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The case filed by the State Oman Reserve Fund against the Bulgarian state over the bankruptcy of Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) has been finalized, the finance ministry said. The foreign fund, which was a shareholder in the bank, claimed compensation for the refusal of the Bulgarian authorities to try to save it. Back in the spring, the Omani gave up their claim. The Washington Arbitration Tribunal has now dismissed their claims and ordered Bulgaria to pay the costs.

For some € 80 million

The Omani side claimed compensation of 80 million euros. The lawsuit was filed in late 2015, ie. more than a year after the CCB bankruptcy, which closed in the summer of 2014, the Omani Fund held 30% of CCB's shares.

The lawsuit stated that Bulgaria had breached the mutual investment promotion agreement between the two countries. As early as October 2014, a consortium of investors, including the Omani Fund, made a proposal to rescue the bank. A month later, the Bulgarian National Bank withdrew the license of KTB and thus left no chance of it being saved.

In the case, the Bulgarian side has submitted two written submissions, the finance ministry reports, as well as expert opinions and other evidence. According to their message last year, the refusal of the Omani side means that no other case can be brought in the same case before any arbitration.

It is unjustified

From the very beginning of the case, the Bulgarian side insisted that Oman's claims were unfounded. In October 2015, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov stated that our country has experience in such cases, has hired lawyers and is not worried.

"We are not worried about this lawsuit, we consider it unfounded - a bank shareholder in bankruptcy to have claims against the state because of the mismanagement of the company and the bankruptcy," Goranov said at the time.

Almost 50% of Bulgarians like chalga. This is indicated by the results of a Trend poll. 48% of the participants answered positively whether they liked pop folk music. 41% of the respondents are of the opposite opinion.

Only people over 70 seek the meaning and message of music first, according to the data. For 56% of the participants in the study, the most important are the melody, the rhythm and the instrumental.

In our country folk music is listened the most, it is clear from the survey. 26% of those surveyed said that. 21% say they listen mostly to pop folk, and fans of pop music are 19%. 14% of the respondents listen to rock.

At the same time, people say they listen to music most often at home, with radio and television being the main sources. People in Sofia go to concerts much more often, as there are more such options, according to the study.

China's pair Gu Yuting/Mu Zi claimed the women's doubles title on Saturday evening at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Asarel Bulgaria Open in the town of Panagyurishte.

In the final match, Gu/Mu smashed the Japanese duo of Miu Hirano/Saki Shibata 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.

Earlier on Saturday, Jun Mizutani/Mima Ito of Japan won the mixed doubles title, beating Ma Te/Wu Yang from China 11-8, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9 in the final.

In the men's doubles final on Saturday, Jeoung Youngsik/Lee Sangsu of South Korea beat Japan's Kazuhiro Yoshimura/Uda Yukiya 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8.

The men's and women's singles semifinals and finals are scheduled for Sunday.

Bulgarian law enforcement officers in the port city of Burgas seized nearly 76 kg of cocaine hidden among fruits coming from Ecuador via Italy, authorities said, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

The illicit drug was found in a warehouse, packed in four boxes, the Ministry of Interior and national Prosecutor's Office said in a joint statement.

The boxes were part of a shipment consisting of 20,626 boxes with fruits, which arrived in Burgas on July 29, the statement said.

The drugs were wrapped in lead foil, which made it difficult to detect them, it said.

Authorities estimated that the value of the cocaine on the black market would exceed 2.83 million U.S. dollars.


The investigation is ongoing.

Traffic in the capital is changing on Sunday, the Sofia Municipality reported.

From 18.08.2019 to 14.09.2019 the entry of road vehicles on the southbound lane of Iskarsko Shose Street into the section from Tushe Deliyanov Street to Iliya Beshkov Street is prohibited, two-way along the northbound lane of the street in the same section.

For the same period of time bus stops № 10, 14 and 88 on Iskarsko Shose Street in the section from Tushe Deliyanov Street to Iliya Beshkov Street are shifted.

From 04.30 hours on 18.08.2019 to 24.00 hours on 23.08.2019. it is forbidden to enter road vehicles first on the southbound lane on Ljubljana Street in the section of its intersection with Ovcha Kupel Blvd. along the northbound lane on Ljubljana Street in the section of its junction with Ovcha Kupel Blvd., the traffic is made two-way along the southbound lane on the street in the same section.

From 04.30 hours on 19.08.2019 to 24.00 hours on 23.08.2019. a temporary bus line № 11-TM is opened with a route: West Park (bus stop No 72 and 77), West Street, Suhodolska Street, Kuban Street, Resurrection Blvd, Nikola Mushanov Blvd. Ovcha Kupel Blvd., Tsar Boris III Blvd., Alexander S. Pushkin Street, Banner of Peace Square.

Buses will stop at all existing bus stops along the route. The route of tram line № 11 from Iliyantsi quarter to Krasna Polyana depot is shortened.

The purpose of the expedition is to prove Herodotus' information about trade contacts between ancient Egypt and peoples along the Black Sea coast during the prehistoric era, reports BNT. 

The boat ABORA 4 will travel 3,000 kilometres in the next 3 months.

The sail will be aboard a 12-metre reed boat, which the crew has been building in the summer in Beloslav Lake under the supervision of two Bolivians living near Lake Titicata.

It is believed that the tribe they belong to has preserved the technique of building reed boats since ancient times. However, their ancestors also created the reed boat by which world-famous marine explorer Tour Heyerdahl crossed the Atlantic 50 years ago.

