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  • Global Drug Survey: Who Are the World’s Drunkards?
    on January 27, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    The 2020 edition of the Global Drug Survey has found that residents in English-speaking countries and Northern Europe drink to intoxication more often than in any other region of the world. "Based on data from > 90,000 people who drink, respondents to GDS from predominately English-speaking countries and Scandinavia get drunk more times per year than in any other country," the report's executive summary read. The survey defined drunkenness as “having drunk so much that your physical and mental faculties are impaired to the point where your balance / speech was affected, you were unable to focus clearly on things and that your conversation and behaviors were very obviously different to people who know you.” UK residents top the list with 34 episodes of intoxication per year, or almost every 10 days. Next come Australia and Denmark with 32 episodes, and Finland with 28 episodes. The least frequent drunk drinkers reside in South America — people in Argentina and Colombia get intoxicated fewer than seven times per year, according to the findings. The global average is 21 episodes of intoxication per year. Men aged 25 and younger get drunk most frequently (28 times per year), while women aged 25 and older get drunk the rarest (12 times per year). Regrets about excessive consumption are common among 33 percent of respondents, the poll found. One in 30 women younger than 25 seeks emergency medical treatment from intoxication, which is almost three times more than among men and women aged 25 and older. The survey was conducted in 25 countries from 7 November to 30 December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • Bulgarian Revenue Agency Supported 2,223 Local Companies
    on January 27, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    In Bulgaria, 2,223 companies received payments under the working capital support programme of BGN 22.2 million less than 168 hours after the deadline for submitting project proposals. These companies have undergone an automated software check that indicates full compliance of the data specified in the applications with those available in the National Revenue Agency (NRA). By the end of the week, the companies will be approved for support that submitted applications in the past week, for which after an automated check there is a complete compliance of the data, the NRA sources added. A list of the candidates approved so far is enclosed with an order of the Executive Director of the NRA – https://nap.bg/page?id=799, available on the website of the revenue agency. Companies yet to be approved for support will be included in a new order by the end of the week. Other enterprises applying for financial assistance not included in the orders will be subject to additional audits by the revenue inspectors at the NRA and, if necessary, additional clarifications will be requested through the ISUN information system by e-mail. More than 8,100 sales firms applied for working capital support through the National Revenue Agency by 4.30pm on January 20, when the application deadline expires. The total amount of support requested is BGN 115 million NRA reminds.  

  • On January 27 World Marks Holocaust Memorial Day
    on January 27, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Every year, the victims and the families of the Holocaust are remembered with a series of events as a way to honour their memory and remind the world of the horrors that took place. Six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, but in a world scarred by genocide, it’s not just those who died under Nazi persecution that are remembered but also people who died in other genocides in Africa and Asia. But when does the commemoration take place and how will it be marked this year with lockdown and social distancing in place because of the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s what we know. It is a British commemoration day dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. It was first held in January 2001 and in 2005, the day has been supported by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, a charity set up and funded by the UK Government of which Prince Charles is patron. Holocaust Memorial Day is marked every year on 27 January. It is also the date chosen for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and some other national Holocaust Memorial Days. The date was chosen because on 27 January 1945, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Soviet troops. There is usually a national event that brings together survivors, their families, celebrities and members of the Royal Family to mark the day. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 will be “be the light in the darkness” to encourage everyone to reflect on the depths humanity can sink to as well as the ways individuals and communities resisted that darkness to ‘-“be the light” before, during and after genocide.

