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Scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences have Discovered Anti-tumor Properties of Cannabis

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

In vitro experiments prove a strong anti-tumor activity of cannabis extract, said Prof. Iva Ugrinova, Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Her team started working on the national scientific program “Innovative Low-Toxic and Biologically Active Means for Precision Medicine” – BioActiveMed and can now deliver first results. They are impressive and we are very pleased, “commented Prof. Ugrinova.

Scientists have used cannabis-derived substance and treated 9 tumor cell lines – from the mammary gland, the lung and the uterine cervix. The natural substance shows a clearly toxic effect on cells commensurate with synthetic cytostatics. At a later stage, the molecular biologists team will conduct experiments to determine their specific effect and the mechanisms by which Cannabidiol kills cancer cells.

The team of researchers explicitly states that cannabidiol is bought by a foreign company because in Bulgaria the work with cannabis products is very restrictive. Scientists hope this limitation for scientific purposes is rethought because it hinders their work.

The term of the project and its financial framework would allow the development of appropriate nutritional supplements that would enhance the effect of conventional treatment, said Prof. Ugrinova, not hiding hope that someday they will reach clinical trials for a medicinal product.

The results presented today are just the beginning of many other similar research. Excerpts of ginkgo biloba, thyme, gentian, cattle, salvia, Bulgarian endemic Betonica bulgarica and lilac of rapana and helix snails are to be explored. All of them will be studied for an anti-tumor effect, but also their effect on infectious and neurodegenerative diseases.

Under the BioActiveMed program there are scientists from 7 institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and 5 universities.


Grigor Dimitrov Will Play Agaist Feliciano Lopez In Miami on Saturday

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The meeting is on Saturday. So far Grigor Dimitrov is having three successful games against Feliciano Lopez, reported NOVA TV. 

The best Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov will face the Feliciano L?pez in a match from the second round of the Masters in Miami.

So far, Dimitrov and Lopez have five games with each other, with Grigor having three successes.

This will be the first match of the Bulgarian tennis player from Austrellean Open, where he reached the tournament’s eighth finals.

However, due to health problems, Dimitrov dropped out of Rotterdam, Acapulco and Indian Wells.


Bulgarian PM Borissov: It is Important to Have Brexit with Rules

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

That is why this compromise has been made, the prime minister explained, NOVA TV writes. 

“The EU has always been a dialogue. It is important to have Brexit with rules. That is why this compromise has been made. We supported this solution. ” This was stated by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in Brussels.

 ”May 22 is the cut-off date, because then the UK has to go to elections. March 29 will become actually April 12th. This compromise was made to allow the British Parliament to decide. If it does not decide, April 12 is like March 29”, Borissov explained.

“Why am I a pessimist? 1000 days were not enough, and we have a ready contract, Michel Barnier has done a great job, “Borisov said.


Bulgarian Head of State: There Should be no Doubt About the Transparency and Honesty of the Upcoming European Elections

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

“Free, honest and transparent elections are one of the biggest conquests of democracy and we have to stand up for every vote, and there should be no doubt about the transparency and honesty of the forthcoming vote for the representatives of Bulgaria in the European Parliament.” This was stated by President Rumen Radev at his meeting with the leadership of the new composition of the Central Electoral Commission, which was attended by the new chairman of the CEC – Stefka Stoeva, as well as the chairman of the previous chamber – Ivillina Alexieva, the head of the presidential secretariat.

The President pointed out the fact that there is limited time until the election of our country’s representatives in the European Parliament and stressed that the CEC’s activities are a key factor for the commission’s successful work.

As a top priority for the forthcoming vote, Rumen Radev has outlined the good organization. The election of MEPs is a task for the whole society. However, the reporting of the results, and especially the implementation of the electoral law, our society will rely heavily on the efforts and high professionalism of the CEC”, Radev said.

The head of state and the committee’s leadership have discussed ways to reduce invalid votes and manipulations, the process of producing the EP chronograph, and the machine vote.

The president has pointed out that the criteria for division of the 3000 machines on the upcoming vote are important. “It is extremely important not to compromise the machine vote and to meet the expectations of the public,” the head of state said, calling for software and physical defense of the machine vote.

Rumen Radev informed that after the EP election, he will organize a new meeting with the CEC and representatives of the State Agency for Electronic Governance to discuss the development of a map for the experimental introduction and adoption of electronic distance voting.

“Electronic voting is expected from millions of Bulgarians not only abroad but also in Bulgaria,” he said.



Microsoft Stops Windows 7

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Microsoft Corporation announced that it will soon shut down the Windows 7 operating system.

The operating system will terminate its renewal on January 14, 2020.

As of April 17, Windows 7 users will receive a warning message. After the shutdown, the operating system will no longer be safe, as computers with this system will not have protection against current cyber threats.

At present, 40% of the software market is occupied by Windows 7. However, Microsoft has decided to suspend its support. This is in favor of Windows 8, though it has failed to win the hearts of users.


The Working Visit of Ekaterina Zaharieva to Japan Began

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Tokyo’s working visit of the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva began at the invitation of the Japanese Foreign Minister.

She will take part in the Fifth World Summit of Women Ministers for Foreign Affairs and will hold a series of talks with representatives of the political and business community. An official dinner in honor of the forum will be given by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tonight.

On the eve of the Fifth World Assembly of Women Ministers from all over the world, Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike spoke today about the important role of women in today’s political life.

With women at the highest levels in politics and the judiciary, our country is indeed with leading positions in the world according to Minister Zaharieva.

Ekaterina Zaharieva – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs: We have 95 out of 100 points in the World Bank’s measurement.


