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‘Green’ buildings would help create more jobs

CYPRUS needs to face the challenges ahead and take advantage of the correct opportunities to create the conditions for a speedy recovery from the crisis, creating jobs in the process according to Labour Minister, Zeta Emilianidou.
Speaking at the Build-Up Skills workshop, the minister said the conference’s aim was to improve workforce skills in relation to saving and developing renewable energy sources in the fields of construction, maintenance and renovation of buildings.
“Our goal is the preparation of meeting EU member states’ energy targets ahead of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy,” she said, adding that Cyprus’ energy targets included a 13 per cent contribution of renewable energy sources towards its total energy usage.

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Anastasiades: this country is not up to scratch

STATE officials, including the President, will no longer be immune from prosecution, nor will they be able to stay in office indefinitely, President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday in an gesture aimed at restoring the public’s trust in government following the banking fiasco.
Recommended actions include forcing state officials to give regular income statements, publishing and justifying public tenders, implementing and monitoring the auditor-general’s reports, and defining state officials’ criminal and civil responsibilities.

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Study to determine overlap between DEFA and KRETYK

A STUDY is underway to assess the respective roles of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) and the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company(KRETYK) and ensure there is no overlap, the energy and trade minister said yesterday.
Giorgos Lakkotrypis was speaking to newsmen shortly after meeting with the President. The minister confirmed they discussed the “future” of the two entities.
Quizzed on whether the government was thinking about merging the two entities – as widely rumoured in the local media – Lakkotrypis said the Attorney-general’s office, assisted by Norwegian legal consultants, has initiated a study into “the institutional framework and jurisdictions of each organisation, which ought to be distinct.”

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Land registry scandal grows

THE INTERIOR minister yesterday ordered the suspension of a land registry official who joins a growing number of his colleagues under disciplinary and/or criminal investigation in relation to corruption.
“One more employee was suspended, who was working as a real estate agent while being a land registry official,” Interior Minister Socrates Hasikos told reporters yesterday.
A court had already ordered the official to stop working in real estate if he were to continue working for the state’s land registry, he said. “He was working as a real estate agent while having available at his disposal the land registry’s entire infrastructure.”
 “One has to wonder at such gall?” Hasikos said.

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Jovanovic to leave champions APOEL

 

 

APOEL manager Ivan Jovanovic will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The Serbian, who has won four league titles and a Cyprus Cup with the Nicosia giants, informed the board of his decision less than a week after securing the club’s 22nd championship.

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Man beaten

A 34-YEAR-OLD Indian man was beaten on the head with a bat by an unknown man outside a convenience store in Limassol at around 6.15pm on Sunday. The Indian man was taken to the Limassol general hospital and treated for a head injury. Due to the seriousness of his condition he was transferred to Nicosia general hospital where he underwent surgery. Police are investigating the motive for the attack.

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Minister apologises over teargas incident

JUSTICE Minister Ionas Nicolaou yesterday apologised on behalf of the police after they fired teargas to quell violence but inadvertently harmed fans when it drifted into the stadium on Saturday.
Nicolaou also pledged that hooligans responsible for the trouble before, during and after the APOEL vs. AEK Larnaca match on Saturday afternoon at the GSP stadium would be arrested.
He was speaking after a meeting with Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou.

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Bike fire

A MOTORBIKE parked in a kindergarten car park in Nicosia caught on fire at around 1am yesterday. The fire, which was extinguished by fire department, destroyed the vehicle. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Nicosia CID.

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CBC defends chief over "simplistic" government allegations

THE Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) yesterday defended its governor from “simplistic” government allegations, saying he had prevented the disorderly bankruptcy of the island’s second-largest bank and thereby of the state itself, now in line for a bailout.
The government has taken Central Bank Governor Panicos Demetriades to task for allowing Popular Bank, also known as Laiki Bank, to receive emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), only to be wound down in a chaotic bailout last month.
The central bank rejected the allegations, however.

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