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Tales from the Coffeeshop: At least the dams are full

 

ALTHOUGH this has been the shortest and most low-key election campaign, since the days Makarios stood as the only presidential candidate, it still seems like it has dragged on for a too long. 

Why, I cannot explain, especially as the campaign has been completely overshadowed by our economic woes and the government’s insistence on putting the final touches to its five-year, Demolition of Kyproulla project. 

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Our View: It’s critical that voters choose who’s best for the country

 

CYPRUS goes to the polls next Sunday to elect a new president. After the five, catastrophic, years, the outgoing president bequeaths a presidency that could only be described as a poisoned chalice. There will be no honeymoon period for the new president, no adjustment time to ease himself into his new role and responsibilities as the in-tray on the presidential desk will be piled high with papers marked ‘urgent’.

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Entering the final stretch

 

THIS TIME next week Cypriots will be in the process of voting in a new government and for the first time ever the main issue will be the economy, and not the Cyprus problem.

Most analysts agree that the outcome will be crucial for the future of the island but it will be the voters who must decide who they think is best to run the country in a time of crisis. 

Entering the final stretch, the last election poll from state broadcaster CyBC last night, gave another clear lead to DISY leader Nicos Anastasiades with 39.9 per cent of those asked saying they intended to vote for him, compared with 24.2 per cent for AKEL-backed Stavros Malas and 20.2 per cent who said they were voting for EDEK-backed Giorgos Lillikas. 

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Where the candidates stand on the big issues

 

WITH the elections just a week away, many of us may still be puzzling over who is the ‘right’ person for President, or, who would be the lesser evil. The blitz of the electoral campaign – both the information overload and the recriminations – often makes it hard to tell what the candidates stand for. And that should be a prerequisite for forming anything close to an informed opinion.

What with the bailout blues weighing down on us, a perfectly legitimate question pops up in our mind: is it even worth it to drive out to the ballot centre? That’s something that each individual must search his or her soul for an answer.

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Most under 35s say politicians are useless

 

POLLS on this month’s presidential elections have focused on who people intend to vote, but a non-governmental organisation (NGO) asked people aged 35 or younger to agree or disagree with mostly disparaging views about politicians. 

Most agreed that politicians were corrupt and unreliable, the system was nepotistic and politicians did not contribute to society at large.

A total of 340 people between the ages of 15 and 35 participated in a poll by Cyprus youth boards’ umbrella organisation, KOKEN. 

Of those, 144 were men, 196 were women, and some 38.6 per cent were in higher education. Roughly 21 per cent worked in the greater civil sector and almost 40 per cent worked in the private sector.

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First stone laid for Limni development project

 

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday lay the foundation stone for a huge development work, including golf courses, at Limni, near Polis Chrysochous in Paphos, and while it is seen to be a huge boost to the economy, environmental groups say works will endanger the turtle population.

The Shacolas Group, the biggest private commercial group in Cyprus, plans to develop about three million square metres in Limni, the site of the now defunct copper mines. There are plans for two 18-hole golf courses, a five star hotel, a wellness centre, luxury residences, a historical museum and an information centre on the turtles, cycle paths, and a helipad, among others. 

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Two arrested in bank card scam

 

POLICE arrested two people in Larnaca yesterday in relation to an ATM bank card fraud worth €16,000.

A Greek Cypriot man, 38, and a 19-year-old Bulgarian woman were arrested after a bank complained earlier this week that unknown people had installed a mechanism on one of their ATMs at a Larnaca branch in the beginning of the month, Larnaca police spokesman Christos Andreou said. 

The scammers managed to get data off at least 24 bank cards, using the information in Latin America’s Dominican Republic where they withdrew €16,000 on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Andreou said.

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‘Winds of change’ stop blowing for Turkish Cypriots

JUST over a year ago, a Turkish Cypriot cross-party ‘parliamentary’ committee concluded an investigation into whether police in the north used torture in their prisons and police stations. 

The investigation had come after a spate of shocking reports in the Turkish Cypriot media claiming police were torturing suspects and convicts with apparent impunity. Blood-curdling stories had made their way into the press, highlighting such methods as the use of electric shocks, beatings with the notorious falaka, sexual abuse and humiliation, and even rape. These methods had been used, the stories said, either to extract confessions or to dish out extra-judiciary punishment to prisoners and suspects.

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Designer gear at bargain prices

 

THE days of rummaging around in bargain bins of tangled up secondhand clothes in a musty-smelling shop are long gone, at least for customers at a newly opened store in Paphos.

At Revival, designer labels, many of them never worn, such as Prada, Guess, Jasper Conran, Diesel, Miss Sixty, Coast, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana hang from immaculate rails and sell for a fraction of what you could expect to pay in a boutique.

Such has been the success of the fashion store which specialises in pre-owned clothes and accessories that it has recently moved to far larger premises from the cramped shop opened six years ago in Kato Paphos by Judith Evans.

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‘The power of the family’

 

ONE IN twelve businesses is family-run in Cyprus compared to one in 250 in the UK according to consultant Paul Thomas, who will be holding a seminar in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce this coming week on the challenges of managing a family business in times of austerity. 

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