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Uncertainty looms for private education

 

THE ECONOMIC crisis will force some parents to remove their children from private schools while new enrollments are expected to drop.

Many private schools are offering discounts and renegotiating fee payment structures in an attempt to stem the flow. 

Even the island’s most famous fee-paying school, The English School in Nicosia, is “facing vast economic difficulties”, according to Andreas Lordos, a member of the board of governors. 

A recent letter from the parents association to The English School board and headmaster urged the board to press for a reduction in fees.

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Taxman chases KOA on travel expenses

THE ISLAND’S tax authorities will begin contacting people hired between 1999 and 2004 by the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) as they attempt to recoup around €200,000 in unpaid taxes. 

KOA paid the individuals between CYP£200 and CYP£300 a month depending on their travel costs but never declared it to the taxman. 

“KOA had the responsibility of paying income tax on travel expenses between 1999 and 2004 for people not on the organisations books, although it was merely an oversight and not done knowingly,” KOA accountant and deputy-head Vassos Koutsiountas said.

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KISA says refugee was driven to suicide

 

A REFUGEE who left behind his wife and four children in Syria was driven to suicide on Wednesday, in what migrant support group KISA said was just another example of the inability of Cypriot authorities to respond to desperate calls for help. 

Mohammed, a Kurdish resident of Syria, fled from Syrian authorities and sought asylum in Cyprus some three months ago. He lived in the Paphos village of Arodes and was given the run-around by the labour office and the social welfare department, KISA said. 

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CING marks another year of accomplishments

 

TO MARK International DNA Day on April 25, The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) announced ten of its most important achievements in the last year, including the discovery that Cypriot women are more susceptible to breast cancer if they do not follow the Mediterranean diet. 

The research for this discovery was done by Professor Kyriacos Kyriacou and was published in the Biomed Central Cancer magazine.

“2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick and the 10th anniversary of the first sequencing of the human genome,” chief executive Medical Director, Professor Philippos Patsalis said. 

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Nicosia municipality joins new barter system

NICOSIA municipality has joined eight other local authorities in a new barter system being launched by the Nicosia District Development Agency (ANEL) 

The programme is also aimed at helping the unemployed to become a part of society again.

Nicosia municipalities are supporting their citizens by creating a social solidarity programme,” Latsia Mayor and chairman of ANEL, Panayiotis Kyprianou said.

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Plan to hire more Cypriots in tourism

SEVEN in ten people hired in the hotel industry will now be Cypriots as part of an EU-funded scheme, commerce minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said yesterday. 

He was briefing the House Commerce Committee on measures to support the tourist industry – one of the biggest contributors the Cyprus economy – at a time of austerity and cutbacks. 

Lakkotrypis said that President Nicos Anastasiades was due to announce a raft of measures today on the economy, including the plan to increase employment in hotels for Cypriots. 

The labour minister and hoteliers had already agreed on the plan, which “will make a difference,” Lakkotrypis said. 

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Community garden planned in Yeroskipou

A COMMUNITY garden which will produce vegetables to help feed the poor looks set to get underway in Yeroskipou in Paphos.

The initiative has the support of the Green Party, the Environment Commissioner and Yeroskipou municipality.

The idea will see volunteers working on donated land to grow produce which will go towards helping the needy families and individuals residing in the municipality.

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Two motorbike deaths in separate accidents

ANASTASIOS Terizi, 41, from Greece died yesterday after crashing his motorbike in Oroklini at around 6am, police said. Terizi arrived in Cyprus two weeks ago in search of work and would have celebrated his birthday today. He was living in the nearby village of Ormidia.

The 41-year-old was found more than three hours later by a passerby who informed police. Terizi’s body was found next to his high-powered motorbike which did not have a licence-plate and had not been registered since 2007.

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Cyprus in brief

Church theft 

POLICE received a report that holy relics valued at  €8,100 were stolen from a church in Klirou between 8.30pm on Wednesday and 7am yesterday. The local police station is investigating the incident.

Drugs find 

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US and Japan engage in currency war

THE TWO economic giants of the US and Japan are engaging in a currency war as they simultaneously try to boost their own economies.  Over the past few days we have seen volatility in the USD/JPY pair and there is no sign of this letting up with both Japan’s Kuroda and the US’s Bernanke saying they will continue to support stimulus until they see improvements in their local economies.  

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