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Airlines prepared for Heathrow strike

ALL MAJOR airlines with flight schedules between Cyprus and Heathrow airport have announced measures to accommodate passengers in the event of long delays if Wednesday’s flight at the airport goes ahead.

Aegean Airlines, Cyprus Airways (CY) and British Airways (BA) have all said passengers can reschedule their flights, to avoid the long queues likely at the passport control check points.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced last week that it was planning to go on strike on Wednesday against new reforms that will see them work longer and contribute more towards their pensions.

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Psychiatric patients living in homes for the elderly

AROUND 300 former patients of the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital are currently living in old people’s homes due to the lack of halfway houses, with MPs yesterday expressing their outrage at the lack of progress made in assisting patients’ integration into society.

Speaking after the House human rights committee’s discussion on the matter yesterday, EDEK’s Roulla Mavronicola said there were virtually no plans in place by the state to support patients with psychiatric problems.

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Turkey offers to open ports in return for direct flights

TURKEY offered to bow to EU demands and open its ports, airports and airspace to Cyprus under what it called a “Taiwanese-style” diplomatic arrangement to help drive reunification talks which resumed yesterday.

The European Union Ankara seeks to join demands Turkey end an embargo on traffic from Cyprus.

The EU basically wants Turkey to fulfil its obligations stemming from it signing a protocol extending its customs union with the EU to the 10 newest members, including Cyprus.

Turkey at the time issued a declaration saying that its signature did not mean it recognised the Republic of Cyprus and also refused to open its ports and airports.

But it has offered in the past to make concessions in return for direct flights to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

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Turks to drill for gas in Famagusta

OIL AND natural gas exploration on land in Turkish-controlled Famagusta is to begin within three months, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz announced at the weekend. 

“We will have completed preliminary studies in two to three months, after which we will begin test drilling,” Yildiz told an energy conference held in Kyrenia on Saturday. 

Yildiz said the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) had seismic data collected previously from the area that suggested deposits existed there.

“There is no guarantee that there is oil or natural gas there, but this is a serious operation,” Yildiz said on Saturday. 

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A boozy boost to tourism

  • THE SECOND Troodos Zivania Festival kicks off next month in what organisers hope will be a potent boost to tourism in the mountains.

The festival’s series of events will run through the whole of December – dubbed Zivania Month – starting with a Zivania fete on Sunday December 4 in the village of Alona. 

The Zivania Month is organised jointly by the Troodos Tourism Development Company (ETAP), the association of the Pitsilia region expatriates and the Alona community board. 

In a press conference held yesterday in Nicosia, ETAP’s Panayiotis Papadopoulos said that Troodos has been left behind in terms of tourism and that this could only be rectified by highlighting the region’s strong points.

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Archbishop on the lookout for presidential candidate

ARCHBISHOP Chrysostomos said on Sunday he will be looking to endorse a presidential candidate who will set the peace talks on the right track and prevent the island from turning Turkish. 

“I listen to the cry of worried people calling us to intervene as the church and put our national issue on the right path,” the primate said in an interview with Kathimerini newspaper. 

The archbishop said he will compose a text based on his principles.

“If anyone wants to adopt the text and has a leading personality in order to serve the people, then I will ask the public to vote for them,” he said, adding that he will call a meeting in January or the beginning of February to find a suitable presidential candidate.

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Government seeks ECHR clarification on property

THE GOVERNMENT has sent a letter to the Council of Europe accusing Turkey of selectively implementing the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) decision on individual property claims while simultaneously violating the property rights of Greek Cypriots.

The November 3 letter makes reference to the 2001 Cyprus versus Turkey appeal in relation to human rights violations of the property rights of those displaced in 1974 or those living in enclaves, among others. 

“That appeal cannot be connected in any way to individual appeals which after the Demopoulos decision have taken a path we consider unacceptable,” said Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis yesterday. 

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Baby in serious condition after fall

TRAGEDY struck a British family currently living in Paphos, when their three-month-old baby sustained a serious head injury after falling out of his baby seat.

The infant is being treated at Makarios Hospital, where doctors yesterday said he was in critical condition after sustaining a hematoma on his brain.

A spokesman for the police yesterday said the sensitive nature of the case prevented the force from issuing any details.

But he did say that police received a call from Paphos Hospital on Sunday saying the baby had to be transferred to Nicosia General Hospital for treatment.

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Leaders’ dinner invite warmly accepted

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu yesterday invited United Nations officials to a dinner in Pyla on January 5, during their meeting on issues of governance and power-sharing as part of direct negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem.

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor in Cyprus, Alexander Downer, yesterday “warmly accepted” the dinner invitation. He added that the two leaders were scheduled to meet again on Thursday.

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Man killed by gas heater fumes

ONE PERSON was killed and another was taken to hospital on Saturday after inhaling poisonous fumes from a stand-alone gas heater in a bedroom. 

The Bulgarian man, 46, was found dead on his bed on Saturday afternoon in Sina Oros village while a 49-year-old woman – also from Bulgaria – was found unconscious in the bedroom. 

Both were found by the landlady who called the police. 

The 49-year-old was taken to Kyperounta hospital and is out of danger. 

State pathologist Eleni Antoniou who performed the post-mortem said the most likely cause of death was inhaling gas fumes. 

With the weather staying decisively cold foregoing gas heaters for their more expensive electric alternatives is not an option for many. 

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