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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are over 2.5 million nurses practicing in the United States. This number is expected to grow as nursing jobs become increasingly specialized. There is also the fact that there is a huge population of aging and retiring nurses. Nursing jobs are very rewarding, but all the different specializations might make it harder for nurses to choose a career path that best suits them. These specializations are often distinguished by the educational qualification of a nurse and below we will look at some of the most common nurse specializations.

Becoming a Nurse

To become a nurse, you must have gone through medical school and attained one of the few nursing degrees available. They may be called different names, but all these degrees lead to fulfilling nursing careers. Next, a nurse has to pass certification exams so they can become certified to work in any of the different types of healthcare facilities available. If a nurse wants to specialize, they might have to go back to school to attain more specializations for the particular field they are interested in.

Nurse Researcher

As the name suggests, a nurse researcher involved in research into:

  • Health

  • Illness

  • Healthcare

Part of their job includes:

  • Identifying research questions

  • Designing studies

  • Conducting these studies

  • Collecting, interpreting and analyzing data

  • Reporting their findings

These types of nurses can also decide to go into academics where they could write papers and reports on their research in journals and publications.

Psychiatric Nurse

These nurses work with patients who have been diagnosed with various mental illnesses like schizophrenia. They are also trained in behavioral therapy so they can teach patients and their loved ones on how to overcome challenges that often accompany mental illnesses.

If you choose this career path, you might find yourself working with:

  • Occupational therapists

  • Psychologists

  • Physical therapists

  • Psychiatrists

  • Neonatal Nurses

These nurses can assist mothers before, during and after birth. They work very closely with neonatal doctors and midwifery nurses. Some of their work includes:

  • Handling labor

  • Delivery

  • Monitoring mothers and babies during the whole birthing process

Some of these nurses also work in neonatal intensive care units where they provide continuing care to premature or ill babies.

Nurse Midwife

These nurses are the primary providers of midwifery services. They are highly trained and their job is the most in-demand among all the different nurse specializations. To become one of these nurses, you must:

  • Have a degree in nursing

  • Have a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery

  • Pass licensing certifications mandated by the state they would like to work in

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

CNS is a universal term that is used to describe advanced nurses who have many different specializations. They sometimes oversee whole floors and supervise other nurses. CNSs establish standards of quality of care and work with other nurses to ensure these standards are met and maintained. Because they are specialists and can often go into managerial positions, they must hold a master’s or doctoral degree in a specialized area of nursing practice.

Because they have diverse specializations, they can be experts in:

  • A specific population (women, children, geriatrics, etc.)

  • A disease (cancer, diabetes, etc.)

  • A specific type of care (for example rehabilitation)

  • A type of health issue (for example stress, wounds)

  • A specific medical setting (emergency room, critical care, etc.)

Clinical nurse specialists are given a leeway to provide direct patient care, help propose policies that improve health outcomes or even offer consultation services.

Family Nurse Practitioners

Family Nurse Specialists are advanced practice registered nurses who are highly-trained to provide family-focused care. They can work with other professionals or independently. These nurses are trained in clinical family medicine which means they can:

  • Diagnose illnesses

  • Treat complex illnesses and diseases

Due to their advanced training, they can also work as policymakers and hospital administrators. Nurses who already hold nursing degrees can enroll in an online DNP-FNP program if they would like to switch over to family nursing.

Family Nurse Practitioners can work in different settings including:

  • Schools

  • Private homes

  • Clinics

  • Doctors’ offices

  • Hospitals

Orthopedic Nurses

Orthopedic nurses work with patients who have musculoskeletal ailments like:

  • Diabetes

  • Joint replacement problems

  • Arthritis

They can also prepare appropriate treatment plans for their patients.

Geriatrics Nurses

These nurses are registered nurses who offer specialized and individualized care to elderly patients. They must hold a degree or certification that specializes in geriatrics. Their main work is much like a doctor’s because they can:

  • Diagnose illnesses

  • Conduct exams

  • Prescribe medication

Geriatrics nurses work with their patients in the long term and might provide assessment and progress reports to their patients’ families. The most important quality they must have is a good bedside manner because they work closely with elderly patients who need a lot of patience.

Critical Care Nurse

Critical care nurses work in areas where urgent and critical help is required. These include places such as trauma floors or even intensive care units. Because of this, they often define themselves according to the departments in which they work.

Critical care nurses must have valid Registered Nurse licenses. Although most hospitals require them to have Bachelor's degrees in nursing, some hospitals employ those with associate degrees as well.

Dialysis Nurses

Patients suffering from kidney failure need dialysis services that help remove toxins from their blood. Because this is a very delicate process, these patients need the care of specialized dialysis or renal nurses.

Dialysis nurses:

  • Assess patients before every procedure

  • Ensure the process is as safe as possible

  • Assess the patients when the process is done

These nurses can choose between working in specialized dialysis centers and hospitals.

To become a dialysis nurse, you need a valid RN license and a Bachelor's degree in nursing if you want better opportunities and a higher salary. To make things even easier for yourself, you might want to have a few years of nursing experience before applying to become a dialysis nurse.

