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Man accused of shooting Hadjicostis says he’s innocent

THE MAN accused of pulling the trigger of the gun that killed media boss Andis Hadjicostis yesterday proclaimed his innocence while coming under fire by the prosecution at Nicosia criminal court.
The prosecution claimed that Gregoris Xenofontos, one of the four people charged with the murder of Hadjicostis in January 2010, had set up the hit and had allegedly told people he would be the one watching the victim’s residence as he was familiar with the place.
“I never watched that place and I did not commit murder,” Xenofontos said yesterday.

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Worrying violations revealed after driving clampdown

OVER 2,000 motorists were booked by police – the majority for speeding – during a three-day campaign, the force said yesterday.
Police said the island-wide campaign, between Friday and Sunday, netted 2,041 offenders with most, 891, caught speeding.
Around 150 drivers were booked for drink driving, 220 drivers and passengers for not using safety belts and 781 for other traffic offences.  
In just one night – Saturday – Limassol police reported 270 motorists for various offences.
They included 106 drivers caught speeding, 87 not wearing safety belts, and 15 for driving with expired road tax and MOT.
Police said one in seven drivers breathalysed were found to be inebriated.

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Marcoullis pledges action on crumbling monastery

WHO IS to blame for the latest standstill in efforts to renovate the historic Apostolos Andreas Monastery, is less important than pushing ahead with its renovation, Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis said yesterday.
Journalists asked Marcoullis to comment on recent developments which are impeding renovation efforts at the monastic complex in occupied Karpasia, at the end of a discussion on Cyprus’ recent presidency of the council of the EU.
“I am not going to rush in to blame anyone; our effort is to continue the ministry’s collaboration with the church, the technical committee and the United Nations Development Programme,” Marcoullis said.
The Archbishop recently blamed the bicommunal technical committee assigned to protect the island’s cultural heritage.

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Three times everything can be too much: families with triplets ask for aid

FAMILIES with triplets are demanding greater state assistance to help them cope with their increased expenses in a time of austerity.
During a get-to-know-you gathering held on Sunday at the ‘Dreamland Playground’ at Tersefanou village, the Association of Families of Triplets said the state has effectively neglected them.
Head of the association Vangelis Malas said that all the children’s expenses – milk, diapers – were triple for them compared to the average family. In addition, caring for triplets means more stress, and less sleep at night, which impacts parents’ work performance.
“The built-up stress is so intense that it can often lead to divorce,” Malas said.

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Hard Rock’s battle of the bands

NICOSIA’S Hard Rock Café has announced that the closing date for applications from bands wishing to participate in the international music competition Hard Rock Rising is Monday, January 21.
Participating bands will fight for the ultimate prize, which is participating in a world tour, recording their own album, creating a video clip as part of Hard Rock Records and receiving new equipment.

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Can’t sing won’t sing

A SLEW of talent competitions have hit the island in recent years, but now organisers in Paphos have come up with a unique idea.
“Can’t sing, won’t sing” is aimed at people who dream of singing but haven’t got the nerve or experience to sing in front of an audience.
The ten week event is being organised by local forum, the Paphos People, and will see ten contestants being taught how to sing and perform in front of an audience.
The competition will start on February 10 and run for ten weeks with a live show every Sunday at the Friends Bar in Paphos.
“This is strictly for non professionals – people with no singing experience at all, not even karaoke,” said spokeswoman for the event, Oxana Strelnikova.

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Foreign ministry followed tough schedule during presidency

THE FOREIGN ministry was central to the success of Cyprus’ six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union, the country’s top diplomat said yesterday.
Speaking at a news conference taking stock of the ministry’s actions during the presidency, Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis said her department was extremely active externally, in terms of contacts with non-EU countries, and internally in deliberations with EU institutions.
Marcoullis said Cyprus received praise from both the EU High Representative and the EU Enlargement Commissioner for fulfilling its role as honest broker.

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Free clothes

THANKS to the kind contribution of individuals, organisations, and companies, second-hand clothes are now available for anyone who needs them. The clothes can be collected from the Future World Centre premises between 10am-4pm every day.
The Future World Centre have announced they have clothes for children of all ages (newborn to teenagers), men and women. The Centre can be found at Promitheos Street 5, floor 1, central Nicosia.
For more information on availability of clothes call 22873820. 

Action Global Communications
Kondilaki , 1090 Nicosia
Tel: +357 22 818884
Fax: +357 22 873634
www.actionprgroup.com

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With no end in sight, Syria focus waning

The most frustrating part of covering the Lebanese civil war (1975-90) was that after a while there was nothing left to say. Syria is starting to feel just the same. It’s horrible, but atrocities are a daily event in all civil wars.
It’s not going to stop any time soon, but you can only say that so many times before people get bored and move on. Except for the people who actually live near Syria’s borders, the audience for “news” about Syria has already moved on.
Consider, for example, last week’s exhaustive study by the United Nations Human Rights Commission concluding that 60,000 Syrians have been killed in the civil war since March, 2011.

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