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The Week Video News Oct. 26-Nov 2, 2014

Turkey Relentless in Pursuit of Hydrocarbons Around Cyprus

erdogan cyprus oil gasTurkey's national council has decided to fly in the face of international law and condemnation from Egypt, France, and Italy - and relentlessly continue with its incursions into the island's Exclusive Economic Zone, where energy giants from the US, Israel, France, Korea and Italy are exploring and exploiting natural gas under contract with the Republic of Cyprus.

After the longest meeting in its history - over 10 hours - the national council agreed to take all necessary measures to protect its 'rights' as a guarantor nation to the Turkish Cypriots.

Residents Condemn 'Dangerous' Chemical Factory in Aradippou

Residents in Larnaca are strongly protesting against a planned chemical factory in Aradippou which may be dealing with radioactive material, said Eleni Andreou in comments to

Turkey Must Respect The Law of the Sea - Hollande

hollande turkey cyprusTurkey must respect the Law of the Sea, said French President Francois Hollande in a letter to President Nicos Anastasiades about Ankara's recent incursions into Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone.

The government welcomes the strong and clear positions of France, said spokesman Nicos Christodoulides. 

Cyprus Through The Eyes of Travelling Artists - New Art Museum In Old Nicosia

Undiscovered Places in Old Nicosia

catherine cornaroI sit in Balthazar Cafe/Restaurant, located in the newly-opened Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia old city. Of immediate interest is my dish of warm lentils, which turn out to be deliciously cooked in fresh tomato sauce, carrots, peas, plenty of pepper and topped with spicy arugula leaves.

I stumbled on this lovely place by accident while driving around in the old city looking for lunch and spotting it on a side road near Theatro Ena and Melina Mercouri Hall.

After lunch, I put my stuff in a locker next to the gift shop and paid three euros to walk around the museum part of CVAR. What a great journey! There are hundreds of exhibitions, paintings, costumes, books, figures - all dedicated to Cyprus.

I walk into the large first room on the ground floor, full of sketches by travelling artists who passed through the island through the centuries. In the centre of the room are large drawers that you open to discover pristine Cypriot costumes from the Greek-and-Turkish Cypriot traditions.

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Thought for Today - You Are The Force Behind Your Accomplishments

You are the force behind all what you accomplish in this world but do you think you act enough. Are you satisfied about what you do or have? Talking about all the things you want to do doesn't make them happen.

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Freeing your Voice at Mary's Dinner Club


Last Saturday’s ‘Free your voice’ event with journalist and jazz singer Sarah Fenwick had us not only relaxed over delicious food, but also over correct breathing. We were given an introduction to the role nerves, breathing and the diaphragm play when we are talking/getting ready to talk/or are simply in front of people.
I had been looking really forward to welcoming this particular group of guests as I had a feeling they’d all get on especially well - and I was right. All of them were more or less regulars at Mary’s and yet had never managed to meet. And meet they did - over lots of laughter and discoveries of things in common. As always the different nationalities - British, Finnish, Russian and Cypriot - added for extra stories, anecdotes and jokes and the atmosphere was amiable and fun. 

Putin Backs Russia 'De-offshoreisation' Law

putinPresident Vladimir Putin has backed a de-offshorisation law that would force Russians with offshore companies to pay taxes in Russia, reports Reuters.

The law now has to pass the Duma.

"The law considers establishing a mechanism for taxation in the Russian Federation of incomes of controlled foreign companies, if these companies do not distribute their incomes for the benefit of Russian entities," according to a statement from the Russian government.

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