Health Policy Nurse

Health policy nurses are concerned with the ways healthcare policies can affect their patients. These nurses are often very experienced and have a deep insight into the healthcare system. Health policy nurses do not treat patients directly. Instead, they work for nonprofits, government or other organizations with their work there focused on advocating for policies that better serve patients.

To become a healthcare nurse, you need:

  • A Bachelors in Nursing

  • Several years of experience

  • An optional degree in healthcare administration or public policy - both of these degrees make them better positioned in the job market

Informatics Nurse

The nurses work where healthcare and technology intersect. They use their nursing experience to investigate how emerging technologies will affect patients and the healthcare nurses and other healthcare providers provide. They also work closely with practitioners, hospitals, and companies that develop healthcare technologies. To get one of these positions, you must have excellent computer skills including networking and big data.

Nurse Anesthetist

These are advanced practice nurses who provide support and anesthetic services during procedures such as:

  • Trauma care

  • Surgeries

  • Obstetrical procedures

These nurses can work in every type of practice and provide care for almost any type of surgery or procedure. They have the luxury of working with a diverse number of healthcare specialists including:

  • Doctors

  • Surgeons

  • Other anesthesiologists

  • Podiatrists

  • Dentists

  • Any other healthcare providers as may be required

These nurses work with total autonomy and are some of the most respected nurses in healthcare. Their salaries are also some of the highest.

Nurse Educator

Nurse educators are specialized nurses who train other nurses. They work with universities and hospitals to develop education programs. They leverage their extensive experience and knowledge of the healthcare system to do the work they do.

Some of these nurses teach in universities and can also create education courses for practicing nurses who would like to extend their knowledge.

Nurse Advocate

Although all nurses advocate for their patients, nurse advocates do just this one thing. They liaise between the patients and their healthcare institutions to ensure any problems that arise are solved in the best way and as fast as possible.

Patient relation skills and a lot of bedside experience are two of the things required for this position in addition to a valid Registered Nurse certification.

Pain Management Nurses

These nurses deal with patients who have:

  • Undergone surgery

  • Been in an accident

  • Acute or chronic pain

Some states allow them to prescribe pain management drugs and, because of the number of people living with chronic pain, these nurses are always in demand.

In addition to their Registered Nurse license and a Bachelor's or associate degree, they must also earn additional certifications such as those offered by the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.

Travel Nurse

This is a relatively new type of specialization, but these nurses are always in demand. As the name implies, travel nurses move from one place to another providing their services wherever they may be needed. They can work in:

  • Hospitals

  • Private clinics and practices

  • Clinics

  • Outpatient centers

In some cases, especially for patients who are bedridden or who do not want to stay at the hospital, they can visit patients’ homes. These nurses have the option of being specialists in a particular area or general practitioners.

Pediatric Nurses

These nurses work with children who are too young to be attended to by other nurses and who are too old to be taken care of by neonatal nurses. They work in a variety of settings, mostly in areas where children receive treatment. Some of these areas are:

  • Pediatric wings in hospitals

  • Specialized pediatric hospitals

  • Private practices.

To become a pediatric nurse, you need to have a Bachelor of Science in nursing plus other certifications that make you a specialist in pediatric care.

Oncology Nurse

These nurses work exclusively with patients receiving cancer treatment. They assist in the in-patient care of these patients and can check up patients receiving outpatient treatments, such as those receiving chemotherapy.

Why Should You Specialize?

There are several reasons why nurses decide to specialize.

  1. Better pay - Most of these specializations come with a salary bump. Nurses who want better pay can either wait to get promoted or get additional certifications that make them specialists in specific areas.

  2. Job satisfaction - Some nurses are not satisfied with completing tasks they are not interested in. Because of this, they can decide to specialize so they can do what they love.

  3. Work where you work best - Every nurse has an area they love working in. Some like caring for children while others have the bedside manner to care for geriatric patients. If you want to work in an area you like, it would be a good idea to socialize.

  4. To earn a promotion - Almost all specialized nurses get promoted to better positions once they get their certifications and specializations.

  5. To switch careers - Say you do not want to keep working with patients - you can change your career path to something like informatics or research, for example.

  6. To get more freedom - Some nurse specializations, for example, a nurse anesthesiologist, let nurses work wherever and with whomever they want, within reason. This gives these types of nurses the freedom that most other nurses do not get.

Get Your Certifications in Order

Most nurse specializations require that you have specific certifications and degrees. Before looking for a job in a specialized field, ensure that you have the right certifications. Also, do your research to ensure that you are following the laws of your state and that you get the certifications from the right institutions as required by your state or hospital.

Nurse specializations are too many to count. They are starting to be defined by education levels and the differences between the tasks different nurses do are razor-thin now. Before specialization, you have to find out where you work best. This will ensure that once you have your certifications, you will be able to work in an area that you are most interested in and happiest at.


It’s no secret that if you want to become an expert in something, you must practice. There is no short cut to success. Have you ever come across the 10,000 hours rule? According to this rule, if you want to be an expert at anything, you must be ready to practice for at least 10,000 hours. It applies in every aspect of life, and Forex trading is no exception.

