Back in October, England faced the Bulgarian national football team at the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. However, the match was marked by demonstrations of vile racism, monkey chants, and paid football hooligans who, by all means, were at the stadium with the initial goal to disrupt the whole game. But this is not the first time the Bulgarian audience showed such disrespect towards foreign players and teams. During the European Championship qualifier in 2011, for instance, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) was fined due to racist behaviour from fans towards some of the English players again. Two years later, the Bulgarian football club Levski Sofia was fined almost 20000 euros after fans held up banners with swastikas and another wishing Hitler a happy birthday. Unfortunately, despite the many sanctions and warnings towards the Bulgarian league in the past, racism still continues to be a very deeply rooted problem.
As if reaching its peak, the racist taunts during the Bulgaria v England Euro 2020 qualifier managed to upset the global civil society. The match was halted twice in the first half after football players from the English team reported about racist insults that appeared to be directed at black players like Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings. The warning in the 28th-minute was followed by a pause of the match in the 43rd minute when part of the fans in B sector left the stadium. The scandal that obviously violated UEFA’s anti-discrimination and anti-racism campaign was followed by global media outreach and led to a number of critical observations and commentaries from professional footballers, members of UEFA executive committee, football clubs, journalists, and even politicians.
“We can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria. This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved. As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football. We will be asking UEFA to investigate it as a matter of urgency,” the English Football Association (FA) points out.
Following these unpleasant events, the President of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), Borislav Mihaylov, officially quit. He stepped down after the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, called for him and wrote on his Facebook page: “I urge Borislav Mihaylov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union! It is unacceptable for Bulgaria, which is one of the most tolerant countries in the world – and people of different ethnicities and religions live in peace – to be associated with racism and xenophobia.”
Boyan Naydenov with the ex-president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihailov
Later on, shortly after the confirmation of Mihaylov’s resignation, more than 20 police officers raided the BFU headquarters in Sofia. According to the Bulgarian chief prosecutor’s spokeswoman, the investigation links the former President of BFU with corruption offences, appointment of referees on football matches, and other major crimes against sport.
But the resignation of Borislav Mihaylov was just the tip of the iceberg. After the racist insults against the British football nationals, the scandal has now deepened. For a long time, there has been a certain link between football and organised crime in Bulgaria. Quite often, football hooligans act under the pressure imposed on them by external influential forces. They are many cases when football hooliganism has been employed on purpose in order to provoke and cause chaos during matches. And this might be the case here as well. Suspecting a background scenario, the special forces investigated the sponsors as well. Which led to a series of events that are unlikely to be simply coincidental.
As special forces were assembled, they inspected the possibility of one of the biggest gambling bosses in the country – Stefan Naydenov – to stay behind the incident. Despite UEFA’s network of informers across Europe working on clamping down on the problem with match fixing, the series of sport manipulations seem to be orchestrated pretty well by the gambling boss. He is not only accused of various manifestations of sport corruption but different sources also report that Naydenov acquired no other but Mario Kostrukov – the former head of the BFU’s Department that fights match-fixing.
Cvetomir Naydenov in from of the National Palace of Justice
Along with his sons, Boyan Naydenov and Cvetomir Naydenov, he runs one of the largest gambling companies in East Europe – Efbet. The trademark is owned by “Brobet LTD”, and is among the main sponsors of football in Bulgaria. Just recently it was involved in a huge scandal that revealed a good number of violations of the Gambling Law in Bulgaria as well as of the Limitation on Cash Payments Act (LCPA) done systematically by Efbet owners.
After continuous investigation on the matter, agents from the State Agency for National Security (SANS) stormed the headquarters of Efbet on October 4th. The Bulgarian media published tons of information on the subject, linking the Naydenov family to corruption, money laundering, and other financial crimes. In addition, according to unofficial information from the services, the names of the bookmaker’s owners were also linked to people who are part of organized crimes and corruption not only in Bulgaria but in other European countries too. Yet, the Efbet saga did not end here.
