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Theater performances in the city of Pazardzhik

Now the March theater performances, organized by the House of youth of the sister city, are hosted in Pazardzhik. Creative projects of young actors of the Republic of Bulgaria are submitted to inhabitants and city visitors within the program. The XIII International youth theater festival "Ocean of Love" which will be held during the period from March 30 to April 3 of this year will also become a significant event of cultural life of the city.  

Archeological finds in Bezier  

The numerous archeological finds made in recent years in the city of Bezier and its suburbs allow scientists to claim that Bezier, but not Marseille as was considered earlier, is the most ancient city of France. Archeologists have come to such conclusion, investigating artifacts found at excavations. On conclusions of experts the settlement near the city of Bezier was founded by the Greek colonists in 625 B.C. It is expected that this discovery will influence increase in tourists and, as a result, social and economic development of the city of Bezier.

Downtown Banner Program in Des Moines

In the sister city of Des Moines the Downtown Banner Program regulating street advertizing is implemented. According to this program the spaces are provided in a priority to noncommercial associations. Banners of the commercial organizations are placed only just in front of the property owned by the company. An exception is organizations celebrating anniversaries. In the downtown 250 points of placement of the advertizing structures are provided, their design is approved by the Des Moines City Council.   

Day of the Vernal Equinox in Zhenjiang

On March 21 in the sister city of Zhenjiang the Vernal Equinox was celebrated. The history of this holiday is more than 3000 years. This holiday enters the so-called cycle of twenty four seasons to which Chinese people follow from antiquity to this day. It is possible to refer to its features such traditions as walks in the fresh air, admiring fresh flowers and also national games. In Zhenjiang for maintaining national traditions and culture at elementary schools and kindergartens children participated in events devoted to this holiday.

Youth volunteer program "I am a Guide of the City" in Erevan

In the sister city of Yerevan the final stage of the youth volunteer program "I am a Guide of the City" started, it was initiated by the department of tourism of municipality of Yerevan. For promotion of spring tourism in the capital young volunteers participated in various actions for providing information support to the tourists arrived in Yerevan. From March 21st to March 23rd they gave maps of the city in two languages, answered questions and told about sights of Yerevan in the popular places, interesting for tourists.

Photo exhibition "Window of Mexico" in Changzhou

Within the celebration of the 46th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mexico in March of this year the art Photo exhibition "Window of Mexico" took place in Changzhou Museum. The Consul general of the United Mexican States in Shanghai and the vice-mayor of Changzhou took part in a ceremonial opening. The exhibition purpose is to give an opportunity to the general public to get acquainted with cultural sights, historical heritage and magnificent landscapes of Mexico. Works are presented at an exhibition in two sections: "Magical Mexico" and "Struggle and Thought".


Sporting event in the city of Pazardzhik

Now the first more than 5 thousand meters race is organized in the city of Pazardzhik. The sporting event will be held on March 24, 2018. With assistance of the Bulgarian federation on track and field athletics and Council of youth policy of the sister-city the mayor's office of Pazardzhik and the movement "Pazardzhik engages in sports" are the organizers. Everyone, irrespective of age and professional standard will be able to participate in the running. Participants will be awarded with souvenirs.

Flamenco festival in the city of Bezier

During the period from March 09 to March 24, 2018 a flamenco festival will be organized in Bezier by city administration. In the program sings and concerts of professional dancing groups. The shows of professional dancers will take place on various squares of the city of Bezier accompanied by vocals, accompaniment of guitars and castanets. Also the scientific conference about ancient history of dance, master classes in training of flamenco, production of guitars and painting of the Spanish fans will take place. At city cinemas it is supposed art and documentary films about flamenco.

Courses on training of talented youth in Des Moines

In the sister city of Des Moines intake of listeners starts for training at municipal courses for pupils of high school and graduates of schools. The program of courses assumes acquaintance with bases of business and successful career guidance in modern society, motivation of development of leadership skills and increase in a self-assessment. Main aim is to involve talented youth to active participation in all spheres of activity of Des Moines.

National suits show at the Jiangsu University

For development of friendly communications among the studying youth and also acquaintance with culture of the people of the countries of the world an unusual fashion show took place at the Jiangsu University of the sister city of Zhenjiang. Female teachers and foreign students participated in the show and showed national suits. Students with interest got acquainted with features of national clothes, traditions and customs of foreign countries.

Visit of the official delegation of Lyon to Yerevan  

The mayor of Lyon (the French Republic) paid an official visit to the capital of Armenia. During meetings with leaders of Yerevan possibilities of cooperation and implementation of joint projects, prospects of development of tourism were discussed. The model of management of the information tourist center which will be open in Yerevan was presented to the French partner. Members of delegation also visited the Center of creative technologies “Tumo” in Yerevan and Lyon Park in Erebuni which was opened in 2011.

“Green” producers of the city of Changzhou

The ministry of the industry and information technologies of China (MIIT) announced the List of the most environmentally friendly producers. The list had included five companies of the sister city of Changzhou: Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd., Changzhou Xurong Knitting Printing And Dyeing Co., Ltd., Yadong (Changzhou) Technology Co., Ltd., Jiangsu Zealink Electrical Technology Co., Ltd., Zenith Steel Group Co., Ltd.
Development of environmentally friendly industries is an important part of the national program of China "Made in China 2025" (MIIT). Since 2017 MIIT renders assistance to implementation of the "green" projects directed to creation of environmentally friendly production and preservation of the environment.


Festive events devoted to liberation of Bulgaria from an Ottoman yoke

In Pazardzhik the festive events devoted to the 140 anniversary of liberation of Bulgaria from an Ottoman yoke will take place on March 03, 2018. Within the celebrations leadrs of the city, inhabitants and guests will participate in an official ceremony of national flag raising on the Central square of Konstantin Velichkov, a flower-laying to monuments of the national heroes participating in release of the country. In the Regional historical museum of the sister city the "Weapon of the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878." exhibition will open. In end the gala concert will be held.

Reconstruction of ancient quarters of the city of Bezier  

One of priorities of Bezier city administration is further promotion of ancient quarters of the city. Now large-scale works on updating and reconstruction of Madeleine Square at which there is a medieval cathedral of the same name are carried out.
Considering that this area is one of the most popular places of citizens and city visitors, the decision to place emphasis on simplification of the movement of pedestrians is made: sidewalks will be expanded and the carriageway is raised. Works on paving of the area (1850 sq.m.) with the sandstone delivered from Burgundy are planned. Flowerpots with new young olive trees are supposed. Placement of a cafe and reconstruction of the existing fountains are provided.

