Daily Archives: February 1, 2004

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Ambulance service in critical condition

THE harrowing personal experiences of accident victims have once again highlighted the island’s woefully ineffective ambulance service. Poor training, understaffing and unacceptable response times are just two of the serious problems afflicting the island’s ambulance service. Governments over the years have pledged to upgrade the service, but it is still notoriously inadequate.

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Rights group urges prison reforms

Human rights campaigners are calling for new measures to tackle drugs and overcrowding in the Nicosia Central Prison. The National Organisation for the Protection of Human Rights, Ethnopad, called on the Government yesterday to bring in serious reforms on a host of problems revealed last week when the facility opened its doors to the press.

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Consumers to pay high price for petrol tax opt-out

CONSUMERS face yet another increase in fuel prices after the government failed to take advantage of an EU grace period that would have frozen duty increases until 2012. The EU suggested the transitional period, being adopted by the other nine acceding countries because they felt that sudden increases in fuel consumer tax would affect lower class families and businesses.

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Why I can’t wait for May 1

What do EU legislation woes and the Hutton report have in common, asks Phedon Nicolaides TWO completely unrelated but significant events happened this week. The first was the appraisal of the European Commission of the preparations of Cyprus to enter the European Union.

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Spare the rod, spoil our our best chance yet

ANYONE who had wondered what I was talking about when, just before last February’s elections, I had written that a Tassos Papadopoulos win would signal a return to the 1960s, must now have good idea of what I meant. Also, my claim of a few weeks ago, that Papadopoulos and Christofias had become a danger to the country with their bizarre declarations and behaviour, is now easier to grasp.

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The joy of three

EVERYTHING happens in threes. Or at least it does for Craig and Maria Webster, whose lives changed irrevocably exactly four months and three days ago today. On September 29, 2003 Maria was admitted to Nicosia’s Apollonion Clinic for a caesarean section in her 34th week of gestation. She was giving birth to triplets following successful in-vitro fertilisation nine months earlier.

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A dowse of reality…

BIO location – more commonly known as dowsing – is an age-old technique. The first known recorded use is illustrated in a 6000BC cave painting found at Tassili n Ajjer in Algeria, which shows a crowd of people eagerly watching a dowser at work, his Y shaped stick held with both hands, in what experts believe is a search for an underground desert spring.

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