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Water suppliers under scrutiny

RESIDENTS of Odous village in the Larnaca District have been instructed not to drink tap water after tests run by the State Lab found the water to be contaminated.

The residents were told to stop drinking water that had been considered potable up until Friday and use only bottled water from now on. They were even advised to avoid the water for use in cooking.

Samples of the normal drinking water, which comes from the only well in Odous, found levels of nitrate had reached 68 micrograms per litre, above the safety limit set at 50.

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Our View: Political front must not give in to the unions

AS SOON as they realised that the political parties would not be content with the patch-up measures for the economy agreed by unions and the president and forced on employers’ organisation, union bosses went on the offensive. All last week, in the run-up to the meeting of the party leaders on the economy, they released announcements, appeared on TV and radio shows giving lectures about the ethics of industrial relations and issued veiled threats about workers’ mobilisation and the possibility of dynamic action.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Demise of a political industry

DESPITE his consummate diplomatic skills, for which he deserves an honorary doctorate, and the chemistry he has with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, our illustrious comrade leader failed to secure the long-term future of the Cyprob on Thursday.

Before the Geneva meeting, he vowed he would reject any UN attempt at imposing a dreaded time-frame on the talks, which have been ticking along nicely for three years now, but this time Ban stood firm. Devious, Big Bad Al is to blame as he had been agitating for an asphyxiating time frame, from the start.

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Unions lay out their ‘red lines’

THE RARE display of unity between government and parties on tackling the economy’s woes has rattled the unions whose leaders yesterday laid down their “red lines”, warning that any effort to cross them would lead to social upheavals.

Speaking at a contractors’ conference yesterday, head of the right-wing union SEK, Nicos Moyseos said the economy was a “national issue” which everyone was obliged to take seriously.

“It is patently clear that the Cyprus economy is on the edge of the cliff, with the now visible risk of Cyprus living scenes of ancient tragedy, as have unfolded in Greece in recent months,” he said.

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Turkey hopes for Cyprus referendum in early 2012

TURKEY hopes terms for the reunification of Cyprus can be agreed by the end of the year so that a referendum can take place in early 2012, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogolu said on a visit to the north yesterday.

“We hope to find a solution to the Cyprus problem by the end of the year, and hold a referendum in the early months of next year so that Cyprus can take on the presidency of the EU as a new state that represents the whole island,” Davutoglu told a joint news conference with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

“A solution will bring real peace to the eastern Mediterranean and truly unite Europe,” Davutoglu said.

He said the only way the 2012 presidency allocated to Cyprus would be legitimate would be as a reunited island.

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Bank deposits outstrip loans in May

DEPOSITS at Cyprus’s banks rose almost 14 per cent year-on-year in May and 2.4 per cent in a month to €72.8 billion outstripping loans in defiance of recent credit rating cuts, the Central Bank of Cyprus said. Loans rose in May 9.8 per cent year-on-year to €63.8 billion or 0.9 per cent in a month as demand for credit from both companies and households remains robust.

Resident deposits rose 9.2 per cent in May annually to €45.9 billion, while those of residents of other euro area countries rose 60 per cent to €5.1 billion, the Central Bank said in its monthly monetary and financial statistics. Non euro area residents held in their accounts €21.9 billion in May, 16 per cent more compared to a year before.

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Cypriot doctors on first medical care mission to Madagascar

A NINE-MEMBER team of Cypriot doctors, health workers and friends of the Diocese of Constantia and Famagusta have just returned from a first-time visit to Madagascar where it provided medical care to the people of the island.

The work was carried out between June 24 and July 4.

The medical team provided various health services in the city of Ambatondrazaka, in the north east of Madagascar and in remote villages operating a mobile clinic and treating around 1,000 patients who did not have direct access to a medical centre to meet their critical health needs.

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Fire services improve response time

FIRE services have brought 94 per cent of fires under control in less than an hour so far this year, a four point increase from 2010, Fire Services’ spokesman Leonidas Leonidou said.

Leonidou said that in 2011 they aim to further reduce response time as well as curtail the extent of damage.

Fire services underwent an analysis of the administrative and internal problems they faced after a 2000 blaze between Chirokitia and Vavla in Larnaca devastated wild vegetation, trees and buildings and took three days to tame, Leonidou said.

Leonidou said that the fire devastated 12 square kilometres of land.

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Kids encouraged to belt up with free ice creams

IN THE week the police launch a campaign to make sure seatbelts are worn within the car, it is a message one kiosk owner in Paphos wishes more people would heed.

And it is those who travel without their children properly secured that cause the most ire. And, Petros Mavros travel business consultant and owner of El Paso, the first drive through kiosk come cafe in Paphos, is now on a mission to make every parent/guardian who drives a vehicle when children are on board ensure their precious cargo is safely strapped in.

As a way to encourage this life saving habit the El Paso will give away free ice lollies to every child seen to be using a seat belt or child booster seat during the months of July and August.

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Shots fired at kiosk worker in Dhali

A MAN was chased to his workplace in Dhali by gun-wielding men in a car on Friday night who shot at him three times, causing damage to a nearby parked car.

According to police, the man made a statement saying that while he was sitting in his parked car at ten minutes to midnight on Friday, he saw three unknown men stop in a car next to him.

The complainant left the area in his car, but was immediately followed by the three in the other car. At some point, the car giving chase hit the back bumper of the man’s car while both vehicles were moving.

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