Bulgarian government under threat as South Stream construction is stopped

first_img“I have ordered to stop construction until the procedure is agreed with Brussels,” Oresharski said after meeting three US senators in Sofia.The European Commission has a number of objections to the way that the tenders for South Stream projects were carried out. On Friday the European Court of Justice ruled that gas transmission rules passed in 2009 did not violate EU law. But there are a number of other challenges open. The Commission gave written notice to Bulgaria on 2 June that it was initiating an infringement procedure in connection with the award of a contract to Stroytransgaz to build the land section of the pipeline.  Stroytransgaz is a company majority-owned by a Russian businessman who is on the US sanctions list.José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said at the G7 summit in Brussels last week that Bulgaria should stop construction.Oresharski initially refused to halt construction which caused tension within the Bulgarian government. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, a junior coalition partner, has called for early elections and, while the centre-left coalition has agreed to call elections two years earlier than scheduled, it has not given an exact date. Elections are not due until 2016.The suspension of work in Bulgaria has prompted speculation that Serbia will also halt construction. However, Aleksandar Vučić, Serbia’s prime minister, said yesterday that the construction there will proceed as planned. Update 10/6 16:20: Sergei Stanishev, the leader of the largest party in Bulgaria’s coalition government, has called for the government to resign. He said early elections should be held in July.Bulgaria’s government remains in a precarious situation despite an announcement that it will stop work on the South Stream pipeline, as ordered by the European Commission.Plamen Oresharski, Bulgaria’s prime minister, announced on Sunday (8 June) that the government would respond to the European Commission’s request that it halt work on the pipeline until legal issues are resolved.last_img read more

VFCU collects over 6,000 lbs of food for local food shelf

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On Saturday, November 19, Vermont Federal Credit Union was the presenting sponsor of the Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Vermont Federal joined radio stations 99.9 The Buzz and 106.7 WIZN at Costco in Colchester, from 10 AM to 4 PM, to support the Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive. Credit Union staff spent the day collecting non-perishable food items as well as cash donations, to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Volunteers provided suggested items to donate and those who contributed received reusable Vermont Federal tote bags as a thank you.VFCU photo of Jean Giard helping out.This year’s food drive raised 4,096 pounds of food and $736.60 in cash, equating to 2,209.80 additional pounds of food for a total of 6,305.8 pounds donated.“The annual Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive is critical for our organization as we work to make sure that all of our neighbors have the opportunity to share a full Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones,” said Kelly Saunders, Development Director at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Saunders added, “We are so grateful for the support of the event sponsors, volunteers and community members whose generosity has made this event such a success.”The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, the Food Shelf serves approximately 11,000 people every year. You can learn more about the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf by visiting www.feedingchittenden.org(link is external).Vermont Federal is a $469 million-plus financial institution, with six locations currently serving over 36,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning they share ownership in the Credit Union and elect a volunteer board of directors. Vermont Federal Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Franklin, Washington, or Addison Counties in Vermont. Vermont Federal Credit Union is committed to providing support to the communities it serves and to make a decided difference in the lives of its members and other Vermonters.  For more information about Vermont Federal Credit Union, call (888) 252-0202, visitwww.vermontfederal.org(link is external), or find us on Facebook(link is external).Source: Burlington, VT – Vermont Federal Credit Union 11.30.2016,Yeslast_img read more

Smith game-winner lifts TNT past San Miguel for 1-0 lead

first_imgView comments MOST READ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Joshua Smith vs June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith came up with the game-winning basket despite playing through a foot injury to lift TNT over San Miguel Beer, 104-102, for a 1-0 headstart in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Smith, who was noticeably limping, hit a hook shot over the Beermen’s three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo with 1.6 seconds left to win it for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer A dream fulfilled for Christian ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Amer, Jose, Alas relish chance to don PH colors anew, reunite with pals Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Castro had a near triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists while Pogoy, who is playing in his first game in the finals, showed no signs of first-time jitters with a team-high 27 points on 5-of-9 3-pointers.The Beermen rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter with Charles Rhodes tying the score at 99 with 1:35 left and Chris Ross knotting the count again at 102 with 7.6 ticks remaining before Smith’s winner.Rhodes got off to a hot start before cooling off the rest of the way. He had 31 points but 21 of which came in the opening period and went scoreless in the middle quarters.Fajardo added 18 points and 13 rebounds while Chris Ross also posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 assists with seven rebounds to boot.Racela expects de Ocampo and Reyes back for Game 2 on Friday night also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s good that Joshua had the presence of mind to attack June Mar. They’re actually denying everyone so he really didn’t have a choice but to go in,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “He has a big heart.”“It’s always crucial to get the first win. We wanted to get that first win and we did it tonight without Ranidel and Ryan and that’s something that is very important to us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundSmith, who is still listed as day-to-day, finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in just under 27 minutes.TNT missed the services of its key veterans Ranidel de Ocampo (flu) and Ryan Reyes, whom Racela said is dealing with a “minor injury,” but the KaTropa still had their main man Jayson Castro and a fast-rising star in Roger Pogoy to pick up the slack. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more