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in Cyprus Today – 2/3/2011

‘strikes won’t stop the cuts’ – PM, İrsen Küçük has vowed that strikers’ pay will be cut no matter what they do, although pensions will not be taxed. Editor: if only the same determination was shown to prevent property victims’ misery.

Work permit changes to reduce unemployment – no permits for unskilled foreign workers and positive discrimination will be given to qualified Turkish Cypriots if a foreigner has equivalent qualifications. Editor: add this to the difficulty experienced by foreigners setting up businesses here and you reveal a country unprepared for entry to the EU

Cash pinned down for bowling centre – expats Yvonne Veitch and Neal O’Neill along with four other partners are setting up a flat green bowling centre and are preparing to invest £200,000 in the venture.

Qigong classes – starting at the Black Olive Studio Alsancak. The 1hr classes cost 25TL per person or 75TL pm. To book phone Vicki Karaca on 0533 835 5133

Dr Kelly discussion – intelligence expert Col. John Hughes-Wilson discusses conspiracy theories, including the death of Iraq war weapons expert David Kelly, at Karaoğlanoğlu’s Mountain View Hotel at 7.30 on Sat Mar 26. Cost 25TL including buffet meal.

Strikes set to bring more disruption – today, including state workers and a group of solicitors calling themselves the Patriotic Lawyers showing solidarity with the court workers. Editor: beware of Greeks bearing flags and banners

‘Let Turkish Cypriots be masters of own home’ – the last strike brought 40,000 demonstrators and many more are expected this time. Editor: you could start by refusing Turkey’s financial help and taking pay cuts which reflects the strength of the TRNC economy without that support.

‘We need to be heard’ plea on court cases – delays to court hearings because of strikes have brought complaints.

‘You will pay with your life’ newspaper boss told – two shots were fired at the door of the Africa newspaper office and a hand-written death threat against the owner was left. The reason for the shooting was because the newspaper had published articles supporting the anti-Turkish protestors. The owner claimed that he was phoned by a man close to the ‘Turkish political establishment’ who confessed to the shooting. Editor: it would be useful if the name of the alleged perpetrator was revealed and he was arrested. Hand-writing analysis should confirm he is guilty. Or is that all too simple?

Never mind politics – all join in – opposition CTP party leader Mr Soyer has called for everyone to join today’s protests whatever their political affiliations. Editor: so what are the CTP’s plans to bring the TRNC budget under control?

TRNC in the spotlight as rally makes history – a Turkish Cypriot became the first to represent the TRNC in an international sporting event. His team was included in the first round of the British Rally Championship, finishing 7th overall and 4th in their class out of 67 teams. The car included the TRNC flag and North Cyprus tourism adverts. The rally was seen by 500 million people.

Two-month wait to light up main road – the lights on the main Lefkoşa-Girne road will be up and running in about two months

Driver fined over misspelled ‘taxi’ – he was fined 195TL for spelling it ‘taxi’ instead of ‘taksi’

New hotline set up to help consumers – TRNC’s Consumer Association has set up a 24hr hotline for consumers who are now covered by EU standard consumer laws. For example there is a 24 month guarantee in place for goods which fail and the selling of out-of-date products was being targeted.

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