Farcical Cyprus Airways GM ends in landslide vote

THE MAJORITY of Cyprus Airways shareholders last night approved its board of directors go ahead with a strategic plan to save the flagging airline.

The board called the extraordinary general meeting to put the following ‘special vote’ to the shareholders: “That the company may continue to operate in the best possible way that the circumstances allow.”

‘CY will survive’

Thrasou makes public pledge to save national carrier

CLOSING down Cyprus Airways (CY) is not an option despite the current crisis in the airline, Communications and Works Minister Haris Thrasou said yesterday.

Thrasou called on all sides in the CY dispute to pull together and said it was not the time to question the board or think about replacing it.

EU summit draft sets tough terms for Turkey

THE E.U. heads of state are expected to indirectly call on Turkey to recognise Cyprus in their summit conclusions on December 17 if a Dutch presidency proposal is adopted.

What’s On

Shaen Dry
An exhibition of digital art. November 29-December 11. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos St., Strovolos. Open Mon. 5pm-8pm, Tue.-Sat. 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983.

Janna Sabinina


When Confucius said “eating is the most important thing in life” he affirmed the important role that food has historically played in Chinese culture and civilisation. Though it is difficult to generalise about a cuisine that has many so many regional variations, there are some consistencies in this country’s extensive gastronomical traditions.

Human Monsters

STALIN’S niece Kira Allilueva told biographer Robert Service in 1998, “He could be very entertaining”.
The dictator had her jailed in his last round of purges, after the Second World War, but she still remembered how kind he had been to her when she was a little girl, how he took her on his knee and sang songs to her – and that he had a fine singing voice.

Who decides?

Students should be treated as individuals in the selection process for a place at university
By Paul Gibbs, Education correspondent



I refer to your front page coverage of November 28, 2004 under the title “Above the Law – Deputies won’t pay their parking fines”. Please note the following:

Two killed on Famagusta roads

Road toll passes 100 mark on a weekend of tragedy

TWO SERIOUS traffic accidents in the Famagusta district claimed the lives of two more people and pushing the year’s road poll above the 100 mark.

Ecstasy and cannabis use on the rise

RECENT studies by the Cyprus National Monitoring Centre for drugs and drug addiction (EKTEPN) have revealed that the drug problem in Cyprus is rising and at a worrying rate.