|Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-05-09
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HeadlinesLow temperatures and torrential rains throughout Cyprus, today constituted an unusual picture for this time of year,
Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sotos Zakhaios sent an official letter of protest to the Secretary General regarding Panikos Tsiakourmas' conviction by the occupation regime,
The bodies of two teenagers from a Jewish settlement were today found in a cave in the Judean Desert and Israeli police said they suspected Palestinians had stoned them to death,
Britain's Labour government today put its economic record at the heart of its re-election strategy on as an opinion poll showed it could win a second full term with a bigger landslide than it scored in 1997 and
An ancient Viking game, which started life as a mad scramble for the severed head of an enemy warrior, may face the chop because councillors in the Scottish islands of Orkney fear it is too rough.
 Weather chaosLow temperatures and torrential rains throughout Cyprus, today constituted an unusual picture for this time of year.
Due to power cuts in many areas, people were trapped in elevators and chaos ensued in the streets, without any traffic lights.
The fire department has responded to hundreds of calls for assistance, while the electricity authority has steadily restored supply.
The power cuts were caused by a thunderbolt that fell in the Dhekelia-Kokkinochoria area, damaging power lines and other equipment.
Light patches of snow are also falling on the Troodos mountains, while hail fell in some parts of the Larnaca district.
 Tsiakourmas UNCyprus' Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sotos Zakhaios sent an official letter of protest to the Secretary General regarding Panikos Tsiakourmas' conviction by the occupation regime.
The letter states that the Cyprus government considers the decision of the occupation regime illegal, non-existent and opposite to any sense
It also makes clear that the international community has a special responsibility to increase its efforts in order to end the anachronistic occupation continuing for the past 27 years, and has has negative repercussions on both Greek and turkish-cypriots.
Sotos Zakhaios also notes that the abduction and illegal conviction of an innocent Cyprus citizen is yet another indication of the occupation regime's policy of separating Greek and turkish cypriots, with the ultimate aim of achieving the division of the island.
 DesalinationDesalinated water is been supplied to Larnaca from the Tersefanou refinery since four yesterday afternoon.
According to the results of measurements carried out every two hours, the quality of the water provided, is according to the prescribed standards.
The amount of water supplied to the refinery is 17 thousand cubic meters. The initial agreement was to provide more than twice that amount.
 Casoulides BurnEuropean Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Danid Burn, stated today that Cyprus, will also enjoy economic benefits, by joining the European Union.
Speaking after a meeting in Nicosia, with Foreign Minister Ioannis Casoulides, he also expressed satisfaction about the progress Cyprus has made in applying the acqui communitaire.
Mr Burn is also expected to meet the Health and Commerce Minister as well as the head of the Cyprus negotiating team, Yiorgos Vassiliou.
 Clerides PetraliaGreek opposition New Democracy deputy Fanni Petralia claimed that its too early to speak of a change in US policy regarding the Cyprus problem and Greco-turkish relations.
However, she did say that there is some differentiation of position, observed in statements by American officials.
Mrs Petralia, also President of the European Womens' Union was speaking after a meeting with President of the Republic Glafkos Clerides.
She said that after many years, there is a real buzz of activity regarding the Cyprus problem, not only by American diplomacy, but in the European Union as well.
 Court stopsStenographers at district courts throughout Cyprus today stopped work for two hours this morning, between nine and eleven, in protest regarding favouritism towards Supreme Court shorthand writers.
They claim that on April 30th an agreement was reached betwwen district court stenographers and civil employees union PASYDY, according to which, stenographers would have to work on weekends and public holidays.
In return, they were given more positions on the A-9 and A-10 wage scales.
The protesters claim that the exclusion of Supreme Court stenographers, from the agreement to work on public holidays, works against them.
 Cse downA marginal fall was recorded today by the All Shares Price Index at the Cyprus Stock Exchange.
It closed at 203 point 71 units, a fall of point sixty three percent.
The volume of trading reached seventeen million pounds, in comparison to yesterday's fifteen and a half.
Today's meeting begal was delayed by twenty minutes due to power cuts.
 Mideast chaosThe bodies of two teenagers from a Jewish settlement were today found in a cave in the Judean Desert and Israeli police said they suspected Palestinians had stoned them to death.
The circumstances of the deaths of the two 14-year-olds were not clear and there was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials. Some local officials said the killings may have been linked with the theft of about 100 goats during the night.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, expressing shock at the deaths, called them an "additional escalation" in the seven-month-old Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The teenagers' bodies were found by a search party near the Tekoah settlement, eight miles south
The youths disappeared yesterday while hiking along a river bed about 700 metres (765.5 yards) from the settlement.
At least 409 Palestinians, 77 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs have been killed since Palestinians began their revolt after peace talks became deadlocked.
 S Africa explosionTwelve miners have been killed in an explosion deep inside a South African gold mine, in another mining disaster.
The explosion tore apart a development area some 850 metres underground at the Beatrix mine, 175 miles southwest of Johannesburg.
South Africa's famed deep-level gold mines are among the most dangerous workplaces in the world.
In the industry's last major accident, in July 1999, 19 miners were killed by a methane gas explosion at a mine in the gold belt southwest of Johannesburg.
 Angola KidnappingAngolan rebels have abducted 60 orphans aged between 10 and 18 in a
 midnightraid in the town of Cachito.
The hostages are still missing, believed kidnapped.
State television reported that at least 69 civilians died in Saturday's raid 50 kilometers from the capital Luanda. Aid agencies said the toll could reach 100.
The rebels kidnapped 51 boys and nine girls from a boarding school for war orphans outside Caxito.
The attack has been blamed on the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola known as UNITA, which has been fighting the Luanda government since independence from Portugal in 1975.
 Brits elexBritain's Labour government today put its economic record at the heart of its re-election strategy on as an opinion poll showed it could win a second full term with a bigger landslide than it scored in 1997.
The NOP poll for the Daily Express newspaper suggested that Prime Minister Tony Blair would increase his 1997 parliamentary majority of 179 to more than 250 in the 659-seat parliament in elections called for June seventh.
The NOP poll put Labour on 51 percent, the opposition Conservatives on 31 percent and the Liberal Democrats on 13 percent. Other recent polls have also pointed to a landslide win for the 48-year-old Blair.
Plans for televised debates between Blair and Conservative Party leader William Hague, have been scrapped and Blair and Hague were set to go head to head for the only time in a month-long campaign later today, at parliament's last session of prime minister's questions.
 Champions LeagueIts champions league action this evening, as holders Real Madrid are away to Bayern Munich, in the second leg of their semifinal.
Bayern won 1-0 in Madrid.
The winner of the match will play last years' finalists Valenthia in the Champions league final on the 23rd of May in Milan.
The Real-Bayern match will be carried live by our stations' first television channel.
Kick off is at nine fortyfive.
 WeatherThis afternoon, torrential rains are expected to fall, with thunder and strong winds. Hail is expected to fall in some areas.
Winds will be moderate to strong, southwesterly, four to six beaufort, over moderate to rough seas in some areas.
Tonight, local showers are expected to fall, while thin mist will form in some areas.
Winds will be light northwesterly, three beaufort, over slight seas.
Temperatures will fall to 12 degrees inland, 15 on the coast and eight on the mountains.