Cvetomir Naydenov supporting his favorite team with Hooligans
Roughly a month after the SANS raid, in a new secret investigation conducted by authorities in Malta on Romanian and Bulgarian connection to money laundering, the names of the Naydenov family and their gambling company stood out. Similar investigations on “Brobet” also took part in Greece, Romania, and Italy. And while information from the Maltese police highlighted that the Bulgarians are linked with the Italian Mafia in Sicily and Milan, some British and Greek journalists underlined that Stefan Naydenov and his sons were part of corruption schemes, financial frauds, and tax evasion. What is more, the British media reported that the gambling boss Stefan Naydenov was part of the communist secret services in his country. He operated under the pseudonym “Nikolov” and was recruited by the State Security Officer Kr. Krastev back in 1980.
The two Naydenov Brothers with their Father Stefan also known as Agent Nikolov
In light of these events, some Bulgarian journalists suggested that Stefan Naydenov and his sons Boyan and Cvetomir Naydenov invested a significant amount of their undeclared profits in real estates in Greece as well as Italy.
5 Countries With The Fastest Internet Around the World
The Internet has become a key part of our daily lives. We need it in pretty much all circumstances, from checking the weather to building a business and everything else in between. However, not every country, big or small, has a solid broadband network. The global average broadband download speed is 81Mbps and upload of 42Mbps. Whilst this is quite an increase from previous years, there are a few outlier countries far exceeding these averages.
Having a lightning-fast internet connection should be a possibility for anybody considering what an important part of our lives is. Although broadband is usually pretty fast, the upcoming release of 5G will cover mobile devices as well. This is important as many users choose a mobile device over a desktop one.
Countless day-to-day activities like work, streaming and even gaming are tightly tied to the internet. Even simpler games like the casino ones rely on the internet to provide a good user experience. An online casino app like Gaminator can be downloaded for free from Google Play but users do need the internet to perform this action. Once the app is downloaded, you can access it without internet. However, if you want to gamble in a virtual casino and interact with other players and dealers, you will need a fast and consistent internet connection.
Depending on the region you live in, your internet may or may not be above the average. Below, we’ve prepared a list of the five countries that have the fastest internet connection in the world. The data and list are according to the Speedtest Global Index by Ookla.
Singapore is widely known for its surprisingly-fast internet connection. It’s ranked first with a total download speed of 213Mbps and 220Mbps for upload. Singapore is also a coworking and freelancing hub, being the second fastest growing country in this industry. They only reach 13th for mobile speeds with an average of 56Mbps.
Hong Kong comes second on our list, very close to Singapore with a download speed of 202Mbps, and 193Mbps for upload on a broadband connection. The average latency is also only 12ms which should be good enough for most digital services. The mobile situation is a bit different as Hong Kong only ranks 19th in this category with a download speed of 53Mbps.
Thailand is a hub for travelers, freelancers, and remote workers thanks to its natural beauty, affordable living, and reliable internet. It ranks 3rd with 171Mbps download speed and 134Mbps upload. Whilst their broadband is pretty solid, the mobile speed is quite low, Thailand is ranked 59th with 32Mbps on mobile. It gets the last place for mobile speeds from the five countries mentioned in this list.
South Korea gained 3 positions in the last couple of months ranking 4th in the Speedtest Global Index with a fixed broadband download speed of 169Mbps and 165Mbps for upload. This provides a pretty consistent experience for all users. Moreover, South Korea ranks 2nd for mobile with a download speed of 109Mbps which is quite close to their broadband connection. South Korea used to rank 1st for mobile but they got overtaken by the United Arab Emirates by a single point.
Romania is widely known for its powerful and inexpensive fiber internet connection. Nine of its cities used to be ranked in the top 15 cities with the fastest internet around the world, not long ago. Currently, Romania has the fastest internet in Europe with 167Mbps download speed on average and 120Mbps upload. Although they are only ranked 45th for mobile speeds with an average download of 38Mbps, the country’s local telecommunication companies are pushing innovation by deploying 5G networks across the country.
