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EU presidency a boon for hotels

 

HOTELS in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos are preparing for Cyprus’ EU presidency with up to 40,000 guests expected over the next six months providing a welcome boost to the recession-hit hospitality industry. 

Even though there is still a lot of uncertainty and confusion over the exact number of guests individual hotels will be called on to host, they say they are generally prepared to deal with the inflow.

Yet with just two weeks to go until the presidency stint starts, none of the hotels asked could provide specific figures on exact occupancy rates, with some expressing concern over the lack of detail.

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Tales from the Coffeshop: Comrade renders stupidity invincible

MOTHER Russia is reportedly set to come to the rescue of her most trusted representative in the EU and banker of her plutocrats, for the second time in less than a year.

Another mega-loan will allegedly be given to Kyproulla in order to re-capitalise Popular Bank and finance the caring comrade’s drive to safeguard the privileges of the public parasites (also known as the ‘ordinary person’) that could have been curtailed by the dastardly neo-liberals of the EU.

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Our View: Future of Cyprus’ economy could be in hands of a crude liar

TODAY’S parliamentary elections in Greece are the most important in the country’s history as the outcome is set to have a big bearing on its future. Unfortunately, the outcome could also have far-reaching effects on the future of the EU, the euro-zone and the European financial system. It could also deal a devastating blow to Cyprus’ banking system, which has loans worth €22 billion in Greece, and economy that would need many years to recover.

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Hares killed by disease found for first time in Cyprus

HUNTERS have found dead hares in all parts of the island that died from a disease that has been seen here for the first time.

A number of hares that died from the fatal disease pseudotuberculosis were found in all districts of the island recently except for Famagusta, according to an announcement by the Game Fund.

The Game Fund located a number of dead hares during the January to April 2012 hunting period. From these hares around six were good enough to conduct a post-mortem on, from which it was discovered they died from pseudotuberculosis. 

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Police abilities put to the test

 A TOTAL of 450 police officers tested their ability to handle situations ranging from hostages and terrorism to a visitor’s car breakdown yesterday in Limassol.

Cyprus takes over the presidency of the EU council from Denmark on July 1 and the police need to ensure visitors will be safe. 

“Police officers did not know the exercise’s scenarios so that we could test their readiness,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.  

       He said that between 8am and 6pm the police dealt with a scenario involving suspicious cars; breakdown of EU officials’ cars; devising alternative routes; suspicious objects in public space; terrorism; and hostage situations. 

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Massive police operation in Larnaca

POLICE conducted a wide-scale operation starting on Friday and ending yesterday in Larnaca to combat gambling, noise pollution and copyright infringement.

According to police spokesman Andreas Angelides, during the early hours of yesterday police raided a premises that was set up as a casino. They arrested 16 people and charged them in writing in connection with gathering in order to gamble illegally. They were later released. Police seized from the premises 16 tables, four roulette machines, a large number of cards, $3,605 (€2,852), ?80 sterling (€99), 5,200 Israeli Shekel (€1,068), a cheque for €100 and €6,000 in cash. 

Angelides said they had been hidden in places within the walls, and were “evidence that supports the offence of gambling”.

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Woman dies after giving birth

A WOMAN died on Friday night at Limassol General Hospital following complications during the birth of her first child.

Yianna Nicolaou, a 30-year-old police officer, gave birth to a healthy baby boy by Caesarean at a Paphos clinic earlier in the day but suffered complications so was transferred to Paphos General Hospital and then to Limassol General Hospital due to the seriousness of her condition. She died there at 11pm.

“The baby came out fine, everything was fine and then something happened and there were some problems, she went into cardiac arrest many times, they took her to Paphos hospital and then Limassol,” Nicolaou’s aunt told state broadcaster.

“We want an investigation so we know for sure if she had a problem,” she added.

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Turkey reprimanded over circular

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule has sent a clear message to Turkey concerning Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s circular to ministries asking politicians not to take part in EU conferences chaired by ‘south Cyprus.’

Cyprus takes over the presidency next month.

Fule’s spokesman, Peter Stano emphasised that Cyprus is an internationally recognised country and a member of the EU, and that the presidency should be respected by all.

He also said that the European Council concluded last December that some of the member states were concerned by Turkey’s threats.

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More tourists

MORE tourists arrived this May compared to the same month last year, marking a 3.5 percentage point increase the state’s statistical services said.

A total of 276,781 people arrived in May – including 53,671 Russians and 16,856 Swedes – an increase of over 9,000 from May last year when 267,487 people visited.

Compared to May last year, 31.6 per cent more Russians arrived on the island and 13.8 per cent more Swedes did. Last May, 40,772 Russians visited as did 14,813 Swedes. 

More Germans also arrived marking a 3.7 per cent increase May to May from 14,445 to 14,985. 

Fewer Brits visited, with a total 113,289 Brits visiting this May, a 5.4 per cent decrease from the 119,752 who visited last May.

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UNFICYP budget

THE United Nations’ General Assembly should set the budget for the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) next week, reports said yesterday.

The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) said the general assembly will be called to approve a yearly budget of about 54.6 million US dollars (€43.2m) as of July 1.

The UNFICYP six-month mandate expires on July 19. CNA said it would be renewed by July 13 by the Security Council after it receives a report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

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