Daily Archives: July 7, 2010

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Woman drowns in Larnaca

AN UNIDENTIFIED woman, thought to be foreign and aged 55-60, was found dead off Finikoudes beach in Larnaca around 7pm yesterday.

Police were called after bathers noticed the woman floating on her back some 200 metres from the shore. However, by the time the Harbour Police launch reached the spot, the woman had sunk to the bottom.

A 50-year-old police officer promptly dived into the water fully-clothed from the launch in an attempt to find and save the woman. He was joined by two 16-year-old bathers who had swum from the beach to help the search.

Ten minutes later the woman was located and pulled out of the water. The police launch took her to Larnaca Marina, where an ambulance was waiting to take her to Larnaca General Hospital.

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More building permits issued

THE NUMBER of building permits issued in Cyprus recorded an increase of 6.9 per cent during the first four months of 2010.

According to Cyprus Statistical Service (CyStat), during the period January-April 2010, a total of 3,066 building permits were issued in Cyprus, 6.9 per cent more compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The total value of these permits increased by 10.2 per cent and the total area recorded an increase of 8.0 per cent. The number of dwelling units recorded an increase of 1.9 per cent.

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Labour Minister to attend Informal EPSO

MINISTER of Labour and Social Insurance Sotiroula Charalambous departs today for Brussels to participate in the Informal EPSO Council taking place this week.

There will be an informal exchange of viewpoints between EU ministers of employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs (EPSCO) with a view to preparing the work of the Belgian Presidency of the EPSCO council.

The meeting will focus on the EU 2020 strategy for employment and growth.

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Cancer probe

CANCER cases in the village of Yeroskipou have increased and residents are calling for an investigation to explain the figures.

“Residents believe the rise in cancer numbers is being caused by the presence of high voltage electricity cables and pylons in the area,” president of the municipality’s health and cleanliness committee, Marios Athanassiou said.

According to Athanassiou, the cables have cut through the area although some have been removed in recent years.

“We have been told since the year 2000 that all of these cables would be removed and a decade later nothing has happened,” he said.

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Inflation up

THE RATE of inflation in harmonised consumer prices for June rose to 2.1 per cent, compared to 1.8 per cent in May and 0.1 per cent in June 2009, the Statistical Service announced yesterday.

The June rise comes after successive falls in April (2.4 per cent) and May (1.6 per cent).

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Big screen

AYIOS Demetios Municipality and Coca-Cola will show tonight’s second World Cup semi-final between Germany and Spain live on a big screen in the amphitheatre of Ayios Demetios Byzantine church (Kyriacos Matsis Avenue).

The screening will begin at 8.00pm and will continue until the match is decided. Refreshments and snacks will be provided free by Lanitis Brothers Ltd.

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Unemployed rise

THE NUMBER of unemployed persons registered at the District Labour Offices on the last day of June 2010, reached 22,460.

According to Cyprus Statistical Service, based on seasonally adjusted data that shows the trend of unemployment, the number of registered unemployed for June 2010 recorded an increase of 1.7 per cent compared to the previous month.

In comparison with June 2009, an increase of 5,720 persons or 34.2 per cent was recorded, which was mainly observed in the sectors of construction, public administration, trade and hotels and restaurants.

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Buses bill sent back

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday referred back to the House of Representatives the amended bill regarding the revamped islandwide bus scheme, which began operating on Monday.

Christofias sent a six-page letter to House President Marios Garoyian, in which among other things he cited Article 26.1 of the Constitution (a person’s right to enter freely into any contract) and Article 82 (impact on the state budget of the timing of a law or parliamentary decision coming into force).

Parliament voted last Thursday to approve the bill for the new scheme, but amended it to postpone the scheme’s launch until September 15.

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