The 7 Best Gmail Tips and Tricks for the Traveler on the Go
Gmail is a relatively new player in the email game, especially when compared to its competitors. Despite that, Gmail dominates.
Gmail boasts a staggering 1.5 billion users across the world, a tally the company is adding to every day. As a matter of fact, since you’re reading this post, we’re guessing that you’re an advent Gmail user as well.
If you love using Gmail almost as much as you love traveling, this post is for you. In it, we share useful Gmail tips and tricks that can help you keep your messages organized, safe, and effective no matter where in the world you are.
- Let Google Help You Write
When you’re traveling, do you want to spend your time having to flex your creative brain to craft impactful emails? We hope you answered no to that question because while on the road, your time is so much better spent enjoying your surroundings than being hunched in front of your computer.
Enter Smart Compose!
Smart Compose is a feature you can tick on in your Gmail settings that will have Google’s bots try to intelligently finish your sentences. If you like what they come up with, you can hit the tab key and the information they’ve suggested will auto-fill.
Don’t like what Smart Compose is coming up with? No problem!
Just keep typing through its suggestions and they’ll automatically disappear.
- Share Your Situation in Your Signature
Email signatures are by no means new technology. Still, they’re insanely helpful when you’re trying to push a consistent message to the people you’re in contact with.
When you’re traveling, you’ll probably be in situations where you’re without WIFI and can’t respond to notes as quickly as you typically might. To keep your recipients in the know regarding your response capabilities, consider using Gmail’s signature feature to share your whereabouts or at least to share that you’ll be slow to reply.
You can find your signature options in your Gmail’s settings.
- Schedule Emails for When You’ll Have Internet
In those moments on the road where you’re waiting for a bus trip to end or a raft ride to subside, you might want to compose a few emails to send off. The problem with that is finding solid WIFI while on the move.
Don’t let that ruin your productivity though!
With Gmail’s scheduled mail feature, you can draft notes whenever you’d like and set a timer for when you’d like Gmail to send those notes, presumably when you’re in range of WIFI.
- Keep Your Messages Secure
Have you ever had to send sensitive emails while traveling and worried that the note might fall into the wrong hands? Gmail has a solution for that.
A little known option in Gmail which is called “Self-Destruct” lets mail senders put a timer on how long their notes can sit in someone’s inbox. With that option ticked, sensitive notes will not only expire in the amount of time that you’ve allotted but will also prevent recipients from copying the message’s text, forwarding the message, and more.
For all of the features in Self-Destruct to work properly, you’ll want to make sure you’re sending your note to another Gmail account.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Turn on Auto Respond
You’re not always going to be available to respond to emails while traveling. Sometimes, your intention will be to avoid emails so you can enjoy as much time in your new destination as possible without distraction.
If hiding away from emails sounds like something you’re interested in, use Gmail’s auto-respond feature to let senders know you’re away from your computer. You can even tell people when you plan on returning so they can set their expectations around when they’re likely to get a response.
Gmail’s auto-respond or “vacation responder” options can be found in your Gmail settings.
- Get Organized
We recommend getting your inbox organized before you start traveling but hey, if you have some downtime on the road, definitely lean on this Gmail tips and tricks must!
Gmail has several features to help get your inbox cleaned up. For example, you can learn how to create a new folder in Gmail and organize notes into that folder based on rules you set. You can also learn how to use Google’s tabs feature to easily sort through promotional emails, business emails, and personal emails.
The more rules you set for your inbox and the more granular your folders are, the easier it’ll be to find important information.
- Let More Friends in on the Fun
Have you ever had a fun email chain going between yourself and friends while traveling? Have you ever wanted to add additional people to the chain in the middle of conversations?
Gmail makes doing that easy!
All you have to do is type “+your friend’s name” in the body of your note and if Gmail has your friend saved in your contacts, it’ll automatically loop them in.
