Thursday, September 4th, 2014


Key words for reunification in Cyprus are forgiveness and reconciliation

Former leader of Greek Cypriot administration Yorgo Vasiliu expressed that a solution in Cyprus should be based on ‘forgiveness and reconciliation’ and said “United Cyprus can be established by forgiving and reconciliation. The key words for reunification of the island are those mentioned above”. Vasiliu stated that the divergences between the sides at the ongoing negotiations are smaller than it is thought and added that when the leaders come up with an agreement text, both communities will vote ‘YES’ to this text in a referendum. Emphasizing “If struggle was notRead More

Political crisis in Greek-Russian relations

It has been indicated that the last book written by one of the advisors of the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis, journalist Makarios Drusiotis created political crisis in Greek-Russian relations. Greek Cypriot newspaper Simerini published the news under the headline ‘Cyprus-Russia relations are being tested’. The newspaper wrote that in his book Makarios Drusiotis tried to lay a burden on the old Soviet Union related to the coup staged against the first and only President of the Republic of Cyprus III. Makarios, and the following Turkish Peace Operation in JulyRead More

Window of opportunity can not be left open forever


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that the aim is to move the negotiation process to a simultaneous referendum process. Adding that it should be known by all that the current negotiation process can not be open ended forever, he went on to say that no one has a right to put off the international community. Erdoğan added that both sides will gain advantages if a solution is reached in Cyprus and solution will make a contribution to peace, stability and prosperity in the region. Mentioning the water supply project from Turkey toRead More

Cyprus Football Association no idea yet how to deal with expected TC registrations

At its AGM on Tuesday the chairman of the Cyprus Football Association [CFA], Costakis Koutsokoumnis, said that before the end of the year he expects the first wave of Turkish Cypriot arrivals into the island’s governing body for football. A provisional agreement was signed at FIFA headquarters in Zurich earlier this year with Hasan Sertoglu, president of the Turkish Cypriot Football Association [CTFA]. “We expect the Turkish-Cypriots to begin making their requests to the join the CFA by the end of the year,” Koutsokoumnis told CFA members. “This is somethingRead More

Like the US’s Air Force One Erdoğan has new presidential jet

Likened by some observers to the United States’ Air Force One, Turkey’s new presidential jet, painted in the colours of the Turkish flag, landed at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport in the early hours of 29 August. The Airbus A330-200 Prestige, registered as TC-TUR, sports a three-day paint job of a crescent and a star with a tail that now reads ‘The Republic of Turkey’ in Turkish and English. The first use of the jet was to fly President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to his first official visit as Turkey’s president toRead More

Trading ceases for London-based Northern Cyprus and Turkey specialist holiday firm

As Lorenz Voyager Travel Company Ltd’s Green Island City Breaks, Green Island Holidays and Lorenz Voyager ceased to trade at the end of last week around one thousand holidaymakers potentially have had their holiday plans ruined. Specialising in holidays in Northern Cyprus and Turkey it had 150 ATOL protected passengers abroad at present and about one thousand with forward bookings. Clients holding flight numbers beginning with ‘FHY’ have been advised that their holidays have been cancelled. The Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] stated: “Consumers with any other flight numbers will haveRead More

Turkish water is free but electricity to pump it must be paid for

Speaking to BRT as the sea phase of the Turkish Water Project comes to an end, Hamit Bakırcı, the TRNC Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, said that the land phase will be completed in December this year. “By the end of 2015,” he said, “the water will reach homes throughout all of the TRNC.” He added that they had completed the piping to Nicosia so that now we will move on to the pipe installations from Kyrenia to Tatlisu and then to Famagusta and Iskele. More importantly, he said thatRead More

Electronic Passport Control System at air and sea ports by the year’s end

The TRNC Minister of the Interior, Teberrüken Ulucay, said recently that preparations are at the final stage to install the new electronic reader systems at all the border checkpoints allowing those holding micro chipped passports or identity cards to be dealt with faster and with ease. At the end of the year, those people will no longer be required to fill in forms at the border as the system, organised with full cooperation with the Police Department, comes on line. In amongst the released information reference is made to allRead More

At last the Tory party pledges to give vote ‘for life’ to all expats

After the EU said in January this year: “Britain is ‘punishing’ its expats by denying them the vote”, the Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, said that the right to vote should belong to all British citizens, for life. The Conservatives have included a pledge in their manifesto for the general election to be held next May that they will abolish the controversial ‘15-year rule’. This rule prevents British expats, who have lived abroad for fifteen years, from voting in general elections back home. A Tory spokesman stated that the manifestoRead More