On August 16, 12 people from different countries, including the Bulgarian historian Theodor Rokov from the Archaeological Museum in Varna, will get on the board of the boat from Varna. The route of the vessel is Varna - Istanbul - Canak Kale (Troy) - Aegean Islands and Crete Island.

Hopefully the explorers will successfully complete their voyage and return with new insights into our ancestors' contacts with Mediterranean civilizations.

A US millionaire from Texas has been donating money to the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo. Edmund Beck has been buying and renovating cultural monuments in the former capital of Bulgaria for over 10 years.

Hadji Nikoli Inn situated on Samavodska Charshia is the pride of the eighty five-year-old former military pilot and veteran of the Vietnam War. The building constructed by the celebrated Bulgarian master builder Kolio Fitcheto in 1858 for the Bulgarian merchant Hadji Nikoli, who fought for church independence, is now a national cultural monument.

The restoration of the first Bulgarian hotel built after the Liberation from the Ottoman Rule “Tsar Boris” has also begun. So far Edmund Beck has invested over EUR 2 million in restoration of emblematic buildings in Veliko Tarnovo, BNR reported.

The nine richest businessmen in the world lost about $ 18 billion together on Wednesday, Forbes said, citing real-time ratings.

The publication explained the sharp decline in their fortunes with the fall of US equities after the Dow Jones Index hit its biggest drop in 2019 on Wednesday.

The leader on the Forbes list is Jeff Bezos, who lost $ 3.5 billion. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has split 3.2 billion, and LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault about 3 billion.

According to the newspaper, the decline in the shares did not affect the condition of only one businessman - former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In early August, as the financial markets plummeted, the world's 500 richest businessmen lost nearly $ 118 billion. Then Bloomberg explained the sharp collapse in the straining of trade relations between China and the United States.

The highest red fire hazard code is in place for three municipalities today, according to NIMH.

The index is valid for territories in the districts of Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik and Plovdiv. This degree of danger means that very strong fires with involvement of tree crowns are possible.

Citizens must be vigilant and ready to take action to protect themselves in the event of a rapidly developing fire. They are also required to report immediately to 112 for any outbreak occurring.

Turkey's Ataer Holding is the most likely buyer of Britain's second largest steelmaker, British Steel, which went bankrupt in May this year, according to British media.

The holding, which is a subsidiary of Turkey's Oyak state military pension scheme, confirmed strong interest in the deal, announcing today that it is in the "exclusive" talks to acquire British Steel. The deal is valued at between £ 60m and £ 70m.

Ataer Holding already owns a 49.3% stake in Turkey's largest steelmaker Erdemir.

British Steel went bankrupt after failing to receive a £ 30m financial injection from the UK government.

Joint Bulgarian-American training with the participation of the Special Forces of the Bulgarian Army and the Army Air Force formed by the US Army in Europe will continue from August 19 to 25 in our country. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense's Public Relations Directorate.

Up to 250 troops from the 68th Special Forces Brigade with the necessary equipment and equipment will be involved in the preparation, and up to 30 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from up to 5 US Army Air Forces in Europe will be in attendance.

Parachute jumps will be performed in the area of ​​Cheshnegirovo Airport during the joint preparation. For the purpose of preparation, US Army Air Forces helicopters in Europe are expected to be deployed to our country from 17 to 19 August 2019.

The purpose of the joint Bulgarian-American training is to enhance the skills of the Special Operations Forces for performing parachute helicopter jumps and the interoperability between the forces involved and the means in performing joint tasks.

Every fourth departure from Bulgaria's three busiest airports is delayed. This is evidenced by the results of the inspection by the Directorate General for Civil Aviation Administration (DGSA), which was assigned to it by Transport Minister Rosen Zhelyazkov late last month. It was reached after many flights were delayed since the beginning of the year. The audit aimed to find out whether European legislation on compensation and assistance to passengers for delayed and canceled flights is complied with.

The Transport Ministry said that extraordinary checks were made at the airports in Sofia, Varna, Burgas, and Plovdiv. Data were collected from all flights in July and two teams, including inspectors and passenger rights experts, participated in the audit.

Sofia is a leader in delayed flights

The inspection shows that there are no delays of departure planes exceeding 30 minutes for Plovdiv Airport. No irregularities were found there in respect of the rights of passengers. However, this was mainly due to the small number of flights - three times a week.

Sofia Airport is the leader in delays in July. Of the 4797 completed passenger flights, which include scheduled and charter flights, 28.8% did not depart on time. 23.8% of the delays are within 1 hour, 3.2% - within 1 to 2 hours, and 1.8% - over 2 hours. For more than two hours, European legislation provides for compensation for each passenger, depending on the distance to the endpoint of the flight.

In July 1276 flights were completed from Varna Airport, with registered delays over 2 hours leaving 3.6% of all flights. One to two-hour delays were reported for 7.13% of flights and between half and one hour for 8.3%.

During the same period, a total of 2484 flights were performed from the Bourgas airport, with registered delays over 2 hours leaving 4.38% of all flights. 6.72% of all departures were delayed between one and two hours, and 9.94% of all departures between half and one hour.

Thus, out of a total of 8557 flights from Sofia, Varna and Burgas 2154 are delayed, which makes 25% of all flights.

The reasons for the delays

"The main reasons for delays to and from airports to be inspected, including long delays, are route restrictions related to air traffic management capacity and adverse weather conditions," the inspection report said.

