|Sunday, 19 January 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-03-06
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESInternational circles stress the need to press for a solution to the Cyprus Issue;
Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddhas have been granted a stay of execution until after the weekend;
A retired Cyprus prison guard was the victim of a bomb attack last night;
A freak accident leads to the death of a 39-year-old;
CSE trading was today once again marked by low tones;
European football on CyBC-1 tonight for all, provided the station's Limassol transmitter is fixed;
The composer of the James Bond theme fires away at the Sunday Times!
 vaz cyBritain's Undersecretary of State for European Affairs at the Foreign Office, Keith Vaz, stated yesterday that now is the time to press on with efforts towards reaching a peaceful solution to the Cyprus Issue, and totally rejected what was termed "the intransigent stance of both Ankara and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash".
In a relevant report filed by our London correspondent, it's also mentioned that Keith Vaz once again stressed that a Cyprus settlement is by no means a prerequisite for the island's accession to the European Union.
The Foreign Office official, who made the statement at a London meeting organised by the Greek-Cypriot Brotherhood and the British chapters of AKEL, the Democratic Party and the Social-Democrats movement, added that during his scheduled visit to Cyprus on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, he will once again raise the issue of the abduction and illegal detention by the occupation regime of Greek-Cypriot building contractor Panikos Tsiakourmas.
 congresspersons cyTwo US congresspersons, Republican Mike Bilirakis and Democrat Carolyn Maloney, in a letter to the Bush administration, call on the US government to actively contribute towards efforts aimed at the reunification of the Republic of Cyprus so that stability in the Eastern Mediterranean may be established.
In the letter, which is signed by another 60 members of the US House of Representatives, Bilirakis and Maloney voice serious concern over the situation on the island and ask for the immediate appointment of a presidential emissary to give impetus to efforts towards reunification.
The two also note that Cyprus' upcoming accession to the European Union introduces new political and economic factors which could help in achieving a settlement, but at the same time require a greater US involvement.
In closing, the two congresspersons stress that as the only remaining superpower in the world, the US is in a unique position to help advance the UN process providing for negotiations between the Greek- and the Turkish-Cypriot sides.
 Clerides canadaPresident of the Republic Glafkos Clerides, in a letter read at the annual general meeting of the Helleno-Canadian Solidarity Committee which was held in Toronto on Sunday, calls on Cypriots and Greeks abroad to exert influence on their respective countries' policy-making centres in order to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus Issue.
President Clerides also referred to the efforts undertaken by the Cyprus Government so that a solution, fully in line with UN resolutions and the European Union's aquis communautaire, may be found.
In his address to the meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien reiterated his country's committment towards promoting a Cyprus settlement as well as its continued support of the UN Secretary-General's efforts towards this end.
The Committee's annual general meeting also adopted a resolution calling on the Canadian government to pressure Turkey to abandon its negative and anachronistic policy as regards the Cyprus Issue.
 buddhas stayAfghanistan's ruling Taliban muslim fundamentalist movement announced this morning that demolition work had on the two giant Bamiyan Buddhas has been halted until after the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice, expected to last until the weekend.
In a subsequent announcement however it was stressed that any compromise aimed at saving the Buddhas, over half of which have already been destroyed by shelling, is being totally ruled out, and that the Taliban, who control more than 90% of the war-torn nation, remain determined to smash all statues in areas under their control, in the name of Islam.
A number of countries and organisations have offered to either buy or save the Bamiyan Buddhas, which tower 53 metres and 36.5 metres tall, and were hewn into sandstone cliffs at least 1,500 years ago.
 n'sia blastA bomb blast rocked the Nicosia suburb of Archangelos shortly after midnight last night, with the presumed target being former prison officer Michalis Vasilos.
The explosion resulted in extensive damage to Vasilos' house, on Alexandros Panagoulis street.
Police investigations have established that the type of device used, a low-powered time-clock-activated makeshift pipe-bomb, was the same as that placed recently on a car belonging to prison guard Michalakis Michaelides in the Nicosia neighbourhood of Ayios Pavlos.
Prisons Director Charis Themistokleous, on visiting the scene of last night's attack, stated that investigations have already begun to ascertain any possible links between the attacks and current inmates. At the same time Mr Themistokleous expressed his personal concern, given that last night's was the third bomb attack directed against former or active prison guards.
On his part, former prison guard Michalis Vasilos stated categorically that he has no personal differences with anyone and that during his 35 years of service at the Central Prisons he was never once threatened by any inmate.
 freak accidentA freak accident which occured near the Nicosia-Limassol motorway overpass outside Latsia this morning led to the death of Pano Lakatameia resident Stavros Stamatiou.
According to the relevant police report, Stamatiou stopped his car to remove an obstructing object from the road surface, only to be crushed to death when his car rolled over him.
The deceased was 39 years old.
 CSEActivity at the Cyprus Stock Exchange was today decidedly muted, with the overall volume of trading reaching 5 million 981 thousand pounds, just slightly over yesterday's levels, while the All-Share Index closed at 193.08, down 1.75% from yesterday.
 cybc transmissionsCyBC's First Television Channel will link up with London's Highbury stadium at a quarter-to-10 this evening for a live transmission of the UEFA Champions' League match between Arsenal and Spartac Moscow.
Videotaped highlights from today's other fixtures, between Lyon France and Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Leeds United, and Lazio and Anterlecht, will be shown right after the final whistle.
 cybc interruptCyBC technical work for the upgrading of the transmitters at the Limassol Silo has made it necessary to temporarily interrupt the transmission of television programmes on Channels 38, 21, and 45, affecting the reception of CyBC-1, CyBC-2 and NET.
The service was temporarily discontinued at 10 o'clock this morning, and will be restored by 6 o'clock this afternoon.
We apologise to all our viewers for any inconvenience caused.
 TAILERToday's tailer has a musical ring to it, with the familiar and haunting James Bond or 007 theme in the crosshairs of a libel suit over who actually wrote it...
Since the 1960s, the catchy tune has led the soundtrack in a string of action movies about the suave British spy.
Award-winning composer Monty Norman, 72, is suing the Sunday Times over an October 1997 article attributing the bulk of the soundtrack to John Barry rather than him. According to the applicant's counsel, the article claimed the tune owes nothing to Norman except for a snatch of a much-altered melody line, and further damaged Norman's reputation by suggesting he had been dishonest in taking the credit and receiving the royalties for 35 years. It had also suggested Norman was a "non-entity", by describing him as "little known".
The hearings, which began yesterday, are set to continue, while the austere stone walls of London's High Court are reportedly being.... "shaken but not stirred"!
 WEATHERGenerally fair conditions are forecast for this afternoon, with winds being light northwesterlies, 3BF, gusting occassionally to 4, on moderate seas, and temperatures not expected to exceed 22C inland and along the coasts, and 16C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for this evening, even though mist and low cloud is expected to form in areas. Winds will turn to light westerlies, 2-3BF, on smooth to slight seas, while temperatures will drop to 10C inland and in the south and east, 7C in the west, and 6C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.