Forex trading is easy, especially for professional traders. In the eyes of an expert trader, it looks quite simple and understandable. But in the eyes of a newbie, Forex trading may seem complicated and risky. So, how do you learn to trade Forex without having to risk your hard-earned money? The secret lies in the forex trading demo account. In this article, you will learn everything about the demo account, from how to create them, their advantages and disadvantages, and where you can create one.

What’s a Forex Demo Trading Account?

A Forex demo trading account is a virtual account that allows you to trade with virtual money. A demo account simulates a live account. The only difference is that you are trading with virtual money. Demo trading accounts are risk-free, and you stand to lose nothing. Both novice and professional traders can use demo trading accounts. For instance, if a professional trader wants to test a particular strategy, they will use a demo trading account to do so. Since there is no risk of losing capital, traders can learn and gain experience while using demo accounts.

What are the Features of a Demo Account?

As highlighted earlier, demo accounts provide a safe platform for traders to learn and earn experience in trading the stock market. Demo trading accounts have different features depending on the provider of the platform. Some of the standard features of demo accounts include:

1. Charts

Many demo trading accounts have critical charts, especially when trading currency pairs. Without these charts, it would be almost impossible to know the most profitable trends in the market. A demo trading account will help you explore and interpret charts and also implement a variety of charting tools.

2. Analysis of Trading Tools

Every Forex trader will need indicators for technical analysis and other critical tools to trade Forex. These tools help you to pinpoint the best place to enter and exit a trade. With a demo trading account, you can try as many times as possible until you find the best point to enter the trade.

3. Market Research

Market indicators are only useful when you can read the market trends. For instance, you need to know the basics of candlestick analysis to trade effectively. A demo trading account is an excellent platform to master these nuances.

4. Testing Market Trends

Many demo trading accounts provide tools to test market trends. The Forex market is always shifting. For instance, you can have particular currency pairs showing good profits in Asia while others are performing better in the London trading session. Trading with a demo account will enable you to observe these trends and determine the best time to trade in a particular Forex market.

What are the Advantages of a Demo Trading Account?

When many people start trading Forex, they know little or nothing about Forex. If you decide to learn by trading with a live account, it may cost you a deposit. So, the best thing is to register for a risk-free demo account. With a demo account, you will make mistakes, but you will learn from them without having to lose your money.

Another advantage of using a demo trading account is that you get a chance to test the quality of services offered by your broker. With a demo account, you can check the effectiveness of their platform and the tools that they provide.

Lastly, a demo trading account gives you first-hand experience. You can learn a lot about Forex by reading books, attending seminars, and watching videos, but nothing can beat the experience of learning on a demo platform.


In 2018, EU exports of services to countries outside of the EU were valued at €945 billion, while extra-EU imports were valued at €795 billion. Over the last decade, EU ran a trade surplus for services, with a peak in 2018 at €149 billion, Eurostat data showed.

In recent years, there has been a rapid increase in the value of world trade in services. This pattern was also observed across the EU, with the value of exports increasing overall by 73% over the last decade and the value of imports by 59%. 

USA and the UK: leading trade partners

In 2018, the EU’s leading trade partners for services were the United States and the United Kingdom. The United States was the destination for almost a fifth (19%) of the services exported from the EU Member States and was the origin of almost a quarter (24%) of the services imported into the EU from non-member countries. The United Kingdom closely followed (21% of extra-EU exports and 20% of extra-EU imports of services), ahead of Switzerland (11%, 7%).

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to begin trade talks with the United States within the next two weeks, British Telegraph reported.

The publication adds that the things, or as written "The British government’s “red lines” for the trade negotiations" that London will not give up will be announced next week. According to the publication, they expect the UK to oppose the demands of the Washington US pharmaceutical companies to have more access to the UK market.

The Germans continue to be Greece's largest source of revenue for tourism. This is according to data from the National Bank of Greece.

German tourist revenue, however, declined by 0.2% in 2019 compared to 2018, to nearly € 3 billion.

In contrast, revenues from British tourists increased significantly to 2.556 billion. This is 31.9% more than in 2018. Revenue from French tourists also recorded remarkable

growth of 14.5% year-on-year, reaching EUR 1.092 billion.

Tourists from outside the European Union also registered an increase of 14.2%. The Russians spent 27.3% more in 2019.

The turnover indices in services cover the activities included in sections ‘Transportation, storage and post’, ‘Information and communication’ and ‘Other business services’, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said in a press release.

According to the preliminary data in the fourth quarter of 2019 total turnover index in section ‘Transportation, storage and post’, calculated on the basis of seasonally adjusted data, increased by 1.9% compared to the third quarter of 2019. The greatest increase was seen in Air transport (8.2%) and Postal and courier activities (7.7%). A decrease was registered only in Water transport - by 1.0%. 

The total turnover index for section ‘Information and communication’ increased by 2.3% compared to the third quarter of 2019. The largest increase was seen in Computer programming, consultancy and related activities (7.3%) and Information service activities (5.4%). The highest decline was reported in Motion picture, video and TV programme production, music publishing activities - by 15.4% and Publishing activities - by 13.3%.

