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Inspection services closed three beaches situated along the Ohrid Lake coastline.
"Most of beaches have met the criteria stipulated in the agreements concluded between the owners and the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, except three that were consequently closed today", said Mile Janakievski, the Minister of Transportation and Communication.
He added that tapes warning the swimmers that these beaches do not provide the prescribed conditions to be operational would be placed at their entrances.
Janakievski said that the inspections services will continue carrying out checks during the weekend, which will be followed by issuing of licenses as of Monday.
Transport Minister Janakievski met with his Albanian counterpart Sokol Dashi in Ohrid. The interlocutors discussed establishing a marine shipping line Ohrid-Pogradec and other infrastructure projects, as well as facilitation of the procedures for using of the Albanian port of Drac by the Macedonia businessmen.
Exhibition of paintings and graphics by Denis Tenev will be opened in the Macedonian Cultural Center in New York on Thursday evening. He will present 30 paintings, drawings, graphics and 25 front pages from weekly magazine “Puls”. Tenev’s painting technique is a combination of aquarelle, oil and pastille, which are then computer-developed. Thus, the author finds ways to combine classical techniques with computer possibilities.
Tenev graduated at the painting department within Skopje’s Faculty of Fine Arts, in the class of professor Simon Semov. He has been a member of the Macedonian Artists’ Association since 1998. Tenev has realized about ten solo exhibitions and has taken part at group displays in Macedonia and abroad.
MD: Have a look at the links below for more info on the exhibit and the Gallery MC
The Municipality of Ohrid, Macedonia and the Puglia Region, Italy, will establish cooperation in the fields spanning economy, tourism and ecology.
This was agreed at a meeting between representatives of the local self-government and of the Puglia Region, which took place in Ohrid today.
The Italian delegation, including numerous businessmen and led by the Governor of the Puglia Region, Nicola Vendola, arrived in Macedonia upon invitation of the President Branko Crvenkovski. After the meeting, the Mayor of Ohrid, Aleksandar Petreski, said that representatives of the business communities of Ohrid and of Puglia are due to gather in Bari next fall to work out details on the future cooperation.
After the official part of the visit, Vendola was taken on a sightseeing tour around Ohrid. The Italians were fascinated by the town's natural beauties as well as by the abundance of historical monuments, concluding that it has an enormous tourist potential.
Nicola Vendola, who attended the opening of the 47th edition of the cultural manifestation "Ohrid Summer", will wrap up visit to Ohrid after the working lunch staged by the President Crvenkovski.
President George W. Bush has announced his intent to nominate Nortel(1) (TSX: NT)(NYSE: NT) President and CEO Mike Zafirovski to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).
In its advisory role to the president, the NSTAC provides industry-based analysis and recommendations on a wide range of policy and technical issues related to telecommunications, information systems, information assurance, infrastructure protection, and other national security and emergency preparedness concerns. As a presidential appointee to NSTAC, Zafirovski would serve as a resource for the President and his national security team in efforts to safeguard critical U.S. infrastructure and telecommunications networks.
In this capacity, Zafirovski would participate in discussions on a broad range of policy and technical issues related to telecommunications, critical infrastructure protection, homeland security, and other security concerns. "I am very proud of this honor, and look forward to contributing to this important committee and serving the President during what will be a critical new era for technology and communications," said Zafirovski. "The rate of technology innovation promises to surpass that of any other time in recent history. We are entering a hyperconnected era that will not only transform the way people interact, but enable work, education and social interaction across all corners of the planet." As President and CEO of Nortel, Zafirovski is building on the Company's strength in networking innovation to deliver new technologies that enable new levels of personalization, security and mobility to communications.
Zafirovski, 53, is a 30-year business veteran with global management experience at Motorola and General Electric. He also serves on the board of directors of Boeing. An active member of civic and business communities, Zafirovski serves on numerous professional, educational and non-profit business organizations, including The Economic Club of Chicago, Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Duke University Parent's Board, The Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Macedonian Arts Council. A native of Macedonia, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2004.
MD:Bravo to Mr.Zafirovski! He made it very far. Thanks to MD Spotter, Tom Dimovski for this one!
A total of 2.258 objects have been illegally constructed in Macedonia in 2006, State Statistical Office said.
According to data from the State Bureau of Statistics, apartment buildings (907) make up 40.2% of the illegally constructed objects. There are 648 illegally constructed annexes or 28.7%; 275 garages or 12.2%; 228 fences or 10.1%; 179 balconies or 7.9% and 21 stairways or 0.9%.
