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Two New Potential Names for Bulgaria's Caretaker PM

Two New Potential Names for Bulgaria's Caretaker PM

11:32 | 24.01.2017 | by StandartNews
Two new names emerged for Bulgaria's next caretaker prime minister on the first working day of President Rumen Radev: those of former defense minister Nikolay Tsonev and of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" rector prof. Ivan Ilchev. The confidential information was revealed to Standart by sources from "Dondukov" 2. Tsonev is considered a political consensus figure, who is also trusted by the military environments, according to our sources. Nevertheless, the chances of prof....
Well Done Grisho! Grigor Dimitrov Wins His Way Into Australian Open Quarterfinals

Well Done Grisho! Grigor Dimitrov Wins His Way Into Australian Open Quarterfinals

12:46 | 23.01.2017 | by StandartNews
Grigor Dimitrov is through to his second Australian Open quarterfinal after grinding down Denis Istomin, the man who knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic in the second round. The No.15 seed will face David Goffin in the last eight after posting a 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2 6-1 victory over the wildcard, with a place in his second Grand Slam semifinal on offer should he beat the Belgian No.11 seed. Grigor Dimitrov is playing substantially better than he did in 2016. He has won eight straight...
Atanasov Day: Winter Gets Its Coat Off to Give Way to Summer

Atanasov Day: Winter Gets Its Coat Off to Give Way to Summer

12:31 | 18.01.2017 | by StandartNews
Atanasov Day iis celebrated every year on 18 January across Bulgaria. On this day the Orthodox Church honors Athanasius, who participated in the famous Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, which brought him world fame as theologian. According to Bulgarian folklore, St. Athanasius is the patron of winter, snow, cold and domestic animals. It was also believed that on this day Sv. Atanas "undresses his mantle" to allow for summer to come. Dressed in a silk shirt he ascends to the mountains on a...
New York Times Praizes EU's Effect in Bulgaria

New York Times Praizes EU's Effect in Bulgaria

10:48 | 17.01.2017 | by StandartNews
The European Union has also pumped in billions of euros in aid to help the country build new highways and roads, develop agriculture and rural areas, and protect the environment. Regular reports published by the European Commission on corruption and organized crime — persistent problems in Bulgaria — have kept local politicians on their toes (though Sofia has made little progress when it comes to uprooting graft and reforming its judiciary), Boryana Dimitrova Katsarova writes for...
Yellow Code for Freezing in 9 Bulgarian Regions

Yellow Code for Freezing in 9 Bulgarian Regions

07:16 | 14.01.2017 | by StandartNews
A yellow code has been announced for the formation of frost and snow in 9 areas, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) announced. The warning is in effect for the following areas: Kyustendil, Pernik, Sofia City, Sofia Region, Lovech, Pleven, Vratsa, Montana, Vidin. In the hours before noon in these areas will also experience rain, combined with negative temperatures in some places resulting in frost.
Longer Flu Vacations Across Bulgaria

Longer Flu Vacations Across Bulgaria

07:21 | 12.01.2017 | by StandartNews
Many cities in Bulgaria have decided to extend the winter vacation because of the flu epidemic and cold weather. As such, pupils in Montana, Bourgas, Plovdiv and Ruse will start school only from January 16. On the other hand, classes have already started in Sofia, Vidin, Gabrovo and Pleven. In the cities of of Blagoevgrad, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Lovech, Sliven and Sofia only some schools will remain closed, but over 95% of of them will resume classes, the Ministry of Education...
Grigor Dimitrov Credits His Success to Gaming and ''Brutal'' Training

Grigor Dimitrov Credits His Success to Gaming and ''Brutal'' Training

06:00 | 11.01.2017 | by StandartNews
Grigor Dimitrov managed to beat world number five Kei Nishikori in the final of the Brisbane International to add to his tally of defeating top-ranked players. The Bulgarian has moved up to 15 in the rankings after the tournament in Australia, one ahead of Swiss legend Roger Federer. However, the inspiration for his great form comes from an unlikely source. Dimitrov has claimed that the reason behind his glorious run has been his regular outings to the arcade right across from his hotel,...
Bulgarian Miner Becomes Millionaire on His Birthday

Bulgarian Miner Becomes Millionaire on His Birthday

11:43 | 30.12.2016 | by Standartnews
Pencho Peltekov, a miner from the village of Oborishte near the city of Plovdiv turned fifty on December 24th. While he was celebrating both the Christmas Eve and his birthday in the comfort of his home, surrounded by friends and family, he somehow forgot about the lottery ticket that his daughter, Gallina, had bought from a Lafka kiosk on Nikola Vaptzarov Blvd. in Plovdiv and gave it to him in the morning. Towards the end of the party, the jocund company somehow spotted the ticket...
Todor Batkov: The Standart is an independent newspaper

Todor Batkov: The Standart is an independent newspaper

11:05 | 30.12.2016 | by Standratnews
Q: Mr. Batkov, was 2016, a good year for Bulgaria? A: From a financial perspective, it was – the government has reported economic growth, but from a demographic perspective it wasn't so good – only sixty thousand babies have been born in 2016. Whenever I get on a plane, I see two-thirds of the passengers are young Bulgarians seeking a better future abroad. This makes me very sad. I was in Madrid not long ago and I met five Bulgarians in less than twenty-four hours. Finally,...
Sputnik: Bulgaria Opens Probe Into Alleged Supplies of Weapons to Syria

Sputnik: Bulgaria Opens Probe Into Alleged Supplies of Weapons to Syria

07:40 | 30.12.2016 | by StandartNews
(Sputnik) — Prosecutors in the northern Bulgarian town of Gorna Oryahovitsa launched a probe into Arcus arms company whose products have reportedly been found in Aleppo, Balkan Insight website reported. On Wednesday, the commander of Russian de-mining group in Aleppo, Ivan Gromov, told Russian media that the group had found arms "enough for a whole battalion" in the Syrian city, which were produced in Germany, the United States and Bulgaria. The statement was followed by a report of...
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