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Children "speak" Scratch language and have fun with programming


Sonya Machorska

   Students from four Vidin schools participated in the "Funny Programming - First Steps" event, which is being realized within the framework of the European Initiative "Learn and Program" in the "Programming Week 7-22 October". The initiative is being carried out in 22 countries across Europe, funded by the SAP technology company, in partnership with the German organization Haus des Stiftens gGmbH and for each participating country, a local civil organization part of the TechSoup network. Organizer for Bulgaria is the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation, and for Vidin - Association "School Board of Trustees of the Secondary School "Exarch Antim I ".

   The robotics teams of the „Еxarch Antim I“ Natural-Mathematical High School are leading. There were also teams from: “Lyuben Karavelov” Secondary School, “Otets Paisiy” Primary School, “Kliment Ohridski” Primary School and “Sofroniy Vrachanski” Primary School. The leader of all robotics teams is Eng. Malinka Mitova.

   In the framework of the event, there were demonstrations of games with Scratch programming, workshop: "Imagine, program, share", etc.

   Of particular interest were the author's demonstrations of several games. Hristo Rozalinov and Alexander Perchinski from the 6th grade of the MPG demonstrated the game "Collection of pure water in a glass". Nicholas of the 8th grade showed the game "Teleport", and Victor 8th grade - "You are a flying dog" - a game that won first place in the national round of the competition "IT Rabbit " 2018, held in Pamporovo.

   Scratch is a visual programming language and online community targeted primarily at children. Using Scratch, users can create online projects and develop them into simple programs by using a simple block-like interface. When they are ready, they then share, and also discuss their creations with each other. Developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, the service is designed to help children (ages 7 and up) learn to utilize their imaginations, practice common sense, and, most importantly, to interact with computers.

   Scratch is translated into 70+ languages and is used in homes, schools, and after-school clubs in every country in the world. Scratch is often used in teaching coding, computer science, and computational thinking. Teachers also use it as a tool across many other subjects including math, science, history, geography, and art.

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Dragon Boats on the Danube


Sonya Machorska

    20-seat Dragon Boats, which are already an attraction in Plovdiv, will be the new tourist product for the Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube, announced at a press conference Philip Nedyalkov, chairman of the Consul Group Management Board. The ROBG-399 Dragon Boat Project is co-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria Program. It is run by three non-governmental organizations from Bulgaria and Romania. Leading organization for the Dragon Boats project is the Agency for Regional Development and Business Center - Vidin, Bulgaria, and partners are: Local Employers' Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (LEASME) Calafat, Romania and Consul Group Association.

   One of the most interesting events envisaged under the Project is the triathlon, which will be held next year with the boats in the waters of Rabisha Lake, VeloCross to Belogradchik and a cross from the city center to the fortress "Kaleto".

   Festivals with Dragon Boats will be held in five Bulgarian and five Romanian cities: Vidin, Lom, Oryahovo, Svishtov and Rousse; Drobeta Turnu Severin, Calafat, Turnu Magurele, Giurgiu and Calarasi. Organizers promise timely information on enrollment of desirable rowers.

   Dragon boats are flat-bottomed and fully equipped with all necessary requisites - 40 oars, 40 lifejackets and 1 drum. Their crew consists of 10 people who roach, plus a helmsman and a drummer, which sets the speed of rowing.

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A royal documentary exhibition "In exile"


Sonya Machorska

   The exhibition "In Exile" with documents and photos donated by the last Bulgarian Tsar Simeon II in 2009 was opened on the Day of Archives and the Professional Holiday of Bulgarian Archivists in Vidin. The exhibition, prepared by the Archives State Agency, presents the life of the king after 1946 and his correspondence with rulers' families, exiled Bulgarian intellectuals, artists, clergy. Commitment abroad hinders the presence of Simeon II at the opening of the exhibition.

   On 23 boards and in several windows, one can "look at the road" of the royal family expelled from Bulgaria, spent 50 years in exile. The rich archive of documents, albums, photos, postcards from various funds, greeting letters and telegrams exchanged between the Vidinians and the kings of Ferdinand and Boris III, tells of this. Photos from the visit of Simeon II to Vidin in 1996 and 2001 are also included.

