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Sofia Residents Will Be Able to Track Information about Upcoming Disasters in the City via Their Phone

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Sofia residents will be able to track information about upcoming disasters in the city via their phone. The new mobile app is based on a German model, and the idea of ??launching it in the capital came from a visit by a team of the Emergency Relief and Prevention Directorate in Berlin at the invitation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS).

“Moskova” 33 employees were shown the KATWARN system, which is a method of alerting the population and providing it with information under state authority for impending storms, earthquakes, lightning, hailstorms, as well as for fires, floods, closed large commercial sites or streets and boulevards.

“KATWARN is a multichannel system that can spread warning messages in many different ways and accordingly inform people, for example, via sms, email, app, advertising digital panels, social networks, cars etc.,” the municipality explains.

The system is currently operating successfully in Germany and Austria. Large industrial plants, police stations, chemical plants and ports used it as a closed corporate alert system. Members of the European Commission also have a downloaded application and will be taking advantage of its services this year.

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9 Kilometers Long Car Queue at The Danube Bridge 2 Border Checkpoint

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

The car queue at The Danube Bridge 2 border checkpoint is approximately 9 kilometers long. The situation is extremely difficult. The reason for the heavy traffic is the installation of radioactivity sensors by the Romanians. Only one corridor is working towards Bulgaria’s northern neighbour.

“We’ve been waiting for two hours. There is no hope of crossing the border today. Probably it will happen tomorrow morning, “a stranded tire driver told NOVA.

His colleague said there were people waiting for over 10 hours now. The drivers of freight vehicles are adamant that some alternative means of passage should be devised to avoid such situations. In their opinion, what is happening is illogical.

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Sofia residents will be able to track information about upcoming disasters in the city via their phone

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Sofia residents will be able to track information about upcoming disasters in the city via their phone. The new mobile app is based on a German model, and the idea of ??launching it in the capital came from a visit by a team of the Emergency Relief and Prevention Directorate in Berlin at the invitation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS).

“Moskova” 33 employees were shown the KATWARN system, which is a method of alerting the population and providing it with information under state authority for impending storms, earthquakes, lightning, hailstorms, as well as for fires, floods, closed large commercial sites or streets and boulevards.

“KATWARN is a multichannel system that can spread warning messages in many different ways and accordingly inform people, for example, via sms, email, app, advertising digital panels, social networks, cars etc.,” the municipality explains.

The system is currently operating successfully in Germany and Austria. Large industrial plants, police stations, chemical plants and ports used it as a closed corporate alert system. Members of the European Commission also have a downloaded application and will be taking advantage of its services this year.

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5 Magnitude Earthquake on the Richter Scale Strikes Japan

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

A 5-magnitude earthquake was registered this morning east of the Japanese coast, according to the US Geological Survey.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 128 km east of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture. The depth was 8 km.

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Bulgarian PM Borisov: We Suggest to Have a Cybersecurity Department in the European Commission

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Just over a month after the personal data of more than 5 million Bulgarians were hacked from the National Revenue Agency, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced that our country wanted a cybersecurity department in the new European Commission.

He added that he had demanded that European leaders keep mind Bulgaria’s current digitalization plans, but that it should expand.

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has flatly rejected Politico’s information that our country will seek the Agriculture portfolio of the new European Commission. He reacted sharply to a question on the subject.

“Someone is making up nonsense and you are forcing me to comment on it. What we want is developing modern spheres – Cybersecurity, IT Technology Management. I said that a month and a half ago. What is Agriculture for us?” “There, the money is clearly and precisely distributed to all countries. What are we going to do with Agriculture,” asked Boyko Borisov. “

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Distribution of Over BGN 620 Thousand Worth of Pensions in Bulgaria is Temporarily Suspended

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Over half a million BGN pensions are “suspended”. According to the National Social Security Institute, the pensions of 4794 pensioners for over BGN 620 thousand were closed due to unpaid electricity, water, and heating bills, debts to tax or banks, NOVA reported.

Pensions are the highest in Sofia, with Pernik second in terms of senior debtors. The debtors in Plovdiv follow.

Pension restraint is used by about 1.8 million people.

