Chess Long-Awaited EC Approval Unclogs Bulgaria Carbon Quotas Trade

Authorized Bulgarian companies will be able to trade with their carbon quotas as the European Commission has approved Bulgaria's delayed carbon dioxide plan. The plan was originally submitted by the Stanishev government in 2007 but has been rejected twice by the C


Chess Farewell for punk legend McLaren

Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols, is being given a flamboyant send-off at his funeral in north London.His coffin, emblazoned with the slogan "too fast to live, too young to die", was carried on a horse-drawn carriage. Mourners includ


Chess Eurostat: Bulgaria Budget Deficit 3.9% of GDP in 2009

The European Union's official statistics agency Thursday said the Bulgarian budget deficit in 2009 was wider than the government had estimated, even though Sofia recently revised upwards its last year's fiscal gap due to a hidden deficit. In the first of its twic


Chess Bulgaria Business Demands Tax Amnesty to Battle Crisis

The Bulgarian business has asked for forgiveness of tax liability as a means to counteract the economic crisis. The announcement was made Thursday at the extraordinary meeting of the Consultative Council of the National Revenue Agency (NAP). The Council is compri


Chess Bulgaria’s New Health Minister: Roll Your Sleeves Up, No More Jokes

The major problem of Bulgarian healthcare is its 'lack of substance', which is why reform is needed urgently, according to newly appointed Health Minister, Anna-Maria Borisova. "Not a single hospital will be shut down, not a single nurse will be laid off. There wi


Chess Ex-child model jailed for murder

A former child model has been jailed for life for murdering a doctor in a robbery in a London park.Nadim Gulamhuseinwala, 32, was attacked in the early hours of 25 July last year as he walked home through Green Park in central London. He was hit with a 10kg cast ir


Chess Bulgaria’s New Health Minister: Roll Sleeves Up, No More Jokes

The major problem of Bulgarian healthcare is its 'lack of substance', which is why reform is needed urgently, according to newly appointed Health Minister, Anna-Maria Borisova. "Not a single hospital will be shut down, not a single nurse will be laid off. There wi


Chess Armenia Halts Normalization of Turkey Ties

Armenia's ruling coalition has said it is halting the ratification in parliament of landmark accords on normalizing relations with Turkey. It said it was because of Turkey's refusal to "ratify the protocols without preconditions", chiefly over the enclave of Nagor


Chess Footballer in driving test arrest

Wigan Athletic footballer Charles N'Zogbia has been arrested over allegations that someone else completed the written part of his driving test.He was held on suspicion of causing fraud by false representation as he turned up at Sale Driving Test Centre in Greater M


Chess UK borrowing hits record ?163.4bn

Government borrowing hit a record high of £163.4bn this year, official figures have shown.The borrowing figure for the 2009-10 financial year is lower than the £167bn predicted by the Chancellor Alistair Darling in April's Budget. But it remains the mos


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