Monthly Archives: July 2011

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Court jails company director for illegally operating club


THE NICOSIA District Court yesterday jailed the director of a construction company for 30 days after he was found guilty of operating a club without the necessary permits and violating a previous court order.

Nicosia judge Marina Papadopoulou ruled against the accused in the case of Constantis Cantounas vs Sakkis Construction Ltd.

The director of the company, Michalakis Skoufarides, was jailed for 30 days and the company Sakkis Construction Ltd was fined €1,500.

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New home for lion cubs

TWO SEVEN-month old lion cubs arrived at Paphos Animal and Bird Park after a sixteen hour flight from South Africa late Wednesday and began settling into their new home yesterday. They are currently the only lions in Cyprus.

Dias and Hera are the names given to the two lions by park founder Christos Christoforou,

“Many people have been asking us to get lions for a long time and we are all so happy to finally have them here with us. They are so friendly and playful and settled into their new enclosure immediately,” he said.

“They are very beautiful creatures and we now have our first cats at the park,” he said adding, “We will get some more lions from a zoo in Denmark, they will be arriving in the middle of September.”

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37 new ambulances in the system

THE GOVERNMENT is set to spend nearly €4 million to purchase 37 top-of-the-range ambulances.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Communication Ministry’s Department of Electromechanical Services.

The public tender was won by French company Gruau Group which will supply the island with the 37 ambulances for a total cost of €3,740,156.

The announcement said 13 ambulances had already been delivered with 15 more expected to arrive in September. The remaining nine would be delivered at the beginning of 2012, the department said.

Nine of the 37 ambulances have a four-wheel drive system while 32 have been ordered in the colour yellow to cover the needs of the Health Ministry and five are olive green to cover the Defence Ministry’s needs.

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Restaurant Review: Joko, Nicosia

The gastronomic enclave adjoining the towering Delloite building in the heart of Nicosia’s coffee ally has been expanded with the addition of Joko, a very serious contender for the title of best restaurant in Nicosia. This little quarter of the capital is now complete. The space behind Fratelli and Little Bhudda is taken by Joko and what a space-filler it is. The interior is black and white, cool, with comfortable seating and well spaced tables; so many of the nouveau establishments feel the need to maximise space to the detriment of comfortable dining.

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Trapped people rescued from lifts

THIRTY-TWO people had to be rescued from trapped elevators following ongoing power cuts.

The fire service said it had had to rescue the 32 people during the hours of 6.30am on Wednesday to 6.30am yesterday.

During the same 24-hour period the fire service also had to put out 21 fires and had to respond to a total 43 ‘special services’, 32 of which included releasing individuals trapped in lifts.

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Free legal advice to victims of gender discrimination

FREE LEGAL advice will be given to victims of gender discrimination in the workplace, the Commission on Gender Equality in Employment and Vocational Training announced yesterday.

According to the Commission, the services on offer include providing legal advice to victims of discrimination between men and women in the work place and in vocational training. It also includes the representation of victims before administrative bodies or authorities with the power to investigate such cases.

The service will be provided only in cases where the Commission deems it necessary.

Anyone in need of more information can call the Commission on 22 400894/5.

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Guns arrest

A 32-YEAR-OLD Nicosia man was yesterday remanded in five day custody after he was found in possession of two loaded revolvers.

The suspect was arrested at around 9pm on Wednesday night when he was spotted throwing a plastic bag, in which the two firearms were located, outside his car window .

Specifically investigators came upon the suspect’s vehicle which was parked next to a motorbike somewhere in the Nicosia district area, said police.

When the driver of the car caught sight of police he immediately threw the plastic bag out of the window.

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Arson attack

ARSONISTS targeted a stolen car in the Larnaca district during the early hours of yesterday, police said.

The blaze broke out just after 3am in the Blahos area, in the municipality of Aradippou. The fire was brought under control by 3.30am by the fire services but not before completely destroying the vehicle.

According to the owner of the car, his vehicle was stolen sometime between 8pm on Wednesday and 3am yesterday while it was parked, locked, outside his Larnaca apartment building.

The car was valued at €11,000, police said.

Larnaca CID is investigating.

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Church theft

THIEVES broke into St. Ephrem church in Limassol between Wednesday evening and the early hours of yesterday, escaping with €25,000 worth of items. Silver cherubs, crosses and other religious relics were among the items stolen.

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