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People in Bourgas are Protesting Against the Air Pollution in the City

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Residents of Bourgas today gather again in protest against the dirty air, BNR reported. The occasion was another case just a week ago, when dozens of citizens of Burgas were reporting unpleasant smells to the Regional Environmental Inspectorate and in the municipality. The protest will take place in the central square of Burgas.

Since the beginning of the year, this has been the second such protest. The organizers from the Ecological Network invited representatives of the Ecology Directorate in the municipality as well as the management of the Regional Environmental Inspectorate, said Stoyan Grozev, president of the Association

This week, a meeting between the mayor of the city Dimitar Nikolov, the leadership of the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters, presidents of the two companies – Kronospan and Lukoil – who are referred as the main air pollutants and protesters once again were dissapointed that the institutions can not to determine the source of the pollution to the city.

The Kronospan woodworking company undertook to purchase a 24-hour monitoring station for fine particulate matter.


Drunk Passenger Forced a Plane from Poland to Egypt to Make an Emergency Landing in Sofia

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

A plane doing a charter flight from the Polish city of Wroclaw to the Egyptian resort of Hurghada had to land in Sofia because of the aggressive behavior of a drunken passenger.

Turkish Airlines CornDonn flew yesterday afternoon from Wroclaw Airport. After taking other tourists from Poznan, the machine headed for its final destination in Egypt.

However, due to the aggressive behavior of a passenger on board, the plane had to land in Sofia. According to Gazeta Viborca, another passenger from the plane explained that the drunken man had jumped on the stewardess who refused to serve him any more alcohol

For this reason, the captain of the crew decided to make an unscheduled stop in Bulgaria. After the landing, the troubled traveler was taken off the plane with the help of the Bulgarian Border Police.
In a post on his Facebook account, a witness of the incident explains how a “bald man grabbed the stewardess for her throat and scared the kids.”

Once the drunk passenger was taken down, the plane took off again and the passengers arrived at the end of their voyage at 21:00.


17 People were Injured in a Railway Accident in Slovakia

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

At least 17 people suffered from a collision between a passenger train and a locomotive in Slovakia, TASR reported.
According to the media, three of the victims suffered from severe injuries, and the rest have only minor injuries.
At the scene there are about 40 rescuers and ambulances.


Russia to Expel 23 British Diplomats and Closes British General Consulate in St. Petersburg

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Russia announced that 23 British diplomats are now “persona non grata” and gave them a week to leave the country and also to close the British General Consulate in St. Petersburg, FOCUS quoted TASS as saying.

“They are proclaimed” persona non grata “and 23 expatriate diplomats from the British Embassy from Moscow are expelled within one week. The violation of the principle of equivalence in the number of consular offices of the two countries is acknowledged, Russia’s consent to the opening and functioning of the UK Consulate General in St. Petersburg. The relevant procedures will be implemented in accordance with international law, ” says the official statement of the Russian MFA said.

Russia has summoned the British ambassador to Laurie Bristow in his foreign ministry for the second time this week, France’s press reports. “The British ambassador has been called to the MFA,” the ministry said. Bristow was summoned on Tuesday for the scandal linked to the poisoning of former Russian secret agent Sergei Scripal in England.


For the next school year, half of the schools will have lockers

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Education Minister Krasimir Valchev expects half of the students from the first to the seventh grade to have lockers in the schools by autumn. This was made clear by his commentary on the sidelines of parliament. MES allocates BGN 2.9 million for the provision of school lockers in which students hold textbooks and other things for the purpose of lightening the backpacks.
“Students from grades 1 to 7 are approximately 450,000, and we estimate that between 150,000 and 200,000 lockers will be purchased with the funds for this year. Currently, some schools have some lockers, so we do not go from zero, “the minister said.

“We are hoping for the autumn to have lockers for half the students from the 1st to the 7th grade,” he said, explaining that they would first be those who claimed the lowest value of a locker, and schools would be able to buy lockers and higher if they are financing.

“It is not true what has been said that small schools will not have access to, and the big ones will have. So smaller schools will have to buy less lockers. And some small schools have more financial opportunities than some big ones. But we still need a criterion to choose who to get them this year and who to stay for the next and the following, “he added.

“In the worst case scenario, this program should be implemented in three years, so that everyone can afford to buy lockers for all pupils from the first to the 7th grade,” said Minister Krassimir Valchev.


Top Bottled Water Brands Contaminated with Plastic Particles

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Miami (AFP) – The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

“Widespread contamination” with plastic was found in the study, led by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, according to a summary released by Orb Media, a US-based non-profit media collective.

Researchers tested 250 bottles of water in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.

Plastic was identified in 93 percent of the samples, which included major name brands such as Aqua, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life and San Pellegrino.

The plastic debris included nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene, which is used to make bottle caps.

“In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers,” Mason told AFP.

“I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself. It is coming from the cap. It is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water.”

Particle concentration ranged from “zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle,” said the report.

On average, plastic particles in the 100 micron (0.10 millimeter) size range — considered “microplastics” — were found at an average rate of 10.4 plastic particles per liter.

Even smaller particles were more common — averaging about 325 per liter.