Other causes of delays include delays in previous flights, technical problems (defect found, sudden damage to aircraft, delayed refueling, etc.), waiting for transfer passengers, bird strikes, delayed baggage loading, delays due to security checks, late submission of flight documentation, etc.

It is underlined that record levels of traffic and record delays of over 18 million minutes were registered in Europe last summer, which was the "major problem in some parts of the European airspace". The biggest delays in Europe are reported at the control centers in Karlsruhe, Marseille, Reims, and Maastricht, all of which have an effect across the European air network.

Air traffic is expected to increase by about 3.5% in the coming years, which is why the Governing Body of the European Air Network has already taken steps to reduce delays, the transport ministry said. Air traffic flows from the airspace of the busiest control centers have been shifted since late April to reduce delays at the European level.

Is the airport staff doing well

The audit found that employees of all ground-based operators at Bulgarian airports servicing airlines under contracts they have concluded: "have shown a high level of knowledge of the procedures and actions to be taken by them in the event of a major flight delay".

Problems with airlines and airports

The transport ministry stressed that at the time of preparation of the report no flight information had been received from 10 Bulgarian and 19 foreign airlines, therefore the data collection and processing will continue. The data collected from Bulgarian airlines shows that not all have published information on passenger rights on their websites. None of them applied their internal rules for passenger irregularities to their response to the airline.

The checks found that, as a whole, check-ins and airport lounges had information available to guide passengers on how to get to know their rights. However, with the exception of Plovdiv Airport, visualization is not sufficient and brochures are not freely available in more public areas of the airports.

Not all check-ins have a clear and legible message in the visible and accessible passenger area containing the rights of passengers in the event of a canceled or delayed flight.

"This is a recurrent violation, to which remedial measures will be prescribed to eliminate it," the ministry said.

The Directorate-General for Civil Aviation Administration will continue to exert ex-post controls on air and ground operators to enforce European legislation and respect for passenger rights, the Transport Ministry said in a statement.

The government has allocated more than BGN 12 million for the maintenance of the new state-owned Dams Management Company.

It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and for this reason, the funds are being transferred to its budget, the government release said.

The money will go to support another state-owned structure that will spend money in a questionable way, as it is unclear what happens to the $ 500 million allocated for emergency repair of dangerous dams.

The funds of BGN 12 140 000 are needed for the resource provision of the dam activity - payment of personnel costs for employees, administrative expenses, as well as the purchase of fixed tangible and intangible assets, the statement said.

Neither the Council of Ministers nor the Ministry of Economy announces who is the director of the new state-owned enterprise, whether the 7-member board of directors has been appointed, as well as the other 156 employees in the headquarters in Sofia and in the 8 regional offices in Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Haskovo, Burgas, Varna, Veliko Turnovo, and Vratsa.

The allocation is significantly higher than estimated. They indicated that their wages and salaries would go beyond BGN 8.8 million for 2019 and 2020. Others over BGN 8.3 million were pledged to purchase materials, clothing, office equipment, computer configurations, software, high-altitude cars, rental and repair of premises, for business trips in the country to bypass dams.

The changing infrastructure and outlook of Bulgaria will be reflected in the Google Maps application. Google cars will be circumnavigating the streets and roads of Bulgaria by the end of the summer to capture the changes, this time including footage taken by pedestrians, the so-called trackers, in the app, the company said.

Street View is a popular Google Maps feature that is currently available in more than 85 countries around the world, as well as parts of the Arctic and Antarctica. Thanks to it, users can view 360 ° images on different streets and cultural and national heritage. It is available on both Google Earth and the mobile version of Google Maps.

Google says they are aware of the need for constant map updates, which helps users to better navigate and facilitates travel planning.

The stunning views of the Rila Lakes and Belogradchik Rocks, historic monuments such as the Ancient Theater of Plovdiv and the Tsarevets Fortress, iconic buildings such as the Ivan Vazov National Theater and the Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv are just a few of the landmarks already included in Google Maps. Walking through the sea garden of Burgas or to Cape Kaliakra is also one click away for those who want to travel online.

The Street View Trekker, with which new images from Bulgaria will be added, is a special backpack with photographic equipment whose cameras are mounted on top of it. The tracker is worn by an operator who walks around pedestrian zones and automatically collects photos along the way. The backpack operator is free to move around and shoot areas inaccessible to vehicles.

Shots from both cars and pedestrians are mounted in the 360-degree panorama you see today on Google Maps. So far, trekkers have toured some of the breathtaking natural landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, and the Galapagos Islands, as well as historic hiking trails in Venice. This is part of Google Maps' efforts to make our cultural heritage accessible to all the world's landmarks and elements. Google street view has for years helped tourists plan their trip, visit various landmarks, and choose the right accommodation.

In Bulgaria, trackers will tour 15 cities: Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Pleven, Dobrich, Shumen, Haskovo, and Blagoevgrad, with Pernik, Sliven, Pazardzhik, and Yambol.

Prior to each publication, the images undergo a special technology processing process. People's faces and license plates are blurred so that they cannot be identified, thus protecting their privacy. Street View offers an additional image removal feature. Users can use the "Report a Problem" button in the bottom right corner of each image.

