Trevor’s Tips – June 2014
By Trevor Hughes
Fake 50 TL Bank Notes
Readers should be aware; there are several fake 50 TL “Bank notes” currently in circulation. They can be easily identified by the “note number” on the reverse side of the note. If the “Bank note” numbers end with 007 the notes are FAKE, so be aware!!!!!!
Road Traffic Accident Reporting
I would highly recommend that you do call the police when another vehicle is involved, this should help protect your no claims bonus. Some insurance companies are not meeting their obligation of payment unless a police report is submitted with your claim application.
Plastic Bottle Tops.
As you may know, the collection of plastic bottle tops go towards helping to purchase a wheelchair for those who need one. If you feel that you could collect these for us, we would very much appreciate it. We are always at the Lambousa Saturday market and would be pleased to receive these from you each Saturday. Thanking you in anticipation.
Child Car Seats and Child Car Booster Seats
For the benefit of their customers, Dagli Sigorta now have car child seats and child booster seats available for hire. They can hire the seats for child/baby safety for a nominal charge and a small refundable deposit. How many times have you had visitors come over for a holiday and cannot acquire these seats? Well now you can!! They will be thoroughly cleaned and deodorised for each new customer and checked for safety.
It is Law here that small children/babies must be seated in appropriate safety seating whilst travelling in the car. If caught out by the Authorities, it is punishable and a fine imposed.
This new facility clearly demonstrates why Dagli Sigorta is the market leader in house and car insurance.
Don’t Swap Your Sunbed for a Hospital Bed
The likelihood of getting skin related cancer is more likely in hotter climates than back in the UK, and the strength of the sun can be particularly strong here in Cyprus. It is therefore even more important that you take good care of your skin and protect it whenever you can!
Listed below is some useful information that will help identify potential skin cancer before it takes hold.
WHAT TYPES OF SKIN CANCER ARE THERE?
There are varying types of skin cancer. Dermatologists describe these as melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancers.
Melanoma (cancerous moles) has, in general, the most potential of causing serious health problems if not treated early.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DETECT SKIN CANCER EARLY ON?
If a melanoma is detected and treated early, before it has a chance to spread deep into the skin or to lymph glands and other parts of the body, there is a higher chance of the patient doing well and having no further problems.
Around three in every four people diagnosed and treated with melanoma have no further problems once the cancerous mole is removed.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHECK YOUR MOLES?
It is recommended that people examine their own skin every month. People with fair skin, who burn easily, and people with lots of moles should take particular care, as these people are more likely to develop skin cancer.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE CHECKING FOR WHEN YOU EXAMINE YOUR MOLES?
First, look for any new moles. Second, look for changes in existing moles. These changes can be remembered by the ABCDE rules:
Asymmetry. The shape of the mole is not even in the two halves.
Border. The edge of the mole is irregular.
Colour. There may be different colours within a mole – pink, brown, black or white. In general, if a mole has 3 or more colours within, then it needs to be assessed by an expert. Any change in colour should also trigger a visit to the doctor.
Diameter. Cancerous moles are usually bigger than 6mm in diameter. Also, any increase in size should be noted.
Expert. If in any doubt, seek advice from your doctor. If your GP is concerned, then you will be referred to a dermatologist.
TIPS ON KEEPING TRACK OF MOLE CHANGES?
Taking digital photographs of the skin can be a useful aid in monitoring any changes in existing moles or the development of new moles.
Ideally photos of all the body areas should be recorded – chest, tummy, upper and lower legs (front and back), back, arms, face and scalp.
Having a friend, partner or family member to help “spot the difference” can make things easier, especially for areas such as the back and scalp.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE, OTHER THAN MOLES THAT COULD BE A SIGN OF SKIN CANCER?
Often a melanoma looks like a flat discoloured brown or black patch that spreads out over time. Other melanomas present as discoloured lumps on the skin. Sometimes a melanoma can present with a new bleeding lump on the skin.
Aside from melanoma, there are other types of skin cancer that look different. These may present as a new crusted or bleeding patch or lump or as an ulcer or break in the skin. As with melanoma, the earlier these other types of skin cancer are detected, the better.
WHEN SHOULD YOU SEEK MEDICAL HELP?
As soon as you notice a new mole or any of the above changes in a mole.
WHAT ARE THE KEY STEPS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF SKIN CANCER?
Check your skin regularly. If in any doubt about any changes in a mole, seek expert help.
Avoid sunburn of your skin. Use a sunscreen of at least SPF30, with UVA protection too.
Use twice as much sunscreen as you think you need – most people apply it far too thinly. Make sure you re-apply every hour or so, especially if sweating or after swimming.
Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.
Keep babies and children out of the sun. Use UV protective suits and hats with brims and keep them in the shade where possible.
Dagli Sigorta customers have a mole change examination facility throughout the year at the KMC Hospital in Girne, completely free of charge!
TRNC Residency Applications and Driving Licences for the over 60s.
“Citizens Advice Cyprus” would like to advise expatriate residents in North Cyprus of the latest news regarding Residency Applications.
If you are 60 years and above, you no longer need to apply for a two yearly Residency stamp in your passport. You are free to enter and exit the TRNC as often as you want and elderly people can stay here for as long as they wish.
With regard to the TRNC Driving Licence, a Residency stamp has always been required at the Kyrenia Tax Office when applying for a driving licence renewal. They have now confirmed that expatriate residents, who are 60 years and over will only need to provide a copy of their passport and a letter from their Muhtar. You will need to show your Muhtar proof of identity and your address. When the Muhtar has confirmed in writing that he has verified your Kocan or rental agreement, the Tax office will process your driving application.
Driving Licence application forms are now available in English at your local Tax office and can also be collected from the Citizens Advice Cyprus Office in Karakum. Application forms can also be collected from me at the Lambousa Saturday Market.
For those who want further information on this or other matters, please contact CAC on the email link below and send your enquiry.
Source: Citizens Advice Cyprus on:
Late Night Chemist Rota
Please be aware, with effect from Monday the 26.05 2014 through to Sunday the 14th September 2014 Chemist summertime opening hours have changed and are now 08.00 – 13.30 and 17.00 – 19.00 hrs on Monday to Friday. Saturday opening hours are 08.00 -13.30 hrs. Emergency chemists will remain open all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Due to the late printing of the late night chemist rota, we are unable to publish it at the moment. As soon as it is finalised it will be published for our readers.