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Nicosia courts on British territory ‘just a smokescreen’

HOUSE Finance Committee head Nicholas Papadopoulos and British High Commission spokesman Paul Lakin could not confirm yesterday whether the Nicosia District Courts are ‘British territory’.

The issue arose on Tuesday at the House Finance Committee when the Land Registry Office said it had objections to any renovations and expansion of the courts due to a question of whether the land was actually returned from the British when Cyprus gained its independence in 1960.

“I don’t think it’s an issue, I think it’s just an excuse because they [the government] just don’t have the money [for the expansion],” said Papadopoulos.

“The last time they told us that the Antiquities Department had objections” he added.

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French-Cypriot school to open in September 2012

EDUCATION Minister Giorgos Demosthenous and French Ambassador to Cyprus Jean – Marc Rives yesterday visited the old Higher Technical Institute compound  in Nicosia, where the French-Cypriot school will operate from September 2012.

The technical services of the ministry of education and the management of the French school Arthur Rimbaud in Nicosia have cooperated to prepare the plans of the new school, which were presented during the visit. 

The relocation will take place next year in time for opening of the 2012-2013 school year with the first 175 pupils aged 18 months to 18 years. Income of the school will mainly come from tuition fees.

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National Council briefed on New York talks

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday briefed the National Council about the recent talks in New York with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said the council will continue to assess the course of the negotiations in the run up to a new meeting set up for January in New York “and make decisions accordingly.”

Responding to comments by party leaders that there is a greater risk of a bad settlement or deadlock with the way the talks process is progressing, Stefanou said there is no way there would be a bad settlement.

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New KEVE chairman elected

PHIDIAS Pilides, CEO of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Cyprus, was last night elected new chairman of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE).

Pilides, who is also the chairman of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, is succeeding Manthos Mavromatis, who had served as chairman for two terms.

Pilides received 53 votes, two more than his opponent Tony Antoniou.

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NET cancer awareness campaign today

THE WORLD Neuroendocrine Tumour Community (NET) in cooperation with Novartis Oncology in Cyprus is launching the Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day, which is being held today for the second year running.

Events worldwide will be held to raise awareness among the public and the medical community about NET cancers and will highlight the need for early diagnosis. 

With the slogan “If you don’t suspect it, you can’t detect it”, Novartis Oncology organised seminars for doctors and created posters with general information about the NET symptoms.

Neuroendocrine tumours are slow-developing and originate from neuroendocrine cells; which are responsible for the production of hormones throughout the body. 

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Property support group marks first year

A LOCAL SUPPORT group that offers free help and advice to home-owners in the Famagusta district has just marked its first anniversary.

The Property in Cyprus Action Support group (PICAS) was created by members of an internet forum to share personal experiences and to offer advice in avoiding pitfalls or mistakes to those already on, or looking to join the property ladder.

While there are similar groups already in existence in Cyprus, this group is the first of its kind aimed at helping people in Ayia Napa, Paralimni and Protaras.

PICAS spokesman Steve Durkin said that members believed that those in distress needed personal support and the freedom to share their problems with others in a safe, secure and confidential setting.

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Still time for flu jab

ALL VULNERABLE groups should be vaccinated for the flu virus the Health Ministry said yesterday.

People suffering from respiratory problems, a heart condition and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and kidney failure are regarded as high-risk groups. People over 65, women on the third month of pregnancy and over, and people currently living in institutions should also get the jab.

The Health Ministry said that it was still not too late, and said that people currently suffering from the flu should also get it once they get well. The flu jab is administered annually and lasts for the whole year.

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Three arrested over fake euros

THREE people were arrested yesterday in connection to the circulation of fake €50 notes. The three suspects were remanded by the Nicosia court, and are thought to be responsible for the circulation of 13 similar fake notes. One of the suspects is thought to be the principal supplier, while police said they could be linked to the recent fake not- incident in Deftera.

According to police, the €50 fake notes were exceptionally designed, which made their discovery impossible under the naked eye. Police have called on anyone who comes across fake notes to inform the police immediately. 

 

 

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Arson attack

POLICE suspect a fire that broke out at a defunct nightclub in Paphos during the early hours of yesterday was arson. The blaze completely burnt down the premises along with causing damage to the apartments above. According to its 69-year-old owner the club had been closed for the last two months and the electricity had been shut off.

 

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The birth of a power source

GERMANY has just crossed the threshold of 20 per cent renewable power – honouring its 2020 commitment to the European Union eight years ahead of schedule. As a bonus, towards the end of the decade, the world will also thank Germany for affordable solar power – not because the technology was invented there, but because its citizens will have paid for the critical cost-reduction phase by offering a large market.

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