Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Potato packers strike over plans for cheap labour

APPROXIMATELY 100 Greek-Cypriot potato packers in Vrysoulles went on strike yesterday against their employer’s intention to sack them and replacing them with EU community workers from Eastern Europe.

The strike was organised by workers’ unions SEK and PEO, representing the interests of the potato packers working at the local co-operative company for agricultural products (SEDIGEP).

According to the unions, the private company currently managing the co-operative is looking to fire most of the potato packers in order to hire cheaper new personnel from Eastern Europe whowill not be members of unions.

“The replacement and hiring of personnel who will not have any rights is something that we do not accept” said Kyriacos Kyriacou of the local SEK committee.

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Marcoullis in Germany

FOREIGN MINISTER Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis was due to meet with her German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Berlin yesterday to discuss the Cyprus problem, bilateral issues, EU-Turkey relations and Turkey’s threats over Cyprus’ foray into gas exploration  

During the two-day working visit, Marcoullis will hold separate meetings with the German foreign minister and the board of the Parliamentary Cyprus-Germany Friendship Group.

She was also due to meet with Christoph Heusgen, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s diplomatic adviser and the President of the Bundestag Committee on European Affairs Gunther Krichbaum. 

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AG: Mari blast prosecutions to start ‘soon’

 

THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL (AG) yesterday denied reports that criminal prosecutions in the Mari blast that killed 13 people will be launched next week.  

“It is completely untrue that we will begin prosecuting next week,” AG Petros Clerides told the Mail responding to a publication by daily Phileleftheros.

“We will prosecute when we are ready – soon,” Clerides said refusing to give any specific details of who would be prosecuted on what grounds and exactly when. 

The July 11 blast at Evangelos Florakis naval base at Mari was the result of poorly stored deteriorating munitions held in 98 containers.

The containers had been kept exposed to the elements since their confiscation in 2009 from a ship sailing from Iran to Syria. 

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Pedestrian run over

A WOMAN was seriously injured on Monday night after being hit by a motorbike driven by a 35-year-old man in Ayia Fyla in Limassol. 

The woman was walking down April 1st Avenue. 

She ended up in intensive care in Limassol General Hospital with multiple head injuries, and a broken neck and ribs. 

Her condition is serious.  

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International sailing meet in Limassol

LIMASSOL WILL host the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, it was announced yesterday. 

Speaking from Limassol town hall, Cyprus Yachting Association (CYA) head Yiannos Fotiou said the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) chose the CYA to host the event, which will see more than 450 athletes competing from over 50 countries.

“For a ten-day period in July 2013, the heart of World Sailing will beat in Limassol,” said Fotiou. 

Limassol mayor Andreas Christou said it was the duty of all Cypriots to support the event in any way possible, noting that it was a unique opportunity for the promotion of Limassol and Cyprus.  

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Motorist killed

A MOTORIST was was killed yesterday at around 3.30pm while driving on the Astromeritis – Troodos road, near the village of Koutrafas.

According to police, Pantelis Panteli’s car veered into the opposite lane and collided with a truck that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Panteli, 47, a father of two, was freed from the wreckage by the fire department and was then taken to the Evrichou general hospital, where his death was confirmed.

It has been reported that Panteli might have suffered a heart attack prior to the collision.

 

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Greece: the largest declared divestment programme in the world

GREECE’S privatization programme is the largest declared divestment programme in the world (€ 50bn). Its success depends primarily on the international market conditions and, of course, the degree of preparedness. 

Real Estate and infrastructure, including energy, account for the bulk – 85 per cent – of the expected proceeds. The special Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund is now fully operational in clear business context and is already working on the first projects;  the extension of two gaming licenses; the extension of Athens International Airport concession;  the sale of the State Lotteries; the extensions of mobile telephony licences.

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The X-generation

WITH echoes from childhood curiosity and wonder, the X-Dream Festival, that aims to provoke the imagination of young artists, returns for the third consecutive year.  

Where fantasy and reality become one, this year’s edition has grown to have a strong European dimension, offering the possibility of dialogue and exchange between artists of various art forms. All the action is set to begin on Friday at the ARTos Foundation in Nicosia with an exhibition entitled Europe Timespace. 

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UK growth slows to crawl, austerity to persist

10:52 BRITAIN’S coalition government unveiled sharply lower economic growth forecasts today and said it would take much longer than hoped to wipe out its deficit, meaning tough austerity measures would extend beyond the next election due in 2015.

Finance Minister George Osborne, in one of two major annual economic set pieces, warned the British economy risked getting dragged into recession if the eurozone debt crisis was not solved.

“If the rest of Europe heads into recession it may prove hard to avoid one here in the UK,” he told parliament.

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To let two super luxury…

To let two super luxury appartments 190m2 each, consisting of three bedrooms en-suite,state of the art kitchen,stunning views ,in one of the most prestigious locations of Nicosia at 2,Bellapais street Strovolos near the American Embassy

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