Sea waters polluted more than normal

TIRANA, Aug. 8 – Besides many attempts to increase tourist resources there have been noted some shortcomings for which authorities should pay a considerable higher attention to resolve. The Institute of Public Health has concluded that sea waters alongside the

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EU funds 13 million euro financial assistance to Albania

TIRANA, Aug. 7 – The European Commission gave Monday a 13 million euro grant to Albania, the second part of a 25 million euro funding to assist the country’s macro-financial sphere aiming to support economic reform and stabilization. In November

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More Albanian immigrants come to the country for vacation

DURRES, Aug. 8 – Some 50,000 persons came through the Durres port in a week, mainly Albanian immigrants coming from neighboring Italy, according to local police. There were also other immigrants coming from other western European countries for vacations or

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Police identify successes this year, set goals for the future

TIRANA, Aug. 9 – Despite successes achieved during the first half this year police say they have to intensify the fight against organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the future. The fight against drug trafficking remains a top priority for

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Human trafficking reduced after new border control system installed

TIRANA, Aug. 6 – A better management of the border crossing points and the installation of the TIMS control system have significantly reduced human traffikcing at the country’s borders, according to police reports. This has tranferred such trafficking to green

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Police arrests around the country

TIRANA, Aug. 8 – Police have arrested a considerable number of Albanians in the past week. Also, in Elbasan police started penal procedure against Hyqmet Arapi, 58, who had seriously injured a person in a car accident. Arapi was at

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Berisha hails Italy for reducing time of permanent stay for immigrants

TIRANA, Aug. 5 – Albanian government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomed and hailed a decision of the Italian government to reduce the time of permanent stay in that country for immigrants who want to get official documentation and citizenship.

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Helicopter wreckage found deep in the sea

TIRANA, Aug. 8 – Government authorities confirmed that some scanned images belong to the wreckage of the Bell 222 helicopter that sank 1,024 meters into the Adriatic Sea killing Gramoz Pashko, his son and four others persons in mid-July. Following

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Cannabis and a speedboat found in Vlora

VLORA, July 23 – Police said Sunday they had arrested a person who owned a speedboat and some 300 kilograms of cannabis found in it. Police found the drugs and the six-meter long speedboat in the Bay of Bristan, Karaburun

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A number of arrests of sentenced persons

TIRANA, July 25 – Police arrested a number of persons who had been sentenced to prison terms or under investigation for different crimes, but were still at large. Police in central city of Elbasan arrested Artan Halili, 24, accused of