The total income average per household member in the second quarter of 2019 was 1,547 BGN, a 4.9% increase compared to the same period of 2018, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said in a press release.
The highest relative share of income was from wages and salaries (57.8%), followed by income from pensions (27.6%) and self-employment (6.2%).
In nominal terms, the income from wages and salaries increased from 835 BGN to 894 BGN ( by 7.0%) and the income from pensions increased from BGN 413 to BGN 427 (by 3.4%). 
The total expenditure per household member in the second quarter of 2019 was BGN 1,402, a 5.3% increase compared to the same quarter of 2018.
The greatest share in the total expenditure was expenditure on food (31.4%), followed by housing (15.5%), taxes and social security contributions (14.2%) and transport and communications (11.7%).
In absolute values, the types of expenditure per household member changed as follows:
- Expenditure on food and soft drinks increased from BGN 419 to BGN 440 (by 5.0%).
- Expenditure on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes increased from BGN 59 to BGN 61 (by 4.4%).
- Expenditure on clothing and footwear decreased from BGN 44 to BGN 43 (by 3.2%).
- Expenditure on housing (water, electricity, heating, furnishing and home maintenance) increased from BGN 213 to BGN 217 (by 2.3%).
- Health care expenditures increased from BGN 77 to BGN 96 (by 25.0%).
- Transport and communication costs increased from BGN 161 to BGN 165 (by 2.5%).
- Expenditure on recreation, culture, and education increased from BGN 53 to BGN 57 (by 7.0%).
- Expenditures on taxes and social security increase from BGN 182 to BGN 200 (by 9.5%).

About BGN 600 million is expected as revenue from the toll system, Prof. Oleg Asenov of the National Toll Administration said at a press conference at the Research Institute of Construction, Focus News Agency reported.
"The law says that by March 1, we have to start the payment system. The tariff we set is the last tariff that was discussed at the public council meeting," Asenov said. 
He said the first payment for the system had been made, 50% of the total amount. He further said that the money that has been allocated so far is partly related to the contract itself and partly to direct expenses of the toll administration. 
"As soon as we are ready, we will immediately start the interoperability procedure," he said, adding that the new system would help haulers to make a tariff analysis. "For a combined journey of 368 km, they will pay 73 levs”, he said.

A greenhouse growing marijuana has been discovered in Kostandovo, said the press office of the Ministry of the Interior
The greenhouse was discovered Thursday by officers of the Rakitovo police department in an operation supervised by the prosecutor's office. The officers raided a property owned by a 49-year-old man from Kostandovo. In the yard, they found a greenhouse equipped for marijuana growing. It had 35 plants at different stages of development, from 0.5 to 3.35 meters in height. The total weight of the uprooted plants was close to 59 kilograms. In the house, the officers found two plastic bags filled with a total of 380 g of dry leaves and flowers that tested positive for marijuana.
In an SUV owned by the man, 19 12-gauge shotgun shells were found, for which he did not have possession and storage license. 
The drugs and the ammunition were seized.
The man was detained in the custody of the Velingrad Police Department for 24 hours.
The investigation is ongoing.

Three Kardzhali boys stole 80 kilos of ice cream from a freezer in the city center. The children are 12, 13 and 14 years old and were identified by the police in organized search activities, BNR reported.

A day earlier, a report had been sent that there were no 14 ice cream edges in the city garden for a three-month period. The cause of the theft is not clear at this stage. According to locals, the boys may have consumed the ice cream themselves or sold it.

Work on the case is being continued by forensic scientists and an inspector from the Children's Pedagogical Room.

The Special Prosecutor's Office has brought charges against six members of an organized crime group for possession and distribution of counterfeit euro notes, said the press office of the Appellate Special Prosecutor's Office.
The suspects were detained on 14 August 2019 in Sofia and Sandanski in a joint operation by the Special Prosecutor's Office and the General Directorate Combating Organised Crime with the participation of experts from Europol.
According to the evidence collected so far, the group was formed in September 2018 with the purpose of distributing counterfeit euro notes across Bulgaria, which would later reach other EU countries. 
Counterfeit euro worth 122,200 in 200-euro notes were seized during searches of homes and cars, as well as personal searches. It is yet to be established whether the fake notes were imported for distribution in Bulgaria from another country or were manufactured here. 
Numerous mobile phones, copies of cheques from a Turkish bank, forms for vehicle inspection tests and holographic stickers, flash drives and computer configurations, suspected fake US dollars, Ukrainian hryvnia and Macedonian denars were also seized.
By a decree of the prosecutor-in-charge, the six suspects were detained for up to 72 hours.
The Special Criminal Court will decide whether to impose remand in custody for each of them.

An Alley of Bulgaria's Olympic Glory was officially opened on Friday in the town of Sveti Vlas on the Black Sea coast of the country, the Bulgarian Olympic Committee (BOC) said.

The alley, which is located on one of the busiest streets, contains the bas-reliefs of the 48 Bulgarian athletes who have won 52 Olympic gold medals for Bulgaria, the BOC said in a press release.

The first one was won in Melbourne in 1956 by the wrestler Nikola Stanchev, and the most recent was won by the rower Rumyana Neykova in 2008 in Beijing, the BOC said.

"The alley will preserve and multiply the achievements of the golden athletes," BOC's president Stefka Kostadinova said at the opening ceremony.

Some of Bulgaria's Olympic champions have already left this world, others were sick, and these achievements seemed to be forgotten, the 1972 wrestling Olympic champion Georgi Markov said in turn. "Initiatives like this keep the memory," he added.

Bulgarian State Railways have launched Read on the Train campaign. Passengers who own a smart device can take advantage of the innovative method by scanning a special QR code, which is on trains, reports BNT. 

Kalin Marinov, Head of Sales and Service: Read on the Train came as a result of a study on wha\t passengers like doing while traveling on the trains. It turns out that many of them who own smartphones use them for some type of activity, and not a small percentage of them use it to read ebooks.

