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Goalkeeper Petkov Becomes Bulgaria’s Oldest Player in Disappointing 1-1 Draw with Cyprus

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Goalkeeper Georgi Petkov became the oldest player to represent Bulgaria after starting their Nations League match against Cyprus on Friday.

Petkov, aged 42 years, eight months and two days, also became the oldest European keeper to play in an international match.

 

Born in 1976, Slavia Sofia’s Petkov last played for Bulgaria in a friendly against Switzerland in 2009.

Known for his aggressive on-field manner, often arguing with referees and opponents, Petkov this year became the oldest player to appear in Bulgaria’s top flight.

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Three-day Protest Began with Demands for Resignation of the Bulgarian Government

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

A three-day protest under the title “Occupation” with demands for resignation of the government started at 11:00 on 16th of November outside the building of Parliament, reports BNT. 

The protest is organised in the social media networks and is declared as dissatisfaction of Bulgarians in the country and abroad. The protest will continue in the next two days.

Protesters insist on convening a Grand National Assembly.

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No Bids for the House in Center of Sofia of One of the Finest Poetic Talents Peyo Yavorov

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

There are no bidders for the house of distinguished Bulgarian poet Peyo Yavorov (1878-1914), put up for sale of October 15 at an initial price of BGN 1.6 million, BNT reports after checking with the Sofia District Court. The deadline for the submission of offers expired Thursday, and the bids were to be opened early today. There are several possible scenarios from now on: the private bailiff may terminate the auction, or it may be postponed or resumed at a lower price than the original.

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Bulgarian Drivers Could Buy E-vignettes Online from December 17

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

As of December 17, consumers could buy electronic vignettes online through a website and mobile application that is currently developed by toll system contractor Kapsch. The portal will have a capacity for 10,000 simultaneous visits, enough to support the initial wave of users, Anton Antonov, toll administration director at the Road Infrastructure Agency, told local media, quoted in a press release. He explained that people with a vignette sticker expiring during 2019 could convert it into an e-vignette via bgtoll.bg or at the agency’s offices. They will need to enter the registration number and the validity of the paper vignette.

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A Day Without Cars For Cleaner Air in Sofia

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Today is a day for cleaner air in Sofia. The goal is people to realize that we are all part of the change to a clean environment for living. Municipal officials do not use their personal and business cars. In addition to state administrations, private companies and schools were also involved in the initiative.

The no-car idea comes from the UK. That is why, today, all initiatives took place under the patronage of the British Embassy in Bulgaria. Asked whether a green ticket will be introduced more frequently in the capital, Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said that the air quality indicators are being monitored and, when exceeded, the municipality will release it. The Green Ticket makes public transport in the capital free of charge on days with an excessive level of fine particulate matter in the air.

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E-vignettes Will Run Online from December 17

Friday, November 16th, 2018

As of December 17, consumers could buy electronic vignettes online through a website and mobile application that is currently developed by toll system contractor Kapsch.

The portal will have a capacity for 10,000 simultaneous visits, enough to support the initial wave of users, Anton Antonov, toll administration director at the Road Infrastructure Agency, told local media, quoted in a press release.

He explained that people with a vignette sticker expiring during 2019 could convert it into an e-vignette via bgtoll.bg or at the agency’s offices. They will need to enter the registration number and the validity of the paper vignette.

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Bulgarian National Assembly Adopted at First Reading Amendments to the Clean Air Act

Friday, November 16th, 2018

MPs have raised demands on the quality of solid fuels used for domestic heating – mainly coal and briquettes. This is voted by the National Assembly with the amendments to the Clean Air Act at first reading.

There will be control over their  storage and distribution. The sanction regime for the mayors of municipalities is also expanding.

Any mayor who does not report a reduction of the exceedances of the norms of harmful substances in the air or there is no reduction of the average annual pollution will be sanctioned from BGN 5 to 10 thousand and in the case of a repeated violation the fine will be doubled.

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Hockney Painting Breaks Auction Record For Living Artist

Friday, November 16th, 2018

A celebrated painting by British artist David Hockney has been sold at Christie’s in New York for just over $90m (?70m) – an auction record for a work by a living artist, reported BBC. 

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) had been forecast to fetch $80m.

It sold following a 10-minute battle between two rival bidders via telephone, after the price passed $70m.

The sale eclipsed the previous record held by US artist Jeff Koons.

His stainless steel Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58m in 2013.

The packed sales room in New York broke into applause when the hammer fell, with the buyer’s premium and commission taking the final price to $90.3m.

Christie’s did not name either the seller or the successful bidder.

The Hockney work was painted in 1972 and is one of the Yorkshire artist’s most recognisable works.

The composition of the two figures began as two separate photographs on the artist’s studio floor and was completed in time for an exhibition at New York’s Andr? Emmerich Gallery in 1972.

Christie’s described it as “one of the great masterpieces of the modern era”.

Earlier this year, another of the 81-year-old’s paintings sold for $28.5m – a personal auction record for the artist.

 

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Protesters Call For Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ Resignation

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Several thousand protesters gathered in Prague on Thursday to demand that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis resign over suspected criminal corruption.

Demonstrators carried Czech and EU flags as they chanted “resignation” and “shame” in Wenceslas Square.

Public criticism against Babis intensified after his mentally-ill son told a Czech media outlet that he had been involuntarily held in Crimea in an attempt to hinder the corruption probe.

Babis dismissed that accusation and said his son had traveled from his home in Switzerland to Crimea voluntarily.

Czech prosecutors charge Babis, his son and another one of his children with pocketing some €2 million ($2.3 million) from an EU subsidy a decade ago. Babis, a billionaire, has dismissed the allegations.

Opposition parties have called for a no confidence vote in Babis’ coalition government. The speaker of the lower house said the vote is likely to be held on November 23.

Losing the no-confidence vote would allow pro-Russian President Milos Zeman to appoint a new prime minister.

The leader of Babis’ center-left coalition partners, the Social Democrats, said his party was considering “all options” concerning the government’s future.

“The situation is serious, the information is substantial and we have to examine the most responsible approach,” Jan Hamacek told Czech Television.

The anti-EU and anti-NATO SPD party however hinted that it could replace the Social Democrats in a new governing coalition that would keep Babis in power.

The upper house of parliament has called on Babis to relieve his duties until the criminal probe had ended.

Protesters are planning more rallies in Prague for Saturday.

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Bulgarian PM Borissov in Thessaloniki: There is no Better Place than the European Union

Friday, November 16th, 2018

“There is no better place than the European Union”, said the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during the Third Summit in Thessaloniki, reported the Bulgarian National Television. 

The summit is devoted to the European perspective, connectivity, industrial development and cooperation with the Western Balkans.

”It is now time to stop talking about the Western Balkans, as Greece, Romania and Bulgaria, which are already in the EU, and can not be divided into key areas, the Prime Minister said.

”There is now nothing to stop us from continuing to develop our trade relations and stock exchanges”, Borissov added.

He also  said that eventually, if there is a problem, our countries will receive the greatest assistance from NATO and the EU.

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