Creation of favorable and comfortable environment in Des Moines

For creation of favorable and comfortable environment in Des Moines the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District has been created for improvements of quality of life of the population, safe environment, sanitary standards, planting of flowers. By results of poll following 2017,  the majority of  inhabitants and guests of the sister city of Des Moines have given a positive assessment to work, having especially noted timely cleaning of garbage, washing of sidewalks and safety in the downtown.

Preparation for a fishing season in Zhenjiang

For maintaining ecological and biological equilibrium of the environment during the period from March 1 to June 30, 2018 a ban on fishing in the Yangtze River is imposed in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Considering that the forthcoming four months are the most important period of reproduction of fish in the river, imposing of the fishing moratorium will promote preservation of whitebaits and replenishment of fishing resources.

Youth championship of Yerevan on chess

In Yerevan the Youth championship in chess was ended. This year about 500 athletes participated in competitions. Leaders of the sister city visited the closing ceremony, prizes and medals were handed by the mayor of Yerevan. Winners of the competition also acquired the right for participation in a semi-final of the youth championship of Armenia.

Rewarding of the demonstration project of the city of Changzhou with the Jiangsu Habitat Award

In February the Jiangsu Habitat Award in the sphere of preservation and development of the living environment took place. Among nine winners there was the Building energy efficiency and green building demonstration project of Jiangsu Urban and Rural Construction College from the sister city of Changzhou. The purpose of the project is creation of the "green" campus.  
The college of construction for several years carries out work on improvement of and development of their territory. Within the project introduction of new technologies and achievements in the sphere of improvement of energy saving, recycling and also energy efficiency of buildings is supposed.


Festive events devoted to liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke

On February 19, 2018 the festive events devoted to memory of one of the most famous fighters for liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke Vasil Levski were held in the sister city of Pazardzhik. Leaders of the city and the region, representatives of public organizations and political parties, citizens and city visitors paid tribute to the hero’s memory and participated in a solemn flower-laying to Vasil Levski's monument. Also the gala concert prepared by pupils of Pazardzhik was organized.

About work of the Operational center of observation of municipal police of the city of Bezier  

25 employees of the Operational center of observation of municipal police of the city of Bezier carry out work in the round-the-clock mode. Video surveillance is the valuable tool for city security forces on prevention of many crimes.
More than 2500 requests for help in search actions from various services (representatives of municipal and national police, gendarmerie, and educational organizations) were sent to the Operational center of observation of the city of Bezier in 2017.
Now video surveillance in the city is carried out by means of 70 cameras. By 2020 it is planned to bring their quantity to 110 units.

Ivy Women in Business Award in Des Moines

In March of this year a rewarding ceremony of winners of the annual Ivy Women in Business Award will take place in the sister city of Des Moines.
The award is given for progress in business development and business. The award is organized for development of small business and also promotion of business activity of female population.

Collections of post stamps in China

Two sets of post stamps with the image of a symbol of the Chinese New year are released in the People's Republic of China. Collections are issued since 1980 and annually present that zodiac sign which patronizes the coming year. The famous 99-year-old artist Zhou Lingzhao became the creator of sets. Inhabitants and guests of the sister city of Zhenjiang will be able to get stamps in post offices and special sales locations.

 Day of books gifting in Yerevan

On February 19 in the sister city of Yerevan there were actions, devoted to the Day of books gifting. The holiday is celebrated since 2008. Inhabitants and guests of the capital with invariable interest participate in various literary meetings, book evenings and other thematic actions organized in libraries and bookstores of the city. On the occasion of Day books gifting, pupils of capital schools visited the mayor's office of Yerevan and presented books to the Mayor. Having thanked school students, the Mayor of Yerevan emphasized the important role of the book in education and development of generations.

"Trina Solar" of the city of Changzhou was included into the list of 50 best brands of the Province of Jiangsu

In the city of Nanjing the conference on questions of economic development took place within which 50 best companies shown excellent indicators on positioning of brands in the national and international market were announced.  
The list included the Trina Solar Limited company of the city of Changzhou. Many  companies showed enlargement of offices, increased in investments and excellent quality of production and execution of social obligations.


Participation in the international tournament on swimming

During the period from February 10 to February 11 of this year the international swimming tournament "Gladiator" was held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria). More than 300 athletes of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia participated in the competition. Representatives of Champion sports club of Pazardzhik had successful results. They won one gold, three silver and six bronze medals. The famous Brazilian swimmer Nelson Silva presented an exhibition performance during the opening ceremony of the tournament.

New rules of auto parking in Bezier

New rules of transport parking were developed in Bezier to increase effective management of parking and to provide more intensive rotation of cars.
Now it is simpler to leave the private vehicles as time for the free parking is entered in the city: it is completely free of charge on weekends, and every day from 12:30 till 14:00 for places on land parking. In the rest of the time parking spaces in Bezier will cost 4-6 Euros depending on the district of the city. New rules involve also increase in the size of penalties for violators of the parking. Now in Bezier there are 6520 parking spaces for transport, from them 4900 – land and 1620 – underground.

Annual events in Des Moines

In 2017 the record number of visitors participated in the international actions which are annually organized in the city of Des Moines. According to Census Bureau more than 1 million people attended two major events of the city: shows and exhibitions of the Arts Festival gained the international recognition and the Downtown Farmers’ market allowed about 300 family farms, handicraftsmen and representatives of arts to present their production and works to inhabitants and city visitors. Near 1450 volunteers took part in organization of events. The growth of consumer activity and increase in the number of tourists is an indicator of dynamic development of the city.

Celebration of the Chinese New year

On February 16 of this year in China the festive events devoted to the Chinese New year or the Spring Festival have begun. Celebrations will last two weeks. According to east calendar a patron of this year is the Yellow Earth Dog - a symbol of fidelity, honesty and virtue. Residents of China honor traditions; they surely visit relatives and friends these days. Special attention is paid to preparation of traditional dishes. So national pastries, the Chinese pies and puffs are produced according to ancient recipes at one of the oldest pastry factories of Zhenjiang. Most of confectioners, whose age about 70 years, follow culinary traditions and hope to transfer them to the younger generation.  

Visit of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria

The President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev who is on the state visit in the Republic of Armenia visited the Yerevan school N131 of Peyo Yavorov. At school the President of Bulgaria got acquainted with exhibits of the museum named after the Bulgarian poet, writer, journalist and publicist Peyo Yavorov and also visited the interactive educational office equipped with the modern equipment opened with assistance of the Republic of Bulgaria. In the end of the visit the President Rumen Radev made entry in the book of honorable guests of the school.

Out-of-class events for students in Changzhou

For organization of leisure of the studying youth on winter vacation the Civilization Office and the Education Bureau of municipal people’s government of the sister city of Changzhou has prepared the Colorful Winter activities dated for celebration of the Chinese New year and the Spring Festival. Within the versatile program 144 actions for students, including thematic meetings, sports competitions and fitness classes, literary gatherings, etc. are planned.


