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A five-minute film in praise of conservation

This week in a Soho cinema, five minutes of history was made. The world’s largest conservation organisation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Europe’s largest cinema group, Odeon, collaborated to re-instate the short film before the ‘main event’. With a plastic glass of Organic Prosecco, I was there at the premiere of ‘Astonish Me’ written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Charles Sturridge.

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Who really benefited from Breivik’s violence in Norway?

Three pieces about Muslims in the same paper on the same day (The Independent, July 25). The first is a local colour piece about how there are a lot more Middle Eastern tourists in London this summer. Why? Because France has banned the “Islamic” veil (or the Babylonian/Roman/Byzantine/Islamic veil, if you want to be precise) that covers the face. So the high-spending female shoppers from the Gulf aren’t going to Paris any more.

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Cyprus too slow in making cuts

STANDARD & Poor’s cut Cyprus’  credit rating by one notch yesterday and warned another cut was  possible, deepening economic gloom for the island struggling with its worst peacetime disaster and mounting speculation it  might be forced into an EU bailout.

Citing “inconsistent commitment to cutting public spending in order to offset a substantial decline in capital gains and corporate tax revenues”, S&P said the outlook for its BBB-plus rating remained negative. It also cited risks of contagion from Greece’s debt crisis,

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Stratfor: Cyprus is close to the edge

GLOBAL intelligence agency Stratfor, in a report on Cyprus issued on Thursday suggested a bailout might be needed in the wake of the Mari blast because the country was “not far from the edge”.

“But because of its relatively low national debt and small economy, any financial help from Brussels would be both manageable and temporary,” the agency said.

Stratfor said that Cyprus traditionally exercises more cautious fiscal policies than many European

states, even running a small budget surplus during the global financial crisis.

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Fuel price increase adds to the gloom

AN increase in fuel prices this week came to add to the gloom felt by the public in the wake of a deadly blast that knocked out the island’s main power station with all the repercussions it entails.

The hikes came as international oil prices went up and according to one fuel company official, prices should have gone up last week.

The fuel company hikes concern a couple of cents or three but ultimately it is what consumers pay at the pump that counts.

The Cyprus Mail conducted a short survey in Nicosia yesterday to compare prices. It also confirmed that prices vary even among stations of the same fuel company.

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PASYDY will propose ‘fairer’ ways to raise state income

STATE workers umbrella union PASYDY accepts some of the measures on the economy proposed by the government but it rejects others for which alternative solutions must be found, it emerged yesterday.

And the union will propose “fairer” ways to raise much-needed cash, its leader said.

“The measures are tough for civil servants,” PASYDY boss Glafcos Hadjipetrou said during a morning news show on state broadcaster CyBC.

He said some measures will be accepted as is but for others they will look into finding alternative solutions.

“What is important is to find solutions. We are ready to talk and sustain sacrifices,” Hadjipetrou said.

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Water chiefs prepare for the worst

WITH THE dams at half full, desalination plants operating at a third of full capacity, the Water Development Department (WDD) is preparing for the worst.

According to WWD director Sophoclis Aletraris, water demand for the wider city areas of Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Famagusta (Ayia Napa/Paralimni) during this “peak” period is 210,000 cubic metres per day (m3/d).

Before the July 11 naval base blast that knocked out half the country’s power supply, the WWD had four desalination plants operating at full capacity. The Dhekelia plant was producing 60,000 m3/d, Larnaca 60,000 m3/d, Moni 20,000 m3/d and Garylis which treated brackish water from the aquifer 10,000 m3/d. In total, the four plants produced 150,000 m3/d of desalinated water pre-blast.

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Vasilikos still ‘vulnerable to fires’

THE FIRE Services and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) may not be able to respond efficiently to any new fire at the Vasilikos Power Station, members of the joint Health and Environment Committees heard yesterday.

Vasilikos still holds 135,000 tonnes of diesel and fuel oil which is slowly been transported out to the power stations in Dhekelia and Moni.

The station was knocked out by the July 11 blast at Evangelos Florakis naval base in Mari. Its own fire-fighting system was destroyed in the explosion.

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Committee set up to monitor NG explosives

THE DEFENCE Ministry has set up a special committee responsible for monitoring National Guard premises used to store explosives.

The formation of the committee was instigated by Defence Minister Demetris Eliades and will have the authority to control and inspect military areas used to store munitions, explosives and fuel.

The committee was set up following the catastrophic July 11 munitions’ explosion at the Evangelos Florakis naval base in Mari, outside Limassol.

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Stinging film on illegal bird trapping

BIRDLIFE Cyprus has just made available on the internet its stinging short film on the illegal bird trapping situation in Cyprus.

The four-minute film, entitled “The missing visitors of Cyprus” describes the extent of trapping in Cyprus and why it is such a big ecological problem.

It also looks at the key drivers for trapping and efforts from competent authorities to tackle this issue. More controversially, the film highlights the lack of real political will to tackle the problem and ‘the hypocrisy of a group of politicians who have been trying to weaken the anti-trapping legislation of Cyprus, at a time when trapping is on a steep rise’, a statement from BirdLife says.

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