  • Vaccine Expert: Schoolchildren Are Virus Super-Spreaders, Resuming In-Person Learning in Bulgaria Is a Mistake
    on January 27, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    "All analyses show that school students are the main spreaders of the virus - the so-called "virus super-spreaders”, i.e. they form a very small group of people who infect a large number of others. That's because they're asymptomatic and they transmit a lot of viruses," told BNR Dr. Asparuh Iliev, head of a laboratory in Bern who lives in Germany, an expert on vaccine safety. According to him, the opening of schools in Bulgaria would be a mistake. Dr. Iliev stressed that he does not give an opinion, but cites facts from research and analysis: "Parents and teachers may disagree, but we have to say that," he said emphatically. "A lot of people are tired of isolation, but we cannot turn a blind eye on what's happening. ... This virus is not a whim of politicians," he said, clarifying that people have the right to protest, but not to forget the seriousness of the pandemic. In the words of Dr. Asparuh Iliev, the culture of entertainment and "relaxation in restaurants" is very different from that in many Western countries: "There is nothing to lie about, restrictive measures in disco clubs and bars can not be observed, maybe only on paper, but in practice everyone knows what the situation is. I have some understanding for malls that they can cope with adequate hygiene measures, but for small restaurants I am absolutely sceptical and I think we should wait another 2-3 weeks with their opening, but obviously the government is under public pressure.“ He was adamant that we could not afford to let the situation get out of hand because the health system would not be able to cope. Dr. Iliev said that in Switzerland and Germany the measures are very strict because of the so-called British strain of the coronavirus that is much more contagious and much more deadly. Dr. Asparuh Iliev's prognosis for the implementation of the vaccination plan in Bulgaria was that in the next 5-6 months there will be many more willing to receive vaccine than the available vaccines: "This is a problem across the EU. The European Commission has failed in negotiating sufficient quantities of vaccines. It has provided insufficient vaccines quantities for EU countries". In his words, both Pfizer and Modern at the beginning of the negotiations with the EC offered even larger quantities than were ordered. With regard to the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, Dr Iliev commented that in terms of the quantities that can be provided by its manufacturers, it is "a propaganda rather than a medical instrument": "The quantities they can provide are more than modest."

  • Bulgaria’s Premier: Do We have to Impose Total Lockdown Like Other Countries Did?
    on January 27, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      "As we deal with disasters and accidents, when there is a problem, we immediately respond to eliminate risk, so we deal with the pandemic, we masterfully prevent the threats. That is why Bulgaria boasts the best parameters in terms of coping with the pandemic,“ commented Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during today's regular cabinet sitting, at which BGN 5.76 million was allocated to municipalities to overcome the consequences of disasters and to repair streets. The Prime Minister compared the current situation with Covid-19 in Bulgaria with what is happening in other European countries and the strict measures put in place there. "And instead of being proud of it, we will now be looking for a way to let the pandemic break out again and close everything, like they did in other countries. Should we do it?" the Prime Minister asked. PM Borissov noted that he understands the difficulties of the restaurant and hotel businesses.  "We understand them, too, which is why both the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Ministry of Economy have developed so many support measures worth nearly BGN 2 billion," the Prime Minister reminded. He added that, along with help for pensioners, spending is rising to around BGN 3 billion. "This is not the attitude of the whole tourism industry", noted Mayor of Bansko ski resort Ivan Kadev, adding that "the vast majority understand the measures imposed in our country and accept them. Because theline between people's lives and health and business is very thin.And thank you for the measures the government is implementing," he said. The government approved allocation of BGN 4,296 million for the municipalities of Bansko, Blagoevgrad, Sapareva Banya and Apriltsi to prevent, manage and overcome the consequences of disasters. And the remaining BGN 1.47 million of the total amount of BGN 5.76 million the Council of Ministers allocated to the budget of the Municipality of Dobrich for an overhaul of Dobrich street "Major General Stefan Popov" and several other busy and intensively used sections of the street network in the city. Bansko Municipality receives BGN 1,339,951. to reinforce thebed of the Glazne River, flowing through the town of Bansko, "Glazne is a mountainous, strong, lush river that has caused us a lot of problems over the years. It is important for us to reinforce its bed, to clean it, to make sure that when the two rivers – Banderishka and Demjanishka come together, the city will remain calm and secure", said the Mayor of Bansko Ivan Kadev. Another BGN 1,746,261 are allocated to Blagoevgrad to secure the town against landslides. "It is always good when a municipality turns to the government and it reacts adequately and quickly to help with such a really big problem", Mayor of Blagoevgrad Rumen Tomov told Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Tomov added that the aid is extremely valuable and timely, as only two weeks ago the municipality had a problem with a landslide. With BGN 728,782 allocated for the budget of Sapareva Banya, a road reconstruction will be carried out, a drainage system and road facilities will be built on the local road connecting the Protection of the Virgin Mary Monastery with the city of Resilovo. The mayor of Sapareva Banya Kalin Gelev stressed the importance of the reconstruction of the road for the monastery, which is one of the most visited local sites and pilgrims from all over Bulgaria come there. "The road leads to a sacred place and the mayor repeatedly posed the question. That's how you do something important for the region. And I thank you for this exceptional work you do for the Bulgarian people, religion is very important", Prime Minister Boyko Borisov addressed the monastery nuns. In the course of the government meeting, BGN 481,519 was allocated for Apriltsi municipality, of which: BGN 255,880 for cleaning of the Ostreshka and the Vidima rivers, BGN 142,849 - to strengthen the pavement consoles on the bridge of the Ostreshka River and BGN 82,790 - to build a retaining wall.