The vast majority of illegally constructed buildings - 509 or 56.1% account for strictly residential buildings; 86 or 9.5% mainly residential buildings; 283 or 31.2% account for office premises, and 29 or 3.2% account for recreation facilities.
Most illegally constructed objects have been reported in Skopje's municipality of Cair - 181 objects - which make up 8.0% of the total number of illegally constructed objects. Second ranked is the municipality of Karpos with 159 or 7.0%, Ohrid 0 145 or 6.4%; Radovis - 116 or 5.1%; Kisela Voda - 113 or 5.0%.
Archaeological research at Skopje Fortress can be followed daily on the Internet. Although parts of website www.skopskokale.com.mk are still being developed, visitors can read the basic information on the history of the Skopje Fortress.
Ongoing research is presented from the start up to March 15. Latest findings are presented by sectors, each illustrated with several photographs. Archaeologist Dragi Mitrevski, who is the research manager, said;
“Research at Skopje Fortress has resulted in the necessity for a website. Due to the large media, public and scientific interest, everyone can follow the course of the archeological research, along with the most significant findings”. This is the first archaeological excavation in Macedonia that is being followed on the Internet.
Corridor 8 is of special mutual interest of Macedonia and the Italian region of Puglia, and there are also possibilities for cooperation in the fields of technology and innovations.
Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski and the Governor of Puglia Region, Nicola Vendola, shared this position at today's meeting in Skopje, government's press service announced.
Puglia Region strives to become an official promoter of the Corridor 8 project, as the investments in the infrastructure and transportation in Puglia are aimed at stepping up the communication and cooperation with the Balkan's countries, Vendola said.
Gruevski and Vendola agreed for elaboration of Macedonia-Puglia Region joint projects that would be put forward before the EU institutions for support.
Governor Vendola is also leading a business delegation that seeks to effectuate the cooperation with Macedonia in many areas.
Not a single Greek official is willing to see the expansionism of its own country while pushing the thesis of "Skopje's expansionists propaganda".
The publication of the "Historic Map of Greece (1920)", which shows parts of Turkey and Albania as Greek territories and uses Greek toponyms for the territory of the Republic of Macedonia, makes this fact obvious, announced "Rainbow" - the political party of the Macedonian minority living in Greece .
The Greek state is printing "a historical map that advocates expansionism toward the neighboring countries" and then accuses Macedonia of expansionism, Rainbow's announcement says.
The party of the Macedonians living in Greece is wondering "How will the Greek diplomats convince any interlocutor that their country is committed to the region's stability by bringing forward the long-standing dubious argument that 'the expansionists policies of our neighbors (suggesting to Macedonia)' are not contributing to achieve this goal, when such a map is published upon initiative of the Greek parliament and under supervision of the Military Geographical Office?"
The map has been published and continuously distributed to the Greece's state insitutions since 2000
The Italian government will financially assist antique sites such as; Stobi, Skupi and Heraklea Linkestis. A total of Euro 3 million are envisaged for these archaeological sites.
“Euro 420,000 will be allocated in 2007. Italian representatives have told us they would help us in the archaeological sector. According to the project, there won’t be any new research or excavations, but a presentation of what has already been found in Heraklea Linkestis”, said Tuesday director of Bitola Bureau and Museum Zoran Nikolovski.
He added that special means would be allocated for the sites’ security, paths and signs, as well as illumination of mosaics and other valuable details at Heraklea.
MD: Macedonia has formed an excellent cooperation with Italy in archeology since the finding of the tomb of the last Macedonian king Perseus in Italy.
TOURIST AGENCIES MARK DROP IN BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS
The number of tourist agencies' travel arrangements is marking a slight drop compared to the previous years.
According to the Macedonian Association of Tourist Agencies (ATAM), there are several reasons for such a negative trend, including placing unreliable information by the media for unfulfilled obligations on the side of the agencies.
ATAM explains that an unsatisfied customer should report the complaint to the tour operator or the agency's representative on the spot. In the case the problem remains unsolved, a record containing details on the damage inflicted to the customer is being composed and forwarded to the agency that is bind to provide the client with response within 14 days.
The Association urges the media to restrain from conveying suspicious citizens' information until this procedure is completed, because it might cause a grave damage to the agencies.
According to Stevan Peshevski, a member of ATAM's Steering Board, the number of booked traveling arrangements dropped because of the extensive indebtness of the citizens, i.e. raising of bank loans on massive scale over the past period.
