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Focus on your wellbeing at the Mind Body and Spirit exhibition

THE MIND BODY & Spirit Festival, Cyprus’ leading wellbeing exhibition, will be held this weekend at the Hilton Park Hotel in Nicosia.

Thousands of people from all walks of life visit the exhibition each year to stimulate their mind, relax their body and awaken their senses. This bi-annual exhibition has become a regular fixture in the cultural event calendar, and is eagerly anticipated in Limassol in the spring and Nicosia in November.

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MP’s security detail used as errand boys

THE wife of a politician sent the two police officers tasked with guarding him to pick olives from the family’s grove and also made them do other jobs, including unloading containers, it emerged yesterday, as the issue of politicians’ police guards and their duties came to the fore once again.

The story was published by daily Politis, which carried a March 2010 letter by police chief Michalis Papageorgiou to the justice minister in which he described as “totally unacceptable” the things the two officers guarding EVROKO MP Nicos Koutsou were asked to do.

It appears that Koutsou’s wife, Soulla, had asked the officers to unload two containers full of latex gloves, which were part of the medical equipment imported by a company belonging to the MP’s family.

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Private universities told to lower their fees

THE GOVERNMENT has told private universities to return their tuition fees to last year’s levels or else risk severe sanctions.

Education Minister George Demosthenous will instruct the administrations of three universities – Frederick, European University and University of Nicosia – to lower their tuition fees after they introduced hikes ranging from 3 to 6 per cent for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Based on legal advice from the Attorney-general’s office, the ministry said these tuition hikes were illegal.

Private universities are required by law to secure the Education Minister’s consent before raising fees.

The legislation empowers the Education Minister to issue a decree every year designating the maximum increase in tuition for the next academic year.

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Police bust prostitution ring

POLICE yesterday arrested five people and raided five separate dwellings in Nicosia’s old town based on information there was ongoing trafficking and prostitution. 

“It’s worth noting that two of the places had an advanced CCTV system connecting them, which was registering all movement outside as well as inside,” a police announcement said. 

The cameras kept a tap on the women inside, the clients and payment manner “so that the suspects could check up on them in relation to daily earnings,” a police announcement said. 

In one place there were three women who had given willing statements they were working as prostitutes. The two Albanian women, aged 26 and 27, and a 28-year-old Polish woman will now be deported, police said. 

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Nicosia's three-lane highway opened

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday stressed the need for promoting development projects to boost the economy during the official opening of the three-lane stretch of highway outside the capital yesterday.

Christofias said the multi-million project was finished a year ahead of schedule.

Construction began on January 11, 2010 and was to be originally completed by October 2012.

The project, set to alleviate a major traffic problem, has three lanes each way from Alambra to Nicosia, a stretch of 11km, as well as a metal guardrail to protect motorcyclists, along with street lights and noise barriers to protect against noise pollution in residential areas. 

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Qatari ambassador threatened by Paphos olive grower

TWO MEN aged, 41 and 47, were arrested over allegedly threatening the Qatari ambassador after accusing him of stealing olives from a field in Paphos on Tuesday.

The ambassador, Mubarak bin Abdulrahman al-Nasser, while on safari with family and friends in the Lara Bay area were approached by a 47-year-old who claimed to own the field that they were in. He then started shouting at them and behaving in an aggressive manner towards them, police said.

According to police, the ambassador and his family managed to get into their car just in time, as the 47-year-old threw a rock at them.

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Hadjicostis family ‘disturbed’ by Skordelli’s share buyout

ANDIS Hadjicostis, the CEO of the family-controlled DIAS media group and Sigma TV who was gunned down outside his Nicosia house last year, viewed as a hostile act the purchase of Sigma shares by Elena Skordelli and her brother, the court heard yesterday in the ongoing trial.

Prosecution witness Andreas Hadjimarcou, chief financial officer for the DIAS group, produced a number of transactions involving the purchase of Sigma shares by Tasos Krasopoulis, brother and co-defendant of Elena Skordelli.

Although Sigma shares at the time were going for 50 cents, Krasopoulis was paying triple rates to buy up stock. The late Andis Hadjicostis saw this purchase as a “hostile act,” the witness said.

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The danger of ‘hidden’ cancers

OVER HALF of the patients suffering from Neuroendocrine tumour cancer (NET) are misdiagnosed and are initially treated for other illnesses, while it could take up to seven years to correctly diagnose and treat the cancer, according to Menelaos Manoloukos, medical advisor of Novartis Oncology; the company in charge of the NET awareness campaign in Cyprus. 

Manoloukos was speaking at a press conference to mark of NET Cancer Awareness Day yesterday.

The awareness campaign included several events worldwide. In Cyprus, Novartis organised seminars for doctors, publicised information ads in magazines and distributed flyers to pharmacies, hospitals and offices. 

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Former UNSG Boutros Boutros Ghali in Cyprus

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday received  former United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali, with whom he discussed the establishment of a EuroMediterranean Centre which will be based in Limassol and will deal with issues regarding the solution of disputes in the EuroMediterranean region.

After the meeting Ghali, who will be 89 on Monday, told reporters that they “discussed the creation of a (Euro Mediterranean) Centre which will hopefully assist the young generation in the preparation of arbitration, mediation, peaceful solution of disputes and I believe that the geopolitical position of Cyprus will help us to play a role”

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‘Speed devils’ show off on the web

POLICE arrested an 18-year-old who was speeding at 141 km/h on the coastal strip of Limassol in Yermasoyia, which is a 50km/h zone.

The teenager, who was caught speeding during the morning hours yesterday, was driving a saloon and was not driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was immediately taken to the police station, where he was officially charged and then released. He will not have the choice of merely paying a fine, since his case will be taken to court.

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