September, 2014


October means ‘Think Pink’, ‘Wear Pink’, ‘Be pink’

Another week and it is October, which promises to be a pink month, if the Golden Girls of Tulips have their way. KibKom Times carried a ‘warning’ in a recent edition that there would be a plethora of pink activities, , but to maximise support for all the events in October, we make no apology for reminding everyone just how they can celebrate being in the pink of their own health by supporting Pink Events to raise money to help others life get pinker and pinker. These Golden Girls (CaroleRead More

Treasure Island – a new exhibition project (26 September – 8 November 2014, NiMAC)

The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre – Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC] and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, in collaboration with AHDR (Association for Historical Dialogue and Research) and SIDESTREETS Initiative, announce the opening of a new exhibition project entitled Treasure Island on Friday, 26 September 2014. The project features visual works, performances, public discussions, interventions and other events selected through an Open Call, next to a number of preselected works. Treasure Island seeks to expand discourses of the past in Cyprus. It seeks to shedRead More

Honesty is the best policy!

A tale of refreshing honesty A young Turkish speaking man went into The Round Tower in Kyrenia, and asked which Evil Eye was the biggest. He was shown the one which cost 10tl and then he handed over the money. He then refused to take the Eye. When asked why, he epxlained that some fifteen years earlier, he had stolen an Eye in The Tower. He was twelve years old at the time and was without money. He explained to the shopkeeper that all through the fifteen years he wasRead More

A first for northern Cyprus – The Cyprus Rally enters the north

For the first time in living history the Cyprus Car Rally took crews through both north and south of the capital, where the streets were lined with eager spectators while many roads were closed for locals which brought a degree of discontent as traffic jams prevented people going about their daily business. It was reported that among the many cheering spectators, one of the loudest cries of all which rang through the air, was that of the Turkish Cypriot spectators who stood on top of the ancient walls of theRead More

C.M.C first leg now awaits the second

Sunday 21st September was the first leg of CMC Golf Club’s annual two leg, 4 ball better b all competition, and which was played at the Agios Nikolaos Golf Club which is within the  confines of a British base in the south of Cyprus. The Club reports that after some very tight games of golf, speeches of welcome were made by the captains of the two clubs, John Kirk and Dr Hasan Garabli. Following the speeches, a ‘fabulous buffet’ was enjoyed by all the golfers. As to the results, GaryRead More

A very happy tail is the tale of Reggie

Kyrenia Animal Rescue’s challenges sometimes get completely overwhelming and the dedicated team of volunteers sometimes almost despair, especially when there are instances such as the other week when the kennels at Arapkoy were broken into, and Coco, one of the dogs, has completely disappeared.   Then there are the stories which encourage and make all the challenges worth while  In the next few weeks, KAR  will be sharing some of those tales which are success stories of some of the tails which are now wagging more fiercely than before.  Our first storyRead More

Some items of short news

Always the ‘Turkish invasion’ is brought up though that was forty years ago   Ever looking to drag the Republic of Cyprus’s distorted view of the events of 1974 into the international arena, Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus [RoC] used his speech at an event in his honour in London, hosted by the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood [?], as an opportunity to do just that. He was reporting that he believes that the RoC will be able to exit the bailout programme by the end ofRead More

Moody’s makes negative evaluations on the Greek Cypriot Banking System 

Moody’s, the international credit rating agency, once again made negative evaluations on the Greek Cypriot banking system. Greek Cypriot daily Haravgi reported that the ageny expects an increase in the number of problem loans within 12-18 months, which in turn will exacerbate losses and erode banks’ capital. Furthermore, Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that, based on the data of Greek Cypriot Statistics Department, the rate of those who are under the threat of poverty or social discrimination increased 4.5% within 5 years. The newspaper underlined that this rate, which was 23.3%Read More

Another chance to give blood and save a life

Claire Morley who works alongside Prue Lundie of the British residents Association, reports that there are two more occasions in the near future for people to be able to give blood for the Blood Bank in Lefkosa Hospital. The two occasions are: Firstly, Saturday, 27th September  at Girne Hospital. Starting at 10am until 1pm, Secondly, Saturday 11 October at the Black Olive for those unable to donate this Saturday or for those who live in the Lapta area to whom it may be more convenient. To be eligible to donateRead More

Random Ramblings

Two weeks ago I mentioned that Recep Tayyip Erdoĝan, the former Turkish Prime Minister, had been elected to the Presidency of that country.  I implied that with his charismatic and indeed assertive approach to politics he might take a more active role in ensuring that the current “settlement” talks progress beyond the stalemate situation that they are now in! Turkey’s new Prime Minister is Ahmet Davutoğlu, who also visited Kibris recently.  As I love and admire people with a sense of humour, here is a man for whom I haveRead More

