By Peri Sualp……..
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We are publishing the following readers letter from John Aziz Kent regarding our article Girne American University Nursing Team gives help to Ozanköy road traffic accident victim
“Dear Chris Elliott,
Your article about the traffic accident tragedy that must have destroyed the lives of Zühre and her mother Fatma Akyulaf for the last 23 years is so important.
Still to this day our policy makers have not come up with any approved help organisation like in UK or other civilised countries and it is people like Dr Mehmet Avcı of Girne American University as usual trying to help the would be responsible authorities.
Somehow they never think that tragedies of this kind can happen and yet thanks to you Chris, maybe if you link this article to all Government Ministries and TAK, hopefully someone might take notice.
The Cypriot Turkish people are fully aware of all the help they are getting from so many Expats and of course your Cyprusscene Publicity Campaign as always is keeping up with informing wherever you can and this might wake up the Health Care organisation like you did with all those nice GAU and Girne Akçiçek Hastanesi people and everybody appreciates what you all have done in trying to help those in need.
On behalf of the Hoteliers Association, we also thank you.
John Aziz Kent
By Chris Elliott…….
When I recently visited the home of Fatma Akyulaf and her daughter, Zuhre Akyulaf in Ozankoy village, to record the donation of a wheelchair, I was deeply shocked when I discovered that Zuhre had been bed bound for the past 23 years as a result of being a victim of a road traffic accident and that her mother had cared for her for all of these years.
Shortly after that I had a meeting with Dr Mehmet Avci who is the President of TKOD, the Trafik Kazalarını Önleme Derneĝi (Road Traffic Accidents Prevention Association) when preparing an article about road safety and when I presented a new article we were preparing to publish that featured this case, he was also concerned and wanted to help in some way.
As the Director of the Girne American University School of Nursing, he offered to have a Nursing Tutor and 3 student nurses come with me to the Ozankoy home to offer advice to Fatma Akyulaf on how to care for her daughter.
It was arranged that I would go to the Girne, Akçiçek Hospital to collect Emine Onkun and her 3 students and take them to the home of Fatma Akyulaf where we met with Rannveig Ystas a Norwegian lady from Mäklarringen Estate Agency who had donated the 3 wheelchairs to Ozankoy village including the one for Zuhre.
Emine Onkun and her GAU students, Okan Dereli, Leyla Bayrail and Tuĝçe Aytan then spent time talking to Fatma Akyulaf about general health issues to be aware of, their treatment, and also her daughter’s condition and problems and gave advice on many aspects of caring with demonstrations of various techniques for helping and caring for bed bound people.
Whilst they were busy Rannveig and I sat and talked about the problems that both expats and locals have when they need to give a lot of care and support to their loved ones in both hospital and at home and sadly there does not seem to be any approved association with volunteers who can help those who are on their own caring for others.
There is, it seems, a real need for an organisation for volunteers from all communities in Northern Cyprus, approved by the Ministry of Health, such as those found in European countries, which would be available to give home help and also to give support for those whilst in hospital.
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün congratulated the Near East University Women’s Basketball Team after their victory at the FIBA Women’s Eurocup.
In his celebration message, Özgürgün congratulated the NEU team for their great historical success, in which they defeated their opponent Bellona AGÜ and became a champion in the final match yesterday evening in İstanbul.
Özgürgün, continued: “The NEU Women’s Basketball Team, who are now number one in Europe after winning the championship, have achieved a meaningful and important success for our country where unfair sporting embargoes have been imposed for a long time.”
Özgürgün also congratulated the NEU Founding Rector, Suat Günsel for his great success in encouraging young people to pursue sporting endeavours, the women basketball players, coaches, all the technical team and the NEU family, and wished them success in achieving new goals.
Near East University defeated Bellona AGÜ with a score of 63-58 in the final match held at Caferağa Sports Hall in İstanbul and became the 2016-2017 champions of the Eurocup Women’s organization.
EDUNIVERSAL, the international accrediting agency that monitors universities in the European Higher Education system announced their “Universities with Best Masters Education” rankings.
