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Fury over airport’s boarding ‘pens’

ANGRY passengers have dubbed as ‘holding pens’ the outdoor areas at Paphos airport where they complain they have been left in all weathers, sometimes for more than an hour, before boarding their flights.
“It is disgraceful that in 2013 human beings are being treated worse than animals,” said one British lady who contacted the Sunday Mail.
“Surely this is a contravention of European law to hold people for 40-90 minutes in a pen without toilet facilities?” said the woman who did not wished to be named.
According to airport operator Hermes, many airlines have used these pre-boarding gates at Paphos airport, which frustrated customers refer to as ‘holding pens’ or ‘cattle sheds’.

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Tales from the Coffeshop: Amid the horse-trading, cabinet remained gloriously Paphite free

WE WERE overjoyed to see our dear Fuhrer, Nice Nik, sweep triumphantly into power last Sunday ending the Terrible Tof tyranny and freeing us from the AKEL yoke that had threatened to turn Kyproulla into the Albania of the Mediterranean.
Communist misrule is over, the People’s Republic of Kyproulla has given way to the First Reich of Zypern, the red hordes will soon go home and the comrade can no longer cause us harm, having retreated to his Kellaki dacha, to produce red wine vinegar for his friends and family.
There is also a selfish reason for our joy. In the previous two presidential elections our establishment had backed candidates that lost and there was a danger that our support would be viewed as the kiss of death, confirmation that a candidate is a loser.

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Asbestos scar slowly fading away

UNTIL the 1990s, the pretty drive up to the Troodos mountains was always marred by the grey, barren hillside scar at Amiantos, the price of 84 years of asbestos mining there.
Even now, 21 years after the state first announced plans to reforest the area, the damage caused to the landscape is clearly visible.
The asbestos mine in Amiantos opened in 1904 and closed in 1988 after financial difficulties, and by 1992 its licence was revoked. It is estimated that in the 1930s around 6,000 people were employed there.

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Empowering youth to fight the crisis

YOUTH unemployment is undoubtedly one of the greatest consequences of the economic crisis, and nowhere more so than for the hundreds of young people finishing their university degrees yet unable to find jobs.
With the crisis challenging people to reassess their priorities and change their mentalities, a youth foundation set up in 2007 aspires to help young people explore their potential.
IEEN, the Youth Employment and Training Foundation was created by a group of 17 adults from different professional sectors and with enough experience abroad to realise that Cyprus’ youth is academically advanced compared to other EU countries, but lacks empowerment, work-related attributes and the ethics to thrive in the labour market.

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Holiday homes needed for British servicemen

DUE to a massive increase in applications from wounded and retired British military personnel who wish to holiday in Cyprus, scheme coordinators are desperate for the use of more Paphos properties.
M.A.R.C.H (Military and Retired Cyprus Holidays for Heroes) was set up in Paphos by former British serviceman Alan Wilson. Properties used for the scheme are donated to M.A.R.C.H by the owners for free.
According to Wilson 45 applications have already been made to M.A.R.C.H in recent weeks. This number is already close to the entire number, 60, who used the scheme last year.

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Flowers from the garden: The annual Ikebana Club exhibition offers much for thought

IN MARCH the Philanthes and Ikebana Club of Nicosia, which this year celebrated its 44th anniversary, holds it’s Annual Flower Arrangements Exhibition at the Hilton Hotel when some of the very talented members display their craft using flowers and branches straight from the garden.
I should modify that statement as in order for the branches and flowers to last throughout the exhibition they have to be prepared in a certain way and much thought over many hours is given to the manner in which they are displayed. Gone are the days when a few flowers and a piece of greenery would suffice to decorate one’s home. Nowadays whole walls can be hung with pictures in flowers and stairways draped with swags and swirls of unusual leaves and berries and not always at Christmas time.

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Plant of the Month Jasminum mesnyi

Jasminum mesnyi is probably better known by its common name of the Primrose Jasmine. Introduced from south west China in 1900, it was named after William Mesny who lived in China from 1860 for 59 years. It is a large evergreen shrub growing to about 2 metres, which tumbles rather than climbs, and really needs to be supported by walls, arches or umbrella stands. The foliage is trifoliate and dark green all year round. The plant is not fussy about soil conditions and will grow in full sun or part shade. Being salt tolerant, it is a very useful plant for coastal gardens.

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Sarris confident of allaying money-laundering fears

FINANCE Minister Michalis Sarris yesterday left for Brussels where he is due to present Cyprus’ proposal on a money-laundering audit of Cyprus’ banking system during tomorrow’s Eurogroup meeting.
Sarris told the Cyprus News Agency they would propose that the Council of Europe’s Moneyval should carry out money-laundering checks, with the supervision of Cyprus’ Central Bank and – if necessary – of private experts who are “beyond any doubt”.

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