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 8 - Besides many attempts to increase tourist resources there have been noted some shortcomings for which authorities should pay a considerable higher attention to resolve.
The Institute of Public Health has concluded that sea waters alongside the Albanian shores overcome the hygienic levels set from the World Health Organization. The study checked waters in Durres, Vlora and Saranda showing that black waters have significantly polluted their waters. 
In Durres the beach at the Plepa area, Golem and Currila is three high more polluted than allowed. Waters in Vlora and Saranda are above the WHO norms as well. Cleanest waters are in Dhermi, Himara, Borsh, Velipoja and Zvernec.
In a separate case health officials in Elbasan said that there is an increased number of patients suffering from skin infections. Patients have been mainly children up to 12 years old, according to doctor Besnike Dedja. The cause of the infection is polluted waters in the Shkumbini river beaches. Last summer there were some 300 persons in Elbasan who suffered from the same disease. 
There is a considerable higher number of patients in Saranda hospital as well, 50-60 a day, mainly children. They suffer from high temperature, diarrhea and vomiting that doctors say come from the hot summer and hygienic causes. There have also been patients with skin infections that doctors say may have come from the sand in the beach. Presence of the rubbish in the area may be another cause.. Hepatitis A cases have also been found, something that has urged health authorities add specialists in the hospital.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 7 - The European Commission gave Monday a 13 million euro grant to Albania, the second part of a 25 million euro funding to assist the country's macro-financial sphere aiming to support economic reform and stabilization. In November 2005 there was the first installment of 3 million euro and in March the other 9 million euro.
"This assistance was approved by the European Union in April 2004 and is provided in the context of the stabilization programmed supported by the International Monetary Fund. Its objective is to ease the Albania's external financing constraints, strengthen its balance of payments position and to underpin the reform process towards a market-oriented economic system. This requires continued efforts by the Albanian authorities to establish strong and modern institutions and a continuation of stability-oriented macroeconomic policies," said Hubert Petit,  Acting Head of the European Commission Delegation in Albania. The disbursement of the last part was made possible after the fulfilling of a series of preconditions, which included a favorable track record of the economic stabilization programme supported by the IMF and the progress in reforming key areas such as public finance management, public administration, financial sector, business environment and private sector development, he said. 
The IMF Executive Board made a favorable review of Albania's current three-year Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility arrangement, whereas the European Commission positively assessed the efforts made by Albania, in particular during the recent months, in the above-mentioned areas.
Petit said that this event came only some weeks after the signature of the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU (June 12) and showed that the agreement is the beginning of a new and more difficult phase. As President Manuel Barroso said during his visit in Tirana "This is no time for Albania to relax its efforts. The real work begins after the Agreement has been signed. Albania has to establish a track-record in implementing this Agreement, in order to move closer to the EU". But, this also shows that efforts pay and are recognized.  
Petit used the opportunity to remind Albanian politics as well. "I take this opportunity, however, to say that the EU integration process requires joint efforts of all Albanian political forces. Successful efforts in the field of economic reform should be carried out in a sounder political environment, which is conducive to more progress. The latest events in Parliament have unfortunately showed a lack of political maturity. A more constructive stance and shared responsibility are crucial features in this context. It is also important to intensify efforts to build consensus on reforms through dialogue between all forces and stakeholders of the Albanian society and to avoid unnecessary confrontational political climate."
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that aid was a confirmation of the success of the reforms undertaken from his government in improving the management of the public finances, public administration, consolidation of finances, and promoting a favorable climate for investment and the business. "I would express the deep gratitude of the Albanian government to the European Commission, European Union and member countries for this generous aid and for the colossal investment they have made during these years," said Berisha at the ceremony. The premier reassured Europe of the government's determination to continue reforms and get integrated into the block. "Once again I would like to guarantee that Albania's integration into the EU and NATO remain the most major goal of the government and the Albanian society," said Berisha.
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                    [post_content] => DURRES, Aug. 8 - Some 50,000 persons came through the Durres port in a week, mainly Albanian immigrants coming from neighboring Italy, according to local police. There were also other immigrants coming from other western European countries for vacations or to see their families. So during the first week of August 35,677 Albanians and 6,557 foreigners came by ferries from the Italian ports of Bari, Ancona and Trieste.
Other thousands of Albanians come from Greece. In Kakavie on Monday there came 7,780 Albanians and 278 foreigners with 1,510 vehicles and  2,860 Albanians and 144 foreigners left the country in 865 vehicles. Police said that they expect more Albanian immigrants to enter in the coming days. There have been no incidents or delays in the crossing point due to  better coordination with the Greek police.
