Daily Archives: April 20, 2013

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Milk price cap renewed until June

THE commerce ministry announced the renewal of the cap on milk prices yesterday, keeping it at a maximum of €1.41 a litre for retail and €1.32 a litre for wholesale, including VAT.

The renewed decree will be put into effect on April 21 and will last for 45 days, making it due to expire on June 4. The price of milk was last renewed on March 6. 

The maximum price for 1.5 litres is €2.06 for retail and €1.93 for wholesale. The maximum price for 2 litres is €2.69 for retail and €2.52 for wholesale. All figures include VAT.

In a statement the commerce ministry asked that “all parties involved show restraint, especially during these economic conditions, in order to protect consumers and domestic producers of fresh milk.”

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Commission: low absorption of EU funds by Cyprus

THE RATE of absorption of EU funds by Cyprus was lower than the average for the EU, according to the European Commission`s Strategic Report on the implementation of 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy programmes.

According to the Report, Cyprus could utilise €612.4 million for the period 2007-2013. But by January 2013, the Cypriot authorities had absorbed only €243.1 million or 39.7 per cent of the total, with the EU average being 42.4 per cent.

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Chased driver causes mayhem

A 42-YEAR-OLD man caused mayhem on the roads on Thursday afternoon, hitting several vehicles and causing others to collide, injuring six people including three police officers and a 6-year-old child.

Police had asked the 42-year-old to stop for inspection while he was driving on the Palodhia main road but he failed to comply, instead speeding off and crashing into a police car with two officers inside.

He then drove towards the Ayia Fyla roundabout where he hit another police car and a vehicle carrier as the first police car tried to cut him off in the chase. He hit that again too.

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Remand for murder suspect

A BRITISH bases court in Episkopi handed out a seven-day remand yesterday to the 36-year-old man suspected of the murder of Loucas Constantinou, 35, whose burnt body was found on April 3 near Lady’s Mile in Limassol.

The 36-year-old was arrested on Thursday after he was released from Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital, where he had been initially taken after doctors’ orders. He gave police a second statement where he denied the murder and blamed the victim’s 28-year-old wife who had been arrested and set free earlier this month.

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Wagon of Love collecting food donations today

THE NON-PROFIT charity association Wagon of Love will be collecting food and essentials for needy families today from 11am to 5pm.

Food and essentials can be taken to the home of Maria Andreou, a volunteer, at 11 Lacedaemon Street, Strovolos. Call 99606699 for directions.

The association holds events to collect essentials every month. Today’s event is aimed at giving poor families hope and allowing them to have a better Easter.

“Needs are continuously increasing and I wish we could meet them all. 

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MTN announces discounts for new subsribers

PRIVATE telecommunications provider MTN is offering a 50 per cent discount on monthly fees to all new subscribers switching to their service.

New subscribers who do not want a new phone can benefit from 50 per cent savings on their monthly fee for 18 months and continue to enjoy the full privileges of the MTN Pay Monthly plans, including free talk time and text messages, the company said.

To transfer their number to MTN, people can visit any of the 20 MTN Stores or distributors with their last mobile phone bill and ID.

MTN said the unprecedented offer was the company’s response to the consumers’ need to cut their costs without being deprived of the right to unhindered communication.

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In brief

Robbery 

A ROBBERY was committed at knifepoint in a Zorbas bakery yesterday at around 2.50am in Tseri. The robber was wearing a mask and got away with €350. According to a description released by police, the robber was tall, well-built with long hair. He was wearing dark clothes.

Drugs arrest 

A 31-YEAR-OLD man from Yermasoyia was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of  possession, use, and intent to supply drugs. The suspect was arrested in Episkopi, where he went to collect packages containing 931 grammes of cannabis, which were buried in the ground, police said.  The drug squad had been monitoring the area.

Boat arson 

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