Wizz Air – Best Low Cost Airlines For 2018 in the Central and Eastern Europe

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, was named Best Low Cost Airlines for 2018 in the Central and Eastern Europe Region and also received the Best cabin crew award, writes. 

The CEESAR Awards were presented at a gala ceremony in Poznan and were based on the opinion of the region’s passengers.

The awards, which are among the most important and prestigious awards for the aviation industry in CEE, are recognition of Wizz Air’s excellent performance, superior service and the growing market presence of the company.

The good year and results of the airline were also recognized on an individual level: Jozsef Varadi, founder and CEO of Wizz Air, was named CEO of the Year in Central and Eastern Europe by Jury, composed of industry experts and media representatives.


Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition Allowed Businessman Domuschiev to Buy Nova Broadcasting Group

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) has allowed Advance Media Group, controlled by Kiril and Georgi Domuschievi, to acquire control over Nova Broadcasting Group. The agreement between Domuschievi and the Swedish MTG was signed on February 22, reports

The transaction value is € 185 million. The agreement reached is to acquire 100% of Nova TV and a majority stake in the online media group Net Info. We recall that the previous deal for New Brookcasting Group was stopped by the regulator. Last year, the CPC did not allow Czech businessman Petr Kellner, who bought Telenor’s Bulgarian assets, to acquire the company. His offer for the group was also 185 million euros, but it was for the acquisition of 95% of the company. The proposal was significantly below the price paid by MTG for television in 2008. Then the deal was for 630 million euros.

According to documents published in the Commercial Register, the Domuschievi brothers signed a loan agreement with four banks: DSK, UBB, UniCredit Bulgaria and BNP Paribas. The total loan amount is € 100 million. According to the regulator’s decision last year, “Nova Broadcasting Group” JSC owns a significant market share in the television market and between 40% and 50% of the value-based advertising market. The considerable number of mass media available to the unified group will give it a significant advantage over other media service providers, the CPC decision said. In January, owner MTG announced that it had refused to sell New Broadcasting Group to Petr Kellner.

Through the acquisition of New Broadcasting Group AD, Domuschiev will also have indirect control over the subsidiaries: Net Info, Attica Eva, Prospekt Group, Financial Markets, Grabo Media, Darik News, , Info Im, and Vbox, including the monthly magazines Eva, Playboy, Esquire, Joy, Grazia, OK, as well as,,,, pariteni. bg,, as well as,, and, among other sites are, where car ads are published as well as, which allows for comparison of prices, the credit & tracing services and for distribution of electronic brochures


It will no Longer be Possible to Buy Bulgarian Passport with Investments

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

After a series of scandals involving granted Bulgarian citizenship to businessmen sought out by various anti-criminal agencies around the world, the justice ministry proposes changes to the Bulgarian Citizenship Act. It eliminates the possibility of taking a passport against investments.

Although such opportunities have been in place for years, real investment in Bulgaria has not been made, the Ministry of Justice said. Furthermore, bad practice has caused at least two serious scandals.

A few weeks ago, Radio Free Europe announced that Russian billionaire Sergei Adoniov received a Bulgarian passport in 2008, despite having been sentenced for money laundering in the United States in 1998. He has never made the promised investments. However, Adoniov, as well as his wife, received Bulgarian citizenship.

Similar is the case for money laundering Kazakhstan Kair Rahimov. He gets citizenship in 2011 with the motive for special merits to Bulgaria.

In both cases, the Bulgarian authorities, which should have carried out in-depth checks on candidates for citizenship, have neither noticed the verdict nor the search. The head of SANS Dimitar Georgiev explained that the office has carried out checks but has found nothing wrong.

“Practice shows that applicants for citizenship on these grounds have been granted a permanent residence permit due to investments made mainly in the purchase of government securities worth over BGN 1 million or have invested more than BGN 1 million in a licensed credit institution under a contract for respectively, increased the investment under the same conditions to BGN 2 million. At the time of filing the application for Bulgarian citizenship or at one of the next stages of the production often turns out that the investment is not available due to the sale of the purchased securities, “the Justice Ministry’s announcement said.

Handing out citizenship versus investment is not the only scandal in the matter in recent months. After the action of the special prosecution, Petar Haralampiev, head of the Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, his former General Secretary Krassimir Tomov and two other people were arrested. They were accused of taking bribes to issue certificates of Bulgarian descent, a document that is part of the citizenship procedure. After their arrest, it was announced that the Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor’s Office checked how 40,000 passports were issued. At the same time, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev said there was no evidence of a political umbrella over the agency’s schemes.


Bulgaria’s Chief Health Inspector: Lack of Staff is the most Serious Problem in Health Care

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Lack of staff is the most serious problem in health care. Currently, whole areas are served by up to two epidemiologists. This was stated by the chief health inspector, Dr. Angel Kunchev, on the air of BNT.

According to him, this process is very dangerous because even the perfect laboratories do not work alone if one does not have enough experience. “Over the years, huge health imbalances have accumulated, the whole system needs to be reviewed and order to come in,” added Kunchev. In his words, pay is only one of the problems to which the factor with a lack of opportunities for professional growth can be added.

Dr. Angel Kunchev reported a serious shortage of cadres for parasitologists, virologists, microbiologists, epidemiologists. “I do not know in the last few years a young person that has focused on this area and the willingness of the state to react in an emergency situation is diminishing significantly, which is dangerous,” Kunchev said.

He also commented on the subject of measles. “There are currently 112 fined parents and yet more personal doctors because of lack of compulsory immunization,” said Kunchev, adding that it is most important that personal doctors inform about the risks in the absence of vaccination.