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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

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PUTIN COMMENTS RAISE CONCERN OVER NEW BULGARIA GAS CRISIS

Russia PM Vladimir Putin has stated that the Ukraine might be having problems paying for its gas supplies, leading to concerns of a new gas crisis in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria was one of the countries most affected in the January 2009 crisis, when a payment dispute led to Russia cutting off supplies to the Ukraine including those destined for the rest of Europe.

Putin said late Friday that the European Union had not yet given the Ukraine the money it had promised to help provide stable supplies of Russian gas to Europe. He also blamed Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko for blocking payment, the BBC reported. “It appears we are again having problems with payments for our energy supplies, which is extremely regrettable.

The EU has still not provided Ukraine with the money it has promised for that purpose,” Putin said. He added; “European leaders are referring us to the European Commission, while the European Commission leadership are evading discussing the issue with us.”

In August, the EU and international lending institutions agreed a USD 1.7 B loan deal to help secure European gas supplies.

Source: Novinite

FINANCE MINISTER: BULGARIA’S ENERGY POLICY HAS SERVED RUSSIA

Bulgaria’s energy policy has so far followed the “anything Russia wants” principle, Finance Minister Simeon Djankov said.
During a meeting with local businessmen in the southern city of Smolyan Thursday night, Djankov pointed out Bulgaria’s energy policy under the previous government had been guided by a small group of party functionaries connected with pro-Russian interests.
The Finance Minister believes the idea to build the Belene Nuclear Power Plant has been launched without any economic analysis. In his words, a thorough analysis would show Bulgaria does not need the Belene plant.
“Even if this project is economically sound, it is unclear how it will be funded especially during the present crisis. The idea to construct such an enormous facility in order to export electricity is not serious. Even if it is built, there is not enough demand for electricity, especially abroad,” Djankov said as quoted by BTA.
“In my view, the Belene idea has been connected with attempts to steal as much money as possible while claiming that this project is under way,” said Djankov.
He also stated that if someone wanted to build the Belene NPP, the Bulgarian government would regulate the process but it would not participate with any guarantees as the previous government intended to do.

SHOCKING VBOX VIDEO SHOWS BULGARIA OLD PEOPLE’S HOME CRUELTY

If you are Proud to be Bulgarian, you should add that you are proud to be a non-marginalised Bulgarian. The elderly, handicapped, Roma and anyone else who do not fit into the ‘Perfect Bulgaria’ awaits a ‘proudless’ life.

I believe that we can not keep blaming our governments because they will never get any better. Individual responsibility through personal actions, NGO’s and private initiatives are the only way forward at the moment. Too many nice cars and zero civil responsibility…

A shocking video of ill patients in a home for mentally retarded old people in Batak, Bulgaria has been uploaded on Vbox.

The video was filmed in a sick room of the home and two old people are seen to be visibly in a terrible condition with one of them literally skin and bones. The authors of the Vbox clip, uploaded under the name “Forgotten by God”, even warn viewers that it should not be watched by children or people with a heart condition.

The clip ends with a note that both Tuberculosis and other mysterious deaths have been hidden from the authorities by the home’s director.

The director of the home, Dora Papanova, stated that the video footage is at least two years old and was made by a former nurse. She added that the reality of the situation at the home does not resemble the footage.Papanova said the reality of social institution does not meet what is seen from the clips.

The Bulgarian authorities have stated that they will investigate and the Mayor of Batak, Peter Paunov, will hold a press conference on the issue on Wednesday.

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