Daily Archives: January 29, 2013

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Nearly half of computer owners use pirated software

FINANCE MINISTER Vassos Shiarly yesterday called on businesses not to use unlicensed or pirated software, arguing that it hurts information technology (IT) businesses, tax revenue and job creation.  

The Finance Ministry and Business Software Alliance (BSA) held a joint press conference yesterday on the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights of computer software.   

According to a 2011 study by BSA on global software piracy, 48 per cent of computer users in Cyprus use unlicensed or pirated software, equating to €14m in losses for software providers. 

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Building strike continues

BUILDERS continued their islandwide, indefinite strike yesterday with no apparent end in sight as trade unions SEK, PEO and DEOK have threatened that measures may escalate. 

In a statement released yesterday, PEO gave its full support to the builders in their fight against their employers.

“For a long time, employers in the construction industry in Cyprus, citing the crisis and difficulties in the industry, have started an attack on the working class. They have systematically dismissed large numbers of workers and replaced them with cheap labour, increasing unemployment and the impoverishment of the families of thousands of workers,” the statement said.

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Cyprus aims to be LNG hub

ARCHBISHOP Chrysostomos II has no objection to a Cyprus gas pipeline passing through Turkey provided that serves Cyprus’ national interests.

“We want to maintain good relations with all nations including Turkey,” the prelate said over the weekend.

If such a project benefited the island both financially and politically, then the Church had no reason to oppose it, the top cleric said.

Chrysostomos was speaking after comments made by presidential candidate Nicos Anastasiades who appeared to support the notion.

Earlier in the weekend, government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said the transfer of Cyprus’ natural gas through Turkey was not feasible unless the Cyprus problem is solved first.

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Parents of blind baby raise funds for treatment in China

FRIENDS and family of a baby boy from Paphos who has been blind since birth are appealing to the public to help raise funds to go towards his treatment in China.

Iordanis Demetrof (Dani) was born to his Bulgarian mother on March 1,t 2011. He has since been diagnosed with severe optic disc hypoplasia by a specialist doctor at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Family friend, Nadia Frangeskou, is helping to raise awareness of the baby’s plight and said that numerous fund raising events had already been held in Paphos to raise cash for Dani’s treatment.

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Hospital cordoned off after oxygen leak

A liquid oxygen tank leak outside the emergency room at Nicosia General Hospital at around 1pm yesterday causing the area to be cordoned off while fire service dealt with what could have led to an explosion.

According to Fire Service spokeswoman, Lisa Kemidji, one tonne of liquid oxygen leaked from the ten-tonne tanks. Four fire trucks arrived on the scene, closing off the area, with members of the public asked to avoid using their mobile phones for fear of creating a spark which could have ignited the oxygen. “Water was used to thaw the valves to enable hospital technicians to close them off,” Kemidji said. She said one fire truck remained on the scene for safety reasons. She denied reports that the hospital had been evacuated. No injuries were reported.

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Car arson

A CAR belonging to a 42-year-old female Greek national was torched on Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the race track in Nicosia, police said. The fire, which caused damage to another car parked close-by, was set off at 5.45pm and extinguished by members of the public according to the police press office. Preliminary investigations carried out by the police indicated it is a case of arson. The car, valued at around €1200 was being used by the 42-year-old’s 45-year-old husband.

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Woman mugged

TWO hooded men mugged a woman, taking around €4,100 in cash from her, after she parked her car in the ground floor parking lot of the building she lives in, on Sunday evening, police said. According to reports, at around 8.35pm, having exited her vehicle, the woman was approached by two hooded men who were carrying a knife and had their faces covered. The two culprits approached the woman and without saying a word tookher bag, which contained the daily takings from the shop she owns, and fled the scene. Nicosia CID is investigating the incident.

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Burglary

VARIOUS jewellery, watches, and precious stones valued at around €150,000 were stolen from a house in Larnaca on Saturday, police said. Police received a report from a Larnaca resident that someone had broken into his house between 5pm and 8.30pm on Saturday and took his valuables.

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Missing teen

A WOMAN in Paphos reported to police yesterday that her 17-year-old daughter, Ivelina Yordanova has been missing since January 25. Yordanova is 1.60m in height, of dark complexion, regular build with straight brown shoulder-length hair and speaks Greek. Anyone who may know of her whereabouts or who might have seen her is urged to call Paphos CID, the closest police station or the Citizen’s Hotline on 1460.

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Botched robbery

A BOTCHED robbery took place yesterday at 7.45am in a shop in Limassol, police said. According to reports, an unknown man entered the shop and began spraying a harmful spray at the shop owner before pushing him to the ground and searching his pockets. The incident was noticed by the owner’s assistant who attempted to help him as the assailant sprayed the assistant before fleeing the scene. Limassol CID is investigating the incident.

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