Daily Archives: April 16, 2013

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Soldier stabbing case continues, lawyers in talks for change of plea

THREE BRITISH tourists facing manslaughter charges after the death of a British soldier at a nightclub appeared at Larnaca District Court yesterday. 

The defendants all British passport holders, two of Pakistani origin and the third of Somali descent, were arrested soon after the stabbing and have been kept behind bars since.

Reliable sources indicate that dialogue has begun between the prosecution and defence lawyers, with the possibility of one of the defendants offering a guilty plea.

All three men pleaded not guilty at the start of the trail.

The case concerns the death of Fusilier David Lee Collins, 19, who was stabbed through the heart in the early hours of November 4 last year, whilst clubbing with three other soldiers. 

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Underdog Cyprus qualifies for poker finals

CYPRUS triumphed at the prestigious European Nations Cup poker tournament held in Paphos over the weekend.

This was the first time that Cyprus has hosted an official International Federation of Poker (IFP) competition and also the first time that digital technology was used to replace traditional playing cards during an official poker event

The Cyprus team will now join 17 top poker nations in the world to compete at the World Nations cup final in November.

The vice president of the Cyprus Poker Association (CPA), Antonis Theophanides said: ““We are over the moon, elated and delighted. We didn’t expect to qualify, it’s a dream come true. We just wanted to have a go and enjoy ourselves.”

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Bar Review: Just Kitchenbar, Limassol

Saripolou Square in Limassol’s old town centre is a vibrant space where charming bar restaurants abound; it is a sort of ‘social’ melting pot, busy day and night, frequented by students, hipsters, young families with children, and even the elderly. The ambience, however, is decidedly ‘young’. The latest addition to this busy square is Just Kitchenbar, a place that shares all the defining characteristics of its location.

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Weather to turn stormy

RAIN and hail are expected during the week, the met office said yesterday.

“We may experience hailstorms over the week. This is not uncommon for this time of the year in Cyprus,” Marios Theofilou, a meteorological officer, said.

Today the weather will be cloudy with expected showers and maybe some storms. Winds will blow mainly southwesterly to westerly and northwesterly, averaging between four and five Beaufort. The sea will be rough on the south and west coasts. The temperature will rise to 22 degrees inland, around 21 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees on mountain peaks. 

Tonight the weather will be partly cloudy with a probability of rain.  The winds will blow southwesterly to northwesterly with an average of three to four Beaufort. 

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Danish shipping companies visit Cyprus

THE CURRENT economic turmoil has touched everyone on the island. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, says Danish Ambassador Kirsten Geelan. 

“When faced with an economic downturn and challenges, you have to maintain an outward looking perspective, to engage, innovate and modernise. To trade and to form partnerships,” says Geelan. 

“This is why the Danish Embassy in Cyprus is organising a shipping conference in co-operation with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and a visiting delegation from the Danish Marine Group. We want to send the message that the vibrant shipping sector in Cyprus generating growth and employment opportunities is interesting for Danish companies.” 

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Bomb hoax

Nicosia Supreme, Criminal and District courts were evacuated yesterday after a bomb-threat was called in at 9.20am, police said. Roughly 1,000 people were evacuated from the courts for around 90 minutes while a special police unit and sniffer-dogs searched all of the buildings. No traces of explosives were found.

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In olden days at least highway men wore masks

IN THE past, highwaymen used to rob the rich but made sure that their faces were covered.  In the case of Cyprus, Germany and the troika, presided over a robbery of billions of euros from private savers in order to save the euro for the umpteenth time.  

The deal offered to Cyprus is in fact a nasty and immoral political act, and the only thing it has achieved, besides bankrupting Cyprus, was to strike fear into the rest of the European countries because it established a precedent.  

After all if European Common Market Nations are willing to save their currency by committing such acts, why not repeat it next time, and for the same reason, in Spain, Italy and Greece? 

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