Daily Archives: November 15, 2011

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Vietnamese worker deported ‘after fleeing sexual harassment’


ANTI-RACISM organisation KISA has spoken out against the government’s deportation policy, after a Vietnamese farm labourer was deported for alleged theft when she fled her allegedly sexually abusive employer.

Nguyen Thi Ben, who came to Cyprus 20 months ago to work as a farm labourer claimed her employer – named Petros from a village in the Paphos area – withheld her salary and travel documents until she had sex with him.

Ben also said that her employer forced her to work in a coffeeshop and in his home.

KISA reported that 11 days ago, Ben ran away to stay with friends, but was persuaded by the employer’s children to return on condition the alleged harassment would stop. 

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Kenyan Vice President in Cyprus

KENYAN Vice President and Minister for Home Affairs, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, arrived in Cyprus yesterday evening on a four-day visit. 

The Kenyan politician’s visit was thrown off schedule however by bad weather in Larnaca, which caused his flight to be diverted to Paphos.

Musyoka and his delegation were due to land at Larnaca around 4.15pm on a British Airways flight from London. But torrential rains and strong winds over the airport forced the pilot the aircraft to go to Paphos.

Musyoka was due to meet President Demetris Christofias later in the evening. Today he is due to meet other officials including House President Yiannakis Omirou, and after that Archbishop Chrysostomos.

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No plans to move rig ahead of schedule

THE government yesterday denied reports that a rig currently carrying out natural gas exploration drilling offshore Cyprus would interrupt the process and move to Israel, following pressure from the neighbouring country.

Reports suggested that Noble Energy, the company that has the concession known as block 12, would be moving its rig, the Homer Ferrington, to an Israeli concession in accordance with a contract it has with Israel.

Daily Phileleftheros said procedures to move the platform will start at the end of the week. 

Homer Ferrington will return to Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone in February, the daily said. 

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First UCY medical students to be enrolled in 2013

THE FACULTY of Medicine of the University of Cyprus is expected to welcome its first students in September 2013 and, according to the planning of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, the first members of the academic staff will be employed in 2012.

The issue was discussed yesterday in a meeting at the Health Ministry, with the participation of Health Minister Stavros Malas, Education Minister Giorgos Demosthenous and University of Cyprus Rector Constantinos Christofides, and other officials.

In statements to the press following the meeting, Malas said he discussed with all participants amendments to legislation, which will be necessary for the operation of the school.

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Worrying rise in number of diabetes cases

DIABETES among children and adults is on the rise costing the government €3.9 million last year alone and expected to cost even more this year, Health Minister Stavros Malas said yesterday on occasion of World Diabetes Day. 

“Over the last ten years we have observed an average increase (in costs) of sixteen per cent,” Malas said. 

Malas said that there has been a “rapid increase – even among children – of type II diabetes which until now was considered the diabetes of mature age.” 

This is because of a rise in obesity, unhealthy lifestyles and lack of exercise, Malas said. 

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Polis mayor’s home burgled

POLIS Chrysochous mayor Angelos Odysseos had his home burgled on Saturday night while he and his family were out, with burglars managing to escape with €30,000 worth of jewellery.

Police said that the burglars broke in through the back door using a sharp object.

Odysseos told police that he suspected a gang of organised thieves who had hit the Polis area in the last month, with more than five of the break-ins occurring in a similar way.

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old Cypriot woman was remanded in custody yesterday in connection with a robbery in Paphos.

Police are also currently looking for a 28-year-old they believe is also involved. 

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Some lawmakers puffing away despite ban

LEGISLATORS should generally be the ones upholding the law but some MPs do not see any problem with illegally smoking in the House, Greens’ MP Giorgos Perdikis has said.

“Some – not all – of the MPs as well as the staff seem to think it’s all right to smoke in the House,” Perdikis said. 

Perdikis, who would not name anyone, said that it can be hard to convince some MPs to take their habit outside or at least to the designated area. 

“When I ask them to stub out their cigarettes some say they’re sorry and others come up with excuses,” said Perdikis. 

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Glafcos Clerides back in hospital

FORMER President Glafcos Clerides was yesterday morning admitted to the Evangelistria clinic with what was described as chronic gastrointestinal disorder. The former president, who turned 92 in April, was admitted at 9.30am. According to a statement from his doctors Iosif Kassios and Pambis Nicolaides, Clerides’ condition is “satisfactory”. Clerides made a rare public appearance on Friday when he was honoured with other war veterans at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Nicosia.

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Protests over UDI anniversary

THE TURKISH Cypriot side yesterday began celebrating today’s 28th anniversary of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), creating the breakaway state in the north.

Yesterday morning there were several flyovers by Turkish F16s preparing for a military parade due to take place today, among other events. The Turkish frigate Gemlik was due to dock in Kyrenia, along with submarines both in Kyrenia and occupied Famagusta port. 

On the Greek Cypriot side the UDI was condemned by political parties, refugee and students organisations. Student association POFEN is organising an event in the Lefkotheou Stadium in Nicosia this morning

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National Guardsman killed

An 18-year-old national guardsman, Giorgos Charalambous, was killed during the early hours of Sunday, following a car accident on the Polis Chrysochous main road in Paphos.

According to police, the car that was being driven by another 18-year-old national guardsman, Kyriacos Andreou, veered off the road, hit a tree and then overturned.

Charalambous had to be freed from the wreckage and was then taken to Paphos General Hospital where his death was confirmed.

Andreou was also taken to Paphos General but he is considered out of danger.

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