European sports orientation on skis championship

During the period from February 03 to February 08, 2018 the European sports orientation on skis championship was held in Kurtovo of Pazardzhik region. More than 300 athletes from nineteen countries of Europe took part in it. This competition is the second stage before the International cup on sports orientation among youth and already passes in the Republic of Bulgaria for the third time (previous were in 1977 and 1986).

Weekly meetings of the leaders of Bezier with citizens

In the city of Bezier weekly meetings of the mayor Robert Menar with citizens are organized during which issues of social and economic development of the city are discussed.
For further improvement of work of city administration of Bezier and quick response to needs of citizens, monthly meetings of deputies of Municipal council of the city with citizens are organized since the beginning of February, 2018. During the meetings Bezier's inhabitants can share problems with representatives of the city authorities, make offers on improvement of life quality.

Sports and recreational events in Des Moines

During February of this year in Des Moines a number of sport and recreational events "Fit & Fabulous Health Series" are organized within which residents are able to undergo medical examination and massage courses, to attend fitness classes and to get advice on health nutrition. All actions are organized on a free basis.

Swimming competitions in Zhenjiang

On February 04 of this year in Zhenjiang the swimming competitions were held dated for the celebration of the Spring Festival. About 300 athletes aged from 4 up to 67 years from the cities of Zhenjiang, Yangzhou and Taizhou of the Province of Jiangsu participated in friendly sports events.

Reform of public transport in Yerevan

In the mayor's office of Yerevan a press conferences was held on issues of public transport reform during which the main features of the developed project were presented. In new transport network there are 939 buses and 111 trolleybuses which will provide full service of passengers along 42 routes on all capital of Armenia. The main feature of the project is introduction of one ticket to a final point of a route that isn't dependent on change of transports.

New plant of the Dutch firm "AkzoNobel" in Changzhou

The large Dutch company on production of paints and coverings "AkzoNobel" owning many known brands: Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka, opens a new plant on production of powder coverings in Changzhou. The company is presented in nearly 80 countries of the world and plans to continue active investments into economy of China.


Sport achievements of the city of Pazardzhik

The National judo championship was held on January 27, 2018 in Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria). Representatives of Kodokan sports club of the sister city of Pazardzhik successfully acted in competitions and won four gold and one bronze medal. The European cup on judo in which participation of athletes is also planned will take place on February 03-04 of this year in the city of Sofia.

Participation of the women's national team on volleyball of the city of Bezier in the France championship

The women's national team on volleyball of the city of Bezier is in the lead in the championship of France. After the convincing victory in Cannes the Beziers Angels team holds the top place with fine results: 18 victories and one defeat. On February 16, 2018 another game of the National championship on volleyball will take place at a stadium of the city of Bezier in which the team of the sister city of Bezier meets volleyball players of Camper.

Winter games in Des Moines

Citizens and visitors of Des Moines are able to participate in Winter games which will take place on February 9-10 in honor of opening of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Within a holiday participants can take part in various competitions, visit the special children's town equipped for doing winter sports, look at a fascinating show of fireworks, presentations of professional carvers of ice and also the official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on the big screen.

New demonstration pavilion in Zhenjiang

In the sister city of Zhenjiang the ceremonial opening of the new demonstration pavilion "Smart City Experience Pavilion" with the total area of more than 2400 sq.m. was held on January 31 of this year. The best achievements in the sphere of "smart city" development will be shown in the Pavilion. The space is divided into three halls uniting an exhibition, a data center and also a virtual show.   

Exhibition of the school works devoted to Ayvazovsky's 200th  anniversary

At the initiative of the mayor's office of Yerevan, within the anniversary actions devoted to Ivan Ayvazovsky's 200th anniversary in the national gallery of Armenia the exhibition of school drawings was organized. By results of the competition prize-winners were awarded with certificates of honor of the mayor of Yerevan and the illustrated book "Ayvazovsky". Within the action school students got acquainted with the exhibition devoted to I. Ayvazovsky.

Visit of delegation of the Chinese-African Fund of development to Changzhou

At the end of January a delegation of experts of the Chinese-African Fund of development visited the city of Changzhou. During a meeting in the city administration issues of development of mutually beneficial cooperation were discussed. The Chinese-African Fund of development, most often known as CAD Fund, is the Chinese fund of private investments. The purpose of fund is to stimulate investments of Chinese companies into electricity production, development of natural resources, transport infrastructure and industry of Africa.


International musical festival in  Pazardzhik

On January 25 in the city of Pazardzhik the 43rd traditional festival "Winter Musicales of the Prof. Ivan Spasov" was opened. Organizers of the event are the mayor's office of Pazardzhik and representatives of business community of the  sister city. Within the festival the famous band directors and performers of classical music of the Republic of Bulgaria and foreign countries will perform concert programs; a thematic exhibition will take place.

Festival of truffle in Bezier

On January 27 in the city of Bezier Festival of truffle takes place for the second time.  Within the holiday the fair of truffles and local gastronomic goods, scientific and practical conferences devoted to cultural development of truffle cultivation in Spain and Italy and also show "hunting" for truffles by means of specially trained animals are planned. The mayor of Bezier, the president of Agricultural chamber of the region Erau and also the president of the Spanish national federation of producers of truffles will participate in festive events.

Seminars on small business development in Des Moines

For assistance to development of small business and support of the beginning businessmen seminars concerning attraction of investments will take place in Des Moines. Within the Capital For Your Business Seminar information on opportunities of bank credits and grants will be provided. Target audience is the companies which are engaged in trade and medical services, restaurants, private production.
The Raising Capital seminar will allow the beginning businessmen to get acquainted with opportunities of involvement of investors for participation in "start-up" projects in the sphere of the software, new technologies, artificial intelligence, etc.

Minimally invasive hip replacement operation in Zhenjiang

The minimally invasive hip replacement operation was successfully made in the First People’s Hospital of Zhenjiang. The feature of this operation is the age of the patient. He is 103 years old. In the present it is an age record in this type of surgery about the country.

Construction of the rehabilitation center for the military personnel in Yerevan

In Yerevan a new rehabilitation center for the military personnel who has got cerebro-cranial and vertebral injuries on duty has been building. Construction of the center is carried out at the initiative of OO "Assistance to the Wounded Military Personnel and Military Personnel with Disability" with assistance of the leaders of the Republic of Armenia and also the mayor's office of Yerevan and numerous patrons. The rehabilitation center will be equipped with the latest specialized equipment.

