Easter lambs’ prices rise threefold until they reach the store

Easter lambs’ prices rise threefold until they reach the store

11:08 | 19.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Lamb prices are rising threefold until the meat reachesthe store from the barn. The price at which traders buy lambs from farmers is BGN 4.80 per kg, while chains sell it for BGN 14 – BGN 16 per kg, the representative of the breeders told Standart. All profits remain in the hands of middlemen and farmers have to bear the costs, Boyko Sinapov noted. The main problem that farmers complain about is that legally they are not allowed to sell their products to the final consumers....
Pope leads good Friday services to remember the abandoned

Pope leads good Friday services to remember the abandoned

11:06 | 19.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Pope Francis has led Easter's Way of the Cross procession in Rome, with prayers for the poor and the abandoned. The solemn ceremony marks Christians' commemoration of Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday. Tens of thousands of people lined the route near the 2,000-year-old Colosseum. The Pope heard the Vatican's official preacher deliver a sermon denouncing greed and the love of money. The procession is part of the Church's Easter triduum festival, BBC reports. Pope Francis urged the crowd...
Putin: NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen secretly tapped me

Putin: NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen secretly tapped me

10:55 | 19.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization of secretly recording a conversation between them, prompting a quick denial and giving a personal twist to the dispute between Russia and the West, The Wall Street Journal reports. Mr. Putin said Thursday that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, during his tenure as Danish prime minister, recorded a discussion between the two men and released the to the Danish press. "When he was...
US raises pressure on ''guilty schoolboy'' Russia over Ukraine

US raises pressure on ''guilty schoolboy'' Russia over Ukraine

10:20 | 19.04.2014 | by StandartNews
The US has threatened tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international agreement to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a "guilty schoolboy" over the deal, BBC reports. Meanwhile, Ukraine's foreign minister said "anti-terrorist" operations in the east would be put on hold over Easter. Pro-Russian separatists in several cities are refusing to leave buildings, defying a key term of the...
 South Stream resolution a political decision before European elections?

South Stream resolution a political decision before European elections?

10:08 | 19.04.2014 | by StandartNews
According to Coalition for Bulgaria MP and Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy Yavor Kuyumdjiev, the resolution adopted by the European Parliament, which calls for the suspension of the project, is a campaign underway European People's Party. The resolution was made "on the last day of the last plenary session, a month and a half before the European elections. The question is why , and the answer is simple. Some people, mainly from the EPP do not want Bulgaria,...
Mexico City shaken by 7.2 earthquake

Mexico City shaken by 7.2 earthquake

09:59 | 19.04.2014 | by SatndartNews
A powerful earthquake has hit Mexico City, shaking buildings for at least 30 seconds and causing widespread panic. The magnitude-7.2 quake was registered at a depth of 24km (15 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. Its epicentre was in the western state of Guerrero, near the seaside resort of Acapulco, BBC reports. There are no reports of casualties or significant damage, but frightened residents across the Mexican capital fled their homes as the tremor began. The earthquake...
South Stream: Negotiations between Moscow and Brussels continue

South Stream: Negotiations between Moscow and Brussels continue

09:55 | 19.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Even though the European Parliament voted for the termination of the South Stream, this will not affect its implementation. This position was expressed by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak yesterday, as quoted by ITAR-TASS. According to him, the project proceeds as provided for in international agreements and therefore can not be stopped. The day before, The European Parliament adopted a resolution about stopping the pipeline project and looking for other sources of gas supplies to...
"This might be the last chance to say I love you": Messages from the sinking South Korean ferry

"This might be the last chance to say I love you": Messages from the sinking South Korean ferry

16:26 | 18.04.2014 | by StandartNews
As a South Korean ferry came to a shuddering halt and rapidly began to sink, some of those on board sent harrowing text messages to their loved ones. With almost 300 people still unaccounted for one day after the accident, reports of desperate text messages from some of those trapped on board have surfaced in local media, BBC reports. "This might be the last chance to say I love you," one student named as Shin Young-Jin is reported to have texted his mother. "Why's that," his mother...
200,000 tax declarations still missing as deadline approaches

200,000 tax declarations still missing as deadline approaches

16:17 | 18.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Sofia. At least 200 000 people still have not submitted tax declarations, the National Revenue Agency reported. The deadline is April 30, and just 7 business days remain because of the Easter holidays. If every single taxpayer submits a declaration before the deadline the NRA will have to process around 540 declarations an hour. Around 300 000 have been submitted since the beginning of the year. Most Bulgarians tend to do this at the last moment. The NRA advises taxpayers to send their...
GERB "for" stopping the South Stream

GERB "for" stopping the South Stream

14:07 | 18.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Bulgarian central-right opposition party GERB is in support of the South Stream project, but only obeying European legislation. According to official party information, the MEPs of Boyko Borisov supported the resolution of the European Parliament to stop the project. "Every project that has proven economic value for Bulgaria and improves the dependence of the country receives our support. We are" for " the South Stream , provided that it complies with the terms of the Third Energy Package...
Over a third of Bulgarians disillusioned by politics

Over a third of Bulgarians disillusioned by politics

13:50 | 18.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Sofia. 37% of Bulgarians are disappointed by the political party, for which they traditionally vote according to a poll by Exacta Research Group, held between April 4 and 10. A third of those polled claim that the upcoming EP elections will be the last, in which they will vote for "their" parties. Most of these people are between 30 and 60, well-educated and living in cities. 44% of those polled are certain they will vote, while 25% are inclined to do so. If EP elections were today, the...
NASA finds most Earth-like planet so far

NASA finds most Earth-like planet so far

12:15 | 18.04.2014 | by StandartNews
Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun, NASA reports. While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size...
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