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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 04-11-04

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Arafat critical
  • [03] Greece Macedonia
  • [04] Grasshoppers
  • [05] Akkelidou dioxins
  • [06] US Elex wrap
  • [07] Iacovou US
  • [08] Iraq wrap
  • [09] Quake Japan
  • [10] Tailer
  • [11] Weather THURSDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2004

  • [01] Headlines

    Yasser Arafat's health has rapidly deteriorated and is now reported to be in a coma,

    Greece's Foreign Minister urgently called in the U.S. ambassador this morning to explain reports that Washington plans to recognise Greece's northern neighbour with the disputed name "Macedonia,

    A new swarm of millions of red grasshoppers from East Africa, has been spotted in the Paphos district, near the villages of Miliou and Yiolou

    and

    Health authorities in Cyprus, are on full alert, following reports that large quantities of imported milk products from Holland, contain dioxin, an extremely toxic poison, which can cause cancer.

    [02] Arafat critical

    Yasser Arafat's health has rapidly deteriorated and is now reported to be in a coma. The statement was made by a Palestinian official.

    The Palestinian leader, is being treated since last Friday in a French military hospital outside Paris, specializing in cancer care.

    Earlier, Arafat's doctors had said that due to his worsening health, they had moved him to the intensive care unit.

    Arafat is still undergoing tests, but have yet to establish the exact cause of his medical problems.

    [03] Greece Macedonia

    Greece's Foreign Minister urgently called in the U.S. ambassador this morning to explain reports that Washington plans to recognise Greece's northern neighbour with the disputed name "Macedonia.

    The foreign ministry in Athens said in a statement that Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis has also abruptly cancelled a visit to a European Council meeting in Brussels over the issue.

    Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have been at odds over the name since the tiny statelet broke away from Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

    Macedonia is also the name of Greece's northern province, birthplace of Alexander the Great. The two neighbours have been involved in U.N.-led talks for an acceptable name for both sides for over a decade.

    [04] Grasshoppers

    A new swarm of millions of red grasshoppers from East Africa, has been spotted in the Paphos district, near the villages of Miliou and Yiolou.

    Agricultural ministry crews who had earlier finished spraying by air and ground, in areas near the village of Simou, have now moved to those areas.

    Two Israeli specialists are also on sight, to aid the government officials in their efforts.

    The general director of the Agriculture Ministry Andonis Constantinou called on the public to avoid the areas where grasshoppers have been found.

    He also advised many villages in the Limassol and Paphos district to conduct frequent checks and brief authorities if they find new swarms of grasshoppers.

    Part of the swarm that invaded Cyprus, has now moved to coastal areas in Israel.

    [05] Akkelidou dioxins

    Health authorities in Cyprus, are on full alert, following reports that large quantities of imported milk products from Holland, contain dioxin, an extremely toxic poison, which can cause cancer.

    Health minister Dina Akkelidou said that a European directive already issued on the matter is being followed through and before the end of the day, authorities will now whether such products have been imported.

    Mrs Akkelidou also said that by some time next year, Cyprus will have its own specialized laboratories in order to check on foodstuffs and other products.

    [06] US Elex wrap

    The American election cliffhanger did not turn into another Florida.

    President George W. Bush won re-election to a second four-year term over Democratic Sen. John Kerry and promised deeply divided Americans he would work to earn their support and trust.

    In a victory speech in Washington, he said that a new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation.

    Bush clinched victory in a bitter eight-month struggle for the White House when Kerry ended a vote-counting battle in the decisive state of Ohio and conceded.

    Kerry, who called Bush to offer his concession, later told supporters in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall to "begin the healing."

    Bush begins his second term with the daunting challenges of a worsening insurgency in Iraq -- the aftermath of his decision to invade the country in 2003 -- and soaring federal budget deficits.

    Vice President Dick Cheney said Bush's win by 3.5 million votes over Kerry was "a mandate" for his second term agenda for the future.

    [07] Iacovou US

    Reacting to the Bush re-election, foreign minister Yiorgos Iacovou said that the republic will continue its friendly relations with the United States, also maintaining efforts to influence Washington to support its positions on the solution of the Cyprus issue.

    Mr Iacovou further said that the Bush administration has been extremely favorable to Turkey, particularly regarding the Anan plan and expressed the hope of a fairer stance in the future.

    The foreign minister stressed that a possible replacement of Colin Powell in the state department, might make things more difficult for Cyprus.

    [08] Iraq wrap

    U.S. planes and tanks bombarded Falluja overnight, killing five people and increasing pressure on Iraq's most rebellious city, which is braced for an all-out offensive now that the U.S. presidential poll is over.

    The U.S. military said today that two air raids after midnight destroyed "fighting barricades" prepared by insurgents in the northeast and southeast of the Sunni Muslim city.

    It was reported that the attacks were the heaviest on the city for several weeks.

    Among the dead were a woman and a child.

    [09] Quake Japan

    A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 shook northern Japan this morning, in the same region that was hit by a deadly tremor last month, scaring local residents, many of them still in evacuation centres.

    The earthquake, with an epicentre 18 km underground, shook the central Niigata region just before 9 a.m.

    No tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of major damage or injuries.

    There were no reports of injuries except for a man in his 40s who suffered a burn while cooking.

    But it scared local residents still nervous after a 6.8 magnitude tremor on Oct. 23rd.

    The death toll from that quake rose to 39 today when a 71-year-old man died of a heart attack believed to have been triggered by the stress and fatigue of living in an evacuation centre.

    [10] Tailer

    We close our bulletin today with a touch of vanity...

    If, fuller lips and fewer wrinkles are on the Christmas wish list, cosmetic surgery gift vouchers could be the answer.

    The number of Britons going under the knife for finer features has rocketed this year and some private clinics have started offering the vouchers to cope with demand.

    According to Rebecca Johnson, a spokeswoman for Transform, one of the UK's biggest commercial cosmetic surgery groups, husbands buy them for wives, or daughters for their mothers.

    They range from 50 to one thousandpounds and are mostly used for non-surgical procedures such as botox and skin peels.

    However, there is a down side to the trend.

    Plastic surgeons are concerned that trivialising cosmetic surgery could lead to complacency in patient care.

    [11] Weather

    It will be generally fine this afternoon, however it will turn cloudy later on in some areas.

    Winds will be northeasterly to southeasterly, light to moderate, force three to four, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will reach 30 degrees celsius inland, the southern and eastern coastal areas, 27 on the western coastal areas and 19 over higher ground.

    Tonight generally fine weather will continue.

    Winds will be northwesterly to northeasterly, light, force three, over slight seas.

    Temperatures will drop to 14 degrees inland, 16 in coastal areas and 10 over the mountains.

    The fire hazard remains very high in all forest areas.


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