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Paphos Airport strike affects 14 flights


19:30 AROUND 100 Swissport ground–handling staff employees at Paphos airport staged an impromptu strike from 4pm today, after a dispute with the company’s management over a plan to dismiss seven employees and reduce shifts for the remaining workers.

The strike has so far affected 14 flights, which had to be diverted to Larnaca, inconveniencing hundreds of passengers.

SEK Union representative Petros Demosthenes said the strike would last until the employees’ concerns were alleviated.

Hermes Airports spokesman Adamos Aspris apologised to the public over the strike measures by the Swissport employees.

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Martin Johnson resigns as England Rugby manager

Martin Johnson resigned as England manager today after his three-and-half year stint culminated in a rugby World Cup campaign in New Zealand dogged by problems on and off the pitch and a miserable quarter-final exit.

“I’ve obviously thought long and hard about this and it’s the right decision for me and the England team,” said Johnson at a news conference today.

“We have come a long way in the last three-and-a-half years and a lot of credit should go to the coaches, back-room staff and players,” he said.

“We have developed some exciting young players in the last 18 months or so and I believe English rugby has a bright future.

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InterFusion and Peyia partner in multi-million project

17:54 PEYEIA municipality and Limassol based firm Interfusion Services have teamed up to develop new information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve democracy.

The €9.1 million EU funded programme Future Policy Modeling (FUPOL) project will run until October 2015, bringing together political experts and computer scientists from around the world.

Interfusion’s managing director, and one of 17 consortium partners Haris Neophytou said: “FUPOL is an exceptionally ambitious project that will enable policy makers to better forecast and understand policy trends.”

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Technical Committee on Health Matters to mark World Diabetes Day


17:48 GREEK Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot doctors on the UN-supported Technical Committee on Health Matters and on the Cyprus Joint Committee on Health will launch a “Diabetes Awareness” initiative through the distribution of leaflets on diabetes at the Ledra Street/Lokmaci crossing on Friday between 1pm 3pm.

The leaflet, in Greek and Turkish, and English aims to raise awareness in the two communities on diabetes prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  The doctors will encourage awareness and better understanding of the Diabetes epidemic.

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International peace conference to be held in north


17:29 THE REPUBLİCAN Turkish Party’s Peace Activities Centre’  is to hold an international peace conference from November 21 to 29, to be held at various venus in the north.

Entitled ‘Imagine Peace’, the conference will bring to gether academics, journalists, writers, peace activists and intellectuals from both sides of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.

For more information contact Oya Gürel, Republican Turkish Party Press Officer on Tel:  227 4394 or email: [email protected] or   [email protected]


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Italy forms new government


17:01 Prime Minister Mario Monti has formed Italy’s new government as follows:

Prime Minister and Economy Minister – Mario Monti

Foreign – Giulio Terzi di Santagata

Interior – Anna Maria Cancellieri

Justice – Paola Severino

Defence – Giampaolo Di Paola

Indusry, infrastructure and transport – Corrado Passera

Agriculture – Mario Catania

Environment – Corrado Clini

Labour, social policy and equal opportunity – Elsa Fornero

Health – Renato Balduzzi

Education and research – Francesco Profumo

Culture – Lorenzo Ornaghi

European Affairs – Enzo Moavero Milanesi

Tourism and sport – Piero Gnudi

Regional relations – Fabrizio Barca

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Clerides out of hospital

16:50 FORMER President Glafcos Clerides, 92, was released on Wednesday from the Evagelistria clinic after his doctor judged there was no reason for him to remain there.

Clerides was admitted on Monday with ‘chronic gastrointestinal disorder’.  But according to his doctors his health is now “very satisfactory”.

“We are still waiting on some (test) results but it was not considered sensible to keep him in the clinic until all the results were in as some of them won’t be ready for a few days,” Clerides’ doctor Iosif Kassios said.

Kassios said he sees Clerides on “a very regular basis” and will be able to check up on his health soon.

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Leaders agree on schedule of meetings

15:16 PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu have agreed on a schedule of meetings until January, when they will have new talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking after today’s meeting, which lasted an hour, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim said that their next meeting would take place on Monday.

“The idea is to have, in principle, one leaders’ meeting a week and then there will also be discussions between the UN with the leaders respectively. And this was a formula that was found to be useful by the two at the latest meetings that were held in New York. It will be an intensive phase but we are not calling them ‘all-day’ meetings,” she said. 

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Tourism ‘supported the economy in 2011’


15:14 IT WAS tourism that supported the ailing economy this year, according to Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Praxoulla Antoniadou.

“It is an area which has shown actual development”, she said, adding that “tourist arrivals increased by 11.1 per cent and revenue by 14.4 per cent up until September.

Antoniadou said she had put forward a proposal for cooperation among Eastern Mediterranean countries to present a joint tourist product or to organise combined visits in the region.

“This way the region’s tourist product will attract greater interest and the numbers of tourists coming to the entire region will increase”, she said.

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