The BDZ initiative is implemented jointly with Bulgarian publishing houses, which provide works by native authors for the virtual library. Passengers can download a special QR code reading app on their smart device. After scanning the code with the application, it leads to a link where various ebooks can be found.

The first case of African Swine Fever in the Blagoevgrad region was registered on August 15. The infected animal was found in the Struma River near Kresna. An extraordinary epizootic committee discussed the measures to be taken. Some 70,000 culled pigs have already been buried in the Rousse region, which is most affected by the disease, reports BNT. 

The situation has been brought under control In the eight outbreaks, the Regional Food Safety Directorate said. Yesterday, another positive wild boar sample was detected, this time on Batin Island.

Primary disinfection has already been completed In all industrial pig farms in the Rousse region, where African Swine Fever was registered. The aim is to stop the spread of the infection in order to resume production.

Dr. Nikolai Nenov, Head of Department at the Regional Directorate for Food Safety in Rousse: 45 days are two incubation periods of the virus. However, three cycles are recommended, which is 65 days after the final disinfection is completed.

According to the forecasts of veterinarians, production in the affected farms can be restored within 5-6 months. In order not to spread the infection again, the places where the pigs are buried are constantly monitored.

Due to the deteriorating epizootic situation in the Rousse region, additional measures have been introduced for animal by-products from meat processing enterprises. The measure will last for at least 40 days.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s party GERB on August 15 named its candidates for mayors of Plovdiv, Rousse, and Haskovo in the forthcoming local government elections in October 2019, reports BNT

The incumbent mayors in the three cities are from the GERB party, but they are not among the newly named candidates.

The party has named Plovdiv regional governor Zdravko Dimitrov as its candidate for mayor of Plovdiv. It was decided that the incumbent mayor Ivan Totev would remain GERB regional co-ordinator in Plovdiv.

In Rousse, the nomination for mayor is Diana Ivanova, the head of the clothing manufacturing vocational high school in the city.

Stanislav Dechev, Haskovo municipal councilor is GERB’s mayoral candidate in Haskovo. He is a former employee of the State Fund Agriculture.

Struma motorway will be fully open to traffic within three weeks at the earliest, the Road Infrastructure Agency said on August 15. The stretch near Dupnitsa remained closed as a result of the huge fire at a secondary raw material facility in the area. It is unclear how much the repair will cost after the damages caused by the fire on the motorway bridge structure. Traffic to Greece is diverted through the bypass route via E-79, reports BNT. 

An additional number of police officers will be on duty around the detour route. During the weekends only one lane will be opened on the motorway.

Many vineyards have been affected by hail before the grape harvest, said Krasimir Koev, Executive Agency on Vine and Wine (EAVW), in an interview with Focus News Agency
Koev said there was a period of intense hail activity almost daily and vineyards in some areas were partially or completely damaged. "Some vineyards suffered 80% damage, others – 20-30%, it’s different. The cloud passes in a way that hits some completely, others peripherally," he explained. "This year, farmers will not be able to fully harvest their grapes, they got damaged both by disease and hail," Koev said, adding that the latest vines affected by hail were in the area of Kresna.
On the other hand, grapes that were well taken care of and were not affected by hail or diseases will be of high quality, both for white and red varieties, he said.

On 15 August, the reference laboratory for tick-borne infections at the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases confirmed two cases of West Nile fever, said the Ministry of Health.
In the first case, the infection was imported from Cyprus. The patient was a Bulgarian citizen, a 48-year old man from Pazardzhik, a construction worker, who had been in Cyprus for two months. Upon his arrival back in Bulgaria, he had fever, dizziness, and fatigue and was immediately hospitalized at the Pazardzhik Hospital. The other patient was a man, 41, from Sofia, who was hospitalized with neurological symptoms. 
West Nile fever is not transmitted from person to person and the patient is not dangerous to the others. The main prevention measure is reducing the risk of mosquito bites, which is how the disease typically spreads.

The defendants to the NRA hacking attack will bring three files against Bulgaria in Strasbourg, bTV reported.

Separately, the parent company of TAD Group files an arbitration claim for damages to the trademark. This was said by Georgi Stefanov, who is Ivan Todorov’s lawyer.

The defendants' cases are in breach of their presumption of innocence, the lawyer explained. The parent company will sue Bulgaria for damages.

"There is a convention for the protection of foreign investments, to which Bulgaria is a party and it is obliged to keep them and not to violate them, as they are in the TAD Group in this case. Accordingly, all losses will be brought to the Washington Commercial Arbitration, where the jurisdiction on these types of claims is, "Georgi Stefanov explained .

According to Ivan Todorov's defense, Christian Boykov had information about who attacked the NRA server much earlier. Therefore, Todorov has also applied to attend Boykov's interrogation.

"Just with one admin password, anyone can do it through their browser, there is no need to use special software for this. One person in a group chat stated that he did the job. I didn't see it "I went into this chat and became a part of it. As far as I understand from the defense of Christian Boykov, the chat has been saved on a screenshot," Stefanov said.

The national summer antiaids campaign strated on August 15. It will run until September 15. The campaign is being implemented in connection with the implementation of the "National Programme for Prevention and Control of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections 2017-2020" and will cover the whole country, BNT reported

From January to the end of June this year, 177,560 people were tested for HIV in Bulgaria.

