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Sheraton Sofia – new website from Webfactory Bulgaria

Webfactory is proud to announce that it has completed the design and production of the new website for WWW.SHERATONSOFIA.COM, the most famous hotel in Bulgaria. Working with the professional staff of the Sheraton Sofia has been a real pleasure for the hotel website team of Webfactory and the final result shows this.

Website design - twice the quality, half the price

BULGARIA COUNTS ON GOLF DEVELOPMENT, RETAIL RENAISSANCE TO RECOVER

Bulgaria has vowed to bring back the incentives for investors in golf courses, malls, hotels and spa complexes as the country is trying to stay competitive and keep low the unemployment rate.
The incentives will be provided under amendments to the Law for encouraging investments, which will offer a wide range of bonuses for investors in projects that are worth over BGN 100,000 and create at least 200 jobs.
The package includes the issuing of an investor’s certificate, the sale of a land slot at a minimum price, fast services, covering expenses for the installation of electricity and water sewage channels.
Bulgaria is expected to be set for a boom in mall and golf development.
The economic crisis in the past year proved fertile for the malls and discount retailers stepping on Bulgarian soil in recent months and the country is expected to see their boom in 2010.
Retailers, including Carrefour, Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG of Germany and Slovenia’s Mercator Poslovni Sistem d.d., want to shore up flagging sales at home by expanding in Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member.
The country, which fell behind other former-communist nations in raising living standards, offers better growth prospects than neighbors, whose more- developed markets are becoming saturated, while investors enjoy lower wages and costs.
Golf was considered a sport of the capitalist elite and banned in Eastern Europe under the rule of communist regimes — but in the 20 years since the Berlin Wall has fallen there has been a renaissance of the game in the region.
With rising disposable income and an increasing interest in leisure pursuits, a growing number of courses, more television coverage and availability of EU funds, the future of the industry in Eastern Europe is bright.
Bulgaria is one country where the sport is on the up as it tries to fulfil the increasing domestic demand and attract more tourists to the region..
Bulgaria’s government expects the economy to grow about 1% in 2010 after shrinking 5.1%. That compares with an estimated 0.2% contraction in Hungary, and growth rates of 0.6% in Slovenia and 1.3% in the Czech Republic. Novinite.com

Bulgarian children Choir “Pim-Pam” has a new website.

Pim-Pam is one of the leading vocal groups for kids in Bulgaria. For more than 20 years Pim-Pam popularizes a natural, unique, charming interpretation of songs in different styles and genres.

We are from 4 to 14 years old. The art of Pim-Pam combies music, dance and theatre. And, of course, a lot of smiles. And a joy with the music! WWW.PIMPAM.ORG

Donated by WWW.WEBFACTORY.BG

www.insurance4carhire.net covers your CDW “own risk” for only GBP49/year – rental companies charge about GBP10/day to cover this.

For a low, annual premium, insurance4carhire provides excess insurance protecting the customer against excess charges whenever they rent a car. Your car rental agreement normally includes cover for Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft. However you are still liable for the Excess on CDW and Theft. When a rental car is damaged or stolen, the driver is asked to pay the first portion of the repair or replacement costs. This is known as the Excess. Insurance4carhire covers you not only for the total amount of Excess for which you are liable if the car is damaged or stolen, but also for damage to the roof and undercarriage of the car, and windows and tyres.
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“Turkish Yoke” in Kabul…

The term “Turkish Yoke” stirred controversy between Bulgarian and Turkish servicemen from the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
Major Daniela Blagoeva, reportedly made a presentation dedicated to Bulgaria’s Liberaton Day, which had been deemed offensive by Turkish army officers. Blagoeva had posted the presentation on the ISAF intranet in Kabul with text talking about the Turkish Yoke instead of the politically correct Ottoman Rule.
The Bulgarian Chief of Staff in Afghanistan had already apologized to his Turkish counterpart for the wrong use of terms.
The Bulgarian Defense Ministry informs the presentation had not been assigned to Blagoeva. The material has been deleted and the Turkish side expressed satisfaction over the swift reaction.
Blagoeva has not been punished and will continue to serve in Kabul until the new contingent arrives. Novinite

