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The EU-Turkey Meeting in Varna is far from Certain

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The Council of the EU will decide, at the last possible moment, whether the key meeting for the Bulgarian presidency with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Varna will take place. This was made clear by the statement of European Council President Donald Tusk, quoted by BTA.

Tusk has announced that the decision on whether the EU will take part in the summit will happen at the next European Council, which will be held on 22-23 March, and the event is scheduled for March 26th. The reason is the tensions in the Mediterranean Sea and the behavior of the Turkish navy, which has prevented gas exploration in the territorial waters of Cyprus. The European Council supported Cyprus and Greece on the issues with Ankara. The EU urges Turkey to respect international law because “its actions contradict good neighborliness”.

The European Council calls on Iran and Russia to stop supporting the violence of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria. On EU issues in today’s meeting, the participants have united around the need to increase the cost of fighting illegal migration, defense, security, education. On Sunday evening, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker specified that 14-15 countries have expressed their readiness to increase their contributions to the EU budget because of the expected annual shortage of around EUR 10 billion generated by the UK exit.

Juncker said that if the EU keeps its current cohesion and agricultural spending, the remaining budget items should be cut by almost half. “I do not like it, but there must be a reduction in agricultural and cohesion policy,” the EC President said. At the same time, Juncker and Tusk expressed completely opposing judgments about the advancement of leading candidates for President of the European Commission. According to Juncker, if this approach is used again, it would be a more democratic solution. According to Tusk, the advance raising of leading candidates does not contribute to democracy. The European Council endorsed the European Parliament’s proposal of 2019 that the number of MEPs would be 705 after the leaving of the UK. Until now, they were 751.

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Dozens have Died in a Series of Attacks in Afghanistan

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

At least 29 people were killed in a total of four attacks in different locations in Afghanistan, local officials said.

In Kabul, a suicide bombing was carried out in the diplomatic district near an Afghan intelligence site. At least one man died in this attack, and six were injured. The Islamic State group took responsibility with a statement on the Internet. With another Taliban attack, 25 soldiers were killed in the southwest Farah province. Attacks were also carried out in Helmand province, where most areas are controlled by the Taliban.

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The Road Infrastructure Agency has Warned of Snow and Strong Winds from Sunday

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Snowfall and strong winds are expected next week. Colder weather will begin on Sunday. The forecast of the meteorologists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is for a significant decrease of the temperatures from the strong northeast wind, which increases the prerequisites for ice.

Blizzards and snowfalls are possible, warned the travel agency. From there, they advise drivers who are on their way to ride vehicles in winter conditions to be cautious and with reasonable speed and follow Traffic Police instructions. Blocking traffic by vehicles with non-fitting tires makes it difficult for snowmobiles to work and prevents all other drivers from traveling.

Approximately 3000 machines are ready to maintain the roads, the agency adds.

All citizens and transport companies can receive information about the current traffic situation from the free mobile application LIMA, lima.api.bg, the website of API – http://www.api.bg, and at any time of the day at 0700 130 20 in the RIA.

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Dutch Company Takeaway.com Buys BGMenu for EUR 10.5 Million

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

A new major player enters the food delivery sector in Bulgaria. Amsterdam-based Takeaway.com acquires “Hello Hungry”, the company behind the local market leader BGMenu, in a EUR 10.5 million deal. The Dutch group acquires 100% of the company, pays the cash and invests additional funds in Bulgaria and Romania.

Takeaway.com extends its presence in Eastern Europe after being a leader in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Austria. In turn, BGMenu and the Romanian business of “Hello Hungry” – Oliviera, will continue to develop with their current management. The founders: the current majority shareholder Vladimir Davchev and the executive director Zornitsa Chugreeva will manage the new business of Takeaway.com in the region. 

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The Company of Elon Musk Launched a Global High-speed Internet Project (Video)

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The construction of broadband internet, accessible from anywhere on the planet, is now a step closer. The billionaire Elon Musk’s visionary company, SpaceX, has successfully launched two satellites to launch Starlink’s project.

