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By Peter Stevenson MEMBERS of Volunteer Doctors Cyprus have treated around 350 people at their free clinic in Nicosia since it opened three months ago, while two more, one in Paphos and one in Polis are due to open today. Limassol also has a free clinic, which was opened only last month, and plans have been drawn ...
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SOME 10 days ago, foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides raised expectations by announcing the possibility of a deal with Turkey for the opening of the fenced off area of Famagusta, for the return of its inhabitants. In exchange the Cyprus government would agree to the opening of Tymbou airport to direct flights. ...
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By George Psyllides PRIVATE auditors have expressed doubt the electricity authority (EAC) could be considered a going concern and have asked its board to draft a credible plan to tackle the problem, according to the auditor-general’s 2012 report on the semi-state company. Among other issues, ...
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Cyprus Internet Directory [ From the sublime to the ridiculous ]

From the sublime to the ridiculous

21st MARCH could be a day that goes down in history. The long awaited meeting between Christofias and Talat, may lead to a new era in the long and complex ‘Cyprus Problem’.

It appears likely that Ledra Street, closed from way back in the late 1950s, will be declared open following the meeting.  It may take up to two weeks beyond this actually to do this so the area is safe for all civilians. Hopes are high regarding Ledra’s opening.

It could result in a different kind of momentum for implementing a solution. For the first time, a solution will be grounded on the island, with the understanding and consent of citizens on either side of the barbed wire that has effectively divided Cyprus, pointlessly since 1974. 

It’s not that previous efforts were the opposite, just that effectively they failed to lead somewhere substantive. However, the key ingredient in all of this is the further development of a more amicable approach.  Paternalism, bullying, threats, being locked in a one-sided blame game on the past, on who exists, who doesn’t, all of this will lead absolutely nowhere.

In addition for any kind of negotiations to be genuine our leaders have to accept the historical weight of their decisions. They have to understand that a solution demands fundamental change based on a common agreement which they must first share in a constructive political dialogue under the auspices of the UN.

Viewing past recent footage of Dimitris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat greeting each other, one senses a comforting yet disturbing degree of fate. Not in a superstitious manner of reading ‘coffee cups’, but fate as in a shared political sense of destination.  Never before have two Cypriot leaders embraced each other with this amount of respect and commonality.

At the same time if they fail, who else can succeed?  Hope and faith in a solution will be damaged irreparably if there is no real progress on the immediate horizon. As they were both elected on a pro-solution platform, failure in either case will carry a heavy political price. Destiny calls on March 21st – and let’s hope it is only the first step.

SHOCK IS ALL THAT CAN BE SAID on hearing of the recent plight of innovative radio DJ Andy Kershaw. Having spent 44 days and nights in a decrepit prison cell on the Isle of Man, Kershaw was released from a potential six months sentence following the break up of his marriage and incidents that violated previous restraining orders. 

Stuff happens in relationships, we all know that. I am not dwelling on who said what nor what occurred as it is none of my business. As an artist, however, who was supported from way back in the early 1990s by Andy Kershaw on BBC Radio 1 I feel a sense of solidarity with him simply to get his life back together.

Let’s hope this can happen as soon as possible, as the airwaves are dread boring without Kershaw’s eclectic and daring approach to the often stale notion of world music. It’s disgraceful that BBC Radio 3 still have Andy’s name on their web page but with different presenters and with no explanations as to what will happen. Worse still, you can’t even complain about it as trying to figure out how to do this is reminiscent of a cat chasing its tail having wrongly eaten Kitty Kat laced magic mushrooms. 

You can, however, engage in discussions on the matter online elsewhere through lots of blogs and Facebook.

SWEET FA is not meant to be abuse directed at Premier League teams that are out of the kingpin football tournament. It’s meant to be a sign of glorious respect to the three non-Premier League teams that have reached the semi-finals. West Brom, Cardiff and Barnsley (of all places) have not had it this good for decades. 30, 81, and 108 are the years that have elapsed for each team respectively since their last FA Cup glory days. Imagine that, Barnsley hasn’t been there since before the First World War! And good on all of them for achieving so much and taking the tournament back to the devoted masses. 
It’s the first time since 1995 that the Cup will be won by a team not known as Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool or Chelsea.  All of these ‘big sharks’ are still battling it out rather carnivorously for top positions in the Premiership and European Champions League. My tip for the FA Cup Final is it will be a totally non-Premiere League affair between West Brom and Barnsley, which the Hawthorns will win, substantially.

Spurs meanwhile, are out of the UEFA Cup. 'Vaingloriously' many fans of the Lilywhites are content with avoiding relegation, which was looming at the end of Martin Jol’s run as manager, winning the League Cup and best of all, beating Woolwich Wanderers 5-1. Who are they you may ask? Just some team up the road…

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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