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 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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Cyprus Gas Crisis – UN advising on formula for equal share of Cyprus resources

UN advising on formula for equal share

of Cyprus resources

Eide_3The U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, is working on a formula for the sharing of income from the island’s natural resources, a Turkish diplomat has told the Hürriyet Daily News, referring to a recent meeting between Eide and Turkish politicians in Ankara on Oct. 28.

The diplomat did not go into details of the possible formula, but said Eide would have talks in Greece and in Cyprus in early November as part of efforts to resume peace talks on the divided island. Talks were suspended by Greek Cyprus on Oct. 7 in protest at gas exploration activities by Turkey off Cyprus.

In his talks in Ankara, the U.N. official stressed that despite the instability in the region, the Cyprus dispute is the most likely case to be resolved, so the parties must persist with the negotiations, according to the diplomat.Barbaros ship_3 Greek Cyprus suspended its participation in the U.N.-led negotiations after Turkey dispatched a survey boat to an area where the Greek Cypriot government had licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas.

[South] Nicosia is unhappy that Turkey is searching for oil and gas in the same region where the [Greek] Cypriot government has already licensed exploratory drills in an exclusive economic zone.

However, Ankara disputes Greek Cyprus’ rights to a swathe of sea to the island’s south and southeast that are rich in natural gas reserves, demanding an equal share of resources between the two governments of the island.

Eastern MedMeanwhile, a written statement after a Turkish National Security Council (MGK) meeting late on Oct. 30 vowed that Turkey would continue to protect its rights and interests in its continental shelf in the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean, and in the economic zone licensed by Turkish Cyprus.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

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North Cyprus – Trevor’s Tips – November 2014

Trevor’s Tips – November 2014

Sharing News

By Trevor Hughes

Turkish CoffeeFreezer Hygiene

I was informed the other day, the most effective way to rid bad smells emanating from your fridge/freezer is to place a cup of hot Turkish coffee on each shelf and then close the door. Job done, smell gone!

It’s Official – Urgent means urgent

Going back to the Land Registry office to collect our land deeds the other day, the person behind the counter said the paper work for us to collect our Kocan had not been completed. He made a note for his supervisor to complete same and marked it urgent. Thinking urgent would mean one or two days, he told us to “come back” in two weeks. We had already waited two months.

So it’s official, urgent to them means two weeks. You couldn’t make it up could you!!

MOT DATES 2013MOT Testing

Please note the new price for an MOT is now 135TL. If you miss the two week slot allocated to your registration letters, the price automatically increases to 200 TL.

The price for an emissions test remains the same at 27TL.

Traffic Offences

If you infringe the traffic laws here and the Police Authorities issue you an official on the spot ticket [speeding or illegal parking, for example] you have just two weeks in which to pay the fine. Anything over the two week period your fine will be automatically doubled. So make sure you pay on time if you don’t want to waste money

Bank RobberyBeware Scam –

Please be aware, there is a scam in the TRNC under the name of, asking people to book their rental car on line, pay in advance and the car will be awaiting collection at the airport. However, upon arrival there is no such company and the car will not be available, you will have no financial recourse, unless you have made your payment by credit card.

Read all Trevor´s Tips by clicking here!

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North Cyprus – BRT2 TV – VOX POP tête-à-tête – Gardens of Irini, Bellapais

VOX POP tête-à-tête

Gardens of Irini, Bellapais

By Engin Dervişağa

For my next Vox Pop show on BRT2 Live on Sunday 2nd ofDeirdrie Guthrie and Engin Dervisaga November at 10.30pm I bring you a report from the Gardens of Irini in the heart of Bellapais

My camera crew and I had a wonderful time in this almost secret but very beautiful location admiring the garden and plants and also speaking with Deidre Guthrie about the 25th anniversary of the Gardens of Irini.  We also spent time admiring the work of a number of local photographers covering various themes in an exhibition being held there.

This fascinating show will be repeated  on Wednesday the 5th November at 11.00am so do so do tune in to join me on my show, Vox Pop on BRT2 Television, please tell your friends and we hope you will all join us.

For Radio Lovers do also tune in and join me on BRT Radio on Saturday  at 20.30pm for my programme Top Twenty which is compiled by DJ Bora. We are transmitting this on 6.150 MH/z. Short-wave, 87.8 and 105 FM Stereo. You can also tune in to live streaming of this radio show on your PC by clicking here.

