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.

You can navigate to and the North Cyprus Forum on the web links below.

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CIU and SOS Childrens Village sign a Protocol for Long-term Collaboration

Cyprus International University

and SOS Children’s Village sign

Protocol for long-term Collaboration

Cyprus International University (CIU) and SOS Children’s Village signed a protocol for long-term and sustainable collaboration between the two organisations.

SOS CIU logos

Based on the needs and resources of the two partners, the protocol aims to benefit the children getting family–based care under SOS Children’s Village, as well as support the two organisations’ ability to reach those in society who are in need.

The protocol was signed, on Thursday, 26 March, at SOS Children’s Village in Lefkoşa, by SOS Children’s Village Chairman Dr.Hacer Çerkez and CIU Deputy Rector Prof. Dr. Hikmet Seçim. SOS Children’s Village Manager Ahmet Akarsu, SOS Committee Members Hüsniye Özer and Hasan Arman, and Head of the CIU Education Faculty Prof. Dr.Servet Özdemir were also present at the protocol signing ceremony.

Under the agreement:

  • children and young people receiving care and education under SOS Children’s Village’s programmes are to benefit from academic support and social activities to support their reintegration into society;
  • caregivers and personnel will receive support to strengthen their capacities;
  • SOS Children’s Village will offer CIU students and academic personnel professional development in their fields, (e.g. internships and project work);
  • SOS Children’s Village’s different programmes and CIU’s different departments will collaborate in the framework of the two organisations’ aims and principles.

In his speech, CIU Deputy Rector Prof. Dr.Hikmet Seçim said:SOS and CIU joint signing of protocol

“We are here today to establish collaboration, to provide every kind of support in the framework of social responsibility projects of students and academics. Our aim is to provide SOS Children’s Village with academic and physical support…this way we have taken one more step in working with civil society organisations.”

Thanking CIU for their crucial support, SOS Children’s Village Manager Ahmet Akarsu, added the partnership “sets an example for other organisations and universities”.

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Words of the Week 13/2015 – Buddha

Words of the Week 13/2015



Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BC.

The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”. “Buddha” is also used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of our age. Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the Sramana (renunciation) movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kośala.

Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition and first committed to writing about 400 years later.

Words of the Week 13_2015

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Chef´s Choice – Cypriot Recipes – Lamb or Pork with Potatoes, Onions and Celery

Cypriot Recipes

Lamb or Pork with Potatoes, Onions and Celery

Celery is used around the world as a vegetable for the crisp petiole (leaf stalk). The leaves are strongly flavoured and are used less often, either as a flavouring in soups and stews or as a dried herb.

Celery_1Celery seeds can be used as flavouring or spice, either as whole seeds or ground and mixed with salt, as celery salt. Celery salt can also be made from an extract of the roots, or using dried leaves. Celery salt is used as a seasoning, in cocktails (notably to enhance the flavour of Bloody Mary cocktails), on the Chicago-style hot dog, and in Old Bay Seasoning.

Celery is a staple in many soups, such as chicken noodle soup.


1 cup corn oil

1/2 kg small, dried, whole onions

1 1/2 kg potatoes

1 1/2 kg lamb or pork from the neck or chops cut into small pieces

3/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 cups roughly chopped celery leaves

salt, pepper

4-5 cups lukewarm water


–    Sauté in hot oil the whole onions until golden brown and place in a plate.

–    Sauté the potatoes until golden brown and place in a plate.

–    Fry the meat well and add lemon juice.

–    Add the celery leaves.

–    Stir well, and add salt, pepper and warm water.

–    Cook the meat for about half an hour and add the sautéd potatoes and onions.

–    Cover and cook until the sauce is thick.

–    Serve with vegetables, lettuce, rocket and coriander leaves.


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Police Inspector Xavier Bard’s Two Minute Mystery – Number 14

Good ticking off for disrespectful Bard


By Peter Wills…….

Each week, we shall be featuring the amazing deductional powers of Police Inspector Xavier Bard, a criminologist of the ‘old-school’.  Now is the chance for you to match those skills and see if you can solve the crime.

Don’t worry if you are foxed!  We’ll give you the answer next week!Thats a laugh

Last week’s solution:   The suspect was playing polo on Shrove Tuesday, injured himself, went into hospital and was released three days later on Monday – that’s perfectly possible if the horse’s name he was playing polo on was “Shrove Tuesday”.

To read the Two Minute Mystery article again please click here 

Two Minute Mystery – Number 14

Bard slumped behind his desk – he hadn’t slept a wink last night going through all those old cases with Jenny – and it hadn’t done them much good either.  They had narrowed the list of suspects to about 70.  What he needed now was peace and quiet to piece together the clues he had.

“Bard!”  It was a yell from Chief Inspector Vector:  “In my office now!”

