A national protest by driving instructors blocked the central streets of the capital city of Sofia. Protesters have adopted a statement demanding s
Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia

Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia

Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia

Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia

Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia

Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia
Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia
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A national protest by driving instructors blocked the central streets of the capital city of Sofia. Protesters have adopted a statement demanding stopping the planned increase in driving hours from 31 to 42 and the introduction of GPS controls in vehicles. Representatives of the driving instructors met with Minister of Education Krasimir Valchev and Minister of Transport Rosen Zhelyazkov.


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Protest of driving instructors blocks downtown Sofia

Ocean Temperatures Hit Record Highs

Ocean Temperatures Hit Record Highs

Over the past 10 years, ocean temperatures hit record highs.

In 2019, water temperatures in the oceans at depths of up to two kilometers were 0.075 degrees higher than the 1981-2010 average, Deutsche Welle reported.

Over the last ten years, ocean temperatures have reached record levels since the 1950s, while the figures for each of the last five years have been the highest since the beginning of records. This is stated in a study prepared by an international team of experts of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

According to these data, in 2019 the water temperature in the oceans at depths of up to two kilometers was 0.075 degrees higher than the average from 1981 to 2010. In this case, the warming of the oceans is accelerated by climate change. The warming of the oceans, in turn, is leading to floods, droughts, forest fires, as well as severe sea storms.

The researchers used the relatively new methods of the Chinese Institute.

“The oceans are really what tells you how fast the Earth is warming,” said Prof John Abraham at the University of St Thomas, in Minnesota, US, and one of the team behind the new analysis. “Using the oceans, we see a continued, uninterrupted and accelerating warming rate of planet Earth. This is dire news.”

He said global warming is a real process, but humanity can influence it and slow its pace. Abraham, however, indicated that the oceans would take a long time to respond to change.

“We found that 2019 was not only the warmest year on record, it displayed the largest single-year increase of the entire decade, a sobering reminder that human-caused heating of our planet continues unabated,” said Prof Michael Mann, at Penn State University, US, and another team member.

 

Atanas Urdzhanov: The Prices of Deli Meats are Expected to Rise by over 10%

Atanas Urdzhanov: The Prices of Deli Meats are Expected to Rise by over 10%

The prices of deli meats are expected to rise by over 10%. This was stated by Atanas Urdzhanov, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Meat Processors in Bulgaria, in an interview with Focus News Agency, quoted by NOVA TV. He said he could not forecast whether a new surge in the pork prices was to be expected due to the temporary ban on the movement of pigs from and to farms and slaughterhouses because of new cases of African swine fever, as at the moment the meat that is being offered, mostly fresh, is both expensive and in shortage.

"The situation in the industry is critical. As early as 2019, we warned that because of the African swine fever China’s pig population had shrunk by over 50% and the price of pork would soar. By the end of the year, the price of pork in Bulgaria had increased by over 60%. Pork is not enough for the market in the country, it is no secret that we also work with raw material from Europe – Germany, Denmark, Spain and France, but the price has never been so high. We now expect an increase in the price of deli meats. Back in November, we notified the retailers that we needed to raise our prices by over 10%, and we are now waiting for them to accept that," he said.

The challenges faced by meat processors this year are mainly related to the crisis over the African swine fever and the lack of raw-meat material, Atanas Urdzhanov said. 20% of the beef on the market is domestic, the rest is imported, he added.