To go direct to BRT 2 TV to watch these shows by live streaming on your PC at Cyprus local time click here and if you want to learn more of Bayrak Radio and Television  click here

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North Cyprus – Events Calendar – Issue 44/2014 – November 2014

North Cyprus Events Calendar

Issue 44/2014 – November 2014

By Margaret Sheard

A list of events you can look forward to in North Cyprus in 2014.  For those charity fund-raisers, venues etc. which would like to include an event in the Events Calendar, please contact me on

31st October – Friday to 15th November – SaturdaySOS Childrens Villages 2 Cyprus Themed Art Exhibition by Benice Gűmrűkçűoğlu  at The Bedestan in Lefkosa…. In aid of the SOS Children’s Village hosted under the auspices of Meral Eroğlu….  Opening at 6pm on 31st October and then 8am to 5pm until Saturday 15th November (except Sundays when it will be closed).
1st November – SaturdaySt Andrews v.small Service for All Souls Day will be held in St Andrews Church at 3pm…..This will be followed by refreshments in the church hall…..Everyone welcome…For loved ones you wish to be remembered please contact Bill Grundy  with their name(s) on 0542 889 0072
1st November – SaturdayKar new sml Bonfire Night event at Lambousa Market area from 5pm.  In aid of KAR.  15TL if obtained before 25thOctober (from Lambousa Saturday Market) or 20TL if obtained at the Gate on the night…. Food and drinks will be available…. For further information telephone 0533 862 4662.
1st November – SaturdayRBL Logo RBL Poppy Walk 11am starting and finishing at JK’s Bar, Lapta…Walk 5km or 10km. Registration 10TL or 20TL on the day…. Registeration and sponsor forms can be obtained from the RBL stall at Lambousa Market, JK’s Bar or by telephoning the organiser Rachael Lyes on 0533 883 8166.
6th November – ThursdayCinema equipment video camera  and film reel Classic film event at The Food Lodge in Catalkoy in association with the DVD Shop, Catalkoy.   Starting at 8pm you can enjoy  In the Heat of the Night (1967)…. 12TL for the film, a soft drink and popcorn.  There are also hot dogs and nachos available….There will be a prize on the night for the best prop associated with the movie….To book call 0533 839 8764…
7th November – FridayRBL Logo RBL Poppy Ball – 7pm at the Savoy Hotel, Girne….  Dress of WW1 period (optional) or Black Tie……The Savoy Ottoman Palace Hotel is offering a special discount to Poppy Ball attendees of 100 Euros for a double room with B&B or 85 Euros for a single room….. To take up the offer please contact the hotel reception.
7th November – FridayRichard Chamberlain shows his new book, soon to be available Best Seller Bookshop, Karakum – 1pm to 3.30pm Richard Chamberlain will be doing book signing of his 2 books and 2015 calendar….  A good opportunity to think about Christmas presents…
7th November – FridayRichard Chamberlain shows his new book, soon to be available Richard Chamberlain will be showing his wonderful photographs taken in the late 50’s in Cyprus at The Savoy Hotel in Girne….  There will also be an RBL event for the Poppy Appeal at the same venue….
7th to 13th November – Friday to ThursdayCinema equipment video camera  and film reel 1st Golden Island International Film Festival…. Various locations throughout North Cyprus… Full programme to be published shortly….Premier on Thursday 6th November – “Fish” (Balik) will be at GAU…….

View the complete Events Calendar by clicking here!

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North Cyprus – Television News from BRT2 – Anılır Art Gallery

Television News from BRT2

 Anılır Art Gallery

By Can Gazi

My guests this week on A Cup of ConversationAnilir Art Gallety openingare Hasan Anılır and his son Ahmet Anılır. They own a new Art Gallery in Hamitköy, Lefkoşa, called Anılır Art Gallery.

They have an exhibition opening on the 5th of November which will feature a wide range of fascinating paintings and pictures together with some beautiful frames that they can provide

Catch our chat on BRT2 TV this Saturday the 1st of November at 10.30am or watch the repeat on Tuesday the 4th of November at 2.30pm.