   Guests of the opening were: Vidin Metropolitan Daniil, Roumen Borisov, Deputy Chairman of Archives State Agency, Angelo Methodiev, Deputy Regional Governor, Ventsi Paskov, Deputy Mayor of Vidin Municipality and others.

   Svetlana Krasteva, head of the Archives Department in Vidin, handed donations to the donors in 2017. Among them are: Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Ninova, Eng. Ljiljana Petrova, Roumen Manov, Racho Milanov and others.

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Bulgaria - destination of four seasons


Sonya Machorska

    From Vidin started the information campaign for popularization of investments in tourism and urban environment provided through financial instruments under the Operational Program "Regions for Growth" 2014-2020. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Fund of Funds, Municipal and District Management from Vidin Region, etc.

   Denitsa Nikolova, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works and Head of the Operational Program "Regional Development" (OPRD) Managing Authority, opened the campaign, whose general goal is all interested to obtain clarifications on the spot for the financing opportunities of tourist sites and sites , generating revenue in the field of culture, sports and other attractions within the cities with funding and support of OPRD.

   Irena Georgieva, Deputy Minister of Tourism, drew the attention of the attendees to the activity of the Ministry of Tourism and the increased number of foreign tourists who visited Bulgaria, including from far China, India and Japan. Georgieva shared the ambition of the Ministry to advertise Bulgaria as a four-season destination.

   Amelia Gesheva, Deputy Minister of Culture, asked the participants "in their boldest projects to preserve and preserve the cultural heritage of Bulgaria". She thanked the work in one direction between the Regional Museum of History and the Municipality of Vidin, as well as the 40% increase in the number of visits to the historical sites by wishing projects that would keep the tourists from the cruise ships in Vidin longer.

   By the end of November, the information campaign to promote investment in tourism and the urban environment will continue in the cities: Kazanlak, Sliven, Veliki Preslav, Svishtov and Kardjali.

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Donation from Chicago to the home of the Shtastlivetsa


Sonya Machorska

      At the initiative of the Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Middle East of the USA, Ivan Anchev, the Historical Museum in Svishtov received a special donation for the house of Aleko Konstantinov, announced the press center of the Municipality. The donation is linked to the initiative of the Consulate General in Chicago and the naming of one of the central streets - Irving Park Rd., In the name of the distinguished Bulgarian writer.

   One of the street stamps, bearing the name of the Shadowgirl in Chicago, was presented in an official atmosphere of the Aleko Konstantinov House Museum in Svishtov. The Consul-General told about a number of administrative procedures that the consular had to cross over until street naming became a reality. At the same time, he also shared his joy with the wide support of the initiative by many Bulgarian organizations and the Bulgarians in Chicago. As to how they decided to call the street with that name, Mr. Anchev said: "It was not a tribute to us to call this street at all, since Aleko Konstantinov is the one most associated with Chicago . With his book "To Chicago and Back" he gave generations of Bulgarians a glimpse into America and the New World during various periods of Bulgarian history. The Bulgarian has seen America for years through the look of Aleko Konstantinov and his travels. "

   Together with the sign, the Consul presented another unique gift, which will also be included in the museum's exposition - a luxury album specially designed for the Svishtov Historical Museum, depicting a photograph of the bust-monument of Aleko Konstantinov, located in the Regenstein Library, in the world-famous University of Chicago, as well as photos from the solemn opening of the street in Chicago.

   As a sign of appreciation for the exceptional gesture, Mr. Anchev received from Ivelina Ivanova, director of the Historical Museum, two copies of the book "Bai Ganyo" respectively in Bulgarian and English, and the mayor of Svishtov Gencho Genchev presented him a picture depicting the emblematic for the Clock Tower Tower in the Danube, built by master Bogdan.

   The subsequent talks between the Consulate of Bulgaria in Chicago and the Mayor of Svishtov have moved towards future joint projects and initiatives that are content and united by the common goal of maintaining the spirit of Bulgarians alive. The Consul General said that there are 12 Bulgarian schools, churches, dance ensembles and a number of cultural centers in Chicago, which are constantly striving to maintain a strong and inseparable relationship with Bulgaria. He also told the Union of Bulgarian Writers, who each year publish an almanac named "Ljuboslavov", who for two years thanks to the work of the Bulgarian Consulate has its place in the Library of the American Congress. Since then, every 24th of May, the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Chicago has been importing books into the largest library in the world.

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Monday, 22 October 2018
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