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Christofias: we are nowhere near a solution


PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias said rumours regarding Cyprus problem solution scenarios should be ignored and that the island was nowhere near reaching such a solution.

In his New Year message to the people Christofias said to stay calm and that the government would remain faithful to UN resolutions, international and European law, and the high level agreements of 1977 and 1979, in efforts to reach a settlement, for which the goodwill of the Turkish side was necessary.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Unhappy New Year for smokers

WE WOULD like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, even though we are afraid that some readers might take this the wrong way, and could accuse us of mocking them. We know this will be an unhappy New Year for smokers who were given, by law, the social status of heroin addicts from last Friday.

How much happiness can we look forward to, when dining out would involve spending half the night on a pavement outside the restaurant like some low-life looking for street action. The probability of us catching pneumonia will be higher than for the rest of the population, which seems a bit unfair, considering we are already more vulnerable to a host of smoking-related illnesses.

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Our View: The chickens finally coming home to roost

CYPRUS enters 2010 with unemployment at its worst since the invasion of 1974, and predicted to rise in months ahead. For the 21,000 or so registered unemployed – around 5.5 per cent of the working population – it will have been a bleak New Year, while many still in work will be worried about their own job security, as the broader economy feels the pinch from the double whammy suffered to its once proud pillars of tourism and construction.

Indeed, the director of the Employers’ and Industrialists’ Federation warned in December that he expected unemployment to rise to 6.6 per cent in the coming months, citing a survey conducted among his members which revealed that 36 per cent of businesses planned to lay off staff.

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Smokers have mixed feelings over ban

SMOKERS’ feelings were yesterday mixed regarding the newly enforced no-smoking ban in all public places, with some claiming the law was ‘racist’.

CyBC spoke to a handful of smokers at the capital’s cafés on New Year’s Day and without exception all sat outside in the smoking zone to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Only one smoker said he was happy about the new ban and that it would also benefit non-smokers. Most of the respondents said the law was unfair and that there should have been designated smoking areas indoors for smokers.

“It’s actually racist,” said one man.

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Cyprus wins world philatelic competition

A CYPRIOT Philatelist has won first prize in a world philatelic competition using the image of Aphrodite and the Cyprus flag.

Nikos Rangos, President of the Cyprus Philatelic Society, won the “Maximaphily” competition with a card and stamp combination depicting Aphrodite and the Cyprus Flag.

Rangos said yesterday “I am very happy. This is the first time that Cyprus has won a maximum card competition.” His entry won the judge’s vote, with 42 points, ahead of France (21 points) and Greece and Italy (15 points each).

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Charity CD raises money for cancer sufferers

A NEWLY available CD by a classically trained performer aims to raise money for cancer sufferers across the island.

Judith Evans Davies, a local Paphos businesswoman, has recorded the charity CD, with all profits going to the Friends hospice of Paphos, the Saint Michaels hospice building fund and the breast cancer awareness campaign.

Davies told the Cyprus Mail,’ I decided to record this CD for a number of reasons. I think all three charities are worthwhile causes and in addition, I knew the late Marilenna Solomou who was a wonderful soprano. She sadly died of breast cancer at a young age.’

Davies added that cancer is a disease which touches many lives, and that she wanted to be able to do something to help the community.

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Light show raises money for Charity

AN Oroklini couple has raised over €1,000 for local charities this holiday season with a dazzling light and festive ornament display.

Rosie and Eric Bone, a retired couple from Oroklini, have received €1,100 in donations so far, and hope to raise a further €200 with a forthcoming raffle and music event on January 6.

Rosie Bone said yesterday “We are really pleased to have raised this much. Last year we raised €936. After the raffle on the 6th we will share the money between the Argos dog shelter, a breast cancer charity and children with special needs.”

Over the holidays the couple have also received 50 gifts to be entered into the raffle.

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Baghdatis eager to get the new year off to a flying start


MARCOS Baghdatis will take on American Mardy Fish in his first match of the new season in the opening round of the Brisbane International which begins today in the state capital of Queensland, featuring a centre court named after local hero Pat Rafter.

“It is a tough tournament because it is the first of the year. A lot of players do not have a lot of matches on their legs and it is not an easy tournament. But I think everybody has a chance in this one and it will be a nice fight,” commented Baghdatis.

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If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly

HAVING lived in Kissonerga for just over 2 years and experienced the serious disruption caused by the road works it occurred to me that when the contactors submitted their tender they listed optional extras such as health and safety, signage, barriers, cleaning up infilling and other such essentials. These clearly were not taken up.

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‘I was terrorised in my own home’

AS ONE of the six ‘victims’ of terrorism in our Larnaca apartment block, I congratulate Charles Charalambous on his excellent portrayal of the problems that we have suffered over the past five years on account of one selfish female criminal.
In addition to the problems mentioned in his article ‘Apartment block terrorised by law-breaking female resident’ (Cyprus Mail, December 16), I would like to mention the following: Mrs X has twice physically attacked the buildings committee secretary, once with blows to the face and head with a spatula, and then again three weeks later with a large ceramic tile. She was convicted of assault and fined.

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