Girne American University (GAU) ranked among the top 10 universities, with 7 different post-graduate programs throughout Eurasia and Middle Eastern countries in 2016-2017.
In the ranking compiled by EDUNIVERSAL, GAU has also been ranked among the 100 best post-graduate programs with all of its master programs, out of 4000 universities.
To read more news and information from the TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please click here
Pictures shown are courtesy of the TRNC Public Information Office Facebook page.
We were delighted to receive the following report from Kim Betts of KAR about the Kyrenia Animal Rescue education team visit to meet the Girne American University Nursery children.
“On Friday October 23rd Kyrenia Animal Rescue education team were presented with a very generous amount of dog and cat food. This food had been donated during the previous week by parents, pupils and the school for World Animal Welfare week.
During the week the education team, comprising of Maggie Smith, Carole Widdison and Annie the very special 3-legged Cyprus Terrier, had spent time with five classes of 4 year olds. They learnt about what cats and dogs need to be happy and healthy, what a new dog needs and how to stay safe around cats and dogs. Each lesson was interactive and the pupils had great fun making cat noises and learning how to groom a dog and stand `Like a tree` if they should come across a dog they didn`t know rather than scream or run away.
On the Friday afternoon the education team spent time with twenty four 3 year olds and then presented Certificates of Achievement to all of the pupils taught in an assembly with pupils and teachers. K.A.R. committee member Diana Peek and her husband Alan also attended the assembly and presentation.
Each pupil was given a folder of simple tasks and information which the teachers used with them in a lesson. These then went home to parents for them to read.
Kyrenia Animal Rescue would like to say a big thank you to the pupils, parents and the teachers for this donation, especially Suzan Pastɪrmacɪoğlu, Head of English, for organising everything.”
GAU in its 2014-2015 Academic Year celebrating its 30th Anniversary hosted the Cyprus Premier “Kurmanjan – Datka – Queen of the Mountains” film which is a Kirghiz film candidate for the Oscar.
The TRNC Minister of Education – Özdemir Berova, the GAU Acting Rector – Prof. Dr. Sadık Ülker, the Assistant-Director of the “Kurmanjan – Datka” film – Nika Djoldoşeva, the Faculty Deans, academicians, the Kirghiz people living in TRNC and the students attended the event held at the GAU Cyprus Kyrenia Campus International Convention Centre Spectrum Hall. At the film screening organized by the Kirghiz students studying at GAU there was also an exhibition and the treat of local foods held at the lounge area. Before the screening of the film a dance show and a music recital were performed by the Kirghiz GAU students.
The GAU Acting Rector – Prof. Dr. Sadık Ülker said the following in his speech at the event:-
“We are all going to watch a film which is very important for the Kirghiz people and is shown as a candidate for the Oscar. As a University we are honoured to host such a good and meaningful presentation. We have a lot of students coming from Kirghizstan and we also have academic partnership agreements with universities in Kirghizstan. I thank everyone who has a part in the making of the film, please enjoy the film”
Taking place at the presentation as an honoured guest, the TRNC Minister of Education – Özdemir Berova in his speech stated that the event that had been organized was very meaningful and said that he had enjoyed the welcoming and the local treats held at the lounge area. Berova while expressing that Cyprus is improving in becoming a higher education system, stated that of the 70 thousand university students that are on the island, about 1000 of them are consisted of Kirghiz students. He also thanked everyone who had taken part in this Oscar candidate film and asked everyone to enjoy the film.
The Assistant-Director of the “Kurmanjan – Datka” film – Nika Djoldoşeva in her speech gave detailed information about the film and said that the film had cost $1.5 million. She also said that they have received more attention to the film than they had expected, she said that she is happy to be in Cyprus and that she likes it very much, then she extended her thanks to GAU for their invitation and hospitality.
For our readers we are pleased to be able to give you the following schedule of film trailers which show previews of some of the films to be screened during the Golden Island International Film Festival.
