Daily Archives: July 17, 2010

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Woman fighting for life after quad bike crash


A BRITISH resident is battling for her life after being knocked over on the street in broad daylight by a quad bike driven by a teenager in Ayia Napa.

According to police, the 21-year-old woman was walking on the pavement on Thursday evening when a 17-year-old Israeli tourist lost control of the machine, skidded off the road and struck her.

The victim, who lives in Cyprus, was rushed by ambulance to Paralimni Hospital then quickly transferred to Nicosia due to the severity of her injuries.

According to police she underwent hours of delicate surgery and has been placed in intensive care where she is fighting to stay alive.

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There can be no compromise on firing range


DR MARIOS Matsakis may have done many crazy things in his life, but his decision to enter the National Guard’s Kalo Chorio firing range and disrupt an exercise was one of his more rational actions.

Had he not destroyed some of the targets, his act of protest would have been perfectly acceptable, even if he was charged with illegally entering an army firing range. Citizens, surely, have a moral right to act when they consider their lives or homes to be at risk.

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Brits abroad: drunk, high or sick


OVER 200 Britons were detained in Cyprus in the past year as Cyprus ranked 10th among the top 20 countries where British nationals required the most consular assistance, according to a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) report released this week.

The report said 207 Britons were detained in Cyprus, including 39 – down from 48 in 2009 — on drugs charges, between April 2009 and March 2010.

There were two cases of rape, compared to 10 plus four sexual assaults the previous year.

In all, the local consulate was contacted for assistance in 736 cases.

The island sees some 1.3 million visitors from the UK every year while some 59,000 Britons are permanent residents.

The FCO said 112 people required hospitalisation.

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EU demands flight compensation made easier

COUNTLESS British and other non Greek-speaking holidaymakers in Cyprus are at a disadvantage compared to locals if their flight is cancelled.

More than two weeks ago the European Commission launched an initiative requiring EU members to inform airline passengers of their entitlements to



Cyprus’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has published free information leaflets in Greek and English that are available at Larnaca and Paphos



“Both airports have full information leaflets throughout,” said Adamos Aspris of Hermes, which operates the airports at Larnaca and Paphos.

But most travellers these days rely on the Internet.

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Chapter proposals could ‘boost’ talks

PROPOSALS tabled in the negotiations by the Greek Cypriot side but not accepted by the Turkish Cypriots could give new impetus to the process


aimed at achieving a solution soon, officials said yesterday.

“If accepted, the package of proposals repeated yesterday (Thursday) by President Demetris Christofias, will provide a boost to the negotiating


procedure with the aim of achieving a solution soon,” government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said.

The package, which has been previously proposed to the Turkish Cypriot side during the negotiations, suggests linking the discussion of three of


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Uproar over Omonia signings

A DISY MP called for an investigation yesterday into the business contracts awarded to the civil engineering company owned by the chairman of left-wing football club AC Omonia, after a series of expensive new signings.

The latest deal is the more than €1 million reportedly paid for Andreas Avraam, a Greek Cypriot national midfielder who used to play for Limassol team Apollon FC, and which comes just weeks after the signing of Congo national player Lomana Trésor LuaLua.

In a written statement yesterday, DISY deputy Andreas Kyprianou said he wanted to raise the issue of Omonia’s signings, and asked to be informed on the contracts offered to club chairman, Miltiades Neophytou, the founder of Miltiades Neophytou Civil Engineering Contractors & Developers Ltd

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Vuvuzela banned on health grounds

THEIR monotonous drone became known around the globe during the football World Cup in South Africa during the past month.

Despite fierce criticism and complaints from spectators and players alike, FIFA refused to ban the humble vuvuzela horn in South African stadiums saying it was a fan tradition in that country.

But authorities in Cyprus yesterday banned the vuvuzela from football games, just as it started making its appearance on the island.

“In the event vuvuzelas are found carried by fans inside sporting venues or neighbouring areas they will be seized,” police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said.

Some fans have been spotted carrying the horns during European fixtures in recent days.

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House in emergency session on the economy

The House Finance Committee will meet on Monday, despite the summer recess, to demand details on the government’s “Plan B” after Cyprus was placed under EU supervision this week for its excessive budget deficit.

MPs want to know how the government intends to reduce the state deficit to less than three per cent by 2012, as demanded by the EU; especially seeing that most of the government’s economic recovery bills had been rejected by parliament.

“We have invited the Finance Minister to inform us on how he plans to proceed and what his plan B is for the economy’s recovery,” said Committee

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Solomou Square as gleaming transport hub is on its way

NICOSIA’S Solomou Square is set to undergo some major changes in the coming twelve months, in an effort to create a modern and functional bus station in the heart of the capital.

“Plans are beginning to become actions. After a long process of planning, offers, approvals, and other things, we are beginning the construction of the project concerning the Transfer Station in Solomou Square. A project essential to the historic center of Nicosia and the improvement of public transport,” Nicosia Mayor Eleni Mavrou said yesterday.

Mavrou and a representative from Cybarco Ltd, the construction company undertaking the project, signed the contracts yesterday.

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Man killed after bike skids 100 metres

A MAN was killed in a motorbike accident in Dhekelia after he rode into the opposite lane, hit the pavement and skidded 100 metres up the road.

Demetris Stylianou, 25, from Ormidhia was riding north of Dhekelia Garrison on Waterloo Road on his large engine motorbike at around 8.45pm on


Thursday when, in circumstances still under investigation, he lost control.

According to SBA Chief Inspector Andreas Pitsillides, Stylianou ended up hitting the pavement on the opposite lane causing the motorbike to slide


a further 100m up the road, before coming to a halt on the left lane.

The 25-year-old was rushed to Larnaca General Hospital with serious head injuries. At around 1am yesterday, while being transferred from Larnaca

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