Chinese Forum on the mobile Internet in Changzhou

In January the Chinese forum on the development of mobile Internet was organized within which the prospects of development of technologies for "the clever city", intellectual production, the mobile Internet, the international electronic trading were discussed. Such large Internet companies as Tencent, Baidu, Jingdong, eBay, Qunar and CAXA participated in the forum. In end a rewarding of winners of the Changzhou Award on information technologies-2017 took place.


Celebration of the 140 anniversary of liberation of the city of Pazardzhik

On January 14, 2018 citizens and guests of Pazardzhik celebrated the 140th anniversary of liberation of the sister-city from an Ottoman yoke. Within the framework of the celebration flowers were laid at monument of the general N. P. Brock, commander of the avant-garde of the Russian troops, who took part in the liberation of the city of Pazardzhik. Creative teams of the sister-city presented a bright concert program.

The international contest of bandleaders in the city of Pazardzhik

Recently an international contest of bandleaders was held in the city of Pazardzhik. The organizers of the event are the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in the city of Milan (Italy) as well as the management of the Symphony Orchestra of the sister-city. More than 250 representatives of seventy countries took part in the contest. 70 best bandleaders from Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Canada, USA, Australia, etc. were selected during the qualifying stage. The winner will perform concert programs in the cities of Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland with Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra.

Construction of student campus in the city of Beziers

It is planned to build a new student campus with a total area of 3000 square meters on the bank of the South Canal of Beziers. The educational buildings and dormitories for students will be located there. It is assumed that three new schools will be opened on the basis of the campus. Students will chose among the following modern specialties: space design, graphic design, web design, video games, medicine, and tax optimization. It is planned that student campus will be opened in September 2018.

The innovative projects in the city of Des Moines

A monthly meeting of representatives of the business community of Des Moines "Startup Stories", during which entrepreneurs and potential investors had the opportunity to get acquainted with new projects, discuss issues of interest was held on January 10, 2018. Meetings are held in the "presentation – answers to questions" format. The participants of this meeting considered an innovative approach that allows to increase the yield of corn by more than 20%.

The preparation for the celebration of the Chinese New Year

An active organizational work on preparing for the celebration of the Chinese New Year is caring out in the city of Zhenjiang. In the beginning of January foreign students, studying in the sister city, organized in educational organizations the creative workshops on making paper decorations, reflecting the national characteristics of various countries around the world. The traditional national dishes are being prepared in China on the first day of the lunar twelfth month.

The International chess tournament in Yerevan

The VIII International chess tournament, dedicated to the memory of the Prime Minister of Armenia Andranik Margaryan, was held in Yerevan in the period from 09 to 17 January. 2018. About 750 chess players from Armenia, Russia and Turkmenia took part in the competition. The event was attended by the mayor of Yerevan, the chairman of the Chess Federation of the sister-city Taron Margaryan.

The awarding of the city of Changzhou

Recently the Ceremony for the WIPO-SIPO Award for Chinese Outstanding Patented Invention & Industrial Design was held in Beijing. Five patents from Changzhou city, playing a leading role in the following spheres: photovoltaic, new materials, new medicine, smart technologies and new energy vehicles, were awarded during the event. It should be also noted that in 2017 year the number of invention patents filed per 10,000 people reached 28 in the sister-city.


Arena football tournament in Pazardzhik

The XVIII Christmas arena football tournament, organized by the City Hall of Pazardzhik, was finished on December 25, 2017. More than 30 teams of the Republic of Bulgaria of various age categories participated in the event. More than 50 games were played within the tournament. The winner of the tournament is the team of Patalenica of the Pazardzhik Community. All winners of the competition were awarded with cups and valuable prizes.

The gastronomic evenings in Beziers

Since the beginning of December 2017, the gastronomic evenings «Nocturne des Halles», devoted to tasting local wines and food products, have been weekly organized in the restored old building of the trade and market complex of Beziers. Residents and guests of the sister-city have an opportunity to taste the products from smoked meat, traditional Spanish snacks, cheeses, wines of the Beziers region. The program of events includes also performances of local music groups.

The meetings with business women of the city of Des Moines

The meetings with women living in the region and working in various business areas have been organized in the city of Des Moines within the Iowa Business Women's Program. These meetings allow participants to get acquainted with the intricacies of entrepreneurship "at first hand", the basics of conducting a successful business and get efficient advice from specialists of the sphere.

The charity action in Zhenjiang

A charity program is implementing in Zhenjiang currently. The government organizations and volunteers of the sister-city take part in it. So, for example, last week clothes and other necessary manufactured goods were donated to the families in need.

The New Year marathon in Yerevan

A charitable marathon "New Year good marathon" was held in Yerevan within the preparations to the New Year and Christmas. The organizers of the event are the City Hall in cooperation with public organizations. The participants in Santa Claus costumes overcame 5 kilometers on the central streets of Yerevan. Representatives of the municipality also took an active part in the marathon. Contributions of the participants of the marathon were aimed at financing the program of assistance to the Armenians of Syria.

The industrial achievements of Changzhou

The results of the national rating of the best industrial districts and areas of China, initiated by the China Academy of Information and Communications, were summed up on December 14, 2017. According to the results 2017 year, the Wujin district of the sister-city of Changzhou took the IV place in the list «Top 100 districts in industrial development». There are 134,000 companies registered in the district, including nearly 1,600 industrial enterprises above designated scale. From January to November of this year, the industrial output of enterprises reached 434.5 billion yuan, up 14% over the same period of last year.


The solemn concert in the city of Pazardzhik

The solemn concert dedicated to the 240 anniversary of the city of Stavropol was held in the city of Pazardzhik on December 19, 2017. The event was organized by the educational partner-organization – the secondary school of general education "G. Bregov" of Pazardzhik. Within the concert a film about Stavropol was presented, Russian and Bulgarian songs, poems of Russian poets were performed. Students of "G. Bregov" school of Pazardzhik shared with the participants their impressions about the trip to Stavropol in September of this year. The greeting and congratulations of the mayor of Pazardzhik Community Todor Popov were send to the participants of the concert.

Participation in the tournament on majorettes sport

Recently the International majorettes sport tournament «Roma Christmas Magic» was held in the city of Frascati (Italy). More than 250 majorettes of Europe participated in the event. The representatives of Mystery sports club of the sister-city Pazardzhik successfully acted and won two gold and one bronze medals.

The festive events in the sister-city of Beziers

The citywide events, dedicated to the upcoming Christmas and New Year, are being continued in the city of Beziers. Trade pavilions offering confectionery and souvenirs, Christmas-tree decorations as well as various gifts are opened for residents and guests of the sister-city as part of the preparation to the Christmas holidays. Theatrical performances, fairground pavilions, ice rink are opened at various city venues. A mini-farm, working as a contact zoo, workshops on preparing hand-made gifts, decorations from fresh flowers are opened for children. There is an opportunity to take pictures with the popular characters of cartoons, one of them are the favorite heroes of Russian children – Masha and the Bear.

