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Clocks should be turned back an hour at 4 a.m. on Sunday Clocks go back one hour at 4 a.m. on Sunday as daylight saving time ends. Clocks will return to summer time at the end of March next year. LAND REGISTER New deadline is November 21 The deadline by which homeowners must declare their properties on Greece’s first land register has been extended to November 21, the Environment and Public Works Ministry said yesterday. The ministry extended the deadline from October 31, as less than 70 percent of properties have been registered to date. But it stressed that no further extension would be granted and that those failing to declare their properties in time would be fined. FYROM response The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia decided yesterday that it would inform United Nations mediator Matthew Nimetz next week of its position on the latest proposal aimed at resolving the name dispute. It was decided yesterday during a meeting between FYROM Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and President Branko Crvenkovski that FYROM would not reject the proposal, which is based on Greece’s neighbor being recognized as «Northern Macedonia,» but would send a list of observations about various aspects of Nimetz’s suggestion. Child mauled A 4-year-old girl had to undergo plastic surgery on Crete yesterday after being mauled by a dog. The incident occurred in Hania when the animal broke loose from its owner and bit the girl on the ear, back and left arm while she was playing with other children. The owner was arrested. Headstrong bikers Four in 10 motorcyclists in Greece do not wear a helmet, while one in three does not require their passengers to wear one either, according to the results of a survey by the Hellenic Motorcycle Federation (MOTOE). The figures published yesterday also indicate that half of Greek riders do not wear a helmet when the weather is warm. Burglary couple A Serbian couple has been arrested in Athens on suspicion of carrying out almost 80 burglaries on homes in the city’s southern suburbs. The 47-year-old man and 42-year-old woman are alleged to have begun breaking into homes in Glyfada and Ilioupoli in April 2007. Officers said they recovered more than 11,000 euros in cash and many valuables from the couple’s home. Journalist attacked A reporter for the Eleftherotypia newspaper based in the Peloponnesian prefecture of Ileia, which bore the brunt of last year’s catastrophic forest fires, was badly beaten late Thursday by two assailants. The attack is believed to have been in reaction to his reports on alleged illegal activities by officials in the village of Zacharo as he had received threatening messages a few days before. US Embassy closed The consular section of the US Embassy in Athens, including the visa and passport units, will be closed to the public on Wednesday, October 29, for internal administrative reasons. The section closes on the last Wednesday of every month.