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Chinese Cultural Center in Sofia Opens Doors

Friday, November 24th, 2017

The largest Chinese cultural center in Southeastern and Central Europe was opened in Sofia.  It stretches on 8 floors, covering an area of ??4000 square meters, reports the Bulgarian National Television. 

“China and Bulgaria are traditionally friendly states. We will never forget that your country was the second to recognize and establish diplomatic relations with us.”, said the ambassador of China in Bulgaria.

In 2014, during the visit of the Bulgarian President then Rosen Plevneliev to China, the two countries signed a Memorandum for the construction of cultural centers. And in 2015 the two ministries of culture signed an agreement.

The center was created with the support of the Chinese Ministry of Culture in Ningbo, the city with the busiest port in the world, and where most Chinese people that live in Bulgaria come from.

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Chinese Cultural Center in Sofia Opens Doors in Sofia

Friday, November 24th, 2017

The largest Chinese cultural center in Southeastern and Central Europe was opened in Sofia.  It stretches on 8 floors, covering an area of ??4000 square meters, reports the Bulgarian National Television. 

“China and Bulgaria are traditionally friendly states. We will never forget that your country was the second to recognize and establish diplomatic relations with us.”, said the ambassador of China in Bulgaria.

In 2014, during the visit of the Bulgarian President then Rosen Plevneliev to China, the two countries signed a Memorandum for the construction of cultural centers. And in 2015 the two ministries of culture signed an agreement.

The center was created with the support of the Chinese Ministry of Culture in Ningbo, the city with the busiest port in the world, and where most Chinese people that live in Bulgaria come from.

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There was a Slight Earthquake in the Region of Shumen

Friday, November 24th, 2017

An earthquake measuring about 2.8 on the Richter scale is registered in the Novi Pazar area, Shumen, FOCUS News reported, quoting Blagovesta Bachkova, a member of the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography (NIGGG) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The quake was registered at 2:13 pm. Little, higher floors of buildings are felt.

The earthquake is about 280 km northeast of the city of Sofia.

There is no evidence of destruction.

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Renovated Part of Sofia’s Dondukov Boulevard is Being Renovated Again

Friday, November 24th, 2017

The renovated part of Sofia’s Dondukov boulevard is being renovated again.

The repair works are at the same place, where they were 20 days ago, on November 4 – on the stretch between ”Bacho Kiro” Street and ”Budapest” Street, reported bTV.

This time, however, the pavement is not rearranged on the boulevard itself but on the cycling track. The bicycle part of the road itself was not yet on the move, but it was fully ready in the middle of September, as well as the entire section of the Council of Ministers to the intersection of ”Rakovski ” Street.

 At the same time, the other parts of the cycle track, which are in the area of ??the Former Communist Party House, are now being cleaned and ready for use.

The reconstruction of ”Dondukov” Blvd started on 3 July. On September 15, two sections of it were put on the move. These are the sections from the Council of Ministers to the ”G.S. Rakovski” Street, where the flooring is a pavement, and from ”Krakra” Street to ”Vasil Levski” Blvd. 

On November 4, however, a rearrangement of one of the already released segments began. The municipality explained that the otherwise placed object was not actually finished.

The repair includes replacement of the pavement, the track, the pipe network, the grid.

Because of the scandalous quality of the repairs in Sofia, civil organizations demanded the resignation of Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, who, in turn, announced that it would severely penalize construction companies.

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Climate Change Could Deny You Your Favorite Cup of Coffee

Friday, November 24th, 2017

If you are one of those people who love coffee, you have occasion for both joy and concern.

According to British scientists, moderate consumption of coffee – up to 3 to 4 coffees per day, brings more benefits than harm. Along with this, however, it turns out that the amount of coffee produced can seriously decrease – due to the climate change.

 But because of the damage being done to the planet by the primary dark liquid — oil — along with other fossil fuels, coffee is in trouble.  And so are the farmers who grow it.  

Uganda coffee farmer Anthony Khabala said this year’s harvest was “not so good.” 

Up here in the mountains of eastern Uganda, coffee is the most important thing they grow.

Anthony and Vincent Khabala’s family have been growing coffee on their farm about 4,000 feet up the slopes of Mount Elgon for generations.  Lately, though, they’ve been having problems they’ve never had before. 

It turns out coffee is as fussy as the people who drink it. It likes the right altitude, the right temperature and the right amounts of rain and sunshine in the right order. It’s the Goldilocks of crops that likes things just right.

Not enough rain and too much sunshine produces bad fruit.

“Too much sunshine produces bad fruits,” Anthony confirmed.
 
Another farmer.  Another farm.  Another problem.

This fine white powder is produced by the stem-borer beetle, which Sam Massa says is just one of the pests and diseases that have come up from the valleys as the weather has warmed.

“Ten years back, it was not here,” Massa said. “Most of the farms have been destroyed completely, totally by this stem borer.”

Coffee yields have been dropping and prices are up by as much as 30 percent in some areas since 2015. More than just the consumer’s morning pick-me-up is threatened. 

The farmers are caffeine-dependant for another reason: From picking the berries to processing them to drying and sorting the beans and getting them to market — this is a family business. A family business where every member of the family contributes and where the cash from selling the coffee provides the only income to pay for schools for the kids and for medical care.  

There is actually an imbalance in the coffee world, the retail is controlled by the big brands — the big distributers. But the production comes from little family, almost vegetable-patch sized, farms like this.  If production fails here, the big boys can go somewhere else,  these people can’t go anywhere.  

