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Opposition pounces on ‘irresponsible populism’

 

OPPOSITION parties yesterday accused President Demetris Christofias of irresponsible populism a day after his televised news conference, in which he played down the possible ramifications of Cyprus missing its 2012 deficit target.

“We will fight to reach 2.5 per cent but if we don’t, it would not be the end of the world,” he said, as he pledged that as long as he was president there would be no new measures affecting workers, nor would civil servants’ retirement bonuses and pensions be touched.

Main opposition DISY said Christofias appeared as an indecisive president who cannot govern. 

He is simply waiting for his term to finish, DISY said.

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Our View: The humour in disastrous decisions

IF THE economy was not in such bad shape, if the state was not so strapped for cash and if the banks were not in such deep trouble, we would all have been laughing at what we have been witnessing in our country in the last few months. The bizarre behaviour of ministers combined with the government being totally out of touch with what is happening to the country would have been a constant source of amusement for the public. 

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: President’s red line: saving the parasites

THE COMRADE president underlined his unwavering commitment, during his televised news conference on Friday evening, to keep the country on its course to the economic catastrophe he has made the objective of his administration.

Sighs of relief could be heard all over the country, because there had been fears that he might have lost his resolve and bowed to pressure from Brussels to take measures to reduce the wages of the best-paid parasites in the world.

He emphatically assured the public parasites, that they had nothing to fear, because there would be no more tinkering with workers’ rights. As long as he was president their retirement bonus, pensions and salaries would not be touched, “full-stop”. 

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Coral Bay sand will be reclaimed from the sea

WORK ON restoring 10,000 cubic metres of lost sand to Coral Bay beach in Paphos will begin on Wednesday, authorities say.

SEMESKO Ltd will undertake the project which is due to be completed within the next two weeks at a cost of around €58,000.

Peyia councillor, Nikos Konikkos, who is also head of the beaches committee,  said the beach loses between 10,000 and 20,000 cubic metres of sand a year to the sea but the past winter had taken its toll and some 10,000 cubic metres was now deposited in the water some 150 metres off shore.

“This happens every 10-12 years outside of the normal movement of the sand,” he said.

“But this year was far worse and it needs urgent intervention,” he added.

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New US ambassador

AMERICAN diplomat John Koenig has been selected by the White House to serve as the next US ambassador in Nicosia.

The Cypriot government has already been notified so that it can proceed with issuing an approval of the appointment.

Koenig served as political advis?r in Cyprus (1994-97), in the US Embassy in Athens (1997-2000) and as Consul General in Thessaloniki (2000-2003).

In September 2009 he was appointed Political Advisor to the Commander, Allied Joint Force Command in Naples.

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Why don’t we want our piece of the moon?

CYPRUS is taking the backseat in reclaiming a gift of a rather otherworldly nature. For when it comes to the island’s very own piece of the moon, the government has made little effort to get back its lunar morsel now that it has turned up decades after it first vanished.

Back in the 1970s, nearly 270 moon rocks were scooped up by US astronauts and then given to countries around the world and their representative governments by the Nixon administration out of an act of goodwill. Each rock, encased in acrylic, was proudly mounted on a plaque with the intended recipient’s flag. 

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The collapse of Paphos murder case

ATTORNEY-GENERAL, Petros Clerides, is appealing a decision by Paphos Criminal Court on a murder case for which the only suspect – a former policeman – was exonerated last week.

Clerides was not prepared to comment further, but the Supreme Court does not examine the correctness of the court’s decision but the correctness of the procedure followed to reach that decision. 

Neophytos Constantinou, a retired policeman in his mid-sixties, was the only suspect for the premeditated murder this February of Yovkon Ivan Krastev, the Bulgarian fiancé of Tasoula Constantinou, his former daughter-in-law. 

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A cycle revolution

A transport revolution has quietly taken place in Nicosia as an existing cycle path along the Pedieos river has recently been extended to link the suburbs of Lakatamia all the way to Prodromos park near the town centre.

For thousands of Nicosia residents the extension means cycling is now – finally – a viable, tranquil way of getting to work, travelling into town or just enjoying a favourite pastime. While cyclists may still have to risk their lives on busy roads in their immediate vicinity, for many of them access to the cycle path is just a few streets away.

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North’s new movement aims to save a dying community

A lot of people are wondering what Kudret Ozersay is up to. And when Cypriots wonder, rumours begin. 

Hearing that he had formed a “social movement” using networking websites Facebook and Twitter calling for political change in the breakaway state, many have predicted the 39 year-old legal expert is about to quit his job as special representative to the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervish Eroglu and embark on a political career of his own. 

But perhaps more than speculating on what Ozersay might do with his career, people are wondering what this ambitious and highly educated Turkish Cypriot, and his growing social movement, stand for. 

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Paphos celebrations for the Queen’s diamond jubilee

BRITISH expats living in Paphos may be thousands of miles away from this weekend’s diamond jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in Britain, but they fully intend to celebrate in style.

Street parties and other events to celebrate 60 years of the queen’s reign are taking place throughout Paphos’ British expat community, the largest on the island.

Sausages are a great British favourite and Nick Chambers from the East London Sausage Company in Chlorakas has been kept busy with the celebrations for the jubilee.

He says he will have made more than three and a half thousand sausages and more than one thousand burgers by Monday.

“We’ve had a number of orders for jubilee parties taking place over the next few days in Paphos and across the island,” he said.

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