Daily Archives: February 10, 2004

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The moment of truth

U.N. SECRETARY-general Kofi Annan last night issued a blunt warning that his drive for a quick deal on unifying Cyprus would fail if either side balked at his conditions for new talks starting today. “If the parties do not agree, and they say ‘no’ to the plan or the basic agreement, then of course we are back to square one.

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Greek Press

ALITHIA: “Three-year-old in critical condition”. A three-year-old Limassol boy who was injured in a car accident on Saturday evening remained in critical condition. The boy suffered brain haemorrhaging and was rushed to the Nicosia general hospital where he was placed on a ventilator.

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Blue boxes and the new rules on fishing

Fact of the day: For those of you diehard Little Mermaid or Finding Nemo fans, close your eyes now or stop reading this article (that includes closet fans who pretend not to like cartoons). You might have guessed it already but this article is about fishing in the EU.

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Billions at stake

FIGURES released by the government statistical office yesterday painted a grim picture for the economy, marked by sluggish growth, and a rising trade deficit. According to the figures, the rate of inflation since January 2003 has risen by 1.8 per cent, while 4.7 per cent of the labour force is currently unemployed, most of them from the hotel and catering industry.

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We’re travelling more and more

THE NUMBER of Cypriots travelling abroad has increased by 70 per cent during the past five years, with Greece maintaining its position as the number one favourite destination. These were but a few of the results highlighted in the statistical services’ report for 2003 evaluating Cypriots’ travel habits between 1998 and 2003.

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Help on its way for anorexia sufferers

A NEW ward for the treatment of anorexia patients is in the works, with statistics showing a rising trend in the number of people suffering from the eating disorder. The Health Ministry has commissioned a feasibility study for the construction and staffing of the ward, but the location has yet to be determined.

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13 arrests after night of hooliganism

CROWD violence marred the weekend’s football fixtures, as police arrested 13 teenagers after the AEL v APOEL game in Limassol. On Saturday, AEL hosted APOEL in what the high-profile match in week 18 of the season. A tense atmosphere had been building up in the days leading up to the game, amid allegations that the referee was biased in favour of APOEL.

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Focus on congenital heart diseaes

FOUR thousand Cypriots suffer from congenital heart disease, accounting for one third of the island’s heart patients. Unlike other heart diseases, which develop later in life, congenital heart disease (CHD) is a heart abnormality, defect or malformation that is present from birth and is the most common of all major birth defects.

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Billions of euros at stake as EU budget talks begin today

THE European Commission introduces its proposals on the EU’s 2007-2012 budget today, beginning the arduous task of negotiation between member states on the first budget to incorporate 25 member states in the Union. Head of the EU Delegation in Cyprus Adriaan van der Meer said yesterday this was the first proposal financially integrating the 10 new member states, putting enlargement to the test.

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Kyprianou confirmed as new Commissioner

FINANCE Minister Marcos Kyprianou will be Cyprus’ first Commissioner in Brussels from May 1, 2004. His name was announced yesterday by the European Commission in a list of 10 Commissioners for each of the 10 acceding countries. The list of names will be submitted for ratification to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament by mid-April.

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