Coffee Cup Conversations

Eating out and listening to good music! Just two things that form part of a popular night out, week in – week out, here in North Cyprus. “It’s not often you can go to an Indian restaurant and be serenaded by a talented singer, but in the TRNC this is the norm,” says local guitarist and vocalist Jamie Vincent. I was lucky enough to catch up with Jamie recently, and it was a great pleasure to hear him strum a few chords on his guitar as he sung some classicRead More

Police Roll of Honour Trust memorial coming to Kyrenia

News has been revealed that the Police Roll of Honour Trust is erecting a major new memorial to recognise the sacrifice made by the British Police Officers of the United Kingdom Police Unit Cyprus (UKPU) who were killed on the Island during the state of emergency in the 1950s. A statement made by the organisation states that “We believe it is only right and proper that the memorial should also include the names of the Turkish & Greek Cypriot Police Officers who were killed alongside their British counterparts. The memorialRead More

4th Golf Festival at Korineum has a truly International Flavour

Korineum Golf Resort proudly hosted its 4th Festival of Golf from the 15th – 19th September. Day one saw the arrival of golfers from Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Cyprus and UK for their pre Tournament practice round on this wonderful championship styled course. The resort with its breathtaking views of the Five Finger Mountain Range and Mediterranean Sea offers lavish guest accommodation and is now offering a range of room categories and suites. Throughout the week golfers were treated to Evening Entertainment Programmes, the first being an open air BuffetRead More

Draft paper on citizenship criteria

Following the release of a draft paper issued in June , on the subject of citizenship, much discussion has taken place within the expat community, as to who is eligible, who would like to apply, the conditions of applying, and also one question that is not answerable ‘What has happened to the White Card’.something the The White Card is something for expats which will give a permanent residency without the responsibilities of full citizenship, and is Government is still considering. The BRS have put forward ideas to the Government inRead More

“Best route for Israeli gas is Turkey” says experts

According to experts although Israel indicates Greece as the route for selling its natural gas to Europe,  Turkey remains the most feasible route. Although Israel will not be able to drill the gas found in Leviathan gas field before 2017,  the talks and agreements made  in this regard draws attention . Following the agreement made with Jordan, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Liberman stated that they could sell gas to Southeastern  European countries and  a 20-30 billion-dollar pipeline will be constructed via Cyprus and Greece for transferring gas to Europe.Read More

BUT … EU plaque was presented in Nicosia on 16 September

Did the earlier Press Release have its facts wrong as 16 September saw the Local Award Ceremony for the Home for Cooperation as winner of a 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in the Conservation Category. The event took place in the Buffer Zone at the Home for Cooperation when the EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou unveiled the plaque.

KAR is calling for help from cat lovers

Help needed at KAR’s rescue centre.  The call from KAR is made to all cat lovers. “Are you a cat lover and can spare between 1 and 3 days a week? If so, we urgently need volunteers to work with the cats at the rescue centre. Working hours are between 8am and 4pm and full training will be given. Transport to the centre is available from Karakum. If you are interested and would like more information, please telephone the office on 0533 869 4098 or Julie on 0533 863 1950.

Belated Anniversary Wishes

Belated anniversary wishes to our very own, much loved, Can Gazi of BRT radio and television fame. Eleven years ago on the 20th September, Can pledged his troth to his lovely wife Duyu, since when they have produced their son Kayan (born incidentally on the first night of the Weakest Link, as a fund raiser for SPOT, which also coincided with the birthday of the quiz mistress). From, KibKom Times and all its supporters comes a belated ‘Congratulations’ and wishing both Can and Duyu many more years of happiness together,Read More

Leaders agreed to proceed to the next phase

During last week’s meeting, President Derviş Eroğlu and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis agreed to proceed to the next phase of negotiations. Following the meeting, UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus,  Eide stated that leaders’ meeting was held in a friendly and constructive atmosphere and they agreed on a joint text regarding the next phase of the negotiations. Stating that leaders reviewed the current phase, Eide said  it is also mutually agreed that negotiators and negotiation delegations completed submitting their proposals on all issues. Furthermore, Eide said that both leadersRead More

Last chance to support Jacqueline – and KAR

Local dog lover and Kyrenia Animal Rescue supporter Jacqueline Jones will be reaching a milestone in her life on Tuesday 30th September – her 70th birthday. To make it a really stupendous day Jacqueline is to jump off Saint Hilarion Mountain in order to raise cash for the TRNC-registered animal charity. She will be jumping with Highline Airtours so will be in a tandem situation with one of the company’s operatives. They will reach the landing site behind the old Bell’s Food outlet at around 12.15pm … give or takeRead More