By Peri Sualp…….
The friend of Northern Cyprus shares its Daily News of Life and Times around the world
We have just received the following news and wonderful pictures from Tom Roche of Living Magazine and would like to share them with our readers.
“Together we care,” is the motto of supermarket group, Starling and the store has proved it by sending toys to the Special Needs schools throughout the TRNC.
These children at the Karakum Special Needs School were among those who received the New Year gifts. The scheme was arranged by the Little Society of Kyrenia, which distributed the Starling donations.
The Little Society’s trustee, Mary Watson said: “Throughout last year we have been helping special needs children at Karakum and at schools in Lefkoşa and Ziyamet. Starling was kind enough to provide snacks and beach toys for a day out at the seaside and said they would like to do something for Christmas and New Year also, so we arranged a list of children and their ages and Starling got something suitable for everybody.”
After opening their presents the children at Karakum then enjoyed a dance party.
By Chris Elliott
It was a dark and stormy night in Cyprus on the 28th December and today the thunder and lightning is rolling around the mountains of North Cyprus and I am sitting in front of a glowing gas fire. The internet TV system has gone down but yippee, I still have internet service and can talk with the world.
Soon the New Year will arrive and we must wonder what news and weather we will be greeted with on Wednesday the 1st of January 2014.
So readers, what is your weather like today, the 29th December 2013 wherever you are? If you would like to share your weather news with our other worldwide readers, please make your comment in the reply box below.
By Chris Elliott
At Christmas and also the New Year all around the world we have become accustomed to world leaders, politicians and religious leaders and other influential people calling for renewed efforts to create a world full of peace and tranquility and help those who are in need.
In the Republic of Cyprus it is reported by Cyprus Mail that Archbishop Chrysostomos in giving his Christmas message asked the people of Cyprus to support those in need, and each other so they can “welcome Christ in our heart, thus proving ourselves worthy of God’s love”.
When commenting on the financial crisis, he was reported as saying it was not the island’s biggest problem. Chrysostomos accused Turkey of wanting to take over Cyprus while he also accused refugees who appealed to the north’s Immovable Property Commission of “selling out” and “guilty of high treason”.
He was also reported to have said, “We need to regroup. We need to heed the voices of our ancestors. As a nation we have been through a lot and we have survived. Not only did we survive but we thrived throughout the ages. Our heroic actions shocked the world. With such a history behind us, we aren’t allowed to give up and abandon the fight.”
The world is watching and waiting for both sides of the Cyprus dispute to come together after 50 wasted years and to finally resolve the problem but we must wait and see if the will to do this is there. To read a full acount of this artcile please click on the link below.
Bağış tells Greek Cypriot government to drop ‘silly’ policies – Todays Zaman – Latest news report to read more click here
Bayrak Radio and Television 1963 to 2012 – Read the history of Bayrak Radio and Television by clicking here
Bayrak Radio Television – Can Gazi is now also on cyprusscene – Can Gazi, presenter with BRT is now contributing articles to cyprusscene.com, to read more click here
Bloomberg – Cyprus’s Woes ‘More Serious Than Greece,’ Juncker Warns – More news of Cyprus, to read more click here
Christmas is coming to Baris Park, Girne – The Girne Belediyesi arranged a 3-day event for the festive season. To read more click here
Christmas Fair at Baris Park with “Friends” Line Dancers, North Cyprus – To read more about this event click here
Christmas in Kyrenia by Cyprusscene – North Cyprus – See how Kyrenia is lit up for Christmas and the New Year. Click here
Events Calendar – cyprusscene – Issue 15 – 20th December 2012 – See what events are available on the run-up to Christmas. Click here
GAU – The Grand Turkish Hamam re-opens in Lefkosa An historical moment with the re-opening of the Turkish Hamam. To read more click here
Girne American University – Language Courses – Read about learning a language or other courses available at GAU. Click here
Girne American University – Mevlana Week – A lovely evening with the Whirling Dervishes at GAU Spectrum Hall. To read about this event click here
New Year 2012 Celebrations at the Korineum Golf and Beach Resort – See what is on offer by clicking here
The Foreign Residents in the TRNC – Christmas Weekly Get-together – Read about how members enjoyed the last get-together before Christmas. Click here
Turkish Weekly – Bağıs Urges Investers to Avoid Cyprus for Turkey – Financial advice from Turkey to read more click here
Turkish Weekly – Lift Embargo, Turkish Cyprus Calls on Muslims – More news of the Embargo saga, to read more click here
News in over the internet of an explosive cache found near the country house of the Cyprus President, Demetris Christofias which sparked an intensive search by the security forces before the area was declared safe.
To read more of this article published by Greece.GreekReporter.com, click on the link below.
I was delighted to receive an invitation to go along to the second Çatalköy Belediyesi Christmas Get-together for all local residents and it was so nice to meet again, so many old friends who I met at last year’s event.
Bigger and better is the philosophy of Çatalköy Mayor Mehmet Hulusioğlu and his speech was translated with great humour by the Chief Architect, Ahmet Rençber and they really do hold dear the sense of one big happy family coming together to share cultures and friendship and create a bright new world and future.
Sadly I was unable to stay to the end of the event and as I was leaving the entertainment started with music and youngsters singing and we have placed below a picture slideshow showing so many people enjoying this festive occasion of the coming of Christmas and of course the New Year which is so important to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
With a world which has seen so much sadness in recent times, it is so refreshing to see in Çatalköy and the rest of North Cyprus, so much friendship with peace and harmony between cultures and long may it continue.
Well done Mr Mayor, please keep up the good work and we look forward to Christmas 2013 for even more good news!
By Chris Elliott
Here is an extra Christmas musical message for you to enjoy
We look forward to seeing you on our site in 2013 and to receiving your news and comments.