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Cyprus Mail: News Articles in English, 00-02-13

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

February 13, 2000


  • [01] Unpaid volunteers wanted for Miss Universe
  • [02] Government doctors stage overtime ban
  • [03] Ministers to discuss high fuel prices
  • [04] 'Fischer told Denktash to stop seeking recognition'
  • [05] Turkish Cypriots 'want face-to-face talks as soon as possible'
  • [06] Kyprianou has operation in London
  • [07] Agent held as suspect in Terzian insurance fraud case
  • [08] Judge criticises police over bank job publicity
  • [09] Valentine's Day Messages

  • [01] Unpaid volunteers wanted for Miss Universe

    By Athena Karsera

    MEMBERS of the Miss Universe organising team arrive in Cyprus today in search of a wide range of volunteers and to continue preparations for the beauty contest.The pageant=s Host Committee says its Athens-based chairman Nicos Mastorakis is looking for "volunteers who have the goodwill and temperament to take part in the preparations".

    He called it an excellent opportunity for people "from college students to hairdressers to volunteer their services for the biggest international event that has ever happened in Cyprus".

    During his visit Mastorakis will also be working on the filming of a daily magazine show to be broadcast for three consecutive weeks before the May 13 pageant on Cypriot and Greek television.

    He said he is also interested in Cypriot fashion designers contributing to various events within the pageant's framework.

    Also arriving for the six-day visit tomorrow will be Miss Universe organisation president Maureen Reidy, the organisation's vice-president Paula Shugart, stage directors Gerry Hariton and Vicki Barral.

    Shugart and Hariton will have a scale model of the stage with them and plan to interview specialised set construction workers who may be hired to help build it. The team will also visit the pageant's venue, Nicosia's Eleftheria Stadium.

    Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Elpida Elia on 02-666535.

    February 13, 2000

    [02] Government doctors stage overtime ban

    By Athena Karsera

    GOVERNMENT doctors start an overtime ban from tomorrow in protest at what they say were slurs made against them at a recent House of Representatives Watchdog Committee meeting.The Government Doctors= Union (Pasiky) cut short a three- hour work stoppage two weeks ago in protest at deputies accusing them of being slick operators during the January 27 meeting, which was reviewing a report by Auditor-general Chrystalla Yiorkatzi.

    The report said that at at least one unnamed hospital, two specific operations were only carried out at weekends and on public holidays, when the surgeons were paid overtime.

    The decision to cut the strike short followed assurances that the Health Minister did not agree with the Watchdog Committee's statements about the doctors.

    Minister Frixos Savvides also put forward a proposal for an on-call system to be introduced at state hospitals, with doctors sleeping at hospital halls of residence and being paid per procedure performed during irregular hours.

    Savvides said Pasiky had accepted his proposal and that the next step would be for the Finance Ministry to decide how much extra the doctors would be paid per procedure.

    Pasiky vice-president Dr Petros Petrides said at the time the doctors were satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, but he still did not rule out doctors not working overtime after February 14, as originally planned.

    Pasiky president Dr Stavros Stavrou was quoted yesterday as saying that the overtime ban was not meant as strike action but as a gesture while intense negotiations on the on-call system continue.

    He also said the action would not affect emergency cases.

    February 13, 2000

    [03] Ministers to discuss high fuel prices

    THE Council of Ministers will decide on Wednesday what action to take about sky-high fuel prices, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Nicos Rolandis said yesterday. He told the CyBC that he would have meetings tomorrow and on Tuesday to discuss the issue and the Council of Ministers would then make a decision on the required action.Crude oil prices hit the $28 a barrel mark on Friday, the highest price in the past nine years.Consumers have already suffered the consequences of soaring prices with higher electricity bills.The difference was especially felt following last summer's low price of $10 a barrel and subsequently lower electricity bills.

    February 13, 2000

    [04] 'Fischer told Denktash to stop seeking recognition'

    GERMAN government sources were quoted yesterday as saying that Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer had called on Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to stop seeking recognition for the occupied area and to work towards a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    The Athens News Agency said its sources at the Ministry said that Fischer had made it clear he was only interested in contributing to a solution to the Cyprus problem, and not in recognising the self-declared 'state' in the occupied areas.

    The same sources said that Denktash limited his discussion with Fischer to analysing his positions during the recently second round of proximity talks in Geneva.