In ‘Other business services’ the highest increase in comparison with the previous quarter was registered in Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities - by 2.3% and Employment activities - by 1.7%. The largest decrease was seen in Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis - by 6.6% and Office administrative, office support and other business support activities - by 4.6%. 

During the fourth quarter of 2019 the total turnover index, working day adjusted, in section ‘Transportation, storage and post’ increased by 5.9% compared to the same quarter of 2018. A rise was observed in all activities in the sector while the highest growth was registered in Water transport - by 42.5% and Air transport - by 23.5%. 

The total working day adjusted turnover index in section ‘Information and communication’ increased by 17.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. The most significant increase was in Computer programming, consultancy and related activities (34.8%). A decline was seen only in Telecommunications (3.7%).

In ‘Other business services’ a growth was observed in almost activities compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. The highest increase was in Office administrative, office support and other business support activities - by 18.1%, Cleaning activities - by 17.3% and Legal, accounting and management consultancy activities - by 16.9%. A decrease was registered only in Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis - by 6.7%.

The famous Taj Mahal tombs will be cleansed in honor of Donald Trump's visit. 

Trump is due to visit the Taj Mahal with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. 

After building a wall in Ahmedabad to hide slums, India is undertaking another project before US President Donald Trump's visit: The replicas of two graves inside the Taj Mahal, India's most famous monument, are being given a clay-pack treatment.

This is the first time the replicas of the graves are being cleaned since their installation more than 300 years ago, DW reported.

The Taj Mahal itself has been cleaned by clay treatment five times. The real tombs of  Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal are in a chamber below the replicas, according to BGNES.

Trump, who is due to visit the Taj Mahal with his wife, daughter and son-in-law, during his visit to India beginning on Monday, may not enter the original tombs because the entrance to them is quite low. The president's security team, who visited the Taj Mahal recently, said Trump would not bend over, even if he had to see a 17th century grave.

The original tombs of the Taj Mahal rulers are open to the public only three days a year to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Shah Jahan.

Japanese Chitetsu Watanabe was 112 years old. The man from Niigata Prefecture was officially named the oldest man on the planet on February 12, according to the British newspaper Mirror.

Watanabe would be 113 years old in just 11 days. He took the title of the oldest man from another Japanese, Masazo Nonaka, who died at the age of 113 at the end of January.

Englishman Bob Weighton has taken over Watanabe's mantle of the world's oldest living man, Mirror reported.

The Japanese are the world's longest-lived nation, with The number of people over 80 living in Japan exceeded 10 million in 2015.

Producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty Monday of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another woman. This was decided in New York after several days of deliberations.

Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of two other sexual assault charges. He pleaded not guilty during the case because the sexual relations with the two women who sued him were by mutual consent.

Since his arrest, more than 80 women have accused him of sexual crimes, including stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Rosanna Arquette. The court is expected to issue a verdict in the coming days.

"This trial -- and the jury's decision today -- marks a new era of justice, not just for the Silence Breakers, who spoke out at great personal risk, but for all survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault at work," Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time's Up Foundation said in a statement.

"We are very disappointed with the verdict, there is no doubt about it. We wanted to hear "innocent" on all five charges," Weinstein's lawyer said.

Pakistan announced that the newly adopted law will help the government monitor and mitigate online content that has to do with "terrorism, extremism, hate speech, fake news, incitement to violence and national security."

Critics of the new rules, however, say the government paves the way to mass censorship, Deutsche Welle writes.

The law is called "Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020" and obliges Internet giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove or block posts that are considered objectionable by the government, DW reported. Authorities are also allowed to request data from the internet companies who posted the posts.

"The worrying part for me is that the definition of extremism, religion or culture is so wide and ambiguous and that means they have unfettered power to call any online content illegal or extremist or anti-state," Nighat Dad of the Pakistan's Digital Rights Foundation (DSF) told Reuters news agency.

Hollywood giant Paramount Pictures halts a planned three-week "Mission Impossible" shoot in Italy because of a coronavirus in Italy, AFP and Reuters reported.

The star of the series Tom Cruise has not yet traveled to Italy and does not intend to go there under the current circumstances.

“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” Paramount Pictures, a unit of ViacomCBS, said in a statement, reported, by Reuters.

It will be sunny today, with scattered high clouds in the afternoon in western Bulgaria. A light southwest wind will blow. Maximum temperatures between 13C and 18C, in Sofia around 15C. Atmospheric pressure will drop again and in the afternoon it will be lower than the monthly average.

This is the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) weather forecast.

The foreign ministers demanded rapid integration in the Western Balkans.

Within a few days, the EU will decide whether to start membership talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania. This was made clear during a meeting between the foreign ministers of Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and representatives of the European Commission in Thessaloniki.

Joint declaration in support of European integration in the Western Balkans and expectation that Skopje and Tirana receive a specific date for the start of EU membership talks in March. Both Serbia and Northern Macedonia have expressed readiness for EU membership.

