Christmas in July

THIS morning, I was in my ‘Sainsbury’s Local’ (the new mini version of the supermarket chain which seems to be appearing on every London street corner imaginable, alongside Tesco Metros and M&S food stores, all offering sandwiches and ‘meals for one’). The cashier asked whether I wanted any cash back, the answer to which was no.

I don’t see Formula One Cyprus as a viable option

While the proposal for a Formula One circuit in Cyprus is an interesting costly exercise, the crowded calendar makes it very unlikely that an event could be staged here, and the cost would be prohibitive without government funding.

Anastassiades shows the way

TURKISH Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat is often accused by Greek Cypriot politicians and media of being a Denktash in the making. They cite his often terse public statements and the arrogant way in which he sets out his demands to support their case.

Anastassiades visit north ‘a first’

Two leaders agree reunification is paramount

DEMOCRATIC Rally (DISY) leader Nicos Anastassiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday took the unprecedented step of agreeing to work together in the search for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Support needed for pupils with special needs

THERE ARE not enough support measures at schools for pupils with special needs, according to Ombudswoman Eliana Nicolaou in her 2003 Annual Report.

Nicolaou conducted an investigation into the matter after receiving a complaint regarding a primary school’s poor treatment of a 10-year-old pupil with special needs.

New measures to support Turkish Cypriots

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday unveiled a fresh package of measures which includes the exemption of Turkish Cypriot traders from VAT and facilitates the transport of people and goods using Turkish Cypriot taxis, lorries and buses.

People-smuggling ‘mastermind’ in jail

First-ever four-way cooperation leads to multiple arrests

AN UNPRECEDENTED exchange of information between the British Bases, Cyprus police and authorities in the north has led to the arrest of a Bangladeshi man believed to be the mastermind behind a smuggling ring which brings illegal immigrants from Turkey to the free areas of Cyprus via the north.

Team GB athletes fly to Cyprus holding camp

A TOTAL of 80 athletes and training staff hopped on board a Cyprus Airways flight from Heathrow yesterday, making their way to Paphos where the British team will make its final preparations before the Athens Olympics next month.

Cyprus Airways is the British Olympic Organisation’s official carrier for the games.

Running blindfolded for charity

TWO BRITISH soldiers are expected to complete a 240 kilometre charity run blindfolded while passing a football to each other, as a tribute to the memory 11 comrades who died in Iraq.

Sergeants Darren Mortimer and Mark Welch began their run from Dhekelia to Troodos on Thursday and started their run back to the SBA yesterday, blindfolded.