The mosaics of Ancient Soli

The ancient city of Soli lies on the coast road about two kilometres west of Lefke and nowadays is easy to find as part of it is protected by a white roof, visible from the road, that was put up at the end of the 1990′s.   When I first saw the site in 1996 there was no such protection and one was able to scramble all over the ruins videoing, as I did then, the gorgeous mosaics – even raising the colour by adding water to them. The resultRead More

Tina’s Trabez

Bananas are the subject of this weeks recipes! I know they do ripen very quickly here, I saw a tip from a friend of mine on Facebook (thank you Claire!) to wrap clingfilm round the stem end of the bunch to stop them ripening as quickly, worth a try! Banana is one of the high calorie tropical fruits. 100 g of fruit provides 90 calories. Fresh bananas provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well.Read More

What it means to be green- or is it just green behind the ears?

A tale to put being ‘green;’ into perspective. Not so much a case of ‘How Green was my valley’ but more a ‘How green was your life’ and the different hues of being ‘green’. At the check out at the local supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.” The youngRead More

KAR Draw

Impatient to discover if you have won in the Super Summer Draw organised by Kyrenia Animal Rescue? If you can’t wait for the report after the event, then roll on down to Kyrenia’s Pia Bella Hotel on Wednesday 10th September at 5p.m. and you could be the first to find out if you have a winning ticket. Even if your ticket does not come out of the barrel, there is a consolation prize of tea and coffee for all the supporters of the event, supplied by the Pia Bella Hotel.Read More

Now we can all ‘vidi’ what ‘Veni Vici’ are up to on Sunday 21st September.

A new challenge, a new idea, and a new way of ‘conquering’ and making a record for the establishment of ‘Veni Vici’ and making a record sum of money for Tulips / Help those with Cancer. Sue Tilt and Carole King, (the Golden Girls of Tulips) are fully supportive of the owners of Veni Vici Restaurant (Lapta), Richard and Nadine Muller, in their idea of ‘Pasta 1000′. The girls report that “Richard and Nadine have wanted for sometime to organise an event for a local charity and have decided thatRead More

Pine Bay Boot Fair

Pine Bay Boot Fair recommences Sunday 7th September. Mo is back, looking forward to meeting you, and no doubt Babs will be there cooking the famous Bacon Butties at the Wacky Shacky. Further information from Mo regarding stalls etc. Phone 0392 882 4328 , 4th September onwards for details of stalls. The market is open form early until 1p.m.

Call for Papers from History Practitioners

The AHDR and the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography (ICHTH) are co-organizing a 3-day International Conference entitled “Historical Culture in Divided Societies”, that will take place between 18-20 December 2014 at the Home for Cooperation, Nicosia, Cyprus. The AHDR invites Practitioners of Public History to submit their conference proposals, so as to present completed and/or ongoing Public History cultural products including, but not limited to, movies and documentaries, museums and exhibitions, books or technology supported applications. Papers from all fields (media makers, curators, authors, journalists, scholars,Read More

An agreement is possible if our Greek Cypriot neighbours abandon their dream for returning to pre-1974 period

In his speech made during the press conference, President Derviş Eroğlu said that it is possible to make an agreement by taking the realities of Cyprus into consideration and added “Our Greek Cypriot neighbours should abandon their dream for returning to the pre-1974 period”. Stressing that the TRNC is determined to reach a solution without delay; Eroğlu said that it is a great injustice to impose embargoes and isolations on the Turkish Cypriots in spite of their peaceful attitude. Criticizing Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiadis, Eroğlu said that Greek Cypriot leader challengedRead More

A new ‘pitch’ in a cricket storyline

Cricket in the TRNC, Cricket in North Cyprus

There was a small degree of ‘panic’ as the date for the match of the TRNC against the British High Commission drew closer as the delivery of the pitch was a little delayed. The story is that the CCA (Cyprus Cricket Association which administers cricket south of the border, had agreed to lend their pitch on a long term basis to help establish cricket in North Cyprus. This pitch was rolled up and loaded into a large blue van, and Richard Boxall , secretary of the CCA and the originatorRead More

Not out, but very much ‘in’ as TRNC team romps home to victory

As the sounds from the  sports ground opposite the Pia Bella Hotel in Kyrenia filled the air with the thud of  ball on wood, and cries of ‘Out’  on Wednesday 27th August, one very concerned Nigel Holman was perhaps the person with the highest emotions running. The love of cricket runs through his veins and it was with a thrill that he heard of the suggestion that North Cyprus has its own team! He was there at the beginning to help set up the team and arrange matches with theRead More