Community Sharing in North Cyprus


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Community Sharing

At The Foreign Residents in the TRNC we are delighted to be able to share news and resources with other members of our community on their social network sites and to share news and information to the largest local and worldwide audience.

With this initiative, we are pleased to be collaborating with the cyprusscene.com and the Cyprusscene TFR logoNorth Cyprus Forum to bring toncf logo you, the readers, the most interesting articles and news feeds that are available.

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North Cyprus – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in Kyrenia – 24th Sept. 2014


Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in aid of

The Children in Need Foundation

By Mary Day

We are delighted to hear from Laurence Floyd on behalf of The Children in Need Foundation informing us of what promises to be an amazing night of entertainment.  CINF

A spectacular night of music and dance is coming to The Garden (opposite the Colony Hotel) Girne.

New Jersey Nights has toured the UK and the USA and is proving to be a smash hit breaking box office records.

The show is a celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons all the greatest hits are here and with hits such as Sherry, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and so many more I am sure that all will be thrilled with a night of music and dance not just for the cast but also for the audience.

NewNew Jersey Nights Jersey Nights takes a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons had over 170 million record sales worldwide, with a performing career spanning over decades and rank highly in being amongst the most popular and successful groups. See video below!

The show has received outstanding reviews to date:

Liverpool echo: “When the encores ended, the audience were left with no option but to sing Frankie Valli’s words themselves – Stay Just A Little Bit Longer a brilliant show, perfect harmonies, the crowd went wild”.

whatstsonstage: “A 5 star performance, a must see! The audience gave a standing ovation after singing and dancing along to nearly every song”.

New York Press: “5 Star Fabulous a thrilling concert”.

This show is one not to be missed and I would think that tickets will sell out fairly fast so now is the time for all you men to “Walk like a man” as Frankie Valli would say and get those tickets for your ladies and all you ladies need to show your man that yes “Big girls do cry” if you do not get them.

The evening will include: 3 course set meal including all local and some imported spirits £55

Wednesday 24th September – The Garden, opposite the Colony Hotel, Girne.

Tickets are available from reception at the Colony Hotel, DVD Shop Catalkoy and The Property Centre, Alsancak or contact Laurence on 0533 879 6892

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North Cyprus – Turkish President Erdoğan´s first trip abroad to TRNC


Turkish President Erdoğan´s first trip abroad to TRNC

Erdogan PlaneIn his first visit abroad as president of Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Greece as a guarantor country to “fulfill its duty” as Turkey does, saying the window of opportunity won’t remain open forever.

He also said it would be impossible for his country to accept a solution that did not entail two states and political equality…..

During a joint press conference, Erdoğan spoke of the reconciliation negotiations resumed between the Greek and Turkish Cyprus sides on 11th Feb. 2014.

He asked for Athens to push for progress in the talks. Erdoğan said Greece and England should also make sincere efforts as Turkey does to achieve reconciliation on the ethnically divided island…..

Erdoğan also called for Greece to adopt a conciliatory role before his departure for the TRNC. At a press briefing in İstanbul, Erdoğan said Turkey expects Greece to adopt a more “warm and positive approach” during the talks as a guarantor country.

During the press conference, Erdoğan said it is not possible for Turkey to accept anything but a two-state solution. “Political equality is a must,” he said….

Erdoğan also noted that Turkey is seeking a simultaneous referendum at the end of the talks. “We are in favor of a fair, comprehensive solution. We will never accept an unjust project,” Erdoğan said.

“The will for reconciliation is always presented by Turkish Cypriots. Unfortunately, the other side hasn’t shown any will for reconciliation,” he said.

In his remarks, President Erdoğan also expressed support for Turkish Cypriots, saying that the Cyprus issue will be one of the main agenda items for Turkey and that he will raise the Cyprus issue during the upcoming NATO summit and United Nations General Assembly meeting.

In addition, Erdoğan mentioned water and electricity supply projects for the TRNC, stating that in the near future, once the projects are completed, Turkish Cypriots won’t face any power or water cuts.

Read the complete article in BRT World News – click here!

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Cyprus Dispute – South Cyprus condemns Erdogan’s statements


South Cyprus condemns

Erdogan’s statements

Erdogan_2The [South] Cyprus government has condemned statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his [from their point of view] “illegal” visit on Monday to [North] Cyprus.

[South] Nicosia expressed its opposition to “every statement or act which refers to a solution that is outside the framework of the UN relevant resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 and the joint communique,” reached on February 11 between [Greek Cypriot] President Anastasiades and [Turkish Cypriot] President Dervis Eroglu.

“In addition to the illegality of the visit by the Turkish President to Cyprus we condemn every statement or act which refers to a solution that is outside the framework of the UN relevant resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 and the joint communique. We also consider unacceptable the frequent call for the involvement of Greece in the dialogue in an effort to equate the responsibilities for the ongoing occupation in Cyprus for which Turkey is solely responsible,” [GC] Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said in a written statement.

Christodoulides noted that “we were expecting that the President of Turkey, a candidate country for accession to the EU, would first invoke for involvement the EU of which the [Greek Cypriot] Republic of Cyprus is a full member and will also continue to be after the solution of the Cyprus problem.”

At the same time, he noted, that statements which are repeated, such as that Turkey will always be one step ahead, “remain until now, devoid of any content since in practice the policies that Ankara follows demonstrate just the opposite.”

“We wish to reiterate our determination to work conscientiously for the termination of the occupation and the achievement of a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem that will meet the expectations of the people of Cyprus,” Christodoulides concluded.