I suppose our Turkish friends also would like a rename and rewrite of ‘Under The Yoke’ by Ivan Vazov written in 1888 to ‘Ottoman Tourism’. It depicts the Ottoman oppression of Bulgaria and is the most famous piece of classic Bulgarian literature. Under the Yoke has been translated into more than 30 languages.
The Turkish military and leadership should apologise to Bulgaria until the end of time for 500 years of forced mass conversions and murders. This is like the Dutch referring to the mass killings in Indonesia as cultural exchanges, the German occupations in WWII as fatherly advise or the Americans in Vietnam and Korea as exporting Barbeque technology.
The Turks have well shown in the last century that there is no difference between Ottoman and Turkish. The genocide of 1.5 million Armenians starting in 1915 was done by Turkish troops. History will also not be kind to Turkey in regards to their treatment of the Kurds.
I think that Major Daniela Blagoeva deserves a medal!!!

Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK) acquires work by Bulgarian/Dutch artist Peter Lazarov

The Ashmolean Museum of Art has recently acquired “Sisyphus”, a woodcut print by Bulgarian/Dutch artist Peter Lazarov.
The museum acquired the work for its cabinet of prints collection of which it will officially make part. For Peter Lazarov, currently living in the Northern Dutch city of Groningen, it is not his first work in a distinguished public collection
Already last year,2009 , his works were accepted in the Prestigious collection of the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp Belgium and in the last 20 years numerous public museums have entered his works in their collections, not in the least the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home also to Rembrandt’s famous “Night watch”.
Peter Lazarov is at the moment in China for the creation of a series of Chinese Scroll type woodcut prints to be shown at GreenCat Gallery Antwerp late this year and GreenCat Gallery Sofia beginning of 2011
Peter Lazarov confirms again to be amongst the highest rated Bulgarian Artists in the world today

Bulgaria’s land swaps become an issue of European law

Sofia Echo – Only weeks after the disparity between Bulgarian and European Union regulations was put in the spotlight by the questioning of the alleged conflict of interest during the confirmation hearings of Bulgaria’s former commissioner-designate Roumyana Zheleva, another possible discrepancy could get more attention in the coming months.

The issue in question is the controversial land swaps carried out en masse during the tripartite coalition’s time in government. Soundly criticised by the opposition and environmentalist groups as a means to exchange land in remote areas for plots in prime locations, which often became the target of real estate developments, land swaps are now being investigated by the European Commission as a possible instance of illegal state aid.

Land swaps routinely were carried out at prices below market valuations, making them much more profitable for the beneficiaries rather than the state. A moratorium on such deals has been put in place since then.

The EC has asked Bulgaria to provide, by March 2, its arguments why the land swaps should not be considered state aid or apply for permission from the Commission for this kind of state aid. Failure to comply would trigger an infringement procedure against Bulgaria, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said.

According to Borissov, Bulgaria could face fines of up to 1.5 billion leva if land swaps are found to be illegal state aid. Borissov, who criticised the practice during the electoral campaign, said that he did not plan to defend it to the European Commission and that one way to dodge EU sanctions would be for Parliament to undo the land swaps retroactively.

Land swaps are entirely legal under Bulgarian law, Prosecutor-General Boris Velchev said, re-iterating his earlier statements on the issue.

Borissov’s predecessor, socialist leader Sergei Stanishev, said that there were no mentions of sanctions in the European Commission letter sent to Bulgaria and that the current Government was using the issue to blacken the name of its political opponents. The swap deals themselves were not state aid, because the increased value of the land came from local administration’s decisions to allow construction on those plots, Stanishev said.

Borissov has called a meeting of the Prime Minister’s security council on February 9 to discuss the issue and possible solutions.