There are 13 Offices for Free and Anonymous HIV Counseling and Research (KABKIS) operating at the regional health inspections. In these offices, pre-test and post-test counseling and research are conducted by trained medical professionals to raise awareness of HIV / AIDS issues. 17 mobile medical offices are still in operation, 15 of which have been provided to the Health Insurance Fund and 2 to non-governmental organizations.

In the period from 1986 to August 9,.2019, a total of 3,173 people with HIV were registered in Bulgaria. Since the beginning of this year, 147 new HIV-positive individuals have been identified, of which 93% are Bulgarian nationals and 7% are foreigners. The trend of more men being infected than women remains unchanged. The ratio is 5: 1 (123 men and 24 women).

The way of transmission of the infection has also not changed. This year, 86% of the newly registered cases were infected through sexual transmission. (42% are men who have reported homosexual contact and 44% have heterosexual contact). 13% were infected through drugs use. The most affected is the age group 30-39 years - 40%, followed by the age group 40-49 years - 23%.

Geographically, the majority of newly infected people with HIV are mainly in the big cities: Sofia – 64, 15 in the district of Plovdiv , Varna and Pazardzhik - 9 people in each district, Montana and Ruse - 6 people in each, Veliko Turnovo - 5, Kyustendil – 4 and 3 persons in each of the districts of Bourgas, Razgrad, Sliven, Smolyan and Haskovo, 2 persons in each of the districts of Sofia, Vratsa and Yambol..

As of July 31, 2019, a total of 1,639 people with HIV are being monitored in the treatment sectors for HIV/AIDS patients, and 1,591 (97%) of them receive up-to-date antiretroviral therapy. All the necessary testing and monitoring supplies are provided.

The incidence of newly registered cases of HIV infection per 100,000 people in EU countries in 2017 is 6.2, for Bulgaria the indicator is 3.4, ie. our country has twice less incidence of HIV among EU countries.

Countries with indicators above the EU average are: Latvia -19.0, Luxembourg -16.7, Estonia - 16.6, Portugal - 14.2, Malta - 10.4, Ireland - 10.2, Cyprus - 10, Belgium - 7.9, France - 7.8, Iceland - 7.2, England - 6.7.

The Ministry of Health provides free up-to-date research and treatment with antiretroviral medicines to all patients with HIV / AIDS, regardless of their health insurance status. Treatment of HIV / AIDS patients is performed in specialized units at infectious hospitals / clinics in the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Pleven and Stara Zagora.

The ministry of health reminds that HIV transmission is a major public health problem and affects more than 2 million people in the WHO European Region, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2017, nearly 160,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in the European region.

Last year, 228,000 citizens of the Western Balkans moved to European Union countries. This is shown by data from the European Statistical Office (Eurostat), Macedonian news agency Makfax reports.

In 2018, 51,000 people left Serbia, Albania - 62,000, Bosnia and Herzegovina - 55,300, Kosovo - 34,500, 24,300 from northern Macedonia and 3,000 from Montenegro. From northern Macedonia, the largest group is now established in Germany (11,500), followed by Italy and Slovenia.

Most Albanians who left their homeland have moved to Italy (23,000), Greece (17,000) and Germany (10,000). Most people go to Germany (16,000), Slovenia and Croatia. The preferences of the Serbs are the same - Germany (16,000), followed by Slovenia with 5,100 and Croatia and Slovakia with 4,900.

Nearly 19,000 citizens of Kosovo also came to Israel for their new home. Slovenia and Italy follow.

In terms of population, Albania, a country with a population of about 2.8 million, is the largest. Leaving 62,000 people is equivalent to about 2.2% of the total population.

According to statistics, the number of departures from Macedonia is 2.1% of the total population, from Kosovo - 2%, from BiH - 1.5%, and from Serbia - 1.3%.

North Macedonia is the largest recipient of development assistance from Bulgaria. In 2019, Bulgaria has provided over 500,000 euros to the neighboring country, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said. She opened a new social center in Strumica, funded by Sofia with 138,000 euros. Bulgaria is also building a center for early diagnosis of autism in Ohrid, rebuilding bridges, schools and sports facilities, BNR reported.

Minister Zaharieva also pointed out the importance of the project for media cooperation between the two neighboring countries aimed against "hate speech". By October, Skopje must show results on the racketeering corruption scandal that has been a hot topic in Macedonian society these days, in order to receive an invitation to negotiate with the EU, Zaharieva added.

2.4 million jobs are supported directly or indirectly by the US technology giant Apple (Apple). That's 20 percent more than the company's 2017 estimated (2 million), Reuters reported.

The company's direct workforce has increased from 80,000 to 90,000 in the two-and-a-half years since the last self-assessment of US jobs, the iPhone maker said.

Most of the expected growth came from companies such as Broadcom, which manufactures parts for Apple in the United States, and from third-party software developers who build applications for Apple devices.

The total number of Apple-related jobs was 1.9 million, an increase of 325,000 jobs from the company's previous estimate, according to a statement on the US tech giant's website.

Apple did not say how it arrived at its estimates or how the research was funded. Estimates of indirect job creation can vary widely depending on how the analysis is carried out. Estimates of job creation can vary widely, depending on how the analyzes are conducted.

The company has been criticized, including by the US President Donald Trump, for closing factories in the US to assemble most of its products in China.

Apple has said it has spent $ 60 billion in 2018 on products and services from suppliers based in the US, and plans to increase that cost to $ 350 billion by 2023.

In December, Apple announced that it would spend $ 1 billion to build a new centre in Austin, Texas for up to 15,000 employees, and that it has created direct jobs in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, CA.

