Comment – Where is Bush environmental policy leading the rest of us?

As America’s president ignores nature for the sake of business, PAUL E HARDISTY outlines the global impact of his (in)action IN GEORGE Orwell’s apocalyptic vision of a future controlled by the all-seeing, all-powerful Big Brother, war was peace and slavery was freedom. It seems that for the environment Orwell’s prediction for 1984 was about twenty years too early.

Greek Press

ALITHIA: “He gave both what they wanted” The daily reported that the revised UN plan caused concern to the Greek Cypriot side in relation to the contents and the approach on certain issues. The UN stressed that they gave both sides what they had asked for during the negotiations.

Five-year-old boy injured in fire

A five-year-old boy yesterday suffered serious burns during an afternoon blaze at his home in Nicosia. Police said the boy was rushed to hospital with third-degree burns all over his body after a fire at his Ayios Dhometios home. His condition was said to be critical. The fire, which was put out by the fire service, caused extensive damage to the house.

Tourism in the dumps as hotels brace for poor season

HOTELS around the island yesterday painted a bleak picture of the tourism industry this summer. Speaking to the Cyprus Mail, the majority said tourism numbers were far reduced compared to the corresponding period last year, and some feared another “bad” summer would be the end of them.

Government steps up service at rural health centres

HEALTH Minister Dina Akkelidou yesterday announced that the first phase of the new Primary Health Care would soon be under way at rural health centres across the island in order to give better care to patients.

Foreign students to get right to work as part of immigration reform

ONE way or the other, foreign workers will get the right to change their employer, foreign students the right to seek limited employment and deportees the right to appeal. Legal Service representative Nicoletta Charalambidou told the House Human Rights Committee yesterday that immigration laws would be amended automatically with a solution to the Cyprus problem based on the Annan plan.

Papers in the north welcome changes to the plan

PAPERS in the occupied north yesterday reacted positively to the news from Burgenstock that the fourth version of the UN’s Annan plan for Cyprus seemed to allay many of the fears of the Turkish side. It was only two die-hard right-wing papers that continued to insist that the plan was simply a ploy to bring Turkish Cypriots under Greek Cypriot sovereignty.

DIKO, EDEK and Church unite to slam new Annan plan

RULING DIKO has slammed the fourth version of the United Nations plan, describing it as a ratification of the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus. At the same time the Church of Cyprus reiterated its appeal to the people to vote against the plan, but other political figures were mote cautious in their approach.

Throwing away a winning hand

Sir, I found your article on the poll figures (‘Changes key to vote, poll shows’, March 30) very interesting.

Comment – Government whipping up anti-plan hysteria

MUCH HAS been said and written about the negative climate that has developed around a settlement based on the Annan plan and on Monday, after the fourth version was submitted, we were given a practical demonstration of how this is created, and the leading role played by the government.