By law, earnings below the minimum wage cannot be seized. And the minimum wage is BGN 560, ie. if a pensioner receives BGN 561, they are enforced by a private agent, they will be held up to BGN 185. Nearly 5,000 men and women in the country have their pensions suspended.

“The pension up to the minimum wage, ie up to 560 leva is currently absolutely protected by the law, ie it cannot be subjected to a stop and no deductions can be made,” explained Krasimira Atanasova, head of the Legal Services Department at the NSSI.

But there is an exception. There is no forgiveness for those retirees who have to pay maintenance. However, if you take a double minimum wage, 1/3 of it may be suspended.

“Then, when the amount of the pension is from two times to four times the minimum wage, 1/2 part cannot be reached,” explained Krasimira Atanasova.

The suspension of the pension is only lifted when the debt is paid.

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Traffic on Struma Motorway Expected to be Allowed Partially from Friday

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Traffic on the Struma motorway in the direction to Sofia is expected to be allowed partially from today, the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) said on August 23. The traffic will be reopened for cars. First, it will be examined how much weight the fire-damaged viaduct near Dupnica can withstand. Today, the Head of RIA, Georgi Terziyski, inspects the clearing of the stored waste under the bridge that caused the fire.

Specialists are currently testing the roadway and the weight it can bear. There are 6 heavy goods vehicles parked on it, and there are sensors underneath to identify the weight. If the tests turn out to be positive and the lane can be opened to traffic, the so-called “reverse movement” will be introduced. In the lane towards Sofia, traffic will be allowed today and tomorrow only for cars traveling in the direction to Greece, to facilitate traffic. Those traveling to Sofia will have to take the existing bypass route along the main E-79 road.

On Sunday and Monday, traffic will be restored on the lane to Sofia, but only cars traveling to Sofia will be allowed on it.

After assessing traffic intensity during the weekends, the RIA will decide on how to restore traffic permanently in this lane only.

The other lane in the direction of Greece would require repair. A total of 13 viaduct columns from the viaduct of Strouma Motorway were damaged in the fire. The road to Greece is more seriously damaged and it will take about 4 months to repair it.

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Warning of Dangerous Undercurrents Along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Experts advise beachgoers to be aware of rough sea, high waves, strong winds and undercurrents, which typically occur at this time of the year, reports BNT. 

Tourists are recommended to comply with the flag signaling and not enter the sea when the flag is red.

There has been an undercurrent in the recent 10 days and this has led to unpleasant incidents. Currently, the flag at beaches in Varna is yellow, tourists should use extra caution.

The weather has been hot since the beginning of the week and is expected to remain high over the weekend – about 32 – 35 degrees per Celsius.

The medical service at the beaches in Varna told BNT that there were no reports of fainted people, but advise tourists to avoid standing in the open sun for a long time and recommend drinking plenty of water.

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New Case of African Swine Fever Confirmed in Varna Area

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

A new case of African swine fever has been confirmed after a dead wild boar was found in the village of Osenovo, Dr. Zlatina Dimova, Director of the Regional Food Safety Directorate told Focus Radio – Varna.
Restriction signs will be erected near the place where the dead animal was found. Other measures include restricting access to the area. No hunting, picking herbs and mushrooms or hiking should be carried out within the eight-kilometer area. The measures will be in force until October 21, according to the order of the director of the Regional Forest Directorate.
Dr. Dimova also said that unregistered domestic pigs were found in 71 backyards in the Varna region. They had not been voluntarily slaughtered by their owners who will now be sanctioned.
“Unregistered animals have been kept in 71 backyards. However, sanctions will not be imposed on all of them as some are now under registration procedure,” Dr. Dimova explained.

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100 Tonnes of Sunflower Seed Destroyed by Fire in Silo in Varna

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

100 tonnes of sunflower seed was destroyed in a fire that broke in a silo in the village of Blaskovo near Varna, said the press office of the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior. The incident was reported yesterday around 04.39 pm. Two firefighting crews arrived at the scene. Thanks to their timely actions, the silo and the remaining 500 tonnes of grain stored in it were saved. The alleged cause of the fire was a technical malfunction – an accident on an escalator. Over the past 24 hours in Varna, 11 firefighting operations took place for burning dry grass and waste, with no material damage, technical assistance was provided at two addresses.

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