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Plovdiv's Mall "Markovo tepe" finally open doors! The underground parking is public & free!
New owners of the mall "Markovo tepe" have given an assurance that in 9-10 months the work on the construction of the building will be completed. The municipality questioned the underground parking - it could be used not only by customers of the shopping center, but also by other citizens - as visitors to nearby Tsar Simeon's Garden. Most likely, this proposal will be accepted and part of the parking lot will be open to the public. So far, however, it's not clear whether the parking will be free or paid, as the decision will be taken by the new investors of the mall.
Miracles happen on Christmas - the mall will open its doors couple days before the holiday.
NATO command centers in Romania, Bulgaria and the three baltic states become operational
Russia threatened to respond in kind to NATO’s decision yesterday to establish new command centers in six countries in Eastern Europe, including Romania and Bulgaria, by similar changes in its own military plans designed to guarantee national security.
The warning came from Aleksandr Grushko, the Russian ambassador to NATO, as quoted by state media conglomerate Sputnik. “Opening supplementary military centers on our borders is nothing else but an attempt to exert pressure on Russia. The serious changes in the political-military situation on the Russian border will naturally lead to adequate changes in Russia’s military plans, meant to guarantee the country’s security”, Grushko said.
On Thursday, during a meeting of the Defense ministers in Brussels, NATO decided to open six new command centers in the Baltic countries, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria and raised the total number of allied troops to be deployed on its Eastern flanks to 30,000, of which 5,000 will form a fast reaction force, capable to be deployed and respond to an immediate threat in two days at the most.
Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain will take turns in commanding the spearhead force, NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said.
He pointed out the measures, part of the alliance’s response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, amounted to “the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense” since the end of the Cold War 25 years ago. But NATO fell short of agreeing to open permanent basis in Eastern Europe, as agreed with Russia in 1997, suggesting it leaves a door open to further diplomatic channels in order to settle the Ukrainian crisis.
Grushko also warned the establishment of the six command centers raises “great risks for Russia”, especially in the three Baltic countries which he warned could become a region of “military confrontation”. In this context, NATO’s former secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned Russia could attack one of the Baltic countries just to test NATO’s determination to collective security. The Russian ambassador also denounced a training center NATO is going to open in Georgia as a provocation.
Late this year, a US Navy bases in SW Romania is going to become operational as part of a NAT-led anti-missile shield. The base at Deveselu will host about 24 interceptors which both Romania and the USA say are defensive weapons to sooth Russia’s fears the system is a direct menace to its strategic deterrence arsenal. Russia has regularly criticized the shield in Romania, but at the same time acknowledged it cannot pose any risks to its intercontinental missiles.
Toyota 'Mirai' is the Best Selling Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle in the World
Toyota City, Japan, November 18, 2014―Toyota Motor Corporation will launch its all-new "Mirai"1 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in Japan on December 15. The vehicle will be sold through "Toyota"2 and "Toyopet"2 dealers.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
The Mirai signals the start of a new age of vehicles. Using hydrogen―an important future energy source―as fuel to generate electricity, the Mirai achieves superior environmental performance with the convenience and driving pleasure expected of any car.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
The Mirai uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, and includes Toyota's new proprietary FC Stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The TFCS is more energy efficient than internal combustion engines and emits no CO2 or substances of concern (SOCs) when driven. Drivers can also expect the same level of convenience as offered by gasoline engine vehicles, with a generous cruising range and a hydrogen refueling time of about three minutes3.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
The Mirai delivers everything expected of a next-generation car: an immediately recognizable design; driving exhilaration stemming from superior handling stability achieved by a low center of gravity; and quiet but powerful acceleration provided by the electric motor. The Mirai also features an exclusive telematics service for a safe, secure and comfortable ride, and the vehicle can double as a high-capacity external power supply system during power outages, disasters and other emergencies.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
Hydrogen can be generated using a wide range of natural resources and man-made byproducts such as sewage sludge. It can also be created from water using natural renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. When compressed, it has a higher energy density than batteries, and is relatively easy to store and transport, therefore it also carries expectations for potential future use in power generation and a wide range of other applications. FCVs are able to generate their own electricity from hydrogen, meaning they can help make a future hydrogen-based society a reality, and are therefore expected to further contribute to accelerating energy diversification.¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
Start of sales: December 15, 2014
Sales channels: "Toyota" and "Toyopet" dealerships
Sales target: Approximately 400 units in Japan by the end of 2015
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 7,236,000 yen (Includes consumption tax; does not include recycling fees; differs in Hokkaido and Okinawa)
Conor McGregor's prediction: At four minutes of the first round Jose Aldo will be KO’ed
Conor McGregor has been consistent about making predictions for his bouts during his rise to contender for the UFC featherweight championship. Most famously, McGregor predicted he would stop Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao in the first round (he delivered on both) and that he would knock out Dennis Siver in under two minutes (it took until 1:54 of Round 2).
While McGregor (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has not been hesitant to make predictions that he’ll knock out Jose Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in their highly anticipated UFC 189 main event, he got into specifics during an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“I always make accurate predictions,” McGregor said. “I have predicted many contests. I have my entire career. I predict the future. For me, I have already predicted this contest. At four minutes of the first round he will be KO’ed. I feel that the power matched with the precision, he will not be able to take it. Four minutes he will be done.”
UFC 189 takes place July 11 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following preliminary bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The ESPN hosts seemed tranfixed by McGregor’s confidence. When they asked how it was possible for McGregor to be so confident heading into the bout, his answer was simple.
“I’m in a business where you must be confident,” McGregor said. “If you have any doubts they will come back and play against you. So I am supremely confident as well as I am confident in my work ethic. My approach to the game, my non-stop effort to get better as a martial artist. I don’t feel that anyone else in the game is doing what I’m doing and moving the way I am moving.
“It just comes from years and years of practice on the mat. I have had many fights inside the octagon, outside the octagon, in rings, on mats. I am an experienced veteran in the fight game. Through that and through a believe team and my ability I have just gained a bulletproof confidence that I cannot be stopped.”