The sociological survey in the sister-city

About 2,600 residents of the city of Des Moines participated in a sociological survey organized in December 2017 by «Human Capital Survey», created by business partnership «Greater Des Moines» in cooperation with Drake University. This company is engaged in studying the opinions and experiences of the city's residents on the issues of relations with the local community and the possibility of succeeding in Des Moines. According to the survey 90% of the participants believe that the city of Des Moines is a favorable place to create a family, 87% think that their colleagues treat their job duties, 89% are ready to recommend the city of Des Moines to another.

The celebration of the Winter Solstice Day

The Winter Solstice Day, one of the traditional Chinese festivals, was held in the city of Zhenjiang on December 22, 2017 year. It annually falls on December 21st , 22nd or 23rd. On the eve of the celebration residents of Chinese cities prepare various traditional dishes, gather as a family. So, for example, the traditional dish in the sister-city of Zhenjiang is “Tangyuan” – kind of balls made of glutinous rice flour and filled with chopped vegetable and meet or with sugar, walnuts, sesame, rose petals or marmalade.

The opening ceremony of the New Year tree in Yerevan

The solemn opening ceremony of the New Year tree was held on the central square of Yerevan on December 19, 2017. The mayor of the city, representatives of the municipality as well as students of music and art schools, students – winners of international contests and young athletes took part in the ceremony. The opening ceremony of the New Year tree was accompanied with a festive concert and was ended with fireworks. It should be noted that the festive decoration of Yerevan in this year became one of the most successful examples of cooperation between the city administration and business community.

Satakunta delegation visited Changzhou

The delegation of Satakunta (Finland), headed by the mayor of the region, visited the sister-city of Changzhou on December 12, 2017. The official delegation included also heads of the City Hall, representatives of higher education institutions and business community of Satakunta. The members of the delegation were welcomed by the vice mayor of the sister-city Mr. Fang Guoqiang. During the meeting the sides discussed further prospects of development of friendly sister-city relations, issues of socio-economic and humanitarian cooperation.


The charitable exhibition-fair in the city of Pazardzhik

The charitable exhibition-fair "Christmas dreams ", organized by Pazardzhik City Hall will take place in the sister-city in the period from 18 to 22 December, 2017 year. Pre-school and secondary educational organizations of the Pazardzhik Community will participate in the event. The proceeds will be transferred to the treatment of children. A creative program will also be presented within the framework of the exhibition.

The guest performance of the Moscow Circus on ice in Beziers

28 artists of the Moscow Circus on ice arrive to Beziers with guest performance. The performance will take place on December 20, 2017 in the concert hall «Zinga Zanga» of the sister-city. The plastic and air acrobats, jugglers, gymnasts on uneven bars, skaters on stilts, ballet dancers on the ice and clowns will show their skills to residents and guests of the city during the performance. The show "Traditional Russian matryoshka" will hold.

The annual corporate games in the city of Des Moines

The registration of companies for the participation in the third annual corporate games – 2018, organized under the "Iowa Games" program was started in the beginning of December this year in the city of Des Moines. The participation of 75 teams is expected, which will be able to prove themselves in 26 kinds of sports in June-July of the following year. The aims of the competitions are strengthening the corporate spirit, team cohesion as well as attracting employees to lead a healthy lifestyle and go in for sports. Winners will be awarded the Corporate Cup of the Games during the annual Iowa Fair.

The program on separate waste collection

A program on attracting primary school students to separate collection of domestic waste was launched in Zhenjiang. A creative program dedicated to environmental problems was presented to students within the framework of the event, an exhibition of crafts made of used materials was organized. The municipality presented schools more than 100 garbage containers for separate waste collection.

The preparation to the New Year and Christmas

On the eve of the New Year and Christmas the City Hall of Yerevan is carrying out work on the festive decoration of the capital of Armenia, installing parade lighting systems and LED decorations. The XIII season of the ice rink "Swan Lake" was opened for fans of active recreation and winter sports. The annual Christmas Fair which features New Year's and Christmas souvenirs, festive decorations and a wide range of food products was opened for citizens and visitors of the city.

The meeting with a delegation of representatives of French universities

The Mayor of Changzhou met with a delegation of representatives of French universities Lille и IMT Lille Douai. During the meeting the issues of development of cooperation in the field of education and youth exchanges as well as further implementation of the bilateral program on improving the level of education between the University of Chaohai in Changzhou and French universities were discussed. The prospects for the establishment of the Sino-French institute as well as opening of a campus of the Confucius University and the Water University of Hohai in France were considered.


Rewarding of the best businessmen of the year in Pazardzhik

On December 4 of this year in the city of Pazardzhik the ceremony of rewarding of the best businessmen of the year was held. The Association of businessmen of the city of Pazardzhik was the organizer of the event. The mayor of Pazardzhik addressed with a welcoming speech to participants, the Deputy Governor of the region sent words of Governor’s congratulations. Awards were presented in the following nominations: "Businessman of year", "Innovations and technologies", "The fast-growing company", "Successful investments", "The socially responsible enterprise". Within the action the charity event – fund raising for talented children was also organized. There was a bright creative show in end of the ceremony.

Release of the elderly citizen’s card in Bezier

Near 76000 people live in the city of Bezier, 20000 citizens are aged more senior than 60 years. For rendering social support to the population of the senior age group the “elderly citizen’s card” is issued, that allows taking privileges and advantages at purchasing various goods, fee of public service establishments, medical and cultural institutions. Any resident of the city and agglomerations at the age of 60 years and more senior can receive the elderly citizen’s card. The service is provided free of charge.

Public Policy Issue Forum on the topic of immigration reform in Des Moines

In the city of Des Moines the Public Policy Issue Forum on the topic of immigration reform took place on December 07 of this year. Issues of immigration, the state reform and also possible consequences of its implementation in Des Moines were discussed at the meeting. The forum is organized within the new national "iMarch" event which will unite representatives of business, religion, industry, and mass media for the solution of problems of immigration. During the action the real stories of inhabitants of 50 states will be presented for the general public proving need of reforms for this sphere.

Agreement on investment cooperation in the sphere of aircraft industry

In Zhenjiang the agreement on investment cooperation between Slovenia's bat aircraft manufacturing company and the general aviation aircraft manufacturing in Zhenjiang is signed at the beginning of December. The agreement supposes production of new airplanes in the city of Zhenjiang. Special attention is paid to development of electro-and hybrid models.

