North Cyprus News Update | Cyprus Today – 28/1/2012

North Cyprus News Update | in Cyprus Today -27/1/2012Hunt on for Missing Man – Police, army and residents have been carrying out an intensive search for clues to the whereabouts of expat Andrew Watts. He banged his head in a fall on Saturday evening. He left his house saying he was going out for a cigarette on Monday evening and hasn’t been seen since. Anybody with information should call the police on 815 2125. Editor: according to Cyprus44, Andrew has been found dead.
“This is Andrew’s sister. I am afraid it is very sad news. Andrew’s body was found by police this morning in a ravine. Please pray for Maureen as she copes with all of this. Thank you to everyone for all they have done this last week. Stella.”
Tributes flood in for a ‘shining light’– Tributes have poured in for Maureen Hutchinson, who has been described as a ‘shining light’. She died from cancer this week. She helped raise money for many charities, organised orchid walks and founded Carpenters market. There will be two minutes silence and also a condolence book at next weeks Carpenters market.

Expat faces deportation – Nigel Watson of Lapta has been found positive for hepatitis C during a routine residency blood test and now faces deportation if he does not pay 400tl for more complex testing in Turkey. Nigel is “devastated” by the diagnosis and cannot afford to pay out again after already spending more than 240tl on tests in the TRNC. He has since taken a private test which came up negative. He wants the health authorities to meet the cost of the extra test in Turkey. He is being backed by the Cyprus Turkish Physicians Association and by former Embargoed! chairman Fevzi Hussein.

Anger over plans to cut electricity bills – Government plans to write off debts owed by municipalities to the electricity board Kib-Tek have sparked mixed reactions. “If they can bring an amnesty on interest for municipalities then why not for businesses and households?” asks financial secretary of Türk-Sen trades union federation. Kib-Tek is owed 170 millionTL at present.

Groups threaten shock strike – A series of “shock actions” are set to cause chaos and disrupt essential public services. Protests, including walkouts, could be taking place as the Communal Coexistence Movement begins its indefinite demonstration on Monday.   The movement claims bills, such as privatisation and social insurance policy have eroded the rights of workers and caused pay cuts. They say they are determined to continue  their action, even if it leads to a general strike, until they remove the ruling party from power.

Debate begins on autonomy pledge – a debate over how Kib-Tek will be transformed into an autonomous institution has started after a deal was reached by the government and unions.

Deadline for progress in talks pushed back – Greentree summit fails to break new ground

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