Daily Archives: April 16, 2013

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EAC to get tough on bill-paying

THE ELECTRICITY Authority of Cyprus (EAC) said yesterday it planned to resume supply cuts to customers with outstanding payments because the authority was facing severe liquidity problems.

“In cases of non-payment of bills, the EAC will have no choice but to shortly re-start cutting off electricity supply,” it said in a statement yesterday.

It said it was facing liquidity problems because of a series of price cuts to customers and a reduction in its overdraft limits.

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Probe begins into ousted DEFA boss

A PROBE is underway into possible criminal offences committed by Costas Ioannou in his previous role as head of the energy regulator.

A police spokesman said yesterday that depending on the outcome of the investigation, the force will recommend – or not – to the Attorney-general that the case warrants prosecution.

Last week the Cabinet took a political decision to sack Ioannou from his current position as head of the natural gas public company DEFA. The move followed a report submitted to the cabinet by the Attorney-general, with the government spokesman speaking of “serious misconduct.”

Ioannou, who has the right of appeal, has not been formally dismissed yet.

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Stars in the making

Could your child be the next big thing? If you think so, sign them up for an upcoming Talent Show says ALIX NORMAN
Talent. According to Simon Cowell, you’ve either got it or you haven’t. From The X Factor to Britain’s Got Talent, the public has been gleefully tuning into the spate of talent shows that have graced our airwaves in recent years.

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Good news for public transport

 

THE CRISIS has proved lucrative for public transport both in Limassol and Nicosia, the cities’ respective bus companies EMEL and OSEL said yesterday, although in general it would be better if people used the buses out of preference rather than necessity, they said.

EMEL reported a 25 per cent hike in users in March and OSEL, 11 per cent since the beginning of the year.

People are looking for ways to save money and are now being forced to look at how much they spend on buying, maintaining and running cars, Giorgos Kyriakou, EMEL director said.

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Film review: Zero Dark Thirty ****

 

In the past Kathryn Bigelow has made a point of stating that she is a filmmaker, rather than a female filmmaker. She didn’t mention the fact that she was the first woman to get a Best Director Oscar when she received her Academy Award for Hurt Locker. Of course she has a point, on one level it can look a tad patronising to point out a woman’s gender when she does well. We would never do that if a man won a Best Director Award. Why would we? They always win. Or they always did until she won. No such luck with Zero Dark Thirty though. But you have to wonder how this film is different, better even, than it might have been because it was directed by a woman.

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Cypriot ice cream maker expands to Chinese market

PAPAPHILIPPOU Ice Cream Ltd has managed to break into the Chinese market where it is competing with some of the biggest manufacturers of ice cream in the world from America, Italy and other places.

“The interest from the Chinese market was shown last year and this year we will start to export our ice cream there,” founder, Panayiotis Papaphilippou said.

People representing supermarkets, hotels and cafes in China will meet with Papaphilippou’s board next month to confirm the amount of ice cream required and the flavours that will be exported.

“These consumers are very interested in our lactose free ice cream which is made from fresh milk as 95 per cent of Chinese people are lactose intolerant,” Papaphilippou said.

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Unsafe mortar shells ‘scattered’ in storehouses

SOME 60,000 mortar shells scattered across multiple National Guard (NG) storehouses in Cyprus and bought decades ago may no longer be safe, the defence minister has said. 

Fotis Fotiou and representatives of the (unnamed) French manufacturers inspected some of the sites holding the munitions yesterday, which are due to be shipped to France for destruction. 

 “I was obliged to expedite action because I was clearly told by the NG leadership that these (mortar shells) needed to be destroyed yesterday even, and are dangerous,” Fotiou said. 

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Film review: Silver Linings Playbook ***

Anyone who has ever lived with someone with a mental illness will probably recognise the humour in this film. In fact, I would think most people would find it pretty funny; it is even laugh-out-loud hilarious at times (more so at the beginning than the end, it has to be said). There is nothing intrinsically amusing about two central characters recovering from a mental breakdown, but often the situations that arise out of misunderstandings and odd perceptions that those characters have, and the things they say, can be very funny. Listing competing medications over dinner for one.

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Restaurant review: Almond Tree, Paphos

You know how it is. You sit down, the waiter hands over the menu, you read and think, ‘Okay, nice’ but deep down what you really desire even from a short menu are dishes that proffer some genuine level of stimuli for ones often recalcitrant taste buds. Believe me (please) reading the Almond Tree menu is akin to browsing through a culinary equivalent of the Kama Sutra – here you are introduced to flavour combinations which are both unusual, even adventurous, yet all are deliciously tempting and do promise hidden pleasures far beyond the bog standard we are often served.

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