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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-10-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Truckers
  • [03] Sarris
  • [04] Denktash
  • [05] Settlers
  • [06] traffic
  • [07] Arni
  • [08] Mideast
  • [09] weather Wednesday 8/10/2003

  • [01] Headlines

    The Cabinet is discussing ways of dealing with a week-old truck drivers' strike that threatens to cripple the economy,

    Europe is pressuring Rauf Denktash to re-open the gymnasium in Rizokarpaso,

    Rauf Denktash appears to be rounding up support in Turkey for his anti-Cyprus settlement campaign,

    AND famous bodybuilder and actor Arnold Swarzenneger is the new governor of California.

    [02] Truckers

    The Cabinet is expected to decide on how to deal with the now seven-day-old truck drivers' strike which is causing chaos at Limassol and Larnaca ports where hundreds of containers with goods destined for the local market are sitting idle.

    Limassol port's warehouses are reportedly chock-full of medicine, foodstuffs, livestock feed, clothing and car parts unable to get to market as truckers have blockaded the port's gates.

    Prior to the Cabinet meeting, Communications Minister Kikis Kazamias told CyBC that the body would decide on what steps to take to counter the strike's fallout.

    Truck drivers walked off the job a week ago to protest what they said were unfair EU legislation that would deny them their livelihood and leave hundreds without jobs.

    In earlier statements, Mr. Kazamias said he regretted the fact that what he called "sincere" efforts to resolve the dispute weren't appreciated by the truckers.

    He said the goverment gave truck drivers written assurances everything would be done to safeguard their jobs.

    Meanwhile, Truckers Association President Loucas Demetriou said his members are ready to sit down and talk.

    Mr. Demetriou said that nothing had come of earlier meetings with Mr. Kazamias and House Speaker Demetris Christofias, but that the dispute can be resolved quickly.

    [03] Sarris

    Presidential Commissioner Polakis Sarris said a massive effort is being undertaken in Europe to persuade Rauf Denktash to re-open occupied Rizokarpaso's gymnasium that was locked up by the Turkish Cypriot leader 28 years ago.

    Denktash's move last August to expel two Greek Cypriot primary school teachers from the Karpass village sparked an international outcry and prompted renewed calls to reopen the school amid fears the Turkish Cypriot leader was trying to get rid of about 500 Greek Cypriots still living there.

    Mr. Sarris said European officials have already made representations to Ankara and to Denktash and there's hope that there will be a positive outcome soon.

    The Commissioner said the Education Ministry is ready to supply the school with teachers, books and teaching material the moment the OK is given for the Gymnasium to reopen.

    He said the government has given enclaved Greek Cypriots in the village two mobile satellite telephones to contact the government-controlled south in case of emergency.

    [04] Denktash

    It seems Rauf Denktash is starting to meddle more and more in the north's so-called parliamentary elections this December.

    Turkish Cypriot opposition newspaper "Afrika" reports that Denktash is making frequent trips to Turkey and is stirring passions among Anatolian Turks by labelling the Turkish government as traitors because they accept the Annan plan.

    Renowned Turkish journalist Mehmet Ali Birand also reports that Denktash urged Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to give his regime money in order to defeat the opposition coalition in the elections, but the request was denied.

    Moreover, extremist Volkan accused American diplomats in Nicosia of meddling in the elections by promoting opposition parties.

    Volcan claims that Turkish-speaking American diplomats are doing the rounds in villages where settlers reside to convince them to cast their ballots for the opposition.

    The paper also accused American Ambassador Michael Klosson of behaving like a colonial governor and called on him to leave the island.

    [05] Settlers

    Turkish settlers pulled out knives to settle a row sparked in the queue to get so-called Turkish Cypriot "citizenship".

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris reports that the incident happened when hundreds of settlers who waited for hours outside the offices of the so-called immigration department became restless.

    Department employees urged so-called police to stay in the building because they feared for their personal safety.

    According to Kibris, the settlers complained that others were granted so-called citizenship in a day when they had been waiting for years.

    Turkish Cypriot news reports suggest that some 3,000 settlers were granted "citizenship" last month so they will be able to vote in the occupied north's so-called parliamentary elections this December.

    [06] traffic

    Eight teenage students were injured yesterday in a freak car accident outside an Aglanjia gymnasium after a 54-year-old woman lost control of her car and careened into the schoolkids when the heel of her shoe became wedged in the throttle.

    The students had just finished their tutorial sessions and were waiting outside for their parents to pick them up when the accident occurred.

    Varvara Paizaki lost control of her car shortly after begining her journey on Aglanjia's Thessaloniki Avenue and bounced off four parked cars and two metal electricity poles before hitting the students.

    Two of the students are recovering at Nicosia General Hospital where they underwent emergency surgery.

    The rest are being treated at Makarios General Hospital. Their condition is described as stable.

    71-year old Christakis Chrysanthou from Aglandjia was also injured.

    Paizaki suffered a nervous breakdown and was taken to hospital for treatment.

    [07] Arni

    Austrian-born actor Arnold Schwarzenegger won control of America's biggest and richest state yesterday, capping an improbable rise from Austrian farm boy to unexpected bright new hope of American politics.

    Schwarzenegger, who never spent a day in political office and hardly ever voted, easily won the governorship of California in a recall election that saw voters boil over in anger and throw out Democratic Gov. Gray Davis less than 10 months into his second term.

    Political experts said that had the recall process allowed legislators to be thrown out, all 120 members of the California senate and assembly would gone with Davis as well.

    And instead of years of experience, they voted to make as their governor a man known by film fans around the world as "The Terminator" and "Conan the Barbarian." Only in America and only in Hollywood could such a scenario come true and no one was more grateful than Schwarzenegger.

    [08] Mideast

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened his cabinet to discuss Israel's next steps following a Palestinian suicide bombing that killed 19 people and an Israeli air strike in Syria the following day.

    This came as an Israeli cabinet minister rejected an offer by Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie of a new ceasefire. The offer was made in an interview published by an Israeli newspaper.

    Faced with what the army called numerous alerts of pending suicide attacks, Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz gave the military the go-ahead yesterday to order a special call-up of reservists, should it deem one necessary.

    Some ministers want Israel to carry out a threat to "remove" Palestinian President Yasser Arafat after Saturday's suicide bombing but Sharon has until now opposed this, saying it could be counter-productive.

    Sharon was buoyed by support from U.S. President George W. Bush after threatening to hit Israel's enemies anywhere in a battle against Palestinian militant groups, although Bush also said he must show caution.

    [09] weather

    This afternoon will be mainly fine with some cloudy periods.

    Winds will be southwesterly to northwesterly light, force 3 to 4, with slight seas.

    Temperatures will reach 33 degrees inland, 31 on the south coast, 27 in the west and 24 in the highest mountains.

    Fine conditions will carry through tonight, but fog and low cloud is expected in some areas.

    Mainly light, westerly to northwesterly winds tonight, force 2 to 3, with calm to slight seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 17 degrees inland the west coast and in the mountains, and to 19 on the south coast.

    A reminder that the fire hazard remains high in all forest areas.


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