Source: Famagusta Gazette

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Cyprus Dispute – Greece condemns Erdoğan’s comments about Cyprus as well


Greece condemns Erdoğan’s comments about Cyprus as well

Erdogan_3Athens reacted angrily on Monday to calls by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a “two-state” solution to the Cyprus problem and claims that Greece is not “doing its duty” as a guarantor power, saying the comments were “disappointing” and “simply confirm Ankara’s persistence in its aggressive policy” on Cyprus.

Addressing a joint news conference in north of Nicosia with Turkish-Cypriot president Dervis Eroglu, Erdogan opposed the prospect for a settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation.

Sources said Erdogan denied receiving a letter from Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, which was delivered to him at his inauguration ceremony in Ankara last week by Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

On arriving in the north of the island, Erdogan said Turkey would “not allow Turkish Cypriots to be incorporated within the Greek-Cypriot state as a minority” and called on Greece and Britain to intensify efforts to break the deadlock, claiming that “the Cyprus problem will be solved very quickly if Greece does its duty as a guarantor power as Turkey has done.”

He added that Ankara would allow the reopening of a former Greek Orthodox seminary near Istanbul if Athens permitted the construction of traditional mosques with minarets in the capital and allowed Muslim communities in Thrace, northern Greece, to directly appoint muftis.

In a strongly worded statement issued in response, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras accused Erdogan of trying to “equate certain of Greece’s international obligations with Turkey’s heavy burden of responsibility regarding the Cyprus issue” and described the parallel as “historically and legally groundless and, thus, politically unacceptable.”

Source: KP Daily News / kathimerini

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Health Care – Turkey becoming key player in medical tourism


Turkey becoming key player in

medical tourism

PatientTurkey has emerged as one of the top destinations for medical tourism, ranking sixth in the world for medical tourism, according to fresh figures.

Out of roughly 35 million tourists who visited the country last year, around 188,095 came for surgical procedures such as hair transplants, liposuction and cancer treatment, according to the latest figures by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of medical tourists who visited Turkey in the first six months of 2014 totaled 162,445 with revenues reaching $328 million, high compared to the amount spent by holiday tourists.

“Currently, over 1,000 patients travel to Turkey every year to take advantage of the medical services we offer,” said Fatih Öztürk, the project manager of VisitandCare.com, a patient and doctor matching service that helps patients from the Middle East and Europe find a doctor.

“They are mostly from western European, countries like the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands, as well as from Libya and United Arab Emirates,” said Öztürk, regarding the clientele. Öztürk said there are various factors behind Turkey’s appeal to foreign clientele.

“People from countries with heavily congested health systems welcome the opportunity to choose the time of their surgery together and saving 40 to 70 percent, which is more affordable than European countries. While those from less-developed nations are attracted by Western-trained medics and new private healthcare services available in Turkey,” he said, in addition to Turkey being a central tourist attraction.

Turkey’s Health Ministry said the country has great advantages in terms of health tourism due to its convenient geographic location.

“To meet the changing domestic needs as well as to take advantage of health tourism, private hospitals and health centers have been established all over the country. The country has made significant improvements and has begun to compete with countries such as India, Malaysia, Thailand and Hungary which are strong in this sector,” the ministry said in a 2012 evaluation report on medical tourism in Turkey….

Read the whole article by clicking here!

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

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North Cyprus – Turkish President Erdoğan visits the TRNC


Turkish President Erdoğan visits the TRNC

ErdoganThe newly elected President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is paying his first official visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Erdoğan is visiting the Republic as guest of President Derviş Eroğlu.
Turkish President Erdoğan was greeted by President Eroğlu at Ercan Airport.

Erdoğan embarked on his TRNC contacts with visits to the tomb of the late leader of the Turkish Cypriot peoples struggle for existence Dr. Fazıl Küçük and the grave of the late Founding President Rauf Raif Denktaş where he laid wreaths and signed the special books.

The official greeting for Erdoğan was held at the Presidential Palace.
Following the greeting ceremony, Erdoğan and Eroğlu held a tete-a-tete meeting and then moved on to lunch.
Eroğlu then introduced Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu and his cabinet to the Turkish President.

Eroğlu and Erdoğan will then hold a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace….

Read the complete article in BRT World News by clicking here!

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North Cyprus – Project of the Century is nearing completion


Good news for the environment

Project of the Century is nearing completion

Water ProjectThat water transfer project that foresees water being transfer from Turkey via underwater pipelines to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and is being referred to as the project of the century is nearing completion.

The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Hamit Bakırcı spoke to BRT about the project and said that the sea phase of the project was about to be completed and the land phase of the project in the TRNC will be completed in December this year.

Evaluating the project Bakırcı said that everything was progressing well and that the water will arrive on the island in December.

Bakirci

Bakirci

‘By the end of 2015 the water will reach homes throughout all of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ said the Minister and added that for now the majority of the land phase of the pipe installation from Güzelyurt to Lefkoşa had been completed.

‘Once this is finished we will move on to the pipe installation from Girne to Tatlısu and then Gazimağusa to İskele’ said Bakırcı and added that the committees who will oversee the distribution of the water were continuing with their workings.

Explaining that the law regulating how the water is going to be administered had also been prepared and would be presented to the parliament as soon as possible Mr. Bakırcı said ‘we as the state want to manage the water but technically we do not have a fully equipped department’.

He noted that although the water is coming to the country for free there will be a price to pay as 25 megawatts of energy is needed to pump and distribute the water.

‘We are still working on how much the water will cost the people’ said the Minister.

Meanwhile referring to the AKSA power plant that has been operating without a filter for years and ruining the environment, Mr. Bakırcı said that AKSA will be fitting a regulator on its chimneys within 15 days and by December it will be in service with a fully equipped filter.

Source: BRT World News

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