Daily Archives: August 9, 2012

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Forget about the smiling. Speaking Greek would be more useful

‘We have the smile of satisfaction, happiness, success; the smile of fun, hospitality and service. There are so many different smiles but they all start from yours. Join the change of hospitality. Show the brighter side of Cyprus!’

This is part of a new campaign by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) to promote professionalism in all aspects of the tourist industry. Not a bad idea as our tourism industry definitely needs a major facelift and this may be a step in the right direction.

However, they seem to overlook what I, as a local, find irritating to say the least.

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AEL praised by Partizan

PARTIZAN Blegrade manager Vladimir Vermezovic was full of praise for Cyprus champions AEL, saying he ‘has not seen a team so physically superior in a long time.”

On Wednesday night, Dosa Junior fired the Limassol side into the Champions League play-off round after a tense third qualifying round tie in Belgrade despite playing for more than an hour with ten men.

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Question mark over China deal

THE POTENTIAL multi-million euro deal between the government and a Chinese investor to lease the old Larnaca airport for 50 years was brought into serious question yesterday, following revelations that the president’s top diplomat and his wife were personally involved.
Local daily Politis yesterday published a front-page report claiming that the director of President Demetris Christofias’ diplomatic office at the Presidential Palace, Marios Ieronymides, was directly involved in negotiations with the Cyprus-registered Far Eastern Phoenix (FEP) to turn the old airport into a commercial centre. It transpired yesterday that his involvement was based on “friendship” with the Chinese businessman behind the company, Yang Qi.

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Our View: Politicians always quick to criticise but slow to act

REPORTS that the man suspected of raping a 10-year-old boy last week was out on bail, awaiting trial on charges of attempted child abuse that allegedly took place last year, caused public outrage. If he had been remanded in custody until his trial the Palestinian boy would have been spared the devastatingly traumatic experience he suffered last week, it was pointed out.
People, understandably, asked why a suspected paedophile that had done time for manslaughter had been granted bail, and slammed the judge’s decision. Police also said that the granting of bail was up to the judge who had the final decision on the matter. But did the prosecution object to bail being granted? If it had, then the judge’s decision would indeed be difficult to defend.

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Seven, including two police officers, arrested for loansharking

POLICE yesterday arrested seven people – including two of their own – in connection with a single case of threat-enforced loan-sharking in which a Nicosia man was required to pay between 10 and 20 per cent interest per month.
It appears the man was caught in a vicious circle of borrowing from one suspect to pay the other while in the meantime threatened and asked to transfer property to repay his dues.
Two of the suspects who loaned the man money at extortionate interest rates were police officers who are now facing a disciplinary investigation – beyond the criminal case they are implicated in.
The Nicosia district court remanded the officers and one other suspect in custody for four days. The other three will spend three days in custody.

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Ancient amulets for toddlers found on Yeronisos

ARCHEOLOGISTS digging a small island off Cyprus’ western coast have discovered amulets bearing male names, believed to have been worn by male toddlers over 2,000 years ago, it was announced yesterday.
The artefacts were found on the island of Yeronisos, or Holy Island, near Peyia, an important place of pilgrimage during the later Hellenistic period – 325-58 BC – when worshippers crossed the waters to pray at its sanctuary of the god Apollo.

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Ryanair officially suspends Larnaca flights

LOW-COST Ryanair yesterday finally confirmed that it would be suspending flights to and from Larnaca for the winter period starting in November.
It said they would resume for summer 2013. The summer season usually begins on March 30. The move to suspend came following weeks of unsuccessful negotiations with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) to keep the four Larnaca flights running.
Since 2010 Ryanair has been flying to four secondary European airports from Larnaca; Dusseldorf Weeze, Barcelona Girona, Bologna and Brussels Charleroi, and set up a hub in Paphos earlier this year from where it operates 15 destinations.

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Island’s airports will handle one million people this month

DESPITE THE financial crisis people still appear to be travelling in their droves with over one million passengers expected to use the island’s airports this month, according to Hermes spokesman Adamos Aspris.
“From August 1st to the 31st,  around 730,000 people will use Larnaca airport and around 300,000 will use Paphos airport,” said Aspris yesterday.
Aspris said for the whole of August, over 4,500 flights would arrive and depart from Larnaca airport, while more than 1,700 would arrive and depart from Paphos. Around 1,600 of the total flights will be chartered.

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Footballers’ gripe ‘borderline racist’

CYPRUS’ football authorities yesterday questioned the intention of the island’s player association (PASP), which threatened the national team with a boycott if three recently naturalised foreign nationals were called to the squad.
The football association (CFA) said PASP’s reaction was borderline racist and urged it to withdraw the measure “if it was truly interested in the welfare of Cypriot footballers and the national team.”
PASP said on Tuesday they had nothing against their three colleagues but they were concerned about the future of local players who have become a rare sight in Cypriot stadiums in recent years.
“The (PASP) announcement touches the boundary of racism and creates reasonable questions as to the true intentions of PASP,” a CFA statement said.

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Cyprus in distress? No, the flag’s just upside down

WHILE CYPRIOTS around the world celebrated the country’s first ever Olympic medal courtesy of sailor Pavlos Kontides, Cyprus’ honorary consulate in Slovenia was flying the flag upside down, a traditional signal of distress, particularly in shipping although it is rarely used any more.
A member of the UK-based Cypriot Student Front took a photograph of the upside down Cyprus flag in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on Tuesday, the day after Kontides won a silver medal in the men’s laser competition.
The Cyprus Mail called the Cypriot ambassador in Slovenia, Costas Leontiou, who runs a small embassy in Ljubljana, to search for any signs of distress.  

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