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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-07-18

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Casou Cyprus
  • [03] Straw Cyprus
  • [04] Heatwave
  • [05] G8 Protest
  • [06] FBI weapons
  • [07] Mideast Wrap
  • [08] China Accident
  • [09] Chrysler scandal
  • [10] Tailer
  • [11] Weather WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2001

  • [01] Headlines

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides said that efforts by turkish diplomacy for recognition of the illegal pseudostate in occupied North Cyprus, will be long and hard,

    British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable

    The unbearable heatwave, will surge on till Sunday, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees and humidity at high levels,

    and

    A Malaysian woman sharing a cage with 2,000 scorpions wants 1,000 more creepy-crawly roommates to liven up her record-setting ordeal.

    [02] Casou Cyprus

    Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides said that efforts by turkish diplomacy for recognition of the illegal pesudostate in occupied North Cyprus, will be long and hard.

    In statements to our station, Mr Casoulides said that the effective intervention of Greek and Cyprus diplomacy foiled turkish plans for pushing the pseudostate recognition issue at the Islamic Conference Summit.

    He added however that Turkey's efforts towards achieving this goal are on-going and more intensified than any other time, a fact, he added, that has to keep the government on its tows.

    Mr Casoulides stressed the need for strengthning the diplomatic corps that has to win battles on many fronts.

    To that effect, he supported the creation of a deputy foreign minister post.

    [03] Straw Cyprus

    British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable and assuered that along with the other members of the European Union, it will continue its support for the UN procedure regarding efforts to achieve a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    The British position is outlined in Mr Straw's written reply to Barnet town councillor Andreas Tambourides.

    Jack Straw also assured that Britain will continue to call all those involved, including Turkey, to co-operate with the United Nations Secretary General in a flexible and positive manner.

    [04] Heatwave

    The unbearable heatwave, will surge on till Sunday, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees and humidity at high levels.

    At least that's what the experts say.

    In statements to our station, Director of Meteorological Service Kiriakos Theofilou said that stillness will persist for the next five days, with temperatures three to four degrees higher than normal for this time of year.

    Mr Theofilou said however than last July was much warmer than this years' with temperatures over forty degrees been recorded for 16 days.

    Yesterday, two people, one in Nicosia and the other in Poli Chrysohous, suffered sun-stroke.

    Health services once more note that the aged and children are among high risk groups, as well as people with heart and respiratory problems.

    [05] G8 Protest

    Environmental group Greenpeace has launched the first protest action centred around this weekend's G8 summit in Genoa, boarding an oil tanker to demonstrate against the lack of support for the Kyoto protocol on climate change.

    Activists from environmental group Greenpeace yesterday boarded an oil tanker in the port of Vado Ligure, 50km up the coast from Genoa, in a demonstration against the U.S. government's rejection of the Kyoto protocol on climate change.

    Four Greenpeace members clambered aboard the 80,000-tonne Bahamas-registered Clare Spirit chartered by U.S. company Exxon Mobil, and prevented it from unloading oil.

    In Genoa itself, a small group of peaceful demonstrators unfurled a banner against the World Bank from a historic bridge that spans the Via XX Settembre, the city's main thoroughfare.

    Authorities are preparing to deal with demonstrators from hundreds of protest groups, including environmentalists, debt, cancellation campaigners and human rights activists, but only a small minority are believed to be planning violent protests.

    [06] FBI weapons

    A new nightmare for the FBI -- weapons, including machines guns and computers with classified information are missing.

    This is the latest in a string of embarrassments for the FBI. Just a short time ago the Justice Department officials gave details from a ten year audit that shows the FBI has lost hundreds of weapons and laptop computers.

    Specifically...the audit revealed 187 weapons...including long guns and sidearms have been stolen from FBI agents vehicles and homes.

    An additional 265 weapons are lost or unaccounted for. Bureau wide the FBI has some 50-thousand weapons in service.

    As to computers, 184 laptops are missing or have been stolen. Justice officials say one of the laptops contained classified information from a closed investigation.

    Attorney General of the Justice Department to open an investigation into inventory proceudres throughout the department.

    The FBI is already being investigated for mishandling evidence in the Timothy McVeigh case and for operational failures in the Robert Hanssen spy case.

    All of this is certain to come up tomorrow in a FBI oversight hearing on Capitol Hill.

    [07] Mideast Wrap

    Israeli military officials today said the army bolstered its West Bank forces, but a Palestinian official said such reports were exaggerated and accused Israel of applying "psychological pressure".

    Israel Radio said Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer had decided to reinforce troops around Palestinian-ruled Jenin and Bethlehem, but to have them hold their fire to avoid an escalation in fighting.

    Israeli Cabinet Secretary Gideon Saar, speaking ahead of a meeting of cabinet ministers, said no decision had been taken to reoccupy Palestinian ruled areas, an action that would likely anger both Palestinians and Israel's international allies.

    Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, an aide to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, said the Israeli announcement was pushing the sides towards more violence and that Israel was not committed to a truce brokered by U.S. CIA Director George Tenet last month.

    [08] China Accident

    The death toll from the collapse of a brand-new giant gantry crane in a Shanghai shipyard has risen to 36.

    The crane collapsed at the Hudong Shipbuilding Group plant, only a day after its inauguration ceremony.

    More than 30 workers, mechanics and engineers were installing the crane when it fell

    It said the crane was H-shaped, with two upright supports and a crossbeam 100 metres long and weighing 3,000 tonnes.

    Workers had raised the crossbeam to a height of 47 metres, 33-metres shy of its destination.

    [09] Chrysler scandal

    Auto safety advocates in the United States want the DaimlerChrysler Corp. to recall roughly 400,000 minivans after a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan model leaked fuel during a crash test.

    DaimlerChrysler has redesigned the fuel systems of its minivans in response to the test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but says no recall is necessary to replace vehicles with the old design.

    Brian O'Neill, President of the Insurance Institute, said any fuel leak can be a serious problem because of the threat of fire.

    O'Neill said only one other vehicle, the Isuzu Trooper, has ever leaked fuel during a crash test by his organisation.

    Isuzu Motors Ltd. recalled 2000 models and some 2001 vehicles after that test.

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the Grand Caravan its lowest safety rating because of the leak.

    DaimlerChrysler spokesman Dominick Infante called the latest test result a freak occurrence and said the company believes the roughly 400,000 vans are safe and no recall is needed.

    [10] Tailer

    A Malaysian woman sharing a cage with 2,000 scorpions wants 1,000 more creepy-crawly roommates to liven up her record-setting ordeal.

    Malena Hassan, is dubbed, the "guru" of self-styled scorpion stunt queen

    Nor Malena was stung a second time on Tuesday, 16 days into a scheduled, month-long stunt.

    Today's Sun newspaper showed a picture of the 24-year-old, whom it described as unconscious in her 12-square-metre glass enclosure after a scorpion stung her arm.

    But she's ok now.

    The woman lives in the cage 24 hours a day in a museum in Kota Baru, state capital of northeastern Kelantan, except for 15-minute bathroom breaks.

    [11] Weather

    This afternoon it will be mainly clear.

    Winds will be moderate sea breezes, three to four beaufort, turning five beaufort on the south coast, over slight to moderate seas on the south coast.

    Tonight it will be mainly clea, with fog and low cloud expected to form at dawn.

    Winds will be light northwesterly three beaufort, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will to 25 degrees inland, the south and east coast and 23 on the west coast and on the mountains.

    The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.


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