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Foreign media flock to Cyprus

FOREIGN press have flocked to Cyprus since the weekend, both from European and non-European countries to cover the aftermath of the bailout agreed on Saturday.

Many foreign press members started to arrive in Cyprus on Saturday and Sunday. Hotels around the city centre each have up to 50 foreign press members staying with them. Some journalists have booked hotel rooms for two days, but may extend their stay depending on developments.

“We were waiting for a decision to be made on Saturday and when we heard the news we couldn’t believe our ears. That woke us up and we had to come to Cyprus to be close to the reactions,” said Dan Ekholm from YLE – The Finnish Broadcasting Company.

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Bank crisis blips on global consciousness project

WHILE much of the world’s international press is closely following the Eurogroup/Cyprus bailout process, there is a little-known project that is also keeping tabs on what is happening in recent days in Cyprus.   

The Global Consciousness Project (GCP), has a network that records responses of random event generators (REGs) to events that attract mass world attention. One of the REGs is in Cyprus, based at Coral Bay and hosted since April 2004 by the Paphos-based research organisation Psychognosia, a not-for-profit centre for the dissemination of scientifically reliable information on the paranormal and related areas.   

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German court rules on return of stolen artefacts

THE COURT of appeals in Munich ruled on Monday that part of the stolen religious artefacts found in the possession of Turkish man, Aydin Dikmen in 1997 in Munich, should be returned to Cyprus. 

German police moved in on Dikmen after they received help from former Archbishop Chrysostomos I, Tasoula Hadjitofi, Cypriot police and art-dealer Michel Van Rijn.

Despite the fact that the decision is positive for Cyprus, a large amount of stolen artefacts have remained with Munich Police since 1997 and it is unknown yet when or if they will ever be returned. 

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Denktash’s grandson shoots himself by father’s grave

CAN Denktash, grandson of former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, died early yesterday morning, allegedly after shooting himself in the abdomen with a single bullet at the graveside of his father in northern Nicosia.  

According to police reports, the 37-year-old father of one, was found seriously wounded but conscious at his father’s graveside after alerting a relative by mobile phone of his intentions to commit suicide. 

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Fatal road accidents dropped in 2012

LAST YEAR saw a large fall in the number of fatal road accidents on the island, the second biggest fall in percentage rates in the EU according to statistics released by the European Commission.

The number of fatal accidents in Cyprus in 2012 came to 59 per million residents compared to 85 per million in 2011. That is a decrease of 28 per cent which is the second highest decrease after Malta which recorded a 48 per cent decrease. 

According to statistics released by the European Commission, 2012 was the year with the lowest number of fatal road deaths since records began being taken.

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There are too many ill-qualified men in suits

ANASTASSIADES is no King John, and his finance minister, no Robin Hood. Between them they held a gun to savers’ heads and said, ‘We are going to rob you. Yes, we will rob you, rob you!’ And some savers said, ‘Touch our money and we’ll crush your fingers, cap your knees and close down all banks indefinitely.’

If there’s one thing artful Cypriots hate more than being robbed by Brussels it is being robbed by our own. We don’t mind robbing foreigners, but when it comes to this fifteen-day wonder government, attempting to spread the losses of our banks, SGO’s and inefficient civil service evenly across the board of depositors, then listen and watch out for the dirge of old Cypriot ladies followed by the violent resistance of EOKA’s grandchildren.

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Tough and unpopular decisions need to be made

THE eurozone’s bailout of Cyprus has left many Cypriots shocked. And so it should. The deal is unjust in its current form. Certainly, negotiating a German bailout of wealthy Russian funds was always going to be a tricky affair. But the terms that have come out are socially unacceptable. 

Firstly, to bail in depositors under the insurance threshold of €100,000 is a breach of an explicit guarantee that deposits will be safe, even if a bank folds. Despite leaders claiming that Cyprus is a unique situation, capital flight in the peripheral countries such as Portugal and Spain will increase also. Taxing depositors under €100,000 is self-defeating and will likely worsen the eurozone crisis over time. 

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Eleni Theocharous: Trying to change the world

 

MEP Eleni Theocharous has led life as if it was a series of battles, although THEO PANAYIDES finds she has now mellowed a bit

 

Eleni Theocharous sits on the edge of her living-room couch, focused, unsmiling. She has an appointment in half an hour, wall-to-wall engagements this weekend, and flies back to Brussels on Monday. “I was always a gifted child,” she says, speaking of her early years in the mining village of Amiantos.

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A minute with Nina Sumarac Jablonsky Artist

Where do you live?

I am Serbian-born painter living and working in Limassol for the past 14 years. I live with my husband. 

 

Best childhood memory? 

Like a lot children, every summer holidays we went to the village. Every day my grandmother would pour water into a 1.5m metal pan making for us a small swimming pool. I used to sit in that pan so long my fingers and lips turned blue, imagining that I was at the sea. 20years later my wish came true.

 

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?

I adore sushi. I love light and healthy food. For me it is important to try new restaurants.

 

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Eating well

A service in Nicosia will plan your meals and bring them to your door each day. ALIX NORMAN breaks with tradition and tries a week of healthy eating

 

I have a distinctly unhealthy relationship with food. I know what I should be eating; I know a lot about nutrition. But I don’t have the time or, really, the inclination to cook myself healthy and balanced meals each day. I even chose my car on the premise that it had five cupholders: enough for a bottle of water, a mocha latte and three places to stash odds and ends. So when I heard about EatingWell I thought I just might have found the answer to my nutritional nightmares.

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