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President Radev: We Need an Operational Plan to Cope with Migration Pressure

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

The enlargement towards the Western Balkans shouldn’t be neglected by the EU, Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev and Austria’s head of state Alexander Van der Bellen agreed at a meeting in Vienna. President Radev reminded that Bulgaria firmly supports and has accelerated the process of EU integration of the Western Balkans, but insists that the countries which become EU members must not bring unsolved neighbour relations to the union.

If the EU does not pay attention to the Western Balkan countries, a political vacuum will be created that will be filled by others, which is not in favour of the EU, Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen pointed out. Presidents Radev and Van der Bellen also discussed the migration topic at their meeting. This topic remains a serious challenge for the EU, President Radev said. Rumen Radev added that he had indicated the need for an operational plan a long time ago, especially for the countries with a land border where the risk of increased migration flow is highest, so that the EU can deal with sudden crises.

However, such plan has not been developed until now, President Radev went on to say. The Presidents of Bulgaria and Austria called for a revival of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region and for more active cooperation between the Danubian countries.

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PayPal Is Leaving Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Union

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

PayPal’s global payment system is pulling out of the Libra Association, created to launch the future Facebook cryptocurrency of the same name.

PayPal was one of the 28 corporate members of the association. All founders were expected to invest a minimum of $ 10 million to fund the operating costs of the project. However, these investments have not yet been made. This week The Wall Street Journal reported that Visa, Mastercard and other financial partners in the association are also in the process of reviewing  their participation after a government response. They have received letters from the Treasury asking for a full review of their anti-money laundering programs and how Libra’s digital currency will fit into them. However, when member companies of the association asked Facebook for information on these issues, they did not receive detailed answers.

So Mastercard and Visa have reconsidered participating in Facebook’s cryptocurrency.

PayPal, however, is the first partner to take a radical step away from the project. “PayPal has made the decision to forgo further participation in the Libra Association at this time and to continue to focus on advancing our existing mission and business priorities,” a spokeswoman for PayPal, Amanda Coffee, wrote in an email on Friday. Withdrawing the company could mean the association is beginning to break up, observers commented.

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Bank Office in Sofia – Robbed

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

BGN 185,000 were stolen from an office of a bank located in a hypermarket on Europe’s Blvd. in Sofia , BNR reported.

According to initial information, the money was stolen from a safe during on of the employees’ breaks in the bank branch. The robbery was reported at 4.20pm yesterday.

The case is being investigated. Police officers are mobilized. In the meantime, the Ministry of Interior is also launched a search.

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North Korea: Negotiations with the US Have Failed

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

North Korea says negotiations with the US in Stockholm have failed. According to the country’s chief negotiator, Washington has presented “nothing to the negotiating table,” AFP reports.

The United States had “raised expectations by offering suggestions like a flexible approach, new method and creative solutions, but they have disappointed us greatly and dampened our enthusiasm for negotiation by bringing nothing to the negotiation table” Kim Myong-gil added. According to him, the situation on the Korean peninsula is at a crossroads “between dialogue and confrontation”.

The resumption of dialogue between the two sides was a particularly anticipated event after a meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which did not break through.

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Bulgarian Atanas Skatov Successfully Climbed his 10th Eight-Thousander

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

On October 3, Bulgarian climber Atanas Skatov summited Dhaulagiri (8,176 m), which the 7th highest mountain in the world, BNT reported.

This is the tenth eighth-thousander the 41-year-old Bulgarian climbed after his ascent of Kanchengjong (8,586 m) on May 15, Gasherbrum I (8080 M0 on July 12 and Gasherbrum II (8035 m) on July 18th.

About 40 climbers from various expeditions attempted to climb Dhaulagiri, but only about 10 people reached to the top of the mountain today. The Dhaulagiri 2019 eco-expedition this year was accompanied by a very dynamic climate change – heavy rainfall, daily snowfall, wind and sun. This made it difficult for Skatov to acclimatise. He managed to make only one rotation in the altitude camps and attempted the peak immediately afterwards to take advantage of the last good days before the coming winds, his team explained in Facebook.

Atanas Skatov’s aim is to attain the so-called Crown of the Himalayas, which is given to climbers who have summited all 14 eight-thousanders on the planet.

He has four more eight thousanders to climb – K2, Broad Peak, Nanga Parbat and Shisha Pangma.

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BRC with an Information Campaign on Socially Significant Diseases

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

The Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) is launching an information campaign on socially significant diseases in cardiology and ophthalmology, said the BRC press office.

The opening event will take place on 7 October and will be dedicated to age-related macular degeneration, which is a progressive chronic eye disease and causes loss of central vision in a large percentage of people. Dr. Veselin Daskalov, an ophthalmologist and specialist in eye microsurgery, will give a presentation on the topic.

For a month, renowned ophthalmologists and cardiologists will give presentations in the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Pernik, Blagoevgrad, Shumen, Lovech, Pleven, Yambol, Burgas, Dupnitsa, Haskovo.
The campaign targets specific age groups with the aim of prevention, early diagnosis and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, heart attack and stroke. In the field of cardiology, people aged 45 to 75 and patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation will be targeted, while in the field of ophthalmology the focus will be on 50-65 year olds.

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Iranians Tried to Hack Microsoft Servers

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Iranians have tried to hack the accounts of thousands of Americans in order to influence the country’s presidential campaign. The statement is from Microsoft, which has caught the hackers’ action. The Seattle-based company said Iranian agents had attacked a certain presidential candidate, but declined to name it.

US media say it is a campaign by Donald Trump, whom the Iranians do not want in office for another term. Hackers tried to break through the protection of one of the so-called “clouds”. This is a server that Microsoft uses to email a large number of its customers. They tried to gain access to 2,700 emails and probably succeeded in about 200 cases.

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The Price of Pork in Bulgaria – Artificially Inflated

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

The Prime Minister of the State Commission on Stock Exchanges and Markets Vladimir Ivanov shared that the pork prices in the country are artificially inflated, “Trud” newspaper reported. The price at the Bulgarian markets is around BGN 8.50 per kg. Meanwhile  Docked on the international stock exchange, the price drops to USD 1.44 dollars per kilogram.

Thus, the trades profit from the African Swine Fever infection and raise the prices. Actually, the pork comes mainly from Belgium, the Netherlands and France. The Bulgarian production is not enough since years and the market rely on import.

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Handmade Festival Open Doors in the National Palace of Culture

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Fashion lovers can see the Handmade Fest in the National Palace of Culture. The exhibition is on 4, 5 and 6 October this year.

They are shown on the ground floor and two semi-floors – left and right, various clothes, accessories, cosmetics, home decor. The show is full of colors and great mood.

On the right half-floor, visitors will be able to choose baptismal decorations, candy bouquets and more. On the left half floor are jewelry for aromatherapy, textile atelier, bead jewelry, jewelries and more.

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Gabriel is Launching a Project to Build a Center of Excellence

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Commissioner Maria Gabriel is launching a project to build a Center for Excellence in Big Data, according to the European Commission press center.

Bulgarian Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Maria Gabriel will participate in a meeting on the GATE project funded under the “Teaming” measure of the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. Coordinated by the University of Sofia and partners from universities in Sweden, this project aims to institutionalize the Center of Excellence as a globally competitive ecosystem for conducting basic and applied research and innovation in high-impact Big Data areas.

The forum will also include representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, experts from the European Commission, the project team and other stakeholders. It will be held on October 7 (Monday) at 09:00 at the Aula of Sofia University.

The working language is English.

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