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THE MACEDONIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS AGENCY March 29, 2017, Issue 749
 
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Today's Quote

"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming." Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973).read

 
Finance 
Macedonian Banks Will be Able to Use TARGET2 System

­ Macedonian banks that have the right to handle payments abroad and have accounts in the MIPS Macedonian Inter-­banking Payments System, will be able to make euro payments through Europe's TARGET2 system. read

 
Industry 
Statistics: Industrial Producer Prices Higher

­ According to the State Statistical Office data, in February 2017, the Industrial producer prices on the domestic market increased by 1.read

 
 
TOP NEWS 

MNT: A SUSPICIOUS PERSON TO BE PERFORMED FOR 150TH TIME

On the eve of its 72nd anniversary, the Macedonian National Theater (MNT) this coming Saturday is organizing a birthday marathon of plays, including Siljan the Stork Shanca, Life is Beautiful and A Suspicious Person. In fact, the 150th performance of A Suspicious Person will take place on the birthday of the national theater, which falls on April 3.

A Suspicious Person by Branislav Nusic, directed by Sinisa Evtimov for MNT, is a cult play, MNT director Dejan Projkovski told a news conference Tuesday in Skopje. 55,700 theater­goers have seen the play since being premiered in 2007. read more


FINANCE 

MACEDONIAN BANKS WILL BE ABLE TO USE TARGET2 SYSTEM

­ Macedonian banks that have the right to handle payments abroad and have accounts in the MIPS Macedonian Inter-­banking Payments System, will be able to make euro payments through Europe's TARGET2 system.

The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM) informed on Tuesday that it will soon present the opening of the Trans-­European Automated Real-­time Gross Settlement Express Transfer System to Macedonian banks to the wider public. read more


INDUSTRY 

STATISTICS: INDUSTRIAL PRODUCER PRICES HIGHER

­ According to the State Statistical Office data, in February 2017, the Industrial producer prices on the domestic market increased by 1.4 percent at the monthly level and by 0.7 percent at the annual level.

In February 2017, in comparison with January 2017, the Industrial producer prices on the domestic market increased in the groups Intermediate goods, except energy by 3.3 percent, Non-­durable consumer goods by 1.1 percent, Energy by 0.7 percent and Durable consumer goods by 0.1 percent. read more


EUROPE 

MERKEL'S CONSERVATIVES RUNNING NECK AND NECK WITH SOCIAL DEMOCRATS

With six months to go before the general elections, German conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel is unexpectedly tied neck and neck with the Social-Democratic challenger Martin Schulz.

After enjoying a comfortable lead for her CDU/CSU coalition for years, Merkel is now in the danger of not only losing the elections but going in the opposition, if the SPD is able to put together a left wing coalition with the former Eastern German Communist party Die Linke and the Greens. Polls show that CDU/CSU and SPD both enjoy the support of about 32 percent of the voters, a major improvement for SPD, which plucked Schulz from the European Parliament and put it at the top of the party a few months ago. read more


AUSTRIA TO LEAVE EU REFUGEE RELOCATION AGREEMENT

Austria is planning to withdraw from an EU agreement to divide asylum seekers between countries in the bloc, government officials said Monday, MIA writes.

The move, which could be approved by the cabinet as early as Tuesday, could deal a further blow to EU efforts to implement a cohesive migration policy, reporters write. read more


PARIS: VIOLENT PROTESTS AFTER FRENCH POLICE KILL CHINESE MAN

Violent clashes in Paris over the police killing of a Chinese man have left three police officers injured and several people detained, the BBC reported.

Demonstrators had gathered outside a police station on Monday to pay homage to the slain man. read more


DOMESTIC 

PROTESTS IN FRONT OF SDSM HEADQUARTERS: WE WILL PRESERVE MACEDONIA'S UNITY

It has been 30 days since citizens led by the initiative "For Joint Macedonia" took to the streets in Skopje and throughout the country to express the outrage of the Tirana platform. They sent message that they will not give up their demands and will come out massively to the streets.

