Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

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Deadly Djokovic batters Berdych to reach semis

Serbian superman Novak Djokovic remained firmly on course for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday after dismantling Tomas Berdych in four sets to set up a last four meeting with Spanish comeback king David Ferrer.

Showing no signs of fatigue from the grinding five-hour duel with Stanislas Wawrinka that ended in the early hours of Monday morning, Djokovic defused the big Czech’s big serve 6-1 4-6 6-1 6-4 to progress comfortably to his 11th successive grand slam semi-final.

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Archives January 22, 2013 posted by

‘Shall we stop this bleeding’

Memo to the US Embassy, to be passed on to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand regarding the tragedy in Connecticut 

I am a young Greek-American [originally from Astoria New York] who has lived in Cyprus for two decades. I am also a Democrat who has voted in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections, including primaries.

I am writing to you to express my strong demand that we all wake up to the reality we are living in regarding our lack of gun control laws. 

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Archives January 22, 2013 posted by

Our View: Transparency over assets should apply to parties as well as individuals

     MUCH HAS been made by AKEL about the disclosure of the family assets of the presidential candidates. The party’s candidate Stavros Malas was the first to disclose details of his family finances, thus giving the party the opportunity to take the moral high ground and demand that the other candidates followed suit. 

Giorgos Lillikas obliged 10 days ago, his accountant issuing a statement listing the earnings, assets and liabilities of the candidate and his wife who have assets worth about €4 million. Inevitably, there were snide remarks about Lillikas’ wealth from the AKEL camp which probably hoped to put off people with left-wing sympathies from voting for the millionaire candidate. 

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EU partners turn up heat


CYPRUS yesterday briefed its eurozone counterparts on the progress of an adjustment programme but no decision was expected on the financial assistance programme pending the total amount needed for bank recapitalisation.

At the same time, it was certain that Cyprus’ partners would turn up the heat concerning financial transparency matters, which they see as key before agreeing to a bailout, given their statements before the meeting. 

“We do not have all necessary data in order to make a decision,” said French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici before the Eurogroup meeting. He added that ministers will review the matter in depth at a later date.

He was echoed by his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schaeuble.

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Higher milk prices as cap takes effect

AS PREDICTED by consumer groups, other than supermarkets, most kiosks and bakeries were selling a litre of milk at the maximum price cap of €1.41, which came into effect yesterday.

The ceiling was set last week by the commerce ministry for a 45-day period as a means to protect consumers from hikes being imposed by farmers and pasteurisers.

The cap for wholesale milk was set at €1.32 per litre, which incorporated the rises sought by the farmers.

But the Cyprus Consumers & Quality of Life Union, which warned last week that retailers would take advantage and bring prices up to the €1.41 cap, said they had begun receiving complaints early in the morning from shoppers.

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Teacher says his salary is a ‘right’ unconnected with the job

A SECONDARY education teacher has appealed recent cuts to his salary, arguing they were unconstitutional and contrary to the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.

It was the first appeal, filed at the Supreme Court, against a series of austerity measures that were part of a preliminary agreement for Cyprus to receive a much-needed bailout.

Demosthenis Stefanides, the applicant’s lawyer, said other civil servants have also shown interest and more appeals should be expected soon.

Several civil servants have already filed appeals against a series of cuts imposed late in 2011.

In his 47-page appeal, the teacher cites seven reasons for which the reduction of his monthly salary should be reversed.

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Ayia Napa mourns sudden death of Mayor Tsokkos

THERE has been widespread shock and sadness at the news of the unexpected death of Ayia Napa mayor and hotelier Antonis Tsokkos.

According to police, the 59-year-old complained of breathing difficulties yesterday morning, but died before paramedics arrived at his home.  An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

During his time as mayor, he gained a reputation as being an articulate and accessible leader, who prided himself on having an ‘open office door’.

In the 2006 municipal elections, he beat incumbent Varvara Pericleous, who had served for 12 years.  He was elected for a second term receiving 77.72 per cent of the votes in 2011.

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‘Criminal damage’ to mosque’s walls

OFFICIALS yesterday condemned the “criminal damage” caused to an 18th century mosque in Denia village on Sunday night. 

Police are taking statements from Denia villagers as part of investigations into reports that perpetrators demolished the north and south walls of the mosque in Denia. One person was being questioned last night, reports said.

Restoration work on the mosque had only begun earlier this month. 

Visiting the site of the old mosque, Presidential Commissioner Giorgos Iacovou hinted the destruction of the mosque walls was clearly a premeditated act.

“This is a criminal act with many consequences. It is an attempt to hurt bicommunal cooperation on the protection of Cyprus’ cultural heritage,” he said. 

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Auction of confiscated state cars on hold

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Petros Clerides intervened at the last minute to save seven government vehicles from auction yesterday to pay off state debts to local landowners. 

The AG contacted the court registrar, requesting that Paphos district court give the state a few more days to find a solution to the problem of the three writs pending at the court regarding the seizure and sale of state moveable property. 

Last October, Paphians and public officials were left openmouthed by the sight of court bailiffs seizing seven vehicles belonging to the government at the behest of people owed money by the state for land appropriations it has yet to pay.

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Too-tired pilots staging EU-wide demo today

CYPRIOT pilots will today take part in a Europe-wide demonstration against proposed EU regulations on flight duty times but flights are not due to be affected.

The European Transport Workers’ Federation, which represents cabin crew members, and the European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing pilots’ unions, are organising a ‘walkout for aviation safety’, to press home their view that working hours for flight crews are lax.

Cyprus Airways pilots union PASIPY said that today multiple hubs in Europe, including Larnaca will hold a series of events in which pilots and cabin crew will participate.

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