    Denktash met Fischer on Friday at the German Minister's invitation. The government in Nicosia had been concerned that the invitation to Denktash might have been seen as an indirect form of recognition of the Turkish Cypriot regime.

    February 13, 2000

    [05] Turkish Cypriots 'want face-to-face talks as soon as possible'

    THE TURKISH Cypriots want the proximity phase of talks with the Greek Cypriots to end as soon as possible so face-to-face negotiations can begin. The next round of UN-mediated proximity talks is set for New York on May 23, following the first and second rounds in New York last December and in Geneva earlier this month.According to an interview in today=s Turkish Probe magazine, direct talks would have to take place on the basis of the acceptance of two sovereign states, however.

    "As long as the Greek administration is allowed to use the name Republic of Cyprus, there is no chance of reaching a bilateral agreement on the island. This fact should now be recognised by all the relevant sides," said Tahsin Ertugruloglu, the Turkish Cypriot <Foreign and Defence Minister".

    He also said the proximity talks between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash could not be regarded as a negotiating process: "Thus far, no one has come to us with a proposal. There is only the UN requesting that we clarify the details of our argument and search for answers to the questions in people's minds."

    Ertugruloglu also said that several countries had begun to listen to the Turkish side of the argument: "We have started to make forward progress" on this, he said.

    On the government=s accession course towards the European Union, Ertugruloglu said the Turkish Cypriots do not consider the application to include the occupied areas.

    "We definitely do not consider the one-sided application by the Greeks as an application that was submitted on behalf of the entire island," he said.

    "We are hoping that the possibility of accepting Cyprus as a candidate for EU membership, without reaching a settlement on the island and based on a one-sided application by the Greek side, is no longer valid."

    February 13, 2000

    [06] Kyprianou has operation in London

    HOUSE President Spyros Kyprianou yesterday underwent emergency surgery in London to rectify a problem with sternum.

    The operation began at around 3pm Cyprus time and lasted for two hours.

    Kyprianou flew to England on Friday night and was immediately admitted to St Mary's Hospital, just weeks after undergoing an open-heart operation in the United States.

    The decision to operate again was taken after he suffered complications on Thursday when protracted coughing caused chest pains, his doctor said on Friday.

    Cyprus Heart Foundation President Evagoras Nicolaides said problems with the sternum often arose after open-heart operations, but that the surgery was not risky.

    February 13, 2000

    [07] Agent held as suspect in Terzian insurance fraud case

    By George Psyllides

    AN INSURANCE agent has been remanded in connection with a case of suspected forgery of insurance policies on the life of the late rally driver, Vahan Terzian.Dimitris Hadjispyrou, 46, from Limassol, was remanded in custody for eight days in Nicosia on Friday after allegedly forging a policy taken out by Terzian, who was killed when his car went over a cliff and into the sea in the Petra Tou Romiou area, near Paphos, just over a year ago.The court heard that Terzian's brother and sister, Haig and Monika, on October 22 last year submitted a claim with Liberty Life insurance company for ,2 million.

    The claim was based on a policy taken out by Terzian on October 13, 1998. When the copy of the contract was submitted, the company compared it to the original and found it had been falsified.

    The sum payable in the life insurance policy had been changed from ,500,000 to one million pounds, and the insurance for personal accidents had also been altered, from ,500,000 to one million.

    An insurance claim for ,1 million was also submitted to Alico insurance company on October 20 last year.

    After studying a copy of the policy presented by the lawyers for Haig and Monika Terzian, it was found that such a policy was never taken out by their late brother.

    The case was reported to police who after examining the documents found that the first had been falsified and the other forged.

    Haig Terzian was arrested on Thursday after police found copies of the contracts at his home, but was released on the same day without being charged.

    On Friday police arrested Hadjispyrou who was Terzian's insurance agent, and who also represented both Liberty Life and Alico.

    Police told the court the suspect admitted to being involved in the forgery, and he implicated several other people who may be apprehended soon.