"From Thessaloniki to Zagreb" - on the eve of the Croatian summit, foreign ministers demanded swift integration of the Western Balkans on Monday.

"Reforms are a responsibility of the Western Balkan countries. Not only because they have to fulfil the same criteria and beads in some excel tables. They must have resolved all their open issues, both between them and with their neighbours, ”said Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.

Last autumn, the member states failed to agree on a start to the talks with Skopje and Tirana. At the time, France, the Netherlands and Denmark were the main obstacles, pushing for new rules in the negotiation process. The emphasis is the rule of law.

"Serbia has a choice, at least that's what the EC told us. The European Union has to say whether it wants to expand or not, ”said Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

"We build a sense of community in the region with those who are already members and who are not yet," said Northern Macedonia Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov.

China's fast-spreading coronavirus could cause tourism losses in Asia for more than $ 100 billion, according to a bank analysis released on Monday.

Robert Carnell, the chief economist and head of Asia Pacific's analytics department, of the Dutch ING financial group estimated that there might be zero tourism revenue from Asian tourists visiting China and from Chinese tourists flying to other Asian countries.

This is a “gross simplification,” Carnell said, but it fits a scenario where the outbreak lingers long after it peaks.

“Official travel restrictions may be slow to be removed, and travelers may remain wary long after it is safe for them to travel again,” he said.

According to Trade Economics, tourism revenue contributed about 11% to China's GDP in 2018.

The World Health Organization (WHO) won’t call the coronavirus a pandemic yet.

"For the moment, we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus, and we are not witnessing large-scale severe disease or death.

Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet. So how should we describe the current situation? What we see are epidemics in different parts of the world, affecting countries in different ways and requiring a tailored response.

The sudden increase in new cases is certainly very concerning. I have spoken consistently about the need for facts, not fear. Using the word pandemic now does not fit the facts, but it may certainly cause fear. This is not the time to focus on what word we use. That will not prevent a single infection today, or save a single life today.”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

We recall, as Ghebreyesus said, that there are now 2074 cases outside China in 28 countries, and 23 deaths.

The spread of the infectious coronavirus has been a major topic in the world media in recent weeks. 82% of respondents from the Bulgarian National Panel in a Nielsen Admosphere Bulgaria survey say they have come across news related to the topic. Although a large proportion of respondents are concerned about the possibility of a global epidemic and the possible spread of the virus in Bulgaria, just under half of those surveyed feel personally threatened. This explains why half of the respondents have not taken any precautionary measures so far.

The Nielsen Admosphere Bulgaria survey was conducted among active internet users participating in the Bulgarian National Panel from February 3-17, 2020. The panel is part of the European National network operating in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. A similar type of coronavirus study was also conducted in these 4 countries.

Most of the Bulgarians (82%) came across news regarding the new coronavirus that appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, and has infected tens of thousands of people so far. In recent weeks, there have been conversations for a global threat, prompting many countries to take various measures, such as the cancellation of direct flights from China and the installation of thermal cameras at airports. 71% of Bulgarians are worried about the possibility of a global epidemic - women (80%) are more worried than men (62%) as well as younger age groups. About 80% of people between the ages of 15 and 44 share a concern about this. For comparison - 65% of the people over 45 share these concerns.

The concern that the virus could start spreading in Bulgaria is a little higher - 75%, with women again expressing a stronger attitude towards men on this issue, along with the younger ones up to the age of 44.

Just under half of the respondents gave a positive response to the question whether they actually feel threatened by the coronavirus. This seems to be a result of the lack of confirmed cases of infected in Bulgaria so far. However, half of the people still do not consider it necessary to take preventative measures in relation to the spread of the virus. However, 30% of respondents are considering taking some action in the near future, and 20% have already taken some measures, such as wearing a mask in public and increased compliance with personal hygiene.

A woman from Plovdiv who has returned from Italy has been admitted to St. George's Infectious Diseases Clinic. She doubted she had contracted the coronavirus while in Italy.

The woman was admitted to the hospital with a flu-like simptoms, DarikNews reported. She is isolated in a separate room.

A sample was taken and sent to the National Parasitology Center in Sofia for examination. 

The United States needs funding to fight the coronavirus, a White House spokesman said, without confirming reports that the administration was preparing to ask Congress to approve emergency funding, Reuters reported.

“We need some funding here to make sure that we … protect all Americans, that we keep us safe,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News Channel.

Asked how much money the White House may ask Congress to approve, Gidley said: “I don’t have an announcement on the specific amount yet, but we need to combat this.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the country, separate from the 39 infected that were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the Chinese city of Wuhan.

More than 60% of Americans think Donald Trump will be reelected. At the same time, according to a study by CBS and the YouGov research agency, none of the US presidential candidates from The Democratic Party have the support to oppose him.

According to data, 31% of registered voters said the president will definitely win a second term, and 34% said he probably will, for a total of 65% expecting him to be reelected. A total of 35% disagreed; 23% said he "probably will not" win, and 12% said he would "definitely not" win, USA Today reported.

Only 42% of Democratic supporters have already decided who they will vote for.

