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Plaque of thanks to Minister Ataoğlu from the Northern Cyprus Cycling Federation
The President of the Northern Cyprus Cycling Federation, Ekin Adademir, made a visit to Minister Ataoğlu to thank him for his contribution to the 2nd International North Cyprus Bicycle Tour.
Minister of Tourism and Environment, Fikri Ataoglu, said in his speech that they are working to ensure that sports tourism has a distinct place in the tourism range of North Cyprus, pointing out the importance of alternative tourism varieties in the development of the country.
Ataoğlu said that the bicycle tour that took place is extremely important in showing that our country is suitable for such international sporting organizations. “We will hereafter continue to contribute to expanding this event”.
Adademir also expressed his gratitude to Minister Ataoğlu, emphasizing that he has given his total support to the organization from the first day, as he believed in the importance of the organization and its contribution to the country.
Observatory to be built on Beşparmak Mountain
A protocol was signed between the Directorate of Forestry of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment and Girne University entitled “Girne University, Beşparmak Observatory”.
Fikri Ağaoğlu, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Altay Fırat, Director of the Forestry Department, and Rector of Girne University. Dr. Ilkay Salihoğlu signed the protocol.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Rector Salihoglu noted that the project is aimed at the future of the country and said that they are proud to be taking the steps of creating an Observatory which can serve both scientific purposes and students and the public will be able to observe the sky.
Minister of Tourism and Environment Ataoğlu expressed excitement about this project of practice and research during his first visit to Girne University when he said that the country would have its first international Observatory. The University’s request for a location which, with the cooperation of the Forestry Department, has been concluded with the signing of the protocol.
Ataoğlu said “Due to the geographic location of our country, the sun sets in Cyprus earlier than European countries and America and we are creating in our country the first observations over other countries and these observations will be available to be used as reference by other Centres. Our country, and Girne University, will be more recognisable with the construction of the Besparmak Observatory. Joint projects with international institutions will lead to many scientists coming to our country and to the organisation of summer schools”.
According to the statement made by the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Protection Agency conducted air quality measurements in Nicosia, Famagusta, Girne, Güzelyurt, Teknecik, Kalecik and Alevkayası and the year 2016 air quality was assessed.
In 2016, daily and annual dust concentrations exceeded the limit values established for the protection of human health, according to the results of the report on the quality of air evaluated in comparison with the Air Quality Assessment and Management Regulation harmonized with the European Union directives.
The maximum dust was measured at Girne Fire Station. The average annual limit value for dust concentration was 40 μg / m3 while the annual average values of dust were 46.6 μg / m3 in Girne, 45.5 μg / m3 in Bedrettin Demirel Caddesi, 39.7 μg / m3 in Famagusta, 33.3 μg / m3 in the case of Kalecik, 24.6 μg / m3 in the case of Kalecik and 36.7 μg / m3 in the case of Nicosia Küçükkaymaklı. In other areas, annual average was determined as 18 μg / m3 in Alevkayası and 22.5 μg / m3 in Teknecik.
The daily mean limit value of 50 μg / m3 for the dust concentration was exceeded in excess of the number of permissible days in 4 areas.
In 2016, Girne Fire Station was the place where it exceeded the maximum. 117 days, ie 32% of the year, the limit value was exceeded. 109 days in Nicosia Traffic Station, 72 days in Famagusta and 48 days in Nicosia Küçükkaymaklı.
Among the threats to public health in recent years, Central Sulphur Dioxide emissions, which are on the agenda, have reached values that do not threaten human health, because of the prohibition of use of fuel oil containing more than 1% sulphur.
In addition, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and benzin pollutants remained at Regular levels throughout the year at normal levels.
The ozone concentration was at the target value of 120 micrograms / m3 at the Alevkayasi Station, which was more days than the number of days allowed. In a calendar year when the number of permissible expirations is 25 days. At the Alevkayasi Station, the target value of ozone was exceeded by 154 days.
Although the nitrogen dioxide concentration exceeded the limit value of 200 micrograms / m3 in the Kalecik region as an average of 1 hour, it was below the limit that could be exceeded 18 times as stated in the Regulation.
Concentrations of carbon monoxide and benzin did not exceed the target values set for human health in any measurement area. Concentrations of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides were not exceeded at the Alevkayasi station, which is the station concerned for plant and ecosystem targets.