 The situation in Qafe Thane border crossing point with Macedonia has been more difficult in recent days due to the great influx. Customs head Jace Hysolli said that on average 2,000 persons have entered the country daily, mainly from Kosova. The crossing point has a slower control because it has not installed the new system.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 9 - Despite successes achieved during the first half this year police say they have to intensify the fight against organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the future. The fight against drug trafficking remains a top priority for them. Police priorities in the future will be to create a national center for collecting data on drugs and preparing the proper legislation. Police are also to prepare a draft of the law concerning the fight against terrorism and procedures that follow that. Fighting human trafficking remains another top issue. Improving police image before the public opinion is a new goal that police have to deal with. Border control remains a priority issue in the context of the country's integration into the European Union and NATO.
All these were mentioned Wednesday at a meeting analyzing police results during the first half of this year. Police spokesman Bajram Ibraj noted some results of his institution that had as its main goals increasing public security, and fighting criminality, organized crime and corruption. Ibraj said that murders and sexual crimes had fallen and police discovery capabilities had increased. Ibraj mentioned that 56 criminal groups were hit this year and 879 persons were arrested involved with them. There have been 188 cases of drug trafficking. Giving figures, Ibraj said there have been 1,143 criminal cases and 1,092 of them were discovered by the police. Police have sequestered 81 kg of heroin; 17.8 gr. of methadone; 1.3 kg of cocaine; 2,378 kg of marijuana/hashish; and 0.95 litres of hashish oil. 24,279 cannabis plants and 580 poppy plants have been destroyed. Police have been involved in seven operations with their international colleagues from Turkey, Italy and Germany. Police have identified 672 cases of money laundering, mainly in the illegal trafficking of cigarette packages, coffee, sheep and livestock, mobile phones and gold. During this period police have identified 4,517 crimes and 879 persons at large have been arrested. There have been 44 murders down from 57 in the same period last year but suicides increased to 108 and 59 attempted suicides. Car theft has lowered from 322 in 2005 to 302 this year. But there has been noted an increase in shopthefts from 332 to 408 and home thefts from 282 to 301 this year. Most of them were in Tirana. Road accidents have decreased to 121 deaths from 156 deaths in 2005 in 418 accidents.The number of road accidents is a great concern, said Ibraj, who also added his concern about the increased number of children and teenagers involved in crime. He also appealed for more public awareness against crime in the family.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 6 - A better management of the border crossing points and the installation of the TIMS control system have significantly reduced human traffikcing at the country's borders, according to police reports. This has tranferred such trafficking to green areas like forests or moutanouns areas which serve to hide the illegals-to-be. Police said that some 85 percent of the people involved in such illegal activity are residents from border areas. Border points are now mainly used as transit points to neighboring copuntries and the EU member countries. During the first six months this year Korca city was the main problem for this issue with 65 penal cases of human trafficking. It is followed by Gjirokastra, Vlora and Durres. In total there have been 196 cases of efforts of human trafficking stopped by police, or eight more than a year ago. It is also noted that some of the cases of human trafficking have involved police and other officials. Human trafficking has been one of the topics which Albania will try to keep under control along its integration road toward the European Union and NATO.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 8 - Police have arrested a considerable number of Albanians in the past week. Also, in Elbasan police started penal procedure against Hyqmet Arapi, 58, who had seriously injured a person in a car accident. Arapi was at large.
In Tirana police arrested Ndricim Luka, 34, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment for deceit.
Also in the capital police arrested Ermal Dedei, 19, Orlando Meshau, 29, and Artan Aliaj, 35, for false documents, illegal posession of weapons and crime involvement after finding with them a pistol, a false British passport and a car that is suspected of being trafficked with false documents.
Also in Tirana police arrested Arian Katana, 24, from Shkodra and Elton Shametin, 29, from Vlora,for allegedly producing false documents and visas. They were arrested at Rinas or Mother Teresa international airport with false visas.
Police in the capital have also arrested Serdar Dayas, 25, a Turkish citizen accused of material damage, Albert Buci, 28, fromDibra, for theft, and Dajlan Maliqi, 58, from Tirana for abandoning a military post.
In Gjirokastra police arrested at the Kakavie border crossing point Ilir Elezi, 48, a suspect of drug trafficking crimes.
Police in Tepelena arrested Llambi Prifti, 41, who had allegedly killed in a car accident Kadri Mema, 79, along the Memaliaj-Tepelena road.
In Vlora police arrested Elton Curri, 25, who had allegedly killed Enrik Jaho, 27, two days ago.
Tirana Interpol extradited two Albanians from Greece, Festim Baha, 35, from Elbasan (accused of a murder in 2002 and sentenced with 15 years imprisonment) and Dorian Muharremi, 27, from Korca sentenced in 2003 for theft.
