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Leaders ‘convinced’ they can reach a settlement

AFTER WEEKS of speculation the two leaders yesterday issued short innocuous joint statement saying they were convinced they could reach a settlement and had made “important progress” so far on three of the six chapters under discussion.

In the statement, which subsequently became a bone of contention, as much for its nature as its content, the two leaders said that after many meetings discussing all aspects of the Cyprus problem, they were “encouraged by the important progress” made so far on the chapters of Governance and Power Sharing, EU Matters and the Economy.

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Our View: Recession doesn’t deter government from going on a spending spree

THERE IS little doubt that business confidence has been at an all-time low for quite some time now. Everyone knows the main reason for this is the recession but the situation has been made worse by a government which has proved clueless in managing a struggling economy. The Christofias government’s management of the recession has been nothing short of incompetent, shattering all remaining shreds of confidence and raising fears that the worst is yet to come.

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Grease and raw sewage dumped in Vati

TONNES of raw sewage, untreated grease and rubbish are being illegally dumped in unofficial landfills and entering reservoirs across the island it emerged yesterday.

According to the Green Party, there are nearly 90 unofficial sites which are neither regulated nor acknowledged by the government.

At one site, in Vati near Limassol, untreated sewage from the septic tanks and restaurants of nearby villages, which are not on the sewage network, is being tipped onto landfill sites. The toxic mix is now seeping through the rubbish and into a stream that feeds into the nearby Polemidhia reservoir, with potentially disastrous environmental consequences.

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‘Name and Shame’ list shows Limassol has most expensive petrol

THE CHEAPEST petrol in Cyprus at the moment is to be found in Larnaca and the most expensive is in Limassol while diesel is also cheapest in Larnaca and most expensive in Paphos, according to the Commerce Ministry’s ‘name and shame’ list released yesterday.

In Larnaca petrol 95 costs €0998 while in Limassol it is €1.022. Petrol 98 costs €0.999 in Larnaca and €1.058 in Limassol. Diesel will set you back €0.893 in Larnaca and €0.969 in Paphos.

The Ministry is hoping that by alerting motorists to the cheapest and most expensive stations, motorists can make a conscious effort to avoid the most expensive, thereby inducing those stations to bring their prices down to normal levels.

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‘Bayrak is like a broken record’

PROTESTERS yesterday called on Turkish Cypriot ‘state broadcaster ‘ Bayrak Radio and Television (BRTK) to stop using its channels to promote ‘presidential’ election candidate Dervis Eroglu.

Speaking at a demonstration outside the BRTK headquarters in northern Nicosia, head of the Turkish Cypriot Teacher’s Union (KTOS) Sener Elcil accused the channel’s head Ozer Kanli of running the channel as a mouthpiece for “reactionaries and nationalists…allergic to talk of a unified Cyprus”.

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Problems in enforcing smoking ban

THREE MONTHS after its adoption, a number of problems still exist in enforcing the smoking ban, authorities said yesterday.

“There seems to be a laxity in enforcing the law,” said House Health Committee chairman Costas Constantinou said, urging everyone to assume their responsibilities.

Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos conceded there are some problems especially when it came to night clubs but he pledged checks will be stepped up aiming to reach 100 per cent implementation of the law.

Since the law came to force on January 1 of this year, until the end of February, police have carried out 4,636 checks and filed 721 reports.

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Youth jobless rate more than double the average

THE JOBLESS rate among young people in Cyprus is two and a half times higher than the average for the population, it emerged yesterday.

Despite Cyprus having one of the lowest long term unemployment rates within the EU, the youth constitute one the most professionally vulnerable groups in the population, according to Labour Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous.

Charalambous expressed the Ministry of Labour and Communications’ efforts to support the youth  yesterday at a conference entitled “The Youth and Labour, Challenges and Prospects”, organised by the Youth Board of Cyprus, in corporation with the trade unions of PEO, SEK and DEOK.

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Planned cathedral will be Slavic not Byzantine

THE CATHEDRAL the Church plans to build inside Nicosia’s walled city will be Slavic and not Byzantine , which is unacceptable, a committee of university professors under the auspices of the Technical Chamber ETEK said yesterday.

Dr. George Panetsos of the University of Patra in Greece, Dr. Socrates Stratis of the University of Cyprus and Dr. Haris Feraiou, who also teaches in Cyprus, have studied the architectural plans of the proposed cathedral and compiled data supporting their conclusions.

They plan to present them to Archbishop Chrysostomos at a meeting in the coming days in order to explain their conclusions in greater detail.

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Body theft suspects will go to trial

THREE SUSPECTS implicated in the theft of the remains of former president Tassos Papadopoulos will be tried by the criminal court, it was decided yesterday.

The Nicosia district court referred 30-year-old Indian national Sarbjit Singh, convicted lifer Antonis Kitas, 44, and his brother Mamas, 48, to trial by the criminal court to start on May 17.

Kitas, a convicted murderer and rapist had also implicated two other people, who were arrested but then released on the instructions of the Attorney-general as there was no evidence suggesting their involvement as alleged by Kitas.

The charges faced by the trio include conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour, insult of religion, exhumation of body and offending the memory of a deceased person.

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'Judges need to bestow justice’

THE JUSTICE system has become more tolerant of the use of technology as evidence, the President of the Bar Association said yesterday.

Doros Ioannides was commenting on Monday’s Supreme Court decision to annul the Nicosia Assize Court acquittal of 10 officers in the 2005 beating of two students and to order the retrial of eight of the officers.

Ioannides said the Supreme Court had essentially based its decision on three points including the authenticity of the videotape, the identification of the officers depicted on the video recording by their superior officers and the Assize Court’s failure to indicate how the accused’s defence had been unfavourably affected by the case’s publicity.

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