Exhibition of creative works of physically disabled people in Erevan

During the period from December 05 to December 08, 2017 in Erevan city administration the exhibition of creative works of physically disabled people is organized within the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. During the ceremonial opening organizers and participants of the exhibition and also paralympic athletes were awarded by thanksgiving diplomas of the mayor of Erevan.

New park of financial innovations in Changzhou

Changzhou has started creation of a new park of financial innovations specializing on interactive approach to industry and financial sector development.  Working-out of a new model of interaction of the industry, the financial industry and the city is planned. It is supposed to implement direct investments, financial control, production incubator and also additional education in the field of business for development of strategically important branches: innovative and intellectual production, medicine, energy saving, environmental protection, creation of new materials. The park will be located in the National Hi-tech Zone in the Changzhou center.


Tournament on majorettes sport in the city of Pazardzhik

In the city of Pazardzhik the majorettes sport tournament "Europe the Grand Prix of 2018" will be held in June, 2018. The decision to hold this sport competition was made on the General meeting of the International federation of majorettes sport in August, 2017. The seminar concerning the tournament organization was organized in which more than 25 heads of on-stage performance groups of the cities of Bulgaria took part. All-sided assistance and support are promised by the Mayor of Pazardzhik.

Five-a-side tournament in Pazardzhik

In the city of Pazardzhik preparatory work was organized on a traditional Christmas five-a-side tournament on 23-25 December. Participation of more than 30 teams of various age categories is expected. Winners of a tournament will be awarded with memorable and valuable prizes of the mayor's office of Pazardzhik.

Sports show in Bezier

On December 02, 2017 in the concert hall of the city of Bezier the "Geometrix" sports show will be organized in which 70 sportswomen of the city club on rhythmic and rhythmic gymnastics "ASB Gym" will participate. More than 200 suits are used in the show; colorful performances of gymnasts will be followed by various musical compositions.

Program for improvement of education level of the working population

In Des Moines essential results were achieved within the realized program the Education Drives our Greater Economy. According to the latest data more than 61,7% of the working population of the city have education beyond high school or have completed advanced training courses. It is 10,4% higher, than in 2008. The age group from 25 to 64 years has the necessary diplomas, certificates and other documents confirming existence of knowledge demanded by employers now. This program promotes career development of talented youth and also preservation of skilled workers in the region.

Construction of the high-speed railroad

The first box girder of the high-speed railroad Zhenjiang- Lianyungang (the large seaside city in the east part of the PRC) was collected in Zhenjiang. The carcass was established on the bridge of the 11th meter height. Construction of the high-speed railroad will be finished in 2019 and opening is planned in 2020. The new transport way will promote increase goods and passenger traffics to promote economic growth of the cities.

Participation in a business forum on tourism development

On the occasion of the 25 anniversary of establishment of the friendly relations the delegation of the mayor's office of Yerevan paid an official visit to the city of Marseille (France) and participated in the business forum organized by the Armenian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Marseille. Within the forum issues of tourism development in the context of event tourism, creation of infrastructures and implementation of investment programs were discussed. The Memorandum of cooperation between Erevan and Marseille was signed for development of tourism also further exchange of experience.

Visit of delegation of Sri Lanka

For development of cooperation in economic and social spheres the official delegation headed by the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in China visited the city of Changzhou. During the meeting with the Mayor of Changzhou issues of expansion of interaction in the sphere of trade, culture and tourism were discussed. Representatives of delegation of Sri Lanka hoped to adopt the model of development of agriculture in Changzhou and also to get acquainted with the best city practices.


Day of Christian family

Annually the Day of Christian family is celebrated on November 21 in Bulgaria. During this holiday it is supposed to take children to church, to tell about belief and bible events, bringing up Christian values. Within the festive actions in the city of Pazardzhik the concert was organized with assistance of the mayor's office at which artistic groups of the twin-city participated, and the exhibition of drawings was opened.

Tournament on swimming

During the period from November 18 to November 19 the ІV swimming tournament "Sprint" took place in the city of Plovdiv (Republic of Bulgaria). More than 450 swimmers from forty sports clubs of the country participated in it. Representatives of "Champion" sports club of Pazardzhik won gold and two silver medals and also a cup of the best swimmer.

A new fountain construction on Jeanne Jores Squareof Bezier

Large-scale works on improvement of Jeanne Jores Square are carried out in the city of Beziers. By June, 2018 it is planned to place on the square the big musical fountain with a water mirror of 350 m3 and the channel. Now engineering works on installation and debugging of the underground equipment are carried out. It is expected that after opening of the fountain Jeanne Jores Square will become one of favorite vacation places of citizens and Bezier's guests.

Winter farmers’ market

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Winter farmers’ market is opened in Des Moines at which food products of more than 130 local producers will be presented: meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, smoked and bakery products, honey, jams, wine and also products from greenhouses. Besides, buyers are able to get everything for decoration of the house and a holiday table. The farms presented at the Winter market also take active part in charity, having offered food for the needing population more than for 146 250 dollars.

Social programs for elderly in Zhenjiang

The municipal national government of Zhenjiang organizes a number of social programs on involvement of the elderly population to cultural life of the city. Inhabitants of the senior age can visit free of charge various creative dancing and vocal presentations, dressed-up opera statements. Many actors perform on streets or in parks; programs enjoy popularity and attract a keen interest of citizens.

Festival of outdoor advertizing

The Second festival of outdoor advertizing takes place in Erevan in which work representatives of the international largest advertizing agencies take part. The main objective of the festival is development of the sphere of outdoor advertizing by means of introduction of the international experience. Within the action there will be a number of master classes of representatives of the world famous companies, the creative competition of the best advertizing, winners will have an opportunity to realize the ideas. Awards will be presented in 7 nominations: creative approach, the best advertizing campaign, the best social advertizing, the best advertizing carrier, the best design of the advertizing carrier, unrealized advertizing company and the best adaptation.

Exhibition of the Chinese artist Liu Haisu

The Drops in the Ocean exhibition will take place in Beijing. It is devoted to magnificent landscapes of the Huangshan mountain chain, a UNESCO world heritage site, poets and artists have been admiring its beauty during many hundreds of years. 28 pictures of the native of the city of Changzhou the known Chinese artist Liu Haisu (1896-1994) are also presented at the exhibition. These mountains inspired the outstanding artist, tens of times he represented them on his pictures, combining classical Chinese traditions of painting with the European achievements and techniques.


Competitive selection of the best athletes of the city of Pazardzhik

The annual traditional selection of ten best athletes of the city takes place in Pazardzhik. Questionnaires of participants – representatives of twenty five sports clubs of the city will be considered by the contest committee consisting of experts and journalists in the field of sport. When summing up individual achievements of the athlete, his participation and awards in the international, European and national competitions will be considered. Winners will be marked out by diplomas and gift money. Also the best trainer of the twin-city following the results of 2017 will be defined.