Lushnja police Monday arrested three persons for allegedly kidnapping a person. Brothers Gjergj and Ndue Kola, and Fetah Matmuja, residents in Durres, had collaborated with each other to kidnap Riza Dunisha living in Vlora. The incident occurred in Gradishte village in Lushnja where Dunisha had gone to meet his parents-in-law. They had asked him to give them two million leks.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 5 - Albanian government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomed and hailed a decision of the Italian government to reduce the time of permanent stay in that country for immigrants who want to get official documentation and citizenship. "That is  very good news for thousands of Albanian immigrants and their families who have chosen Italy as their second homeland," the government statement said. It is believed that some 300,000 Albanian immigrants live in Italy going there by boats and ships and legally after 1990. "That decision is proof of the respect and gratitude of the Italian government and people for the honest and devoted contribution of the immigrants who have gone to Italy with the hope and belief in a better life and future," said the statement. "The prime minister believes that Albanian immigrants in Italy will continue to be strong bridges of cooperation and friendship between our two people and countries."
Italy is Albania's main economic partner for post-communist Albania. It has been an important supporter in the country's efforts toward integration into the European Union and NATO.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 8 - Government authorities confirmed that some scanned images belong to the wreckage of the Bell 222 helicopter that sank 1,024 meters into the Adriatic Sea killing Gramoz Pashko, his son and four others persons in mid-July. Following research work from Italian ships Urania and Galatea a 5-meter metal object belonging to the helicopter was found. Pashko, already in a coma and being transported for treatment in Italy was killed, along with his 24-year old son, two pilots and a technician, and the doctor. French specialized ship Janus II will make efforts to bring the wreckage out. A robot has managed to film the wreckage in the sea, and will be a help to investigators. The French ship has managed to bring out a few pieces of the helicopter but heavy metal objects are presenting a serious challenge to that task. There have been different alternatives on the cause of the crash though experts say the total truth will remain unknown, or buried together with the dead persons. There has been an increasing rumor of either air turbulence or human error.
No bodies have been recovered or are believed to have been recovered even after the operation. Albanian authorities are prepared to hold the funeral ceremony on a ship in the sea, some 40 miles from Durres. The Pashko family have declared Saturday as their funeral day and the family of the dead doctor will hold his funeral on Thursday.
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                    [post_content] => VLORA, July 23 - Police said Sunday they had arrested a person who owned a speedboat and some 300 kilograms of cannabis found in it. Police found the drugs and the six-meter long speedboat in the Bay of Bristan, Karaburun area. The drug was in six packages of 50 kilograms each. Halo Ibro, 47, resident in Orikum was the arrested person. Police said that the drugs was destined to Italy, which together with Greece remain the close targets of drug trafficking toward western Europe.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 25 - Police arrested a number of persons who had been sentenced to prison terms or under investigation for different crimes, but were still at large.  Police in central city of Elbasan arrested Artan Halili, 24, accused of murdering his spouse Antoneta Halili. Police learnt that Antoneta was killed and found the suspect Artan trying to flee.
Police in Berat arrested Saturday Gentian ȡko, 35, accused as the author of some crimes during 1997-2001. 
Tirana police arrested Tuesday Ilir Mir襬 43, for opposing police forces and another person, a child for theft.
In Puka police arrested Monday Hamit Kasemi, 42, who worked as a private policeman. It is believed that he has stopped a car with Kosovar tourists passing by and asked them for a 'fee' of 5 euro.
Police in Lac arrested a person for kidnapping another one, who was also arrested after he declined to start a penal case. Nikolin Rica and Nikolin Gjergji had been friends in their village of Bushkash in Burrel but they had also a debt which broke their relationship. Police said that three other persons involved in the kidnapping had left and were at large.
In Golem, Kavaja, police arrested Gentian Daku Tuesday evening as he was sentenced to 2.5 years imprisonment for theft.
Two persons, Aleksander Hazizaj, 29, and Jani Brahimaj, 27, were arrested Tuesday in Fier while transporting with their Renault car some 170 kilogram of cannabis.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 8 - Besides many attempts to increase tourist resources there have been noted some shortcomings for which authorities should pay a considerable higher attention to resolve.
The Institute of Public Health has concluded that sea waters alongside the Albanian shores overcome the hygienic levels set from the World Health Organization. The study checked waters in Durres, Vlora and Saranda showing that black waters have significantly polluted their waters. 
In Durres the beach at the Plepa area, Golem and Currila is three high more polluted than allowed. Waters in Vlora and Saranda are above the WHO norms as well. Cleanest waters are in Dhermi, Himara, Borsh, Velipoja and Zvernec.
In a separate case health officials in Elbasan said that there is an increased number of patients suffering from skin infections. Patients have been mainly children up to 12 years old, according to doctor Besnike Dedja. The cause of the infection is polluted waters in the Shkumbini river beaches. Last summer there were some 300 persons in Elbasan who suffered from the same disease. 
There is a considerable higher number of patients in Saranda hospital as well, 50-60 a day, mainly children. They suffer from high temperature, diarrhea and vomiting that doctors say come from the hot summer and hygienic causes. There have also been patients with skin infections that doctors say may have come from the sand in the beach. Presence of the rubbish in the area may be another cause.. Hepatitis A cases have also been found, something that has urged health authorities add specialists in the hospital.
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