|Tuesday, 27 October 2020|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 05-06-09
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HeadlinesThere was drama last night at Larnaca airport, when a pontiac Greek drove onto the runway, almost crashing on two Cyprus Airways planes, coming in from Amsterdam and Frankfurt, whose pilots were forced to manoeuvre to avoid the collision,
New York and Washington are at the centre of behind the scenes talks, over the Cyprus issue and the future of the un peacekeeping force on the island,
Ethiopian security forces held some opposition leaders under house arrest today, a day after police and troops fired into crowds killing at least 22 people in the country's worst bloodshed in four years,
Accidents at coal, gold and iron ore mines have killed 36 people this week in China, home to the world's deadliest mining industry
"Matthew" is a lucky name in Britain, according to research which showed males of that name have won the most prize money so far this year in the nation's monthly Premium Bonds draw.
 Larnaca mysteryThere was drama last night at Larnaca airport, when a pontiac Greek drove onto the runway, almost crashing on two Cyprus Airways planes, coming in from Amsterdam and Frankfurt, whose pilots were forced to manoeuvre to avoid the collision. Security chased the man on the runway. The 29 year old was arrested twenty minutes later, but according to our correspondent in Larnaca, he was not in a position to explain his action. Earlier, the man, with his seven year old nephew riding in the car, had stolen 40 pounds worth of bread rolls from a bakery and drove off. Employees at the bakery took down his license plates and he reached the airport, where he somehow managed to get onto the runway.
 UN CyprusNew York and Washington are at the centre of behind the scenes talks, over the Cyprus issue and the future of the un peacekeeping force on the island. The security council is due to vote on the renewal of the forces' mandate, next week. Assistant UN Secretary General Sir Kieran Prendergast briefed Kofi Anan on his sounding out mission in Nicosia, Athens and Ankara, while on the 22nd of June he is scheduled to bried the 15 members of the Security Council on the conclusions of his mission. Meanwhile, negotiations among members of the Security Council start this afternoon, at UN headquarters, over the renewal of UNFICYP's mandate.
 Lavrov leavingRussian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov leaves Cyprus at six this afternoon, following an official two-day meeting. Mr Lavrov held separate talks with the President of the republic Tassos Papadopoulos, house president Dimitris Christofias and foreign minister Yiorgos Iacovou. At the forefront of talks were current developments in the Cyprus issue and more specifically efforts currently under way for resumption of settlement talks. The Russian foreign minister made clear that his country fully supports the republic of Cyprus issue and maintains its position for an agreed solution, within the framework set by the Security Council of the United Nations.
 Ethiopia clashesEthiopian security forces held some opposition leaders under house arrest today, a day after police and troops fired into crowds killing at least 22 people in the country's worst bloodshed in four years.
Troops patrolled deserted streets and, for a second day, most shops remained closed.
The violence flared yesterday after weeks of opposition accusations that the ruling party had intimidated voters and rigged the polls to hold on to power in the strategic Horn of Africa nation.
Some opposition leaders were being kept at their homes, according to European Union observers.
 China AccidentAccidents at coal, gold and iron ore mines have killed 36 people this week in China, home to the world's deadliest mining industry.
And this despite repeated government vows to improve safety.
The death toll from the worst disaster, a gas leak yesterday at the Zijiang coal mine in central Hunan province, rose to 22.
Beijing has pledged more than 6 billion dollars in coming years to improve mining safety and has cracked down on illegal and failing mines and unscrupulous mine owners, but the safety campaigns have had limited effect.
More than 6 thousand people were killed in a grim series of coal mine disasters in 2004 and another one thousand one hundred died in the first three months of this year.
 Turkey explosionTwo people, including one child, were killed in an explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Constantinople.
The state Anatolian news agency reported that it was not immediately clear what caused the blast. At least one other person was injured.
Small explosions were still occurring while firemen worked to extinguish the blaze at the warehouse, located in an industrial area on the Asian side of Turkey's largest city.
 TailerAnd finally, "Matthew" is a lucky name in Britain, according to research which showed males of that name have won the most prize money so far this year in the nation's monthly Premium Bonds draw.
The government's National Savings and Investments said Matthew -- which means "Gift from God" in Hebrew -- took the top slot ahead of Adam and Daniel.
The fourth luckiest name was Claire, followed by Caroline and Victoria.
At least 23 million people in Britain own at least one Premium Bond and have the chance to be picked by Ernie (Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment) -- the computer which selects winners.
The bonds are investments that give holders the chance to win tax-free prizes instead of receiving interest payments.
Jack, the most popular name for newborn boys over the last 10 years, was only the 20th in the lucky list.
Premium Bonds were introduced in 1956 as a means to encourage people to save by running a "risk-free" lottery.
 WeatherIt will be generally fine this afternoon. Winds will be moderate southwesterly to northwesterly, force four, turning strong force five in windward areas. Seas will be slight, turning slight to moderate in windward areas. Temperatures will reach 34 degrees inland, 26 in western coastal areas and 25 over the mountains. Tonight it will be generally fine, with thin mist forming in some areas. Winds will be light westerly to northwesterly, force two to three, over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 18 degrees inland and the western coastal areas, 19 on the southern and eastern coastal areas and 15 over the mountains. The fire hazard is very high in all forest areas.