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CTO hopes to shrink decrease in tourism from Britain

BRITISH arrivals to Cyprus were down by around 12 per cent last year, according to data collected by the British National Statistics Office.
Total visitors from Britain to Cyprus last year amounted to 821,000, down from 934,000 in 2011, having a total of 9.4 million overnight stays in the country and spending £558 million (€652 million).
The figure puts Cyprus as the 11th most popular destination for Britons in Europe, while Spain, France and Ireland held the top three positions.
The number of British visitors to Greece in 2012 came to 1,824,000, making Greece the 8th most popular European destination.

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AKEL fears inquiry will criminalise politics

AN INQUIRY probing the causes behind the economic debacle is but a thinly-disguised political witch hunt, opposition AKEL charged yesterday.
Party leader Andros Kyprianou hinted the committee of inquiry is in reality a vehicle for the DISY government to lay the blame on the previous AKEL administration.
Arguing that the panel’s mandate is too broad and vague, Kyprianou voiced concern that it would end up criminalising politics.
“One should not be prosecuted for their political positions or views,” he said.
“Should they open this Pandora’s Box, then it will become possible for any previous government to be persecuted by the next government for its political decisions,” added Kyprianou.

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Short shrift to study claiming Cypriots richer than Germans

A EUROPEAN report on household assets and liabilities in various countries, which shows Cypriots as the second-wealthiest among 15 euro area countries between 2008 and 2011, has been knocked by economists.
The Eurosystem household finance and consumption survey (HFCS) carried out by the European Central Bank (ECB) covers more than 62,000 households across the 15 countries.
The sample sizes in each country were between 340 and 15,000 households. The survey was carried out between the end of 2008 and the middle of 2011 and was published this week.

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Full steam ahead with energy centre

PRELIMINARY designs for an energy centre at Vasilikos are nearing completion, an energy official has said.
Solon Kasinis, executive director with the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (CNHC), told the state broadcaster that studies on the centre’s technical specifications should be ready by next month.
The government is meanwhile looking for a strategic investor to undertake construction of the energy centre.
Once the technical designs are done, Kasinis said, authorities will invite expressions of interest for the project and at the same time begin probing potential long-term buyers for Cypriot gas.

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Reduced water supply in Larnaca

THE LARNACA Water Board yesterday announced that water supply from government projects to the board will be reduced from today until Thursday due to planned works by the Water Development Department on the southern pipeline.
According to an announcement, the Board will make every effort to maintain continuous flows of water to its customers though they are warned to be particularly cautious in their consumption in the following days to avoid any cuts in the water supply.
The board expressed its regrets for any inconvenience that may be caused to the public. 

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Bakery robbed

A MAN robbed a bakery at knifepoint in the early hours of yesterday morning, making off with €150 in cash.
The man, with his face covered, walked into the bakery in Nicosia at 2.40am and threatened the employee with a knife. After taking the €150, he ran off.
Police arrived on the scene soon after to collect any possible evidence that could be used to solve the case.

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Paralimni community market expands

A NEW community market was opened in the Famagusta district on Sunday to replace the old one which had become too small for the growing needs of the public.
The new building, located behind the Ayios Giorgos Square in Paralimni, was opened by the Bishop of Constantia Vasilios and Paralimni mayor Theodoros Pyrillis, and was donated to the church by the mayor’s father, Anastasis Pyrillis in honour of two of his children, Adamos and Chrystalla, who died.

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Injured in homemade bomb

A 23-year-old woman was injured after a homemade bomb was set off at the main entrance to the house where she and her 29-year-old husband live.
The explosion occurred at 1.30am yesterday in Limassol, while the husband and wife were sitting in the living room of the house, resulting in the 23-year-old suffering head and hand injuries.
According to police, the powerful explosion was the result of an improvised explosive device placed at the front door of the house. 
The 23-year-old was rushed to Limassol hospital where she was kept in for treatment on a small head wound and examined following complaints of hand pains

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Sufi mystic celebrates birthday

TURKISH CYPRIOT Sufi mystic Sheikh Nazim Kibrisli celebrated his 93rd birthday in Lefka in the north on Sunday.
According to Turkish Cypriot paper Havadis, he celebrated with his family and followers from Cyprus and abroad at his dergah (religious commune), attracting many to the normally quiet village of Lefka in the foothills of the Troodos mountains.  
Nazim leads the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi Islamic order that boasts hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. He claims to be the direct descendent of the 11th century Sufi saint Abdul Qadir Jilani and 13th century mystical poet Jalauddin Rumi.
Last February, doctors were reportedly called to the commune, after an embolism in one of his lungs caused the Sheikh breathing difficulties.

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