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Little sign of festive cheer

 

THE CHRISTMAS lights are on, though in less abundance than last year, and the streets are crowded, but fewer and fewer people are willing to spend their money, yet some shopkeepers remain hopeful for today and tomorrow. 

Colourful window displays may create a warm and cosy atmosphere as they try to lure in custom, but it is the shops which have lowered their prices which obviously have the best chance of making sales. 

Nicosia’s Ledra Street has been packed all week – the numbers bumped up considerably yesterday with lengthy traffic jams snaking through the municipal market area at Ochi roundabout – but other than for food an bargains, people weren’t buying.

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Our View: Cyprus debt sustainability complicating bailout

 

PRESIDENT Christofias may have agreed to the memorandum of understanding and the legislature put this agreement into force by approving a long list of bills in the last week, but there is still appears a long way to go before the lenders release funds. Approval of the bailout is not just a formality, as some have suggested, but will require a lot more effort and planning on our part to reach this goal, as many complications have surfaced. Nothing could be simple or straightforward when a host of parties, with different interests are part of the decision-making process.

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Tales from the Coffeeshop: The founding fathers of disaster economics

 

THIS IS the season of good cheer goodwill to all men so our establishment was seriously considering closing down until it was over as the idea of adopting the Christmas spirit does not appeal to us. Everyone should stick to what they do best and showing goodwill to all men, I am not ashamed to admit, has never been our establishment’s strong point.

So if you were hoping for a Christmas edition that showed goodwill to all men including the incompetent comrade Tof and his Akelite poodles please stop reading now if you do not want to be disappointed. I will mention the one positive thing I could say about his presidency, to avoid accusations of anti-Tof bias – our dams are full of water.

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School land lease divides former friendly neighbours

FOR MANY years the English School and Junior School were friendly neighbours, sharing a prime piece of extensive, forested real estate in the centre of Nicosia, but that friendship has turned sour with one school accusing the other of engaging in a vicious land grab.
The increasingly acrimonious falling out started in June when the Junior School signed a lease agreement with the government to the tune of €1000 a month for 99 years for a piece of land next to their school grounds to extend their premises. Unfortunately the land the Junior School coveted and signed the lease for houses the recently refurbished English School Old Boys and Girls Association (ESOBGA) club house.

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A Boxing Day dip for charity

FUNDRAISERS will brave the winter seas in Paphos to take part in a Boxing Day swim to raise money for local charities.
Supporters of Paphos-based Paphiakos and CCP animal welfare charity will take a 15 minute dip in the sea on December 26, aiming to match last year’s total which raised 2,000 euros for the charity.
“This is the third year that Paphiakos has done the swim and it’s growing in support every year. The first year it was just me and last year there were 15 of us,” said Suzanne Ashmore, the public relations manager of the charity said.

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New blog names and shames selfish drivers

A NEW blog has been set up to ‘name’ and shame selfish drivers who park in disabled spaces, on double yellow lines and pavements or decide they need two parking spaces to protect their fancy vehicles from scratches.
The Cyprus Drivers blog was created for the purpose of taking photos of offenders and posting them online. Two weeks after its creation, it already has 282 views.
Under the pseudonym ‘Andreas Halloumis’, the blog creator spoke to the Sunday Mail and explained that the idea came about because bad parking is not a one or two case phenomenon but endemic.

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AKEL even mess up when they try to apportion blame

THE POLITICAL audacity of President Christofias and the AKEL leadership scales new heights every week, not to mention the utter contempt they show for our intelligence.
One would have expected that considering the complete chaos they have caused with their irresponsibility in the last five years, they would have kept quiet, seeing as though they do not have the decency to apologise. But listening to them every day, I cannot believe what I am hearing.

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Presidents of Europe, beggars and oilmen

IN MAY 2004 Cyprus acceded to the European Union, together with nine other countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary and Malta. At that time we were the jewel in the crown of these new members. We were the financially strong and affluent.
Eight years on, those nine countries are managing to survive albeit with some difficulties, but without memoranda. Unfortunately we, the strong ones of the past, have been running around, from Moscow to Beijing, unsuccessfully asking for money before ending up on the inhospitable path of the troika.

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Reward performers and weed out sluggards

BUSINESS is much tougher during bad times and therefore each of your managers and employees must be 100 per cent committed to the business. Since you are facing challenges and you have to fight for customers every step of the way you cannot have anyone in your staff that is less than 100 per cent committed or who does not understand the consequences of underperformance in tough times. Those who don’t get it when survival is at stake will never get it. Their presence “poisons the well” for everyone else and puts the business’ survival at risk.

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