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CIPA working on ways to boost the economy

THE CYPRUS Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) is due to present a series of measures and actions on the economy and attracting foreign investment, Commerce Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said yesterday following a meeting with CIPA brass and President Nicos Anastasiades.
“We have agreed that by mid-next week (CIPA) will present a series of measures to the President of the Republic, as well as give a series of outstanding projects to try to implement as soon as possible,” Lakkotrypis said.
He said this included looking at golf courses and marinas, as well as incentives to foreign investors including tax breaks.

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Fifteen arrests for match hooliganism

HOOLIGANISM reared its ugly head on Saturday, before, during and after the Omonia – APOEL match in Nicosia and the Anorthosis – AEK match in Larnaca as police arrested a total of 15 people.
Before the Omonia – APOEL game which was due to start at 4.30pm, trouble started while APOEL fans were making their way into the GSP Stadium, with one fan and three police officers being injured.
Police arrested one man to help their investigation into the incident. According to police, both sets of fans set off firecrackers and flares before and during the match. As the second half was about to get underway a section of fans from each team attempted to enter the moat which circles the stadium and throw objects at each other.

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Probe into alleged physical abuse at special school

THE EDUCATION ministry has started an investigation in to a claim from the Parents’ Association of the Evaggelismos Special School in Nicosia that a teacher has been verbally and physically abusing disabled children.
“We have received complaints from other teachers and assistants that the teacher has been violent towards the children. These children have disabilities and cannot tell their parents or other teachers that they have been physically abused,” said the president of the Parents Association, Yiannos Lambiriti.

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Man’s death from Hepatitis B being investigated

PAPHOS General Hospital has been scrambling to find a blood donor who might have been infected with Hepatitis B after a patient who underwent surgery at the hospital died on Sunday.
The 57-year-old man was hospitalised on March 26 after being admitted with abdominal pains. He had recently undergone surgery at the hospital, and had been bed-ridden since.
 Hepatitis B is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis B virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is usually spread when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.

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Campaigns to ‘buy Cypriot’ gear up

THE University of Cyprus will be holding an exhibition to promote Cypriot products on April 19-20 and the ‘Proudly Cypriot’ campaign is promoting their logo for use on local products and services.
The exhibition showcasing Cypriot products is part of a campaign that began in November 2012 by The University of Cyprus. The campaign attempts to battle unemployment by promoting the purchase of Cypriot products. The exhibition will be held outside the Social Activities building. Companies who want to take part can do so by calling 22894304 or by emailing on [email protected] by April 8.

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Solar panels for buffer zone

UNDP Action for Co-operation and Trust (ACT) yesterday announced the activation of its new energy producing solar panels that help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and minimise office costs.
A UNDP-ACT announcement said the organisation was doing its part to support renewable energies, and was successfully applying for a US$30,000 grant to install a 15 KW photovoltaic park at its premises.
Christopher Louise, UNDP-ACT Programme Manager said: “We can do our part to mitigate climate change by using more modern, energy-efficient technologies such as solar power for electricity and water heating”.

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E-wave project due next month

THE E-Wave project, a major research project on exploitation of wave energy in Cyprus, which started in January 2011, is due for completion in May. The project duration was planned to be 24 months and was co-ordinated by the Oceanographic Centre of the University of Cyprus.
Its main objective was the creation of a complete, high resolution digital atlas containing detailed maps for the coastal and offshore areas of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in which sea wave and wind climatological characteristics as well as the distribution of the wave energy potential were monitored. It was also aiming to create mathematical models for the prediction and quantification of wave energy in short and long-term forecasts.

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No horsemeat in IKEA meatballs in Cyprus

IKEA has assured consumers that health ministry tests on their trademark Swedish meatballs had come back negative for any traces of horsemeat, which the company said are safe to eat.
The company said the Europe-wide horsemeat problem had affected all of its control processes on food products in an effort to ensure high quality standards, hygiene and safety.
Specifically IKEA has reduced the number of its meat suppliers for more effective and immediate checks. These checks are also performed at the suppliers’ farms. The procedures have been strengthened to guarantee compliance with HACCP’s hygiene and safety standards, the ISO 22000 international standards and the Cypriot and European legislation, the company said.

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Burglary

VALUABLES and electronic devices worth £41,450 sterling (€48,708) were stolen from the house in Paphos of 43-year-old, British tourist, Jonathan Mark, police said yesterday. Mark reported to police that the house he was staying in was burgled over the weekend and five mobile phones, two wristwatches, a diamond ring and other valuables including electronic devices were stolen. Peyia Police station is investigating.

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Car fires

TWO CARS were torched today, one in Limassol and one in Nicosia, during the early hours, police said.
At around 2.15am a 57-year-old woman’s car was set on fire as it was parked in her house’s garage in Limassol. The fire was extinguished by members of the Fire service although the car, valued at around €20,000 was completely destroyed. Damage was also caused to the side of the house and to the garage which has yet to be estimated. According to investigations carried out at the scene, police are looking at a case of arson.

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