“Yes sir.”  Bard made his way to his superior’s office.  “What in God’s name do you think you are playing at?” Vector snapped, not even giving Bard Police StationBard a chance to sit.

“Sir?” Bard asked.

“Taking on a civilian on a police matter!”  Vector yelled.

“I’m sorry sir.  It was a spur of the moment thing – I had a lead to follow up, and I didn’t have time to argue with her.”

“You had a lead?”  Did you call for back-up?  Did you act without first consulting your superior officer?  No and yes!”  Vector banged his desk.

“But….”  Bard attempted to interject.

“No buts!”  Vector growled.  “I know you and I have never got on.  It is common knowledge that but for your accident you would have got the promotion  to chief inspector – but these things happen.  I got the job and you didn’t.  I would just like it for once if you could pack those sour grapes away and show me respect.  Which means reporting to me and not taking reporters like Jenny Spyke on police business.”

“Yes sir.  It won’t happen again,” Bard  apologised.

“It had better not.”  Vector leant back in his chair, becoming more relaxed.

“You know when I was a captain in the army, I used to lead entire battalions of men and never had Bard Army picturethe kind of trouble I have with you.

“Sir.”  Bard settled himself down for one of Vector’s motivational talks.

“I don’t know if you think that your injuries allow you to have special treatment because, believe me, you get it already – I’m surprised they let you back in the force and I’m uncomfortable about you out on the beat.  Behind a desk is where you belong.”

“Sir, I hope …”  Bard became shocked for a moment.

“No, don’t worry, I’m not putting you there yet – but let me tell you, one more step out of line and your feet won’t touch the ground.  Now, I think your first step to becoming a better police officer is to become part of the team.  Some of the force are having a Christmas drink in the pub across the road.  You should join them.”

“But, sir …”  It wasn’t that Bard was unsociable.  He just felt too old for all that rowdy beer drinking and song singing of force nights out.

“No buts!”  Vector smiled.  “That is an order – and disobeying orders is taking a step out of line and not showing me the proper respect.”

Bard stood and stalked from the room – how did the man expect to get respect when he spoke so much rubbish.

What had Vector said that had shown Bard he was talking “rubbish”?

We will give you the Answer next week!

Two Minute Mystery No 14


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North Cyprus – EFRaR – Tulips Fun Day Golf Driving Competition – 8th April 2015

Tulips Fun Day Golf Driving Competition


Raising money for TULIPS (Help Those With Cancer Association)

By Sue Steel….

ESENTEPE Fun, Run and Ramble 2015 will be holding a Tulips Fun Day Golf Driving Competition on Wednesday, 8th April.

The venue for the event will be the Korineum Golf and Beach Resort driving academy and golfers should meet at 1.45pm to start at 2.00pm.  The event is scheduled to finish around 4pm.

Brian Hills, who is organising the event said: “This year EFRAR has been trying to think of different and interesting events, as part of the overall Tulips Golf Driving Competition imageFun Run, to engage with as many people as possible and we believe we have achieved our aim. We have had several great events already with a jewellery sale coming up and now the golf competition. If we want people to part with money for Tulips, we have to keep coming up with new ideas.”

The idea is each participant will pay 30TL for 30 balls.  The first 25 will be practice balls and the last five will count.  The nearest ball to the target wins and any play off will be decided on the putting green.

Art Watson, Chairman of EFRAR commented: “Brian is our Events Co-ordinator this year and he has come up with some excellent ideas, not least this golf competition. I feel confident there will be a lot of people signing up for this event.”

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Brian Hills on 0533 8333468 or email  All proceeds will go to Help Those With Cancer Association (Tulips).

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North Cyprus – posts 3,000 articles on Tumblr  posts

3,000 articles on Tumblr

By Chris Elliott…….

As part of the policy of sharing our readers and contributors news and reviews with the largest worldwide readership, we share our articles through many Facebook pages, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Yahoo and Tumblr.

We were delighted this week to receive a notification that we have posted 3,000 articles into Tumblr from and our subscribers from Tumblr are growing every week.

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc.

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North Cyprus – The Main Event on BRT Radio – Mary Watson of EFRaR

The Main Event with Denise Phillips

and Mary Watson of EFRaR

By Denise Phillips….

This week on The Main Event my guest is Mary Watson Denise Phillips and Mary Watson imageone of the committee members of EFRaR.

Mary and her strong team of friends are getting ready for the 5th Esentepe Fun Run and Ramble and this year’s event will take place on the 5th of April and is in aid of Tulips – Help Those With Cancer Association and promises to be bigger and better than previous events with many other supporting events taking place in the lead up to this final event..

Mary will also be sharing with us her favourite music on Saturday 28th March at 15.00 pm and you can reach this show wherever you are online by following the links below.

This show will also be repeated on Sunday 29th March at 11.00am to 12.00 noon.

Happy listening and do have a great week

To go direct to Bayrak International Live to listen to 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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