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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-12-19

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] Cyprus EU Presidency achieves significant progress on CAP
  • [02] NASA and ESA dismiss Maya Calendar predictions

  • [01] Cyprus EU Presidency achieves significant progress on CAP

    The Cyprus EU Presidency has achieved significant progress on the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Sophocles Aletraris has told CAN, after the conclusion of the first session of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council which takes place in Brussels.

    He said that the aim of the Presidency was to achieve a partial general approach on the CAP reform at the Council, but its plans had to change, as there was no deal on the Mutliannual Financial Framework for the years 2014-2020.

    Despite that, he said, the Presidency prepared a detailed progress report which indicates the major changes brought by the Cyprus Presidency on the four basic draft regulations of the CAP reform and identifies the issues which, in the view of the Presidency, remain open and require further discussion. "We have made significant progress and we hope that the dossier will close during the Irish EU Presidency", he said.

    [02] NASA and ESA dismiss Maya Calendar predictions

    The Maya Calendar did not predict the end of the world, according to NASA and ESA scientists who have talked to the Cyprus News Agency.

    They said that there is no such planet called "Nibiru" and humanity should not fear that this mysterious planet will hit and destroy the Earth on the day the Maya Calendar allegedly ceases to exist.

    "I personally have understood that the Mayan calendar is a calendar just like the ones we are using today. After the last day of the currently valid calendar, we will have the first day of the next calendar", Head of the Space Weather Segment in the European Space Agency Space Situational Awareness Programme, Juha Pekka Luntama, has told CNA.

    The theory about the end of the world was dismissed also by NASA. "Just as the calendars we have at home do not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012", a NASA official has told CNA.


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