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‘Dirty money’ audits almost complete

THE COUNCIL of Europe’s Moneyval has completed its independent audit of Cyprus’ anti-money laundering laws and their implementation, while a second private audit is now on its way, said Cyprus’ anti-money laundering head Eva Rossidou Papakyriacou yesterday. 

The investigation into alleged money laundering activities was made a precondition to a €10 billion Cyprus bailout by its EU partners and the troika. Another precondition, which only became apparent to the general public last month, was a “bail-in” of Cypriot bank depositors, who would be forced to contribute to the rescue package. 

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CY’s biggest union rejects proposal

THE biggest Cyprus Airways (CY) union CYNIKA-SEK has rejected a government proposal to restructure the company, which needs acceptance by all staff to go through. 

CYNIKA said in an announcement yesterday that the proposal was not acceptable as it stood,  and needed “substantial improvements”. 

“We fully understand the dire financial condition of the state but also the bitterness and anguish of employees at Cyprus Airways, who are realising that their job positions and provident (pension) funds are in danger,” CYNIKA said. 

“At this crucial time we call on all employees to stand together,” it added.

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President signs Thatcher condolence book

President Nicos Anastasiades signed a Book of Condolence at the British High Commission in Nicosia yesterday for Baroness Margaret Thatcher who died on April 8.

The President wrote: “It was with profound sadness that I received the news that the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Baroness Thatcher, passed away.” 

“As Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher exemplified commitment to public service, integrity and determination, leaving an indelible mark, not only on the United Kingdom but well beyond the borders of her country, including within the Commonwealth,” the message said. 

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Inquest into Zenobia dive death opens

 

A LONG-DELAYED inquest has finally opened into the tragic death of a British diver who had been exploring a ship wreck off the Larnaca coast.

Catherine Vicar, 33, was exploring the wreck of the Zenobia as part of a diving group, when she went missing inside the hulk in October 2010.

According to reports at the time, a professional diving instructor entered the wreck 15-minutes after she was reported missing and spotted her unconscious in the engine room without her air equipment. She was rushed to Larnaca General Hospital where she succumbed, despite efforts to revive her. 

In a short hearing yesterday at Larnaca District Court, the police investigator dealing with the incident submitted his case file. 

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Fire worries over mountain of tyres

TENS of thousands of used tyres have piled up in a yard in Dali’s industrial area worrying locals who fear that as temperatures rise, a small spark could set off a fire which would cause widespread damage.

There has not been an operational shredding and granulation plant for recycling tyres on the island since the CBP Plant in Ayios Silas shut in May 2012. 

Current legislation requires all tyres to be recycled, with tyre importers paying a recycling fee when they collect their goods from customs. 

“After the CBP plant closed there was a problem dealing with the amount of tyres piling up,” managing director of Envirotrans, the company in charge of tyre recycling in Cyprus, George Pavlides said. 

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Appeal to hire Cypriots in tourism sector

 

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades yesterday asked hotel owners to hire the unemployed over the summer period in order to support Cypriots through a European Commission support funding schemes.

Cyprus Hotels Association PASYXE chief head Haris Loizides said they had already committed to doing so.

Loizides said that the proposal – which he said they would mull over with unions – related to EU support schemes. Although under EU rules member states cannot discriminate against workers from other EU countries, the European Commission is trying to contain unemployment, especially among younger people and has asked member states to include younger people and vulnerable groups into the labour market. 

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Eroglu invites Anastasiades to dinner

PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades is mulling the option of going to dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on April 25, it transpired yesterday.  

Government spokesman Christos Stylianides confirmed reports that Eroglu has invited Anastasiades to dinner on April 25, adding that the Greek Cypriot leadership has yet to give an answer to the dinner proposal.   

Eroglu pulled out of peace talks last June, citing Cyprus’ EU presidency as the reason for stopping high-level talks with the then President Demetris Christofias, despite the latter’s willingness to continue talks through the EU presidency. 

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Woman released 

THE 28-YEAR-OLD woman, who was arrested by bases police on Wednesday in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Loucas Charalambous on April 3, was released after no evidence was found against her. 

During a brief hearing at Sovereign Base Area (SBA) Court in Episkopi yesterday the judge was told by investigators that police were not charging the woman and there was no reason to hold her. 

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Fools, fiasco’s and phone calls.

I had made up my mind not to put pen to paper over the recent insensitive and idiotically administered financial fiasco, I had lots to say but none of it was good. It was a situation one has to say, which ranks among one of the most pathetically ill handled and badly thought out decisions since Argentina decided to invade the Falkland Islands in 1982. It is one which will quite rightly take its place in the ever lengthening list of well publicised and mismanaged Cypriot Government generated fiascos. It could well have qualified for a rating in the Darwin Awards had there been a fatality, which thankfully there was not.

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