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Our view: E-government would save time and money

MORE THAN 778,000 enquiries were received by the six Citizens’ Service Centres last year, said Greens deputy Giorgos Perdikis to illustrate the failure of the state services to make the big leap into the computer age. “Our public service is electronically illiterate and obsolete,” he said and claimed that technology used in the private sector for the last 20 years had not yet been introduced to state services.

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Still trying to avoid bailout

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias said yesterday Cyprus is still trying to avoid an EU bailout as a June 30 deadline to recapitalise the island’s second-biggest lender is approaching fast.

At the same time, the government is waiting for Russia’s response to a loan request for €4.0 billion, which, reports said, would come from Russian President Vladimir Putin himself.

“Contacts are underway at a very high level and I want to believe that these contacts will have a positive outcome,” Stavros Evagorou, ruling AKEL’s deputy parliamentary spokesman told Sigma television, without however offering more details.

Christofias told reporters last night that the outcome regarding the loan will be known soon.

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AG: we're not in the dark ages

 

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Petros Clerides yesterday defended his decision to drop charges against one of the Mari Eight, saying his job was not to satisfy the public’s sense of justice but to stick to the rule of law.

His decision on Thursday to suspend prosecution against Colonel Giorgos Georgiades has sparked outrage. But Clerides said his plan was to use Georgiades as a prosecution witness.

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Artists take over Paphos' dying commercial centre

FOR THE first time in Cyprus artists and shop owners have joined forces to lend each other a helping hand by creating a new style of gallery.

The centre of Paphos’ old town has been hard hit by the global economic crisis, with many shops lying empty and abandoned.

Two Paphos based artists have taken steps to breathe new life into the heart of the coastal town by organising an exhibition titled, “Window Art”, which will opened last night and will run for three months.

Sergis Hadgiadamos, a 37 year old Cypriot artist will share a window space in Paphos Chrysanthou Street with fellow artist and friend Yiannis Sakellis.   

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Search continues for missing Tsada woman

THE HUSBAND of a British woman from Tsada village in Paphos, who has been missing since Tuesday, yesterday spoke of his worry over her disappearance, as police vowed to continue the search.

Nancy Johnson, 73, left home to go for a walk in the area close to the house, just east of Tsada village, at around 2pm but failed to return home. Her husband George, 76, reported her missing later in the day.

 “Nancy had taken a short walk on Tuesday morning and returned home. I was taking a nap later in the day and she went out for another walk. She’s really only been doing this for the last month or so,” he told the Cyprus Mail.

According to George, Nancy suffers from memory lapses and may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

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Unsettled weather to continue over the weekend

A STORM uprooted trees, damaged the power supply and  endangered the lives of two fishermen in the Pyrgos Tylliras area on the northwest coast on Thursday night.

Fierce winds resulted in road closure in the area, and a power cut lasting several hours after numerous trees were uprooted. One tree ten metres tall fell on a house in the village.

Two fishermen who tried to approach the harbour on their boat once the storm started were forced to abandon their vessel and swim to shore instead in the rough waters.  The boat hit the rocks and was destroyed.

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Cypriot implicated in Olympics' black market ticket scam

A 44-YEAR-OLD Cypriot man, Christakis Ioannou, from Catford, London, has been charged with two counts of fraud over the sale of Olympic tickets, according to reports from the UK.

He also faces charges of money laundering in connection with the illegal sale of tickets when he appears at West London Magistrates’ court on July 4.

Ioannou is one of several people who have been implicated in a black market scandal involving the sale of Olympic tickets for up to three times their allocated price – between £20.12 sterling (€24 ) and £2,012 (€2,493). The scam was first exposed by the Sunday Times, which sent out reporters posing as buyers. So far nearly 200 people have been arrested for back market ticketing in the UK.

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Large families being left without benefits

THE opposition has threatened to suspend a law that introduced income criteria for child benefits as lengthy application processing delays have left some families without the needed assistance.

The scope was to better target allowances and save money.

Main opposition DISY MP Efthimios Diplaros called on the government to pay the allowances immediately to the families who are faced with huge problems.

“If this does not happen in the immediate future, DISY’s intention is to suspend the law for at least six months so that officials … will be in a position to examine all these applications in time,” Diplaros said. 

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Five arrested for 26 kg of cannabis

FIVE PEOPLE, two Greeks, two Cypriots and a Russian with a Greek passport, were remanded for eight days yesterday by Larnaca district court in connection with the alleged importation of drugs, and possession.

They were arrested on Thursday afternoon after police discovered one of the suspects carrying 26 kilos of cannabis in a suitcase.

According to drugs squad YKAN deputy commander Panicos Stavrou, officers suspected a number of people of importing drugs and placed them under surveillance. Stavrou said one of the men arrested arrived on a flight from Greece on Thursday and was seen talking to two other people. They then got into two separate taxis and the two people he was talking to headed to one hotel and he, holding a small suitcase, to another hotel.

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