in Cyprus Today – 24/11/2010

Tram Plan on Right Track – Girne Municipality is considering introducing trams. Editor: there must be more money about than the government’s austerity measures suggest, perhaps pay cuts aren’t needed after all.

Unions step up campaign against pay cutsEditor: see above

Investors withdraw ‘scam’ complaints – Carl Clark-Derby has been released from jail on 6,000TL bail. He has been charged with operating without a license from the TRNC Central Bank and not as Cyprus Today’s headline suggested – “Expat charged with defrauding colleagues”. His lawyer, Izzet Dindiç said that “collecting money without a license is not a crime in most countries.” Editor: I believe that in the UK you need to be licensed, at least I was when I worked for Legal & General. I don’t know what the fuss is about, as long as he has the £260,000 and about £150,000 interest ready to pay back to the 10 investors then there has been no attempt to defraud. I’m surprised the TRNC government don’t employ Carl to sort out their own financial difficulties, perhaps they are jealous of his success?

Parents’ shock at huge school fees bill – Sharon Fletcher’s story of a €262 debt that turned into €5500, including interest. She eventually paid €623.

Warm winter heading for TRNC – temperatures are expected to be between 15-19oC during January and February with less rainfall. Editor: the sort of advanced weather forecast that attracts tourists, I wonder why the UK’s Meteorological Service can’t do such advanced predictions?

Bureaucracy slows down airport plans – on September 16th Akmina Travel applied for a license to run cheap flights between Ercan and the UK, using Antalya based Sun Airlines; so far they’ve had no reply. Owner, Mr Abidin, accuses the TRNC authorities of blocking the license because of “moves to create a new national airline for North Cyprus.”

TRNC phone charges are amongst Europe’s highestEditor: www.skype.com

Outcry as stork shot during Big Hunt – it was shot near Lefkoşa last month and died on the vet’s operating table. The stork was shot near a lake which, according to Nilhan Tayfunlu of the Hunter’s Federation, hunters are required not to shoot within 500 meters of. Mr Tayfunlu is quoted as saying that “if anyone comes across illegal hunting deeds they can inform me on 053 863 7776.” Hunting guards of the police department will investigate the complaint.

Denktaş should head academy of statesmen – according to Bertil Wedin. He suggests a think-tank to improve the TRNC. Editor: excellent idea!

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