International tournament on rhythmic gymnastics

During the period from November 11 to November 12 of this year the VІІІ international tournament on rhythmic gymnastics took place in the city of Pazardzhik. Competitions are held since 2004, the organizer is the mayor's office of Pazardzhik. This year twenty sports clubs of Bulgaria and Italy participated in this tournament. The representatives of Dilyana sports club of the sister city successfully acted and won nine gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.

An exhibition of a sculpture of Rodin "Thinker" in Bezier

In the hall of city administration of Bezier Rodin's sculpture "Thinker" is exposed for a public attention. This authentic work, acquired by Bezier's mayor's office in 1900, has been created in studio of the world famous sculptor and carries a personal brand of Rodin.

Long time the sculpture was in school of the fine arts of the city of Bezier and served as a model to the beginning artists. "Thinker" has 71 cm in height. For comparison: the well-known sculpture in Rodin's museum in Paris has 90 cm in height.

Fifth annual forum on problems of variety and social equality

In Des Moines the Fifth annual forum devoted to issues of variety and social equality took place on November 16 this year. Within the forum problems of integration of inhabitants of the region, granting equal opportunities for adaptation in the society of various representatives of the population, business starting and also career development of talented youth were considered. Discussion of ways of involvement of organizations and institutions to the solution of problems in this sphere became the key moment.

City festival of folk arts and crafts

In Zhenjiang the annual city festival of folk arts and crafts was held. Within the festival the audience could estimate the best programs of amateur collectives. 29 musical and 24 dancing numbers, 27 theatrical performances were submitted on city stages in the largest parks and Zhenjiang's squares.

New shopping center in Erevan

In Yerevan a new shopping center "RIO" was opened entering into the largest Russian network of shopping centers of the same name. At a ceremony there was a President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and the mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan. The cost of the investment program for construction of three-storey shopping center with a total area of 24000 sq.m. made 40 million US dollars. In the RIO center about 500 jobs will be created.

Joint aminoglycoside antibiotics research laboratory

In November FangYuan pharmaceutical company and Shanghai Jiaotong university signed the Agreement on creation in of Changzhou of a joint research laboratory on aminoglycoside antibiotics which are widely used in treatment. The laboratory will specialize on creation of new forms of drugs and carrying out basic researches. FangYuan company spends 8-10% of annual profit for development of the latest medical medicines of new generation.


Participation in the International tournament on swimming "PHILIPPIA"

During the period from November 04 to 05, 2017, the international tournament on swimming “PHILIPPIA’ was held in the city of Kavala (Greece). More than 400 children aged from 8 up to 11 years participated in the competitions. Representatives of sports club “Champion” of the city of Pazardzhik had a great success. Young swimmers won nine prizes: three gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Representatives of sports club “Champion” of the sister city will also take part in the National championship of Bulgaria in swimming which will take place at the end of November this year.

Educational programs at Institute of technology of Bezier

The institute of technology of the city of Bezier as a part of a network of educational institutions of the university of Montpellier realizes among other the training programs for the innovative directions “Multimedia and Internet” and also “Telecommunication networks”. In the nearest future at the institute an opening of “the hall of virtual reality” is supposed which will allow various scientific researches.
Training at Institute of technology of Bezier is carried out by an original technique other than classical education. This technique allows students to establish close interaction with manufacturing enterprises from first years of training and further significantly facilitates their employment after obtaining diplomas

Innovative medical clinic in physical therapy in Des Moines

An innovative medical clinic of a leading company in the sphere of physical therapy “ATI Physical Therapy” was opened in Des Moines. The clinic specializes in providing medical services in the sphere of physical therapy, therapeutic exercises and recovery medicine. The personal plans of treatment assuming manual therapy, therapeutic treatment, sports occupations, adaptation of cardiovascular system, and treatment by ultrasound and electrical stimulation will be developed for patients. The ATI Physical Therapy company is known for the high rates and exclusive results on health recovery of patients.

The 15th city sports game in Zhenjiang

Zhenjiang municipal national city government attaches particular importance to development of mass sport and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The official opening of the 15th city sports game was held on November, 05 this year. The mayor of Zhenjiang Mr. Zhang Yefei addressed to participants with a welcoming speech. The competitions are held on several sports for professional teams. Inhabitants and city visitors participate with pleasure in games and encourage sportsmen.

Meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in the Republic of Armenia

A welcome meeting of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in the Republic of Armenia Johnathan Lakot was organized in city administration of Yerevan. The mayor of Erevan congratulated the ambassador on the beginning of diplomatic mission in Armenia and expressed confidence in further expansion of friendly intermunisipal relations. In his speech of response Johnathan Lakot expressed gratitude for congratulations and readiness for cooperation and promotion of all programs and initiatives of strengthening and deepening of bilateral ties.

Taiwan youth forum in Changzhou

The Taiwan youth forum on support of innovations and business activity took place in Changzhou. Within the forum agreements on many-sided cooperation between Changzhou's universities and higher educational institutions of the island of Taiwan were signed. It was noted that more than 100 young Taiwan businessmen worked in the city of Changzhou and there were more than 50 Taiwan enterprises. Confidence in expansion of cooperation in education, cultures and talent pool to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results was expressed during the forum.


Celebration of the Day of national enlighteners

Annually on November 1 in Bulgaria the Day of national enlighteners – participants of liberation movement from an Ottoman yoke is celebrated.
This day with the assistance of Pazardzhik city administration festive events were held. The torch procession was organized, participants carried portraits of the Bulgarian national heroes on the main streets of the sister city, laid flowers at a monument of the writer and historian, social and political, state and diplomatic figure Konstantin Velichkov. In end the gala concert was held.

National award in the sphere of development of the downtown of the cities of France

In October, 2017 the city of Bezier received the national award "for implementation of the construction project and updating of city heritage" in the downtown. This award for the best practices in the field of development of the central parts of the cities of France is presented by the competent juries consisting of experts in the field of town planning, representatives of local governments and recognized press.
Today citizens and Bezier's guests note carefully restored facades of buildings and city spaces, thought carefully over and updated public transport stops, many new shops.

Ranking the Best Place for Business and Careers

According to the information and analytical magazine "Forbes" Des Moines takes the fifth place as the best place for development of business and careers (October, 2017). 200 largest cities of the USA are compared on 14 indicators of business climate, such as employment rate of the population, necessary capitals for business starting, growth in incomes, quality of life, and education level of the working population.

