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Early Christian Basilica found during construction work on new Stip – Kocani road

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An early Christian era basilica was found during construction work on the new Stip – Kocani express way.
The find was made near the village of Ziganci, and experts from the Stip museum have begun work to locate and preserve the valuable finds.
We have an extensive record of archaeological finds dating to the same period in this area, and we hope that we have uncovered a larger complex, said Mitko Sterjov from the Stip museum.
According to Sterjov, the find should not delay construction given that the crews can relocate on the other side of the planned route, and excavations could be finished by the time they reach Ziganci again, but a slight change in the route is possible.
GERMAN/DEUTSCH

Macedonia declares measles epidemic

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Macedonia’s Health Ministry Commission for Infectious Diseases declared on Tuesday a measles epidemic on the whole territory of the country.
According to Vladimir Mikikj, an epidemiologist with the Commission, the decision was made in order to control and prevent the further spread of measles, decrease the number of new infections and also prevent severe forms of this disease.
Talking about some of the new measures, Mikikj said, unvaccinated children would not be admitted to kindergartens, and the vaccination age is to be lowered from 12 to 6 months.
“At the moment, more than 70 children are hospitalized and seven are in critical condition,” said Mikikj, adding that hospital visits are banned to prevent new infections in hospital conditions.
Since the onset of the epidemic in the capital Skopje in December 2018, a total of 961 measles cases have been registered in Macedonia.
Official data from the Institute of Public Health showed that during last week more than 60 percent of the cas…

Macedonian president opens Ohrid conference, refers to Prespa Agreement

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President Gjorge Ivanov opened Thursday a conference organized by the National Committee on Byzantine and Medieval Studies titled “The Samuel State – 1,000 Years later”, making a parallel between the circumstances that had led to the collapse of the Samuel empire and the current developments in Macedonia.

“A millennium ago, the Samuel state had faced similar challenges as the contemporary Macedonian state. Those challenges include denial, non-recognition, blocks, isolation, erroneous naming. It is up to us to maintain the academic freedom or leave a censored and falsified history to future generations,” said President Ivanov.
He said the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM) was a sprout from the same root that produced the Samuel state, with attempts made to graft another sprout to it.
“This alien sprout is the Prespa Agreement. Article 8, Point 5 of the agreement envisages the establishment of a Joint Inter-Disciplinary Committee of Experts on histo…

Skopje hosts 1st Macedonian E-commerce Conference

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The first annual Macedonian E-commerce Conference will be held Friday organised by the Macedonian e-Commerce Association.
President of Macedonian e-Commerce Association Nina Angelovska will give welcome speech, while Damjan Mancevski, Minister for Information Society and Administration and Jovan Despotovski, Director of Fund for Innovation and Technology Development, will deliver opening keynotes at the event.
Under the theme “eCommerce: The eFuture for eMacedonia!” the conference will tackle four main subjects: Development, Payments, Delivery and Marketing. The event is aiming to bring the key stakeholders in one place to connect, meet and share knowledge and experience.
DEUTSCH

Mobile phone mostly used to access Internet in Macedonia

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In Macedonia 79.3% of the households had access to the Internet at home in the first quarter of 2018. According to the data of the State Statistical Office, the participation of households with Fixed broadband connection in the total number of households is 70.4% in 2018.
In the first quarter of 2018, 79.2%% of the total population aged 15-74 used the Internet, and 68.7% used the Internet every day or almost every day.
Mobile phone or a smart phone was the most used device for access to the Internet, by 81% of Internet users in this period, and mostly among persons aged 15-24 (91.8%).
74.9% of the people used computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets or other portable devices at work. 31.6% of the people who used the Internet ordered/purchased goods or services over the internet in the last 12 months, and the majority of them (54.9%) bought clothes or sports equipment.
DEUTSCH

Greek MOFA secret funds financed Macedonian, Albanian media says Greek news portal

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Nearly one million euros from the secret funds of the Greek Foreign Ministry has been used to finance media outlets in Macedonia and Albania and as financial support for Orthodox Christian churches, according to reports published by Greece’s iefimerida news portal.
The text prompted a reaction from the PM’s office, MIA reports from Athens also citing reports of the Efimerida ton sindakton newspaper that the prosecution has ordered investigation into how and who leaked the confidential information.
iefimerida writes that the information dates to October 10, the last time the Greek Parliament was informed about the secret funds, in fact one week before outgoing FM Nikos Kotzias and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos fell out.
“Information reveal that the sealed document sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had three codes, and the total amount put at a disposal was close to EUR 1.000.000. The first code referred to money distributed to media outlets in Albania. The second code referred…

World Bank: Macedonia’s public debt is expected to reach 50 percent this year

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Macedonia’s economy recovered significantly since 2017 and positive movements are emerging supported by private investments and consumption. Growth this year is projected at 2.5 percent, next year at 2.9 percent and at 3.2 percent in 2020. These projections can be affected by interruption of the reform process by election cycles and failure to realize fiscal consolidation.

This is the assessment of the World Bank in its Regular Economic Report for the Western Balkans, presented Thursday in Skopje.
Macedonia made the biggest progress of all six Western Balkan countries, according to Marco Mantovanelli, World Bank Country Manager. Gradual growth is expected by 2020, however projections are based on acceleration of the EU accession process and the reform momentum. The World Bank follows developments and it will be taken into account in upcoming projections, it was noted.
If there is political instability and insecurity, Mantovanelli said, if it has a minimal impact, accompanied by an ac…

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