MD: The Association urges the media to restrain from conveying suspicious citizens' information until this procedure is completed, because, as said, it might cause a grave damage to the agencies.
Greece has abruptly recalled its Ambassador to Macedonia, Mrs. Theodora Grosomanidou, upon an executive order signed by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.
Last week, the Greek Foreign Ministry summoned Her Excellency Grosomanidou in Athens to clarify her statement for The Financial Times, regarding name dispute between Macedonia and Greece. She was quoted as saying that Greece has to face the new reality, as its neighbor has been recognized under its constitutional name - Macedonia - by more than half of the members of the UN.
According to Ta Nea online newspaper, Bakoyannis was angry at Grosomanidou for giving the interview without asking the Greek government for permission. The same source says the news article was paid by Macedonian government amid its advertising and propaganda campaign.
MD: Mrs Grosomanidou, according to Ta Nea, will be replaced by Greek Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Alexandra Papadopoulou.
A ceremonious opening of the first certified refinery engaged in production of biofuels in Macedonia has been announced for Thursday noon.
Makpetrol's biorefinery, located in the Skopje's nearby Ilinden Municipality, will have a production capacity of 30.000 tons a year.
As many as 20 employees are already working in the fully automated refinery. The biofuels produced in the facility is in compliance with the Macedonian and world standard EN 14214, which allows for mixing with the fossil diesel fuel.
MD: According to Makpetrol, 8 million euros out of the 12 million euros of total investment have been used for the equipment and machinery employed in the production process.
Italian municipality Recanati has allocated international literary award "Conca D'Argento" to Macedonian author Boris Visinski at the manifestation on occasion of the 207th anniversary from the birth of Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.
"In a century of changes and wars, as well as divisions of nations, Boris Visinski's work is a testimony with the sharpness of its literary expression about the fear of generations, who strive at the Balkans to preserve their historic values and identity.
Italian translations of the Macedonian writer urge the reader to take part in the deep disturbances of characters and events that occurred in his neighborhood", reads the rationale of the jury.
45% OF MACEDONIAN PEOPLE TO SPEND HOLIDAY IN OHRID
Half of the Macedonian people plan to spend their holiday in Ohrid, according to a survey of Macedonian radio Kanal 77.
44.4% of the Macedonians have said Ohrid when asked where they would spend their summer holidays. 18.5% prefer to go abroad and not on the Balkan Peninsula, 11.5% will go to Greece and Croatia, 7.4% - to Montenegro, only 3.7% - to Bulgaria and Turkey.
MD: Ohrid is already very full for this time of the season, and it will get more visits at the end of July and beginning of August.
Bulgaria’s Karlovo should join the association of Balkan towns with historical value, Macedonia’s Ohrid Mayor Aleksandar Petreski will propose at the association’s next meeting, it turned out during Sunday’s talks between Mr. Petreski and Karlovo Mayor Emil Kabaivanov that were held in Ohrid, a journalist of FOCUS News Agency reported. The two agreed on a few joint projects in the field of culture, art, education and tourism.
This year Ohrid ensembles will visit Karlovo and Karlovo’s mummer’s groups and folklore ensembles will visit Ohrid in early September and on December 8 for Ohrid’s holiday.
MD: Karlovo Mayor made a special invitation to Aleksandar Petreski to take part in national holidays on occasion of 170th anniversary of Bulgarian national hero Levski’s birth that will be marked on July 18.
Archaeological excavations at Ohrid’s Plaosnik are ongoing. Project manager Vera Bitrakova-Grozdanova says that the team has found items and cultural layers showing that a settlement had existed at the place from the second millennium, which makes Lihnida (Ohrid) one of the oldest towns on the Balkans. Items and buildings have been found, which refer that Lihnida was defined as an organized settlement in the fifth century B.C.
The figure of Dedalus from the second century B.C. was excavated together with bronze figures of Dionysius and Medusa. A number of ceramic items and coins have been found in Plaosnik, dating before the new epoch up to the 19th century.
Experts will work at the site up to the end of September, researching and looking for archaeology from the time of St. Kliment, thus making room for the future building – the reconstructed St. Kliment University.
MD: There are new things found everyday, from Alexander the Great and Macedonian sun artifacts, to statues of ancient gods. Who knows what else is lying in Macedonian soil.
