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Scorpions and Joe Cocker Live in Athens May 21, 2007

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Scorpions singer Klaus Meine appeared yesterday on a popular Greek TV show in order to surprise the band’s biggest fan in Greece. The fan, named Vassilis, won tickets to the Scorpions show in Athens on June 18 and backstage passes to the concert.

Klaus is in Greece for the press conference to promote the upcoming Scorpions Festival. The event, which takes place every summer, will be headlined by the Scorpions and will feature special guests, including up-and-coming artists.

This year’s festival will feature performances by the Scorpions joined by special guest Uli Jon Roth, Joe Cocker and Juliette and The Licks. The billing will be completed by a Greek band, to be announced during the coming weeks.

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Cypriot commuters back onto buses May 21, 2007

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Cyprus unveiled a 275 million Cyprus pound ($639.5 million) project on Friday to improve on an almost non-existent public transport system by 2015 and boost its usage by islanders who love their cars, Reuters reports.

Only about 2 percent of Cypriots use public transport, confined to a fleet of mostly ageing buses which rarely run on time. Authorities hope the plan, which will see the introduction of new public transport vehicles and extensive improvements to the road transport network, will increase the number of users to 10 percent.

About 85 percent of Cypriots now use their own vehicles, 1 percent use their bicycles and 12 percent prefer to walk, according to Transport Ministry surveys. The plan envisages a reduction in vehicle emissions of up to 40 percent.

“This plan will result in benefits to the economy and to the environment,” Transport Minister Haris Thrassou said. The project is part financed by the European Union.

Turksih Cypriot illegal ”universities” blocked from Bologna Process May 21, 2007

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Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture Akis Kleanthous told Cyprus News Agency that the accession of the Turkish Cypriot illegal regime’s so called universities to the Bologna Process is no longer an issue.

The issue was tabled by the Turkish delegation, during the 5th Bologna conference of Ministers responsible for Higher Education which took place in London 16-18 May 2007.

In her intervention against this demand by the Turkish side, Greek Education Minister Marietta Yiannakou underlined that a fundamental principle of the Bologna Process was that this is an intergovernmental process, a principle which could not be violated.

Education Ministers turned down the Turkish proposal, insisting on the intergovernmental nature of the process.

”We stated that we could not accept such a proposal,” Kleanthous told CNA. He added that an effort on the part of Britain for establishing a non-official relationship between ”educational establishments” in Cyprus’ Turkish occupied and military controlled areas and the academic institutions recognised by the Bologna Process was also prevented. The proposal was withdrawn as Cyprus, Greece and other participating countries were against it. ”We stated that this proposal would create significant problems since it would create a new process,” Kleanthous noted.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. In November 1983 the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus unilaterally declared their independence. This action has been condemned by the UN and declared as legally invalid by UN Security Council resolution 541 of November 1983, which called on all states not to recognise the self-styled regime and not to facilitate it in any way. Only Turkey recognises the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime.

The purpose of the Bologna process (or Bologna accords) is to create the European higher education area by making academic degree standards and quality assurance standards more comparable and compatible throughout Europe. It is named after the place it was proposed, the University of Bologna with the signing, in 1999, of the Bologna declaration by ministers of education from 29 European countries in the Italian city of Bologna.

A lesson to be learnt by heart > Brits claim being cheated May 21, 2007

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Whether they’re buying Greek Cypriot properties or not, British home buyers in the Turkish occupied and military controlled northern part of the Republic of Cyprus, claim they are being cheated and have decided to take drastic action.

From tomorrow, members of the Homebuyers’ Pressure Group (HPG), which has 1,000 members, plan to stage daily 10-hour demonstrations outside the so-called and illegal ‘parliament’ in the Turkish occupied north area of Cyprus in a bid to force action on property related issues.

The group says members’ dreams of a home in the occupied north have become a nightmare due to some lawyers, builders, developers and estate agents taking advantage of lax property legislation. imposed by the Turkish illegal regime’s side.

Some of the problems faced by buyers, many retired, include missing funds amounting to millions of pounds, laws being ignored by lawyers and builders, double and triple selling, properties half built and abandoned, homes built with no electricity and water, properties sold off-plan and never built, and properties paid for in full with nothing built. The lengthy list also refers to properties being built on ‘government and disputed’ land, and properties built without any title deeds, all of which have resulted in people losing their life’s savings.

The pressure groups says buyers are living in fear because of threats and intimidation by builders, being ignored when they complain, and having to live in third world conditions detrimental to the health of many retirees.

Marian Stokes, the founder of HPG told a recent meeting of members that the people who could improve their lot “either don’t listen, are impotent and are puppet figureheads or just don’t care”. “After all this effort, new people are joining every week and there is a steady trickle of people leaving the island for good, their dreams shattered. In many instances, I think the problems are getting worse!” Stokes said. “We live in an illegally occupied land where the laws are ignored and broken with impunity and nobody does anything about it”. Stokes said talking and continually stating that they want to work with the so-called  ‘government’ had “borne a poor crop”. “And I for one am fed up with it. The time has come for direct action and I propose we become more visible and start demonstrating,” she added.

