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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-05-17
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINESProcedural preparations in view of Cyprus' House of Representatives elections are going according to schedule;
The US reiterates its committment to a bizonal, bicommunal solution to the Cyprus Issue;
A Turkish-Cypriot constitutional expert criticises both the Ankara administration and the leader of the occupation regime;
Greece's Undersecretary for Development is received at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia;
Two Paphos women are detained after cannabis plants are found in their possession;
CyBC's First Television Channel will carry the results of the third pancyprian pre-election poll tonight, while our Second Television Channel will link up with the State Fair Grounds in Nicosia for a live transmission of tonight's opening ceremony;
In closing, we offer a word to the wise as regards matters of health.
 Elecs okWith Cyprus' House of Representatives elections just ten days away, the island's Interior Minister stated today that all target-dates are being met according to schedule.
Speaking after a morning meeting at his office, Christodoulos Christodoulou said that tomorrow will see the publication of the electoral roll, and issued a general request for all to check and make sure where exactly they will be required to vote, given that there are changes due to some 60 thousand more voters than those who exercised their mandatory right in 1996.
Asked if Turkish-Cypriot holders of Cyprus Republic passports have the right to vote, Mr Christodoulou said that this is a constitutional and legal matter being handled by Attorney-General Alecos Markides.
Voting begins at 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 27th, and ends at 5 p.m. the same day, with counting at district distribution centres set to begin one hour later.
Overall figures as regards party representation in the House should be clear by 2 a.m. Monday. May 28th, with the final and seat-by-seat results expected by the same afternoon.
 US CYThe new US Undersecretary of State for European and Labour Issues, Elizabeth Jones, stated that her country will continue to encourage both Greece and Turkey to support the UN Secretary-General's efforts towards a comprehensive Cyprus settlement.
Speaking during the confirmation of her appointment before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Ms Jones reiterated that her country is actively working towards the realisation of a a bicommunal and bizonal solution to the Cyprus Issue, while at the same time promoting the advancement of greco-turkish relations, leading to a defusion of tensions and an increased co-operation in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean in general.
The US Undersecretary of State also noted that her country will extend all the help it can towards Turkey to help her realise her European aspirations in the sectors of economy and security.
 T/c const'n expertA Turkish-Cypriot constitutional expert, who has also served as Turkey's representative at the European Court of Human Rights, is openly criticising both the Turkish government and occupation regime leader Rauf Denktash over their stance regarding the UN-sponsored Cyprus settlement talks.
In articles carried in the Turkish-Cypriot press, Bakir Caglar mentions that the interruption of the talks process not only raises obstacles to the reaching of a political solution, but also facilitates the issuing of judicial decisions against Turkey, such as last week's.
He elaborated on his latter statement by saying that when the European Court of Human Rights ruled on the Titina Loizides case, Turkey responded by saying that the issue of property rights was being discussed at the talks, whereas any such response at present, given that no talks are being held, would be null, void, and totally without meaning or legal standing.
 Presidential PalaceGreece's Undersecretary for Development, on an official visit to Cyprus, stressed today that the island's accession to the European Union constitutes a matter of topmost priority for his country.
Speaking after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Alexandros Kalafatis specifically noted that Greece cannot even begin to consider an EU enlargement if Cyprus is not the first country to accede.
Mr Kalafatis further mentioned that during his meeting with the President of the Republic, the continued co-operation between Greece and Cyprus was also emphasised, given that the two countries are following a common and co-ordinated national course.
 CannabisTwo Paphos women have been detained by Police after a total of 13 cannabis plants were found on premises used by them.
Acting on a tip, Police located eight of the plants in the basement garage of a 28-year-old Paphos resident, who then led the authorities to her 22-year-old Russian housemate's bedroom, where another five plants were found. All plants were between 15 and 50 cm tall.
Also confiscated during the raid were two small receptacles containing what is believed to be cannabis residue.
Investigations are continuing.
 PollThe results of the third pancyprian poll commissioned by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation on the May 27th House of Representatives elections will be presented on our First Television Channel at 9 o'clock tonight.
Analysing and elaborating on the findings will be political analyst Yiannis Mavris and the director of the Cymar Market Research company, Eleni Marangos, while representatives from all eight parties fielding candidates will be in the studio to comment on the survey.
Telephone interventions are also expected from the leaders of the Democratic Rally and the Social Democrats, Nikos Anastassiades and Vassos Lyssarides respectively.
 State fairThe 26th International Cyprus State Fair sees its official opening this evening, with the participation of 13 countries, while another 20 are being represented by local companies.
In total, 332 exhibitors are taking part: 217 as Cyprus importers, industries and services, and 115 in the pavillions of other countries.
The 26th International Cyprus State Fair will be open to the public as of tomorrow and up to and including Sunday, May 27th. Opening hours are 6-11 pm daily, with the exception of the two Saturdays when gates will close at 12 midnight.
Tonight's 7:30 pm opening, expected to last approximately one hour, will be carried live on our Second Television Channel, with our nightly TV News in English going on the air immediately afterwards.
 CSEThe Cyprus Stock Exchange experienced a positive growth today, in reversal of the trend observed since the beginning of the week and earlier.
Specifically, the All-Share Index closed at 196.18, up 1.6% from yesterday, while the overall volume of trading reached some 15.7 million pounds.
 TailerIn today's tailer, a word to the wise as regards health....
You've stopped smoking, you sip the occasional glass of wine and never drink coffee after noon. But that may not be enough, as your usual workouts could cause more damage than good, given that at the same time that wrinkles and gray hair appear, tendons become stiffer and develop tiny tears, cartilage wears away and spinal disks shed water.
The answer? Cross training, which essentially means listening to your body and concocting a combination of exercises that give a good workout while putting as little stress as possible on whatever joints are aching.
Running, jogging and playing tennis are considered high-impact and may become too painful as people age. Swimming, biking and walking may be better options, even though these also have their drawbacks. Swimming, for example, is notorious for causing shoulder problems.
If a joint does start to ache -- especially if it grinds or the pain is severe enough to interfere with sleep -- it should be pampered with rest, anti-inflammatory medicines and perhaps a modified exercise regime.
Remember though that whatever the case, joint pain is never a reason to give up exercise, in any form or fashion, in favour of a purely sedentary existence.
 WeatherGenerally fair conditions are forecast for this afternoon, with winds being primarily light northerlies, 3BF, even though southern coasts will experience moderate to strong southwesterlies, 4-6BF. Seas will be moderate, rising to rough in windward regions, while temperatures are not expected to exceed 27C inland, 25C in the south, 23C in the west and 17C at higher altitudes.
Generally fair conditions are also forecast for this evening, with winds settling to light northerlies, 3BF, on moderate seas, and temperatures dropping to 14C inland, 15C in coastal regions and 8C on the higher reaches of the Troodos mountains.
The fire hazard is high in all forest areas.