    February 13, 2000

    [08] Judge criticises police over bank job publicity

    By George Psyllides

    IN AN apparent show of displeasure -- and to the police's surprise -- a judge yesterday ordered two armed robbery suspects to be remanded in custody for only two days.The two suspects aged 19 and 20, both from Nicosia, were arrested late on Friday afternoon after a bank robbery earlier in the day.In making its decision the court criticised police because of the publicity given to the arrests and warned officials to be cautious of what they say.In announcing the arrests on Friday night the obviously pleased police chief, Andreas Angelides, said the two suspects had confessed to carrying out the heist, and he suggested the case was more or less solved.In court yesterday the defence objected to a police request for an eight-day remand, saying the chief's statement that the case had been solved was prejudicial to a fair trial.The judge then said two days would be enough for the police to prepare the prosecution case since it had been already "solved".Police told the court they found ,15,803 and the shotgun used in the robbery at an apartment used by the two suspects. They said ,1, 798 was missing, even though on Friday they told reporters they had recovered the full amount.

    Friday=s raid took place at the Larnaca Avenue branch of the Bank of Cyprus in Aglandja in Nicosia, with the robbers getting away with around ,17,000.

    Two hooded men entered the bank at 10.55am and threatened staff and customers with a shotgun.

    Eyewitnesses said the men were wearing khaki outfits and green hoods.

    Police said the two fled the scene in a stolen Mitsubishi Colt and headed north towards the Sopaz area, chased by a passer by who eventually lost them.

    On Friday night Angelides expressed his satisfaction at the arrests and praised the officers who had made them.

    He also thanked members of the public who had helped police track the suspects down, and said that the force would not let up in its efforts to prevent and solve crime.

    Friday's raid was the latest in a string of armed bank robberies on the island over the past twelve months.

    Banks have recently bolstered their security by installing closed circuit cameras and alarms connected to the police.

    © Copyright Cyprus Mail 2000

    February 13, 2000

    [09] Valentine's Day Messages WHO LOVES YA, BABY?

    Boushki mou, Randy mou, You'll always be my Valentine! Love, Your Rorge XOX

    Podger: let's give it one more try, for old timers' sake. Luv ya. Gloop

    "When in my arms with all thy charms

    I clasp my countless treasure,

    Seek no more of heaven to share

    than such a moment's pleasure.

    Love you like the stars above"

    Her Indoors was Outdoors doing her Swiss role but is now back in the funny farm. He Who Must Be Obeyed (but generally isn't).


    Broadside: Give me a peck or two and I'll give you a pecker too. SlaveMaster

    Dear Gruntly, I love it when you tell me no. Yucky

    Darling Doh-Boy. You can eat my shorts any day. Carbuncle.

    To Fagash Lil Eteson: Through lots of love, Trials and Tribulations, You are still my Valentine Eternally, Jack Lemon aka J.E.L.

    Dear Booby, I forgot your birthday present. Forgivvikins? Eiffel

    Rose Petal Possum Treasure B You are my Valentine, mi amore para eternidad. Your little Prince Possum Treasure

    My Margarita B when will you give me a pizza the action? Groper

    Yabadabadooo... I love you... pots and pots and pots and pots and pots. Forever yours, Woozywoozy Wow Wow

    Z.O. My place, 9pm. Harpie

    Dearest Ivar, You are kind, intelligent, loving and true. The best thing that's happened to me is YOU! Ruby

    To my one and only Raffy: Hi, hello, how are you there? The time has come to wish you have a wonderfully happy happy b-day and many more happy returns... and Happy Valentine's Day as well. Yes, darling, you're absolutely right: even though we're far apart, our hearts are always close together for ever. I will love you for the rest of my life. Lots of love, Verna

    To Grade A+ -- Roses are red, violets are blue. There's the bed, now get out of the loo. Flatcap Freddie

    To Josie Bayo, Merly Ateng, Mercy Lab, Roma Baby, Vangie Anining-Ning, Annie Baby, Georgo Jerome, Christo Kuto... Happy happy Valentine's Day to all of you there (and most especially to Merlyn Ramos and Costas Happy Valentine's Day too. Love from Beng

    Lonely muncher: I wish I could be with you on today of all days. Slobba

    Gee, it's great! Could go on and burst into song but I'm not in the bath now. Longing for tomorrow, Fluffy. Your loving, scrubbing Marios.

    From the Bard to Angie: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end... Let's do it, babe. Now!

    To N-y, Paralimni. Forget hookers and props, you're the best in my team. Love Kiwi.

    Sue. Am byth, cariad fach. Diolch yn fawr.

