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Napa stunned by deadly mafia-style shootings

 

 

Murder squad detectives were last night trying to establish the motive for the horrific gangland-style ambush which left five men – three Cypriots and two Romanians – dead in the centre of Ayia Napa early yesterday.

Paramedics and police were called to the scene shortly after 3.45am, with medics trying to resuscitate one of the men, who was rushed to Paralimni hospital, but he died on route. The other four were already dead.

The killings, unprecedented for Cyprus occurred on a side street in the heart of Ayia Napa’s night club scene, near the popular Russian Red Square Bar and Aqua Club.

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‘I saw a man with blood coming out of his mouth’

 

A MIDDLE-AGED man living in an apartment near the murder scene, who asked not to be named, told the Sunday Mail how he awoke just minutes after the shooting to find the area in chaos.

“I did see a man with blood coming out of his mouth; he was one of those in the car, many people saw it,” said the resident who did not want to be named. “There were people going home from bars and clubs. I have lived here for many years and nothing this bad has ever happened.”

The clubs in Ayia Napa close around 4am, but many remain open till 7am so the area at the time of the shooting was still busy.

A British teenage girl that works in the resort described how the news spread soon after the incident through the still open clubs and ‘after party’ bars.

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‘Illegal’ street art promoting peace

 

CAN art change the world? Perhaps not, but it can trigger discussions that might, according to French artist JR, who shot to fame with his “illegal” street art exhibitions in places as far apart as Brazil and Palestine.  

JR’s work has now come to Cyprus in the form of the Inside Out Project, which will see photographed portraits of Cypriots and people from 20 other countries pasted around the old town of Nicosia later this year. 

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Great care shown by hotel

I wish to thank the Palm Beach Hotel, Larnaca, for the great care they showed to my 90 year-old mother-in-law, Mrs Muriel Nicholsby, who was rushed by the hotel porter, Lakis, free of charge, to Larnaca Hospital where she was treated for very high fever. It is indeed an occasion where I can say I feel proud to be Cypriot. The hospital staff were very caring and the facilities excellent!

Thank you All at Palm Beach and Larnaca  hospital 

 

Marie Parisinou-Nicholsby, UK

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Cyprus has already spent its gas revenues

When countries like Spain are getting €100 billion in support, it’s hard to get excited about the mere €4 billion that Cyprus is rumoured to be looking for. And, with the recent huge gas find, it’s tempting to feel that everything will be okay. However, there is an interesting financial calculation that might come as a shock.

In terms of its loans, Cyprus recently borrowed €2.5 billion from Russia. Under consideration is another €4 billion or so from the EU (with conditions) or Russia or China (without conditions). The total is €6.5 billion, or, at current exchange rates, about USD$8 billion. I’m converting to dollars because gas prices are given in dollars.

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Ten years later, some movement on crematoria

At last I have some information on the progress of the Government’s deliberations about crematoria in Cyprus.   Recently the Law Commissioner’s Office handed to the Ministry of the Interior a Paper relating to this issue.  It consists of 58 pages of highly detailed analysis of the necessary administration to be taken in to account were a Bill to be prepared for publication.  Only 14 pages were possible to translate immediately into English but it is quite evident that a great deal of exhaustive detail has been examined and the comprehensive minutiae to which attention has been given is truly impressive.  I have written to the Law Commissioner to congratulate her, deservedly, on a very fine piece of work.

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Don’t simply follow someone’s instructions over the telephone

A person called claiming to be from ‘Windows support’. He described how they had picked up errors from my computer and that hackers were hacking into my computer. He also provided my name, telephone number and physical address 

All of what he was saying was setting off alarm bells. Fortunately I work with computer. When I pressed him about how he had my details he kept saying my computer was registered with ‘Windows’. (Nowhere in Microsoft Windows are you required to enter a physical address).

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Tick, tock, Mr President

IF YOU are reading this at 10am, Sunday morning, you may be interested to know that at this time, we have 158 hours left to find the €1.8 billion for the recapitalisation of the Popular Bank. 

We had 278 hours left, on Tuesday morning when Finance Minister Vasos Shiarly met hacks and announced the start of the countdown, which seemed a rather weird thing to do. Here was the finance minister, who should have sorted the matter out weeks, if not months, ago, advertising the fact that he was running out of time.

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Our View: Russia do us a favour and refuse a loan

NOTHING could make the Christofias government abandon its embarrassingly amateurish approach of dealing with the worst economic crisis to have hit the country. This amateurishness, the trademark of its four years in office, has been on display again in its effort to secure a loan from Russia.

On Thursday Russia’s deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said that no formal request had been made by Cyprus for financial assistance. “I have not yet seen them approach us, there is only talk in newspapers,” said Storchak who signed off the €2.5 billion loan Cyprus received last December. 

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