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‘Sylikiotis rocks, Antoniadou flops’

 

COMMERCE Minister Praxoulla Antoniadou is the least popular minister while Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis is by far the most popular, according to a poll carried out on behalf of Ant1 TV station. 

According to the poll, the government as a whole continued to be unpopular with a 72 per cent disapproval rating. Those viewing the government positively dropped to 14.8 per cent from 23.3 per cent last year. 

President Demetris Christofias announced a cabinet reshuffle early August following the resignations of the Defence and Foreign Ministers after the July Mari blast.

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Off-duty officer brings his mother on car chase

 

AN OFF-DUTY police officer with his mother in the car helped chase down and arrest an armed robber yesterday after the thief had escaped with two bags of cash from a branch of Ethniki Bank in Limassol, according to police.

Limassol police chief, Andreas Kousioumis said that the hooded 49-year-old walked into the bank at around 11.20am waving a gun around. He then asked the tellers to remove the bags from the bin and fill them with money. 

The robber escaped in a car in which he number plates were covered, but in his haste left one of the bags behind. As he was getting away, the off duty police officer, who had his mother in the car at the time, realised what was going on and went after him.

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Both sides pleased with New York talks

BOTH SIDES have expressed satisfaction with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement following the end of the two-day talks in New York.

The Cyprus News quoting “reliable sources,” said the statement was the best for the Greek Cypriot side, compared with statements the UN chief had made at the end of his previous three meetings with President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

According to diplomatic sources, CNA said, Ban’s statement indicates that the UN wants to test the effectiveness of a new mixed procedure of shuttle talks, which, to some extent, was applied in the Greentree talks and showed encouraging signs.

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Nicosia shortchanged when it comes to state funding

WORKS costing over €13 million have been concluded in Nicosia during 2011, while projects estimated at approximately €47 million are still underway, said Nicosia Mayor, Eleni Mavrou yesterday.

Mavrou was speaking at the annual municipality press conference held to present an assessment of  its performance during the last year.

The incumbent mayor said that during 2011, Nicosia citizens witnessed the completion of many significant works in infrastructure and expressed her enthusiasm at the official opening of the bus station at Solomou Square, tomorrow.

“Seven works are still underway, and reconstruction will also start in the Paphos bastion by the turn of the year” said Mavrou. 

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Pissarides: Greek referendum worrisome for Cyprus

GREECE decision to hold a referendum on its latest rescue plan will prove to be detrimental for the euro zone, Cypriot Nobel economics laureate Christopher Pissarides said yesterday.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency from London, Pissarides said the new developments created after the Greek government’s decision were much more worrisome for Cyprus’ banking system due to the uncertainty concerning the size of the haircut of Greek Government bonds. 

According to Pissarides, a possible ‘no’ vote on the Greek referendum to be held in late December, would lead the country out of the euro zone and into default.

“This decision could cause grave damage to the euro zone and not only to Greece itself due to uncertainty caused,” Pissarides said.

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State red tape costs firms over €700m a year

BUREAUCRACY and red-tape costs companies in Cyprus over €700 million a year, and takes up 70 per cent of the €1 billion it costs to run the state machinery annually.

The findings are contained in a costing report compiled by the auditing firm KPMG on behalf of the Finance Ministry. 

It said it should be possible to run the state machinery – minus wages and salaries – for around €300 million.  

Speaking at the ceremony for the presentation of the findings, Finance Minister, Kikis Kazamias reiterated the government’s vow to reduce the  70 per cent administrative burden by 20 per cent by the end of 2012.

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Re-using plastic bottles increases leaching of toxic chemicals

RE-USING plastic bottles causes dangerous chemicals to be leached into the fluid they carry, a joint study by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) has shown.

The research, published in this year’s Water Research journal, showed that repeated use of PET and PC bottles increases leaching of the toxic chemicals antimony and bromine, the last used as a flame retardant. 

This was irrespective of whether or not the bottles were exposed to high temperatures or UV radiation, till now considered the main agents for plastic constituents leaching into water.

The research team analysed water in plastic bottles which were reused up to 27 times; 19-litre bottles are often reused much more. 

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Police still taking statements in gynaecologist case

POLICE continued yesterday to take statements from women in connection with the gynaecologist under investigation for allegedly drugging and sexually abusing one or more of his patients. 

Police spokesperson Michalis Katsounotos said they had spoken to six of the women who are among a list of 36 patients who had come forward. 

Two of the 36 cases under investigation are thought to involve minors. 

Katsounotos said all the women they had approached so far were willing to testify.

The police spoke to three more women on Tuesday. 

The 56-year-old Larnaca doctor was arrested last week after a woman,26, filed a complaint saying she woke up during ‘surgery’ to find him lying naked on top of her. 

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Convicts give police the slip

TWO CONVICTS seized the opportunity to escape after they were taken from the Central Prisons in Nicosia to appear before Paphos District Court. 

The Georgian convicts are serving sentences in relation to robbery and theft of eleven years and seven years respectively. 

They were due to appear to court on similar theft cases in Paphos. 

At some point after noon, while on the grounds of the Paphos District Court, they managed to dodge the officers who were guarding them and ran away. 

Police launched a manhunt and managed to recapture one of them in the vicinity of the court. 

Police are still looking for the second escapee.

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