Daily Archives: August 12, 2012

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Municipalities in fight for survival

 

 FOR THE past couple of months austerity-hit municipalities have been making desperate appeals, warning they will be forced to suspend services soon, or shut down altogether, if they do not receive some kind of funding from the state.

The latest plea for help to the government and parliament came on Wednesday, following a meeting of the Union of Municipalities.

“All municipalities are at risk of closure, maybe some less than others, but the general message is SOS,” union chairman and Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos said.

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Our View: Kontides, a role model on how to avoid endemic mediocrity

PAVLOS KONTIDES, Cyprus’ first-ever winner of an Olympic medal, was given a hero’s welcome on his return to the island on Thursday. He was greeted at the airport by the education minister and then attended a party in his honour at the Limassol Nautical Club, where he had learned to sail. On Friday he went to the presidential palace where he was honoured by President Christofias and then returned to Limassol for more celebrations.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: Dear comrade, of course we will remember you

LACK of measure has always been one of our strong points as a country. We can always be trusted to go over-the-top whether we are quarrelling, protesting or celebrating.

Given this inclination, nobody could have been surprised by the OTT welcome and celebrations held for our first-ever Olympic medal winner Pavlos Kontides and broadcast live by our state broadcaster. You’d have thought he had just liberated Kyrenia given the fanfare and the laurels – quite literally – placed on his head.

This is not meant in any way to diminish his amazing achievement of which we are all proud and for which we would like to congratulate him personally. This is a 22-year-old kid that took on the best in the world and finished second – a super feat by any standards.

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Pensioner and motorcyclist killed

TWO PEOPLE – a 29-year-old man and 80-year-old woman – were killed yesterday in separate road accidents in Limassol and Larnaca while a third is in critical condition following an accident on Friday night. Three people have been arrested in connection with the accidents. 

The 29-year-old was killed riding his high-powered motorcycle without a helmet, while the pensioner was hit by a car trying to cross the road on her way to church. A third man was seriously injured when his car hit a rescue truck parked in a dimly lit area.   

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Neophytou calls for probe into China deal

DISY NUMBER two Averof Neophytou yesterday called on the government to launch a disciplinary investigation into former head of the president’s diplomatic office, Marios Ieronymides, regarding his involvement in a potential multimillion euro project to lease the old Larnaca airport. 

Speaking to CyBC yesterday, he said Ieronymides’ involvement in negotiations between Hermes Airport, the state and potential Chinese investor Yang Qi either as a friend or state representative most likely violated public service laws. 

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Popular Bank restructuring to start next month

THE NEW chairman of troubled state-controlled Popular Bank yesterday warned that the bank would implement a new restructuring plan at the start of next month which could include closing local branches and staff cuts  

Speaking to state broadcaster, Andreas Phillipou, who replaced outgoing chairman of the board Michalis Sarris on Thursday, said the Popular Bank will begin implementing its restructuring plan as soon as KPMG, the auditor enlisted to draw up the plan, completes its work by the end the month. 

The plan will be based on reducing the size of the bank, which will likely mean reductions in staff  and activity, he said, adding that any layoffs will be implemented as painlessly as possible. 

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Suspected drugs’ death

STATE PATHOLOGIST Sophoclis Sophocleous yesterday carried out an autopsy on a 29-year-old man found dead in his car on Friday. 

He has sent samples of the man’s blood and urine for tests to shed light on the cause of death. 

At around 3pm on Friday, a member of the public alerted police to the fact that a man appeared unconscious sitting in the driver’s seat of a car parked in a field in Nicosia. 

On arrival, police found the 29-year-old Georgian national dead in the car with an empty syringe lying on his stomach.  

 

 

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Heroin found

MEMBERS of the Drugs Squad (YKAN) reportedly found a 1kg of heroin in a nylon bag in an open field in Nicosia yesterday. 

At around 8am, police were informed that a suspicious-looking nylon bag was lying in an open space in the capital. YKAN members went to the scene where they found the nylon bag. Inside were two cylindrical packages containing a beige powder believed to be heroin, weighing about 1kg. 

The Drugs Squad is continuing investigations into the confiscated bag. 

 

 

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Petrol price hike

THE PRICE of petrol has shot up by around 12 cents a litre in the last 20 days. According to state broadcaster yesterday, the latest price hikes were announced by Petrolina and Lukoil. In the most recent rise Petrolina announced an increase of 4.0 cents for unleaded petrol while Lukoil announced a 1.5 cents increase in unleaded petrol (95 Octane) and 4.0 cents for unleaded petrol (98 Octane). 

 

 

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Weapons found

 

A 39-YEAR-OLD man from Larnaca was arrested on Friday in connection with charges of the illegal possession of offensive weapons.  

Acting on a tip-off, police secured a judicial warrant to conduct a search of the 39-year-old’s home and car where they found and confiscated three fake pistols, two knives, a black belt carrying a foldable baton and a pair of handcuffs, a sling, two more batons, and three walkie talkies.  

 

 

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