Daily Archives: July 14, 2007

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Paying over the odds

CYPRIOTS are paying sky high prices for milk, cheese, eggs, fish and soft drinks, in some cases over 40 per cent above the EU average, according to a Eurostat report on 2006 prices within the bloc.

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Women and young academics as Tassos names new ministers

PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos yesterday named two high-flying women and two relatively young academics as caretaker ministers to replace the four AKEL appointees that resigned from the government on Wednesday.

The four ministers, all non-political appointees, will serve out the terms of office of their former predecessors until the presidential elections in February.

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Journalists praise court decision over Politis libel case

THE Journalists Union has welcomed a Supreme Court decision which reversed a libel award against Politis newspaper.

The libel case revolved around a story which Politis had published about the then chairman of the Bar Association Nicos Papaefstathiou.

The union yesterday described the decision as “victory for freedom of speech”.

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MEPs pressure north over Karpas power plan

TWO Green MEPs yesterday called for urgent measures to be taken to prevent a continued “chaotic building spree” in the north of the island, and warned against the Turkish Cypriot authority’s plan to add the eastern tip of the Karpas peninsula to the electricity grid – something the two said was intended to “pave the way for huge foreign investments aimed at developing a mass tourist resort”.

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Man thanks judge for fine

A MAN who admitted to beating his wife after a row at work yesterday wanted to shake the hand of a judge who let him off with a suspended sentence and a £300 fine.

Ekrem Karadayi, 52, from the Turkish occupied village of Elia, admitted to the single charge of attacking his wife on July 10 this year and causing her injuries in the Nicosia village of Astromeritis.

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Civil service downs pens to back CPC staff

THE ISLAND’s civil service came to a half-hour standstill yesterday morning following a work stoppage called by the PASYDY trade union over allegations made by Competition Protection Committee staff over the “dictatorial behaviour” of Committee Chairman George Christofides.

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Denim in for new school uniforms

BLUE jeans will officially become part of the school uniform for Lyceum students under the designs unveiled yesterday by Education Minister Akis Kleanthous.

Kleanthous said there were 20 different designs for the new uniform, while students modelled a sample of what was on offer from designer Erotokritos Antoniades.

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