    Who's the handsomest, sexiest, biggest boy south of the Green Line? Who loves you for you, not your turbo GT? You're my handy-man, Andy-man. Ellie- mou

    Mex, I've only got thirty words, so I'm not going to waste any. Love ya, love ya, love ya, love ya, love ya, love ya, love ya B still counting? Tex

    Unzip my snapper, hun, I'm hungry -- Croc

    Will you still need me, will you still please me, when I'm 64... You've proved it, can't wait to get my bus pass so I can get to your place. Ta, Grizzly -- Old 'un.

    Gerbil calling Wheelie: Let's go round again. XXXXXX

    Nadia: When the days are long, the nights are cold, It's only you I want to hold. Your smile lights up my life, I'm so glad you're my wife. Happy Valentines, George XXX

    To Al No1 (I do not mean there are 2,3 etc) On our third Valentine together I swear: I love you more than ever. Vladi

    Mr Orca, your 'pod' loves you with all their hearts

    Elizabeth, baby: If I haven't told you how much it means to have your love, I want to tell you now! Your beloved Hubby, Roman

    To my only and big love, Abeer: On this special occasion, I find no words to express my love to you, except to say I love you from deep, deep of my heart. Your lover for ever, Hesham

    Suzanne, you are my precious flower, a fire eternal, my endless desire. Saya cinta padamu oh my gracious, sensual Valentine. Love, your shy, singing teddybunny, Antonis Evripidou

    To my dearest family -- Venus, Vanessa, Jana, Karel & Lia -- always remember that I love you from the bottom of my heart. From: Tatay Abe

    Dear Katrin: Happy Valentine's Day from Ralf, Torsten, Anna and Maria. We love you!!!

    My darling Sian: Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. Chinky Fat

    To my dear hubby, Antonis, Happy Valentine's day my love! Across the miles I blow you a big kiss! Love you always, your wife -- Suzanne

    Para Maria de Emilio

    Love-thou art Veiled-

    A few-behold thee-

    Smile-and alter-and prattle-and die-

    Bliss-were an Oddity - without thee-

    Nicknamed by God-


    (Emily Dickinson, Final Harvest)

    A message for two special love birds -- Nicci & Butch. Have a lovely romantic day together


    You hold and you touch, You care and you protect me. Wrapped in your arms, surrounded by your love, I can stand anything. I love you forever. Kisses, Sugarpie

    For Possum Treasure of Limassol. AHoy te quiero mas que ayer Pero menos que maņana@ R.P.P.

    My Youthful Darling Beauty Valentine Aphrodita Dianochka: This is your real first Valentine. I want you to remember this beautiful day with love, affection and happiness. With admiration, Yours Kotik

    Irene: Your wish is ever mine to give, The world within my power. Your happiness for you I live,

    To give you your desire

    To Anthony with an 'h': Your love is sweeter than all those bottles of cab sav. I don't suppose you'd like another cup of coffee? From your ever- loving Cleopatra

    Nicos: I love you more each day. All my love Piggy. PS. Can I go to England?

    Nanna - Be my valentine! AMLFA, Jj. XX

    For my wife Ingrid, elegant, dignified, charming. All my love, Lennart

    Sweetest Bebek, I can't stand my diet anymore. I want to eat hamburgers, French fries and cakes. That's why I'm taking you to a restaurant tomorrow so that I can eat whatever I want, yummiii. I love you for everything you are. Love always, Djoudj

    To my darling SJS. I will love you for ever, Sweetheart. Happy Valentine's Day. Your adoring MGH. XXXXX

    Happy Valentine's Day Laura Stephanie Henry, with lots of love from your secret admirer.

    To our darling son Michael Antony: happy first Valentine's day. With all our love, Mummy & Daddy

    Happy Valentine's day to my darling Stavros! All my love, M-J. XX

    My dear Valentine M.D.: Just T.C.B. by sending you this special Valentine's message with a little T.L.C. Love you now + for always. Yours for eternity, All my love, Zouvana XXX


    My darling 'Messoulla': I love Thee So Much, I Adore You, I Desire You All the time. Your 'Mesoulla Fan' Always.

    Our Love Rania: On the occasion of Valentine's Day we send to our sweetheart congratulations for your success, hoping getting excellent. Our hearts always touch with your heart. Essam - Mona - Ahmed - Sara

    Hello, Irish. I may fly off occasionally, but at least I keep on coming back. Future President

    To my dearest Darya and Ghandi: 1-2-3. Remember our secret!! Be my Valentines

    Dearest Choochool: millennium is gone, promises are still there, plus more to come. Hope this will be the year. Love you for ever, happy birthday too. Googool

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