Zhenjiang Youth Robot competition

Zhenjiang Youth Robot competition was organized by Zhenjiang municipal national government. More than 650 pupils of primary classes participated in the competition, projects were presented in several categories. Winners will take part in the World Cup in robotics among youth.

Yerevan development program for 2018-2022.

During the regular meeting of the Council of Elders of Yerevan the five-year program of Erevan development for 2018-2022 was approved. The main objective of the program is ensuring sustainable development of the capital of Armenia.
In the program particular importance is attached to providing the well-planned and convenient city environment both for residents of Yerevan, and for guests of the capital. In particular they discussed issues of creation of recreation grounds, increase in green areas, improvement domestic territories, external design of buildings, ensuring convenient and safe movement.

Visit of delegation of the Netherlands

In October of this year the city of Changzhou welcomed a delegation of the sister city of Tilburg, Netherlands. This year the cities celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning relations between Changzhou and Tilburg. Cooperation of the cities successfully develops in the sphere of economy, trade, cultures, tourism, logistics and other areas. The joint Aviation Science and Technology park China-Netherlands, opened in Changzhou in 2014, successfully works.
During stay members of the delegation examined work of local mass media, visited television and radio stations and also the government service center of Changzhou.


Historical exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

Within the celebration of the Day of Bulgarian enlighteners the Maintaining Cultural Values exhibition will be opened in the Regional historical museum of the city of Pazardzhik on November 01, 2017. Citizens of the sister city will be able to enjoy cultural and historical heritage of the Republic of Bulgaria, including pictures and icons, household items, jewelry, coins and weapon.

Sport achievements of the city of Pazardzhik

National competitions in rhythmic gymnastics were held in the city of Sofia (Republic of Bulgaria) during the period from October 21 to October 22 this year. More than 500 sportswomen participated in the event. Representatives of sports club "Dilyana Pryma" of the sister city of Pazardzhik were on a hot streak. Participants won six prize-winning medals: four gold, silver and bronze.

Days of a bullfight in Bezier

During the period from October 27 to October 29, 2017, Days of a bullfight will take place for the 35th time in the city of Bezier. Scientific and practical conferences, exhibitions of suits and weapon of the famous toreadors, concerts of dancers of flamenco are supposed in the program. In conclusion, within the city Feriya festival, "Bezier Queen" will be elected and the ceremony of an awarding the prizes to the participants of a bullfight among adults and juniors will be held.

Educational summit

The Educational summit devoted to the latest developments and introduction of the best practices in the pedagogical sphere will take place in Des Moines in November this year. Representatives of local authorities, public organizations and business communities, teachers and scientists will participate in the conference. During the forum issues of innovative approach to interaction of representatives of business communities and the educational sphere, involvement of employers to training, assistance to talented youth, and ensuring equality at education will be considered.

Holiday of Two Nine

Citizens of Zhenjiang are preparing for a traditional autumn Holiday of Two Nine which is celebrated in the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese traditional calendar. This day Chinese traditionally eat the five-layer pies decorated with the tag symbolizing a cornel and drink chrysanthemum tea (a cornel and a chrysanthemum are considered as the cleaning plants), esteem the olds. Special attention is paid to assistance to the senior generation. For this purpose the municipal national government of the sister city with volunteer organizations and educational institutions have developed a number of programs for social support of the elderly people assuming rendering medical, hairdresser's and other services.

Implementation of the strategic program "Yerevan — the Clever City"

The mayor's office of Yerevan, the VivaCell-MTS company and the Union of employers of information and communication technologies signed the tripartite memorandum of cooperation in implementation of the strategic program "Yerevan — the Clever City", according to which the mayor's office of Yerevan expressed readiness to promote development of hi-tech decisions in all spheres of urban governance and also to creation of innovative infrastructures with application information and telecommunication technologies.

Ninth China flower exhibition

The floristic companies of the city of Changzhou took prizes at the Ninth China flower exhibition in Yinchuan, Ningxia. The special prize and eight gold awards were awarded in the nominations: a bonsai, plant arrangements and potted flowers.
The first China flower exhibition was in 1987, at the moment it is one of the largest and most prestigious national events in the sphere of floristic and planting of China.


Opening of Pazardzhik’ art exhibition

The annual traditional exhibition of professional artists was opened in Pazardzhik’ Art gallery of G.Maschew on October 18, 2017. During the ceremony the mayor's office of Pazardzhik Community and representative office of Bulgaria artists union presented awards to authors for vigorous creative activity. It should be noted that date of opening of the exhibition is chosen not casually. October 18 is the day of remembrance of the Saint Apostle and Evangelist Luke, the first Christian icon painter.

Holiday of young wine in the city of Beziers

The holiday of young wine will be celebrated on October 22, 2017 in the sister-city of Beziers. It symbolizes the end of the vintage season. As part of the program of events, the city associations will hold a traditional carnival procession. The solemn ceremony of presenting grape bunches as a gift to the city authorities, as well as the festive mass and the blessing of the young wine in the cathedral of San Nazaire will be held. Representatives of the municipality of Beziers organize a tasting of new crop of this drink for residents and visitors of the city.

The forum in Des Moines

The business association "Greater Des Moines Partnership" announced a forum on public policy in the area of housing affordability on November 07. Representatives of the financial authorities of the state of Iowa, housing funds, universities and business circles and the public will participate in the event. Problems of affordable housing, as well as issues of mental health will be discussed at the forum.

Fair of agricultural products

A Fair of agricultural products of Jiangsu province was held from 15 to 17 October in the sister-city of Zhenjiang. More than 1,500 manufacturing companies, processing enterprises, agricultural cooperatives and farmers participated in the fair. The event aroused great interest of the residents and guests of the city who were able to see the wide assortment of products, and acquired the necessary at an affordable price.

International half marathon in Yerevan

A running competition – the international "Europe marathon" was held on 16 October with the assistance of Yerevan municipality and the Foundation "Repat Armenia". The purpose of the event is promotion of healthy lifestyle and promotion of sports tourism in the capital of Armenia. About 2,000 runners from 33 countries participated in the half marathon. Distance 5 km and 10 km were provided for beginners and runners with disabilities, and 1 km - for children. The experienced participants had to overcome the whole distance - 21.1 km

30th anniversary of sister city relations Changzhou and Takatsuki

A reception of the official delegation of the sister-city took place with regard to celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of sister city relations between the cities of Changzhou and Takatsuki (Japan). During the meeting the sides noted fruitful cooperation in the socio-cultural, educational, tourism and health spheres. They expressed mutual desire to strengthen economic and humanitarian cooperation in the framework of twinning between two cities, as well as joint implementation of some projects. Planting of trees was organized in the International garden of friendship of Changzhou in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of friendly relations with the Japanese city.

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