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Plant of the week: Tobacco Tree

Name: Tobacco Tree (Nicotiana glaucaa)

Otherwise known as: Wild Tobacco, Maria Juana, Doctor’s Tree

Habitat: An evergreen shrub member of the Solanaceae family growing in pasture or wasteland in South and southern North America but now naturalised throughout the Mediterranean region.

The plant has a delicate stem system with a smooth, shiny grey/green bark, spear-shaped leaves and tubular yellow flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

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Health: Finding a way to help

You can get stuck in hypnosis and be unable to wake; when in hypnosis you can be made to say or do something against your will; hypnotists have special powers – statements that are enough to strike fear into the uninitiated but are quickly dismissed by those trained in the practice. Julia Kay is a trained hypnotherapist, who’s been helping people with a variety of addictions for the past 17 years.

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Archives January 30, 2010 posted by

Chief issues gag order on police

THE CHIEF of Police has banned non-designated members of the force from talking to the media, warning that violators will be disciplined, it emerged yesterday.

In a circular, police chief Michalis Papageorgiou bans any officers from giving reporters information about an investigation without the permission of the leadership.

The practice by investigators to brief reporters should stop immediately, the circular said.

“The aim of this circular is to put communication between the police and the media on a correct basis,” Papageorgiou said yesterday. “Nothing more nothing less.”

The chief said the force intends on providing timely, accurate and objective information.

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Our View: CTO has done little to halt tourist decline

THE CYPRUS Tourism Organisation’s 10-year strategic plan for tourism completes its cycle this year and the consensus is that it was a spectacular flop. None of the main objectives set out in 2001 were realised, presumably because none of the grandiose plans it envisaged were ever implemented. The plans remained ideas on paper, discussed at countless inter-departmental meetings by disinterested bureaucrats, who never had any intention of putting them into practice.

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Legal highs on the way to being banned

A PROPOSAL is due to be approved by the Cabinet next week to ban the six of the most common active ingredients in so-called legal highs currently being sold at many kiosks throughout the island.

“The Minister of Health said he is ready to take the proposal to the Cabinet to declare these substances banned.  I would add that they are already banned in many of the countries in the EU,” said DISY deputy Tasos Mitsopoulos.

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Second round of intensive talks close

THE SECOND round of intensive talks ended yesterday with the two leaders “feeling positive” after making “significant progress” on the governance chapter.

UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer said the leaders authorised him to say that “significant progress has been made in a series of areas of governance”.

The two leaders met for around four hours yesterday morning after which they departed, leaving their aides to continue negotiations at the UN-controlled Nicosia airport.

“The leaders have left the meeting feeling positive and there will be a bit more to say next week when the Secretary General is here,” said Downer.

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New blow for Orams couple

THE ENGLISH Appeals Court yesterday turned down the Orams’ request to appeal the court’s recent decision regarding a Greek Cypriot owned property in the occupied areas.

The British couple, Linda and David Orams who illegally built a villa on land belonging refugee Meletis Apostlides in Lapithos were told that they would not be allowed to appeal the court’s decision. The court also rejected the Orams’ legal team’s efforts to secure a 42-day stay of execution to see how the decision to demolish the house could be implemented.

Apostolides’ lawyer, Constantis Candounas, last night told CyBC radio that the court had also instructed the couple to pay £600,000 sterling in legal expenses.

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Average house price at half a million euro

THE AVERAGE price per house in Cyprus has reached €2,000 per square metre and €1,865 per square metre for an apartment, according to the first-ever quarterly Cyprus Property Price Index (PPI), launched yesterday.

The average home purchase price in Nicosia at the start of 2010 is €523,438 compared to €496,250 in Limassol but when it comes to apartments, the situation is reversed with the average price in Nicosia at €171,155 and Limassol €177,978. Office space in Nicosia is the highest in all areas at €758,000 per unit on average.

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