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Our View: Union sacrifice is shameless propaganda

UNION bosses met yesterday and voiced their support for the government’s economic measures, which the political parties, apart from AKEL, were opposed to. This did not come as a surprise as the Christofias government’s closeness to the unions and willingness to accept their diktats has been evident all along. The president is after all a communist and has never tried to hide the fact that he would always side with the workers.

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Vanished: spy jumps bail

 

THE ALLEGED spymaster of a “deep cover” Russian spy ring in the US has gone missing, after violating his bail terms, police said last night.

Robert Christopher Metsos, 54, failed to report to a Larnaca police station between 6 and 8 pm as he had been required to do daily until his extradition hearing on July 29.

“He was sought and not located,” said police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos, adding that an arrest warrant was being issued.

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Cyprus: Espionage Unlimited

THE ARREST of an alleged Russian spy this week at Larnaca airport has added fuel to rumours that foreign intelligence services are better represented in Cyprus now than ever before.

Cyprus has traditionally been a hub for agents operating in the Arab world, former Soviet Union, the USA and Britain.

Although it sounds like the plot of a James Bond film, this type of activity has been happening on the island since the late 1930s.

Under a cloak of military secrecy, Nicosia has long been a prime target for espionage, with a catalogue of high profile agents being stationed here, including Kim Philby and Nikolai Ranov.

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Unions accept pay freeze – with conditions

UNIONS have agreed to zero pay rises in the state sector but expect parliament to approve tax bills so that the burden of the economic crisis is shouldered on an equal basis, it emerged yesterday.

“Workers are making a sacrifice and accept renewal of the agreements with zero increases and we expect from parliament that haves will be called to pay their share,” SEK general secretary Nicos Moiseos said after a broad union meeting.

The freeze only applies to basic wages and not adjustments to wage scales, which are off the table.

Unions implied the offer is dependent on parliament passing the government bills raising corporate tax, taxing big property owners and fighting tax evasion, which is rife in Cyprus.

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Kindergarten face charges over badly bitten toddler

THE director of a private Nicosia kindergarten and one of its minders are to face criminal negligence charges after a 22-month-old child in their care suffered numerous bites all over her body.

The case emerged on June 8, when police received a complaint from the mother that her toddler daughter had suffered physical harm whilst in the care of the kindergarten.

It appears that the little girl was repeatedly bitten by presumably another child, without any of the individuals responsible for her care taking any notice of the incident.

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Eight years for British-based Cypriot accountant

A “THOROUGLY dishonest” Greek Cypriot accountant has been jailed for eight years in Britain, for stealing £11.2 million (€13.5 million) in taxes by manipulating both his own and clients’ tax returns.

Christos Charalambous, 58, who moved from Cyprus to London in 1970, completed over 6,000 Self Assessment tax returns for clients which included fictitious expenses claims in order to increase the tax repayments due.

He also understated the income he received from client fees on his personal returns and failed to register, declare and pay VAT due on his accountancy firm Charltons. Many of Charalambous’ clients were from other EU countries and had little understanding of the UK tax system.

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Missing murder suspect wants to come home

THE fourth remaining suspect in media boss Andis Hadjicostis’ murder trial, currently in remand in Moldova awaiting extradition, has sent a letter to the Police Chief telling him he wants to return to Cyprus and stand trial.

According to police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos yesterday, suspect Gregoris Xenofontos’ handwritten note, along with an official letter, have been submitted to the Legal Services for examination.

Katsounotos said the letter had in fact been sent by Xenofontos through a relative last Friday. When Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou opened it, he found the handwritten note in which the suspect expressed his consent to being extradited to Cyprus to stand trial.

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Eroglu seeks tripartite conference

TURKISH CYPRIOT leader Dervis Eroglu has asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to host a tripartite conference with himself and President Demetris Christofias in New York this September.

According to Turkish Cypriot press yesterday, Eroglu suggested when he met Ban on Monday that the UNSG host a “Cyprus summit” on September 3 to help push the talks process forward and reach a solution by the end of the year.

He was also quoted stressing the need for putting into EU primary law any solution reached at the negotiating table. “Otherwise, similar attempts to resolve the Cyprus problem and the property issue at courts will continue,” he said.

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Study reveals strength of the media

MOST Greek and Turkish Cypriot media conform to the official perspectives of their side when selecting news stories and the angle to present them, according to research released this week.

“We tried to interpret the content of the media and our understanding of what they say,” said Christophoros Christophorou, research coordinator and editor of the report, funded by the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). “Of course this proved difficult in many cases, as a discourse has more than one meaning and it can often be interpreted in more than one ways.”

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