Lots of TV stations, empty TV screens

Political establishment and their trends for total control over the media for realization of greater political influence are the main culprits for continued destruction of television industry in Macedonia, believe television business experts in the country. “Not to agree with Sitel and A1, in 2004 SDSM government let three other TV stations to broadcast a signal on the whole territory, Kanal 5, Telma and Alsat M. When VMRO came to power, however, they began to spend enormous money in A1 and Sitel. When they saw that A1 is out of their control, they began to spend money on Kanal 5”, says Viktor Grozdanov, former director of the Association of Private Electronic Media in Macedonia. Inbox7 analysis brought to light another problem – we have too many national commercial TV stations that are broadcasted terrestrially (via repeaters).      ...

Pollution does not stop, every year 4,500 new cancer cases!

Middle-aged Vera Tushevska daily goes shopping in the small improvised market with a view of the former giant industrial complex Zelezara, where ore used to be melted, but today, she says, they do not know what is produced. She has been living in this settlement since 1973, but there has never been so much stink as now. “There used to be smoke, but it did not stink. We knew that ore was melted in Zelezara. Now we neither know who works in Zelezara, nor what is melted. The only thing we know is that we feel a burning sensation in the eyes and throat, coughing … says the resident of Zelezara, where citizens gathered last summer to protest against the enormous pollution from the circle of the complex and they received assurances by the plant “Makstil” that they would...

The state renovates offices with money from the companies?!

The adaptation of the premises of the local unit of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management in Kocani has been paid by the state. At the same time officials in charge of this regional office asked for additional money from businesses to pay for the reconstruction of the premises. Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia came to the document that employees of the local unit in Kocani used in the companies asking them to pay money to the Kocani company. The companies submitted the document, but with a covered name and address, visibly annoyed and scared. The reason for this is fear of retaliation by state institutions. “There was not such collection of taxes even in Turkish times. I do not know how to define this, as a blackmail, racket or begging. Who takes the money, where they...

The zone of economic deceit

  By Xhelal NEZIRI   Placed before a record number of unemployed, i.e. more than 30% at a national level, Macedonia has not yet found ways to attract foreign capital. The technological and industrial development zones, which offer to investors numerous tax alleviations, are part of the strategy for rapid development whose aim is the economic recovery of the country. The decision made by the Government in 2007 with regard to the establishment of a Free Economic Zone in Tetovo, relived the hopes for mitigation of unemployment in this part of the country. Following the successfulness of the first free economic zone in 2000 near Skopje, the one planned for Tetovo was the fourth on the list. Spread on 95 hectares of land, this zone has a very attractive position, since it is situated in the crossroads of Corridors...

MYSTERIOUS” CANALS OF DECENNIAL ABUSES

author: Gëzim Sulejmani   The construction of the water supply system in Tetovo has already become a synonym of impossibility for all the governments in the last 18 years of transition as well as for local selfgovernment authorities. Every government and local self-government structure has experienced the bitter taste of impossibility, regardless of the fact that there have been financial means allocated several times to this project, which, have unfortunately ended up in unknown hands. The problem with water supply in Tetovo dates back long time ago. The project for the construction of the water supply system plans to include the Cold Water waters and the water from the Shkumbini River. According to this project, it is estimated that about 200 liters of water per second will be collected, which would meet the needs of the whole population in...

Kidney patients get hepatitis in hospital

author: Jasmina Jovanovska   Kidney patients become infected with Hepatitis C on dialysis. Both patients and nephrologists confirm this and they locate the reason in non implementation of the standards for safe dialysis in practice, as well as in the fact that in the state no one properly controls the safety of dialysis patients. Economic analysts say that dialysis is carried out in substandard conditions due to the fact that the centers do not have enough money for dialysis and the one they receive is not spent as intended. The data from the dialysis centers about patients infected with Hepatitis C are striking. In the civic association of patients with kidneys diseases “Nefron”, they say that there are centers where the infection is present within 30 per cent of the patients, but there are also centers where more than...

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