The global high-speed internet network will be completed with 11,000 satellites. More than four thousand must in in the orbit by 2024. The start of this endeavor was the successful launch of the Falcon-9 rocket from Vandenburg, California.

The Starlink project is a huge challenge for today’s telecommunications corporations and satellite manufacturers. The new network will allow direct connection to mobile devices as opposed to the current mass principle – to a terrestrial wireless signal distributor.

The planned life of future satellites is 7-9 years, each covering a 2,000-kilometer-wide land line. The first two launched today will run between 6 and 20 months. From a distance of 1125 kilometers, they will send broadband signals to six stationary and three mobile reception stations across the United States.

The impulses will last about 15 minutes and will be broadcast once a day. At the moment in the orbit there are under 1460 operating satellites and about 2,600 are out of service. Space’s optimistic scenario is to activate the network at 800 satellites, with the company does not have a specific time schedule.

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Bulgaria, Lithuania and Romania are the Countries with the Lowest Minimum Wage in the EU

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

In January 2018, Bulgaria had the lowest minimum wage in the European Union, 261 euros, followed by Lithuania with 400 euros and Romania with 408 euros, according to Eurostat, published today.

In general, the minimum wage is less than 500 euros in the countries of the eastern part of the EU and over 1000 euro in the countries of the north-west of the Union. They are headed by Luxembourg with 1999 Euros per month, Ireland with 1614 Euros, Holland with 1578 Euros, Belgium with 1563 Euros and Germany and France with 1498 Euros.

EU countries with no minimum wage are Denmark, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Finland and Sweden. Eurostat specifies that the EU’s largest minimum wage is nearly eight times bigger than the smallest.

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Nearly 8.9 Million Foreign Tourists Came to Bulgaria in 2017

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The popularity of Bulgaria as a destination is constantly increasing and every year it is visited by more and more foreign tourists. This was announced by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova at a meeting with representatives of the Young Professionals Club and the Bulgarian community in Washington. She added that indicative of the sector are the encouraging data from the statistics for 2017, according to which foreign tourist visits exceeded 8,882 million and increased by 7,6% compared to a year earlier.

An even higher growth of 9.3 per cent is recorded in the revenues from international tourism. In 2017 total revenues from the sector amounted to BGN 6.895 billion, according to BNB data. In the last 2 years the average annual growth of tourist visits in the country is 12%, while data for the same period for the European Union is about 7%, Angelkova said.

She said that two projects are currently underway, with which we expect to attract more visitors to the country and to increase visits in the active summer and winter season. The Ministry of Tourism develops spa destinations, with the concept project covering 7 directions around the whole country. In order to involve a wide range of stakeholders in the development of the destinations, opinions from 50 municipalities, which are the basis for the creation of destinations, have been requested.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry creates 12 wine-culinary destinations, the minister also informed. She explained that they include both traditional wine and typical cuisine for the region, as well as about 50 municipalities and about 100 tourist sites. 

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The Venezuelan Consulate in Miami may be Shut Down Because of Unpaid Rents

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The financially troubled Venezuelan government may lose its consulate in Miami, which has not paid its rent since August, the Associated Press reported.

The request for them to empty the building was filed on Feb. 15 at a Miami-Dadean court. According to the owner who builds the highest skyscraper in Miami – Panorama Tower, Caracas owes 142,119 dollars for unpaid rents. The possible expulsion from the consulate building is a major blow to the Venezuelan government, which was the owner of the building until 2005 when it was sold for 70 million. On February 14, President Nicholas Maduro stated that the consulate, which was closed from 2012, will resume work to facilitate the vote on the presidential elections scheduled for April 22.

“The fact that Venezuela can not collect even a tiny amount of money shows you how bad it is,” says Rous Dalen, a Miami investor. At the end of last year Venezuelan diplomatic missions around the world received an order to tighten their belts and renegotiate rents, a memorandum from the foreign ministry to which the AP had received. Diplomats in several countries complain that they have not received salaries for months, the agency said.

