Daily Archives: February 8, 2002

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Shopkeepers demand help, but minister says there are too many shops

NEARLY 1,000 owners of small and medium-sized shops across the island closed their doors at 11am yesterday in protest at what they say is unfair competition from hypermarkets.

Melios Georgiou, the secretary-general of the small shopkeeper’s union, POVEK, said yesterday the only shops that could not take part in the demonstration where those that were part of franchises.

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Banks hammered on the market

BANKS, led by Laiki, took a hammering yesterday as the market plunged even lower to another low of 117 points following a session that saw share prices plummet another 1.16 per cent.

The banking bloodbath, which according to one trader appeared totally without reason, dragged the blue chips index down to 482 points, a drop of 1.73 per cent. Volume stood at £2.6 million.

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Direct flights to Dublin launched

HELIOS AIRWAYS yesterday announced the introduction of the first-ever direct scheduled flights from Larnaca to Dublin from March 25.

Helios sales and marketing manger Andreas Christodoulides said that the airline was so confident the route would succeed that it raised the planned schedule from two to three flights per week at the last minute.

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Markides calls for prosecutions in privacy violations

ATTORNEY-general Alecos Markides has instructed police to chase up media violations of privacy laws, meant to protect both victims and suspects in cases of physical and psychological violence.

According to Politis, the Attorney-general asked Chief of Police Andreas Angelides actively to investigate abuses of the law, not just sit until a formal complaint is made.

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Lazarides ‘ecstatic’ over IOC appointment

THE PRESIDENT of the Cyprus Olympic Committee yesterday expressed his pride and happiness at his election as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Speaking to the Cyprus Mail from Salt Lake City last night, Kikis Lazarides said he was “absolutely ecstatic to be elected on to the International Committee. It is a great honour for me and for Cyprus.

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