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Five Bulgarian Doctors are Accused of Draining over BGN 120,000 from the NHIF

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office has accused five doctors of dental medicine and one of their helpers for documentary fraud, through which they have received unlawful amounts from the NHIF, the press center of the prosecution announced.
 
As a result of the criminal actions of the persons, the amount of the damage to the Health Insurance Fund amounted to more than BGN 120 000 for the indicated period. The six defendants have been assigned a measure of “money guarantee” in different sizes, which they are currently appealing in court.
 
The doctors are from Sofia, but they did not know each other. All of them, however, had contracts with NHIF and used the software product developed by the Cashier for reporting their activity – “Hippocrates”. Due to the specificity of the software, dentists used the services of allegations of aid, which registered their outpatient plans.
 
In 2015 an employee of one of the doctors began to provide him with the health books of various minors from Yambol. He then personally helped this dentist to form outpatient sheets that took into account examinations and dental manipulations of these patients.
 
The documents produced were false because the underage patients had never visited the dentist’s office. In them, the employee also made a personal signature in the column for the “parent” of the children. These documents were then provided to the computer specialist who, in turn, registered them in the system.

 
There is also a prosecution of the second contributor to committing the crime, who has drawn out the false outpatient papers.

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One of Bulgaria’s best Water Polo Players Died in an Accident on Mount Olympus in Greece

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

One of the best Bulgarian water polo players Martin Kirov died yesterday in a hospital in Greece after falling as he ascended Mount Olympus in northern Greece, BNT reported.

He was part of a small group of Bulgarians who were trying to climb the hard-to-reach area of ??Cofto.

Kirov has separated from the group, slipped and fell and, despite the efforts of rescuers and doctors, later died. Martin Kirov was a water polo player of the Slavia team.
 
“A rescue operation involving representatives of both the rescue service and the fire service in the village of Litohoro. A military helicopter was also included, “said Rumen Lozanov, the consul of Bulgaria in Thessaloniki.

“The police are expected to summon members of the group to testify exactly how it happened to produce the necessary documentation and investigation,” he added.

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More than 50 Ticks were Removed from the Head of a Child in Sofia

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

More than 50 ticks were removed today from the head of a child in the Emergency Department of the University Hospital “Lozenets”. The child walked with his parents in the South Park in the capital. This was reported to BTA by Dr. Dimitar Shandurkov, a doctor in the emergency department of Lozenets Hospital.

Another child had 20-30 ticks on its body.
 
The doctor said he had no such cases in his practice. The ticks were sent for research at the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases.

Dr. Shandurkov advises parents to be particularly careful, to use repellents for their children and not to allow them to move near dense shrubs and tall grasses.
 
The municipality of Sofia has reported that a chemical treatment on the central meadows of the South Park has taken place today.
 
Activities continue in the coming days.

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Test Results Show That Math is the Hardest Subject for 4th Graders

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

For about a month and a half, fourth-graders in Bulgaria solved 1.7 assignments as part of their maths training, Kiril Rusev, the founder of an online training platform for students “Envision Play”, told BNR.

In the program “Before all” of the Horizon TV, he pointed out that for this period of preliminary tests before the “small examinations” last week, were included more than 750 schools. 

“We have developed a completely free online platform, in which everyone can get involved – with a computer, a phone, with every device that has internet. We copied the structure of the exams, “Rusev said.

He pointed out that the tests were prepared by some of the best teachers in Bulgaria.

The results of the over 1.7 million tasks that have been solved have shown that “biology,” and “history” are the easiest subjects where the right answers were about 80%. Mathematics seemed to be the hardest for the students – 72% success rate, which is still an excellent result, Rusev pointed out.

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Germany Spent a Record € 23 Billion on Refugee Integration and Prevention of Migration

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Last year, Germany spent a record € 23 billion on refugee integration and prevention of migration to its territory, the BNR reported relying on Reuters and an official report by the Berlin Ministry of Finance.

We see 11% increase compared to 2017. The document will be discussed at today’s meeting of the German government.

Alice Weidel, the leader of the Alternate for Germany parliamentary faction made a negative comment on Monday 

“It’s too expensive for taxpayers to welcome migrants,” she said.

And Minister of State Migration, Annette Widmann-Mauz called Weidel’s comment “stupid,” because most of these billions were paid to root out the causes of migratory flow to Germany and prevent a new wave, the National Radio adds.

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A Mild Earthquake Was Registered in the Kresna Seismic Zone

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

A mild earthquake was registered in the Kresna seismic zone. The epicenter was near the Simitlian village Zheleznitsa. It was of magnitude 2.2 on the Richter scale and was registered at 9:53 AM, the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography told the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Nova TV reported.

The depth of the earthquake was 0 km.

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The Council of the European Union Has Adopted New Rules on Single-Use Plastics

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The Council of the European Union has adopted the ambitious measures proposed by the European Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most commonly found on European beaches as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.

The rules on disposable plastic products and fishing gear makes provision for different measures to be applied for different products. This puts the EU at the forefront of the global fight against marine litter. When affordable alternatives are available, disposable plastic products – such as cutlery, plates or straws – will be eliminated from the market. For other products, the goal is to limit their use by reducing their consumption at national level, to introduce design and labeling requirements, as well as obligations for producers to manage waste and to make Extended Producer Responsibility schemes covering the cost to clean-up litter, applied to products such as tobacco filters and fishing gear.

The new rules are proportionate and tailored to achieve the best possible results.

Following today’s Council decision, the act will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The directive will enter into force 20 days after the publication. Member States will have two years to transpose legislation into their national law.

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25 200 Cigarettes Without an Excise Band were Found in Kyustendil

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Тhe press center of the MoI Directorate announced that 25 200 cigarettes without an excise band were found in a car in Kyustendil. Tobacco smugglers were found by law enforcement officers during an inspection.

The vehicle was driven by a 28-year-old woman. She is detained for 24 hours with a police order. A pre-trial proceedings have been initiated in the District of Kyustendil.

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About 40% of Households in Bulgaria Live in Overcrowded Housing

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Valentin Yovev, who opened “Residential Forum 2019″ in the capital announced that according to statistics, there are an average of 550 homes per 1000 people in Bulgaria, and that houses were more than households.

Over 97 percent of the property is private. However, the number of uninhabitable dwellings is growing, – over 31% of all homes in the country. About 40% of households live in overcrowded housing.

“That is why it is necessary to formulate a new policy to ensure affordable housing for all sections of the population and to develop measures to create a new social housing fund that will also contribute to tacklе the demographic and regional poverty” Yovev said.

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The EU Takes Measures to Combat Forest Fires

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The European Commission announced the establishment of a fleet of specialized planes to combat forest fires this summer. So far, seven firefighter planes and six helicopters will be part of the fleet, the commission said, quoted by BTA.

Five EU countries, often suffering from forest fires in recent years, have placed their available aircraft at commission’s disposal – Croatia (2 airplanes), France (1 aircraft), Italy and Spain (2 airplanes), Sweden (6 helicopters ).

In recent years Europe has suffered serious disasters – forest fires, floods, storms and earthquakes. These events led to more than 100 human deaths last year. Until now, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was based on a system to coordinate the deployment of the voluntary assistance provided by the participating countries to the country requesting support. Proposals for assistance are coordinated by a center in Brussels.

In recent years, bad weather and emerging threats have challenged the ability of EU countries to help each other, especially when several countries face the same type of disaster at the same time. When there are limited or missing response opportunities, the EU hasn’t got enough reserves to support the countries in trouble, the EC said.

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