In the following six months, Portugal will work intensively to create maximal political and economic conditions for new pace of the activities for Macedonia's integration to the European Union (EU).The chief of Portugal diplomacy Luis Amado said this on the joint press conference with his Macedonian colleague Antonio Milososki, late Friday in Skopje, explaining the reason for his official visit to Macedonia, Makfax informed.
When asked what are the chances Macedonia to start negotiations with the EU during the Portugal's presidency, Amado said that "our political will is to go as fast as possible, if the conditions, reforms and criteria are fulfilled."
"We must stabilize this region as soon as possible and every step forward is important, which will also depend on the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the European Commission", said Amado.
French Ambassador to Macedonia Bernard Valero took part Wednesday at the three-day regional meeting on audio-visual cooperation at mountain Pelister near Bitola. According to Ambassador Valero, the gathering is held as a result of the intensive cooperation and assistance provided by France in this sector, as well as investments in the Macedonian Radio-Television (MRTV) Parliament Channel, opening of a higher film school in Skopje, along with the due opening of a French-Macedonian company for film music production.
"We will promote the new mixed company on Saturday, i.e. the French-Macedonian enterprise for film music production. It will be located in the MRTV building, using the institution's studios", stressed Valero.
Regarding the three-day stay in Bitola, Regional Attache for Audio-Visual Cooperation in the Balkans Pierre Emmanuel Pessemier emphasized that largest attention was given to current state in Macedonia.
"We registered progress in this field, but also good ground for future cooperation. Therefore, we will intensify the presence of our operators", underlined Pessemier. The meeting was attended by about 30 representatives on audio-visual cooperation, who are actively working in Belgrade, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Athens, Sofia and Budapest.
MD: The initiative comes from private investors, who have analysed the necessity for such project in Macedonia.
A prehistoric settlement will be constructed as a water museum at site Gradiste in Ohrid. The project for construction of a water prehistoric museum will last for two years. This year will be marked by the preparation of the wood intended for the settlement’s building.
“This museum will be a reflection of bronze times”, says project coordinator Pasko Kuzman.
According to him, the surrounding hill includes remains from a Roman fortress. “Following its clearance, tourists can relate Roman and Bronze times in one place”, says Kuzman, adding that the project should be completed by the end of 2008.
MD: This is an interesting project, we are looking forward to see it being realized.
The street illumination in Skopje was shut off for half an hour, as a warning from the electricity company EVN to city authorities to pay the pending debt of 2 million Euros.
City authorities and the Government again failed to reach an agreement on Thursday on who should pay the debt.
The Mayor or Skopje, Trifun Kostovski, announced that he will not allow the city to pay even one Denar for the street illumination debt, because the money the city was supposed to receive for that purpose ended up in municipalities.
On the other hand, the Minister of Finance Trajko Slavevski said Skopje's mayor should fix the communication between the city and its municipalities.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNDP's Associate Administrator Ad Melkert will pay a two-day visit to Macedonia on 6-7 July.
The main objective of his visit is to familiarize with the challenges and opportunities of Macedonia in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and with the work of UNDP to that effect in cooperation with the Government and other partners.
During his stay in the country, Under-Secretary-General Melkert will meet with President Branko Crvenkovski, Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Stavrevski and Foreign Minister Antonio Miloshoski. Melkert will also meet other figures in order to get familiar with the diverse development perspectives of the country, to the progress of which UNDP assistance has contributed.
In the frames of this visit, the Under Secretary-General will also visit several municipalities in order to get familiar with the process of decentralization which is one of the key elements for democratization of the country, says the press release from UNDP.
MD: The second Dutchman on a high position who is visiting Macedonia, after Jaap de Hoop Scheffer last week.
Kumanovo is facing the possibility to remain without drinking water, after the valves on the Lipkovo Lake were closed late Tuesday.
This was reported by Makfax correspondent, citing sources in the local Water Management Company.
According to them, during the night, unknown perpetrators have completely damaged the valves of the lake which supplies the city with drinking water.
Units of Water Company Kumanovo are present on the spot since early morning in the municipality of Lipkovo and work on fixing the damage.
Employees of the company warn that the water from the Lipkovo Lake is being released without control, and farmers from the nearby villages use it for watering their crops.
All relevant factors from the municipality of Kumanovo went to talks this morning with the local self-government of Lipkovo municipality.
Regarding the situation, the manager of the Water Company Kumanovo, Vanco Petkovski, denied the information of cutting the water from Lipkovo Lake and claims that the problem is in reduced flow of water
IPI: GREECE BREACHES THE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES TO BE INFORMED
The new draft bill on media in Greece prevents the regional media economic development, and prevents minority groups from access to information.
