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Tourism yields €1.2b

TOURISTS in Cyprus have left behind a collective €1.2 billion in the first eight months of the year, the director of the Famagusta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCII), Iacovos Hadjivarnavas said yesterday.

The figure marks a 16 per cent increase over 2010. “We must not rest on our laurels but instead there should be infrastructure works so that we can enrich the tourist product,” Hadjivarnavas said. 

He said he “expected strategic private partners” to continue with outstanding works nearing completion:  the Protaras and Ayia Napa marinas and the golf course at Ayia Napa. The next aims for FCII are to extend the winter season, Hadjivarnavas said. 

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Critical after fall

A 35-YEAR-OLD man, Manolis Karapadakis, was critically injured on Thursday after a 7.5m fall from the roof of his house in the Lefkara area.

According to police, he was fixing the tiles on the roof when he slipped and fell.

He underwent surgery at Nicosia General Hospital due to the seriousness of his condition.

 

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Plea for help

THE LARNACA-Famagusta animal and bird protection association has issued a plea for any extra supplies anyone can provide the Aradippou dog shelter before the winter weather sets in. You can help the shelter by providing any old blankets, towels, leashes, collars, dog and cat food and anything else that can give the animals little comfort. For information call Alexia from  Pets2Adopt at 99111077  to arrange for her to come and pick it up.  

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Robbery foiled

AN ARMED robbery did not go according to plan in Larnaca on Thursday night, when the kiosk’s 18-year-old employee realised that the gun the robber was wielding was a fake.

According to police, the thief walked into the kiosk with a scarf and t-shirt round his face, waving a gun at the employee and demanding money. There was €700 in the till.

The employee, realising the gun was a fake told the thief that he was going to call the police after which the robber left.

The would-be thief was aged between 18 and 20 with a slight build, and around 1.85m in height. He was wearing dark sweatpants. His movement were recorded on the kiosk’s CCTV, said police.

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What would Jesus do in the ‘age of entitlement’?

Last week I wandered amongst the tents outside St Paul’s.  It could have been a fringe field at any pop festival: with a jolly array of wind chimes and dream catchers; cross legged people on yoga mats; guitars strumming; bongos banging; a vegetarian soup kitchen; jugglers and face paints. 

It was far smaller and more orderly than TV coverage had suggested, it was also, obviously, far more disparate. I listened to one conversation close to a large sheet carrying the sign ’What would Jesus do?’ An elderly man, and patently committed Christian, was deep in conversation with a dread-locked young man rolling a ciggie. 

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Lessons not learned from previous financial crises

WHY HAVE Greece and Europe found themselves in the current mess? Could there be lessons from the past they should have learned from? Could there have been steps taken to avoid the fiasco that is unfolding?

To understand better the current European debt crisis and the way forward, it is important to examine briefly past international sovereign debt crises. In the last two decades the world has endured some important crises that had a negative impact not only in the affected countries but also in the surrounding region – and in some cases even on a global scale. 

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Papandreou wins vote, Greece still faces uncertainty

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a parliamentary confidence vote on Saturday, avoiding snap elections which would have torpedoed Greece’s debt crisis bailout deal and inflamed the euro zone’s economic crisis.

But the nation remained mired in political, social and economic turmoil and Papandreou signalled he would stand down, calling for a new coalition to ram the €130 billion bailout deal through parliament and avoid the nation going bankrupt.

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Moody's downgrades Cyprus as bank bailouts seen likely

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Cyprus’ credit ratings by two notches yesterday, forecasting the government will have to bail out its banks next year due to their exposure to Greek debt.

The new Baa3 rating given by Moody’s is the lowest in the investment-grade category. It may soon be cut to junk as the agency placed it on review for possible further downgrades.

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An air of conspiracy

Known for stirring public opinion in America and questioning whether Barack Obama was a Muslim, Daniel Pipes was in Cyprus recently where he described himself to THEO PANAYIDES as a ‘simple conservative’

 

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Behind the shadows

A new theatre museum aims to revitalise interest in traditional Karagiozis finds NAOMI LEACH

 

Shadow theatre is making a comeback in Cyprus. If you’ve seen a traditional Cypriot Karagiozis performance before then it’s hard to forget. The contorted body in profile, the wispy cut outs shadowing on the screen and the raucous stories of yesteryear will be entertaining locals once more, from Halloween onwards in the capital.

In old Nicosia, near Famagusta Gate, staff from the Leventis Museum are making the final touches to their first satellite museum. The House of Dali will be home to the Shadow Theatre Municipal Museum, an interactive Karagiozis experience aimed at school children and families.

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