Monthly Archives: July 2003

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Spinning the world the wrong way

DISTORTING the message is nothing new. Politicians and their communications directors – now universally known as spin doctors – have been bending the truth for years. Occasionally, someone gets caught out, there’s a media flap for a week or two, maybe a senior official takes the rap, perhaps someone is forced to resign … but the show goes on. So does the manipulation.

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Man held in rape investigation

A 71-YEAR-OLD Nicosia man is being held in police custody in connection with the alleged rape of his 31-year-old Chinese maid, police said. According to a police bulletin, the Chinese woman was rushed to hospital at noon yesterday where she had her stomach pumped after swallowing a large number of pills. Her doctors noticed she had bruising on her hands.

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Pregnant and working? Know your rights

CHAIRMAN OF the House Labour Committee Sotiroulla Charalambous yesterday urged the Labour Ministry to do more to inform pregnant women of their rights within the workplace. “It’s clear that pregnant women need more information about their rights,” she said.

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PASYDY hill excavations produce more finds

THE DEPARTMENT of Antiquities has just completed its tenth excavation season on the hill of Agios Georgios (PASYDY). The dig focused on defining the exact position of the archaeological remains so plans can be made for the location of the new House of Representatives Building.

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Cypriots are the happiest Europeans

ALL COMPLAINTS aside, deep down Cypriots believe life is treating them well. In recent Eurobarometer public opinion survey conducted on behalf of the European Commission, Cypriots declared themselves happier with their lives compared to most other citizens of the European Union. When asked about their future, Cypriots rank third in optimism.

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Ambassador investigated after fraud accusationAmalia Macris

A CYPRIOT ambassador serving in a European capital is being investigated after a housekeeper working in his home accused him of misappropriating funds. The woman claims the ambassador asked her to sign a receipt for more money than her actual salary. She alleges the practice took place for six months, during which time she was threatened with deportation if she told anyone.

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Catwalk to bridge the Green Line

GREEK AND Turkish Cypriot models will join forces on the catwalk next week in a bi-communal fashion show – the first to be held on the island since 1974. The Summer Fashion Show will be held in occupied Nicosia on Monday and will feature models from Greek Cypriot Model Agency, Regina, and the Turkish Cypriot Gunkut Model Agency, the largest in the north.

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Exam results up on last year

THE MINISTER of Education and Culture, Pefkios Georgiades announced yesterday the names of the 14 Cypriot candidates with the highest departmental scores in this year’s entry exams for Higher Education institutions in Cyprus and Greece on the same day that thousands of students across the island learned their fate.

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Month-long drink driving crackdown

THE POLICE yesterday announced the launch of an island-wide one-month campaign to crack down on drunk driving. According to a police bulletin, drivers should expect regular Alco-tests by officers during August, since there is a higher risk of traffic accidents during the summer holidays and increased traffic during night hours.

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