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Pressure mounts after latest downgrade

 

AMID mounting speculation that Cyprus may as early as this weekend apply to the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) for financial support, the government yesterday kept its cards close to its chest, with the spokesman repeating that the administration is “exploring various options.”

“No one can rule out the possibility of turning to the (European) support mechanism. But the situation remains fluid, we are working toward various directions,” government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou told newsmen yesterday.

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Steeper fines for wayward drivers

THE HOUSE last night passed a law regulating the vast majority of speeding and drink driving offences through on-the-spot fines.

The law enables police to issue a fine on the spot where the speed limit has been exceeded by up to 75 per cent.  But speed junkies who floor it and go more than 75 per cent above the speed limit will not be fined and will automatically go to court. This applies to driving both within town limits as well as on the motorway.

What’s new is a graduated fining system for speeding and for drink driving. For speeds between 100km/h and 130km/h, violators are fined €1 per km/h over the limit; €2 per km/h for speeds between 131km/h to 150 km/h; and €3 per km/h for speeds between 151 km/h and 175 km/h.

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Malas ‘ticks all AKEL boxes’ for candidate

RULING PARTY AKEL is considering backing Health Minister Stavros Malas in next February’s presidential elections, reports suggested yesterday.  

According to yesterday’s Alithia, AKEL’s political bureau has decided to propose non-party member Malas at the central committee’s meeting next Wednesday which if approved, will be presented before a national party conference set for July 22.  

At a meeting held on June 2, the political bureau decided along with President Demetris Christofias that Malas was the man for the job, said the paper. 

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New obstacles to visa-free travel to the US

SECURITY requirements allowing visa-free travel to the US may clash with legislation protecting personal data, Justice Minister Loucas Louca said yesterday. 

“We are looking into potential problems relating to the protection of personal data and how we can resolve them,” Louca said.

Cyprus wants to join the US’s visa waiver programme so that its citizens can travel there for tourism or business for up to 90 days by taking a few minutes to apply online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) rather than have to apply for a full visa.

ESTA forms are used by citizens of countries included in the visa waiver programme. 

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AKEL accuses MPs of vested interests when it comes to gaming law

RULING AKEL’s general secretary, Andros Kyprianou, yesterday accused “certain parliamentarians” of deliberately delaying approval of a bill regulating gambling, “to serve certain interests”.

Speaking on the radio, Kyprianou said the bill – which will be used to close down all the so-called “online casinos”, which are currently operating due to lack of a legal framework – was all the more demanded now that the UEFA European Football Championship was going on.

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NHS could be up and running by 2016

 

HEALTH Minister Stavros Malas told incredulous legislators yesterday that he would ask the cabinet to approve a proposal on the National Health System (NHS) that would see the scheme up and running by 2016.

Approval by the cabinet would kickstart a tenders’ procedure to set up an integrated IT system that would make this possible.

Deputies yesterday grilled Malas and Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly on whether the government could effectively implement an NHS.

DISY’s Stella Kyriakidou wanted to know what will happen in case the NHS failed, DIKO’s Athina Kyriakidou said she could not understand how the build-operate-transfer (BoT) model works and the head of the health committee, DISY deputy, Costas Costantinou asked if unions agreed on all terms.

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Woman in coma after mistakenly drinking Lannate

A 27-YEAR-OLD Romanian woman who was admitted to Nicosia General Hospital on Wednesday consumed the poisonous pesticide Lannate thinking it was a weight loss drink.

The woman’s condition is still critical.

Police are investigating the possibility that somebody may have planted the poison in her drink. However a witness account from a friend who was with her at a beauty salon in Nicosia, said she saw the woman dissolve a white powder into her drink and a few minutes later she lost consciousness.

According to state broadcaster police found the small bag containing the Lannate but did not find more of the substance.

 

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‘Cyprus wants to buy Israeli gas as stopgap’

CYPRUS plans to initiate talks with companies with a concession in the Israeli gas field of Tamar, but also with the Israeli government, for bringing natural gas to the island perhaps as early as next year, Commerce Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said yesterday.

He made the comments on the sidelines of the Cypriot-Greek Oil and Gas 2012 Summit held in Larnaca.

During a meeting with his Israeli counterpart in Tel Aviv this week, Sylikiotis proposed that Israel should consider the idea of Cyprus buying Israeli gas as part of the upgrading of cooperation between the two countries. An initiative for laying a power supply cable between Israel and Cyprus is already undergoing advanced feasibility studies by Israel Electric Corporation.

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