named player of the tournament if he plays well again and Croatia win. But the Golden Ball could just as easily go to Kylian Mbappe or Antoine Griezmann if France triumph. Best goalkeeper? Maybe the toughest call of all. The two playing Sunday — France captain Hugo Lloris and Croatian sensation Danijel Subasic — and England’s Jordan Pickford all have strong cases in a tournament where several keepers have excelled.

Oh, and that other trophy

Will France win their second World Cup, or Croatia their first? That could come down to the Croats’ stamina. No team has played three extra-time matches in the same World Cup, as Croatia have done in its past three contests. Moreover, France have had one more day to prepare because their semi-final preceded Croatia’s. “An extra 24 hours is a really big thing at this stage of the tournament,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez noted Saturday, allowing for what edge his side might have had in their 2-0 win over England in the third-place match.

On the other hand, Croatia have defied logic on this once already. They were faced with a fast, younger, relatively rested team in their semi-final against England, just as it is against France. After going down a goal, the Croats steadily grew stronger, controlling the game and beating opponents to the ball as if they were the ones with fresh legs, finally getting the winner in extra-time. France will be favored for a lot of other good reasons , but another upset shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been watching Croatia or the rest of this upset-filled World Cup.

Source: First Post, with inputs from AP


Massive Iceberg Threatens Greenland Village as Residents are Evacuated

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

A massive iceberg has drifted close to a village in Greenland, sparking fears it could break up and send waves crashing into homes.

The iceberg has come close to properties on the island of Innaarsuit in western Greenland, whose population of 169 have been evacuated from their homes.

Police spokeswoman Lina Davidsen said: “Residents were evacuated in the early hours of Friday in fears that a flood would hit the place as a result of the broken iceberg.

“All the people in the danger area have been evacuated to a building that is further up in the village. The evacuation happened only because the iceberg is so close to the village.”

Innaarsuit is located about 620 miles north of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital and largest city.

Earthquakes and tsunamis have created major floods in Greenland in recent years.

Extreme iceberg break-ups risk becoming more frequent because of climate change, some experts have warned.

An iceberg four miles wide broke off from a glacier in eastern Greenland in June.

New York University professor David Holland, an expert in atmospheric and ocean science, said:”This is the largest event we’ve seen in over a decade in Greenland.”

Video of the break-up on 22 June was shot by his wife, Denise Holland of NYU’s Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

They had camped by the Helheim Glacier for several weeks to collect data to project sea level changes caused by global warming.

Mr Holland said the time-lapse video, which is sped up by 20 times, shows “the percent of the annual ice loss of Greenland occur in 30 minutes”.

Source: Sky News