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Hunting casualties

THE FIRST day of this year’s hunting season was marred by the death of one hunter and the injury of two others.

Socrates Vrasidas, a 66-year-old from Nicosia, died while hunting near the village of Polemi, in the Paphos district. According to a police report, the 66-year-old apparently lost consciousness and fell on the floor around 5.45 on Sunday morning. 

He was transferred to the Paphos general hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Police found no bruises on the body, and have ruled out any wrong doing. It is thought that the 66-year-old died of a heart attack.

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Nicosia and Paphos enter culture capital race

THE bid for the coveted title of Cultural Capital of Europe 2017 became a three horse race yesterday when both Nicosia and Paphos submitted their candidacies yesterday. Limassol submitted its bid last week.

Nicosia mayor Eleni Mavrou and mayor of Paphos Savvas Vergas submitted their proposals to the Education Ministry’s permanent secretary Olympia Stylianou.

“Everybody realises that Nicosia’s proposal is based on its history, its architecture and historical heritage, as well as on its cultural infrastructure such as museums, theatres and the exhibition halls,” said Mavrou.

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Block 10 hunger strike continues

TWO of the men taking part in a hunger strike by illegal immigrants and failed asylum seeker detainees in Central Prison’s Block 10 that began last week had to be hospitalised on Sunday.

According to police sources, around 40 have been on hunger strike in protest over what they claim to be ‘unjustifiable detention’. From the around 60 held there, only 20 are eating.

They confirmed that one of the men, a 41-year-old failed Iranian asylum seeker, Majid Eazadi, was put on a drip while the other, an Algerian man, refused. The men were then taken back to the holding cells. 

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Libyan recognition

LIBYA is taking steps towards the de facto recognition of the north, after the Libyan health minister of the interim council signed a protocol with the rector of the University of Near East for the treatment of injured Libyans in the north, CyBC reported last night.

Quoting to Turkish media, it reported Libya will send Libyans injured during the war to hospitals in the north, while the signing of the protocol is seen in Turkey as a serious step towards the recognition of the ‘government’ in the north.

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Brussels ‘positive’ about Cyprus’ EU Presidency

THE EUROPEAN Commission is optimistic about Cyprus’ prospects for the July EU council presidency, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, said yesterday. 

“A team of experts from the European Commission visited recently to see how the EU presidency was coming along and the messages were truly positive,” Vassiliou said in the context of her visit to Cyprus. 

Vassiliou yesterday met with the Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Andreas Mavroyiannis. 

Vassiliou said that she got some “very nice ideas” from Brussels’ Centre of Fine Art Paul Dujardin about Cyprus’ cultural programme and connecting the island’s history with that of Europe. 

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Armed robbery

FOUR hooded men, one of them armed with a knife, threatened the employee of a kiosk on Sunday night and made away with the contents of the till. 

The four, who spoke in broken Greek, entered a kiosk in Lakatamia, Nicosia at around 9:40pm and after threatening the employee, 25, managed to ran away with the till’s contents: €500, mobile phone top-up cards and lottery scratch cards.  

The shop’s CCTV camera captured the four who are described as thin, around 25 years of age and about 1.75 metres tall. 

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Explosives found in Achna dam

POLICE found about 400 grammes of TNT explosives around the Achna dam area on Sunday afternoon. 

Following a tip-off the police located two small chunks of TNT. 

Police technicians confiscated the explosives which will be sent for further examination. 

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POLICE are looking for Iraklis Irakleous, 31-years-old, from Paphos in connection with theft, forgery and extorting money under false pretences among other offences allegedly committed recently in the Larnaca area.

Irakleous is of normal build and around 1.85m in height.

Anyone that can provide information should call Athienou police station, their nearest station or call the Citizen’s Line on 1460.

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Healthcare expansion

TWO NEW radiotherapy units will be set up in Nicosia and in Limassol, while new wards will be built at the Larnaca general hospital said the Health Minister, Stavros Malas, yesterday.

The decision to set up the first radiotherapy unit in Nicosia was highly contested at yesterday’s meeting of the House health committee.

AKEL MP, Adamos Adamou said that Nicosia was in a more advanced position with regard to infrastructure, while Limassol would have to enter a bidding process. 

The developments, which are part of the Health Ministry’s budget for next year, will also include the setting up of a MRI machine in Limassol, and two CT scan machines in Paphos and Larnaca.  

Nicosia will also get an expansion of its blood-cleansing unit.

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