The poll, which included 10,000 registered voters, took place from February 20 to February 22.

Bulgarian Delyana Lazarova has won the international Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition in Manchester. In addition to the £ 15,000 prize, the winner is awarded a two-year contract as Assistant Conductor to Sir Mark Elder, Principal Conductor of the Halle Symphony Orchestra in Manchester, BNR reported.

She also became the music director of the Halle Youth Orchestra. Born in Plovdiv, her training outside Bulgaria met her with renowned conductors. She has conducted prestigious orchestras in the US, Europe and Asia, where she has won many awards. Lazarova has worked with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra in Czechia, as well as with the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra and the Meiningen Symphony Orchestra in Germany.

In relation to the situation with the new coronavirus COVID-19 in the north of Italy, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Bulgarian citizens who reside or travel to Italy, to travel only as a matter of last resort to the regions with confirmed cases of coronavirus, MoFA said on February 23, quoted by BNT.

We also recommend that the Bulgarians refrain from attending public events, avoid crowded places, and comply with safety measures such as wearing a protective medical mask, maintaining personal hygiene, and avoiding direct contact with strangers, the ministry’s statement says.

At the same time, taking into account the current situation with the development of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus epidemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria raised the risk index when traveling to China to the highest Level 5: Warning to suspend all trips and leave the country immediately .

The foreign ministery said that as at February 24, it has not received reports on Bulgarians in China and Italy being infected with Covid-19.

The Italian authorities said that currently 132 people in Italy were infected with new coronavirus and 26 of them were in intensive care.

Accroding to Italian statistic, 10,046 Bulgarians live in the Lombardy region; 2,312 in Vénet; 3,071 in Piedmont, 5,241 in the city of Milan, and 313 in the Lodi municipality.

The Bulgarian Embassy in Rome and the General Consulate in Milan say they are ready to assist Bulgarian nationals as needed. Bulgarian citizens can contact:

- the Bulgarian Embassy in Rome on +39 06 322 46 40; +39 06 322 46 43. Telephones of the Embassy during off-hours: + 39 06 322 46 40; + 39 06 322 46 43.

- Consulate General of Milan: +39 02 849 429 02. Telephone of the Consulate General in off-duty hours: +39 33 37 826 043.

Oman's health ministry has announced the first two cases of people infected with the Chinese coronavirus in the country, Omani television quoted Reuters as saying. The infected are two Omani women who have returned from a visit to Iran. Both are in stable condition.

Oman has stopped all flights to Iran because of the coronavirus epidemic, Omani television added.

Tajikistan also stopped all flights to and from Iran because of the epidemic, and the United Arab Emirates banned its citizens from traveling to Iran and Thailand because of the coronavirus.

Chinese authorities are confident that the epidemic of the new coronavirus will be defeated, and normal life in most parts of the country will be restored by the end of February. "There is confidence in China that soon we will finally defeat this outbreak," Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui said. "Besides the epidemic center [in Wuhan] a normal life will be restored in most provinces and cities by the end of this month. Certainly, I believe this moment will happen later in the center of the outbreak, somewhere in March," he noted.

"China has developed a vaccine that shows immunity. But these are preliminary results and time is needed for further tests and fine-tuning [the vaccine]," he explained, quoted by TASS.

32 people were detained during the large-scale operation.

Spain's police have busted a drug gang led by a 44-year-old Bulgarian woman in Valladolid. 200 kilograms of heroin, amphetamines and marijuana, as well as 45,000 euros, weapons and 12 cars were seized during the large-scale operation.

The Bulgarian Tsonka V.Z. is known as the Queen of Amphetamine, according to local newspaper El Día de Valladolid. She was convicted of drug trafficking and served a sentence in the country, but was released from prison last year.

Earlier last year, Tsonka was detained with her husband with 10 kilograms of amphetamine and 4.5 kilograms of hashish. The Bulgarian woman was sentenced to four years in prison, but spent only four months behind bars. After leaving prison, Tsonka begins a humble life as a cook at a roadside restaurant, but continues to manage drug distribution in Valladolid.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has convened an extraordinary meeting of the Security Council, the government press office reported.

On the prime minister’s orders, the extraordinary meeting will be held today at 4:30 pm.

The consultative and coordinating body with the Council of Ministers will discuss data on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the measures taken against it nationally and internationally, as well as further actions.

US director Quentin Tarantino became a father for the first time. He and his wife, Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick welcomed a son, BTA reported.

The first child of the 56-year-old Tarantino and 36-year-old Pick was born on Saturday in Tel Aviv, Israel. The director's representative confirmed the good news. "Daniella and Quentin Tarantino are happy to announce the birth of their first child. A baby boy born February 22, 2020," the statement said.

The director and singer met in 2009 while Tarantino was promoting Inglorious Basterds in Israel.

Their relationship only began in 2016. Quentin Tarantino and Daniella Pick announced their engagement in June 2017. In 2018, the couple got married at a modest ceremony in Beverly Hills. The couple announced that they are expecting in August last year.

