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Laiki depositors get organised

 

LAIKI (Popular) bank depositors have formed themselves into an organised group, already have hundreds of members and are growing, they said yesterday.

Adonis Papaconstantinou, a spokesman for the group named as The Popular Bank Depositors’ Association appealed for the word to be spread that the depositors were organising.

“It is irrelevant whether they have already taken individual legal action. Together we have more chances of winning,” said Papaconstantinou.

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TC side cashes in on GC misery

 

THE BREAKAWAY regime appears to be exploiting the economic woes of the Cyprus Republic in a UK promotional campaign to attract British tourists to the north. 

According to Turkish daily Milliyet, the Turkish Cypriot authorities have launched a tourism promotion campaign in the UK using the slogan: “Just relax; there are no euro worries in north Cyprus”.

According to the paper, the regime has put together a new strategy on tourism promotion, taking into consideration the dire straits of the Greek Cypriot economy.

The new campaign appears to focus on highlighting the fact that the occupied areas are not affected by the current crisis in the government-controlled areas.  

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DEFA chief sacked by cabinet

THE CABINET has decided to fire the chairman of Cyprus’ natural gas company, DEFA, because of serious misconduct, government spokesman Christos Stylianides said yesterday.

Stylianides said the decision to sack DEFA chairman Costas Ioannou came after the attorney-general handed over a report to President Nicos Anastasiades.

Stylianides did not disclose details. 

He said that the commerce minister – as the relevant official – would forward the cabinet’s decision to DEFA. “Other clarifications will be given by the commerce minister as soon as possible,” Stylianides said.

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Thatcher book of condolences

THE British High Commission in Nicosia will be open on April 15 and 16  from 9m to 12.30pm for anyone who may wish to  sign the Book of Condolence following the death of Baroness Thatcher who died on Monday April 8.  

Lady Thatcher will receive a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. The Number 10 website has a  condolences page on which people are able to write private messages for the Thatcher family.

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Changes to passport services for British nationals

THE BRITISH Government is making changes to the passport service for British nationals living overseas. From April 15, the application process will be centralised and British nationals in Cyprus should submit their passport application to Identity and Passport Service (IPS) in the UK. 

This change follows reviews by the National Audit Office and is designed to achieve economies of scale, greater security and consistency in decision making. All British passports have enhanced sophisticated security features designed to reduce the likelihood of identity theft and passport fraud.

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Briefs

Bungled mugging

A MAN in Limassol managed to stave off a mugger who was attempting to take a bag with €25,000 in it, after being sprayed in the face on Tuesday evening, police said. 

A police spokesman said that at around 9.40pm the man had parked the company car in the block of flats where he lives in and got out to take the bag containing the money from the back seat. He was attacked by a hooded man who sprayed him in the face with a harmful substance and attempted to take the bag from him. He didn’t manage to take the bag and fled. The assailant is described as being 1.70 metres tall, of thin build and wearing a black tracksuit. Limassol CID is investigating.

 

 

Firecracker haul 

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Cyprus Airways and the days of wine and roses

AESOP’S fable about the hare and the fox relies on wordplay involving a nickname for the fox, kerdo, which is related to trickery and profit-making.  

Fifteen years ago, Roger Fox, a British Airways pilot (captain), and his wife, Jean made Cyprus their primary residence, but Roger failed to declare his 120,000 pound sterling annual income to the Cyprus tax authorities. 

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