Other brands that were found to contain plastic contaminated included Bisleri, Epura, Gerolsteiner, Minalba and Wahaha.

Experts cautioned that the extent of the risk to human health posed by such contamination remains unclear.

“There are connections to increases in certain kinds of cancer to lower sperm count to increases in conditions like ADHD and autism,” said Mason.

“We know that they are connected to these synthetic chemicals in the environment and we know that plastics are providing kind of a means to get those chemicals into our bodies.”

- Time to ditch plastic? -

Previous research by Orb Media has found plastic particles in tap water, too, but on a smaller scale.

“Tap water, by and large, is much safer than bottled water,” said Mason.

The three-month study used a technique developed by the University of East Anglia’s School of Chemistry to “see” microplastic particles by staining them using fluorescent Nile Red dye, which makes plastic fluorescent when irradiated with blue light.

“We have been involved with independently reviewing the findings and methodology to ensure the study is robust and credible,” said lead researcher Andrew Mayes, from UEA’s School of Chemistry.

“The results stack up.”

However, representatives from the bottled water industry took issue with the findings, saying they were not peer-reviewed and “not based on sound science,” according to a statement from the International Bottled Water Association.

“A recent scientific study published in the peer-reviewed journal Water Research in February 2018 concluded that no statistically relevant amount of microplastic can be found in water in single-use plastic bottles,” it added.

“There is no scientific consensus on the potential health impacts of microplastic particles. The data on the topic is limited and conclusions differ dramatically from one study to another.”

Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer for North America at Oceana, a marine advocacy group that was not involved in the research, said the study provides more evidence that society must abandon the ubiquitous use of plastic water bottles.

“We know plastics are building up in marine animals, and this means we too are being exposed, some of us every day,” she said.

“It’s more urgent now than ever before to make plastic water bottles a thing of the past.”


Electric pillar fell on children in Pazardzhik

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Electric pillar has fallen on two children – brother and sister while playing in one of the neighborhood public gardens in Pazardzhik. The incident happened yesterday around 5 pm
The metal facility surprisingly fell on the children who were not badly injured. It saved them that the 10-year-old girl heard the creaking of a ladder before it collapsed and fell to the ground.
The child raised his hands and tried to save his brother, but only managed to soften the blow. The sister has bruises and flushing on the hands, and the boy has a wound on his forehead.
Police were immediately called to the ground, and a team of firefighters was also called. An electrician soon arrived to stop the power supply.
The company responsible for this type of electric poles will probably be punished. They are poorly maintained and corroded, but no measures have been taken in time to secure them. It is also ordered to check the condition of all other electrical posts in street lighting.


Bulgarian Woman and her Two Children were Killed in Canada

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Triple murder in Canada. The victims are Bulgarian woman and her two children.
Krassimira Peychinovsky was found dead in her home in Ontario, about an hour from Toronto. Her 13-year-old daughter and her 15-year-old son were also killed. The woman also had another daughter who was not at home because she was attending a driving lesson.
The main suspect is Cory Fen, the boyfriend of Krasimira, who is 29 years old. She was separated with the father of the children who is a Macedonian, NOVA said.
“It must have happened under the influence of drugs and she tried to break up with this guy because their relationship was not going well,” said Vanya Dimova, a longtime friend of the victim.


Young Family was Found Dead in Plovdiv

Friday, March 16th, 2018

A young family was found dead in their home in a block of flats in Plovdiv, the Ministry of Interior announced.

The bodies of Radi and Iliana Enevi were discovered after neighbors called the police about their child who had been crying all night long and their parents’ voices were not heard. The signal was filed at 16:20 on Thursday at 112 Emergency.

According to preliminary information, it is probably a murder with a subsequent suicide, said Commissioner Atanas Ilkov, director of the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior in Plovdiv.

The child, who is about a year old, is taken out and taken over by a specialized institution.


Violent Protest in Madrid over Migrant Death

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Migrants clashed with security forces in central Madrid on Thursday following the death of a Senegalese man whom they said was chased through the streets by police.

Riot police and firefighters were deployed to Lavapies, a district in the centre of the Spanish capital with a large immigrant population, as angry protesters set fire to dustbins and a motorbike, and threw stones at security forces.

Demonstrators told AFP they were protesting in support of Mmame Mbage, a street vendor in his mid-thirties from Senegal, who arrived in Spain by boat 12 years ago.

Emergency services said Mbage was found unconscious on a street in Lavapies by police on patrol.

“They were busy trying to revive him” when emergency workers arrived, a spokeswoman said. However he died of cardiac arrest.

She did not know what had happened to Mbage before he collapsed, but several other street vendors who were with him said he had been chased by police from Puerta del Sol.

“Municipal police arrived and chased him from Sol to Lavapies with a motorbike,” said Modou, a 25-year-old vendor from Senegal who refused to give his surname.

“At the end he died here,” Modou told AFP, with others confirming the account.

Mbage worked as an illegal vendor and sent some money back to his family, one of thousands of migrants who have reached Spain over the years in search of a better life.

Spain is the third busiest gateway for migrants coming to Europe, with close to 23,000 arrivals in 2017. Hundreds have died along the way.