Daily Archives: November 25, 2011

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Police set sights on gold scammers

POLICE have set their sights on changing the law with regard to the sale of gold and silver in a bid to shut down con artists and prevent the fencing of stolen goods.

Police Spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said yesterday the force was in the process of preparing a law amendment regarding the sale and purchase of gold, silver and other valuables.

The regulations, prepared in cooperation among others with the Trade and Industry Ministry, will soon be submitted to the House for approval.

The force was prompted into taking action after it emerged that a series of signs appearing on lamp posts and other public areas across the island advertising the phone numbers of people willing to purchase valuables, were in fact the work of con men.

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Students protest as fees hike rescinded

PRIVATE university students took to the streets yesterday morning to protest against higher fees but by lunchtime, the Education Minister announced that the three universities had backed down.

“We discussed the issue in a very positive and understanding way,” said Minister Giorgos Demosthenous, who met with the heads of the boards of the three private universities – Frederick, European University and University of Nicosia.

According to Demosthenous, for the 2011-2012 academic year no private university student will pay more in tuition fees than what they paid in the previous academic year.

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Great Cypriot Encyclopaedia now updated

OFFICIALS yesterday launched the updated version of the Great Cypriot Encyclopaedia, some 25 years after it was first published, boasting an additional 2,000 pages of information and photographic material.

“We are a small country … we cannot build the best fridge or washing machine, neither the biggest tanker or the strongest army and fleet,” said historian Andros Pavlides, who oversaw publishing of the 20-tome encyclopaedia. “To that however, we counter our multi-dimensional and long culture, which extends through more than 100 centuries.”

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Police issue how-to video on using new highway

AFTER a stern warning earlier this month on how to use the new three-lane highway stretch, and a grace period before clamping down on offenders, police yesterday said they would extend the period for another 15 days, and released a how-to video for drivers.

The 40-second clip is been aired on television stations, and demonstrates to drivers how to use the three lanes correctly. Police urge drivers to watch it carefully and follow it to the letter.

They said the new checks on motorists will begin on December 12.

When the new lanes were opened two weeks ago Traffic Department head Demetris Demetriou said that drivers who did not use the three-lane highway properly would be fined.

Watch the video on the link below:

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Organ donations increase

POST-MORTEM organ donors’ cases have increased in 2011 to six, compared to last years’ number of four.

According to the Nicosia general hospital, 26 transplants have been performed since January 2011, of which 12 were from organ donation after the donor’s death.

The personal information of both organ donors and receiving patients remain confidential by law. 

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Drugs arrest

POLICE arrested a 33-year-old and a 24-year-old from Limassol yesterday morning in connection with the import, possession and distribution of cocaine.

After searching the 33-year-old’s house and car, the police found 944 grams of cocaine, five grammes of cannabis and an electronic balance scale. 

The suspects remain in custody while the police investigation continues.

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Road works

ROAD works will be carried out on Gerasimou Markora treet this Saturday to create pavements in the area, Nicosia Municipality announced yesterday.

The works will take place in two phases: tomorrow, and then on the weekend of December 3 and 4.

For the first phase Gerasimou Markora will be closed off to traffic between 7am and 7pm, from where it joins to Hitron Street up to Spyros Kyprianou Avenue.

Details for the second phase will be announced later in the week.

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France and Germany mull EU treaty changes


FRANCE and Germany will propose amendments to EU treaties in coming days to improve economic governance of the eurozone, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Strasbourg yesterday.

The initiative underscored the failure of the bloc to stem the eurozone crisis.

“France and Germany, in the coming days will propose changes to EU treaties to improve the governance in the eurozone and to aid more integration and convergence of our economic policies,” said Sarkozy.

Sarkozy said Paris and Berlin would circulate joint proposals before a December 9 EU summit for treaty amendments to entrench tougher budget discipline in the 17-nation euro area.

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