This, among other, is said in the protest letter of the global organization for freedom of press - International Press Institute (IPI) from Vienna sent on Wednesday to the president of Greek Parliament Ana Benaki-Psarouda.
The draft bill "Concentration and licensing of media organizations and other provisions", that is in parliamentary procedure, envisages the owners of radio stations that broadcast news to leave a deposit - a guarantee - of 100.000 Euros, while for stations that broadcast music, this amount is 60 thousand Euros.
The proposed bill also binds the radio stations to have 24 hours of programme, regardless whether the station broadcasts information or something else.
"This is destimulating for smaller media that try to produce limited, but essential programme for the regional minorities", IPI reacts.
According to the organization, this perception is strengthened by the additional limitation for the minorities with the provision that main language during the broadcast must be the Greek language.
"IPI considers that with this, the Greek Government acts contrary to the obligations from the International Agreement for Civil and Political Issues, in connection with support of the minority rights", is said in the letter.
MD: The organization announced that the protest letter would be sent to all relevant international institutions, such as the Council of Europe, OSCE and UNESCO.
VLADO JANEVSKI TO SPREAD MACEDONIAN CULTURE IN CROATIA
Singer Vlado Janevski was officially declared Sunday Macedonia’s Ambassador of Culture in Croatia. Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski presented the honorary title to Janevski.
This title is bestowed to most renowned Macedonian artists. It does not include a diplomatic status or financial compensation, but a patriotic mission for promotion of Macedonian culture before the global public.
MD: Director Milco Mancevski (New York) and drama author Goran Stefanovski (London) previously also received such titles..
Macedonian Australian football club, Preston Lions played the Fawkner blues which ended in a 1-1 draw this weekend. Preston had taken the lead in only the 2nd minute of the match as veteran striker Johnny Sapazovski's strike from just outside the area rocketed into the bottom corner of the Blues goal.
With the half drawing to a close, Carl Recchia - who is currently trialling with Adelaide United in the A-League - struck just wide after some neat build up work by Robert Bresciano in the Blues midfield
With only stoppage time remaining Tilovski saved the day for Fawkner as Arsovski cut in from the right wing and his strike was goal bound but Tilovski denied the Lions playmaker and ensured his side got a well earned draw.
Next Sunday the Lions will take on fellow Macedonians, Altona Magic FC in round 18 of the Foxtel Cup.
MD: Too bad for the draw but the Lions are still on top with 31 on the Foxtel Cup table. The lionesses however suffered an unlucky loss against Sandringham
Reasons and advantages for investing in Macedonia were presented in front of the business community of Italy by high Macedonian government officials.
Macedonian government team, led by vice-president Zoran Stavrevski, talked in Bari about the accelerated economic reforms, as well as on everything that is offered as advantage for investment, reported the state television.
On the first session Stavrevski talked about recent reforms, which started to move the economy and contributed towards the growth of GDP. He also made a presentation about government reforms and the project of regulatory guillotine.
On the morning session also spoke minister of economy Vera Rafajlovska and of transport, Mile Janakievski, as well as the director of the Agency for Investments, Victor Mizo.
The promotion continues late Monday with its second session, when Macedonian prime minister will have an address. The session is of open type, more than 200 guests are expected, and also there was interest from Italian media.
NATO chief Jaap De Hoop Scheffer send a message to Macedonia that the country had still more obligations to fulfill before it is granted a membership in NATO symbolically describing the process as a marathon that has to be run all the way through.
"You have done a lot until now, but there is still work to do. When you're running a marathon, the first stage is always easier than the last. One should focus and avoid making mistakes before reaching the finish line. The same goes for the process", Scheffer said at today's press conference in Ohrid.
He enumerated the judicial reforms, equal representation, religious freedoms and normalizing the government-opposition dialogue as the main tasks, Makfax's correspondent reported.
"My message to you is that there is lot of legislation that needs to be implemented, and the decision will be made on the basis of the achieved results", NATO chief said.
Asked by a journalist how he feels in the EAPS Forum host-country and why he is dodging to spell out its constitutional name, Scheffer said that that issue is out of NATO's field of interest.
"At the moment, there is a formal situation relating the name of your country, but that issue is out of NATO's competence. I personally hope that the involved parties will work out a solution to the problem, however, I cannot change a formal situation", Scheffer