A group of people reached Girne port in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Monday with the dual aims of promoting the TRNC and making charity donations.

“The Robinson Club” group, whose members are 60 years and over, started its journey two weeks ago from Belgium and reached Girne with the slogan “Expedition North Cyprus.” Their aim was to deliver 1,300 dolls for children to the Red Cross in Zagreb, Croatia, donate a collection of toys to a children’s home in Bulgaria and to donate 5,000 euros to the Children’s Home in Lefkoşa, in the TRNC.

The “Expedition North Cyprus” bus started its journey from Vorselaan, Belgium and travelled to Luxemburg, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. The group also distributed “Expedition North Cyprus” printed t-shirts on its way.

Atun: “The TRNC will take its place as an important regional energy player in the Mediterranean”

Economy and Energy Minister Sunat Atun has announced that samples obtained from oil and natural gas exploration in the Mediterranean indicate that there are substantial reserves of natural gas in the TRNC. The Minister also stated that a new drilling platform may lead to the building of a pipeline in the region allowing the TRNC to become a key player in the regional energy scene in the Mediterranean.

Speaking to a correspondent from the Anadolu Agency, Atun said that the TRNC has been pursuing oil and natural gas exploration activities in the Mediterranean since 2011, with seismic surveys being completed at the end of July of this year.

Mentioning that Turkish Petroleum sent a drilling vessel to the region, Atun said: “By the end of the year, drilling will begin in shallow seas and the process of obtaining and extracting gas in deeper seas will start in 2018.”

The Ministry of Economy and Energy has developed a roadmap on this issue, Atun stated, and added that: “There are three important points that we have adopted: Firstly, access to resources in our own exclusive economic zone and the commercial evaluation of these resources will be a primary economic benefit and is extremely important to our national income. Secondly, Turkey is a large energy importer – Cyprus’ natural resources will be able to supplement resources from the Republic of Turkey, reducing the amount Turkey will pay for energy imports in its own capacity. Thirdly, the drilling platform which we will set up in the region may lead to the building of a pipeline. Therefore, this will enable the TRNC to become an influence in the regional energy sector.”

Emirzade considered for “Pentasi B Golden Sound of Poem 2017” award

The Turkish Cypriot author Sevil Emirzade, who is known for her performances and poetry, has been shortlisted for the “Pentasi B Golden Sound of Poem 2017” award at the India World Poetry Festival in Hyderabad, India.

Guests of honour include Ghana’s Minister of State for Private Sector Development and Public Private Partnership Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, and Indian film Director B. Narsing Rao, who has won many international awards. Srinivas Rao Boinapally is one of the principal sponsors of the festival, which took place at Ramoji Film City – home to the largest film studio complex in the world.

Poets, authors and academics from 20 countries, including Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Philippines, Ghana, South Africa, Italy, Canada, TRNC, Egypt, Nepal, Taiwan, Turkey and Greece, were in attendance. Over 130 Indian artists read poems and introduced books.

Emirzade also received the Fellow of the Regal World of Scribes (FRWS) award, a medal from Writers Corner in Warangal, India and the Enchanting Muse Award (International Award).

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