Ukraine returns to Eurovision after missing the song contest last year, DPA reported.

The country plans to send the band Go_A to Rotterdam in May. Over the weekend, the group won the competition to represent Ukraine with the song "Solovey." five performers.

In 2019, Ukraine canceled its Eurovision appearance in Tel Aviv, Israel, because of a scandal over being chosen to represent performer Maruv, who often performs in Russia.

Ukraine won the contest in 2016, the song "1944", inspired by Stalin's expulsion to the Crimean Tatars. Ukraine's song proposal was criticized by Russia.

It is expected that 41 countries will take part at this year's Eurovision Contest in Rotterdam.

A Code Yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for Bulgaria for 24 February, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) said on its website.

Strong and stormy winds will blow in all regions around noon and in the afternoon, with gusts of 20 m/s to 25 m/s.

The NIMH is urging residents to beware of flying debris. Local disturbances of usual outdoor activities are possible.

A Code Yellow warning for high winds in the sea is in place, as well. In the regions of Dobrich and Varna the wind is expected to increase from the northwest to 14-19 m/s (7-8 Beaufort), with gusts of 20-22 m/s (8-9 Beaufort). In Burgas, strong and stormy winds from the northwest at 14-17 m/s (7 Beaufort) are forecast, with gusts up to 20 m/s (8 Beaufort).

Their demand has increased dramatically due to the coronavirus infection.

Surgical masks are depleted in Germany and pharmacies hardly receive new deliveries, BTA reported.

"There are significant delays and delivery difficulties," said the head of the German Wholesale Pharmaceutical Association.

"The demand for surgical masks has increased dramatically due to the coronavirus infection," said a spokesman for the Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists. However, their efficacy is limited. "They don't really help with daily protection," said a researcher at the German Institute for Infectious Diseases.

"In its battle against the COVID-19 virus outbreak, China has banned the export of surgical masks. That is causing bottlenecks elsewhere — now even Europe faces the prospect of a breakdown in supplies.", DW reported earlier.

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has occurred in western Turkey, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC).

The earthquakes were recorded at 2.43 local time and the epicenter was located 89 kilometers northeast of the large city of Izmir and 56 kilometers northeast of Manisa. The quake occurred at a depth of seven kilometers below the surface.

No information on casualties and destruction was received.

Earlier there was another strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake in the border zone between Iran and Turkey, according to information from the European Mediterranean Seismological Center. The earthquake in Iran has injured 75 people. In Turkey, authorities have reported nine dead and fifty injured.

Turkey is preparing an initiative for cooperation between the Turkish and Bulgarian police in order to secure the common borders more effectively, Aksam newspaper said. Common border patrols for border protection can be formed, the newspaper added. Turkey has negotiated such an initiative with Serbia. According to a protocol between the two countries, Turkish border guards will go to Serbia and join joint border patrols with Serbian police, BTA reports.

"Turkey will offer such a model of cooperation to Bulgaria as well," Aksam writes. In addition to Bulgaria, Turkish police plan to establish a similar form of cooperation with Croatia. According to information in Aksam newspaper, if an agreement is reached with Bulgaria, Turkish police will be entrusted with the control of Turkish citizens crossing the common border.

Mona Lisa painting made out of Rubik's Cubes was sold for an unexpectedly large amount.

The amount reached over $ 500,000. The initial estimate was that the unusual piece would be sold for less than half the amount.

The French street artist's interpretation of the Mona Lisa made out of 330 Rubik's Cubes was sold for 8,000 at a modern art auction in Paris.

The author of the picture is popular with the name Inverder. He has many followers and often makes original demonstrations to draw attention to himself.

The Rubik Mona Lisa was created in 2005 and is the first in Invader's "Rubikcubism" series, 10 Daily reported.

Three children have been killed and seven others were seriously injured in a gas cylinder explosion at their home in northern Macedonia, the Associated Press reported.

An eight-year-old boy and a girl aged 9 and 11 died instantly when a gas bottle exploded in the living room of a family home in the village of Romanovce. Firefighters later extinguished the blaze, NY Times reported.

According to local media, the explosion occurred while the family was having breakfast.

Four women, one of whom is pregnant, and a 10-year-old boy are among the injured. They were taken to a clinic in Skopje with severe burns. According to the latest information, another 58-year-old man has died at the hospital.

"Four of the patients are in life-threatening condition with high degree of burns. One of the patients is a child with smaller area of burns," said Venko Filipce, minister for health.

The family is from the Albanian minority in Northern Macedonia.

A cold front will pass through the country today. It will be windy before noon in northern Bulgaria, in the afternoon also in the south, with strong to stormy northwestern winds, gusts up to 25 m/s in some places. The cloudiness will be variable, but no precipitation is expected. Maximum temperatures mostly between 12C and 17C.

Atmospheric pressure is lower than the monthly average and will rise during the day.

This is the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) weather forecast.

Lack of prophylaxis, poor hygiene and systematic neglect of oral health are the reasons for the frightening dental picture in Bulgaria - the President of the Bulgarian Dental Association, Dr. Nikolay Sharkov, said in an interview with BNT.