By Margaret Sheard …..
We have received news from Steve Sydenham that he will no longer be having a stall at Lambousa Saturday Market on Saturdays.
Steve now has a new permanent location at the Deli Cafe in Alsancak and he will be there every Saturday from 9am to 1.30pm with hopefully an additional day at some time in the future. The Deli Cafe is situated on the main road travelling from Girne, past the Golden Lady and it is in a block of shops on the left opposite the Capitano Restaurant and just before the O’Live Bar.
A lot of work has been done to make a smart area for Steve so there is now an inside area in what was the pizza hut so Steve will not now have to transport all of his huge selection of books each week. There will also be an outside area with shelving, so come rain or shine you will be able to go along and browse through the many books on offer and sit and have a coffee and relax with friends while looking for some good reading matter.
The new location is now up and running and Steve looks forward to seeing customers, old and new, at the Deli Cafe.
By Chris Elliott………
Following on from the article we published at the request from the British High Commission in Cyprus to share a video in which British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd speaks to British nationals in Cyprus on the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and Brexit and we have now been asked to share the following information with our readers.
As a follow up to the video below, Consular Director Julia Longbottom will be taking part in a Facebook Live Question and Answer session at 11am (UK time) on Tuesday 11 April. The event will be taking place on the FCO Travel Facebook page. click here.
This event will focus on answering queries from British nationals living in the EU in regards to the UK exiting the EU.
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We are at the stage now where the 23 villas are useable but need finishing touches. These include painting inside and outside of the villas, new front doors, roof tile repairs, white goods, furniture among other things.
We also require maintenance of the site where the swimming pool is unfinished.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.”
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You may have read recently about the Chelsea football player John Terry who did exactly that and his home, whilst away, was burgled and he had several precious items of jewellery stolen from his home. Click here
If you are telling your friends about your exploits, you are also telling people who steal from homes, and they can enter your home without much risk.
If you suffer burglary and use the internet to tell everybody that you have been away, your insurance company may refuse your compensation claim!!!
In last month’s News Round, I reported that road tax was to be abolished and incorporated into the price of petrol (click here) . Well it certainly caught the authorities on one leg. Rumour is still abounding and even the offices involved are still not sure whether it is going to happen or not. Some personnel are still issuing road tax for a maximum of six months because it is going to be implemented soon and some are reporting that it is not, due to the chip and pin system taking favour!! Watch this space for more news!
If you need to register your mobile phone you can now register it from the offices in the new harbour (Yeni Liman) in Girne. The offices are located in the two-storey building on your left-hand side as you enter the harbour area.
Dagli Sigorta in Karaoğlanoğlu have these items for hire at extremely favourable prices. All the equipment is thoroughly checked for safety, deodorised and machine washed before they are re-hired. Your pickup taxi may well offer these items for rental, but are usually extremely dirty and quite often smell of cigarette smoke.
Do you really want your favourite grandchildren seated/carried/ or sleeping in equipment that’s unfit for purpose, unsafe and/or unhealthy?
There are no Bayram holidays this month.
For any further information please email me through the contact box below.
By Trevor Hughes……
I have compiled the Chemist Rota for April 2017 for the Girne/Alsancak/Lapta areas and this can be viewed by clicking here
Please note that as the chemist rota is normally published a month in advance it could be subject to change.
Ataoğlu: “The Civil Defence Organisation aiming to lower the loss of life and loss of property”
Tourism and Environment Minister Fikri Ataoğlu visited the Civil Defence Organisation President and has stated that “the Civil Defence Organisation is the most important element of the whole defence system with the aim to minimize the loss of public lives and property”.
The Tourism and Environment Minister remarked that the Civil Defence Organisation has made a very meaningful mission for Northern Cyprus and has carried out important duties and he said that there are many activities carried out jointly together with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment in the work of the Organisation.
Ataoğlu emphasized that the Ministry is ready to give all kinds of support to the Civil Defence Organisation which is one of the most important elements of the defence of the people in the event of war and disasters so that the cooperation of the institutions is a very important part in all respects for the benefit of society.
Civil Defence Organisation President Erdoğan Çelebi also stated that the Organisation is ready to take part in all kinds of cooperation and joint projects with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, as always.