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Did Mari blast present any opportunities?

WE ALL have feelings of sorrow and anger following the July 11 disaster at Mari. We are all trying to cope with the aftermath: mourning, power cuts, business and personal disruption, costs we will have to bear, uncertainty on the impact on state finances. We are all seeking to apportion responsibility.

But could it be that disaster can also bring opportunities?

The explosion is also a call to arms, revealing tremendous weaknesses in our polity, uncovering much that we always knew was wrong with Cypriot politics, politicians, civil servants and civil society – ourselves.

It is time we think of ways ahead in a positive way.

On July 21, we at Performa Consulting ran an open meeting of our Out of the Box Club to see what the positives could be.

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Who will strike the fatal blow?

MANY OF Mussolini’s opponents were assassinated. The method employed emulated the untidy slaughter of Julius Caesar (later copied by the Sicilian mafia) and consisted of any number of assassins knifing the victim successively, making it impossible for the judiciary to accuse any one person of striking the fatal blow.

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Army suspensions imminent

THREE NATIONAL Guard (NG) senior officers were due to be suspended last night or today as part of investigations into the Mari naval base disaster, while suspension of a fourth has been held up pending orders from Greece.

The due suspensions come on the back of last Wednesday’s suspension by the police of four senior Fire Service officials.

According to reports, the Defence Ministry decided earlier in the week to launch disciplinary proceedings against all four officers but reached a stumbling block over how to go about implementing their suspension.

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Our view:Not even a glimmer of hope if Christofias stays on

DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades openly called for the resignation of President Christofias last Monday, echoing the demand of the protestors who turn up outside the presidential palace every night. It is not common practice – not even in Cyprus’ slogan-dominated political scene – for a party leader to call for the resignation of the democratically-elected president, but exceptional circumstances demand exceptional actions.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: The tyranny of incompetents

THIS WAS written before the supposedly critical meeting last night, between the comrade president and his DIKO poodle Marios Lafazayian.

The meeting, the second in 48 hours, was to have decided the future of the government alliance, with DIKO allegedly setting a series of conditions for staying. This must have been the 20th ‘critical’ meeting, to decide the future of the alliance these two buffoons have had in the three-and-a-half years of the comrade’s scorched earth presidency.

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‘Those who understood the seriousness of it had no say’

THE CYPRIOT parliament co-hosted a seminar on arms proliferation and ammunition stockpiling earlier this year for North African and Middle Eastern parliamentarians where the issue of 98 containers stored at the Mari naval base was never raised.

The seminar was co-hosted by then House President Marios Garoyian and the international Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons in an effort to “reach out” to parliamentarians in North Africa and the Middle East on the need for greater regulation.

“You get three, four explosions like the one in Cyprus every year. Around 95 per cent come from mismanagement. Ammunition storage is dangerous if you don’t deal with it effectively,” said the Forum’s General Secretary Peter Weiderud.

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Coalition leaders meet to discuss their partnership

PRESIDENT DEMETRIS Christofias was due to hold a second meeting with DIKO leader Marios Garoyian last night, the outcome of which would decide whether the beleaguered government coalition will live to see another day or be relegated to the ‘dust heap of history’.

Garoyian met Chistofias last Thursday at the presidential palace after the president requested the cabinet to resign en masse.

A cabinet reshuffle has been on the cards for some time but Garoyian likely forced Christofias’ hand when he ordered the two remaining DIKO ministers (health and commerce) to quit on Wednesday. Garoyian came out of Thursday’s meeting tight-lipped, saying only the discussion would continue, though he could not say when.

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Future of Cyprus’ financial sector in doubt

THE FUTURE of Cyprus’s financial sector hangs in the balance following the latest rating cuts, and the political paralysis which make governing impossible, a banker and an economist has said.

Amid rising government borrowing costs which make financing new debt and refinancing existing one prohibitive and cast doubt on the sustainability of Cyprus’s public finances, the concerns triggered by the political crisis and the energy crisis following the destruction of the Vasilikos power plant on July 11 could weigh on the future of Cyprus’s financial sector, the banker who asked to remain anonymous said.

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Tourists injured

TWO BRITISH tourists riding on a quad bike suffered serious injuries in a road accident on Friday night on Xylofagou road in Ayia Napa.

According to police, in conditions still under investigation, at around ten minutes to midnight on Friday, a 22-year-old British tourist lost control of the quad bike he was riding with a 22-year-old British woman as passenger. The four-wheeler hit a street light pole throwing both off the vehicle.

The two were taken to private clinics were they underwent surgery and kept in for treatment. Their condition is said to be serious but stable.

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Jewels theft

THE 48-YEAR-OLD owner of a jewellery shop discovered yesterday morning that thieves had made off with around €70,000 worth of goods from his shop in Limassol.

According to police, the owner from Paphos went to open the shop yesterday morning when he discovered that merchandise, including 40 watches and other jewellery totalling €70,000 in value, was missing.

Police were told that the shop’s alarm went off on Friday night but that when a security guard from a private security company turned up at the scene, everything seemed in order so he left.

The theft is believed to have taken place between 7pm Friday night and 9.20am yesterday morning.

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