The use of plastic bags will be completely banned in Belgrade from January 1st. The decision will be formally taken at a meeting of the Belgrade municipality by the end of the month, Serbian Deputy Mayor Goran Vesić said, quoted by Tanjug, BNR reported.

He recalled that after the introduction of the payment for plastic bags from the retail chains in Belgrade, their use has decreased by about 60%.


The Bulgarians, who had been blocked for almost six days on the Greek island of Samothrace, returned to Bulgaria. The last hours of the blockade on the island have been marked by tension and aggression among hundreds of tourists.

Dimitar Chokanov, one of the affected, told about the critical situation on bTV.

"We were planning to leave on Monday. On Sunday, we learned that the ferry was broken and that they were taking some action on another. The next day we were told that due to the bad weather conditions there would be no ferry. From there, the ignorance of what was going on began, "Dimitar said.

According to him, they have not received any information from anyone but the media. The Greek authorities knew nothing.

"Initially, everybody understood things because of the bad weather. The tension started with all the lack of information, the accumulation of days and the arrival of a ferry that only took the cars," Dimitar explained.

"With the days, more and more people have gathered. We ended up being more than 1,300 people, ”he added.

"No food came to me personally. We ate at restaurants. We were like an expat camp - there were people everywhere. With sleeping bags, tents, cars and campers, " Dimitar said.

The Instagram photo sharing app is launching a feature that will allow users to report fake content, RIA Novosti reported.

According to the Poynter portal, to flag suspicious information, Instagram users simply have to click the three dots in the upper right corner of the post and alternatively classify it as "inappropriate" or "fake."

The reported post may officially receive "fake" status after a check by the Instagram team. Company spokesperson Stephanie Otway noted that messages tagged this way will not be completely removed from the platform, but promoting them with appropriate hashtags will be banned.

“Starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false,"  Stephanie Otway said in a statement. "We’re investing heavily in limiting the spread of misinformation across our apps, and we plan to share more updates in the coming months.”

Instagram is a free photo and video sharing app with social networking elements that allows users to upload photos and videos, apply filters to them, and share them on other social networks. It is owned by Facebook.

North Korea has said it will never negotiate with Seoul again. In a statement released by North Korean state news agency KCTA, a spokesman for the Peacekeeping Committee rejected South Korean President Moon Jae-in's promise to continue the dialogue between the two countries, BTA reported.

Yesterday, Moon set a goal for Korea's reunification by 2045.

North Korea has strongly protested against joint military exercises the South and the United States began last week.

Meanwhile, Pyongyang fired two "unidentified projectiles" that have fallen in the Sea of ​​Japan, world agencies have reported, citing the South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

BBC reported that the "unidentified projectiles" were fired about 08:00 (23:00 GMT Thursday) and travelled 230km (140 miles) reaching an altitude of 30km (18 miles).

North Korea has made several attempts at short-range ballistic missiles over the past month. Thus, it appears to be dissatisfied with the deadlocked talks with the United States on the nuclear issue and joint US-South Korean military exercises, which it sees as a rehearsal for attack, the Associated Press reported.

According to experts, US President Donald Trump's belittle of North Korea's missile tests has allowed it to step up those activities at a time when it is trying to increase its weight before the resume of any talks, which may happen sometime after the end of the joint Seoul and Washington military exercises later this month.

US president Donald Trump has repeatedly shown interest in buying Greenland from Denmark "in varying degrees of severity," the Wall Street Journal reported, citing global agencies.

The American daily cites unnamed current and former White House officials. According to quoted sources, the US president has asked his advisers to "consider the idea" of buying the largest island on Earth.

Trump has shown interest in Greenland because of its natural resources and geopolitical importance. Possible motives are to strengthen the US military presence in the Arctic or to leave a legacy such as the purchase of Alaska from Russia in the 19th century, BTA reported.

Trump told his associates that Denmark was experiencing financial difficulties because of the huge autonomous territory forming part of the kingdom.

The US president is scheduled to visit Denmark early next month.

The White House and Denmark have not yet commented on the Wall Street Journal's claims. However, CNN television cites two anonymous sources that confirm the media publication.

With a population of about 56,000, the Arctic Autonomous Territory receives an annual grant of around $ 560 million from Denmark - more than half of its revenue, DPA said.

The AP recalls that the US has already tried to buy the largest island on Earth. In 1946, they offered Denmark $ 100 million for Greenland, tossing the idea of ​​exchanging land in Alaska against strategic parts of the Arctic island.

Two Democratic women were denied access to Israel. They often criticize the policy of Benjamin Netanyahu's government. Until now, a member of the United States Congress has been denied entry into Israel.

Just a month ago, the country's ambassador to Washington said the two would be allowed "respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between our countries." But then President Donald Trump intervened, a staunch opponent of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and said Israel would be weak if they were accepted in the country.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

Tlaib and Omar have said their criticisms of the Israeli government are based on policy differences and have repeatedly denied harboring any animus toward Jews or Israelis, The Washington Post reported.

The agricultural producer price index increased by 5.3%  for the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of 2018, the NSI reported. The price index of crop production increased by 5.8% and of livestock production - by 4.6%. Compared to the previous year, prices of agricultural products increased by 4.1%, in crop production by 4.9% and in animal husbandry - by 3.0%.

In the second quarter of 2019, compared to the same quarter of 2018, the largest increase was observed in the prices of potatoes - by 45.9%. The prices are higher: cereals - by 6.4%, fresh vegetables - by 16.3%, industrial crops - by 1.8%, and fresh fruits - by 4.8%.