Official statistics show that 18-year-olds in Bulgaria have an average of 6 caries and 1 permanent tooth extracted. In the age group of 35 to 44 years, the number of missing teeth increases to 6.

"Bulgarians do not buy toothpaste. We find that only about 30% of them buy toothbrushes frequently and that is relevant for the toothpaste too. That's what we're trying to change. They don't brush their teeth. Besides - toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months.

Fitch Ratings re-affirmed Bulgaria's sovereign long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BBB’, with a positive outlook. The agency emphasized that Bulgaria's economy will grow by 3.3% in this and next year.

“It is Bulgaria´s highest current account surplus on record and the highest in the ‘BBB’ and ‘A’ [rating] categories,” Fitch said

The agency sees a positive change in the country's future accession to ERM II.


Authorities in Pakistan have announced they are closing their border with Iran, where the coronavirus continues to spread, AFP reported.

"We have closed our border with Iran because of the reports of coronavirus there," said Ayesha Zehri, a senior government official in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan's province, which borders Iran." .

Turkey has closed its border with Iran yesterday as a measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

In Iran, 43 cases have been reported and eight people have died so far as a result of the virus.


A new magnitude 5.8 earthquake has been reported yesterday near Iran's border with Turkey, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center said quoted by Reuters.

The quake was at 2 km depth.

Earlier yesterday an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 occurred in the same area.

75 people were injured in Iran. Most of them were not seriously injured.

In Turkey, the first earthquake caused the deaths of nine people and 37 were injured.

The Venice carnival has been halted due to the spread of the coronavirus in northern Italy, world agencies have reported.

Events scheduled in the last two days of the annual event have been canceled. The order was signed by Veneto District Manager Luca Zaia and Health Minister Roberto Speranza.

“The ordinance is immediately operative and will go into effect at midnight,” announced Veneto regional Gov. Luca Zaia

All public events in Venice are prohibited until March 1 inclusive. Schools in the city will remain closed throughout the week.

According to recent data, two people have died from the new coronavirus in Italy. The total number of those infected is already 132 - the highest in Lombardy, followed by Veneto, TASS notes.

Earlier today, Luca Zaia reported, cited by the DPA, about 25 cases in Veneto, including two elderly people hospitalized in downtown Venice - the first cases registered in the city.

The carnival in Venice began on February 8 and is scheduled to end on February 25, TASS recalls.

The toll system was supposed to provide BGN 1 billion of road revenue annually - money to maintain the road infrastructure in Bulgaria in a normal state. After a year and a half of discussions, the estimated revenue is now reduced to less than BGN 500 million annually, BNT reported.

After the state made concessions to carriers twice and reduced the size of the charge per kilometre and excluded the entire second-class road network from toll system scope, carriers now demand a third concession: delaying the introduction of the system due to on-board devices.

The carriers do not agree to pay rent for the on-board devices of the two companies - national suppliers. They estimated that the rents in Bulgaria would be several times higher than those in Europe and that this would cost them BGN 15 million. The state, however, this time is firm that the toll system will start operating on March 1st.

Magdalena Miltenova from the Confederation of Bus Carriers explained that carriers said that on March 1 they will not service the lines covered by the toll system, as they will neither be able to equip their buses with on-board devices by then, nor will they be able to train their staff to work with the devices.

The Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) will decide next week on the request of Sofia Municipality for 151 km of roads to be taken out of the scope of the national road network and exempted from vignettes.

Bulgaria's Interior Ministry is monitoring the situation in the country and the capital because of the Lukov March planned for this Saturday in Sofia, Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said. Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova has issued an order banning the Lukov March. Fandakova expects the police would ensure the public order. The Interior Ministry is adamant that they will execute the mayor's order. We have communication with our partners abroad. They are carrying out their checks, said Minister Marinov regarding the expectations that the organizers of the march from the Bulgarian National Union would be supported by extremists from abroad. The organizers of the march are now under investigation, BNR reported.

Lukov March is a torch procession commemorating General Hristo Lukov, leader of one of the fascist organizations in Bulgaria in the years of World War II. The general is a highly controversial figure and the commemorative procession has, in recent years, been bringing together, in Sofia, neo-Nazis from all over Europe. Bulgarian NGOs and world media describe it as a far right extremist event. 

At least nine people including three children are dead in eastern Turkey after an earthquake with its epicentre in neighbouring Iran, BBC reported.

At least 37 people were injured after houses collapsed, Turkey's interior minister said. 9 people were killed.

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran near the border with Turkey this morning.

The epicentre of the quake was at a 5 km depth, 141 km west of Tabriz.

43 migrants from Bangladesh have been found in a truck in Northeastern Macedonia, MIA reported.

The driver of the truck, a 29-year-old man, was arrested.

The truck was stopped for inspection on Saturday night at about 9.40 pm near a gas station after the police received a preliminary warning that it was possible a truck to transport migrants illegally.

The migrants were lodged at the Tabanovce Transit Center near Kumanovo and the driver was detained at the police station in the city for further investigations by the prosecutor's office, authorities said.


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