Daily Archives: February 4, 2004

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Illegal immigrant deserts dead son – Fearing deportation, Syrian father flees leaving his dead boy behind at clinic

A SYRIAN man forced to abandon his dead four-year-old son at a Limassol clinic fearing that his family would be deported yesterday turned himself in to the police and asked to be allowed to bury the boy. Joseph Ibrahim, 42, and his wife moved to Cyprus illegally five years ago in search of a better life, and was working illegally to support her and his three children.

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Meritocracy in the police force or just an ongoing farse?

FOR YEARS NOW our politicians have been threatening to impose meritocracy in the police force. New governments make promises that only the best officers would be able to rise in the ranks and that objective evaluation procedures would be in place to ensure against favouritism. The same promises are regularly made about the recruitment of new officers. Yet nothing seems to work.

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Greek Press

PHILELEFTHEROS: “Entering university without exams”. Cyprus University is contemplating allowing applicants to enrol without taking entrance exams. The idea was inspired by a decision taken in Greece to allow students to enter university based on their marks in Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry.

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Oak tops the tree poll

THE OAK tree has been declared the tree of the year, chosen by the forestry department of the Agriculture Ministry. The tree was chosen among many different species for its amazing properties and valuable use in Cyprus.

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Apostolos Andreas: unspent UNOPS funding will be lost

Nearly $1.5 million in funding for the renovation of the Apostolos Andreas monastery chapel in the north has been lost over delays caused by opposition to the work but the door has not been closed for future handouts, a source close to the UNOPS project said yesterday. “The money has not been taken back,” said the source.

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Work anywhere, anytime (almost)

FACT OF THE DAY: Looking for a job but not eager to stay in Cyprus and sell ice cream? Then don’t: you can go to Bratislava. Or at least, you can if you want to. Cyprus’ labour market is about to become very large with the latest phase of EU enlargement and the principle of free movement of labour.

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More must be done to protect wetland birds

BIRDLIFE Cyprus said yesterday that not enough was being done to protect the island’s wetlands, even though at least two, Akrotiri and Larnaca salt lakes, are afforded protection under the RAMSAR convention. In an announcement marking World Wetlands Day today, Birdlife said much remained to be done to ensure the proper protection of the island’s wetlands.

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FM says wants quick eurozone entry

THE FINANCE minister yesterday said authorities wanted a speedy adoption of the euro, in spite of a worsening of government finances. Cyprus faces a spiralling budget deficit exceeding 5.0 per cent of gross domestic product in 2003, busting the 3.0 per cent euro zone ceiling.

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Bonded cars under scrutiny

THE TRANSPORT department must carry out inspections at bonded warehouses to make sure imported, used and damaged cars meet the criteria to be repaired or used for spare parts, the House Communications Committee heard yesterday.

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