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The four-legged victims of the crisis

DOG shelters all over the island are struggling more than ever to feed the animals in their care, and some are even close to shutting down.

The only thing saving them in the short term is a small amount of funding from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

IFAW is a US-based organisation that rescues animals, protects entire populations and preserves habitats. The organisation normally helps animals all over the world who have been struck by natural disasters. 

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MOKAS announces new project

THE UNIT for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS) has announced the launching of a new project titled “Strengthening MOKAS Capacities and Improve Efficiency to Detect Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism”.

The project began on March 1st and it is co-funded to the tune of 85 per cent by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The agreement takes place within the framework of the continuing development and upgrading of the Unit.

The total budget of the project is €1.1m over three years. The main objective is to automate the analysis and investigation procedures of MOKAS, by implementing a sophisticated IT system for supporting its core activities.

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Burnt remains identified as municipal worker

SOVEREIGN Base Area (SBA) police have confirmed the 35-year-old, whose burnt remains were found in a car in the Ladies Mile area in Limassol on Wednesday, was murdered.

Police identified the man as Loucas Constantinou, who worked for Limassol Municipality’s department of sanitation, from Kolossi. Constantinou had been reported missing from his home on Tuesday evening.

According to the pathologist’s report the cause of death was a blow to the left side of the skull with a blunt object. The report confirmed that the victim had been killed before the car he was in found in was torched. Investigators believe that the 35-year-old’s assailant killed him and then took him to Ladies Mile in his car, which he then attempted to burn in an attempt to destroy any evidence.

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Cycling for food donations

THREE friends from Limassol will cycle 700km to collect food from municipalities, corporations, organised groups and citizens for community markets from April 7-13. 

Andreas Onisiforou, George Demetriou and Andreas Skoutella invited everyone to cycle with them to help spread the message of solidarity. They said that “in times like these, humanity is our only hope.”

The route will begin on April 7 from Pyrgo Tillirias and will continue to Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta, Larnaca, Nicosia and end back in Limassol. A truck accompanying the three friends will be collecting food from predetermined locations in the villages and towns they pass through.

The route to be travelled and the delivery points are as follows:

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BBC World Service’s Cyprus shortwave relay station closed

THE BBC World Service’s Cyprus shortwave relay station closed on April 1, meaning listeners are no longer able to listen to the famous World Service broadcasts. 

Shortwave broadcasts of World Service Arabic will also end by the end of April.

The closure of the Cyprus shortwave relay station will see the loss of 26 jobs. These are Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Babcock employees who are funded by the World Service.

Peter Horrocks, director of the BBC World Service, said that the changes reflected listening trends, as audiences increasingly embrace TV, mobiles and the internet over shortwave radio.

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Cyprus in brief

Drugs remand 

A 52-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody for eight days yesterday on a drugs related case.

Members of the drug squad had originally raided the man’s house in Nicosia on Thursday after obtaining a search warrant. During their search of his storeroom and house they found two suitcases filled with a green herb weighing around 14.5 kilos, police said. 

A paint bucket containing a green powder weighing around 250 grams and a white powder weighing around 2 kilos were also found. Three nylon bags were also found containing a total of 971 grammes of synthetic cannabis. The drug squad also confiscated three precision weighing scales and other material used for packaging drugs. Police are investigating the case.

 

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Cyprus can win friends and influence Europeans

WHEN France’s first world war hero Marshall Foch was confronted with an unexpected German offensive he declared : “My front is crumbling. My flanks are turned. Situation excellent. I shall attack!” So too should the collective Cypriot leadership who have only heard incoming in recent weeks now raise their heads above the parapet and work out new lines of attack to show to the world that as in 1974, Cyprus will get over the March Euro disaster and move forward.

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