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Reactions in the National Assembly on the Sale of CEZ’s Assets in Bulgaria

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

After it became clear that CEZ’s governing bodies have approved a contract for the sale of their assets to Inercom Group, the reactions in parliament have not been delayed. Yesterday it was announced that the Czech concern CEZ sells its assets in Bulgaria and the buyer is Bulgarian company “Inercom Bulgaria”. According to media reports, “Inercom Bulgaria” is a family owned company owned by “Inercom Investments”, which is the sole property of Ginka Varbakova. Both companies are registered at one address.

 
In a statement from the parliamentary stand, BSP leader Kornelia Ninova has asked Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for information on the deal with CEZ. Ninova urged the president to take a stand because this deal is affecting the national and energy security of the country.

“Yesterday, information came out that Inercom Group bought CEZ Bulgaria.” Ginka from Pazardzhik registered this company in 2017, a few months ago with a capital of BGN 50 000. Ginka from Pazardzhik paid 320 million euros for business , which has a turnover of over BGN 1.5 billion and affects over 2 million Bulgarian citizens, “Ninova said.

She asked how come the state did not have 320 million leva, reminding that it is also about national security. “Do not tell me that this is not modern, it is not European that what we have been offering for a long time – the state to become an owner – is anti-European, because France, Belgium, Greece and the Czech Republic are European states, it is a matter of national security and they care for their citizens, “she said.
 
The BSP urges the prime minister to go to parliament and answer the questions if the Bulgarian government has information about this deal and what its attitude to it.

 
On the left, they call on the Ombudsman to express her position on how consumer rights will be protected. Ninova reminded the president that energy security is part of the national security, which is in his power, and according to the BSP leader Rumen Radev should make a stand on the issue.

Meanwhile, Energy Committee Chairman Delyan Dobrev said he was worried about the CEZ deal. On the sidelines of the parliament Delyan Dobrev said it was doubtful how a small company with a capital of 90 000 lev buys a company with the scale of CEZ. He hoped the CPC and KEVR to make a serious examination because EDCs are the last link of the energy system. Problems with the EPC in the past have caused, among other things, political turmoil, the MP said. “I hope that if there is something gray, so to speak, it will be revealed,” Dobrev said. He admitted he was worried. The MP has read in the media that the company had RES in Bulgaria. “This is not reassuring, because to have a renewable energy project and drop the month a bill to get money for preferential cost and energy output has nothing to do with it to manage the meters of half Bulgaria and net of one-third of the country” he said.
 
In his words, he does not know what the three RES’s, which allegedly are owned “Inercom Group”  butare not the largest in the country.

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There are no More Wild Horses on Earth

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

There are no real wild horse representatives on the planet, Reuters reported.

Genetic research, published in Science, shows that the Przewalski horse, considered to be the last wild species on Earth, is in fact a descendant of the earliest domesticated horses.

For the purpose of the study, international specialists have compared the genomes of dozens of ancient and modern horses.

The results of the analysis show that Przewalski’s horse, rescued from extinction in the 20th century classified as an endangered species, is a descendant of horses, domesticated about 5500 years ago by representatives of the Botai culture in Kazakhstan.

Some of the animals have escaped from the people who domesticated them and have become “wild”. The study reveals that the earliest evidence of domestication of horses is associated with the culture in question.

“The discovery was surprising to us, which means there are no real wild horses on Earth, and the world has lost these beings for a long time, and we only understand it now,” said Sandra Olson, a zooarchaeologist at the University of Kansas, USA. the research team.

The Przewalski’s horse bears the name of a Russian explorer of Polish origin, Nikolay Przewalski, who discovered in Mongolia and described the species in the 19th century.

Its representatives are relatively small and with a strong build. Like horses depicted in cave paintings, Przewalski’s horses are gray-brown in color and have a dark “stout” mane.

The current population of about 2,000 originates from 15 Przewalski horses caught about a century ago. Part of their descendants are returned to the natural environment and the rest inhabit reserves and zoos around the world.

Researchers also note that modern horses are not descendants of Przewalski’s first domesticated horses, which means that answers about their origin should be sought elsewhere – for example in Ukraine, Western Russia, Hungary, Poland and the region.

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