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  "CYRILLIC ALPHABET-WHERE IT COMES FROM AND WHERE IT GOES TO" - FIRST PANEL DISCUSSION WITHIN CAMPAIGN ON PRESERVATION OF MACEDONIAN ALPHABET

Within the frameworks of the campaign on preserving, using and modernising the Macedonian Cyrillic alphabet, a panel discussion titled "Cyrillic Alphabet - Where It Comes From And Where It Goes To" will be held Thursday (May 22) in the Economic Chamber of Macedonia.
A speech on the origin of the alphabet will be delivered by academician Petar Ilievski, Ljudmil Spasov PhD will deliver an address on the 19th century Cyrillic alphabet, Trajko Stamatoski will focus on the period following the codification of the Macedonian language, while Mihajlo Georgievski will talk about the oldest literary Cyrillic monuments in Macedonia.
Aleksandar Jordanovski of the Department for Protection of Cultural Heritage will give a speech considering the legal regulation for protection and utilization of the alphabet, while Danilo Kocevski will make an address on the Cyrillic alphabet in the everyday life in Skopje. Lasko Dzurovski of Totem design studio will attempt to answer the question whether computers kill the future of the alphabet.
Fervour discussion is expected by numerous participants of the panel discussion, including several professors of the Department for Macedonian Language within the Faculty of Philology, linguists of the Macedonian Language Institute, writers, directors, publishers, IT experts and designers. Dimitar Pandev, PhD is to serve as moderator of the panel discussion.
The next panel discussion on topic "Cyrillic Alphabet and Information Technology" will be held in early June. Big out-door event for celebrating the Cyrillic alphabet is being planned on May 26.
The campaign under the motto "I Preserve What Is Mine - While I Write - I Exist" kicked off on April 23 and will last until June 10. It was initiated by marketing agency "Idea Plus Communications" and Macedonian Information Agency - MIA and is supported by numerous scholars, artists, institutions, the business community and the media.

TAMARA, VRCAK AND ADRIAN AT SECOND SEMI-FINAL OF 2008 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

The Second Semi-Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest will be held Thursday evening at Belgrade Arena. Macedonian representatives Tamara, Vrcak and Adrian will perform 18 with the song "In the Name of Love" together with Iceland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Lithuania, Albania, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Malta, Cyprus and Portugal.
Only ten countries will qualify for the Final, which is to take place on Saturday (May 24).
First 10 countries that have qualified for the Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest at the First Semi-Final are Greece, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Russia, Israel, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Poland and Norway. Five direct finalists - representatives are Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Serbia.
 
     
     
     
 

 

 
     
     
     
 

 

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BASKETBALL TEAM AT BORIS TRAJKOVSKI SPORTS HALL OPENING

World-renowned US basketball team Harlem Globetrotters will entertain the spectators at the opening of the new Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall Thursday evening in Skopje.
PM Nikola Gruevski is to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Sports Hall at noon.
Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism and comedy. Created by Abe Saperstein in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the team adopted the name Harlem because of its connotations as a major African-American community. Over the years they have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 118 countries.
6.000 spectators will watch their performance, as is the sports halls capacity.
The show of the dance sensation Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance will be held on May 31.
Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall is multifunctional sports and cultural centre. It consists smaller basketball and volleyball halls, bowling alley, fitness centre, press centre and 56 commentator seats.
The larger hall is suitable for music concerts with a capacity of 10.000 spectators with four restaurants and sports bar.
The hall will also have VIP bar and special VIP seats intended for sports events and concerts.
The video monitoring system includes recording the spectators' stands, which is a novelty when it comes to security of players and fans' behaviour.
The parking lot is for 800 cars, 32 buses and three reportage vehicles.
The Sports Hall has a capacity of 10.000 spectators, with 6.000 fixed and 2.000 telescopic automatic seats, which are movable.
The second phase includes construction of smaller hall with 500 seats as well as special gymnastics, fitness and aerobic hall, large professional bowling alley, two-level restaurant, business premises and shops.