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Bar Association drowning in complaints

HAPLESS homeowners are filing up to 50 complaints a month to the Advocates Disciplinary Board against allegedly corrupt lawyers, it emerged this week.

According to board member and Cyprus Bar Association (CBA) president Doros Ioannides, the majority of these complaints are filed by British expats against Paphos-based property lawyers – and mostly involve developers.

The rate of applications has become so unmanageable that, according to one scam victim, one such lawyer has even racked up more than 25 complaints over the past two years without a single judgement against her.

So what is going on at the Advocates Disciplinary Board?

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Tales from the coffee shop: Christofias becomes delusional

YOU CAN always trust our illustrious politicians to come up with ingenious ways of tackling the problems facing the country. And for the biggest crisis facing Kyproulla, the answer is the creation of a national unity government or failing that a government of broader acceptance.

It is really quite simple. The comrade president will sack a few ministers, replace them with individuals who do not belong to DIKO and AKEL and his cabinet will suddenly be transformed into a group of world-beaters that would provide rational solutions to the mountain of problems he has created.

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Our View: Will Cold War allies help us in time of need?

ANOTHER day in Syria, another grim list of casualties, as peaceful demonstrators against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad are killed by the security forces in cities across the country. Since the protest began in mid-March, almost every day has seen demonstrators gunned down, while hundreds, if not thousands, have been detained, with human rights organisations reporting a horrific catalogue of beatings and torture in detention.

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Energy crisis to ‘plague us for some time’

THE energy crisis caused by the destruction of the main power station will plague the island for quite some time but a total blackout is a very remote possibility, a top energy official said yesterday.

“The energy crisis… will be with us for quite a long time (but) all efforts are being made to be able to provide people with uninterrupted power at some stage,” said Giorgos Shammas, chairman of the energy regulating authority (CERA).

Authorities have been struggling to manage the limited supply of power available to them after a July 11 blast at a neighbouring naval base incapacitated the Vassilikos station that produced over 50 per cent of the island’s power.

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EU Deal on Greece a chance for Cyprus to avoid complacency

THE DEAL struck by European leaders on Thursday aiming at helping Greece overcome its debt crisis and prevent contagion to other euro area countries gives Cyprus another chance to deal with its structural and fiscal challenges and no time for complacency, economists say.

“The deal is significant,” head of economic research at Marfin Popular Bank, Yiannis Tirkides told the Sunday Mail. “It provides access to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) to countries already, before they have to apply for support”.

For Cyprus, which also saw its borrowing cost rise in recent months, “it is something positive,” since even after the deal, Cyprus remains in the “danger zone,” he added.

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Limassol’s popular Coast FM changes hands

“IT WAS everything I’ve lived for since I was a boy,” said founder of Limassol’s popular Coast fm, David Symonds, which recently changed hands.

“I never got into it to make money but for the love of the medium,” said founder David Symonds, who explained that he sold his shares as they got hit by the fallout from the recession.

Coast FM on the frequency 91.4 changed hands at the end of June, with the new owners keen to attract the Russian market. Nonetheless Symonds still feels proud of what he achieved 10 years ago.

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New NG chief assumes duties

LIEUTENANT-general Stylianos Nasis yesterday assumed his duties as the new commander of the National Guard, following the resignation of his predecessor in the wake of the July 11 naval base blast that killed 13 men.

“During these difficult moments, your role has special importance,” President Demetris Christofias said during the confirmation ceremony at the presidential palace. ““We must deal with the crisis our country is facing united, composed and with determination and at the same time send the clear message that the National Guard is in a position to fulfil its duties.”

Nasis, a Greek national, said he knew his role, position and what he must do.

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MP refutes ‘you knew’ report

THE chairman of the House Defence Committee yesterday denied media reports suggesting a high-ranking army officer had accused former defence minister Costas Papacostas of knowing the danger concerning the munitions that eventually exploded on July 11, killing 13 people.

It was widely reported on Friday that Papacostas told the committee his ministry had agreed to receive the 98 containers, seized late in 2009 from a ship headed to Syria from Iran, after receiving assurances the material was inert from Colonel Giorgos Georgiades, deputy commander of the support brigade and former commander of the ordnance corps.

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Robbery that wasn’t

THE 47-year-old owner of a convenience store and his wife, 46, were in hot water yesterday after they allegedly lied that they had been robbed on Thursday night.

The couple had reported a robbery but police investigators quickly realised it was a lie.

The couple were arrested on Friday and charged in connection with conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and public nuisance,

They were released to be summoned at a later date, police said.

 

 

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NG camp argument

A SMALL number of relatives of conscripts at the Limassol training camp were yesterday involved in an angry exchange with the commander and another officer over the soldiers’ weekend furlough, the defence ministry said.

The ministry said the incident took place in the morning.

Relatives reacted over the lack of information concerning the exact time the soldiers would receive their 24-hour furlough, a ministry statement said.

The incident is being investigated by the police in cooperation with the National Guard and measures will be taken if necessary, the statement said.

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