Game hunters in Cyprus beware Do not enter UNmonitored buffer zone

“Hunters wearing camouflage outfits and carrying guns are easily mistaken for soldiers,” the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said in a news release. “Firing guns in the area between the ceasefire lines increases tension because soldiers on duty cannot immediately determine where the shots have come from and may feel obliged to react.“Moreover, in the past some hunters with loaded weapons have proved to be a hazard to each other and to UNFICYP patrols in the buffer zone,” it added. Reminding hunters of “the need to conduct themselves in a responsible fashion, both for their own safety and for that of others,” it called on everyone to exercise caution and the highest standards of safety. The UN has been involved in the Mediterranean island since March 1964 when UNFICYP was set up to prevent a recurrence of fighting, contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order, and contribute to a return to normal conditions. Currently the fourth-oldest UN peacekeeping operation in the world, it seeks to maintain stability in the buffer zone and ensure that there is no alteration of the status quo along the two ceasefire lines drawn in 1974 after renewed fighting. read more

Beef prices soar

by News Staff Posted Jan 24, 2014 2:46 pm MDT It may be time to stock up on steaks and hamburger.Live cattle prices hit a record high of $1.43/lb on the markets this week, the highest on record since Bloomberg started tracking prices in 1964.Brenna Grant, research analyst with Canfax Research Services, said it will take about 12 months for that to trickle down to consumers.“We do have a lot of things that can happen over that year between now and when you see those things showing up at retail. Right now, consumers when they go to the retail store, they’re seeing things that happened from a year ago,” said Grant.She said a drought in 2012 in the U.S., reduced the number of cattle and is one of the major reasons prices are spiking.“That means we have fewer cattle available now. So our supplies are extremely tight. You’ve got competition and prices being run up.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beef prices soar read more