Please watch online with us on

Happy viewing and do have a great weekend!

To go direct to BRT 2 TV to watch these shows by live streaming on your PC at Cyprus local time click here and if you want to learn more of Bayrak Radio and Television  click here

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Happy Halloween! Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Halloween – 31st Oct. 2014

Happy Halloween!

Things You Probably Didn’t Know

About Halloween

Halloween_1Many people celebrate Halloween simply because it’s fun. But that doesn’t offer an explanation as to why children dress up in costumes and ask strangers for treats. Nor does it explain why orange and black are the holiday’s reigning colors. Here are 10 spooky facts you need to know about Halloween:

 1) Halloween was inspired by the Irish Celtic festival Samhain, which celebrates the end of the harvest season. The tradition spread to other parts of the world after the Irish fled their country following the potato famine.

2) Most people know orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, but might not know why. Orange represents the fall harvest and black represents the darkness associated with death of summer.

Halloween_43) Trick-or-treating might have stemmed from the superstition ghosts could disguise themselves in human form and knock on doors to ask for money or food. If they were denied, the spirit could curse or haunt the person who refused.

4) Like many Halloween traditions, jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland. People used to place candles in hollowed-out turnips — instead of pumpkins — to keep away spirits and ghosts on Samhain.

Halloween_25) Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns comes from Celtic folklore. Tradition claims an intoxicated farmer named Jack tricked the devil, but paid the ultimate price when neither heaven nor hell would accept him. Since he was stuck in limbo, Jack created a lantern out of a turnip and a burned lump of coal the devil gave him from hell to guide his lost soul. People then carved jack-o’-lanterns with terrifying faces in hopes of scaring the evil spirits away.

6) Since it was thought the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead blurred on Oct. 31, which allowed the dead to walk among the living, humans would wear masks and costumes so the spirits would not recognize them.

Halloween_37) Here’s how the broomstick became associated with witches: Elderly women who were accused of witchcraft were usually poor and could not afford horses, so they would use a walking stick, which was often replaced by a broom, to help them travel.

8) It was once believed black cats protected the powers of witches.

9) Harry Houdini (1874-1926), one of the most famous and mysterious magicians, died in 1926 on Halloween night after suffering from an appendicitis that occurred after he suffered three stomach punches.

10) Halloween has several different names: All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim and Summer’s End.

Facts courtesy of Halloween Web, The Sentinel and Random History.

Source: International Business Times

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Cyprus dispute – South Cyprus to blame for current situation

South Cyprus to blame for

current situation



The Turkish Cypriot side has issued a warning against the measures that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiadis has announced that it will enforce against Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Presidential Spokesman Osman Ertuğ said the measures in question is proof of the mentality of the Greek Cypriot side that they are not ready to find a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem based on equality.

This mentality is also contradictory to the efforts to build confidence between the two sides said Ertuğ and called on the Greek Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table.

Noting that the Greek Cypriot side had withdrawn from the talks with an artificial crisis, now the Greek Cypriots have begun an international campaign against the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey said the Presidential Spokesman.

Drawing attention to the fact that the current tensions in the region were created by the Greek Cypriot side, Mr. Ertuğ said that a comprehensive solution passed through structured and result orientated negotiation and added that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready for this.Cyprus Map divided Reminding that political parties with representatives in parliament had all called on the Greek Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table, Ertuğ said that they expect the Greek Cypriot side to pay attention to these calls.

‘This return to the table should be without any preconditions as contrary to this it would lend credence to the escalating policies of the Greek Cypriot side and would award intransigence’ said Ertuğ.

Referring to the hydrocarbon resources on the island Ertuğ reminded that these resources were owned equally on the island and that the Turkish Cypriot side had equal say on everything from research, extraction and marketing of the product.

‘Ignoring this reality and belittling the Turkish Cypriot side is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps in cooperation with our guarantor Turkey’ said Ertuğ.

‘We as the Turkish Cypriot side want to remind the Greek Cypriot side that we are at the negotiating table ready to discuss a variety of issues. But if the Greek Cypriot side continues to act with the mentality that they own the south and can do whatever they want then this would mean that they do not want a partnership and this would bring to the agenda a solution form without a partnership’ said the Presidential spokesman.

Source: BRT World News

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