The prices of forage crops decreased by 6.9%. The prices of soft wheat increased by 9.8%, rapeseed by 8.1%, coriander seeds by 74.2%, greenhouse tomatoes by 19.7%, apples by 36.9%, cherries by 8.5% , and apricots - by 35.3%. The prices of corn decreased by 3.1%, feed peas by 31.1%, lavender by 20.0%, white cabbage by 22.0%, and strawberries by 10.9%.

Compared to the same quarter of 2018, the prices of live animals increased by 6.4%. The increase was a result of the rise in the prices of cattle - by 14.9%, goats - by 15.5%, and pigs - by 9.5%. The prices of poultry remain unchanged. For animal products, there was an increase in the prices of: goat's milk - by 10.0%, and cow's milk - by 3.9%. A decrease was reported in the prices of buffalo milk - by 12.4%, sheep's milk - by 3.6%, and chicken eggs for consumption - by 2.2%.

In the second quarter of 2019 compared to 2018, an increase was observed in the prices of: cereals - by 2.9%, industrial crops - by 3.6%, fresh vegetables - by 21.5%, potatoes - by 48.4%, and fresh fruits - by 4.1%.

The price index of products and services for current consumption in agriculture in the second quarter of 2019 is higher by 3.1% compared to the same quarter of the previous year and by 2.5% compared to 2018.

In the second quarter of 2019 compared to the corresponding quarter of 2018, prices were higher: seed and planting material - by 1.7%, electricity and fuels - by 1.5%, mineral fertilizers - by 10.4%, veterinary medicinal products - by 4.0 and for feed - by 3.8%.

The prices of plant protection products were lower - by 0.8%.

Scientists who have investigated Jupiter's core using data from NASA's Juno mission have come up with a theory about its strange composition - a powerful frontal collision of the protoplanet billions of years ago with a massive planetary embryo, BTA reported.

The existence of Jupiter begins as a rocky and icy planetary embryo. Before Juno, scientists thought its core was dense and compact. NASA's mission data, however, refute this theory, showing that it is elongated and thin, consisting not only of solid rocky material and ice, but also of hydrogen and helium.

Scientists from the Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China, have used computer simulations to conclude that the cause of the unusual shape of the Jupiter's core is a powerful frontal collision of a young Jupiter with a planetary embryo more massive than Earth. As a result of the impact, the primary compact nucleus of the protoplanet was destroyed and a strange elongated and diluted structure was formed.

"Such a catastrophic collision destroyed Jupiter's primordial compact core, and a dilute-core-like structure was formed.”, lead study author Shangfei Liu of Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China, said in an email to Space.com. 

A better understanding of how Jupiter's internal structure was formed sheds light on the processes that shape other planets in the solar system, scientists noted.

"Through computational simulations, we show that there is at least 40% chance that Jupiter would collide with another planetary embryo in the next few million years," Liu added.

The toll system will be put into exploitation with a trial period which starts today.

The cameras which will detect the traveled distance are already installed. 

The TOLL system starts the testing today, however, the actual collection of the charges for trucks over 3 tonnes and a half will start in March next year.

The dangerous find was found in the construction work on the slope of the Mysterious Garden

"A World War II bomb was discovered and defused in the Kremlin, causing the activities of archaeologists and journalists in the large Kremlin garden to be halted," Kremlin commander Sergei Khlebnikov told media today, TASS and BTA quoted.

"An air bomb was discovered, most likely since World War II," he said, adding, "It's a non-explosive bomb covered by a thick layer of earth."

The dangerous find was discovered during construction works. The bomb had been taken out of the Kremlin complex and "will be liquidated.”, Euronews reported.

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin said the incident did not affect the president's work schedule.

Тhe receivables of financial and operating leasing companies at the end of June 2019 amounted to a total of BGN 4.217 billion (3.6 percent of GDP) compared to BGN 3.862 billion a year earlier, the BNB reported.

At the end of the second quarter of 2019, leasing companies' receivables increased by 9.2 percent (BGN 355.3 million) on an annual basis.

Claims on financial leasing agreements for cars amounted to BGN 1.521 billion at the end of the second quarter. On an annual basis, they increased by 14.1 percent. Their relative share increases from 36.5 percent at the end of June 2018 to 38.2 percent at the end of the same month in 2019.

At the end of the second quarter of 2019, receivables under financial leasing agreements for trucks and light commercial vehicles amounted to BGN 1.366 billion, an increase of 13.7 percent compared to the end of June 2018. Their relative share in the total amount of receivables under financial leasing increases from 32.9 percent at the end of June 2018 to 34.3 percent at the end of the same month in 2019.

At the end of the second quarter of 2019, financial leasing receivables for machinery, plant and industrial equipment amounted to BGN 792.9 million, an increase of 8.8 percent on an annual basis. Their relative share drops from 20 percent at the end of June 2018 to 19.9 percent at the end of the same month in 2019.


Today, a moderate, at times strong, mostly northwest wind, will continue to bring cool air. The cloudiness will be variable, more considerable in the eastern and southern areas, where some places will see showers and thunder. Maximum temperatures from 25C to 30C. 

The Black Sea coast will be variably cloudy, more so in the morning, with scattered showers and thunder. The wind will be mostly moderate from the north-northwest. Maximum air temperatures at 25-28C. The temperature of the seawater is 26-27C. 
This is the weather forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH), meteorologist Krasimir Stoev told Focus News Agency.

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