Monthly Archives: March 2007

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We’ll win them over on the euro

Finance Minister confident public will embrace the single currency
FINANCE Minister Michalis Sarris sought to reassure the public on eurozone entry a day after a new poll showed support for the single currency was at a new low.
“Everybody is afraid of change,” Sarris told the Cyprus Mail on the sidelines of a shipping conference in Limassol.

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Sarris: debt will meet euro standards by 2009

CYPRUS expects its public debt, which must decline to meet euro adoption guidelines, to fall below 50 per cent of gross domestic product in the next two years, Finance Minister Michalis Sarris said yesterday.
Sarris also said he expected the Cypriot pound to be locked in at a parity level against the euro around July 10 this year.

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Man jailed for child’s savage beating

A PUB OWNER from Kakopetria village in Nicosia has been jailed for five months for viciously attacking and torturing a 14-year-old boy.
The 31-year-old defendant had been previously found guilty by a Nicosia District Court of assault and causing grievous bodily harm to the boy from the nearby village of Galata, who was left severe injuries after the attack.

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Public smoking laws kick in

THE POLICE have booked 120 establishments for violations of public smoking laws in the past month alone, the Justice Minister said yesterday.
Minister Sophoclis Sophocleous was speaking during a meeting with the Cyprus National Anti-smoking Association, who say 23 per cent of Cypriots smoke.

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Misleading papers aroused meat suspicions

A BATCH of meat imported from Greece was not necessarily unfit for consumption or rotten, but was suspect because of misleading documentation, Agriculture Minister Photis Photiou said yesterday.

The Agriculture Ministry was alerted when it became apparent that a batch of 950 slaughtered lambs did not originate from Greece but had been bred in Bulgaria or Romania.

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Man arrested after arson attack on field

A FATHER of five from Lympia village in Nicosia has been remanded by police on suspicion of setting fire to a field and causing around £35,000 worth of damage.

Yesterday a Nicosia Court remanded George Olympiou, 45, in police custody for eight days after a witness saw him driving away from the scene of the blaze in the Platsa area of Lympia.

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Cocaine smuggler in hospital

A 26-YEAR-OLD man was arrested on Thursday night after visiting the Limassol General Hospital’s Emergency Room with stomach complaints and confiding in a doctor that he had swallowed a number of plastic bags containing cocaine.
X-rays confirmed the man’s stomach contained foreign bodies and a warrant was soon issued for his arrest.

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