Daily Archives: March 9, 2013

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IMF: banks needs were set too low

 

INTERNATIONAL lenders have turned up the heat, asking Cyprus to raise its corporate tax and introduce a levy on capital gains and a financial transaction tax to ensure it can repay a bailout, eurozone officials said. 

And during a meeting with the Central Bank governor yesterday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reportedly rejected the figure needed for bank recapitilisation as too optimistic, putting even more pressure on the government.

One Brussels-based official, briefed on the talks between the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission – known as the troika – and the government in Nicosia, said no decisions had yet been taken on any of the taxes. 

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Man found shot dead in car

 

TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Stefanos Vasiliades was found dead in a car yesterday, with a single gunshot wound to the head, police said. 

According to reports the car, a Mitsubishi Pajero, was found, parked outside a mechanic’s garage on the road between Nicosia and Palechori near the village of Anayia. 

A police spokesman said that police received a call from an employee of the garage that he had found a car parked outside the garage at 8.30am, with a man inside, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. 

The weapon used to shoot the young man was a hunting rifle according to a post-mortem carried out at the scene by state pathologist Nicolas Charalambous. 

“He died instantly after being shot,” Charalambous said.

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Our View: Bishops would do well to adopt more moderate communication

 

THE BISHOPS of the Church of Cyprus could do with some lessons in public communication so they do not cause so much offence when they speak. They need to learn how to use a more moderate discourse that is in line with modern times. 

Gone are the days when a bishop’s words, no matter how dogmatic, arrogant or stupid, automatically commanded respect. People are much better educated and more critical today, pluralism is firmly-rooted in our society and nobody’s public pronouncements are guaranteed acceptance by virtue of the position they hold. What applies to politicians and senior state officials, who are often targets of public criticism and ridicule, also applies to high-ranking priests; people in authority are legitimate targets nowadays.

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Papadopoulos throws down the gauntlet

 

DIKO deputy Nicolas Papadopoulos yesterday announced his intention to run for the leadership of the party in a bid to take over from Marios Garoyian whose leadership he said was marred by a series of bad choices that have damaged the party’s integrity.

The son of the former president Tassos Papadopoulos stepped down as DIKO vice-chairman in January in what he said was a “political act of disagreement with the decision to back Mr Anastasiades” in the presidential elections. 

DISY’s Nicos Anastasiades went on to win the elections, thanking Garoyian and DIKO voters for their support. 

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Grandad cleared of fascist Facebook posting

 

THE NICOSIA District Court has acquitted a senior civil servant who was accused of posting a Facebook video of his grandson, aged four at the time, sporting a toy gun and shouting fascist remarks.

Civil Defence deputy head Ioannis Avlonitis was accused of inciting racial hatred in 2010 when a video of his grandson made the news weeks after it had been posted online, showing a boy hold a toy gun while shouting, “we are fascists, we want to kill Turks and communists”. 

Avlonitis was suspended in November 2010 and a number of investigations were launched into the video that received widespread attention by the media and the government.

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CY board told to prepare for the worse

THE Cyprus Airways board will prepare a comprehensive proposal that will include a worst-case scenario and submit it to a ministerial committee and the unions for discussion, it was reported yesterday.

The national carrier, currently going through what is perhaps the most critical period since its creation, will also have to deal with a European Commission investigation into whether millions in state aid complied with EU rules.

The airline has one week to prepare the proposal, reports said.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, the commission’s request for clarifications regarding the increase of share capital has caused concern.

The commission also appears to have received complaints from competitors, CNA said.

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Girl injured after seat in old bus breaks

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl was injured on her way to school on Thursday morning when the seat in front of her on the school bus she was travelling in, gave way, hitting her in the face and breaking three of her teeth. 

According to reports, the girl was sitting in her seat when another pupil who had just boarded attempted to support herself by holding onto the pole attached to the seat in front of the 12-year-old. The pole gave way and hit the girl in the face.

Klirou police station is investigating after the girl’s father made an official complaint. Reports in the local media yesterday claimed the 35-year-old bus had been withdrawn from use in December. 

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Progress made on relocating hated chemical factories

NEW ENVIRONMENT commissioner, Ioanna Panayiotou, is taking a leading role as talks continue between the residents of Pera-Chorio Nisou and the interior, agriculture and commerce ministries over the operation of two chemical factories in the village. 

Tensions have been high recently as residents of the village closed off the two factories on March 4, stopping them from operating.

A meeting will take place next Tuesday between the group of residents, the community council of Pera-Chorio Nisou and the managers of the two factories. The meetings will take place at the interior ministry.

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Historic guns for sale

 

THE MINISTRY of defence is selling collectable, deactivated weapons which were used during the EOKA uprising of the 1950s and the Turkish invasion of 1974.

The guns will go on sale on April 2, the day after EOKA Day, and most date back to the 1940s. They are being sold according to a decision made by the cabinet on February 27, 2008.

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