Great Gmail Tips and Tricks Can Make Email a Lot More Streamlined
We love learning and implementing new Gmail tips and tricks to help make our use of email more productive. That’s especially true when we’re on the road and time is at a premium.
Our team hopes our insight help you get more out of your Gmail experience and perhaps even inspire you to explore other fun tips that we didn’t mention.
If you’d like additional insight on travel, technology and more, we welcome you to browse the newest content we have available on our site!
8 Apps Every Parent Must Have To Keep Their Child Safe Online
The internet can be an excellent resource for every child and teenager. It can allow them to do better in school, find about the world, search for their interests, and make friends, among other things.
However, the internet can also be incredibly hazardous for your child. From easy access to pornography to online predators, the internet is filled with horrible things.
That is why you need to keep your kid safe on more fronts than parents had to do in the past.
For instance, a few decades ago, the parents would just take away the stash of pornography from their child because it encourages unhealthy relationships. But these days, you will have to learn how to block porn online.
Since you might not be aware of the things to expect and how to properly tackle them in case they arise, these eight applications mentioned in this list below can help.
Parental Control App & Location Tracker – FamiSafe
This brilliant app allows you to properly raise your child in the digital age.
Like many other apps, FamiSafe allows you to track your child’s location, detect suspicious pictures, and filter out suspicious messages on social media websites.
It also has many unique features to offer every user, such as reporting the screen time, blocking pornography, restricting gambling sites, and creating a safe zone for your child.
You can easily download FamiSafe on your mobile or any handheld device and get an essential tool to take better care of your child.
Avira AppLock+ is an excellent app that you can use to set some restrictions on your child’s life while allowing them some space to grow.
This incredible app allows you to look into the calls, messages, and photos, just like every other monitoring app. But other than that, it allows has a unique feature that will enable you to lock specific apps on their mobile device in particular locations.
For instance, they are about to head into school. You wouldn’t want them to be using social media or gaming apps while taking classes or studying in the library. In that case, you can use Avira AppLock+ to block all the apps you want to as soon as they enter the school.
From the name of this app, you should already know what it can help you with.
This app allows you to give your kids the “extra encouragement” they need to put their mobiles and other handheld devices away to spend more time with the family.
DinnerTime allows you to set reminders on your children’s devices, which will tell them what they’re supposed to do at that time. If they simply dismiss the reminders and not do what they are told, you can also block their apps or set limits on their usage.
From the creative name of the app, you can understand that it allows you to protect your kids. But like all the ones above, this can also be used for teenagers.
You can use the app to monitor social media accounts and keep track of the messages, just like the other parental applications. But the unique thing about MamaBear is that it can help you keep your kids safe out on the road.
If your children are driving around in their friends’ rides or their own, then you can keep track of their speeds at all times. If they do go above a specific speed limit that you set, then the app will automatically send you an alert. It also gives you their location and mapping features.
My Mobile Watchdog
This app also stands out a lot when compared to the features of a standard parental control application.
My Mobile Watchdog allows you to access all of your children’s text messages and calls as other apps do. But it can take things one step further by allowing you to delete and accept contacts on their mobile. It also allows you to restrict any unapproved communication.
It can give you the peace of mind you need as a parent.
Pumpic is a fantastic app that helps you get more control over your children’s mobile and other handheld devices.
While it can track messages, calls, and photos, the app specializes in online control. It allows you to monitor particular video conferencing applications like Skype.
Pumpic also allows you to track everything that your kids download, as well as having some control over their cloud.
Quostudio is a fantastic app that allows you to have control over your children’s devices. But it provides your kids with an extra layer of security.
This app allows you to monitor your children’s social and gaming applications. It also allows some control over their text messages.
But the unique feature of this app is that it has a panic emergency button that your kids can press at any time. This feature will send you a notification and also show you their live location.
Net Nanny is an excellent app if you want to receive reports that you can read over at the end of the day, or whenever you get the time.
It keeps monitoring all of your children’s applications, what they do on the internet, and how much time they spend on their mobile.
It also allows you to have control over their usage.
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