Bulgaria Now podcast: Bulgaria?s back to school ? more chaos than theory

Hundreds of thousands of young Bulgarians returned to school, or began their first day, in the past week. They?ve entered a world of underpaid teachers, a one-size-fits-all curriculum and a system in need of reform. For their parents, that world also includes paying for private lessons and, in many cases, playing Sherlock Holmes in trying to find out essential information about school days. Then … [Read more...]

European Commission rules Poland has to suspend new retailer tax

The European Commission has opened an investigation into Poland?s new retailer tax and issued an injunction stating that Poland has to suspend it as sees the progressive rate of the tax and varying tax-free amounts for different-size retailers as inadmissible state aid. ?The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a Polish tax on the retail sector,? the statement said. ?The Commission … [Read more...]

Bulgarian President Plevneliev: Battle for UN Secretary-General post ?unpredictable?

Bulgaria?s battle for the post of United Nations Secretary-General is extremely difficult and currently unpredictable, President Rossen Plevneliev said in New York at a meeting with the Bulgarian community. Plevneliev is in New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly, which he is due to address on September 22, four days before the UN Security Council holds its fifth ?straw poll? … [Read more...]

Plovdiv District Court dismisses chief architect over ?Tobacco Town? demolition bid

The District Court in Bulgaria?s second city Plovdiv upheld on September 19 an application by the Regional Prosecutor?s Office to remove from office Chief Architect Roumen Roussev, who is facing criminal charges in connection with the attempted demolition of a former tobacco warehouse in Plovdiv?s historic ?Tobacco Town? precinct. The court agreed that if Roussev remained in office, he could … [Read more...]

Latest purported photo of ?Nessie? appears to be seals

The Sun (UK) tabloid is well known for paying for exclusive photographs to publish with sensational stories about celebrities, ghosts and monsters. The latest is a new photo of Loch Ness which, if really taken in the Loch, shows three playful seals near shore. Normally, we don?t link to tabloids like the Sun but this pic is interesting and tells a story in it?s own right, one that is a bit more … [Read more...]

MUFON to rebrand

I found this story? interesting funny, well, not sure. What do you think? MUFON ? motivated by increasing interest in UFOs, company orders rebrand The Mutual UFO Network, the largest UFO investigation squad in the US and also the largest amateur anomalous research and investigation group possibly in the world with thousands of volunteers, is looking to modernize. They have hired a marketing … [Read more...]

New Zealand Starts Block Offer 2017 Process

September 20th, 2016 8:15am Posted In: Natural Gas News, News By Country, Political, Licensing rounds, Natural Gas News Asia New Zealand?s energy and resources minister Simon Bridges on September 19 announced the start of the Block Offer 2017 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits. Each year, the government runs the Block Offer, in which companies are invited to tender for permits … [Read more...]

EC Looks at Engie’s Lux Tax Deals

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Luxembourg's tax treatment of the GDF Suez group (now Engie), it said September 19. The competition directorate is concerned that several tax rulings issued by Luxembourg may have given GDF Suez an unfair advantage over other companies, in breach of EU state aid rules. Some of the rulings are as much as a decade old but only in the … [Read more...]

TIGHAR: The Ever-Optimistic

My Washington Post newsfeed contained a familiar name with the same old story, rehashed once again in 2016 just like it was in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, and probably before that but I wasn?t keeping track on this blog. The wonderful thing about TIGHAR is TIGHAR thinks it?s a wonderful thing. It?s actually amazing that this story about a very small team of researchers, apparently indefatigable, … [Read more...]

Bulgaria?s Central Election Commission begins registering presidential election candidates

Bulgaria?s Central Election Commission opened on September 19 the process of registering candidates for the country?s November 6 2016 presidential elections. The registration process for candidates for president and vice-president continues until October 4. The first day saw the registration, in the name of an ?initiative committee? of Bulgarian Socialist Party presidential candidate Roumen Radev … [Read more...]