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Political spat over ‘progress’

CONFUSION reigned yesterday among the political parties as to where the talks between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat stood, and where they might go once UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives on the island today.

The mixed messages emerging from political circles were apparently a result of the way in which party leaders received updates on the intensive talks after Friday’s session ended. Neither Chistofias nor Talat made a public statement, leaving UN Special Advisor Alexander Downer to tell the press that “significant progress” had been made without giving any details. Christofias then gave “an initial briefing” to the leaders of AKEL, DISY, DIKO and EDEK by phone on Friday evening, and EVROKO and the Greens yesterday.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Ban thriller has us all on tenterhooks

WE WOULD like to welcome to Cyprus, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who arrives today on a pointless two-day visit to boost Talat’s re-election prospects, take part in Turkey’s communications games and try to resuscitate the dead talks.

It is not yet known if he will be wearing a lapel-badge that says ‘Vote for Talat’ on his arrival and during his meetings. It will depend on what orders the ‘weak-willed and colourless’ South Korean is given by the cunning Al Downer and Lyn Pascoe who tricked him into visiting the island against his wishes and without informing the comrade.

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Skordelli remand renewal delayed

A NICOSIA district court judge put off until today her decision on the remand renewal of TV presenter Elena Skordelli and her brother Tasos Krasopoulis in connection with the murder of media boss Andis Hadjicostis.

Judge Stalo Hadjiyianni was yesterday forced to make the decision after the siblings’ defence lawyer made a request to see four statements given to police by another suspect, Theophanis Hadjigeorgiou. The latter is in currently in custody for the same case and allegedly gave authorities a full confession on January 21 in which he incriminated Skordelli, 42, and Krasopoulis, 37, as the masterminds behind the January 11 killing.

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Our View: Ban’s visit puts much-needed pressure on leaders

THERE has been much speculation, some of it plain ridiculous, about the reasons for the UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s arrival in Cyprus today. The timing and usefulness of the visit have been questioned. Some have absurdly claimed that he was coming to help Mehmet Ali Talat’s re-election prospects while others have insisted that his arrival was a triumph for Turkey’s communications game – the implication being that Ankara had recruited Ban to create the impression there was progress in the talks.

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Tourism on two wheels: professional cyclists come to train

EFFORTS to position Cyprus as a training destination for professional cyclists received a boost this month when the island was given a firm thumbs-up by riders from top German pro-cycling team, Milram.

Team members Fabian Wegmann, Johannes Fröhlinger and Mathias Russ enjoyed a change to their regular pre-season venue to enjoy two weeks of optimal training conditions to prepare for the team’s forthcoming competitions. The group, which included three Tour de France riders, was later joined by team mates Christian Knees and Paul Voss, the latter arriving straight from his bronze medal victory in the German cyclo-cross championship in Magstadt.

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Green Dot changing collection system to encourage recycling

Green Dot in Cyprus, a waste recovery and recycling company established in Cyprus in 2003, has developed a more convenient household recyclable waste collection programme, it said.

Paper stream – cardboard boxes, cartons, newspapers, magazines, leaflets, office paper – and PMD stream – plastic, metal, Tetra Pak cartons – up to this point were collected separately and on different days.

Green Dot said this wasn’t always efficient or easy for households, nor for the recovery company. So it has decided to simplify the procedure and collect paper and PMD waste on the same day once a week.

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Check in with a smart phone

LUFTHANSA customers will soon be able to check in for flights using their smart phones. The new service, which becomes available next month, allows passengers to check-in and choose their seat using an interactive seat map, up to 23 hours in advance. To access this service, passengers will require an internet enabled phone. After logging on to lufthansa.com, customers will need only to enter the number of the card used to make the booking, and a two-dimensional barcode will be sent to the phone. Passengers travelling without luggage can then go directly to security where they scan the barcode to proceed. The service is available in airports throughout Europe and Canada, including All Lufthansa, SWISS, Croatia Airlines and SAS flights with initial departure from Germany.

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Sending a message of peace to the younger generations

PANICOS Neocleous, author of the 2009 book, The Ignored: 1974, which presents 50 interviews with former Greek Cypriot soldiers about their experiences fighting during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, is preparing a new volume of interviews, this time including accounts from Turkish Cypriot and mainland Greek and Turkish participants and their families.

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