Actor Vanco Petrusevski on Tuesday's protest march said that we need to preserve the unity and uniqueness of the country.за_заедничка_македонија_28_03_17__9_.jpg read more


VMRO-DPMNE PUTS FORWARD ROADMAP TO RESOLVE POLITICAL CRISIS

VMRO-­DPMNE is unveiling a roadmap in order lessons to be learned and a solution to be offered to the current political crisis and a way out of other political crises that might occur in the future all the while respecting the principle for a united Macedonia, VMRO-­DPMNE official Antonio Milososki said Tuesday.

VMRO­-DPMNE, he said, proposes the establishment of a nonpartisan agreement laying the groundwork for principled settlement of internal differences in the future solely in the frameworks of state institutions without foreign agendas or representatives and exclusively by legitimately elected representatives of the citizens in Macedonia. read more


BESA UNSUPPORTIVE OF SDSM AND DUI CHOICE FOR PARLIAMENT SPEAKER

The BESA party announced it will not support Talat Xhaferi's nomination as Speaker of Parliament, after his name was jointly put forward by SDSM and DUI. BESA is one of the three parties representing ethnic Albanians that support the idea of having SDSM leader Zoran Zaev get the mandate to form the next Government, but its intense rivalry with DUI and its hopes of making further inroads among ethnic Albanian voters at DUI's expense have announced the relationship in the possible future coalition will be tricky.

"If it is up to a DUI candidate to begin the first step toward reforms, then thank you, but we do not support such reforms. This party served Nikola Gruevski faithfully for ten year and are them main culprits for the crisis. DUI is responsible for staged political processes, poverty, emigration, distancing from the Euro-Atlantic integrations, the Skopje 2014 project. DUI can't bring reforms to the country", said Afrim Gashi, BESA member of Parliament. read more


MACEDONIAN PARLIAMENT RESUMES SESSION ON ELECTION OF COMMITTEE

In the Macedonian Parliament, representatives are set to continue the session at which they are expected to elect the members and leaders of the Committee on Elections and Appointment Issues.

The debate on Monday was marked by long discussions over the controversial Tirana platform. read more


HEALTH 

POLICE INVESTIGATING 'HUMAN WASTE IN COCA COLA CANS'

Police have begun an investigation after what appeared to be human waste was found in drinks cans delivered to a Coca Cola factory in Northern Ireland, the BBC reported.

The night shift at the Lisburn factory was disrupted last week when machines became clogged; Coca Cola said it had impounded all affected cans. read more


MORE TOP NEWS 
Protests in Front of SDSM Headquarters: We Will Preserve Macedonia's Unity

VMRO-DPMNE Puts Forward Roadmap to Resolve Political Crisis

BESA Unsupportive of SDSM and DUI Choice for Parliament Speaker

Macedonian Parliament Resumes Session on Election of Committee

Police Investigating 'Human Waste in Coca Cola Cans'

MNT: A Suspicious Person to be Performed for 150th Time

Merkel's Conservatives Running Neck and Neck with Social Democrats

Austria to Leave EU Refugee Relocation Agreement

Paris: Violent Protests after French Police Kill Chinese Man


UPS & DOWNS 
Involvement in Youth Activities and Informal Education Enables Mobility and Interaction

Citizens Аre Victims of Air Pollution
QUOTE OF THE DAY 

"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."

Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973). Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He became known as a poet when he was 10 years old. He wrote in a variety of styles, including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems. He often wrote in green ink, which was his personal symbol for desire and hope. The Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called Neruda "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language. During his lifetime, Neruda occupied many diplomatic positions and served a term as a Senator for the Chilean Communist Party. When President González Videla outlawed communism in Chile in 1948, a warrant was issued for Neruda's arrest. Friends hid him for months in the basement of a house. Later, Neruda escaped through a mountain pass near Maihue Lake into Argentina. Years later, Neruda was a close advisor to Chile's socialist President Salvador Allende. He was hospitalized with cancer at the time of the coup d'état led by Augusto Pinochet but returned home after five days when he suspected a doctor of injecting him in the stomach with an unknown substance for the purpose of murdering him at the order of Pinochet. Neruda died on 23 September 1973 six and a half hours after that injection. Although it has always been reported that he died of prostate cancer or heart failure, on November 5, 2015 the Interior Ministry of the Chilean government issued a statement acknowledging a Ministry document from March of that year indicating the government's official position that “it was clearly possible and highly likely” that he was killed as a result of “the intervention of third parties”. 

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