Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Manduca’s last-gasp strike wins Nicosia derby

GUSTAVO Manduca scored deep into injury time as APOEL beat Omonia 2-1 in the first game of the Cyprus playoffs at an empty GSP Stadium to pile the pressure on AEL, who dropped two points against Anorthosis in Larnaca.

The defending champions took the lead a minute into first-half stoppage time through Helder Sousa, whose shot deflected off Margaca.

Omonia leveled eleven minutes into the second half when a free-kick was played short to promising Cypriot forward Demetris Christofi who hit a great shot from distance to beat Dionisis Chiotis.

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Little help for Mari injured, House hears

 

PEOPLE who were injured in the Mari blast last July have been all but abandoned by the state, deputies at the House Defence Committee heard yesterday.

Defence Committee head Giorgos Varnava cited several cases of injured victims or their relatives who were no longer able to work after being caught up in the explosion at the Evengelos Florakis naval base in Mari, which killed 13 people.

DISY MP Andreas Michaelides said 67 people were injured in the blast, 34 of whom were National Guardsmen. Six were members of the police force, seven were employees at the nearby Vassilikos power plant, which was almost destroyed, and 20 were members of the public, he said.

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Our View: Wind farms a colossal waste of the taxpayer’s money

CYPRUS has three wind farms, which have taken the lion’s share of the funds levied through our electricity bills for renewable energy sources. Yet Cyprus was never known to have strong winds – it is no Scotland or Germany – and this has been proved by the measurements. Last year our wind farms worked at a paltry 25 per cent of capacity producing 164 MWh of electricity which was a terribly poor return on installations with 133MW capacity.

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Wheelchair granny’s underwear was stuffed with jewellery

 

A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND 83-year-old woman, underwear stuffed with jewellery, was arrested, along with three others for allegedly trying to smuggle stolen goods out of the country late on Thursday.

Three Armenian women, including the 83-year-old, and a Cypriot man, 41, were yesterday remanded for five days by the Larnaca District Court.

When she appeared in court yesterday, the 83-year-old grandmother had seemingly abandoned the use of the wheelchair and walked into the courthouse on her own.  

The four are being investigated for allegedly committing a felony, theft and the illegal possession of property.

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CyBC staff threaten more strike action if wages not paid

 

AROUND 400 CyBC staff have threatened stronger measures, following a four-hour black out on Thursday night in protest over not being paid their March wages after parliament suspended a vote approving their 2012 budget.

“We will take measures and they may be in strike form. For the moment employees will work through the weekend even though they haven’t been paid, and on Monday we’ll have a meeting at the Labour Ministry to discuss the issue,” said trade union OHO-SEK’s general secretary Andreas Elias.

Elias pointed out that not paying wages was a violation of their employment terms. “We have no other choice but to take measures,” he said, adding that it was the responsibility of the CyBC board, parliament and the government to make sure they got paid.

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Paphos hopeful Ryanair hub will take off

 

HOTELS in Paphos are already taking tourist bookings from new destinations for the coming summer season.

This increase is the result of low cost carrier Ryanair’s decision to base two aircraft at Paphos International airport, making it the airlines 50th hub, offering over a dozen new destinations from April.

Secretary of the Paphos hoteliers association, Evripides Loizides said: “We’ve seen bookings coming in from countries such as Norway and Italy, which are serviced by the airline, but it’s too early to say yet how many new customers we will gain from the Ryanair flights.”

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‘Lukoil paying the price of honesty’

 

A FUEL company caught up in an alleged petrol scam said it had nothing to do with the case and it was them who blew the whistle, which led to seven arrests so far.

Police are also seeking a former Lukoil official – dismissed three years ago — in connection with the case.

Since the scammers were busted, Lukoil has seen its customer base negatively affected, it said. 

“We reported the incidents to the police and the Commerce and Industry Ministry and asked that all necessary measures are taken,” said Lukoil Cyprus CEO Sergey Fedortsov.

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Deputies stubborn on unfreezing public posts

 

PARLIAMENT yesterday asked the government to furnish more information regarding a demand to unfreeze 646 permanent positions in the public service to fill gaping holes in the administration, particularly in the health sector.

The positions had been frozen by the opposition-dominated parliament in December during the approval of the 2012 budget.

The government wants them released so that it can hire people, mainly for the health sector, which is facing a greater need.

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CING says it’s ready to sign contract on the missing

 

THE CYPRUS Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) have reaffirmed their commitment to sign a new contract with the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) for DNA testing of remains, after appearing to go back on it just a few days ago.

“We’ve decided to sign the contract proposed to us by the CMP….the decision made by the board last night [on Thursday night] and last week, which was to sign the contract the way it is,” said CING director Dr. Philippos Patsalis yesterday.

President Demetris Christofis castigated CING on Thursday saying that despite the majority decision taken by the board to sign the new contract, the head of the board made known in parliament his own opinion instead of the board’s, which were in contradiction.

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