Daily Archives: February 15, 2004

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Papadopoulos warns of tough times ahead

PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday pledged the government would seek the best possible solution under the circumstances, but warned there were tough times ahead over the coming weeks. Papadopoulos was speaking at Larnaca Airport on his return from New York, where he agreed on Friday to a UN roadmap for talks based on the Annan plan, beginning on Thursday in Nicosia.

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Freezing weather comes to Cyprus

SNOW fell yesterday in the heart of Nicosia for a brief five minutes as clouds thickened and strong gusts of wind blew havoc in coastal towns. Temperatures reached as low as 1º C inland and 4º C on the coast, while the temperature on higher ground was well below freezing at -8º C.

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End of the line for stinking rubbish dumps

THE INTERIOR Ministry yesterday pledged that the construction of four state-of-the-art waste processing plants on the island would be completed by 2006 and that small uncontrolled rubbish dumps were gradually being shut down. The Ministry’s pledge means rubbish dumps like the one situated next to the sea caves in Ayia Napa will be closed down by the end of 2005.

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Why our wineries must try harder

WINE REPORT 2004 is a wine guide by Tom Stevenson – author of ‘The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia – which provides a one-stop update to what has happened in the world of wine during the previous 12 months. This is a book full of inside information on every wine region.

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Fantasies and jungle Mayhem

BIG FISH ***1/2 DIRECTED BY Tim Burton STARRING Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange US 2003 124 mins. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE ***1/2 DIRECTED BY Peter Berg STARRING The Rock, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken US 2003 104 mins. Dreamers get a good deal in the movies.

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A life-saving treatment at the mercy of the politicians

IMAGINE living in constant fear. Imagine worrying every second of every minute of every hour of every day that you might die and leave your three children behind. Imagine living in a world where you are in constant physical pain and terrified because you don’t know what is wrong with you. Imagine the humiliation of soiling yourself in front of your children.

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Paying the price for political recklessness

IF THERE was one thing that shone brightly in the gruelling New York talks finally completed on Friday, it was the time-honoured political recklessness that characterises the political leadership of Cyprus. And I refer here to the Greek Cypriot side, as this time the Turkish side appeared literally transformed.

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Who is Tayyip Erdogan

FOR the past two days, the world has been toasting UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan and his envoy Alvaro de Soto for persuading the two sides to agree on the resumption of negotiations after gruelling talks in New York. But little has been said about the man that made it all happen, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Prime Minister.

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Letter from Iraq

“Dear Mom: Iraq is really fun, and us guys from al Qaeda are doing great work. I personally have organised 25 suicide attacks already, and Osama bin Laden himself wrote to thank me. It’s a great pity that our ally Saddam Hussein didn’t get his weapons of mass destruction finished in time for us terrorists to start using them against the infidels, but that’s how the cookie crumbles.

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