For the people who consume coffee, it’s about a drink. 

For the people who produce it, and depend on it, it’s about life.

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Terrorist Attack in Egypt, Many People Died

Friday, November 24th, 2017

At least 50 people were killed in a mosque on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The injured are at least 150, reports Independent. 

Egyptian authorities have reported that extremists have attacked a mosque in the northern part of the peninsula. A bomb exploded, and then the attackers opened fire during Friday prayers.
 
According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, referring to witnesses, the bomb is detonated to the Al-Rawdah mosque in the center of Bir al-Aabd.
 
Still no one has taken responsibility for the attack. On the Peninsula there are terrorists from the Islamic state group.

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Logistics Center for e-commerce with China Start Work Near Plovdiv

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Plovdiv and the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE) opened the first “16 + 1 Logistics Center and Pavilion for E-Commerce in Agricultural and Other Products”, reports investor.bg. 

The center is designed to promote the capabilities of our countries’ economies and to promote trade with China.

“We believe that it will become a modern bridge for 21st Century technologies, for a better cooperation between CEE and China.” We hope the logistics center will be an example for other countries in the region in expanding cooperation with the Chinese economy, ” said during launch Lozana Vasileva, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

She informs that over the last three years Bulgaria’s agricultural turnover in these countries amounts to more than USD 2 billion a year, accounting for 26-27% of the total agricultural commodity exchange in Bulgaria.

“Bulgaria provides opportunities for transport links with the countries of Europe, Asia and Africa, and, respectively, for the connection center of some of the transport flows between Western and Central Europe and Asia. Our potential is also related to the development of transit traffic. Bulgaria is a country with established political stability, which is a prerequisite for the development of transport links and the intensification of trade relations with both Europe and the East Asian countries, “said Dimitar Genovski, Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

According to him, the attraction of Chinese investors will contribute to the development of the transport infrastructure, which will later become part of the new “Silk Road”.

Lubomir Ganchev, an advisor to the Minister of Economy, said that over the last ten years Bulgarian exports to China have increased sevenfold.

Most of the Chinese investments are in the field of agriculture, food, essential oils, cosmetics, wine and mineral water.

“For us The 16 + 1 Initiative is a platform for new opportunities to strengthen investment and trade cooperation with China,” Ganchev said.

The 16 + 1 Logistics Center and Pavilion for E-Commerce in Agricultural and Other Products in China and the CEE countries is the result of a meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of China and the CEE countries in August in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The aim is to promote the development of bilateral and multilateral e-commerce with agricultural and other products between China and the CEE countries.

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More than 20 Killed and Wounded in Fights in Eastern Ukraine

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Five government soldiers died in eastern Ukraine in fighting with pro-Russian separatists, reports Interfax-Ukraine, writes news.bg

The Ukrainian authorities add that four other people were injured in the fighting in the Donbass. Their condition is severe. The pro-Russian forces have stormed positions of the Ukrainian army.

Seven enemy truce regime violations have been recorded across the front over the past day, including an armed collision, the press center of the Kiev-led anti-terrorist operation said, adding that eight separatists and nine civilians were injured in recent days.

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Mnangagwa the ‘Crocodile’ Sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday as president of Zimbabwe in front of thousands of cheering supporters at Harare’s national stadium, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe, Reuters reported. 

Taking his oath of office, the 75-year-old known as the Crocodile vowed to uphold the constitution of the former British colony and protect the rights of all Zimbabwe’s 16 million citizens. In a speech he said elections would go ahead next year and acknowledged there had been “errors” under Mugabe.

 He has hailed the “voice of the people” during a dramatic ascent to power. But some wonder whether a man who loyally served Mugabe for decades can bring deep change to a ruling establishment accused of systematic abuses of human rights and disastrous economic policies.

In particular, they question his role in the so-called Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland in 1983, when an estimated 20,000 people were killed in a crackdown on Mugabe’s opponents by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade.

Mnangagwa was in charge of internal security then, but has denied any part in the atrocities. Since his return to Zimbabwe this month after two weeks in hiding he has been preaching democracy, tolerance and respect for the rule of law.

“The people have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God,” he told thousands of supporters on Wednesday at the headquarters of his ruling ZANU-PF party.

Mugabe, 93, has been granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety will be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said.

 And Mnangagwa urged citizens on Thursday not to undertake “vengeful retribution” – striking a tone of reconciliation that echoed those made by Mugabe almost four decades ago.

However, the army’s rough treatment of some Mugabe loyalists – former finance minister Ignatius Chombo was hospitalized on Friday because of beatings sustained in military custody, his lawyer said – has added to concerns about Mnangagwa’s true commitment to democracy.

“It was a very brutal and draconian way of dealing with opponents,” Chombo’s lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, told Reuters.

Mugabe, the world’s oldest serving head of state, resigned on Tuesday as parliament started to impeach him, a week to the day after the army stepped in to seize power. Crowds celebrated in the streets of Harare.

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New Earthquake in Iran, Dozens were Injured

Friday, November 24th, 2017

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale in Iran. 36 people have been injured in the western province of Lorraine, local media reported.

The depth of the quake was 10 kilometers. A Lorraine disaster management official said most of the injuries occurred when people rushed to leave their homes. He said most of the injured were released after medical assistance, but two remain in hospital.

Earlier this month, an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter hit the Iran-Iraqi border, killing 530 people and injuring over 9,000 people. Iran is located in an extremely seismic zone.

In 2003, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale destroyed the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

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