The University of Cyprus is a public corporate body. Its vision is to become the most efficient and effective of all universities in the Mediterranean. The mission of the university is to support the teaching, the learning, the research and its social contribution, by offering with alacrity, sensitivity and great effectiveness, services to academicians, students and citizens of the Republic of Cyprus and to promote the inculcation of knowledge as widely as possible. It has twenty-six faculties and departments covering the humanities and foreign languages including Turkish studies; sciences including social, political and computer sciences; economics including public and business administration; classics including Byzantine and modern Greek studies; engineering including civil, electrical and mechanical; and architecture.

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The decision of the European Council of Ministers to declare the year 1990 as the "European Year of Tourism" was designed to emphasize the role and development of tourism. Tourism, an activity turned into an industry, affects every society in many different ways and has a profound impact on the social, cultural and economic life of every country that seeks to promote it. Cyprus is no exception to the impact of tourism especially on its economy and hotel developments. It is the largest contributor to the island's foreign exchange earnings. Future growth and employment in tourism will have greater economic importance than hitherto both in Cyprus and the European Union where it is estimated that in the Union of 15, tourism will directly employ some 8 million people. The 5 cents stamp reads "Hospitality" in Greek. A hospitality which any tourist to Cyprus will encounter wherever he may find himself, whether at a four star hotel or a small family run apartment in the picturesque villages that dot the mountains.

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Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) poet, philosopher and painter writing about children in his book "The Prophet", said: "Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And although they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow which you cannot visit not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth".

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Church of Virgin Mary, Asinou / Church of Virgin Mary, Moutoullas / Church of Virgin Mary, Podithou / Three Apostles, St. Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery / Annunciation, Church of the Holy Cross, Pelentri /Saints, Church of the Cross, Ayiasmati / Archangel Michael and Donor, Pedoulas Church of St. Michael / Church of Saint Nicolaos tis Stegis / Prophets, Church of Virgin Mary, Arakas

In November 1972 the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) initiated the World Heritage List by adopting a treaty known as the World Heritage Convention. Its goal has been to encourage countries and nations to identify cultural and natural properties of outstanding universal value, which deserve to be protected for all generations to come. Any country or nation that has signed he Heritage Treaty, can nominate any property that falls within the following categories: cultural, natural, in danger or mixed (e.g. cultural and in danger). In submitting a site or any property for inclusion on the list a country must also provide a plan and commit itself to properly manage and protect the site or property. Signatories to the treaty are also obliged to assist, whenever possible, in emergency aid campaigns. Cyprus can feel pride in having not only its Painted Churches on the list, but also the city of Paphos with its mosaics and the settlements of Khoirokitia which date back to the 8th and 6th millenniums B.C. By 2002, some 730 sites from more than 125 countries had been listed. After the destruction of the Bamian Buddhas in Afghanistan UNESCO officials were openly voicing the need to strengthen the World Heritage Treaty to counter such cultural crimes.

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This is one of the two Christmas issues where the designer's presentation is modern and is not based on existing works of great religious worth or meaning. The set covers the holiday periods, which include Christmas, New Year and Epiphany Day. The 5 cents stamp, which relates to Christmas, shows Christ as a child in the manger.

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The prosperity that the population has been enjoying these past two decades has been marred by the continually escalating number of road deaths and injuries, in spite of road safety campaigns and the daily viewing of horrendous accident scenes on television screens. Irresponsible and unacceptable behavior by road users, and, more often than not, excessive speed are the first causes of mortal injuries. Consumption of alcohol and/or drugs, non-wearing of seat belts or protective helmets, fatigue, carelessness by pedestrians and drivers all contribute to the tragedies we witness on the roads not only in Cyprus but in Europe too. In the fifteen EU States more than forty thousand fatalities are recorded and some 1.7 million people are injured every year. It is obvious that action taken to-date to educate drivers and road users on what constitutes correct safety manners has been inadequate. Drivers in Cyprus tend to take an aggressive attitude to driving and the notion of defensive driving is totally alien to them.
It may be time for governments and law enforcing officials to take drastic action in conjunction with intensive education of all road users if this unnecessary waste of human life is to be curtailed. Accidents cannot be eliminated 100% but the escalating losses should not be something to be tolerated.

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