Do click on the links below to find out what some of these great films are all about.
|The Empty Home||http://player.vimeo.com/video/57863256|
|Flowers of Freedom||http://vimeo.com/85840017|
|Wolfskinder||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eSII_I2eI||German. No subtitles|
|Hay Way Zaman||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BginQ8vu8dU|
|The September Women||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXojB9ePTk0||No English subtitles|
|The Half||No trailer|
|Season of Mists||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ9ZH_u42Ek||No subtitles. Unofficial|
|I Loved You so Much||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8egNVsUWrg||No Subtitles|
|The Dead Cat||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6eTzub4kJ4|
|Ningen||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6szEuzzVTcs||Trailer made for Toronto film festival. Logo at the beginning|
|Champ of the Camp||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX0SBfmaPEY|
|Plot for Peace||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spUB30Bdjw0|
|Song of my Mother||http://player.vimeo.com/video/103707389|
|Little Happiness||http://player.vimeo.com/video/61361916||No subtitles|
|Coffee and Milk|
|The Olive Tree at the Border|
|The Multiple Layers of Maggie Papadopoulos|
|Letters to Cyprus|
|The Tea the Warehouse and the Tied up Russian|
|Codename Venus||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3_D-P9HNv0 – English subtitles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVw7U-VfO7Q – Turkish subtitles|
|The Awra Amba Experience – Gender Equality|
|The Turkish Cypriot Olympic Project|
|Sweet Scented City of Jasmine|
|We Live in Ingiltere|
|The Pursuit of Ancestry Tracks|
|Ahde Vefa – Umut Yolu Erenkoy|
The Golden Island International Film Festival (GIIFF), in partnership with Creditwest Bank, is delighted to announce that the Opening Night film for the inaugural festival will be Fish (Balık), a touching tale about a family that turns to tradition to heal where modern medicine has failed, but find their lives radically altered as they go against nature. The film, by award-winning Turkish Cypriot director Derviş Zaim, will receive its Cyprus premiere on Thursday 6 November at the Girne American University. The director and stars from the film, Bülent İnal and Sanem Çelik, are expected to attend the Kyrenia opening gala event, along with special guest actors Demet Akbağ and Erdal,Özyağcılar who will be the first recipients of GIIFF’s Honorary Cinema Award along with director Derviş Zaim.
In Fish, Zaim again puts the spotlight on the relationship between humans and nature. A fisherman, his wife and their young daughter who is unable to speak live in a tranquil village on the shores of a lake. Their story starts with the mother relying on local superstition to seek a rare fish she believes can cure her daughter. She finds the fish, but little goes to plan after, and their lives take a series of severe and unexpected turns when the father makes decisions that go against the grain of nature.
Yeşim Güzelpınar, GIIFF director, comments: “It’s fitting that Cyprus’ new international film festival opens with one of its most acclaimed directors, Derviş Zaim. His new film Balık sits squarely within our Environment cinema strand, tackling the strained bonds between humans and nature. The film is both beautiful and bold in message: here’s what happens if you keep messing with nature.”
Director Derviş Zaim said: “I am thrilled that Balık has been selected to open this new and promising film festival for Cyprus.”
Fish is written, directed and produced by Derviş Zaim and both the films leading stars have worked with him before. Bülent İnal, best known for TV series Bitmeyen Şarkı and Ihlamurlar Altında, featured in Zaim’s 2006 film Cenneti Beklerken. Sanem Çelik captivated Turkey in the title role of TV series Aliye, and won the Best Actress award at both the Istanbul and Adana Film Festivals when she appeared in Zaim’s Filler ve Çimen.
Emre Oskay is the Executive Producer. Natali Yeres is the film’s Art Director, Taner Tokgoz the Director of Photography, music is by Marios Takoushis and editing by Aylin Zoi Tinel. The film was financially supported by both the Turkish and TRNC governments.
The 1st Golden Island International Film Festival, in partnership with Creditwest Bank, runs from Thursday 6- Thursday 13 November 2014 in a variety of venues in Cyprus. The full programme will be announced on Friday 31 October.
By Engin Dervişağa
As an artist she has been painting on traditional materials including ceramics and is now working with felt and ceramics and developing a new range of crafted magnet key rings featuring animals which are very exciting and impressive.
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