Couple 1 decided in 2005 to buy a home in the Turkish occupied north area of the Republic of Cyprus , signing a contract in August that year. In January 2006 work began but by August, a year later, “just a few bricks had been laid”. In October they were informed the company would be closing down. They emailed the developer and received back an abusive response “threatening to have friends of ours arrested if they were seen taking photographs on our site.” Up until this month the couple has still heard nothing.

Couple 2 found a partly built property in 2002 and were asked for 20,000 sterling pounds to finish the job. They handed over 5,000 and were then asked for 2,000 more for two air conditioning units and a fridge freezer he had found for them. The couple later found out he had paid only 700 for them. After work started with no clear completion date suddenly the price went up with another 4,000 for unspecified extras and the couple discovered the builder wasn’t even registered. They found another builder but the first one then sued them and the case went on for four years.

Couple 3, aged 76 and 72, decided on a property in November 2004, paid the deposit and were offered a ten per cent discount if they paid in full early. As pensioners, this was a huge saving for them so they mortgaged their home in Wales and paid 134,950 sterling pounds. In October 2005 all building stopped without explanation and to date the couple have not heard a thing. Now the husband has cancer, is unable to work and pay the mortgage. They have already had their car re-possessed and now stand to lose their UK home.


That’s what can happen to you, once you decide to buy land which does not belong to the Turkish occupiers. That’s what can happen to you, when you are cheated.

Lesson to be learnt by heart: Never trust the Turkish occupiers of the land which belongs to the Greek Cypriots. To its rightful owners, who have the deeds to prove that they are the rightful owners.

Lesson to be learnt by heart: Freedom and Justice NOW! Solution to the Cyprus problem NOW! Adhereance to the United Nations Resolutions.

Lesson to be learnt by heart: this is the Turkey that you want to join the European Union!

Lesson to be learnt by heart: Decide with whom you are, the Turkish occupying military forces or the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus. Decide and ACT accordingly!

To read more scroll down on this blog category CYPRUS OCCUPIED and read and learn your lesson, because you will be examined and judged.

Cypriot Paraolympic medalist breaks world record May 21, 2007

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Cypriot Paraolympic Games Gold Medalist, Carolina Pelendritou, broke Saturday the world record in women’s 100 metres Breaststroke, during the British International Disability Swimming Championships 2007, held in Sheffield, UK.

Pelendritou’s time of 1:19.91, knocked nearly two seconds off the world record. She also smashed the 50m split time, changing the world record time to 36.87 secs.

Pete Sampras wins Athens Champions Cup May 21, 2007

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US tennis great beats Todd Martin in final at over-30s event, in first visit to his homeland > Sampras, undefeated so far in his seniors’ tour debut season, defeated Martin in three sets yesterday to win the Athens Champions Cup

American tennis great Pete Sampras defeated Todd Martin in three sets last night to win the Athens Champions Cup, an over-30s tennis star tournament at the Olympic Tennis Center. The game was delayed by rainfall.

“For me, it’s truly unique to capture first place at a tournament being held in Greece,” said Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam champion whose appearance at the Athens Champions Cup also marked the player’s first ever visit to his ancestral homeland. “It was a difficult game. I had problems with my return of service during the second set and, generally, didn’t perform that well,” Sampras said of yesterday’s win in the final.

Martin, the tournament’s runner-up, limited the satisfaction of his own play to the second set. “Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the tiebreak. Every game you begin opposite Sampras is like the beginning of a new day’s work. You start off feeling fresh and end up feeling exhausted. It’s not enough to play just one good game against Pete. You’ve got to give even more in the next game,” noted Martin. “It’s very pleasant that, thanks to this series, we can continue playing tennis, even if it’s at a slightly lower level.”

The seniors’ tour was started by Jim Courier, a four-time Grand Slam champion, who took part in the Athens tournament.

Earlier in the day, Magnus Larsson, who was part of Sweden’s winning 1997 Davis Cup squad, defeated South African Wayne Ferreira in straight sets to capture third place at the tournament. Part of the Outback Champions Series, the four-day event made its first stop outside the United States here in Athens.

Sampras is undefeated so far in his seniors’ tour debut. He retired from the regular ATP tour after winning his 14th major, the 2002 US Open.

Olympiakos wins Greek Water Polo Cup May 21, 2007

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Piraeus water polo club Olympiakos earned an easier-than-expected 11-5 victory against local rival Ethnikos yesterday to win the Greek Cup.

Ethnikos, a winner of 12 cup titles, had never before lost in the cup final. Olympiakos applied pressure from early on to gain a match-winning lead. The cup winner built a 3-1 lead at the end of the final’s first quarter and then surged for a 7-2 advantage by the halftime break. Olympiakos’s squad kept the celebrations subdued as the club prepares to take on Honved in Budapest in a crucial clash leading to final-four play in Europe.

“I think we’ve attained our first objective,” said Giorgos Doskas. “We’re now looking at the game against Honved.”