|Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 03-08-19
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES--Polls in the occupied areas show that sixty to seventy percent of those who have the right to vote in so called "elections" want a solution to the Cyprus problem and accession to the EU.
--Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister, George Lillikas, said there are positive predictions for tourism for the rest of the summer season.
--British Prime Minister Tony Blair's right-hand man will be quizzed today about the case for war to oust Saddam Hussein at a potentially explosive inquiry into the suicide of weapons expert David Kelly.
And, -- Israel and the Palestinians plan to resume high level security talks today aimed at breaking a deadlock over a deal for Israel's handover of four West Bank cities to Palestinian security control.
 TALAT POLLSPolls in the occupied areas show that sixty to seventy percent of those who have the right to vote in so called "elections" want a solution to the Cyprus problem and accession to the EU.
Leader of the Republican Turkish Party, Mehmet Ali Talat said those who used to vote for the National Unity party of so called "prime minister Dervis Eroglu and the Democratic Party, are now disappointed.
He said the people now believe in a solution and accession to the EU and have forgotten the past in an effort to create a new Cyprus.
 COMMERCE MINISTERCommerce, Industry and Tourism Minister, George Lillikas, said there are positive predictions for tourism for the rest of the summer season.
He expressed hope that with the new measures the government is promoting, forecast will remain positive for autumn too.
In statements to CyBC, Mr. Lillikas said ways must be found to support internal tourism because at times of crisis, it can keep the tourism industry alive.
He also said ways to strengthen the tourism industry are being examined, such as the opening of a tourism academy and the development of sports' tourism.
 PSEKA CONFERENCEFrom Monday, 25 August, until Thursday, 28 August, the thirteenth World Congress of Overseas Cypriots will be held in Cyprus by the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots.
President Tassos Papadopoulos will declare the opening of the congress which will also be addressed by Greek deputy Foreign Minister Ioannis Mangriotis and other officials. The congress will examine issues such as education among overseas Cypriots, cultural issues, communication between the various overseas communities and other issues.
At the same time, on the World Coordinating Committee justice for Cyprus will discuss the aims and action plan for the new period. The congress will be addressed by House President Demetris Christofias and Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides.
 BRITAIN SCIENTISTBritish Prime Minister Tony Blair's right-hand man will be quizzed today about the case for war to oust Saddam Hussein at a potentially explosive inquiry into the suicide of weapons expert David Kelly.
Alastair Campbell, Mr. Blair's media chief, launched a furious attack on the BBC over a report that he "sexed up" a dossier on Iraq to say Saddam could launch weapons of mass destruction at 45 minutes' notice.
Just before his death, Kelly was identified as the suspected source for the report. The BBC confirmed the bio-warfare expert was the source after he was found with a slashed wrist.
The inquiry by senior judge Lord Hutton is a critical test for Mr. Blair, whose public trust ratings have plunged over the government's handling of the affair and the failure to find any banned weapons in Iraq months after Saddam's overthrow.
Mr. Blair's most trusted adviser will reiterate his flat denial of the report that he inflated evidence about Iraq's weapons.
But sceptical Britons may not be convinced.
An ICM poll for the Guardian newspaper today showed 52 percent of the public trust neither the government nor the BBC to tell the truth and that only six percent trusted Mr. Blair's administration more than the public broadcaster.
 MIDEASTIsrael and the Palestinians plan to resume high level security talks today aimed at breaking a deadlock over a deal for Israel's handover of four West Bank cities to Palestinian security control.
Israel had been poised to transfer the West Bank cities of Qalqiliya and Jericho to Palestinian security control as early as yesterday but the handover was temporarily shelved after a dispute arose in talks between senior security officials.
Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan said the delays resulted from Israel's refusal to dismantle checkpoints surrounding Palestinian cities after withdrawing.
Israeli officials gave a different account, saying the deadlock in talks arose over the fate of militants on Israel's wanted list who Israel wants kept under close surveillance by Palestinian security forces.
 NIGERIA CLASHES- Fighting flared again in the Nigerian oil city of Warri today despite reports that troop reinforcements had been sent in after gunbattles between ethnic groups broke out last week.
The fighting between the Ijaw and Itsekiri groups is the worst seen in the Niger Delta since March, when an Ijaw revolt led to dozens of deaths and forced oil majors to close down around 40 percent of production in the OPEC member nation.
An official for Royal Dutch Shell, the largest oil producer in Nigeria, said the firm had closed down its offices in Warri but this would not affect output.
 USA ARNOLDArnold Schwarzenegger, famous on film for beating up, blowing up and gunning down opponents, said he was ready to engage in another form of combat -- a political debate.
He said he intends to debate Governor Gray Davis and the other major candidates on the ballot.
The Austrian-born Republican actor plans might be put on hold by one of two federal judges who are hearing separate challenges to the Oct. 7 recall on the grounds that, in one case, six state counties have antiquated voting machines; or, in the other, that one county did not follow proper election procedures.
After lying low for more than a week, Schwarzenegger is showing signs that he is ready to launch his public campaign in earnest. He booked up to a quarter of a million dollars worth of time at San Francisco television stations for 60-second advertisements to run from tomorrow until Sunday.
 MAN 120 YEARS OLDA 120-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates who had managed to avoid hospital all his life died after his first visit to one.
According to the Gulf News daily in a report today said Hassan Saeed Aksh went into hospital on Monday for a minor stomach operation, only to die a few hours after surgery.
His sons said their father, a former diver from the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, was extremely healthy and alert despite his years. They attributed his longevity to a diet of dates, fish, natural honey and coffee.
 EGYPT ROAD CRASHA bus and truck collision yesterday killed 21 people and injured another 39 in Egypt.
According to the official Middle East News Agency the vehicles collided at the entrance to the city of Minya 230 km south of Cairo.
Egypt has a high road accident rate, largely due to speeding and reckless driving, as well as poor road conditions.
 FIRE NOThe occupation regime refused an offer yesterday by the Cyprus Fire Brigade to help put out a fire in the Pendadaktylos area.
Fire Brigade Press Spokesman, Stelios Stylianou said the offer was conveyed through the UN. The fire broke out yesterday around two in the afternoon and was put out two hours later.
Kibris newspaper said the fire burned an area of 100 hectares which was reforested after the 1995 fire in the area.
 NEWBORN NICOSIAA newborn girl was found abandoned on the sidewalk at Griva Dhigeni Avenue in Nicosia this morning.
The baby was found wrapped up in a blanket in an open suitcase. Passers by picked up the child and rushed it to Makarios Hospital where doctors said the little girl was fine. Police is investigating the incident.
 WEATHERThis afternoon, the weather will be clear with some moderate sea breezes, three to four beaufort and the sea slight. Temperatures will reach 40 C inland, 35 C on the south and east coast, 31 C on the west, north and mountains.
At night, the weather will be clear but thin mist and low cloud will form in some areas.
Weather conditions in the evening will remain clear with some thin mist and low cloud forming in some areas. Winds will be south-westerly to north-westerly light, two to three beaufort and the sea calm to slight. Temperatures will fall to 26 C inland, 24 C on the south coast, 21 C on the west and 22 over the mountains.
The fire hazard remains extremely high in all forest areas.