|Wednesday, 16 October 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-09-23
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 Headlines lunchFormer British special representative on the Cyprus issue Lord David Hannay laid the greatest vlame for not achieving a settlement to the Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash,
President of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos will address the UN General Assembly in New York, on Thursday, at five in the afternoon, Cyprus time,
President George W. Bush faces stiff U.N. criticism of the policy of pre-emptive strikes when he tries to convince the nations to share the burden of occupying and rebuilding Iraq
Kicking the cat may be a metaphor about venting frustrations on the innocent family feline, but could it be that Snowball really is to blame?
 Hannay CyprusFormer British special representative on the Cyprus issue Lord David Hannay laid the greatest vlame for not achieving a settlement to the Turkish cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, stressing that as long as he the head of the Turkish cypriot community, there will be no solution. In a lecture last night in London on the Cyprus problem, Lord Hannay also critisized the Turkish government for its role in leading to a deadlock in settlement talks, however, adding that the Erdogan government, adopted more positive positions than the previous administration. He noted however that there was a great gap between theory and action and that the all powerful military in Turkey, did not help to bridge this gap. Lord Hannay made clear that the Greek cypriot side bore no responsibility for the failure of the last round of settlement talks.
 WestonMeanwhile, the special coordinator at the State Department Thomas Weston, stated that diplomatic efforts should be directed towards Turkey and the Turkish cypriots, so that they show the necessary political will needed for the resumption of settlement talks. Speaking at an event organised by the Greek community in Astoria, New York, Mr Weston assured that the United States will continue intensive efforts during the crucial period leading up to May 1st 2004. He also stated that the illegal elections in the occupied territories is the best opportunity for the expression of the Turkish cypriots political will.
 Tassos UNPresident of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos will address the UN General Assembly in New York, on Thursday, at five in the afternoon, Cyprus time. He will then give a press conference at the UN headquarters, and at seven in the evening, he will hold talks, with the UN Secretary General Kofi Anan. Tomorrow he will meet the UN chiefs' special advisor on the Cyprus issue Alvaro De Soto and the Special Coordinator for Cyprus at the State Department Thomas Weston.
 Donkey arrestTwo Greek cypriots and a Turkish cypriot illegally in the custody of the occupation authorities since yesterday, while attempting to cross over with a donkey bearing a passport, were due to appear before an illegal court. Those arrested are Savvas Christodoulou and Antis Kyriakou from Dhali and Turkish cypriot Salih Tashkend. The female donkey, at the tenth month of pregnancy, has been taken to the veterinary clinic of the occupied territories. Turkish cypriot opposition daily Afrika, comments on the incident, by saying that those arrested are two Greeks, a Turk, and a real cypriot, referring to the donkey. According to the paper, the passport of the so called United Federal Republic of Donkeys was issued under the name Mr Cypriot and profession of labourer. Government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides condemned the Denktash regime actions and stressed that efforts are ongoing for the release of those arrested.
 UN AssemblyPresident George W. Bush faces stiff U.N. criticism of the policy of pre-emptive strikes when he tries to convince the nations to share the burden of occupying and rebuilding Iraq.
The president returns to the 191-member General Assembly a year after telling the United Nations it risked becoming irrelevant if it did not take a stand against Iraq.
But he has no plans to apologize for the chaotic situation in Iraq and the failure to find the promised weapons of mass destruction, given as the main reason for the war, U.S. officials said.
Minutes before he addressed the assembly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan took an unusually blunt swipe at the world's only superpower, saying that unilateral military action without U.N. authority risks returning the world to the law of the jungle.
According to Annan, sidestepping the United Nations in waging war calls into question the entire structure of collective action forged when the United Nations was created on the ashes of World War Two.
And he announced plans for a high-level panel to rethink U.N. security structures.
Bush, whose job approval ratings have been in a deep slide due in part to his Iraq policy, also plans to call on the United Nations to solve such global challenges as weapons proliferation, Afghanistan reconstruction, the AIDS crisis, hunger and slavery.
 UN AidsDespite more money and a myriad of programs, most nations are unable, unwilling or too impoverished to provide treatment or prevention plans that could reverse the AIDS pandemic by 2015.
At an all-day conference yesterday, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said new reports from 103 government delivered a series of bleak statistics, showing action fell "far short of what is needed."
Some 136 delegates, including heads of state and foreign ministers addressed the General Assembly, with representatives from Chile, Benin and others speaking well after midnight.
Dr. Peter Piot, head of UNAIDS, which coordinates programs among U.N. agencies, told a news conference, said "there isn't a single A in the report card."
World leaders at a special General Assembly session on AIDS in June 2001 pledged to halt and reverse by 2015 the pandemic that has cost 28 million lives, 3.1 million last year alone.
But Piot estimated there would be 45 million new infections by 2010 and emphasized denial was still a problem because of the disease's transmission through sexual intercourse.
One goal was to ensure by 2005 that at least 80 percent of pregnant woman have information, counseling and drugs to prevent transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
 Iacovou AIDSIn his speech at the AIDS conference, foreign minister Yiorgos Iacovou stressed the determination of the Cyprus government to continue its active involvement in the struggle to eradicate the virus. Mr Iacovou underlined that since the first case of AIDS in Cyprus in 1986, the country has set the issue high in its priorities, managing to keep infections at low levels, with only zero point one of the population being infected.
 TailerKicking the cat may be a metaphor about venting frustrations on the innocent family feline, but could it be that Snowball really is to blame?
Czech scientist Jaroslav Flegr of Charles University in Prague told Reuters his research showed a parasite called toxoplasma gondii in cats, rabbits or raw meat, may make women reckless and friendly while making men jealous and morose.
Just contracting the bug might not be life-threatening but infected women behind the wheel can be fatal, and those out for a stroll in busy traffic may be a hazard, he said.
Flegr said his research shows men infected by the bug tend to be quiet, withdrawn, suspicious, jealous and dogmatic. He said he could not find a reason for the different reactions.
The illness could be responsible for up to one million of deaths on the roads worldwide, making it one of the deadliest parasitic diseases, second only to malaria.
 Weather lunchIt will be mainly fine this afternoon, with some patchy clouds. Winds on the eastern and southeastern coasts will be moderate northeasterly to southeasterly, force four and light to moderate southwesterly to northwesterly, force three to four, on the rest of the island, over slight seas to moderate seas on the eastern coast. Temperatures will rise to 32 degrees inland, 31 on the south coast, 29 on the west coast and 22 on the mountains. Tonight it will be mainly fine. Winds will be light northwesterly to northeasterly, force two to three, over calm to slight seas. Temperatures will fall to 20 degrees inland, 22 on the south coast, 18 on the west coast and 16 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.