Thursday, 25 November 2021
Macedonia 25.11.21 | 22:31

Government asks for more information regarding the proposal to mandate vaccines on all public sector employees

The Zaev Government today neither approved nor rejected the proposals from the Infectious Diseases Committee, which asked for a strict vaccine mandate for all public sector employees. The proposal would have mandated that all public employees either get vaccinated, or submit frequent negative PCR tests. The...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 21:12

Mountain climbers mourn the death of the Besa bus driver

One of the two drivers of the ill fated Besa bus was Ljupco Zafirov. His friend, Igor Smilev from the Green Power mountain climbing group, said that Zafirov was a great friend of the group who frequently helped them organize mountain tours. Ljupco was a tortured soul, with a heart as big as a mountain....

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 21:06

Prosecutor Joveski says that there were cans in the bus, but they were not burnt

Public prosecutor Ljupco Joveski told Sitel TV that there were four plastic cans that could have been used to transport gasoline in the destroyed Besa bus in which at least 44 people died on Tuesday morning, but that they were not burnt. The theory that the reason the disaster was so deadly is because...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 20:55

Healthcare Minister Filipce ignores calls to put a cap on the price of the coronavirus tests

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce dismissed calls from the public and from the unions to put a cap on the Covid virus tests. Filipce is preparing to order public sector employees to either get vaccinated or be forced to show negative tests every few days when they go to work. Media outlets asked Filipce’s...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 20:51

Interior Minister Spasovski again denies reports that the Besa bus was used to smuggle gasoline

Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski again said that the reports about gas and pyrotechnics being smuggled in the ill fated bus that burnt down in Bulgaria with the loss of at least 44 lives are speculations. Such comments harm the investigation instead of helping. According to my information, there is...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 18:58

With the period of mourning about to end, the political crisis resumes

With the period of mourning after the deadly Sofia bus accident ending tomorrow, the political crisis is expected to resume. Zoran Zaev was expected to resign as Prime Minister and SDSM party leader on Tuesday, when the country woke to the news of the disastrous accident that killed at least 44 passengers. Media...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 18:44

Passenger was saved by a luggage mix-up

A young passenger who went to Istanbul with the Besa company, and was supposed to board the ill fated bus that crashed and burned down south of Sofia, was moved to a different bus due to luggage mix-up. Xhafer Dolek had a seat on the bus that burnt down, but the hotel staff mistakenly put his bags in...

Economy 25.11.21 | 17:20

Railroad workers go on strike tomorrow, all trains will stop

Railroad workers will go on strike tomorrow and will stop all railway traffic, starting at 7 in the morning. The reason for this is the failure of the Macedonian Railways management ot pay an installment of the October price. The union announced that it will automatically go on strike if the salaries...

Economy 25.11.21 | 17:15

Energy crisis: In September, Macedonia covered almost 88 percent of its electricity needs

The State Statistics Bureau published its energy report for September. It shows that a very high share of all consumed electricity in Macedonia came from domestic sources – 87.9 percent of the 528.6 thousand megawatt hours of electricity that were used were produced at home. Domestic electricity...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 17:10

Two of the victims of the bus disaster were police officers

Two of the victims of the bus disaster in Bulgaria are police officers, reports Alsat TV. One of them is Enis Ramanoski, deputy commander of the Debar police station, and Sade Mustafoski, an officer at the Blato border crossing with Albania. Their families reported their deaths on social media accounts.

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 16:48

Corona report: 14 deaths, 473 newly diagnosed cases

The Healthcare Ministry informed that 14 patients died of the coronavirus infection over the past day. The ages of the deceased ranged from 66 to 93 and they were from Skopje, Kumanovo, Bitola, Kavadarci, Tetovo, Veles, Kriva Palanka, Pehcevo, Resen and Demir Hisar. Additionally, four other deaths that...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 15:59

Who is the mysterious passenger who was saved from the fatal bus and immediately disappeared?

Bulgarian media, as well as the son of one of the drivers, say that there was another passenger who was saved from the fatal bus but disappeared during the night. It is even claimed that the passenger is of Arab descent and that no one knows where he is now. If we put together the total number of victims...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 15:19

Fatal “Besa Trans” bus is not 3 years old, but at least 15-20 years old, says Bulgarian chairmen of bus operators

The fatal bus is not three years old, but at least 15-20 years old. His model is mostly from 2005-2008. If the owner claims that it is three years old, it is possible that there is a practice among Macedonian companies to recycle old buses in Turkey, replacing all the rotten ones with new parts. This...

Balkans 25.11.21 | 14:57

Bulgaria expects dialogue with Macedonia to produce concrete results, Radev tells Varhelyi

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said Thursday in a phone call with European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi that Sofia expects dialogue with Macedonia to produce concrete results, MIA reports from Sofia. Radev stressed that Sofia is open for dialogue, has asked clear questions...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 13:49

Stankov: Exact number of victims not known until DNA analysis is completed

Forensic Medicine Institute (FMI) director Aleksandar Stankov has told MIA that 44 bodies and body remains were found at the site of the bus accident that would be cross-checked with the DNA analysis. The exact number of victims not known until DNA analysis completed. 44 autopsies have been performed,...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 13:44

Sarafov: Victims died of suffocation, human error underlying cause of accident

Autopsy results show that all victims died of suffocation, not the crash itself. This means they were alive when the bus had caught fire. Final analysis will give a final assessment of the causes of the accident, but the underlying root cause at this point is human error, Bulgarian Deputy Chief Prosecutor...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 12:14

Resignation – what is that? No one is considering assuming responsibility for the tragedy

Third day after the bus accident, which has not been seen in the Balkans, only one word is not mentioned – Resignation. This word is obviously not familiar to the government of DUI and SDSM, under which only accidents happen to us. Laskarci, the fire in Tetovo, “Besa trans”… who...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 11:38

Presevo survivor claims eight passengers were saved – Bulgarian prosecutors investigate whether there was another person

Siika Mileva, spokesperson of Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General Office, said Thursday 44 bodies have been recovered from the site of the bus accident, while a survivor claims he saved eight, not seven people. In a conversation with the passenger from Presevo, who was awake at the time of the accident and...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 10:31

Bulgaria’s chief prosecutors says tragic bus accident wasn’t terrorist act, and there was no exposition and no fuel jerry cans

Bulgarian State Public Prosecutor Ivan Gesev informed at a press conference that the statements of two of the surviving passengers who were awake at the time of the accident completely coincide. They were questioned separately and their statements were identical. Therefore, we fully accept their testimonies...

Macedonia 25.11.21 | 10:21

VMRO-DPMNE: We are appalled how the government on the wings of tragedy is trying to minimize responsibility

Due to the three days of mourning and respect for the tragically killed, VMRO-DPMNE does not intend to introduce politics in the case or to do so in the future, but the public after the end of the three days of mourning, tomorrow at a press conference deserves to know the truth, and also to clarify some...

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