Turkish Cypriots brace for bird flu backlash

THE TURKISH Cypriot authorities are bracing themselves for a possible drop in tourism revenue after two dead chickens found in the north tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

“We are worried. It [bird flu] could have an effect, not just on the north, but on the whole of the island,” Turkish Cypriot hoteliers head Turan Beydagli told the Cyprus Mail yesterday.

A worthy ambassador

MARCOS Baghdatis’ incredible feat in reaching the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne has seen the 20-year-old jump nearly 30 places to number 27 in the latest world rankings.

World number one Roger Federer weathered an early storm eventually to come out on top 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 in two hours and 46 minutes to claim his seventh Grand Slam title.

Bird flu sparks a war of words

THE government yesterday stepped up restrictions in the south east of the island after poultry tested positive for bird flu at a village in the occupied north, just five kilometres from the dividing line near Famagusta.

The test results, announced on Sunday, have sparked a war of words between the two sides, as veterinary experts struggle to prevent an outbreak.

Drug test call for motorists

CYPRUS should immediately import ‘narcotests’, according to Justice Minister Doros Theodorou, since four of the six indirect deaths from narcotics in 2005 resulted from heroin-related car crashes.

EAC to continue supplying north till February 20

THE EAC said yesterday it would is to continue supplying the occupied areas with electricity until February 20, after a blast knocked out the main power station in the north earlier this month.

Baghdatis’ mother rushed to hospital during final

THE MOTHER of Cypriot tennis hero Marcos Baghdatis was recovering from an operation for gallstones yesterday.

Andri Baghdatis was taken to a private clinic in Limassol on Sunday in the middle of her son’s most crucial tennis match to date.

Hefty fine for woman selling pirate CDs and tapes

A 52-YEAR-old woman from Lythrodontas was yesterday fined £3,000 by a Nicosia court after admitting to charges of trading 410 pirate CDs and videotapes in her shop.
The woman cried as her defence lawyer pleaded with Judge Angelos David to hand out a lenient punishment because of the many personal problems she has been through.

Wife accused of husband’s murder

A 40-YEAR-old Sri Lankan woman remanded in custody yesterday on suspicion of premeditated murder of her 75-year-old Cypriot husband.

Kiosk shoplifters seized

TWO women were yesterday remanded in custody for five days after being arrested on suspicion of theft.

The two women, 48-year-old Nely Kbileshvili and 52-year-old Tinatin Kartvelishvili, both from Georgia, were charged with two counts of theft each. Police are looking for a Georgian man also believed to be involved in the case.