Daily Archives: November 12, 2011

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Amnesty proposal unconstitutional

THE STATE legal services ruled as unconstitutional a proposal by main opposition DISY providing for writing off penalties and interest on back taxes in a bid to encourage people to pay up their dues.

In a letter to the House Finance Committee, the legal services said the proposal would have the same result as a similar attempt in December 2007, which was ruled as being discriminatory by the Supreme Court.

The provisions of the law “bring about the unfavourable treatment of lawful individuals who meet their obligations towards the state and benefit those who refuse to assume and fulfil the same obligations,” the Supreme Court said in its decision, issued in May 2008. 

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Another speeder caught

THE POLICE chased and intercepted an 18-year-old from Limassol doing 171 km/h on the Nicosia-Limassol highway on Thursday night. 

Police signalled the man to stop at around 9pm but he instead increased speed and turned off his lights zigzagging on the highway. 

He was finally intercepted near the Governor’s Beach exit. 

The 18-year-old was arrested, charged in writing and let go. 

The speed limit on highways is 100 km/h. 

Earlier that day another 18-year-old was arrested for doing 141 km/h on Limassol’s coastal strip, a 50 km/h zone.   

Meanwhile, the police’s campaign against speeding is ongoing. 

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Repeat tourists awarded

THE LARNACA Tourism Board has honoured 36 tourists from various Scandinavian countries who have visited Cyprus more than ten times.

In a ceremony held at the Atrium Zenon hotel in Larnaca, under the “Larnaca’s Loyal Friends Scheme” the 36 were given honorary plaques and bottles of wine, by the head of the board Dinos Lefkaritis and Larnaca mayor Andreas Moyseos.

“It’s not just the sun, sea, pigeons or cheap optical houses, most of all it’s the hospitality and the Cypriot people,” said a Mr Lund from Sweden, who has visited the island with his wife 17 times.

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Collectible currency stolen

THE residents of an apartment in Larnaca lost a set of collectible money notes worth €50,000 after their residence got burgled on Thursday night. 

Police think the robbers got in at some point between 5pm and 9pm. The collection set was not insured against theft. 

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Why Tintin’s on the top shelf

AS OUR TV set blared out Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin I used to head for the garden. I found the cartoons boring: they never seemed to have girls doing anything fun. So I am a latecomer to the boy with a quiff and his clever dog’s universal appeal and controversy. Sitting in the Guildford Odeon last week with a pair of black glasses, not unlike the ten euro cheap ‘Raybans’ you can buy in Plaka, it was noticeable that most of the audience were not children, but my age. Spielberg’s 3D animation was enchanting, like flannelette sheets and stripey pyjamas, muffins and leather satchels: a step back into the cosy childhoods of the 50s and 60s, where adventures meant you would always be home in time for tea.

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Low levels of radioactive particles in Europe – IAEA

VERY low levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in Europe but the particles are not believed to pose a public health risk, the UN nuclear agency said yesterday, eight months after Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based UN watchdog, said it was seeking to determine the source but that it was not believed to come from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant after its emergency in March.

The Czech Republic’s nuclear security authority said the source was not believed to be in the country and was not believed to be from a nuclear power plant. It said it could possibly be from the production of radiopharmaceuticals.

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Jazz buzz hits Limassol

 

IN GEOGRAPHICAL terms, Cyprus is very small. In the wide world of jazz the island rarely rates a mention. But Cyprus’ jazz scene is stirring: a small but highly-talented and enthusiastic bunch of musicians is rapidly expanding the scene and beginning to change the way local audiences view the musical genre.

In recent times we’ve seen a plethora of jazz-filled music festivals popping up throughout the country, new and old jazz haunts gaining notoriety and venues catering to live jazz music for most nights a week. From all the signs, jazz has taken hold in Cyprus and in particular, Limassol.

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Suarez joy, Messi frustration in 2014 qualifiers

South American champions Uruguay crushed Chile 4-0 with all four goals coming from Luis Suarez, while Lionel Messi’s Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bolivia in Friday’s World Cup qualifiers.

Copa America winners Uruguay lead the nine-nation South American group with seven points from three matches, followed by Colombia, who have a game in hand, Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela.

Colombia let three points slip away at home when Venezuela scored a late equaliser for a 1-1 draw, while Paraguay snatched their first win, 2-1 at home to Ecuador.

Uruguay’s Suarez said it had been hard to contain his emotions after the four-goal performance.

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Kidnapped baseball player Ramos found alive in Venezuela

Venezuelan security forces found kidnapped Major League baseball player Wilson Ramos alive on Friday in mountains near where he was seized, Information Minister Andres Izarra said.

“Baseball player Ramos was found alive by security forces in mountainous area of Montalban, Carabobo state,” Izarra said on Twitter.

There were few other details immediately available.

The 24-year-old Washington Nationals catcher was abducted by armed men on Wednesday night while he chatted with friends and relatives at his mother’s home in the city of Valencia.

He had been due to play for the local Aragua Tigers during the U.S. off-season.

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